There are also new wizards (after half the previous batch explodified themselves)
And the careful wizard may want to have a back-up spell-book in case the worst happens to their own.
However, non-wizards have reason to buy a wizard spellbook, whether out of curiosity or wanting to show-off a rare curio at brunch. Having your rich friends gawk at the silly wizard pictures while being nonchalant about how much money you spent on it is always good fun.
I think the intention for Core is that shurikens are supplement weapons. If you already have monastic weaponry, then it doesn't hurt to carry a handful on you just in case. There one copper and you can draw/throw them in one action.
I hope there is more support for them later, but CRB space was at a premium, and I think they wanted to focus more on unarmed attacks for the unarmed class than weapon builds.
My two-cents is that classes are like many other mechanics. They are abstractions of the lore for the sake of gameplay.
A studied in-game person would know what arcane magic is. They would know some people are born with it, while others go through intensive training. They would also know that a person could have both arcane and martial training. They could tell roughly how skilled a person is in each. But they probably couldn't tell the difference in a wizard/fighter, eldritch knight, and a magus (besides performance).
They would know what a Magic Warrior is, but in the same way, we would know who the knights of the roundtable are.
For those of you who already have the Lost Omens World Guide: What are the best optimization uses of these new dedications?
Chirgueon's class benefit is a bonus to medicine checks (by using their primary stat) meaning that they work well with healer's kits.
Continual Recovery gives it a 10-minute cooldown, making it comparable to Lay On Hands, which you get one level later, and it needs a roll. And this with multiple general feats.
The alchemist may need a buff, but the Chirgueon would be better off leaning into medicine. (Like being able to treat their alchemy tools as a medicine kit at level 1)
How did you get from "No weapons" to "Only this specific weapon/s" When it would stop you from the following:
Yes, if you have a silly interpretation of the rules, you will have silly results. The point is that you are unarmed/natural weapon subclass, so you can only use unarmed/natural weapons.
I agree with adaptive shifter being the baseline. Subclasses can fill out your particular forms, and I would like it if you could mix them.
I don't particularly like basing them on synthesist, because while I think focusing on one form should be valid; I think you should also have the choice of having different forms for different situations.
I am not a big fan of the summoner. So, I don't have much to say about it.
But I would like a summoner path which allowed you to have an equine eidolon focused around riding. If I played a mounted character, I would like the option of riding around on a nightmare. (Pegasuses are also cool, but probably will be level-locked.)
The kineticist is not a spell-caster, and so shouldn't be balanced off them. The Monk/Paladin is a better comparison point if they are focus-caster, otherwise probably the rogue/ranger.
I think you could make it so that the kineticist could have access to a significant amount of infusions without spending any resources (though potentially more actions) and they only need to take burn/use focus when they do something big.
I think they should be useful all-day and all-encounter. And I disagree with the idea of refocusing in combat. I am skeptical of Kineticist becoming focus casters, but I think it will be fine if there focus spells are limited to utility talents and nova infusions.
I see no reason for kinetic blasts to have the flourish tag. Being able to go pew-pew-pew as a Kineticist isn't much different than a ranger shooting three arrows or a bomber throwing three bombs.
Also, having a mechanic where you start at three and count down to 0, functions identically to a mechanic where you start at 0 and count up to three. Unless you want to cool down at the end of the day, but that would make it worse for the Kineticist than just using Focus.
The Elemental Planes are associated with Material Essence. Each spellcasting tradition is composed of two essences. Arcane is material/mental, and Primal is material/vital.
I would be fine if wild talents were considered spells. I am not a big fan of them being cantrips, but it wouldn't ruin the class.
Archetypes and multi-classing seem to be working as intended. If you want to do something outside of your class, you need to become less like your class to do it.
I think that current multi-classing might be too weak, but I feel like that is a different argument.
"If you want to invest in something that is not related to your main class, pick an archetype" is the entire point of archetypes.
I agree with making burn a condition. Focus-based utility talents could work.
Making kinetic blasts cantrips is not terrible, but I believe that you could make them wild-talent spell attacks.
However, making all infusions focus-based is a terrible idea. It either kills the mechanical flavor of the class, or you need to bend Focus until it breaks.
Kinetic Blade and Kinetic Fist should not cost additional actions or resources. Pulling and pushing infusion should be covered by more actions, to name a few clear cut examples.
I am ok with focus-gating big-damage infusions, but they shouldn't be a class that does three interesting things per combat and then becomes rangers. If you are not using focus to limit the amount of something to up to three times per combat, then you shouldn't use focus.
I don't see the need for the Kineticist to have spell slots or focus points.
Kinetic Blast could be a one-action innate ability. You can balance it against a rogue with a bow. (It is there primary method of doing damage and needs to hit reasonably hard, but they have additional utility beyond it.)
Gather Power could help bring Kinetic Blast more in-line with a bow, as they both require two free-hands.
Infusions could cost between zero and two actions. The action economy can handle balancing them. And if you want to print a powerful infusion which you don't want to be spammable, make them inflict a Burn condition.
You can call them cantrips, but I don't see why they wouldn't be wild talents and infusions. They are not spell-like under the logic you used for dragon rage breath. They are supernatural powers used by channeling energy from the elemental plane through superhuman biology. If anything, wizards and sorcerers are using magic to emulate the powers of Kineticist, and natives of the Elemental Planes.
Firstly, adding more options is broadening the class, by definition.
Secondly, Kineticist lacks a strong tie to vital magic. Con is a stat and is a measure of physical health. As far as I know, no vital caster uses Con as a spellcasting score. Burn is a measure of over-exertion and can counter-acted by gathering power. Nothing about it applies you tapping into vital energy.
Three, Cross-pollination is a design concern, but it also a flavor concern. A Kineticist, an elemental master, should not be able to access powers that are not associated with one of the classical elements. They include aether (greek and others), wood (Wu Xing), and void (Godai). It makes more sense to have a metal element or even a sulfur element than giving them animal-based powers.
Four, if the Kineticist, Shifter, and Hunter are different classes, that does not prevent them from sharing the Burn mechanic.
I believe you are missing the scope of Elemental magic. The Kineticist doesn't need significant additions, because Elemental magic is already broad. You can have Kineticist feats that relate to other things, but it should be under the lens of elemental power.
If the characters need something unrelated to Elements, then that is the purpose of archetypes.
If we equate the Kineticist to primal, which is reasonable, they should materially connect to nature, as the elemental planes are associated with material magic.
In pf1, wood was an element. But this is because it is one in the Chinese system (and possibly others).
There is a desert-based Kineticist, but it seems like its focus is on "considering the harsh nature of the desert as a tempering fire to cleanse the soul."
A Jungle Primarch shouldn't be a druid with fire magic. I am unfamiliar with the Chinese system, or other systems which include wood. But I think basing it on the Wood Element would be better than copying and pasting from the druid. (The Golaran Wood Element could also be the baseline. I am not very familiar with it. Feywilds is the partial source, and that is all I know.)
I also forgot to consider subclasses, of which there are several options I would like to return. To encompass the full range of options as a Primarch, you would need the kineticist subclass, a sub-sub-class, and an elemental choice.
After considering the Primach (Kineticist/Shifter/Hunter) class, I realized my problem with it. I don't think it is a terrible idea, but I don't think it works.
The problem is that you would have nested subclasses, you would have the Primach class, the Kineticist subclass, and your element bonus feat. I believe this would either over-complicate the Class or over-simplify the Elements.
I would want the Elements to be a crucial part of the Kineticist, and so I believe it would work better as a druid-like subclass. (You can choose to pick Feats from other elements, but you can also only focus on Feats for your one.) Rather than as a Subclass of a Subclass.
Possibly the Primach could be (Shifter/Hunter), but I like MMC point about them being specialists as opposed to the druid's generalist playstyle.
I think it would be reasonable to have Kineticist/Shifter/Hunter be Primarch subclasses, with a druid-like feat to poach wild talents from the others, allowing them to progress down those feat trees.
Right now, my idea is that infusions cost zero to two actions, and you could take the burn condition to improve them. (For either Kineticist or Primarch)
At first, I disliked the Kineticist/Shifter/Hunter class idea, but I am starting to come around to it. I still don't want them combined with Champion, but they might be able to come together as a class.
Wild Talents thematically fit Hunters and Shifters (Infusions less so, but I think it still fits). And wild talents could be mechanically unified as "things which cost 1-actions for martials, but more magic."
(Kineticist) Kinetic Blast- Firing a bow
I think I still prefer Kineticist to be its own thing, but I am seeing a way where I think I could see it work.
The importance of the Kineticist is that it is a middle-ground between martial classes and spellcasting classes. It allows people to play a magical character, with some of the flexibility of spell-casters, without getting bogged down with spell-lists.
Martials have one or two weapons, and they typically do one, maybe two, things.
Spellcasters have a whole list of spells which do wildly different things and consumes a daily resource. They also have cantrips, but they are often quite limited.
Kineticists have kinetic blasts and a manageable amount of infusions, which are straightforward but flexible.
If the Kineticist or Kineticist Stand-in ever have a spell-list, it would immediately remove most of the appeal for me.
The reason why I believe Kinetic Blast can be one action is they are competing against weapons, not cantrips. The bulk of the spellcasters power budget is their spell-list, where with martials, it is their weapon use. Kinetic Blast is where Kineticist put most of their power budget.
Cleric shows up that you can have one spell-list, while still poaching other spell-lists. I imagine that will happen with Oracle, Witch, and later Shaman.
My wild guess for Investigator is that they only get advanced alchemy (at least at level 1) as quick alchemy feels like it is the alchemist niche. And if so, they would probably have other uses of their reagents, which would also allow you to do things with the investigator alchemy that you couldn't with the alchemist. I want to be able to CSI: Golaran.
I feel like Shaman would slot into spontaneous primal thematically, and they did make bards occult. "Prepared Any" is supported by pf1 mechanics. It isn't impossible, but I don't quite think they have the flexibility of sorcerers to justify that, but it could be my own bias. I am unfamiliar with the shaman in pf1.
Though considering two more spellcasters, we will only have three more tradition/preparation combinations, so they probably will double up. So Shaman could be prepared any, or prepared primal with the ability to poach spells.
I think there is room for a gish class which has rogue weapon/armor proficiencies (trained in unarmed, simple and a select few weapons + trained in light armor, with options to invest into medium and possibly heavy), lesser casting proficiencies, fewer slots but full-spell list, and ability to cast while wielding weapons.
Spell-strike can be incorporated, and they should be able to something to blend magic and martial training, but there are other interesting concepts beyond that. Bladebound is the standout, with its fancy sentient sword pseudo-familiar.
New archetypes may alleviate the need for a magus class, but you shouldn't need to wait until level 4 or 6 to play the character you want. And right now, I believe it is around level 11 to play a gish with a gimmick.
A vertical jump has a DC of 30. With Versatile Human/General Training, you can Assurance(Athletics), and Martial Disciple for Quick Jump. Crane Stance reduces the DC by 5.
Your Assurance of 12 critically fails your DC 25 vertical jump check but does let you jump 15 feet vertically.
At level 2, you take the alchemist dedication.
You spend your skill increases in athletics and crafting.
You can craft greater leaper's potions at level 12.
You can get cloud jump at level 15, which is the same time you can start auto-high jumping.
I am honestly not sure how to calculate your jump height with this build, but I believe the answer is "Way more than you will ever realistically need."
With Flying Kick, I believe you can effectively attack anyone, anywhere.
At level one, your kineticist has lackluster proficiencies, what is effectively a cantrip (Gather Power+Blast) that deals +2 damage on average over Produce Flame, and you need to take damage to do something that over classes can take 10 minutes to do for the "benefit" that sometimes you can prepare a turn that is after your next one during combat, or abuse another class focus spells.
You also get a spell that is useless (produce fire), or very situational.
Compared to wizards; 5 cantrips per day, 2 level one spells per day, arcane thesis, arcane school, drained object, and a wizard feat.
And then at level 2, you can get a compositive blast and start dealing 8d6+8+Con damage, with 2d6+2 scaling.
Most of the feats are similarly feast or famine. Gate and Cataclysm are huge slaps to the face. For cataclysm, you need its four prerequisite feats and its feat, to do something that wizards can do for a feature at level 19. Gate does not require pre-requisites, but instead, you are getting a discount version of something the wizard gets as a feature one level earlier. Occult Legend is also a feat which wizards have as a feature one level earlier, which you have less use for because you are not a full caster.
Unless you are cheesing, you are playing a wizard, but much worse.
I would design the Magus to have limited weapon proficiencies, starting with simple weapons, shields, and a specific weapon type based on a subclass.
Spell-Combat: While you are only wielding shields or weapons you are proficient with, you may cast spells without free hands and treat it them as if they didn't have the manipulate trait.
Spell-Strike: While you are wielding a weapon you are proficient with, whenever you cast an attack spell, you may change its range to your weapon's range and give it one its trait. (Two on a melee attack)
I could also see a spell-strike based on the spell-storing rune.
My primary concern is that the weapon you are wielding is important, and effects how you play and that you have lots of options in what weapons you use.