I've decided to give the Frost Giants in the Crone the fiendish template. Before Vsevolod secluded himself he sacrificed another centaur to turn the rest of them demonic. This gives the giants the darkvision that gives such an advantage and now they no longer need to rely on torches (and the boosted defenses don't hurt either).
Centaurs are getting a raw deal in this dungeon.
Flairs are slotless, but only because "occupies a hand" has never been considered a slot. They've obstensibly been balanced with a single one-handed weapon in mind.
The attack in Opportune Parry and Riposte is an immediate action.
Surprising Strategy is a level 11 feat for a prestige class that you're saying should be available to Swashbucklers at level 1. Chronicle of Legends was released this year. If it was meant to be available to swashbucklers, then it would be.
You can only do some combat maneuvers in place of attacks without abilities that allow you to do otherwise. Dirty trick is not one of these.
Waveblades are piercing or slashing, so you either get to use swashbuckler's finesse or Blade of Mercy+Enforcer, not both. You need a piercing and slashing weapon to utilize both. I think the broken back seax is the only weapon that does this, and it's an exotic one-handed 19-20/x2 weapon.
You keep coming up with reasons why certain abilities and items "should" work with your character (when they were written to not work in those ways). You've convinced your GM to let everything work the way you think it should, but I don't think it's Attacks of Opportunity in general that are the problem.
Okay. It's the first time I've had a druid in my group, so shapeshifting hasn't come into it before. Though given that the group would be pushing level 10 when they hit the Eon Pit, that once again raises the question on if an elemental-shaped Druid would age in the pit.
None of the elemental body spells give the ability to prevent the need to eat/drink/sleep, so the caster doesn't get those abilities. Elemental body III and IV explicitly give immunity to precision damage and critical hits. The spells do not change the caster's type or subtype.
Given the group is likely to roleplay through encounters if possible, they will hopefully learn enough about the Pit ahead of time not to just rush right in. There's other methods of getting the Key - including summoning an Air Elemental to retrieve it.
Summons that they can communicate with are probably the easiest thing they can do to retrieve it.
Yes. Again, the immunity from precision damage is a function of the subtype, which Polymorph effects do not grant. See this stack exchange question. The elemental body spells (like all polymorph effects) only grant what they say they grant. It requires elemental body III (druid level 10) before the spell description changes and states that the caster gains immunity to precision damage.
Contrast with the Oracle revelation Energy Body from the Life Mystery, which does explicitly change subtype.
Here's a question. If a Druid shapeshifts into an Elemental, does the Druid suffer the aging effects of the Ebon Pit? After all, Elementals don't have biology or age.
Polymorph effects don't change type or subtype. The druid is essentially just wearing an elemental costume.
That is, yes, the druid still ages.
I just realized that frost giants don't have darkvision, which is awkward in many places throughout Artrosa. Most rooms outside of the Maiden lack light sources, and the frost giants spread throughout the dungeon find themselves in those rooms without noting anywhere that they brought their own. They are blind in the Crone passages, and I had assumed that the rooms themselves are also under a permanent darkness effect unless specified otherwise. The largest example of this is E8, where two frost giants are guarding the entrance to the Eon Pit. They seem to be ... blind?
This leads me back to the PCs. How have you expected the PCs to traverse the Crone given the darkness effect (in the passages, at least)? Did you also assume that the rooms were under the darkness effect, or were the rooms just naturally dark?
Edit from earlier in the thread:
Robert G. McCreary wrote:
Passages means just the hallways; the rooms are naturally dark (unless the description specifically mentions a light source). The Eon Pit is naturally dark, like other chambers within the Crone.
Ah...so I guess the frost giants just need torches, although exploring the Crone will be awful for them.
The idea is decent, . I'm just throwing it questions to develop the idea.
How do the souls of people dying of cold, starvation, and war on Golarion get to Rasputin? Is he doing something similar on Earth?
Are you keeping Rasputin as an oracle or changing him to one of the psychic classes similar to the contest? I really want to switch him over, but the loss of miracle is pretty devastating. He relies on that spell quite a bit in setting up the events of Book 5.
How can you say that calm emotions explicitly suppresses the confused condition when it explicitly uses the word "removes", implying that it is handled differently from fear effects which are associated with the word "suppresses"? If they were supposed to be handled in the same way, there would be no need to use two different words.
Heal ends the confused condition, not the confusion spell. Calm emotions removes the confused condition. Suppressed conditions and spells take hold again after calm emotions ends. Suppressed is not the same as removed, otherwise the sentence would read:
It also suppresses any fear effects and the confused condition from all targets.
There is zero reason for removed to be included in the sentence if it is supposed to be treated the same as suppressed.
Ehh, rereading the confusion spell, I think Cevah's right on this. The spell doesn't just make the target confused when it comes into effect; the confused condition is the effect of the spell, and the spell (not the condition) has a duration of 1 round per level. If you suppress the spell or the condition, the character is fine, but once neither is suppressed, the character is once again confused.
Then heal also does not do anything to deal with confusion. Both heal and calm emotions have the same wording when it comes to removing the confused condition.
This is misquoted. You are quoting a section of text that refers to a spell that takes a full round to cast, which takes longer than a spell that takes a full round [b]action[/]. They both require a full-round action to cast, but one takes effect at the beginning of your next turn (eg enlarge person), and the other one takes effect immediately after your action is complete (eg sleep.
The upshot is that you quoted something that's irrelevant to how full-round actions work in general. Unless otherwise specified, a full-round action works exactly like any other action, and actions take effect at the end of the action.
Lyoto Machida wrote:
Or, because they think that beauty is tied to Charisma, they think they have to be unbearable in order to keep their Charisma as low as they want it to be.
If you decouple Charisma from beauty completely, the player shouldn't feel like they have to pay for their beauty with an awful personality.
When making Cha be useful outside of social situations, it would also be nice to let the other 5 stats be naturally useful in some way to social situations, or at least WIS and Int. Not such that they can replace Cha entirely, but in allowing characters with different stats to approach social encounters differently.
Just because someone can try to participate using the one stat (and related skills) they're allowed to participate with and fail doesn't mean that people have fun doing so.
When only one person needs to have the ability to do... essentially all of your examples, there is a great deal of inherent pressure to let the one character do everything in order to get the best results.
"Players will optimize the fun out of anything" and all that. This optimization is incredibly easy to come across.
In general, five stats are used in combat and exploration activities. Variations in those five stats change how a character approaches those activities, but everyone still participates.
One stat governs social activities. Variations in that one stat changes how much a character gets to participate in the activity, period.
Just because Ghoul 1 provided a cover bonus to AC to Ghoul 2 doesn't mean you damage Ghoul 1 if you miss Ghoul 2 due to the cover. Ghoul 1 has its own AC, and you're not specifically aiming at it. The arrow might have deflected obliquely off of Ghoul 1, or Ghoul 1's movement distracted you enough that you couldn't get a good shot.
If you replace Ghoul 1 with a monster with 40 AC, and you miss Ghoul 2, then you shouldn't automatically hit the monster. You could barely hit the monster if you were aiming at it, much less incidentally. If you add a Ghoul 3 in front of Ghoul 1, and you miss Ghoul 2, how do you decide which of the first two ghouls you hit? Etc.
The exceptions and rulings you'll be making if you go through with this is going to end up quite time consuming.
I just hope the price scaling formula is more forgiving. When was the last time anyone paid for a 5th level pearl of power or page of spell knowledge?
Magic item DCs need to scale properly and affordably too. So many (especially mid-high level) cool items are wasted in PF1 because the DCs are calculated at the minimum.
I'm also sad because it seems I can no longer add class levels to monsters because they are not designed like PC races and thus I cannot make an orc, an ogre, a troll, a serpentfolk, a dragon, or any other monstrous races as a PC(not that I have actually played them in a game, but still...).
This is more something that GMs do, anyway. Is it easy to add PC class levels to monsters in PF2?
Matthew Downie wrote:
Yes, I am. A blind creature moves quarter the distance it would if it weren't blind. If it succeeds at the acrobatics check, then it moves half the distance.
Squares costing double is the exact effect of hampered movement, which comes in a minimum of three flavours (obstacles, difficult terrain and poor visibility). You would be hard-pressed to argue against darkness being considered poor visibility, even with Blindfight. You can't make a five-foot step when the square you're trying to move into costs 10 feet of movement, effects like Nimble Moves notwithstanding. Blindfight canceling out the half-movment limitation doesn't remove the costs of moving around in those squares.
Either: make natural attacks into iteratives, or make a creature only allowed to have one natural attack that is primary.
Instead of creatures gaining natural armor as HD increases, give them a mix of natural and deflection, so that touch ACs scale. Lower the number of spells that require both a touch attack and a save.
Reflex, Fortitude, Will saves stay more in line with each other so the discrepancy isn't "auto-fail" vs "auto-pass" at higher levels.
Funnily enough, this was all done in PF2 (the results of not the method)!
Another thing is, use Hero Points. Further, allow the Hero Point ability to avoid dying to ONLY cost 1 Hero Point instead of 2 as is in the rules... as the players otherwise don't use Hero Points for things like boosting saving throws or rerolling natural 1s. In fact, I give my players one Temporary Hero Point every new game as well as the permanent Hero Points - this encourages their use and has kept me from fudging rolls (which two of the players hate).
I a considering just making "avoid dying" cost all of your current hero points (minimum 1). This encourages the players to spend hero points instead of stockpiling them for a rainy day, while still keeping the threshold low.
Let's see. We can assume that Radimir's been working with Rasputin for a while. Anastasia dies two years after Rasputin does, so there's not a timing issue there. Rasputin has 15 days to learn that Anastasia is killed, find her body instead of using her hair (a large task in its own right!), and restore it to a state where Radimir can cast raise dead (given that the prevailing theory is that her body was burnt with Alexei's). The body restoration could be done with something like restore corpse + dress corpse, both via limited wish, although that reduces the number of days Rasputin has to learn of and find Anastasia's body.
We have another issue: Two years earlier, Rasputin used miracle to create a simulacrum of himself to replace his dead body at the river (although using simulacrum in this way is taking some narrative license). Simulacrum is out of reach of limited wish even assuming Rasputin is working with Radimir at this point, so he will have to have a different way to create his fake body. Creating a corpse of Rasputin is surprisingly difficult: the only spell I could find is a DC 15 sculpt corpse, only available via limited wish, polymorph any object which isn't available to psychic casters and out of reach of limited wish, and potentially fabricate available to Anna, although I doubt she knows enough about human anatomy to create a body that can hold up to an autopsy. Rasputin will have to do this again to create a copy of Anastasia's body so that it can be found in 2007.
book 3 RoW:
By setting the majority of the denizens to unfriendly/neutral instead of hostile. There are a bunch of rooms relating to the progression from maiden to crone (eg the stone rooms, the trap puzzle rooms), so I reflavored the dungeon as a place where women can go on pilgrimage, with the warden and a few of the denizens acting as guides. However, Caigreal's rebellion is currently in play when the PCs get there, so she's let Vvesevolod in with his minions and blamed it on Jadrenka, and she's convinced most of the occupants (via bribes, blackmail, seduction etc) to be unhelpful toward Jadrenka. Jadrenka still can't ask outsiders for help explicitly, so Caigreal's actions have put her in a major bind. With some room adjustment, and a much larger guard on the door to the Eon Pit, the PCs now will probably need to convince the denizens to help them to get through the guard and to Vsevolod, all while Caigreal's coven is working against them (Long duration coven spells are great: 24hr mind blank, 9hr veil, nightmare and more). Some room modifications include enlarging the room with the destroyed crone golem to a 120 radius and placing 5 frost giants and a frost giant skald 6 inside with obstacles, moving the crypt to the Crone, Vsevolod's staging area to the Mother and turning it into a large, vandalized library, the common room to the Maiden, adding secret doors between the Maiden and Mother stones to the Crone golem room and some other changes to links. I can share the new dungeon's line map if you're interested.
You can use Spellcraft (as it is being cast) to identify a spell that doesn't have verbal or somatic components.
You can identify a spell that only has verbal (not visual) components, like command, but not if the career is behind a wall. You can identify psychic spells which has neither verbal or somatic (thought and emotion components are not explicitly visible), and you can identify spells that have Silent + Still or Intuitive + Logical metamagic applied.
Stephen Ede wrote:
This post is kind of on the nose, given the currently active thread discussing this very topic. Your statement implies that Spellcraft can't identify spells that don't have visible effects, as spell components aren't the spell you have to be able to see as it is being cast. It would be impossible to identify, as you say, charm person or protection from evil, regardless if it was a spell or spell-Like ability.
Barnabas Eckleworth III wrote:
Only when passing through their square. If you put your ally's square between you and the enemy with reach, then you will prevent AoOs from that enemy when you move.
Could you expand on how you would run Book 4 part two as intrigue instead of combat, either in spoilers or PM? I am managing to do the majority of book 3 as intrigue, but am having trouble visualizing how that would work in book 4.
At best, if it casts detect thoughts in a secluded location, it's stuck moving around at half speed while concentrating and is still glowing to any random detect magic cast in its direction.
How do Supernatural and Spell-like abilities interact with Spellcraft, detect magic and dispel magic? Do they work differently depending on how similar they are to an actual spell? Here are a number of cases I've been able to think of, along with examples (all the examples have durations, as that's the most likely way detect and dispel magic can interact with them, but there are, of course, a plethora of instantaneous versions):