How would you feel about an evil character in a non evil game that does good / neutral things, but thinks they’re doing evil?
Reminds me of a Dragon Age game I was in a while ago that consisted of a Dalish supremist, a City Elf mage, and a Tevinter solider. Party was about as dead on arrival as it gets.
Anyway, these days when I GM I say out front party members need to know each other in some manner and get along at their core. Just easier to keep the game flowing than trying to get the above DA party to work together rather than a) kill each other or b) immediately disband at first chance.
Near as I can presume, failing forward can be loosely interpretted as railroading since whether you pass/fail the check to open the locked door, the door will open (difference being one might have an alarm raised) which you can squint and interpret as your character being along on the for the ride of the story.
Reksew_Trebla’s munchkin guide to swapping your high level character for a different, more useful, character.
You seem awfully confident that a GM who already denied you rerolling your character via fiat is going to just roll over and okay a new one just because your character decided to cut his own throat as an intermediate step rather than the far more likely result of you getting told to either get serious or pack up your dice and go home.
Technically there isn't such a thing as a level appropriate challenge is due to the way the game's designed more so than theme. An Ares Predator is an Ares Predator whether you're a 0 karma chump or a massive karma chump and that same Predator will (generally anyway) serve a runner as a fine weapon for their entire career barring bolting on more attachments and whatnot since weapons will generally get their targets dead no matter when in your career you meet them.
That said, not all challenges are made equal even in that context (IE you send a squad of Red Samurai with L3 Wired Reflexes against a squad of fresh runners and the latter will be a pile of meat faster than you can say 'chunky salsa') but it's still a far cry from Starfinder where levels are hardcoded into the system and your Level 1 Predator will be a useless paperweight in 3 odd levels since that's how the system and monsters are designed.
Problem with Insinuator is that ultimately you're still beholden to your temporary patron. Doom Slayer, while he may work with more sketchy folks like Hayden (presuming the general goal is kill demons) is absolutely not beholden to them. That's the whole bit with destroying the Argent Tower rather than just shutting it down after all.
Matthew Downie wrote:
Sometimes you just aren't in the mood for falling rocks and desire something with a bit more panache.
Steve Geddes wrote:
Mm. That might take some more digging to verify. I personally believe that someone would have adapted a golden age sci-fi type game before the local cyberpunk one but I have no examples off the top of my head (and suck with dates anyway).
Well, first thing that popped into my mind for Science Fantasy was Spelljammer which was published in 1989 coincidentally the same year as SR. Might dig more later.
Just for the sake of reference, wiki has this to say about what the science-fantasy genre is:
"Science fantasy is a mixed genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy."
And then it goes along to explain that when you cross the line into fantasy is when you include elements that violate scientific laws, even if you couch them in scientific talk/technobabble.
So yeah, Shadowrun is almost by definition in the umbrella of science-fantasy (having literal magic and all) although it certainly isn't the first instance of it since the term's existed since the early 1900s when pulp magazines were the main pushers of science fiction/fantasy.
Thing about that is that its generally a pretty rare occurrence the party just massacres a local gaggle of orcs because they were there. Usually it's because they were raiding villages, forming the local dark lord's army, stole a macguffin, etc. Or they tried to jump you first natch.
Or just use a death effect. So fine, minor extra step of getting the local wizard to Power Word Kill the not-Tarrasque (or other death effect of choice).
Quieting Needles are more just an extended inconvenience than anything permanent. Basically you just set the folks back the cost of one rez spell when they grumble and get a sawbones to root out the needles and then recast the spell.
Disintigrates, zombification, or just bagging the corpse and running are more semi-permanent solutions if the assassins don't have a handy Sphere of Annihilation nearby.
Considering 99% of the spawn are just very big monsters, standard protocol of stabbing them in the shins till they stop moving works fine. If you happen to be against the 1% (Read: Tarrasque) stabbing it till it stops moving and throwing the regenerating carcass into the bottom of the ocean/positive/negative energy plane/similiar inhospitable location works fine.
What I'm getting at is you said the GM isn't the guy writing the story which...I really don't know how else to interpret besides the players having weird cosmic fate powers where they can just say the local macguffin is in the Underdark rather than Atlantis. Players can pull all the levers they like, but the guy determining/writing the effects that go with those pulls is the GM hence the general point the GM is basically the primary 'writer' of the game as far as responsibility/workload goes.
Further, even if we go into the zany world of pure improvisation, at the end of the day GM's the guy doing majority of the work. A player can say he wants to open a shop on the frontier and that's all well and good but he doesn't get to say the shopkeeper he hired is really a cultist of Rovagug or that bulettes will invade in three days. That's stuff the GM's writing.
Okay, I guess the player could say that, but its not like he has any real power to make that happen beyond the GM humoring him or he's really a L18+ caster mashing miracles/wishes and is playing a character that is some stripe of completely insane.
Couple of things for me:
The cosmology is one of those things that basically can only be viewed at a glance lest you dig in and find out it barely makes any sense due to having 10+ years of baggage being added onto an already rickety framework to begin with.
The other thing is that Golarion's just a place that never clicked into an actual place for me and is basically stuck in the purgatory of fantasy disney world (aka a bunch of unconnected themed attractions). Can't exactly explain why really since I buy in to Star Wars just fine. Might be some of the attractions (like Alkensor and Nidal) are just bridges too far/too tight a gimmick and break the illusion.
Just saying Force Ghosts and that whole zombie stormtrooper thing are/were things that happened in Star Wars. That said, refluffing basic zombies as derelict/insane droids is possible and worst to worst just keep them the same and say there's some Sith/Dark Side malark reanimating them. The Dark Side has many powers that people would call unnatural after all .
It's an unhelpful answer, but basically know your group. I've a friend who more or less despises the rng be with ye wild magic/miscast tables and the like while I cut my teeth on Warhammer Fantasy RP/Dark Heresy which have far more punishing tables than PF and I wouldn't have it any other way (At least in those games).
Being perfectly honest, PF's Wild Magic is pretty tame and is supremely unlikely to dramatically affect anyone other than the caster or hostiles meaning there doesn't need to be a table wide buy in if some guy wants to take a wild magic archtype or the like. Universal wild magic on whatever condition you probably should ask about and something that only happens in certain zones I'd just treat as any other hazard.
Java Man wrote:
Isn't that any given king of any given land only without potentially the smarter/wiser/virtue bit?
Say what you will about Mengk, at least he very likely is smarter and wiser than virtually everyone not packing PC stats around by a fairly massive margin.
Trust me dude, I'm well aware of the historical usages, drawbacks, and operations of bows both long and cross. I'm also aware that an autocross (or crossbolter or whatever you want to call it) is absurdly unrealistic just about as much so as a longbowman notching and firing two arrows at once and having that actually be effective to say nothing of the standard machinegun routine PF makes the norm for them. My preferences are just that; preferences, including the visual one.
Like I implied, my bit about gunpowder mostly stems from me being into Warhammer before DnD and there Dwarves used crossbows and firearms, bows are the stuff of the filthy elves and whatnot. I'm aware that in PF proper crossbows are basically trash and gunpowder has setting issues in ADDITION to largely being trash (outside of those gunslinging goons) but if you simplified the system to where there was only a profile for "ranged weapon" and the blackpowder proliferation wasn't a thing, you bet your rear my dwarf would be rocking his crossbow or handgun.
I wouldn't say you need to go to 1888 to get the time period where crossbows were fashionable, late medieval/renaissance works perfectly well for when crossbows were in vogue. I'll also add that the only reason I'd ever not be using a crossbow with a dwarf character would be because there's firearms I want him using instead. Probably can boost that to any small character in general. Hate the mental image of small races and longbows while dwarfs are that in combination with my inner Warhammer fan.
Since no one in their right mind takes crossbow or the heavy version as their thematic weapon (meaning, when they design their character, they conjure up some fighter with a big ol'crossbow racked lazily over their shoulder)
Speak for yourself. Crossbows are a classic if you're going for a vampire hunter/van helsing vibe or a more traditional sniper type.
Most magic spells in general are pretty scummy things to do to people. I mean geez, ripping away the life essence from people (enervation), dessicating them (horrid wilting), or just regular ole chemical warfare (cloudkill), to say nothing of just regular ole immolation/acid bathing of people. All horrible ways to go and then there's people just run around striking people blind for giggles.
Doesn't let you CONJURE illusions or CONJURE mental commands directly into people's heads.
Not yet anyway.
Seduction's an eh. Plenty of games (and no, not just your FATALs and similar kinds of trash) have a skill for flirting/seducing and generally its not much different than your local deceive/intimidate/persuade in terms of mechanics.
Because we're designing a game here. Lets go for a fairly normal not-demihuman race. Centaurs. Think about adventure design and the relatively simple premise that a centaur more or less can't climb a ladder among various other quality of life things that become headaches to work around our new quadruped friends. Things are easier to design when everything roughly conforms to the same basic paradigm of bipedal jerk with thumbs and at least 2 arms (if you have more they're more or less cosmetic). Plus the common denominator prefers familiarity. Human with pointy ears is generally more appealing to play than a sentient gelatinous cube.
And speaking of sentient gelatinous cubes, you can check all the oozemorph threads about how unplayable that particular concept got even if its not technically a race.
Amusingly enough, in the actual ASOIAF RPG, Jaime Lannister is the third most combat proficient character statted out. He falls behind Gregor Clegane who in turn gets mudstomped by none other Bobby Baratheon.
Ignoring that the entire argument of trying to bolt ASOIAF into a D&D framework is kinda dumb to start with, it is amusing that the two best beatsticks are indeed the musclebound oafs.
Honestly the premise isn't that far off from racial bonuses in general. I mean, there's isn't a whole lot of difference between elves being decentivized from rolling a fullplate fighter due to +int/dex -con and I don't know, male anglerfishmen getting the same spread and being stuck in the same boat.
That said, elves are graceful, smart, and weedy has less baggage attached to it than women being graceful, smart, and weedy (as an example).
If that entire block of text wasn't a deliberate joke (getting every permutation of to/too and they're/there/their wrong after showing previously they have a solid enough grasp of the language) then consider an apology given. Otherwise consider it finishing the joke.
I honestly want to know what elementary school you were going to where geometry was on the curriculum.
Either way, if you're telling me a spikey ball (which per your definition is about as irregular as you can possibly get) then I'm not seeing how a giant spike (aka a cone) is beyond the pale. Hell, they don't even have those pesky bits of irregular fletching (not that it matters since random spikes aren't enough to get past "roughly" evidently, so a few extra triangles on the end shouldn't either).
But it's a monster. It's supposed to be bad. We as players are supposed to feel good about stabbing it in the neck and taking its trinkets. Those evil women in the woods who steal babies and souls are distinctly bad things just like its a bad thing for orcs to do orcy things in their evil patriarchy manner. They're monsters and they aren't the sole representative of their gender in the game universe. What's wrong with a monster being evil?
Regular also has a dictonary definition of "arranged in or constituting a constant or definite pattern, especially with the same space between individual instances" and a ballista bolt definitely has a constant/definite pattern.
You tell me whether the rulebook means regular in the dictionary or mathematical sense although I'll wager a guess the devs were not writing that particular rule with a copy of their old high school math textbook open to the glossary.
Oh you don't need to rule that a rock suitable for throwing is roundish, rules actually do describe what a throwable "rock" looks like under Rock Throwing
"A rock is any large, bulky, and relatively regularly shaped object made of any material with a hardness of at least 5."
Balista bolts are large, bulky, and relatively regularly shaped with a hardness of 5+ so clearly it is a rock and catchable along with virtually anything else that isn't just a chaotic blob of material.
Okay I'm lost. It's a bad thing to have monsters (aka bad things 95% of players will be stabbing for their lunch money and feeling good about it) rely on negative stereotypes to be monstrous...so the plan is to add even more monsters that rely on negative stereotypes to be bad but it's okay because it's for the other gender and equality I guess?
That's the thing about this conversation in general that kinda left me lost. That it's a problem that hags are only female or satyrs are male or whatever. I don't think anyone can seriously accuse Paizo of hating any gender if you take a look at their work or catalog as a whole. Monsters are monsters and they do bad things to make us feel good about beating them, good things do good things and we want to help those and there's plenty of both.
I think you'd mean you'd like to apologize four misusing English.
Also I think the assumption with the actual attack routine is that Up Close and Personal lets you deal proper unaware hidden strike damage on a successful use which I guess makes enough sense to qualify the * conditional. I'd frankly allow it but it is one of those janky bits of rule interactions PF loves doing where it could go either way ("No you're only treating him as unaware, he isn't actually unaware of you")
It sounds like a glib reply (and to a degree it is) but its also true. Magic's king in this mad mad world that is PF and those with more magic are better than those with less. You can make all the silly ragelancepounce or similar stuff you want, but at the end of the day, the guy having a field day with reality is the more useful guy overall.
Matthew Downie wrote:
Or (d) Crush them anyway. At the end of the day no level of optimization, rule exploitation, and gumption beats the guy with infinite resources at his disposal.