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Will this module be playable with the Core Rulebook alone? Or will one need to purchase the Bestiary to get the necessary monster stat blocks?

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Draco18s wrote:

In order to create a character I have to follow the ABCs of character creation. This should be easy!

Ancestry: well, but which one of these compliments the build I want to make?

Backgrounds: Uh, skip for now

Class! Ah here we go, what do I want to be?


Lets start by reading the class descriptions and looking at a handful of their powers ImeanFeats.

Two hours later

So, uh, I'm not sure what the difference between a sorcerer and a wizard is--when it comes down to play--beyond some flavor style. And Fighter and Ranger have a 30% Feat overlap.

*Scratches head*

Fox it, I'll build a fighter, those are easy!

Seven feats...
Complimenting seven different fighting styles...
THIRTY EIGHT different melee weapons...
TWENTY FOUR different weapon properties...


In order to make the most basic of choices about what weapon I want to use I have to compare 38 choices that offer a selection of 24 different keywords, all of which I have to understand before I can even begin to evaluate them.

And this is one class.

If I want to do a Cleradin I need to evaluate the gods (and still pick a weapon and armor).

If I want to do a Scorczard I need to evaluate the different bloodline/specializations and then pick spells.

If your goal was to streamline character generation you've failed miserably. You pigeon holed the classes more, making things less flexible for those folks that want to break the mold a little bit, but did nothing to fix the Analysis Paralysis when it comes to picking weapons.

Because of the way Fighter feats work (and Ranger) I actually have to pick a weapon before I can pick feats because what weapon I'm using will drive which feats are available to me (or vice versa: pick a style, then a weapon that matches it, but the weapon table does not easily allow a player to say "ok, I'm doing a TWF build, I need agile weapons, lets...

God yes. I can't agree more. The organization of the rulebook is dumpster fire terrible. There are SO MANY RULES that force you to find another rule or two just to find out what the first one does!

That kind of nesting is incredibly frustrating and time-consuming. It makes me not want to play this game. This book is not written for normal people, it is a book written by programmers for programmers and as such it misses its target audience entirely.

Take Bolstered for instance, when an enemy tries to afflict you with something and you succeed on the save you are Bolstered, meaning you are immune to the effect for the rest of the day. Why would you write that? You could've just written "on a success you become immune to this effect for 24 hours" instead of creating a whole new rule! And when a friendly creature buffs you, it makes NO SENSE when you read that you are Bolstered against the effect. Bolstered is a good thing, it means strengthened. Why would you use that term when talking about a beneficial spell? It's confusing, it sounds bad, and it takes just as much space as it would to forgo making a specific rule and just list the effect wherever it appears. It provides no meaningful benefit and instead causes confusion. KILL IT WITH FIRE.

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I have never been more frustrated when referencing a spell.

Dispel Magic: "make a dispel attempt (see page 197)"

*flips to 197*

Dispelling: "Treat this as a counteract check (see page 319) using the spell's level as its counteract level and a spell roll for any counteract check"

*groans, flips to 319*

"If your ability has a higher counteract level than that of the effect to be counteracted, you automatically succeed. If your ability's counteract level is the same as the effect's counteract level or lower, you must succeed at a check using the relevant skill or ability against the DC of the target effect"

*facepalms because the book doesn't say anything about how to find the DC of a spell effect*

Obviously, the spell DC is that of who/whatever cast the spell, but the entry for Dispel Magic doesn't say that. And for god's sake, why do I have to reference two other pages when they could have just said "Make a spell check against the spell DC of the target spell" and be done with it?

This is bad writing. And it doesn't end with Dispel Magic, this kind of s~!$ is all throughout the book. It takes two or three times as long to reference a given rule than it does in PF1E. That is the exact opposite of what they are going for with 2E. This is why it takes so much longer to make characters than it should.