Changing things up is great.
Likewise, shifting a Bronze Dragon from LG to LN provided an interesting twist, as this dragon became obsessed with 'The Rules' of commerce, and proper respect. When a particular city failed to pay tribute for passing through his territory, he began waylaying (And sometimes) sinking their ships, the loot coming off of what they owed him.
Just a couple of examples from my games.
Jason Buhlman is familiar with my craft... He failed a few Saves vs. Whiskey a year or two back, when he visited the club where I work in San Francisco. Goodtimes...
Working for you folks sounds like a blast, but I've become too used to bartender $$$. At least it affords me the income to buy lots of Paizo stuff :D
Also, I'd hate to give up my swell SF apartment@ a mere 1711/month (Current market over 2800...ha! I have been here 17 years and all).
reI'm playing a Magus in Legacy of Fire, and its great.
Sure, I ave other Swift actions, but a lot of those require Arcane Point expenditure. AS is a great 'always on' for when I need to save those points for other things.
We played Darksun, but using Rolemaster.
I love Planescape as a concept/reading material. I've played in it a few times, but it always breaks down.
As far as fave non-D&Dfantasy settings...
Middle Earth (MERP)- WHRP (Old edition)- Allansia (Fighting Fantasy)-Stormbringer
Settings that I haven't gotten to pay in, but am looking forward to
Middle Earth ( One Ring version)
This is YOUR opinion, not reality. I'm not sure how old you are ( You old be 13, or an older gamer like myself : I'm 44), but you seem bizarrely obsessed with how FR was the greatest setting ever. Many of us disagree.It was massively bloated with "canon' martial that just kept testing piled on, each layer further restricting a DMs ability to be creative/improvise. Not everyone prefers tat very single village be detailed and statted-out.
You also seem oblivious to the fact that many of s loved Greyhawk.
Golarion has a similar feel of possibilities, as far as placing your own adventures and stories, without some player saying "Actually, that's where he Wizard's Enclave of Blah-Blah has their secret testing Dungeon ( As presented in FR book 16).'
Feel free to love FR, but OT all of us d/do. Keep that in mind when calling other setting inferior.
Hey there folks,
I missed Kubla ( I bartend all weekend at a nightclub), but some friends went ( The guys from GAmescape SF), and tell me that I missed a great on.
I'm wondering if any of you folks are (a) Actually in SF, (b) Are interested in running/playing some PFS either at Gamescape or elsewhere ( We could easily play at the pizza place connected to my place of employment. DNA Lounge.
I think that PFS offers an excellent alternative.
I'm looking to try and build up a character ( Or 2) prior to Gencon, aside signed for several PFS games. I actually got the very last ticket ( Out of 1000) for the Siege of the Silver City mega-game.
So. Is there a local place, or a FB group etc... Where you folks schedule games? We have 5-8 folks that I souks call dedicated, and an equal number of interested friends, with about 2/3rds of us also comfy/loving GMing.
Well, I am in 2 current regular PF games, and a semi-regular DCC game (About once every 2 months).
My Wed night Kingmaker game:
One player (Matt) is a Vegan, so he always brings his own food.He only drinks water as well.
Dave (Manager of the store) usually brings his own food these days. He had recently acquired a GF (Go Dave!), and he has toned back his 'extra' spending in order to have more fun cash with her, a wise move. He drinks water usually.
The final 2 players are both bartenders with me at the club where I work.
Jared usually picks up something from the nearby market, chips, etc, and he drinks coffee or tea (Usually both, coffee early, hot tea from a cafe later).
I bring iced tea,and/or lemonade. Usually either get Mexican from an amazing taqueria up the road a bit or order pizza or Chinese with Jared.
We are really lucky here in SF. Within a block of our FLGS is pizza, thai, 3 mexican (My place is a bus ride away...but worth it), 3 burger joints, Popeye's, a vegan place...you get the drift.
Our Tuesday game is myself, Jared (DMing Legacy of Fire ), Kit, his GF Patricia and another pair of friends Ryan and Barry.
Barry and Ryan bring their own food. Barry is Vegetarian as well, so he is less used to 'throwing in'. Ryan brings lots of coffee (He owns a cafe around the corner), Barry totally raids my tea/lemonade/Arnold Palmers, but that's fine...he's the GM of our club, and he also generously throws in cash towards the drinks.
Kit & Patricia usually bring a truly silly amount of snacks. Like...for 8 people. Chips, coffee, dips, veggie trays, chicken wings etc...
The more casual DCC game is more insane. It is 8-10 players usually. We order Chinese (It's also at the FLGS), and a few of the players are younger and have less disposable cash. A couple of us just throw in enough to make sure that there is a ton of food, so that nobody has to feel embarrassed/ or go without. I remember being that broke kid, and it sucked (Pulling out my tuna-fish sandwich when everyone else was getting pizza/wings is one of my less awesome gaming memories. But, that was a long time ago). This game has a couple of beer enthusiasts, and they sometimes get a bit disruptive. Odd, 4 of the players are bartenders, but none of us drink when we game. Regardless, it is a 'beer&pretzels' vibe, so we endure.
When I hosted games at my place, back in the 3.0/3.5 days, I would have lots of snacks on hand, sodas, coffee, tea,etc... chips and dip. As well, I would cook something for all, either chili dogs, or lasagna, with a small veggie/vegan version for Matt. I live 2 blocks from the FLGS, so the same food order out/delivery options were there, as well.
Male Bar-Gnome Guitarist 9/ Retail Clerk 4/ Bar-Back 4/Bar Tender 3
Nimh, just curious, are u goin dervish dance at 3rd?
I suppose it's a thought. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of Scimitars (Purely a visual/aesthetic thing). but there's no love given to my poor rapier. Possibly.
As far as healing, I spent my bonus 50 GP on a Potion of CLW. Hardly a real Healing reservoir, though it's there if someone needs it before I do. Nimh is that kind of guy.
I'm still waffling on going Bladebound (Oh, how i love them...).
EDIT:Added a flask of oil, another tindertwig and applied Bladebound Archetype...And Away we go!!!
Feel free to correct me if I am in error (To anyone...), as Crafting has never been something that I have delved into in detail.
My Craft Alchemy skill is +10, Taking a 10 in the check gives me a 20.
20(check)x29(DC)-=400 SP, or double, thus 2 AF vials created in a week? Cost is 1/3 of 40GP, or 13.4 GP?
Ratfolk Magus Nimh applying for a position.
Ratfolk Magus 1
CG Small Humanoid (ratfolk)
Init +4; Senses Darkvision; Perception +7
AC 18, touch 15, flat-footed 14 (+3 armor, +4 Dex, +1 size)
hp 9 (1d8+1)
Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +2
Speed 20 ft.
Rapier +5 (1d4/18-20/x2)
Dagger +5 (1d3/19-20/x2)
Dart +5 (1d3/x2) and
Kukri +5 (1d3/18-20/x2) and
Light Mace +5 (1d4/x2) and
Magus Spells Prepared (CL 1, 1 melee touch, 5 ranged touch):
I have only spent 66GP or so, out of my cash. Nimh has Craft-Alchemy of +10. Would it be reasonable to assume that he could Take 10 (DC 20), making some Alchemical Items @ half price?
A few Crunch details still to come (Namely, whether to take an Archetype or not)...
Backstory blurb coming soon.
I am a longtime Confrontation player, as well as loving the various boardgames (City of Thieves), the card game (Arcana) etc..
I am trying to decide whether to begin the laborious process of a conversion to PF or a much easier one to either HARP 2nd Ed or Advanced Fighting Fantasy.
The thought that a Samurai wielding a katana or a European duelist with a rapier (Which does have a blade, folks, although it is primarily a thrusting weapon. We aren't talking fencing with a foil here. D&D/PF wanted to list just the primary damage style of a weapon, cool, but to stand on that as logic, when longswords and shortswords as well as greatswords and katanas cut and stab...isn't a sound argument) isn't as agile as a scimitar wielding dervish is silly.
As someone pointed out, it (DD Feat) has created a bizarre world where all sorts of characters suddenly wield scimitars. Primarily the Magus, as well as any Dex favored races (Especially ones who take a Str hit).
I'm not advocating Great Axe Dervishes or whatnot, but using it with Finessable weapons isn't overpowered, being able to choose one Finessable Weapon, even less so.
Aside from the name referencing a culture where the Scimitar is used, I am talking about the mechanics.
Dervish Dance is an extension of Weapon Finesse (Along a Feat Chain requiring Weapon Finesse).
The goofy thing here is that Weapon Finesse doesn't work with a Scimitar.
Does anyone else think that perhaps the Dex to damage Feat should have been usable with perhaps all Light weapons, or at least the Rapier?
PS:I House-Ruled that Weapon Finesse worked with both Scimitar and Quarterstaff a while back, but that is another subject.
I learned that if I was patient for long enough, I would finally see a Fighter/Mage class to emulate my old favorite 1st Edition Gnome F/ Ill.
PS: I played 1st Ed, then didn't return until 3rd, so the whole Gish thing (I hate that stupid word) passed me by, but the Eldritch Knight and other iterations (3PP etc...) aren't something that I tried to make work for me.
An old RPG (Fighting Fantasy,written by the guys who founded GW,no less, and based on the FF books, but later an RPG) has distinctive Wizards and Sorcerers. Wizards are pretty similar to the D&D/PF ones, whilst Sorcs draw from their inner-strength,essence and stamina.
Quixotai du Saffronc, my tragically unplayed Cavalier from the PbP boards.
He is a combination of Baron Munchhausen and Don Quixote in temperament, an homage to my favorite video game character in form: the Yellow Knight from Joust.
A long, but (I think) interesting read, if I do say so myself.
Shuriken Nekogami wrote:
I find this highly ironic, as all of your characters (On the PbP/Aliases,etc..) seem to be...er, teenage girls.
Sure, you may be a teenage girl yourself, but somehow I doubt it (Thus, you are RPing a badass Disney Princess! =^><^= ).
Not every Undead wished the state upon themselves...In fact, the majority did not. Nobody says 'Hmm...I sure wish to become a Wraith! Awesome!
Missed that part (It's pretty late here), thanks.
Still, I stand by my opinion that it is a bit much...and very funny.
A Dispel magic can target ONE of your letters. The DM can't decide that they all go BOOM!
Dispel targets one creature, item or ongoing area effect(Or as a counter-spell).So, yes, it was cheesy (And not legal).
I used to have a Mage/Rogue who would shoot 'message arrows' with little parchments tied to them. Guess what spell went off when you unrolled it...C'Mon, guess. :D
This thread reminds me of that one game where the the Rogue specialized in Pick Pocketing spell components from opposing Wizards...
Not to mention the fun that said Rogue had applying Sovereign glue to the outside of spell component pouches, staffs, wands etc... Makes for an awkward fight when the BBEG Wizard has his hands stuck to his gear.
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
Compound Bow?I think you mean Composite, unless you are playing in one of those odd Campaigns where the centaurs use pulleys on their bows (Cough,Hercules TV series,couch),
Monks: They have never been my favorite Class, simply because there isn't a system of different punches,kicks,etc.. just Dice scaling.
Fitting in? What hasn't been said about the ludicrous position that Monks (Asian-in-theme or otherwise) are so alien, but scimitars, composite bows,kukris...not to mention gear spanning 1,000+ years of 'European' history all exists comfortably side-by-side.
It always struck me as strange that folks would have an issue with Monks, but not with Assassins, the Archetype which is derived from a Middle-Eastern source.
If one wants to claim that their game is Medieval Europe, cool...but there had better not be any women running around adventuring, commoners who are festooned with weapons or piles of gold coins as loot, because none of that crap existed either.
Games Workshop has had blue/purple/whatever color Chaos tainted them with Dark Elves forever. I, personally, have no issue with it. Makes for more interesting painting options.
I have barely looked through the book, but (So far) the only issues that bum me out is such 'new' races as Gillmen and Oreads have proper write-ups, yet classic 'alternative PCs' from back-in-the-day (Lizardmen, Gnolls) get a footnote entry as example races.
Oh, and Kobolds still aren't up to speed.Really, their stats just suck...
The Kobolds in my KM game sued for peace when they saw how powerful the PCs were. They offered Mik Mek as their liaison to Stagsfall (The Kingdom name), and he quickly took to annoying and mimicking the Cavalier.
When the PCs ca,e calling one day, they saw no sign of the Sootscale Kobolds, and I remarked 'You heard something about them dying off from disease last Summer). They have hidden away, and perhaps I'll bring them back somewhere else in the campaign.
The PC is the Familiar's 'Boss', so their commands are usually something that I don't 'mess with' as a DM. However, the personality of the Familiar is something that I infuse (Just as you would with any other NPC).
While I have seen several interesting ideas, for the most part, this thread is the same old WRONG responses.
Folks are posting bizarre Opinions (As if they were set in Adamantium, and indisputable) about how their view is right, the opposing view is wrong, and doesn't allow for fun/promotes Min/Maxing/ruins their characters.
This thread feels like it belongs in a Politics forum (Please, nobody equate Pt Buy with the GOP, Rolls with the Dems,or vice-versa etc...Ach).
I am almost always the DM in our games (My nickname since '92 or so has been The Eternal GM...), btw.
Honestly, I like both systems (I haven't used Array much, to be honest).
I have played at a lot of tables in my 30 years of RPing, and seen a lot of powerfully-statted characters, as well as some pitifully dice-cursed ones as well. I understand the frustrations of being on one end of a spectrum,or having a concept killed by bad dice rolls. To this end, I go for compromise, and going to lengths to make sure that everyone as my table is having a good time.
In our current game (Kingmaker, almost through Book 5, about 2 years into the Campaign...we should be done, but went on hold for one player's health reasons), I offered both options.
Either 25 Pt Epic Buy or roll 4d6,drop lowest (Re-roll 1s).
The Pt Buy guy died, later used the rolling method for his new character.
My point is: You are all right in your opinion that your preference works for you. However, not everyone plays the same style of game, campaign,characters... They are not wrong simply for liking a different method.
I respect each method, and the passions with which you all espouse your preference, but please try to keep from belittling the preferences of others as Min/maxing, lacking in RP or whatever. I don't like dumping stats down to 7 or lower...but some might enjoy the RP aspect (My group is big on humor). Want to dump a 6 in your Cha? I will make it matter as the DM, trust me. I'm not going to go out of my way to screw you just to 'teach you a lesson;, but it's go come up. I once DMed a half-orc barbarian who had dumped his Cha down to 6 and his Wis to 7 in order to Max his Str/Con. He roleplayed is well, rudely threatening to eat any folks smaller to himself, as well as playing up the hilarious combo of a really crappy Sense Motive, When his goading and 'Tharg eat little faeries' comments (Complete with taking out a loaf of bread and some mustard) drew the ire of a Pixie Caster, while the actual NE character who deserved said ire skated through the situation with his Cha 16 and some inoffensive RPing... The Player laughed and went with it.
Longsword? Pshaw...how about the Short Sword. No reason to ever take one, really... What the game needs is rules for Close,In-fighting, then the short sword, dagger, hand axe etc... would be well-loved weapons.
I still love longswords,btw.
Off-Topic: I'm just tickled-pink whenever someone has MikMek tag along.
Actually, as the excavation of the Mary Rose shows, English Longbowmen had differing arm sizes. Took a bit of Googling, but I watched an awesome History Channel show on this topic, and it showed a reconstruction of their physiology, showing that they looked a bit like Fiddler Crabs (OK, not THAT extreme...). They had massive shoulders, with extra ligament, muscle and tendon build-up, as well as thicker left elbows for stability.
Quote: "Others showed an asymmetry of the right shoulder but also the left elbow. Through