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Great, thanks!

I'm toying around with a Windows application that digitizes PF2E monsters/NPCs for an all-in-one place I can view their statblocks when I GM. If I ever release it as something beyond my own personal tool, I'd like to be able to include the action icons used in PF2E. Looking over the CUP and (newly added) PF2E logos and icons, I can't find any reference to them. Is there a way to use them in accordance with the CUP? It'd be a real bummer to not be able to duplicate the look of the PF2E statblocks because the icons are unavailable.

Mötley Crüe - You're All I Need

Neutral Good. To me it's the alignment that most embodies the classic fantasy hero that rises above and wins the day. It's the kind of character I grew up reading about and loving, and it just feels right.

Lawful Evil is probably my favorite villain to fight against, and to GM as. They can be so downright reasonable with their evil that it can make for tough moral choices, which allows the heroes to, again, rise above. Plus, more than the other two evils, I feel like LE villains have a real shot at being redeemed.

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PF1 CRB: $49.99, 576 pages ($9.99 for PDF)
PF1 B1: $44.99, 320 pages ($9.99 for PDF)

Total cost: $94.98 (or $19.98 for PDF)
Total pages: 896
Cost per page: 10.6¢ (or 2.2¢ for PDF)

DND 5E PHB: $49.95, 320 pages (no PDF)
DND 5E DMG: $49.95, 320 pages (no PDF)
DND 5E MM: $49.95, 352 pages (no PDF)

Total cost: $149.85
Total pages: 992
Cost per page: 15.1¢

Purely from a value perspective, I'll take Paizo's business model in a heartbeat.

It's not that the scheme itself is powergaming, it's that the whole method feels like it. If you don't like the word, simply replace it with cheese.

Coming up with elaborate schemes that reek of absurd powergaming while ignoring a requirement of one of the fundamental parts of the scheme...such as the fact that bless water targets a flask of water, not the water in a person's body.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Pretty much. Vote with your wallets, friends.

Yep, and after the disdain Lone Wolf has shown their Realm Works backers, I fully intend to do so. They've made it abundantly clear they do not want my business.

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The thing that bothers me the most is that Lone Wolf has proven they're incapable of meeting timelines and completing features for a product besides HLC - Realm Works is still not complete nearly 5 years after the Kickstarter. They've been promising that the Content Market was coming "soon" and is "nearly done" for almost two years now - the "complete Pathfinder library" was promised to be released in early 2016.

Their reasoning always seems to be that the Hero Lab and Realm Works teams are separate. Well how about before launching an entirely new product, you first lend some people from that project to Realm Works and get it completed?

Their HLO FAQ has a lot of commentary about features that are not going to be in the initial release, but are "planned" for the future - kind of like how the Content Market was planned. Like custom content (a hugely important feature)...sure, they may say it will be released soon after HLO is released, but can we trust Lone Wolf to make that deadline? I could easily see it slipping to 2018, then 2019, then who knows if it will ever be released?

Lone Wolf has squandered every bit of goodwill I had for them, and HLO is not what I want. I want Realm Works to be completed, and Starfinder to be supported in HLC. I have no need whatsoever to run it on a multitude of platforms (I use PCs/laptops), no need for online access (I use Dropbox to store my portfolios), and no desire to pay a subscription to access content I've already bought.


Dot for now, with rolls.


4d6 ⇒ (4, 2, 4, 4) = 14
4d6 ⇒ (1, 3, 3, 4) = 11
4d6 ⇒ (2, 6, 3, 6) = 17
4d6 ⇒ (6, 1, 5, 6) = 18
4d6 ⇒ (6, 4, 4, 2) = 16
4d6 ⇒ (2, 5, 1, 2) = 10

First set of rerolls
(4, 2, 4, 4)
reroll 2: 1d6 ⇒ 1

(1, 3, 3, 4)
reroll 1: 1d6 ⇒ 3

(2, 6, 3, 6)
reroll 2: 1d6 ⇒ 1

(6, 1, 5, 6)
reroll 1: 1d6 ⇒ 1

(6, 4, 4, 2)
reroll 2: 1d6 ⇒ 4

(2, 5, 1, 2)
reroll 1 & 2s: 3d6 ⇒ (1, 1, 6) = 8

Reroll the rerolls
(4, 1, 4, 4)
reroll 1: 1d6 ⇒ 1

(3, 3, 3, 4)
No rerolls

(1, 6, 3, 6)
reroll 1: 1d6 ⇒ 2

(6, 1, 5, 6)
reroll 1: 1d6 ⇒ 1

(6, 4, 4, 4)
No reroll

(1, 5, 1, 6)
reroll 1s: 2d6 ⇒ (4, 4) = 8

Even more rerolls
(4, 1, 4, 4)
reroll 1: 1d6 ⇒ 4

(3, 3, 3, 4)
No rerolls

(2, 6, 3, 6)
reroll 2: 1d6 ⇒ 3

(6, 1, 5, 6)
reroll 1: 1d6 ⇒ 2

(6, 4, 4, 4)
No reroll

(4, 5, 4, 6)
No reroll

Hopefully last reroll

(4, 4, 4, 4)
No rerolls

(3, 3, 3, 4)
No rerolls

(3, 6, 3, 6)
No rerolls

(6, 2, 5, 6)
reroll 2: 1d6 ⇒ 3

(6, 4, 4, 4)
No reroll

(4, 5, 4, 6)
No reroll

Final stats

(4, 4, 4, 4) = 12
(3, 3, 3, 4) = 10
(3, 6, 3, 6) = 15
(6, 3, 5, 6) = 17
(6, 4, 4, 4) = 14
(4, 5, 4, 6) = 15

Dot. Looking at creating a slayer/warpriest of Asmodeus. More details coming in the next day or two.

Full disclosure: I have GM'd this campaign from start to finish. If you'd rather not have a player like that, I understand and will not create the submission (apologies if this has already been answered in the thread, haven't had a chance to read everything yet).

It sounds like the GM is making the NPCs particularly difficult to work with, for some reason. However:

Spoilers for Shackled city. You have been warned:
There's a lot of corruption in Cauldron's government. There's even a time late in the adventure path that there's an ideal moment for a PC or friendly NPC to become mayor. It's possible the GM is trying to make you hate "the establishment" to set things up for your group to be the linchpin for revolution.

This doesn't mean, however, that all NPCs should be jerks. If the players don't care about Cauldron, the whole adventure kind of falls apart.

Non-spoiler version: It's possible the GM is trying to set things up for later. However, even if that's the case, there should still be some friendly NPCs, as your party should care about Cauldron.


4d6 ⇒ (3, 3, 3, 1) = 10 = 9
4d6 ⇒ (2, 3, 6, 5) = 16 = 14
4d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 1, 2) = 12 = 11
4d6 ⇒ (5, 3, 2, 6) = 16 = 14
4d6 ⇒ (2, 4, 3, 5) = 14 = 12
4d6 ⇒ (4, 1, 1, 2) = 8
4d6 ⇒ (5, 4, 1, 4) = 14 = 13

Thinking of a bard of some kind, not sure of any details yet.

I noticed my submission (Kazmuk Stormborn) wasn't in the spreadsheet, so I tried adding it and it looks like it did save. Hope you don't mind.

Since I wasn't sure what I wanted to submit, I gathered the current submissions/proposed ideas:

Archpaladin Zousha - paladin progressing to Aldori Swordlord
thelizardwizard - Alexander Cedric - fighter or ranger, two-weapon fighting?
Grumbaki - Drazh Anviltamer - dwarven two-handed fighter
Twistlok - Ulrich Rovanky - half-orc slayer
overlord_laharl- Vittorio Vandomar - mesmerist
Gummy Bear - Cyrus Lebeda - human bard
Zachary Wydawski - Alexei Svost - human kensai magus
Seth86 - Zartana - human crossbowman fighter
zolexa13 - halfing or gnome oracle
colin spear - halfling ranged cavalier
andygal - cleric of Erastil

After getting that together, I'm thinking of a dwarven wizard. Don't have much yet, will try to get something submitted tomorrow. Full disclosure: I was a player for the first book of this AP IRL - we TPK'd in the final battle.

I'm interested in playing a halfling witch that focuses on the halfling jinx racial trait and combining it with hexes. Kind of the ultimate debuffer. What I think would be really interesting is for the character to have gained her powers during The Gap, and she doesn't know who her patron is. Haven't had a chance to build her yet, or think too much of her background...just throwing the concept out there and to get a dot in the thread.

I'd definitely be interested in the Children of Wrath concept. I've had an idea for awhile now about a character that's an angry chef, whose combat style is to throw almost anything he gets his hands on at the targets of his anger.

DM-Salsa wrote:
Eh, I'd say that's too dark for what I was going for. It sounds like it'd be interesting, but I was kinda hoping for more of a heroic tone.

In this case, I think I'll withdraw my submission of Voidson - he's not really the heroic type. I'll see about coming up with a different character instead.

I'll get the character posted tonight. Just as a quick overview, the original plan was for him to be a worshiper of Groetus looking for an artifact to end the world (which, I expect, he'd never actually find).

Read through the Nordholm Setting Document. I posted about my character concept in the interest check thread, and I'm looking to make a character that worships something akin to a Daedric Prince. Do you have something like them?


I would also be interested in ABP And background skills. I'm ambivalent on knowing other characters ahead of time. As for start level, I pretty much always prefer starting at 1st.

I'd be interested in this, and have what I think is a pretty good concept for a character I've yet to be able to play. He's an inquisitor of Groetus that's quite insane (in a functional way), and he's looking for an artifact that he's convinced Groteus showed him in a vision that will bring about the end of the world. He's interested in searching out the lost nooks and crannies of the world, looking for this artifact.

I'd be interested in Spheres of Power, and could even start off sans magic.

Edit: Thinking about it, it'd be a cinch to convert him from worshiping Groetus to a Daedric prince instead - perhaps Mehrunes Dagon.

Check out the rules in the Bestiary appendices for advancing a monster by adding racial hit dice. They can be also be found on the PRD here (in the Adding Racial Hit Dice section)

For my current Reign of Winter campaign, I'm going to be replacing large pieces of book 3, as I'm not a fan of much of the book. My plan is for the party to meet up with the Rashalka centaurs. The Rashalka are going to be bound to Baba Yaga's service through an ancient pact their ancestors made with her. Essentially, they were once human, and their tribe was decimated by raids from other tribes that rode horses. Desperate to survive, the Rashalka bargained with Baba Yaga to make them greater than horse riders. Baba Yaga struck the bargain, turning them into centaurs and binding them to her service until <something>.

I don't know what the <something> is. I want this to reinforce the fairy tale themes RoW has going through it, so something abstract yet still tangible. The players are going to be entering the Thrice Tenth Kingdom, and while there, I'd like for them to be able to assist the Rashalka in freeing themselves from Baba Yaga's service by finding the trigger for <something>.

The best I've come up with so far is they'll be bound to her service until they "find that which you gave up." Then in the Thrice Tenth Kingdom, the party finds an enormous pile of bones - all human legs. It's workable, but a little too literal for my taste.

Anybody have any ideas that would work for this?

First thing I'd try to fix those errors is going to Portfolio -> Strip Missing Sources. I did it on mine and it looked to work correctly after that.

As for the first encounter, it's not really a CR 4. There's 3 CR 1/2 street thugs which works out to a CR 2 encounter, and then Jil (a CR 6) is included in there, but she's not really part of the encounter. It really should be labeled as a CR 2 encounter. Also, I'm not sure where you're seeing 24 hp for the thugs - they have 15 hp as far as I can tell.


Dark Souls board game Kickstarter:

Have you seen/backed this? Interested?

You might want to mix things up a little bit, as having multiple encounters of <humanoid with a weapon> in a row can get repetitive.

One really important note about your cleric - unless you want to kill the party, do not channel negative energy to harm. Against a low level party, 2d6 area damage is a lot, Will save or no. 2 failed saves in a row can be death and a lot of hard feelings.

Do you know who the primary designer of the Occultist was? I love the class, and was curious why scorching ray isn't on their spell list, despite the upgraded version, contagious ray, being there. Seems like a curious omission.

Do you know who the primary designer of the Occultist was? I love the class, and was curious why scorching ray isn't on their spell list, despite the upgraded version, contagious ray, being there. Seems like a curious omission.

ElMustacho wrote:
Protip: This spell has a duration of instantaneous, you can target people inside an Antimagic Field.

Antimagic Field's instantaneous spell duration exception is limited to Conjuration spells, which Battering Blast is not.

Numerian wrote:
anyone know who is Trell (not Mappo but the power mentioned in Mistborn)?

Trell is only mentioned a few times in Mistborn (Trelagism is one of the religions Sazed offers to Vin, focusing on the night sky and stars). Miles mentions Trell briefly in Alloy of Law, and Marasi even more briefly in Shadows of Self.

My hunch is that Trell has something to do with the Shards...perhaps a holder of a Shard we know nothing about yet?

Can you be a little more specific about the times? Afternoon and evening are kind of broad. Thanks!

My players were scared of the T-rex skeleton, and were sure it was going to be a TPK, until they noticed a quirk in how I drew the map and darted into a small niche in the wall of the cavern. The T-rex was too big to fit through, and as a skeleton, too stupid to get away, so they just chipped away at it with ranged attacks.

Glad the portfolios are helping out.

Unfortunately, I will need to retract my submission. Hope everyone has a great campaign though.

@GM: My witch has Scribe Scroll. Can I scribe some scrolls pre-game at the discounted price?

@BigOm: Why, winter of course. ;)

@Big OM: Coming along. So far I've got that she's a member of the Jadwiga Harcatha, but relatively unimportant as Jadwiga go. She's ruthless, ambitious and LE. A witchguard could easily fit into her background, as long as there's no romantic thoughts required of her.

For clarification, are you using all of the houserules and your homebrew setting?

Will definitely create a Winter Witch, as I'm very familiar with Reign of Winter and I love the flavor of the area. It'll take awhile to go through all those houserules, but here's my rolls for stats.

4d6 ⇒ (3, 2, 5, 5) = 15 = 13
4d6 ⇒ (4, 2, 4, 2) = 12 = 10
4d6 ⇒ (3, 1, 6, 6) = 16 = 15
4d6 ⇒ (4, 1, 4, 3) = 12 = 11
4d6 ⇒ (5, 1, 1, 2) = 9 = 8
4d6 ⇒ (3, 5, 6, 6) = 20 = 17
4d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 6, 5) = 20 = 16
4d6 ⇒ (4, 5, 5, 4) = 18 = 14

The last leap second was in June 2012, and it caused reddit to crash, Gawker to go down, and Australian airline Qantas had enough computer problems that 50 flights were delayed. Changing a computer's assumption about time can cause all sorts of problems (hence the whole Y2K scare).

For instance, say somebody submitted a post at exactly the moment the leap second happened. The Paizo messageboard database might expect the time stamp for that post to be 00:00:00 (exactly midnight), but instead the time stamp reads 23:59:60. If the software isn't designed to handle that time stamp, any reference to that post could very likely crash the program.

Here's the various notes, Hero Lab portfolios, and such that I used to run the Darklands chapter:

It probably had something to do with the leap second yesterday.

I skipped this chapter as well. My party had to flee from Kazmojen their first encounter, as he defeated them very easily. As they were fleeing, Lord Orbius made his appearance and took Terem, but I had Kazmojen go ahead and sell the other children to Pyllrak. The party was quite distraught when they finally defeated Kazmojen and found a receipt on him indicating that "Pyllrak of the Darklands" had purchased them. They found a discarded journal in Pyllrak's room that indicated his plans for reselling the children in the Darklands, and so the second chapter of Shackled City turned into a chase through the Darklands as the party tried their best to catch up to Pyllrak. It turned into one of the best parts of the entire campaign.

GM MG wrote:
alientude wrote:
Here is Tigorm the Outcast.

Good backstory.

Your hit points are slightly off, forgot to add Constitution modifier. 1d12 + CON(-1) + Toughness(3) = 14. Other than that mechanics are fine.

My HP calculations are:

12 (HD) - 1 (CON) + 3 (Toughness) + 1 (Favored class) = 15

Here is Tigorm the Outcast.

Like so many posting here, I love the Dark Souls games.

Grim, brutal setting for a grim, brutal game...sounds like rolling 3d6 in order is a great way to determine my character...

Str: 3d6 ⇒ (6, 6, 5) = 17
Dex: 3d6 ⇒ (5, 5, 2) = 12
Con: 3d6 ⇒ (1, 1, 5) = 7
Int: 3d6 ⇒ (4, 6, 3) = 13
Wis: 3d6 ⇒ (4, 3, 3) = 10
Cha: 3d6 ⇒ (4, 3, 2) = 9

That...is a very fragile front line combatant. Maybe a barbarian to help offset the lack of Con? I'll post a character later tonight.

Clerics can do spell research - ask your GM if he'd allowed you to research the spell.

Is the Occult Adventures playtest material allowed? If so, I might switch my concept to a kineticist.

Interested in playing a Chelaxian woman who was a slave and eventually turned pirate. She'd be an unchained rogue with the pirate archetype and variant multiclass into gunslinger. Will post more soon.

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