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I downloaded the chronicle sheet to use this as an intro to PFS for my nephew and there seems to be some info missing. Is it supposed to only be 1 page?

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I have a quick question, and rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd ask it here. Can you use the same boon twice on the same character? I received 2 of the "+1 trait" boons and was wondering if I could apply it to the same guy.

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I always thought the AM in AM BARBARIAN stood for anti-magic since sunder spell was a vital compenent to the build. I guess I was mistaken.

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Zaister wrote:

There's also no rule that says I can't charge or pounce or full-attack when sleeping.

LOL! My stomach is hurting from this comment.

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I'd be more worried about the lack of a 4th party member than lack of a cleric. The witch could pick up some of the healing slack. Maybe the fighter or rogue could switch to a ranger or the witch could switch to druid to supply an animal companion later on.

Otherwise, I'd definitly lower the EL of the encounters.

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hippononymous wrote:

That sucks you got booted from the group for announcing your concerns on Paizo. I don't see anything wrong with it, since I would be equally baffled by the results. Maybe you were holding a cursed item or just had consistently bad rolls. Or maybe your DM doesn't know how to calculate rolls and DCs? I don't know. I guess it doesn't matter anymore.

From the sound of how miserable a time he was having, I agree that maybe its best that he cut his losses and leave the game. Otherwise, I was just going to say to ditch the wizard and roll up a new character that buffs or just doesn't cast spells. Then of course, you run the risk of not being able to roll above their AC to hit.

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Stefan Hill wrote:

If you ever DM'd 1e AD&D, just play PF like that and you will be fine.

S.

Using this train of thought, maybe using a variable xp system might help balance the classes a bit. The non-casters use the fast track, the partial casters (paladin, ranger, etc) us the medium XP track and the full casters use the slow track. Multiclassing is where things might start to get messy.

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Thank you advice forum! Plenty of good stuff here and I've been convinced. Giving up all spellcasting is just too much of a penalty, especially now that it has been pointed out that you can still use scrolls and wands at first level. Maybe if the ability to trigger magic items wasn't stripped away, then the skirmisher wouldn't look so crippling now. It's a shame, since it was such a cool concept.

And since it's agreed that the trapper needs a lot of work (it doesn't even look like it'd be fun to play), I'll stick with spellcasting and maybe go with the spirit ranger. The animal companion seems like it would be incredibly nice to have, but I've read that it becomes more of a liablilty at later levels.

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Lastoth has a link for a ranger archer here.

discussion

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Mysterious Stranger wrote:
Go for the spells the other options are really weak. Once you get past the core book there are a lot of good rangers spells.

Yeah, but it just seemed like you get too few of them to cast per day. At 6th level with 14 wisdom, you get to do 5 hunters trick, or 2 first level spells per day. I don't really see raising my wisdom much higher than that unless I'm taking the cleric's hand-me-down headband. And tangling attack just seems so good.

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pobbes wrote:


When we used the system, we also allowed PCs to use the business as a masterwork tool for craft or profession checks to produce money for themselves representing work above and beyond the regular upkeep of the business as personal wages. This may have been double dipping, but since...

That sounds about right. It also took some interesting factors into account like competition and stuff. My party was sick of getting the standard half gold for their magic loot, so they hoarded it for a while and opended up their own magic shop to compete with Skye in Cauldron. I let them take 100% of the value of the items as the investment to fill up their "stock" and ran an item shop selling, buying, and trading magic items.

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Hello advice board. I'm in the process of creating a ranger for a new Carrion Crown campaign, but am undecided with the type of "casting" system to use with him. Note that I'm taking the Urban Ranger variant to fill in the role of the "expert" in the party.

I'm currently leaning towards the skrimisher since it seems to be pretty versatile, can be used used more frequently and I like the idea of ranger "tricks" but I fear that I'll be missing out on some cool encounter changing spells and the option to use wands and scrolls. The trapper just seems, well, weak on paper to me, but I haven't seen it in action. Would I be gimping myself by taking the skrimisher? Is the trapper even worth a second look?

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If anyone in your group happens to have access to one, the old DMG II for 3.5 had some pretty good rules for running a business. I used them when running Shackled City.

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Preston27 wrote:
The first session went fairly well even though I made a few mistakes. They ended up deciding to go the the false crypt the first night, and they had no problem with the giant centipedes, even though I sent a second wave of 3 in during the second round.

Glad to see it went well. I'm a little late to the advice giving party and most of what I would say has already been noted above, but I would also recommend you have a list of names readily available. My group tends to do the weirdest things, so you sometimes need a name for the dishwasher at the tavern that someone decides to befriend for whatever reason.

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Scarymike wrote:

The Only Sheet does this type of thing perfectly. Conditions, spells, custom effects and much more.

The link only takes you to the Paizo homepage. Anyhow, I have to vouch for Herolab on this one. It will calcuate the bonuses and penalties for a rageing, power-attacking, enlarged, bull strengthed, cleaving barbarian with a few simple clicks. Plus it doubles as a gp value calculator for magic items.

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lonewolf-rob wrote:
Just a quick clarification on Mathias' post. Lone Wolf doesn't have the resources available to add support for Psionics Unleashed right now. However, if Dreamscarred Press elected to spearhead the development project themselves and coordinate a formal release with us, we'd be happy to assist in making that happen.

Like I mentioned before, I'd pay $10 for an updated psionics pack, so there could be a financial incentive if there are others in the same boat.

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There is the chance of that, but if Bob the Animal was a PC, then I'd say it's more of a George and Lenny thing with the party brain.

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I'm not going to get into the children disposal discussion, but I would say that someone with a 3 in any physical stat would not be suitable for a life of adventuring. Having a 3 stat in a mental stat might still work for a thuggish brute.

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Is there any chance at all of this being released for Herolab? I've been waiting for the psionic OGL rules to be released as part of the Pathfinder pack, but I'll happily pay to have this version.

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...what would they be? I ask this because in my current gaming group, we are running a collaborative campaign where we are taking turns running an adventure. So I'm trying to figure out how I can run a condensed Age of Worms path while still keeping the main theme. I've heard that Three Faces of Evil is a bit more like a side trek, so I was thinking of skipping it and letting someone else handle the level 3/4 adventure. But I want to make sure I don't miss anything reeeeally important, so for you veteran AoW DM's, which ones do I need to run?

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Mewzero_hgc wrote:
Have you tried searching for it on archive.org? Maybe you can find some older versions of the pages you seek.

Bah, no luck at archive.org. Oh well, I'll sort through these forums and see what I can find. Thanks for trying.

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Hello all,

I ran the Shackled City AP a couple of years back and RPGenius.com was invaluable in providing stat blocks, handouts, and most importantly, side quests for the campaign. I think our favorite event ever was probably the Demonskar ball thanks to delvesdeep's fleshing out of the event. So now, I'm about to run some of Age of Worms and come to find out none of the links don't work there anymore. Is there an alternative to RPGenius where I can get homebrewed supplemental material for this adventure path?

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Any chance of getting a look at these characters? I'm curious to see what an optimized witch and cavalier might look like.

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Re: The Alchemist

We did a low level playtest last week of which I have yet to write a report on, but we did notice that the flavor of this class seems to be more of a skill monkey, with bombs instead of sneak attack. With 4+ int skills and INT being the primary stat, there were a lot of skill points to go around. We do agree with other posters though, that trapfinding should be a class ability in order to complete the "expert" role that this class seems to want to take. So we kind of see why the alchemist isn't meant to buff other characters straight out of the box. It's more of an alternate to the rogue.

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Dragnmoon wrote:


Not yet, and as far as I can tell there has been no official say either, also they are not registered as a company using the compatible licence.

I love this program, much more then herolabs, but I went herolabs because of the lack of word from RPGXplorer.

How dissapointing. I purchased this last year at GenCon from the Paizo booth in anticipation of getting the Pathfinder ruleset once it was finialized. *sigh* I'll guess I'll have to get a copy of HeroLabs.

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Bah, enough talk about the shipping, let hear more talk about the book. Is there a way to get a sample/demo of the PDF? I like to flip through my books before buying them.

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Treyu wrote:


I've read 'bout changes of 4th Ed., most on german boards - cause i am a german guy, and i want to say an excuse to all, that will be insulted by my poor english - and all i could see IS a diablo like version of DnD. Until now all they talked about is fighting. I heared nothing 'bout real roleplaying. WoTC prefers style at the moment. And in my opinion they don't care about wishes of the players. So many found elves too strong or too important in DnD and now: elves and eladrin as standard races. Why?

I think the reason all we talk about fighting right now, is because we are still looking at a rough draft of the rules, which are essencially tools for RPG's. Roleplaying is something that individual playing groups just kind of work out. Some players like hack and slash dungeon crawls with little NPC interaction, some like getting dressed up for their games and using props. But both these styles are going to need some structure for figuring out stuff like combat and skill checks, and that's what we're looking at right now. Once the rules are done, then people can work on the settings books, which is all about the background and roleplaying.

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Caladors wrote:

The problem with feats as they stand is this everysingle racial feat system has relied on the fact that you must take lots of raical feats for it to be any good as it says "for each 'fey' feat you have X"

A new system maybe great and I would love to see on work I do not know how they would intend to implment such a system but the problem with the past ones is that you have been an Elf that can cast spells not an Elven Spellcaster.
To be more preise in what I am saying they made you choose your race over your class and you shouldn't have to do that.

In addition this does not show the difference between how one race would go with a certain class.
Sure have brawling halflings but is a brawling halfling going to try and fight like a half orc?
Not on your life.

While I would like to see rules that make your character race choice continue to have effect past first level, I feel that recial feats might make races too complicated. I believe that your class should define your character role more and that your race just kind of add a bit more flavor.

I would like to see something simple, such as additional bonuses that kind of get added as you level up. For example, I could see a dwarf and half-orc getting regular hit point bonuses as they level up, while a halfling would get AC and saving throw bonus. This would make a higher level dwarven wizard still be a tough block of a character, taking a searing light or two in the chest and still kicking, while a halfling wizard would be a spy little bugger thats a pain in the butt to hit. Elves could get AC and to hit bonuses to represent their advanced training and humans could continue getting their extra skill points every level to show off their versatility. It might seem a bit boring, but it would be much easier to show newer players.

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Maybe I'm not seeing the big picture here, buy why is Terseon invading Redgorge again? Is it just to look for Alek? That seems a bit extreme, expecially since it's to the bad guys benefit if Alek is never found. Am I missing a vital plot point?

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Also keep in mind that if the caster ever comes across bracers +4, Mage Armor becomes pretty usless unless you plan on fighting incorperal enemies. Shield is then still a viable AC boost.

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My party made it to the cryohydra encounter in SCAP yesterday. They consist of 3 lvl 7's, 1 lvl 6, and 1 lvl 5, all gestalt. Since I lowered the number of heads on the monster to 6, I thought they would mop up the floor with it. So I started with the standard cold-breath attack.

After rolling good damage for three of the heads and the party making poor save rolls, I realzed if I had continued, I would have a TPK on my hands. So I choked, and had the hydra stop at three heads. I even fudged the die roll for the recharge so it wouldn't breath again right away (I rolled a 1 on the d4).

Anyway, my question is, how do you guys handle TPK's in a campaign like SCAP, or any other for that matter? Do you allow a do over of the encounter? Do you have everyone roll up new characters and take up where the old party died? Or do you scrap the campaign and use the opporunity to start another?

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I'm also running SCAP with 4 gestalt characters (fighter/warlock, fighter/ranger, cleric/rogue, wizard/duskblade). To help compensate for the low number of players, I also did a 32 point buy for stats and fixed hit points. The party is still challenged by the dungeon but doesn't have too much trouble kicking the skulks' butts.

Are you reducing the challenge ratings by one for the purpose of figuring out xp? I've found that if you don't, with a smaller party, they will start to level up too fast for the campaign. Even doing this, I have 3 players almost at level 4, and they haven't hit the Malachite Fortress yet.

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Heathansson wrote:
'nuff said.

Is it still free with a subscription to Dragon or Dungeon?

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I'm about to start running SCAP and the consensus I seem to get from the message boards is that it is very tough. I currently have 5 players, and since the campaign is designed for 6, they're playing gestalt classes with 32 points for stat-buy. You guys think this is a good equalizer or should I add action points?