Point buy vs. Pregens


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My question is, all my characters I have made todate have been made with the 20 point buy in (at first i was told it was 15 which messed me up major but got itworked out), then I looked over some of the approved pregens for PFS play and they all have 25 point makeups. So should I change to a 25 point buy in when making characters or should I just take a pregen and change the name therby getting a better start up?

Just recently started going to sanctioned events and would like to clarify before I go to ANCON friday.

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ancientdm wrote:

My question is, all my characters I have made todate have been made with the 20 point buy in (at first i was told it was 15 which messed me up major but got itworked out), then I looked over some of the approved pregens for PFS play and they all have 25 point makeups. So should I change to a 25 point buy in when making characters or should I just take a pregen and change the name therby getting a better start up?

Just recently started going to sanctioned events and would like to clarify before I go to ANCON friday.

You should follow the rules in the Guide to Organized Play and use a 20 point buy.

Liberty's Edge

Ok thanks cause I made duplicate sheets for each character one at a 20point and one at a 25 point buy in just so I would be covered. It is refereshing to constantly be able to ask a question and get real answers in a timely fashion. Paizo and the Society actually do thing right. Again thank you for your advice.

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ancientdm wrote:
... I looked over some of the approved pregens for PFS play and they all have 25 point makeups. ...

Do you mind my asking ... was that because of racial modifications, or something else?

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I hope in season 3 the pregens are fixed and maybe their skills/feats optimized a little more.

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Chris Mortika wrote:
ancientdm wrote:
... I looked over some of the approved pregens for PFS play and they all have 25 point makeups. ...
Do you mind my asking ... was that because of racial modifications, or something else?

I currently use something called hero lab to generate all my PFS characters and I tried making the exact pregen character with a 20 point buy in and it always comes up at 25 points which automatically disallows that character makeup. The only way I can get that character ability scored is to choose epic fantasy 25 point buy in unless for some reason the numbers total different. In the lab as you increase your ability score the cost of that score in points goes up. to get an 18 it actually costs 10 pts not 8 etc. etc.

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ancientdm wrote:
[I currently use something called hero lab to generate all my PFS characters and I tried making the exact pregen character with a 20 point buy in and it always comes up at 25 points which automatically disallows that character makeup. The only way I can get that character ability scored is to choose epic fantasy 25 point buy in unless for some reason the numbers total different. In the lab as you increase your ability score the cost of that score in points goes up. to get an 18 it actually costs 10 pts not 8 etc. etc.

A lot of us use Hero Lab as well.

There's a good possibility that you're trying to set the stats prior to specifying a racial attribute (this would happen for three of the four primary iconics). For example, if you see an 18 INT on a pregen, and you set the INT to 18, you're not accounting for the +2 bonus they likely get racially. The result is that the 18 INT you set is actually being set-up as 20 INT and you should instead set INT to 16 and let the +2 bonus apply to let it get up to 18.

That's just one example. I accidentally do the same thing all the time, so I'd bet dollars to donuts that's what's happening.

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Ryan Bolduan wrote:
That's just one example. I accidentally do the same thing all the time, so I'd bet dollars to donuts that's what's happening.

MMMMMMMMM Donuts.

Sorry couldn't help myself.


ancientdm wrote:
I currently use something called hero lab to generate all my PFS characters and I tried making the exact pregen character with a 20 point buy in and it always comes up at 25 points which automatically disallows that character makeup. The only way I can get that character ability scored is to choose epic fantasy 25 point buy in unless for some reason the numbers total different. In the lab as you increase your ability score the cost of that score in points goes up. to get an 18 it actually costs 10 pts not 8 etc. etc.

I double-checked the pregens a while ago, and the "core" pregens all use a 20 point buy. The APG pregens all use a 15 point buy for some reason, but that's a horse of a different colour...

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