My List of Developer Clarifications and Responses


Pathfinder First Edition General Discussion


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Hey all,

For the past year or two, I've been keeping track of developer and freelancer responses to questions on these forums as a way to better understand the rules and to help others out quickly. This list, although by no means complete, contains over 520 responses by developers and freelancers on a wide variety of topics.

Most of the entries in this list are tagged with a short description of why I added it to the list. If the title is enough, I don't generally add anything. Now, this does mean that not every entry here lists every clarification in a post. Just the ones I was looking for when I found the post. Sometimes it's a combination of the title and the description that helps me narrow it down.

The best way to search through here is to come up with a number of keywords related to the topic you want to see if there was an answer on. So if you're looking for Spell-Like Abilities, terms to search the page for include 'spell-like', 'spell-like abilities', 'SLA', etc.

Speaking of SLAs, the posts in here are not guaranteed to be up-to-date. After the revelations about SLAs yesterday, I still have a number of posts in there regarding the old way SLAs were seen, and I plan on removing those once the dust settles. Or at least editing them. I do try to remove things as I find out they are wrong though. EDIT: Dust has settled, old clarifications removed.

Inside the list, you'll find a number of posts by the design team and other Paizo developers. The non-design team posts by Paizo devs are generally added if I see the subject matter as something they are intimately familiar with.

You'll also find a number of posts by freelancers. My philosophy towards PF heavily favors RAI, and in the absence of official stance on a topic, I'll default to the freelancer who originally wrote the rule and their intentions when they sent the rule in. Special thanks to Jason Nelson for all of his forum posts, as he has really helped us out by explaining his (often complicated) archetypes.

Finally, you'll find the rare post by a non-freelancers and non-Paizoans. Generally, these posts will be in there because they were favorited by one of the design team (taking as tacit confirmation of the post), the post was marked 'no reply necessary' and I found it obvious which ways the devs went, or discussions of non-forum conversations between a poster and Paizoan.

Another special thanks for Gary Teter, Lord PMG of All Code, for the List feature and, perhaps more importantly, not paginating everyone's list due to my list, thus keeping it easy for me to search.

And here the list is.

(In case the link goes down, you can find it by going to my User page, hitting the Wishlist's tab, and then going to Dev Comments.)


Very nice. I was looking for a new time sink. Putting in my quick access links.

Grand Lodge

Trrrrroooop....Errrrr!!!

Good collection!


Thank you Cheapy. Great work!!

Liberty's Edge

Thanks Cheapy!


Wait Wait Cheapy everyone keeps getting into about Invisibility and Flanking and you have had the answer the entire TIME!!!


Yea, and I posted the answer twice in that thread!


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Wow. This is like the missing to-do list for FAQ and Errata.


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If there is anything to take away from all those posts its clearly:

SKR wrote:
humans need to pee and poop


Awesome :)


Wow!


BuzzardB wrote:

If there is anything to take away from all those posts its clearly:

SKR wrote:
humans need to pee and poop

It truly is the most important clarification in the game of Pathfinder.


Humanoids doesn't always refer to humanoid type, it sometimes means human-like (martial artist quote)
JJ
"Looking at the martial artist's pain points ability... and after chatting with Jason... we're in agreement that the word "humanoid" in the Pain Points entry is not a game term. It's merely a way of saying "your knowledge of how intestines and nerves and hearts and lungs and spleens and other elements of anatomy," but unfortunately using a game term that has specific rules connotations.

So... yes. Pain Points works on anything that can be critically hit or can be affected by stunning fist or quivering palm. We'll clear that language up in the next printing, whenever that happens..."

But in stat blocks it means human type...
SKR
"Likewise, "humanoid" in a stat block means "humanoid" in the sense of creature types, not "things that are generally humanoid in shape" (like a statue of a human, or a monstrous humanoid, or a hound archon with a humanlike head, or a dragon or demon in human form)... it means Type: humanoid"


That's why they said they will errata the Martial Artist, because it used a game term by accident without meaning to.


Basically what Quandary said. If something is said to be marked for errata, I'll add it to the list as well.


Thanks for your time and effort. Appreciate ya.


No problem!


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Dood! Great list, thoughtfully annotated. Thanks very much for it.


Fantastic and eclectic list Cheapy! Thanks for compiling this.


Great list! Immediately emailed it to my group!


I certainly hope it helps you guys out!

I'll probably be updating this thread as I add a batch of links. Orif I ever organize it :-)


Oh. You can jump during a charge?

I bet I can come up with some follow-up questions to that, then. Stay tuned.


Cheapy wrote:

Hey all,

For the past year or two, I've been keeping track of developer and freelancer responses to questions on these forums as a way to better understand the rules and to help others out quickly.

This is an awesome project. Thank you for sharing.


Troubleshooter wrote:

Oh. You can jump during a charge?

I bet I can come up with some follow-up questions to that, then. Stay tuned.

That's one of the few ones where I'm not sure on, but added anyways, mostly because I can't imagine them not correcting James if the statement was wrong.

Liberty's Edge

Great resource Cheapy! I know I plan to spend some serious quality time reading through it!


Nice list. Thanks for the hard work on putting it together....and well, the responsiveness from the Paizo team and others in answering questions so that there is enough information to list.


Thanks! You're doing great work.


I've since added a few more clarifications.


Apparently I've added 20 or so clarifications to this since I last checked the count.

So that's a reason to bring this back up.


*Lots* of updates since I posted in here last.

Grand Lodge

Cheapy,

Thank you for your efforts on this. Your dev tracking list is well done and extremely helpful!

Cheers,
Jim


Wow! Thanks for putting all this together!


No problem, guys! I'm glad others are getting use out of it!


I've since removed the various SLA posts I could find that are now incorrect, and added a bunch more.


Thank you! Extremely helpful.


I've probably added a few things since then, so bringing this back up :)


A bunch more clarifications, and removed a few out-of-date things (most notably posts about the interaction between US and Natural Attacks).


Most likely a few new changes, but mostly bumping this to help more people :)


looking through the awesome list and thinking, ugh all those contradicting rulings...

might need some clean up on that front.

but still a really awesome list.

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