When to play a Gnome?


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Dont people know Gnomes are the tastiest race out there. So when the monster are hungry ,you should play a gnome.
You all heard of the great Gnome cooking song like Gnome for the Hollandais and Gnome on the Range.


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Weirdo wrote:
JoeJ wrote:
Treefolk wrote:
Pyromaniac! Gnomes do that well too!
What about a half gnome, half goblin alchemist?
Consider this idea stolen.

If I ever do this I think I'll multiclass as an Alchemist (Fire Bomber)/Gunslinger (Experimental Gunsmith). "My friends call me 'Mr. Boom.'"


Degoon Squad wrote:

Dont people know Gnomes are the tastiest race out there. So when the monster are hungry ,you should play a gnome.

You all heard of the great Gnome cooking song like Gnome for the Hollandais and Gnome on the Range.

I cannot recall, isn't there a song about the classic Orc desert, Gnome Sweet Gnome?


I'll play a gnome over a halfling any day of the week, regardless of class. They're just so fun to play.

Silver Crusade

Since I decided against the gnome for my heavens oracle, I made my new beast rider cavalier a gnome instead of a halfling.


+2con ...

Silver Crusade

Whenever you want to give your character a ridiculous name but have a perfectly good reason for it.


When you want to make an Iroran Paladin with Bewildering Koan

Obv.

Silver Crusade

When you want to be able to debuff enemies just by insulting them. Be sure to take the alternate racial trait that gives two languages for each rank in linguistics if you do this. That way, you can insult them in ALL the languages.


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If you are playing with the Dungeon Bastard and have already decided to play a bard. There is no reason to stop halfway at annoying him.

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Fromper wrote:
When you want to be able to debuff enemies just by insulting them. Be sure to take the alternate racial trait that gives two languages for each rank in linguistics if you do this. That way, you can insult them in ALL the languages.

Or when you want to buff your enemies by insulting them.


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I feel the need to put in two cents,

so here I go.

Gnomes can be quite effective little buggers, I found that they make excellent mounted cavaliers and paladins, +2 con, and +2 cha is nice, and the ability to take ones mount into the dungeon is also a major benefit.

a Gnome Bard also can be quite the boon to the party although it is not always fun when you get stuffed into a box so the party can claim they have invented a radio. Still probably out most exciting infiltration plan to date.

Size can be an issue but they are strong for choices where size is not a big deal, IE casters. a gnome cleric has some extra hp and a boost to his charisma abilities, going with oracle or other charisma based casters makes it even better, a gnome sorcerer can do some good damage, and take a beating.


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LordKadarian wrote:
a Gnome Bard also can be quite the boon to the party although it is not always fun when you get stuffed into a box so the party can claim they have invented a radio. Still probably out most exciting infiltration plan to date.

This one needs a no liquids warning!

Scarab Sages

EvilPaladin wrote:
Fromper wrote:
When you want to be able to debuff enemies just by insulting them. Be sure to take the alternate racial trait that gives two languages for each rank in linguistics if you do this. That way, you can insult them in ALL the languages.
Or when you want to buff your enemies by insulting them.

Eh caustic slur isn't that bad, power attack is only a buff if they hit and it does reduce accuracy. If it actually forced them to attack you, you could take advantage of that on an AC build. Unfortunately, it doesn't.


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Springing off LordKadarian's radio idea, an eccentric necromancer might use a Gnome-in-the-Box to protect his treasure. When the chest is opened a zombie gnome with a big knife jumps out and attacks.


Pyro flame oracle looks fun.

For power, it's probably summoner. Your hit points are your eidolon's hit points.


Back when we played 2E my brother played a Gnome Fighter specialized in a warhammer with a 18/92 strength. Ever since then Gnomes have been badasses in our worlds.


I like 'em as Druids.

  • No-one takes a Gnome serious. Ever. So they can do pretty much whatever they want to.
  • Everybody accepts that Druids are somewhat "maladjusted". So they too can do pretty much whatever they want to.
Combined, you're free from all expectations.

Webstore Gninja Minion

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Removed a post and the reply.  Please remember that there is plenty of room in the game for people to play how they want and no one way is superior to another. If what you're posting isn't advice, it doesn't belong in this thread.

Scarab Sages

Sorry for the reply, clearly, I should have left it for the Gnijas.


Gnomes have so great fire or illusion spell advantages. They are small with a bonus to cha and con, so they make great CHA based casters. The penalty to str does not hurt a pure caster very much.

The flavor on a gnome I find amazing. I love making fun of peoples names and being a jovial gnome. I think they are a great race to roleplay


Chess Pwn wrote:
Hi, I'm wondering when would a Gnome be a good choice for your race out of the core races? At first glance I feel anything a Gnome can do a Halfling could do better. Is there something I'm missing or are Gnomes just a bad pick?

The Gnome is always a good choice! Their SLAs let you qualify for Arcane Strike for extra damage that scales with HD and makes your weapon magic from level 1.

Also, no other race is quite as...colorful...as a gnome.
If you play a gnomish cleric your SLAs count as arcane for purposes of Arcane Strike, so more damage. Ever want +5 extra damage as a paladin on all your weapon attacks? Violla!

Liberty's Edge

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That reminds me...so...in PF, gnomes are fey...and Lini's yellow coloration is...natural? Like, it's not body paint or anything?

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Samy wrote:
That reminds me...so...in PF, gnomes are fey...and Lini's yellow coloration is...natural? Like, it's not body paint or anything?

Correct.

Core Rulebook Race Chapter wrote:

Gnomes trace their lineage back to the mysterious realm of the fey, a place where colors are brighter, the wildlands wilder, and emotions more primal. Unknown forces drove the ancient gnomes from that realm long ago, forcing them to seek refuge in this world; despite this, the gnomes have never completely abandoned their fey roots or adapted to mortal culture. As a result, gnomes are widely regarded by the other races as alien and strange.

Physical Description: Gnomes are one of the smallest of the common races, generally standing just over 3 feet in height. Their hair tends toward vibrant colors such as the fiery orange of autumn leaves, the verdant green of forests at springtime, or the deep reds and purples of wildflowers in bloom. Similarly, their flesh tones range from earthy browns to floral pinks, frequently with little regard for heredity. Gnomes possess highly mutable facial characteristics, and many have overly large mouths and eyes, an effect which can be both disturbing and stunning, depending on the individual.

I have a gnome bard with blue skin and green hair.

My gnome sorcerer has the Deep Earth bloodline, so I went with much more subdued coloring for him, to match his magical bloodline - greyish skin and brown hair. I kinda picture the greyish skin tone as being like the Cardassians from Star Trek.

Personally, I really like the Pathfinder version of gnomes. I remember back in 1st edition AD&D, gnomes were pretty much just dwarf wannabes, who really didn't stand out at all. In Pathfinder, they're much more colorful, both physically and in personality, because of their fae origins. As the only fae-based player race, they're in a class by themselves.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

That's actually kind of cool.


Far from optimal, but one of the Characters I have had the most fun with was old little Nilvin, a Gnome Wizard with a massive cleanness Obsession (Sometimes he would even waste a turn or two in battle to cast prestidigitation and clean himself or make himself smell like flowers/fruits). He was sometimes grumpy, always complained about his bone aches (he was kinda old), smoked the pipe and liked chocolate flavored tea, and needless he was loved and treated by the party as if he was a little kid (except the party's Cleric who did not like his pranks or weird spells at all :p)

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