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Diceless Pathfinder Combat Mechanic

I have been working on a diceless combat mechanic for Pathfinder (it could be applied to any system in which combat involves a roll to hit and a roll for damage, but Pathfinder will be used for ...
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Does a character sleeping in mithral breastplate incur fatigue?

A character who sleeps in medium or heavy armor is automatically fatigued the next day. He takes a –2 penalty on Str and Dex and can't charge or run. Sleeping in light armor does not cause fatigue. ...
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How does one trap a magic item?

As a GM, I would like to introduce a "trapped" magic item in one of my next adventures. The idea is that interacting with the item (detect magic, most probably, or touching it for a moment) would ...
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What to do when a player dislikes his character, that is vital for the story?

One of the PCs (a greedy, quirky dwarf fighter) in the game I am hosting recently died, and his player chose to join the group as a new character, a human paladin. After two sessions the player is not ...
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How can a Paladin be converted into an Anti-Paladin?

I'm the GM of a group where one PC (a greedy dwarf fighter) recently died. The player chose a new character, a human paladin. The player is new at roleplaying and after two sessions playing the ...
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What does it take to throw a splash weapon?

I have just discovered an entry in the Combat section that says "Prepare to throw splash weapon" is a full-round action. This partly baffles me, but maybe because I have a wrong definition of "splash ...
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How do I use acrobatics to move past foes and their threatened areas?

I think I would need at least 2. One for moving past the enemies occupied square and another for the threatened square, but do I need an acrobatics check for every threatened square I move past or ...
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How to add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system as a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier. Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character ...
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Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party

Where to start? First of all, I'm planning on running a Homebrew Pathfinder campaign of my own. I've already got the plot laid out and ideas for various NPCs. The problem is I'm running into an issue ...
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Can one push a wild animal using the Handle Animal skill?

I was wondering how the Handle Animal skill can be used when concerning wild animals. For example; If you come across a wolf in the woods and he's hungry and eyeing you down like he wants to attack, ...
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How are increases calculated when leveling up?

At first it seemed obvious to me but now I'm beginning to question it seeing as how I can't find anything explicit in the RAW. This is hard to phrase but I'll do my best. The question is regarding ...
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Are the effects of the awaken spell permanent?

Could you have a druid being followed by any number of awakened creatures permanently (assuming their relationship is a good one, and the creatures want to follow the druid)?
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What are the details involved in rearing an animal?

The Handle Animal skill is fairly detailed in most respects but in the CRB there is very little about actually rearing an animal. It's stated that a wild animal can be reared from infancy to become ...
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How does a character recover from the dying state on his own?

In RAW it's a bit confusing how you go about this if no one is aiding you at all. It states that a dying character "must make a DC 10 Constitution check to become stable. The character takes a ...
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How does wild shape work when adjusting ability scores and performing natural attacks?

I'm curious because the Wild Shape ability states that it works as the Beast Shape spell. The spell simply states that it adjusts certain ability scores (seems to only adjust size related ability ...
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How do the 90° and 180° turns work while flying?

The RAW seem to indicate that to turn 90° or 180° you have to perform a fly check and lose either 5 or 10 feet of movement respectively. That's fine, but I'm a little confused as to how to actually ...
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Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?

As written it seems like there are several holes in the Flanking rules that lead to really weird results. I was hoping someone could provide insights or ideas on this. The first issue I ran into was ...
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Can the Oracle Mystery Brain Drain be used to gather surface thoughts?

There is an Occult Oracle mystery called Brain Drain which allows the oracle to obtain a "jumble of stolen thoughts and memories" from an enemy. This can be used to make a Knowledge check using one ...
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How reliable is the d20 PFSRD? [duplicate]

I'm beginning Pathfinder and I'm curious as to how reliable the information is on that site. I only ask because occasionally I find it is lacking sources and I know it also has some 3rd party items ...
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How is reach interpreted in the Bestiary?

When interpreting a creature's reach is that the amount of feet it can attack beyond its own space? For example, the Gorilla in the Bestiary 1 has a space 10ft and reach 10ft. Does that mean that ...
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Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?

There has been some contention recently over the RAW-ness of officially published FAQs for tabletop games. While (as far as I am aware) the D&D 3.5 FAQ is not considered RAW, I'm not aware of any ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Can I use a Heighten Spell on high ability score extra spell slot to benefit from a Reserve Feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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Is possible to Chain-Activate Pearls of Power?

I will start a campaing in a few days and my players are on the "Character Building" mode for this week, and they are asking me a lot of really creative questions regarding possible builds. That's ...
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Which benefits do Extreme Endurance bestow?

The Martial Artist archetype from Ultimate Combat gains an ability named Extreme Endurance at fifth level. I quote: At 5th level, a martial artist gains immunity to fatigue. At 10th level, he ...
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Celestial Commander Summoned Monsters

This is a follow-up on this question Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another? The answer to that questions seems to be "Not if they cannot understand you." I am currently playing a ...
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To what extent can the open gaming license be used commercially? [duplicate]

Let's say hypothetically I want to make a videogame based on pathfinder. To what extent can I use their content? From what I can gather, I can use all mechanics, items, and bestiary, but I can't use ...
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Pathfinder Lance Damage Ruling [duplicate]

I am playing a cavalier with a lance.The lance description states "A lance deals double damage when used from the back of a charging mount. While mounted, you can wield a lance with one hand." My GM ...
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Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another?

Can summoned monsters, specifically natural creatures such as eagles, be commanded to aid another? I've tried to find the answer myself but haven't succeeded.
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Sorcerer elemental bloodline ray SLA and +1damage per die (crossblood-wildblood)

Let's take for example Pathfinder level 2 half-orc Crossblooded Primal_fire-Orc sorcerer. He took elemental ray at level 1. How much damage he should do with it at level 2? There are several options: ...
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How to handle some new NPCs who enter a fight in progress?

I am GMing for the second time in my life, and do not know how to handle this situation: There are 5 PCs who walk through this map. In almost every room there are a couple of NPCs who might or might ...
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How do I roleplay a journey? [duplicate]

I'm starting a new campaign and my players want to play a "journey". They want to explore a continent, walking to the objective, like a LOTR-styled thing. They literally want to walk through the ...
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Can ghosts travel to another plane? [closed]

Me and a friend have been arguing over the existence of outsiders and Spirits. We need some clarification on a few questions. Can a ghost possess a outsider such as an angel or demon. Can a ghost ...
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Do all Spell Trigger items always require a Use Magic Device check?

Or is it only when you are trying to use something you wouldn't normally use? Speaking mostly of wands, staves, and rods. For example; Would a level 1 druid be able to use a Cure Light Wounds wand ...
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Can a Fighter without multiple attacks use Two-Weapon Fighting?

If you are a level 5 fighter who just picked up two-weapon fighting, even if you don't have multiple attacks, would you be able to attack with two weapons? Specifics: Weapon training: blades, heavy; ...
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Best Healing Potion Possible

I have built a lvl 20 fighter with the ability to chug potions/Drinks as a swift action. I don't remember how I got that power, but as best as I remember it applies to all drinkable substances. What ...
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How many creatures does Heavenly Fire target?

The Sorcerer Celestial Bloodline has this power: Heavenly Fire (Sp): Starting at 1st level, you can unleash a ray of heavenly fire as a standard action, targeting any foe within 30 feet as a ...
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Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?

I understand usually a quarterstaff is usually treated as a double weapon with 1d6/1d6 - however it seems like regripping it should allow use as a two handed weapon using only one end to get more out ...
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How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?

The Multiweapon Fighting feat clearly states that it Replaces two-weapon fighting for creatures with more than two arms. What does that mean? I've given it some thought, and I can think of only three ...
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How do Favored Classes work? [duplicate]

So, I am creating my first Pathfinder character ever right now together with some friends. We are all new at this. I figured I'd go for a half-elven Cleric. Everything good so far. But! The two ...
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Do enemies have the same rules for death as PCs?

Once an enemy is lowered to 0 HP, are they dead or just knocked out? Do you have to reduce them to their negative Con score or is that mechanic strictly reserved for players?
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Should drawing weapons involve an initiative roll when combat isn't going to happen?

I need some advice on how to handle a troublesome situation. If my PCs are in a tense situation, and an NPC suddenly draws a weapon, should I ask my players to roll for initiative? Is this the most ...
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Using Ghoul Army spell as am Oracle with the Tongues curse

My character just reached Orcale level 10 and I was looking through 5th level spells. I came across the spell Ghoul Army but was told by another player that I cannot use it because as an Oracle with ...
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Can I use Sow Thought to make someone my servant?

There´s a first-level spell on the Witch's spell list avaliable for Changellings, Sow Thought, that says: You plant an idea, concept, or suspicion in the mind of the subject. The target ...
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Can you interrupt an action with a Ready Action?

I know that you can interrupt a turn, but can you interrupt the middle of an action, like a move action or would you have to wait until the other's move action is complete and then interrupt them ...
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Can a multiclassing Wizard/Magus cast a Wizard spell as a Magus spell?

A close friend and I were wondering, if a Magus/Wizard share a spell from both of their spell lists, how it is cast in regards to usage and preparation. Say, a Magus has a spell in their Wizard ...
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How does the “Handle Animal” skill work during combat?

I'm a bit confused as to how this skill is carried out during combat. If you have an animal companion/familiar/pet/or anything that follows you around, at the start of battle you roll for its ...
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Can I use a Combat Maneuver in place of an AoO?

Does this require a feat? If not, does itself provoke an AoO? For example, my cleric is standing between some guards and the rogue picking a lock. One of the guards walks through the square next to ...
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Why even bother with XP? [closed]

Our group has run into irreconcilable differences of opinion, unfortunately. One of the players was not present for our first session of a new campaign and was not awarded any XP for that session. ...
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Multiple attacks in a round (iterative attacks)

In what order do iterative attacks resolve? Right after the character who has initiative has resolved his first attack (attack with highest BAB), or do the other characters and npc's resolve their ...