Pathfinder RPG, derived from Dungeons & Dragons v3.5, published in 2009.

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What are some quality low-magic d20 (3.5e/PF) systems?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm getting ready to run a very low-magic (but high martial combat/adventure) Pathfinder campaign, and am looking for any systems to draw mechanics and inspiration ...
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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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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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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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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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How does identifying a scroll work?

The way the rules are spread across the book for this confuses me. Here are the methods I consider with corresponding DCs when applicable: Read Magic spell (automatic) Spellcraft check DC 20 + Spell ...
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Changing systems: Player and GM considerations in adapting a campaign from PF to 4e

I am resurrecting a campaign which had been on hold for several months, and considering updating from Pathfinder to 4e (which I have never run before), and juggling the mental calculus that goes into ...
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Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?

After getting keen I am exploring other options for my Pathfinder Society level 8 Magus. This is my first caster character of any sort, so forgive me if I'm forgetting something obvious. Consider the ...
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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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Using Sap Adept/Master feat as a rogue in pathfinder

I’ve read a lot about using Sap Adept and Sap Master as a rogue in Pathfinder. What is the best way for a rogue to trigger this feat (use a bludgeoning weapon to deal nonlethal sneak attack damage) ...
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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 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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Is negative energy (or chanelling it) necessarily evil?

I'm building a Lawful Neutral cleric of Abadar, and picture her channeling negative energy as "Abadar's rebuke of the unjust". In my case, she'll use the Rulership variant channeling rules, cutting ...
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What are the feats and class features that turn will and fort saves into reflex saves?

What are the feats and class features that turn will and fort saves into reflex saves? I vaguely remember reading something like this in a D&D 3.5 or PF book.
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Large humanoid with reach weapon and gore, unthreatened radius?

Let's say we have a minotaur (large creature with a Gore natural attack) armed with a large guisarme (reach weapon). A large reach weapon has it's range doubled (from 10' to 20') and the gore attack ...
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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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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?

The Pathfinder game has a series of Tomes and Manuals that, when read, permanently boost a specific ability score. Examples include the Tome of Understanding (Wis) or the Manual of Gainful Exercise ...
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How does a shadowdancer use nearby shadows to hide in plain sight?

In pathfinder; a shadowdancer acquires the ability to hide while being observed. A shadowdancer can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of an area ...
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How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight?

In Stealth skill, it is mentioned that; It's impossible to use Stealth while attacking, running, or charging. In a scenario where the attacker has Spring Attack feat or can move after an ...
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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 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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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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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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What are experience points?

Here it was suggested more than once that running away from a too dangerous encounter should add as much experience points as defeating it. This struck me as really odd and made me wonder what exactly ...
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How exactly do potions and oils work?

So I read the bit about potions in the CRB and it sayss a potion can have the effect of a spell up to 3rd level. It says with potions that the drinker is the target and the caster. So if I drink a ...
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What do I need to craft potions and oils?

I know that the Brew Potion feat can be used to make these items, but can I also use skills? The Paizo Site states that potions can be crafted with the Brew Potion feat, Spellcraft skill, and Craft ...
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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 ...
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Are there mechanics to make your own deities?

I noticed in The Inner Sea World Guide that most core deities seem to have 5 domains associated with them, and every other deity has 4. I'm trying to make a few additions to the list for my campaign ...
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Can an alchemical oil be used as a splash weapon?

If I create or purchase an oil with a harmful spell like say Magic Missile. Can I throw it as a splash weapon?
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Gemstones in a Treasure Hoard

I am using the Appendix in Ultimate Equipment to generate a Treasure Hoard. A 1000 GP (Type H Treasure, Lair Treasure) contains "three grade 1 gemstones", but the gemstone tables aren't referenced ...
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Can a bound outsider disobey its orders?

The Planar Binding spell reads: You can attempt to compel the creature to perform a service by describing the service and perhaps offering some sort of reward. [...] This process can be ...
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Would someone clarify the HD section in the Zombie Bestiary entry?

I'm mostly confused by the line "Drop HD gained by class levels (minimum of 1) and change racial HD to d8s." Now, let me see if I understood that correctly; If I'm dealing with something that has no ...
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Can you use the heal skill on yourself?

I know you can't use long-term care on yourself, but could you use the other aspects of the skill like first aid, treat wounds, treat disease, etc.
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Can you 5-foot step while entangled

This should be a really simple question but - can you 5-foot step while entangled in Pathfinder. I can see arguments both ways as to whether you can but I cannot see anything definitive. 5' step ...
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Are ability scores restored daily even while still under an affliction?

I'm trying to better understand afflictions and I was wondering if, for example; Someone gets Ghoul Fever. If they fail the save then they take 1d3 Con and 1d3 Dex damage. The next day, would they ...
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What does “the save DC is Charisma-based.” mean?

I'm looking at Ghoul Fever and it says that, but a few lines up it says the save is Fort DC 13, so I'm not sure what they mean by the charisma based part.
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Does the same affliction stack?

If you catch a specific affliction like a disease while in combat can you then catch it again next round? What are the effects of this if it's possible? Would you need to cure it twice? etc.
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If you perform a standard action can you still attack on the same turn?

Attacking is a standard action I think so you can't do that right? You can do a move and a standard or 2 moves, but not 2 standards as far as I understand it. Looking for confirmation.
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If you take a 5 foot step into a threatened square do you provoke an AoO?

I know it says "never provokes an attack of opportunity" so I'm guessing the answer is no, but I wanted to make sure. Especially in the event there are several enemies and all threatening the square ...
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How can you tell when a creature can speak a language or just understand it?

For example, the Unicorn entry in the bestiary says Languages: common, sylvan Does that mean the unicorn can speak and understand both or just understand common but not speak it? I thought I ...
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What does “advanced simple template” mean in the context of a creature?

In the horse's bestiary entry it states that a heavy horse gains the "advanced simple template" and I'm not sure what that means.
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Sensible values for a human child's AC / HP / Ini

To spice up a chapter of Rise of the Runelords, I want to introduce an additional NPC: human child (about 8 to 12 years old). The child should be saved by the PCs and brought back to her parents. What ...
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Where can I find a Pathfinder charsheet PSD?

I am looking to customize my pathfinder sheet to remove things I don't use and add some houserules elements of my DM. All of us in the party can use these things. I have searched for a charsheet for ...
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How many iterative attacks can an Eidolon with a two-handed weapon make?

I'm experienced with RPG's but this is my first run of Pathfinder. I elected to play a summoner who's Eidolon wield a greatsword. I've heard of this class's supposed "brokenness" so I elected to ...
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How do pet classes control their animals?

I'm mostly referring to druid and ranger, but also curious about wizard. How do these classes control their animals? I thought the handle animal skill was mostly reserved for animals that you ...
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Formula for scaling weapon damage with size?

As weapons get larger or smaller, they tend to deal different damage dice. Most weapons list damage for Small and Medium weapons: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment---final/weapons There is also a ...
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If using a double weapon do you get multiple attacks?

If you don't have multiple attacks from your BAB but you have a double weapon like a quarterstaff, do you get multiple attacks if you take a full-round action or do you still need the bonus from the ...