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

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Why is there such a big cost difference between Trap Crafting and a simple Bear Trap?

Trap crafting rules: The cost of a mechanical trap is 1,000 gp × the trap's Challenge Rating. If the trap uses spells in its trigger or reset, add those costs separately. If the trap cannot be ...
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How can I include Dresden-Files-style vampires in my Pathfinder game?

I have a concept for a campaign that uses a Dresden-Files environment in a medieval fantasy setting, but for reasons of familiarity and experience prefer to use the Pathfinder system. I specifically ...
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Does the Augmented Humanoid subtype count the creature as humanoid for spell effects?

Inspired by a comment thread on this question. The vampire template says the following for the Type entry: Type: The creature's type changes to undead (augmented). Do not recalculate class Hit ...
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Can a vampire cross running water in Pathfinder?

(Inspired by some comments in this question) In D&D 3.5 and earlier, vampires couldn't cross running water - even over a bridge or on a boat (I vaguely remember them being able to do so if they ...
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Dispel Magic vs multiple summons

Dispel magic says: If you target an object or creature that is the effect of an ongoing spell (such as a monster summoned by summon monster), you make a dispel check to end the spell that ...
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Why is Survival not a class skill for animals?

Question in title. Seems odd that an animal isn't naturally inclined to get bonuses to Survival, which typically involves dealing with the wilds and it's associated difficulties (an animal's natural ...
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Can a lich be controlled by control undead?

If it is possible, which to me just does not seem at all fair to a lich, are there ways to avoid this silly little thing? If you have the feat or spell and the lich rolls badly, he is essentially ...
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How can a GM justify changing a player's alignment?

Lately, in one of my campaigns, I've been having problems with a character who everyone agrees is acting out of alignment. Everyone, that is, but him. The problem, of course, is that he's playing a ...
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How can I make low levels of a high-level build more bearable?

In Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder, often you might design or plan a character for what he can do at high level. For example, I might want to play a Mystic Theurge or some other prestige class, or ...
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Does Illusion of Calm move with the caster?

If a PC casts Illusion of Calm and then moves to a new location, does it move with the PC, or does the illusion stay on the original square?
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Why take Linguistics if you can cast Comprehend Languages?

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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Can a Synthesist Summoner with a multi-armed eidolon get the multiweapon fighting monster feat?

Can a Synthesist whose eidolon has multiples of the evolution limbs (arms) pick up the monster feat Multiweapon Fighting?
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How can I justify complete failure of an elven village's magic as a plot point?

I'm preparing to run my first session as a GM (Pathfinder but I don't think it matters for this question). I love the world building side of things, so I'm not too interested in pre-published ...
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Custom rules for character advancement

Normally a cleric would gain +1 to attack bonus, +1 to fort save, +1 to will save, +1 1st-level spell per day and +1d8 hit points (+CON) when he reached level 2. I've always found this mechanic kind ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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Pathfinder Earth Glide clarification

I'm hoping some one can point out some rules I've missed, or some rules extrapolation I've overlooked that might explain some of these questions. There are different descriptions for Earth Glide ...
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Magus Kensai - Iaijutsu

Iaijutsu (Ex): At 7th level, a kensai applies his Intelligence modifier as well as his Dexterity modifier on initiative rolls (minimum 0). A kensai may make attacks of opportunity when ...
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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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How do you make an encounter actually match its CR level?

I recently started using encounter generators and tables. I've noticed that there are encounters like "8 Cave Spiders" or similar. While the number of enemies will result in an encounter that "should" ...
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Can a tiefling rogue sneak attack from magical darkness?

I'm new to Pathfinder, and I've been putting together a build for a Tiefling rogue. I'm wondering what happens if I use a wand of darkness (or the Tiefling racial ability) to cast darkness on my ...
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Can you teleport someone else out of a grapple?

An interesting idea struck me during a combat in a recent game; we were being attacked by a Chuul and our hapless gnome had been caught and grappled by the beast. A crazy idea came to my mind, that ...
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Counting damage against similar foes

I'm a fresh new player of Pathfinder, thanks to a coworker of mine who's basically my hero at this point for ending my search for a local RPG to join! Anyway, we're one session in using the Starter ...
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Bonded Object and Fashionable Trait

A question from one of my Pathfinder Society players: "...I want to take the fashionable trait for Taldor, and if I had a (bonded item) ring or amulet would that count towards the gold needed to be ...
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Spell Perfection disambiguation

The Spell Perfection feat: Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its level ...
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Can I GM a Pathfinder game using the D&D 3.5e DMG or is the GameMastery Guide a must?

I know there are a lot of differences between these two games, and I don't mean to ask for a comprehensive list. What I would like to know is if there are any important differences between the D&D ...
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What kind of perception checks are needed to search for traps?

So I'm a bit confused about just how perception works to find traps. Here's a few examples to illustrate my confusion; The PCs enter a room and all roll perception checks just to search the room. ...
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I need help with making a were tyrannosaurus PC in Pathfinder

I am a fairly new DM and I recently got some of my friends to start a campaign with me as DM using Pathfinder. One of the players has been really trying hard to make it an enjoyable adventure, as ...
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Using Readied actions and the grease spell for sneak attacks in pathfinder

My group has played 3.5 for quite a bit, and now we are with pathfinder. One of us likes to play rogue,and is used to work in tandem with our wizard to take advantage of grease in order to land ...
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When a Sorcerer with the Maestro Bloodline casts verbal+somatic spells, are they affected by Bloodline Arcana?

The Sorcerer's Maestro Bloodline has the following feature, Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell with a verbal component and no somatic or material component, you treat your caster level as ...
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How do enchantment spells work with V/S components?

A discussion has started up in my group about how you actually use enchantment spells on people without them noticing. A good example is as follows: Charm Person, one of the good lower level spells ...
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Can a sorcerer use a scroll of a spell not known?

I'm a bit confused because the section on Magic Items that talks about scrolls being Spell Completion items states; If he can't already cast the spell, there's a chance he'll make a mistake. ...
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What happens to the other planes when the Material Plane get destroyed or disappears?

I have read up about Planes, about the Great Beyond, basically the whole of http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/environment/the-planes and http://pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Inner_Sphere I was ...
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Is there a way to make someone unconscious without threat of death?

I keep looking through but not finding anything that talks about knocking someone out, other than like paralysis. Looking for a way to knock enemies out such that they'll get up after a few hours and ...
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Class skill +3, when you have 1 rank in that skill

"If you select a level in a new class, all of its class skills are automatically added to your list of class skills, and you gain a +3 bonus on these skills if you have ranks in them." I'm confused ...
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What races can gnomes interbreed with?

I know that Tieflings and Aasimar can mate and have offspring with Gnomes. I know that most races native to Golarion (human, elf, dwarf, etc.) can't. Purely for flavor, I'm creating a Gnome academic ...
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Can Warforged be repaired with a skill check?

We're running a Pathfinder game, set in Eberron. In our first session, our Warforged was brought to very negative health and is thus disabled. She won't heal naturally, only receives half of magical ...
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Is there a system for PC reputation in D&D 3.5

I'm looking for an optional, 3rd party or well defined homebrew reputation for 3.5. I want to be able to track the impact of my player characters interactions with the environment, their access to ...
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pathfinder: how to handle evil actions

I have a player in my current campaign, who is slaughtering captured goblins. He has encourage other players in the group to join him in considering them to be vermin. And has talked about ...
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Does the “Wild” armor enhancement preserve both bonuses and penalties?

Wild: The wearer of a suit of armor or a shield with this ability preserves his armor bonus (and any enhancement bonus) while in a wild shape. Armor and shields with this ability usually appear ...
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How to build an organisation in pathfinder?

My char plans to create a religious organisation. Facts Name: "Order of the Starfall" (OS) Base of Operation: Sandpoint What dos OS wants to achieve? Live the old ways Aroden suggested Hope and ...
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How many power points do I gain from Psionic Talent?

Psionic Talent, in Dreamscarred Press's Psionics Unleashed, is a feat that grants bonus power points. Benefit: When you take this feat for the first time, you gain 2 power points. That's all ...
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If using the Fame and Prestige Point mechanics presented in Ultimate Campaign, when are Prestige Points awarded?

Should PCs be earning Prestige Points even when not earning Fame? Would this throw the balance out the window? I'm a bit confused by this statement; The GM decides which deeds, goals, or story ...
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Save against a spell thought to be harmless

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...
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Penalties for Pushing/Dragging?

A character can lift as much as double his maximum load off the ground, but he or she can only stagger around with it. While overloaded in this way, the character loses any Dexterity bonus to AC ...
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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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Character backstory and history development/generation tools

I'm a beginning a new campaign in pathfinder this fall as a player with a few friends. One of the players is brand new to roleplaying. I know that the group we're playing with puts a heavy emphasis ...
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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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Can a character take free action out of her turn?

Free actionsD20PFSRD in Pathfinder take almost no time. But can they be performed outside of one's turn or in response to some trigger? Scenario 1: Can a Barbarian enter rage in response to taking ...
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How do the vehicle acceleration rules in Ultimate Combat work?

I'm looking through the Vehicles section in Ultimate Combat and I'm rather confused about vehicle acceleration. I thought I understood it but then I read this section on acceleration and it confused ...
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How specific does the weapon choice have to be when picking the Weapon Focus feat?

I'm wondering how specific the choice of the weapon has to be when a PC picks the Weapon Focus feat. I assume the same is true for Weapon Specialization. For example; Could a PC take Weapon Focus: ...