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

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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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Are there any example pre-built Kingdoms anywhere?

I'm intending to use the Pathfinder Kingdom rules to simulate running a empire in an entirely different system (Rolemaster). What I'd like is some example Kingdoms and cities that are already ...
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Can a cat kill a rat?

The Cat is so weak (STR 3) that it's melee attacks don't do any damage. 2 claws (1d2–4), bite (1d3–4). Both have +4 to attack roll due to weapon finesse+dexterity bonus - so the cat will hit things, ...
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How does the Wizard spellbook work?

How do I determine what spells are in my spellbook when creating a character? Do I simply have a spellbook with all Pathfinder spells? Or if I'm creating a level 6 wizard, do I start knowing all level ...
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If a PC has an extra arm are they able to use a tower shield?

So the short question is: If a PC had the tower shield proficiency feat and an extra arm, would they be able to wield a Earthbreaker two-handed hammer with a tower shield? The longer form of the ...
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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Multiclassing in Pathfinder-How do Feats work?

I'm making a character who is going to be multi-classing, specifically Fighter/Cleric. He's a Reach Cleric, so I wanted him to have some good feats (Selective Channel, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes, ...
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Does the aid another “special attack” become automatic at mid level?

Under PF core rulebook page 197 it states that "Aid Another" is an attack roll against AC 10. Some of our first level characters have a +5 to hit. When level 5 is reached, a fighter could easily ...
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How can a battlefield control character be built?

In Pathfinder, there isn't much in the way of battlefield control like there is in 4e. How can a character be built focusing on things like forced movement, zones, or generally making the enemies be ...
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How can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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Misdirection spell and Spellcraft

I am running a scenario in which the text states that character X will use misdirection to mask her alignment. My question is, misdirection has V and S components and so will not this be obvious and ...
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Constitution bonus and health

When you gain Constitution by leveling up and your mod increases do you gain past levels in health? For example, A gunslinger has 13 con which makes a +1 mod. If they roll 4 each level at level 4 ...
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Continuous acrobatics in Pathfinder?

Knowing that there is no penalty to use acrobatics to move through a threatened area, other than moving at half speed for the normal DC, why not continuously use it to move? And why not attempt to ...
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How can I explain balanced ability scores

Some of my players wanted to create characters with ability scores higher than 20 as 1st level PCs. I cannot do that as I am running an adventure path which is made for characters with average stats. ...
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Does Deflect Arrows work against Barbarian Lesser Hurl in Pathfinder

So with lesser hurling the barbarian is using a small or tiny weapon, that I think does 2d6 damage if it's small. Does Deflect Arrows work against it? If it doesn't, at what point does the Deflect ...
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What feats expand the set of weapons one can use weapon finesse with?

I know that Dervish Dance adds scimitar to the list. Are there other feats that expand the set of weapons one can use finesse with? I'm particularly curious I'd there are ways to get a bastard sword ...
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Can a good cleric use necromancy

If I am playing a NG Cleric with a NG deity, can I use spells of school necromancy? In the CRB, it notes this: Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells: A cleric can't cast spells of an alignment ...
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Adventure suited for a party of thieves and fast talkers?

I'm a fan of books like The Lies of Locke Lamora and (switching genres) The Quantum Thief. I'm curious about Pathfinder adventures (or APs) that would be well suited for a group of sneaky and/or fast ...
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How does the duration “concentration” work when using scrolls and power stones?

I'm playing a Pathfinder game as a Psion, and am considering making some power stones (effectively scrolls) of Control Light. Control Light, unlike Darkness, is a "Concentration" duration power. Does ...
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Do you still roll a saving throw against effects that your character is immune to?

This question deals explicitly in how the mechanics of Pathfinder functions and not in how I should resolve this at the table; in Pathfinder, if a character is immune to an effect and then targeted by ...
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How does the “Animate Objects” spell work?

I have the following questions concerning the spell "animate objects": It seems clear that this spell gives objects a mode of movement which they didn't have before. What kind of movement does it ...
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High Intelligence Paladin Build?

I'm looking to make a combat effective 'high' (14) Intelligence Paladin for Pathfinder Society. Any thoughts on class dips, archetypes and feats to make the build an effective one? The Paladin ...
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PCgen domain specific spells

I'm new to pathfinder rpg and pcgen tool, and I'm trying to get a feel of game mechanic using pcgen generator and gmgen combat tool (initiative). I've created 1-st level cleric and can't figure out ...
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Can a blinded witch still use her Hex ability?

I would like to create a PC that is a permanently blinded witch (born without sight). In her early levels she will not have access to magical items or feats that grant other forms of vision. Would it ...
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Where can I discuss design and homebrewing for PF/D&D3.5 online?

I'm new to RPGs and I'm interested in having a discussion of some game design topics I need help with. I've learned that subjective discussion questions are off topic here. I'm willing to join a ...
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How would I simulate the multi stage fitness test? [closed]

How would I determine a score, per character, on this test? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-stage_fitness_test I would like to take the character's statistics and possibly a die roll and then ...
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How to teach 5 people how to be a DM

My school started this RPing club, but in my school right now only 2 people know how to DM and do it effectively, including me. As the teacher running the club knows nothing about Pathfinder, it seems ...
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How to introduce others to Pathfinder?

My school just started a Pathfinder club at the school after I got a petition to the principal. Because it is in the voluntary "activity block" of our schedules, it will mean that some people ...
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Key differences between Words of Power and traditional divine spellcasting?

I'm building an oracle and considering making him use Words of Power. Obviously it's a whole new system with many differences, but I'm wondering what the key difference are... and especially if there ...
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Can one create variant undead with Undeath word of power?

The Undeath word of power is somewhat similar to Animate Dead, but the latter mentions creating variants (e.g. fast zombies and bloody skeletons) and the former doesn't. Rules as written, is there a ...
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Can a monk increase his dodge bonus as a swift action out of his turn?

In Pathfinder, a monk has a power which lets him spend a point of his Ki Pool to increase his AC Dodge Bonus as a swift action. Can he do it even when it isn't his turn? a monk can spend 1 point ...
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Can you shapechange into an object instead of a creature?

I'm fairly new to Pathfinder and I was wondering if a character could shapechange into something like a door, table, or wall? If not shapechange would polymorph do it? I don't have a particular ...
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Can Inquisitors use Determination twice/day at 3rd level?

Inquisitors have an archtype Preacher that allows them to effect rerolls in certain circumstances. They gain this ability (called "Determination") at 3rd level, and may use it once/day. Preachers ...
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Spell comparison: Shield vs Mage Armor

Wizards have access to 2 very similar spells: Shield and Mage Armor Both provide you with AC +4 Bonus, but Mage Armor has Range touch (i.e. you can cast it on other party members) and Duration 1 ...
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Mechanics for social and mental HP?

I am looking for some mechanics of adding a mental and social HP to characters in a campaign. I was thinking mental could be wisdom bonus instead of con bonus but the dice for a class does not work. ...
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Disbelief, Interaction & Shadow Conjuration / Shades

What counts as interaction for the purposes of determining who gets a will save to disbelieve a shadow conjuration? Suppose I use shadow conjuration to summon a wolf, for instance. Does an enemy get ...
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How can I overcome spell resistance?

Is there a reasonably complete collection of ways for casters to overcome spell resistance?
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Any software to help manage mass combat from Ultimate Campaign?

I'm new to Pathfinder (haven't event looked at RPGs since D&D 2e) and I've been investigating the concept of mass combat for a campaign I'm thinking about creating. I guess Ultimate Campaign is a ...
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How much should NPCs charge to identify magic items?

I'm GMing for a party that has no casters with spellcraft (crazy I know), and needs to pay NPCs to identify magic items for them. Especially potions, which they find en masse. I was surprised that I ...
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4th Edition-style Alternate Rewards in 3.5e/Pathfinder

Is it possible to give players magical gifts or supernatural powers that don't come as a physical item? In 4e, there's the "alternate rewards" which give similar effects to magical items, without ...
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Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person?

My character was affected by the dominate person spell (and failed the will save) and was given some orders. Does he have any recollection or memory of the orders after the duration of the effect ...
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Does making an animal more intelligent automatically make them a magical beast

Inspired by this question Most animals have an intelligence of 1-2 in PF. But should you cast Fox's Cunning on one and raise it's int to (say) 6, does it become a magical beast automatically (with ...
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Player as animal companion?

I have two players who want to play a druid and his animal companion. While I have no problems with it, I'm concerned that the animal companion player won't be as interested as the others, because he: ...
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Does Acrobatics allow you to move at full speed through Difficult Terrain?

It seems to me like it should, but I don't think I've seen it stated plain and simple. What I have found is in Acrobatics: You can keep your balance while traversing narrow or treacherous ...
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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Monsters description and number of attacks

I need some clarification about how many attacks a monster can do and the way this is specified in the monster description. I noticed that these entries are separated by "," or "and". Is there any ...
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Could someone help me create a roman inspire warrior for a pathfinder game? [closed]

I was wanting to make a roman warrior for the newest game I'll be playing in. The DM likes the idea, but I wanted to get some advice before I started doing it. I was thinking about using the gladiator ...
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Adjucating picking up an item in your opponent's square

I had my player ask for an interesting action in last night's session and I had trouble adjucating it on the fly: He wanted to attempt a Disarm on the Big Bad and, if successful, try to get the ...
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Can multiple abilities be used at once if they have a shared prerequisite?

Greater Vital Strike, Spirited Charge, and Unstoppable Strike (19th level Weapon Master). Or Greater Vital Strike, Greater Power Attack, Piledriver, and Overhand chop. Do these all work at once or ...
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Does a character keep their class levels when changing in to a ghoul/ghast?

When someone dies from Ghoul fever, and they are a 6th level fighter, do they turn in to a Ghast with 6 levels of fighter? Or do they just become a 6HD ghast? I know the answer to this in D&D 3.5, ...