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

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How to read creature attack stats and defense stats

I am trying to setup a game for my players (GM). I am new to this and I am trying to figure out what some of these creature stats mean. Melee short sword +3 (1d6+1/19-20) Do I divide by 19-20, ...
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How do creature skills affect combat

Just trying to get a great grasp on creatures for better GMing and I ran across creature skils. I know players have skills and things like modifiers but how does telling me a creatures skills help me ...
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Why is a dice roll required when doing a creature hp check?

I am GM and trying to setup a Reign of Winter story for my players. I came across the small ice elemental's and they have hp that reads hp13 (2d10+2). I am still new to Pathfinder and wondering: what ...
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Can a spellcraft check reveal the target of a spell?

You can use spellcraft to identify a spell as it is being cast. But does this check let you know the target of the spell? As an example of when this could matter quite a lot, Dominate allows you to ...
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What is the garment worn under armor that boosts AC by one in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, I seem to recall a specific type of undergarment beneath armor increases AC by one. It is not the armored kilt, and it does not increase armor penalty. From what I recall it's a ...
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For a Halfling Swashbuckler, how much investment in intimidate is worth it?

At 3rd level, Swashbucklers gain the following deed: Menacing Swordplay (Ex): At 3rd level, while she at least 1 panache, when a swashbuckler hits an opponent with a light or one-handed piercing ...
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Simulating samurai duels in Pathfinder

Samurai duels are an important part of any Japanese themed campaign, and I'm looking for a good method to run such duels in my own campaign. Ideally, such a system should include: Pre-duel phase: ...
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I'm running a Pathfinder adventure using 3.5E rules - what should I watch out for?

I'm running a 3.5E table for a mix of experienced and new players. The adventure we're running is "Way of the Wicked", which is set for Pathfinder. (To clarify: the players are working with 3.5 rules, ...
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Does Protection from Evil protect against the Fear spell?

Does Protection from Evil protect against Fear in Pathfinder? Note that Protection from Evil is written a little differently in Pathfinder than in D&D 3.5: Second, the subject immediately ...
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Regarding the Rogue Talent “Resiliency”

I'm not exactly sure how Temporary Hit Points work in Pathfinder but here's what the Talent states: Once per day, a rogue with this ability can gain a number of temporary hit points equal to the ...
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What level are spells from an oracle's mystery?

I'll phrase this as an example. If an Oracle of Battle wants to cast Wall of Fire (from his mystery), what is the DC for the spell? The spell is a level 4 sor/wiz spell but a level 5 druid spell. ...
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How can I reduce crunch for my players without putting all pressure on the GM?

I'm ramping up to play Pathfinder, a system with which my players are not familiar, although they have a little bit of experience with D&D (so Pathfinder won't be very shocking to them). One of ...
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How do antimagic fields protect locations?

In Pathfinder and 3.5, the Antimagic Field spell has a duration of ten minutes per level, and only extends 10 feet past the caster. However, I frequently see references to antimagic fields that are ...
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Is there anything that stacks with the haste spell or speed enchantment

As the title says I am looking for any abilities, spells, enchants, ect that would stack with haste/speed (Preferably speed). I am attempting to build a character who hits A LOT. I know I have seen ...
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Cornugon Smash, Shatter Defenses: how many attacks do I need to activate the combo?

Let's figure what happens in a certain situation, which is "all my attacks hit, my demoralize attempt manages to shake my opponent but only for this round". Let's also suppose the opponent isn't ...
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Can one Wild Shape into a Swarm?

My gut feeling is that wildshaping into a swarm is not RAI, but I've had such feelings at times and been wrong, so it feels worth asking. When it comes to RAW, so far I cannot find anything that says ...
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What is this player planning?

I'm running a Pathfinder game for a few friends (using core + UM + UC + APG). Last session the party thief said that he was planning on buying a called anchoring adamantium axe. What I want to know is ...
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Knowledge (Local) or Diplomacy to Gather Information?

So, according to the Knowledge page, Local is used to pretty much find out things about a town whether that be notable figures, folklore, or the like. Isn't Diplomacy to Gather Information pretty much ...
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Last-minute system-related second thoughts before starting a game

I'm looking at starting a game with a bunch of friends. Between us, we have very little RPG experience; one of the party has played a little before (Pathfinder, I think) and I played a handful of ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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Why can you only craft one magic item per day?

Most magical items of any significant power will take far longer than one day to create. Given the crafting rate of 1 day per 1,000 gold, it seems unlikely there will be any serious balance concerns ...
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Should I ask my mates to give me some money when I craft wondrous objects for them?

In fact, 2 mates asked me the question while I was crafting some stuff for them and it seemed legit for them because while I craft for them, I don't craft for me. But this idea never crossed my mind. ...
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What is the motivation for a druid to go adventuring

My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign and I am going to be playing my first druid character. I really like the character class but I don't understand why a druid would leave ...
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What are the advantages and pitfalls of the Wilder class as compared to other psionic classes?

Of late - most recently, here in RPG.SE's own chat room - I have heard quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the Wilder class. This surprised me, as I thought it was okay at first blush, so I'd like to ...
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What setting changes need to be addressed in order to convert Golarion to the E6 variant system?

For those who are confused what E6 is, please go here: E6: The Game Inside D&D I will be running an E6 game in Golarion in a few weeks. Two main assumptions I have made in the E6 version I am ...
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Does a rogue get precision damage during an attack of opportunity if flanking?

In the Pathfinder rules here's what it says: If a rogue can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage. ...
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Can I use Punishing Kick with weapons?

I'm building a duelist that has Punishing Kick and a rapier as her main weapon. Now do I just add the Punishing Kick to my normal attacks, or do I need to make an unarmed strike in order to use it? ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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How to handle a shying horse mount as GM?

The party of my players who ride on horses (given to them from a nice NPC) through a valley will get into a heavy thunderstorm soon. Some of the horses will get nervous or even start running and ...
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How do Stabilize and Bleed work on those with Negative Energy Affinity?

I'm going to be running a campaign with a Dhampir player. They have: Negative Energy Affinity: Though a living creature, a dhampir reacts to positive and negative energy as if it were ...
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What strategies can I use to award treasure on the fly?

Due to a combination of tight scheduling and plain laziness, I never prepare any of my sessions ahead of time. At first it was hard to play this way, and the game was a bit sluggish, but now I think ...
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When randomly determining a town's magic items, are items like scrolls and potions hand picked?

The tables seem to only state the level of the spell and the caster level so I'm guessing the GM picks the actual spell based on those results?
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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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Two-weapon fighting with inappropriately small off-hand whip

So I'm running a whip-bard, and I'm wondering whether taking a small whip in my off-hand would be considered a light weapon for two-weapon fighting? If so, that would make for -2/-4 instead of -4/-4 ...
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Does the spellcasting service for a town also determine what kinds of magic items are available?

I'm wondering how the Spellcasting service available in a town alter the available magic items as well. For example, would a town with a maximum spellcasting level of 2 not have potions that are ...
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Does casting a spell require a check to succeed?

If my character is a spell caster, and he is not wearing any armor, is there any chance to fail casting the spell? I'm wondering specifically about normal circumstances: There is nobody who can attack ...
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Pathfinder Cavalier Order of the Tome and Scribe Scroll

Looking at the Order of the Tome for Cavalier, they gain the ability "Powerful Knowledge." This ability allows a Cavalier to cast divine or arcane spells from scrolls as if they were a divine or ...
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Does the shooting into melee penalty apply for ranged touch spells?

If an enemy is involved in melee combat with a friend would firing a ranged touch spell work just like firing an arrow and be subject to the shooting into melee penalty? In other words, if the foe is ...
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In RAW how does a radius effect deal with obstructions?

How does a radius effect deal with obstructions? Does the radius expand and simply affect every non blocked square? Does it go through walls? Does it go around corners? Like the Cleric's Channel ...
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What are the drawbacks to staying in hybrid form constantly?

I have a character who has natural Lycanthrope. Aside from the obvious drawbacks of scaring people and possibly being attacked, are there any other drawbacks to staying in hybrid form constantly? If ...
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Does Tremorsense work across pits, chasms, and other gaps?

I'm running an adventure for my two most creative players. One of them currently has Tremorsense. This tremorsense is the same as the one given by a pair of Tremor Boots. The players are in a ...
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When crafting with the ironwood spell, are the effects permanent?

The Ironwood spell has a very defined duration, but the Craft skill has the following line in its description; A successful Craft check related to woodworking in conjunction with the casting of ...
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Does Surge Crystal's effect apply before or after Chaotic Surge's 1d4 roll?

My question is about the Surge Crystal, a psionic item from Psionics Augmented Vol 1 from Dreamscarred Press. The item itself is a headband-slotted item which grants the wearer a +1, +2 or +3 surge ...
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Can one take 10 on Knowledge rolls?

I don't see anything in the rules to say one can't, but The Bard's Lore Master ability seems to imply that one otherwise couldn't: At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 ...
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Does Petrifying Gaze special ability still work posthumously in D&D 3.5/Pathfinder?

Meaning can a PC use the severed head of a medusa or basilisk as a weapon to petrify his opponents?
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Can you designate your craft, perform, or profession skill even if you have no ranks in it?

Could you, for example, have one of your craft skills filled in as carpenter, but have no ranks in it? Being a very bad carpenter, but a carpenter nevertheless.
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Windows application for Pathfinder combat [duplicate]

Is there any good application for Windows, where can I have combat map, something like figures and maybe some tracker (HP, initiative, etc.) where can I try out some combat situations in Pathfinder ...
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Moonlight stalker and wind stance interaction

Does the pathfinder feat Moonlight Stalker While you have concealment from an opponent, you gain a +2 bonus on attack and damage rolls against that opponent. interact with the pathfinder feat ...
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When multiclassing, can you keep leveling up your original class?

Like if you start out as a level 1 rogue, and then at level 5 you take a level in bard. Then you level up bard to level 3, making you a level 8 character, can you then go back to rogue and keep ...
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What are some good stealth rules for D&D 3/Pathfinder [closed]

So I'm going to run a lone wolf pathfinder campaign with a friend soon, and they want to play a half-orc rogue. I think they're aiming to play kind of a stealthy game, but the pathfinder stealth rules ...