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

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Balancing a party of mixed CR monster characters

The pathfinder rules skim a little over the idea of adding a monster to a party** and only say that a group of monster PC's should all have the same CR; this is somewhat harder to achieve in practice ...
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How can I make a grappling Fighter?

Monk is the go-to class for an unarmed warrior. I can respect that. I can even get behind the school of thought that says years of physical training is the only way to hone your own body to the ...
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How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character?

I have recently started GM-ing a new group of players, most of them are unexperienced. One of the players is a Chaotic Neutral Rogue. This description of Chaotic Neutral mentions that such character ...
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Do you get skill points retroactively for increased Int?

In D&D 3.5 you don't get skill points retroactively, only from the next level onwards after you increase your intelligence enough to gain an increased bonus, leading to extra skill points per ...
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How does time work in 3.5/Pathfinder?

I am wondering about preparing spells per day. How long is a day? One session? Also some spells last 15 minutes. How long is that during a combat encounter?
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What types of damage are affected by the lance special rule?

When using a lance while charging on a mount, the rules say that it deals double damage. My question is, what all damage is doubled? From what I can find, the die roll and strength bonus are doubled, ...
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Can I create a computer game based on the Pathfinder core rules?

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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How does the Armored Kilt work?

I have both Light Armor and an Armored Kilt on. Now this means that my armor is automatically treated as Medium armor. Now I have three questions: How does this affect my max DEX bonus to AC? How ...
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Is there a Masterplan-like tool for 3.5?

I'm looking for a tool like Masterplan or something near, but for a 3.5 / Pathfinder d20 game. I don't mind if you know of something better ;)
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What content can I reproduce from Pathfinder?

What content can I reproduce from the pathfinder gaming system. Is it anything from the Core rulebook that isn't a specific name? For example, I like the D20PFSRD but the layout and ads annoy me. I ...
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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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What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?

What is the fastest way to earn money outside of adventuring? Our DM is putting us into a war and we have to prepare for said war. We have X amount of time (not known) to make money and then we make ...
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How should a GM handle novice players?

In our game, we have 5 players - two are completely new to roleplaying, and one is new to the system we're playing (Pathfinder). At the moment, the GM grants the new players no leeway - if the player ...
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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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How can I Intimidate (demoralize foe) as a Move or Swift action?

I would like to make Intimidate a major part of my PC's fighting style. I think it's cool, and themey; I don't like the fact that it takes a Standard action, though. Is there any way to speed it up a ...
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What determines max skill rank?

So, I bought the book, read it, but I have a question, and just to be sure: The max level from an skill in rank can't be more than your level, so, a starting character can only have a skill on level ...
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Can you take a standard action, an action that counts as a move action, and a 5-foot step in 1 turn?

According to RAW are you able to do this? 5-Foot Step states that it can be performed in a round only when you don't perform any other kind of movement, but what about actions that count as move ...
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Witch - Octopus Familiar

The Witch class in the Advanced Players Guide allows an octopus as a familiar (p 219 in the Bestiary). My player has generated multiple questions regarding this subject. Will the octopus function on ...
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Does energy damage (particularly acid damage) bypass object hardness in Pathfinder?

I've heard comments that energy damage, or particularly acid damage, somehow bypasses object hardness - either fully, or in half. However, I haven't found a consistent citation or interpretation for ...
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What special ability do Improved Familiars give?

The improved familiar feat allows a higher level arcane spellcaster to get a, well, improved familiar. However the Special Abilities for these familiars is not listed. For some of these (Celestial ...
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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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Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed

Could you have a chaotic neutral character, who in a public setting appear lawful good? Saving people, turning in bad guys, following all of the laws of an area to a T, if he knew that by doing so it ...
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What effect does combining Mithril and an Armored Kilt have on armor category?

I have a few questions regarding the interaction between Mithril and Armored Kilts in Pathfinder. I would like either official sources, or the words of pathfinder creators/developers if possible. I'm ...
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If a touch spell misses, can it be retried until it hits?

According to the rules on touch spells in combat it seems like you just hold the charge if you miss, and then perform touch attacks as standard actions until the spell hits. You can continue to ...
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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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What happens to spells (buffs, curses, ect.) that are active on you when you die?

Lets say I have a Wizard. I cast mage armor on myself. Nasty kobolds kill me with their traps. Luckily, I have a cleric who (for sake of this question) can cast breath of life, at will. He "raises" ...
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Precision damage and damage reduction

So reading through the rules on damage types and damage reduction they read as the following summary Bludge\Peirc\Slashing yadda yadda these can have damage reduction Then it says energy - Not ...
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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...
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Can a Paladin take levels of other classes?

In 3.5 D&D, paladins have severe restrictions on multiclassing: Like a member of any other class, a paladin may be a multiclass character, but multiclass paladins face a special restriction. A ...
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What is a reasonable result of Create Water directed above a targets head?

As a cantrip, the RAW answer should be little to nothing. On the other hand, having 2 to 40 gallons of water dropped on you from a short distance overhead should have some impact. Such as... At what ...
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Summary of differences between Pathfinder Beginner Box and Core Rules?

Does anywhere have a good reference of the summary of differences between the Pathfinder Beginner Box rules and the Core Rules (which I believe are identical to the online PRD)?
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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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Expeditious Retreat and Chameleon Mutagen

The Gnome Saboteur's Chameleon Mutagen gives them a climb speed = to 1/2 their base speed. So an increase to base speed would also increase their climb speed by half. However, Expeditious Retreat ...
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Can a 'Blade Barrier' turn?

The Blade Barrier spell can be a Wall or a Ring without stating if the Wall has to be a straight line. Can the Wall have a curve or a turn in it?
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What comes with the Pathfinder beginner box?

I am about to order Pathfinder the beginner box off the internet. However, when I told my friend this he said he had to order everything separately. What all comes with the Beginner box for ...
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How do Outsiders respond to their own planes?

Does an Outsider gain the Native subtype while on its home plane, and if so, what does that mean, exactly?
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3D Rules for a 2D Game

Often while playing Pathfinder, my group will run into problems where rules for 3-dimensional play simply don't exist, so far as we can find. Arguments will come up over things like carrying-capacity, ...
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The Stack'O'Mounts

This is an exercise in ridiculousness, but I find it quite fun to consider - hence powergaming. Let's consider three characters: a gnomish cavalier (small) with his wolf mount (medium), half-orc ...
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How do I design exciting, fun boss fights for my players?

So I've DM'd three separate games, of which one that I'm largely happy with. However, one consistent problem I run into is designing fun, exciting, and interesting boss fights. I've run into two major ...
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Techniques for making high level D&D play more manageable?

Many people complain about high level D&D 3.x play. It can become less enjoyable for both players and GMs because of the huge nest of rules and complexity required for every character, the prep ...
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Is summoning undead evil? Why?

My Question is: Where can I reference the RAW as to (1) that summoning undead is always an evil act, and (2) why summoning undead is always an evil act? The background is: Some of the players in my ...
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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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How to balance a very-low magic campaign

Recently, my players and I got kind of bored with the fact that Pathfinder relies heavily on magic items than martial prowess for fighting classes. I realize and accept the fact that spellcasters are ...
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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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Suggested house-rules for Pathfinder one-on-one storytelling

I'll introduce myself quickly. Played a lot of RPG in teens; mostly AD&D for fantasy, but also Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk for those other settings. I lived kind of remote, so all we played was ...
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How can I help the party survive a rather tough adventure?

The party is on an implicitely timed mission: children have been abducted by bad guys and it is now known that they're in danger of being sacrificed in the near future. The module I'm using doesn't ...
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How do I encourage player-GM storytelling collaboration without “breaking” my game?

I've DM/GM'd for several gaming groups, young and old, and have found that one of the things that separates my younger players from older players is their eagerness to elaborate/collaborate in the ...
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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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What can I do in one round?

I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in ...