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

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Setting the level for custom spells in Pathfinder

I want to create new spells in Pathfinder inspired by the status effect cards. One version would be a single target with a save vs. Will or Fortitude, depending on the effect. The other version would ...
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How do I GM an encounter where all characters are effectively blind?

I would like to include an encounter in my campaign that involves a battle between the PCs and a group of monsters where they are all effectively blind. To take away the race abilities that allow for ...
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Are there rules for or against unusual or alternate weapon types?

In DnD 3.5 and Pathfinder, are there any provisions for characters wielding weapon types not on the given lists, like meat cleavers or swordcanes? Are those not allowed, do you use them as equivalent ...
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How is the celestial template applied to a paladin's mount?

At 11th level, a paladin's mount (if he took one) gains the celestial template. Most of it is straight forward; it gains darkvision 60ft., it would have 9 HD at the time, so it would gain resistance ...
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How would a monk go about throwing a charging enemy?

Everyone's seen that scene in king-fu movies, right? Someone charges the good-guy, and he flips him tail over teakettle. Sometimes the baddy in question gets tossed a foot or two, sometimes he gets ...
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How do level-dependent abilities increase in Pathfinder?

While making a character, I noticed that a lot of the rage-powers the barbarians have are vague on level requirements. The Renewed Vigor ability, for example, states that the barbarian must be at ...
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What throwing weapons are treated as light weapons?

So according to the book, the two weapons fighting rules applied to thrown weapons are: The same rules apply when you throw a weapon from each hand. Treat a dart or shuriken as a light weapons ...
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How do I play a paladin without being a stick in the mud?

What are some tips for/examples of an epitome-of-good type paladin who does not disrupt the 'sinful' fun of the rest of the group? As an example of the type of paladin I'm talking about, one of the ...
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How do I handle a player who plays his character far differently than the character was originally presented?

I'm not asking how to make every character be played as I would play them. I'm asking how to handle a situation in which the character that the player presents to me as a GM (with complete back-story, ...
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How can I murder people and lie about it?

My character is a Halfing Rogue specializing in lying and ranged sneak kills with a concealed crossbow. With the Childlike and Pass for Human feats plus max ranks in Bluff I'm crazy good at a ...
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Does a non-magical character have any options to fight a swarm without fire?

In a session with a witch, a wizard and me, a rogue with a knife and crossbow, I found my character to be astonishingly useless against swarms. There was a swarm of Hellwasps and I quite literally ...
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Inventiveness vs. breaking the game; How do I encourage one, without enabling the other?

So, recently, I had an issue where I had to make a call on a custom-made weapon, and I'm not sure I handled it very well. The player was using a human alchemist, and instead of throwing 'bombs' every ...
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How to optimize a bard's ability with a bow in Pathfinder?

Specifically, the question would be for a halfling bard whose main combat role I want to have is ranged with the bow—as no one else seems to be taking any interest there. More interested in accuracy ...
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How do spell effects stack when determining the DC to disbelieve an illusion?

Classic tactic; You use a ghost sound spell to make your Silent Image seem more life-like. It's such a standard tactic for low-level casters, that it's actually pointed out in the spell. That said, ...
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What is a good way to handle a multi-plane adventure?

Any advice for a group/GM that's new to the concept when it comes to adventures across multiple planes? Ways to make the game more fun, issues to avoid, and potential hazards we may come across, both ...
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How do Native Outsiders respond to Summoning spells?

Can an Outsider with the Native subtype be summoned with a spell? If so, under what conditions, and what spell? If not, why? Other than needing to be summoned to a plain different to the one it's ...
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How do non-Outsiders respond to other planes?

Would humanoids and the like become outsiders when they travel to another plane, and if not, then why do all of the other planes only contain outsiders, and not material-plane equivalents? Example: A ...
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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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How do Outsiders of the Native subtype react to different planes?

One of my favorite races to play in pathfinder is Aasimar. Recently, however, this has caused something of a conundrum in my group, as no one is quite sure what happens when an Outsider with the ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...
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What field-specific puzzles can I give to engineering and psychology students?

A few sessions ago, I gave my players a puzzle that involved converting a decimal number to binary to figure out the correct sequence to open a door. Since my group consists primarily of computer ...
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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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How does a spell resolve when the target changes places before the spell is finished?

Here's what happened: We've reached the end of the campaign, with only the last wave of minions standing between us and the dark sorcerer who's been flooding the local farms and villages with undead. ...
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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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What happens if a commoner takes a prestige class?

I'm currently in a 3.5/pathfinder campaign. (Mostly 3.5, but since it's steampunk we're borrowing liberally from pathfinder as we find the need.) We started as commoners, the idea being that we would ...
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How to start a musketeer with advanced firearms

I've been flipping through Ultimate Combat, and I'm really interesting in the addition of early and advanced firearms. I've been interested in building a musketeer at a higher level than first, but ...
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How much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...
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Is there any information on how exactly verbal spell components must be phrased?

In a discussion about how to covertly hide a spell, it was brought up that you might be able to disguise a spell with a verbal component by sneaking the spell component words into a normal ...
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Combination of Fire Shield and Protection from Energy

The way Protection from Energy combines with Resist Energy is explicit in the spell descriptions. But nothing is said regarding Fire Shield + Protection from Energy or Fire Shield + Resist Energy, or ...
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Covertly casting a spell

This question about Charm Person got me musing about a problem with the spell. Obviously, you can't cast Charm Person in the middle of a forum to sway an interlocutor to your side without the other 20 ...
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Does Come and Get me allow for more than one opportunity attack?

The barbarian rage power "Come and Get me" States: While raging, as a free action the barbarian may leave herself open to attack while preparing devastating counterattacks. Enemies gain a +4 bonus on ...
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Adaptable first-level premade Pathfinder campaigns? [closed]

I am, for the first time ever, running a Pathfinder campaign. I'd prefer to start with a premade campaign or adventure path that I can adapt to my story, the specific details of which are extremely ...
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In which module did Goblins terrorize villagers with a Giant Mechanical Turtle?

A while ago I stumbled upon a low-level adventure in which a band of goblins has a giant mechanical turtle and terrorizes/scares the locals with it. I think it must have been a D&D/Pathfinder 3.X ...
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Will I ruin Pathfinder if I discount firearms?

I'm going for an Old West feel; my players wanted something like Shadowrun but Western instead of Cyberpunk (I love my players so much). Think Trigun with halflings and dragons. They like ...
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What makes grease a good spell?

I often see people list grease as good go-to 1st level spell. Why is this? The spell description lists 3 of its uses: forcing saves and slows movement of enemies, disarming enemies, and preventing ...
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Is the animating force of a golem always from the Elemental Plane of Earth?

I'm researching some homebrewed golem rituals not covered in WFRP 2e. My baseline ideas are coming from the D20 SRD. One thing struck me odd, but maybe to an experienced d20 player or DM it may make ...
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Does the main target of the ghoul touch spell get a saving throw?

Ghoul touch states 'Fortitude negates' in the main stat-section. In the text nothing is said about that, except that targets that enter the area of the ghoul stench have a saving throw against the ...
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Is there an icon key for PFRPG stat blocks?

I'm a casual player of PFRPG; more often one to ape ideas from PFRPG APs for campaign arcs and encounters. I own the Core Rulebook. That's it. I can't seem to locate the icon key for stat blocks and ...
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What are the major changes between the two versions of Rise of the Runelords?

Paizo recently released an anniversary edition of Rise of the Runelords. What are the major changes from the older release of this adventure path?
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Creating weapons and armor from giant crab remains?

I'm playing a Gnome Berserker in a pirate themed Pathfinder campaign, and we recently killed a giant coconut crab. Being a gnome of somewhat less than average height, the crab was described to me as ...
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Divine / Arcane scroll use

We play a mainly Pathfinder system. Sometimes pure .. sometimes with feats and such from 3.5 but conflicts follow the Pathfinder rules. A Mystic Theurgy (pathfinder prestige class) in our Thursday ...
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Summoning monsters for their DPS potential

For the summon monster spell, which monster should be selected at each level for pure dps potential tanking ability ? Related: What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the ...
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Pathfinder Magus/Sorceror Multiclass question

If I multiclass a Magus and a Sorcerer in Pathfinder, how do my casting mechanics end up? Do I get a certain amount of slots that I must prepare in advance in addition to a few I can improvise with, ...
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Can a large mundane attack affect a creature only hit by “magical” attacks

A player in a 8th level campaign against giants is a shadow dancer. He has a pet shadow that does strength damage and is incorpreal. The question is, can a humanoid like a giant ever hit the shadow ...
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When should I separate encounters?

I had a session this week involving a fairly large battle at sea. The encounter involved a couple of boarders while the enemy ship was still at quite a distance, and the larger group still on the ...
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Why the huge difference between divine and arcane compulsion effects?

In designing a new compulsion spell am not sure whether to follow the cleric tree or the bard/wizard/sorceror tree in regard to spell levels and other rules/effects. On the cleric side, we have ...
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How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean?

How far will Eagle Eye let me see on the open ocean? Eagle eye creates a magical sensor directly above you. The sensor can appear anywhere above you, to a maximum height equal to the spell's ...
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How does a Ring of Counterspells work against an area-of-effect (AOE) spell?

A person is wearing a Ring of Counterspells which is storing a Fireball spell. When this person is in the AOE of a fireball is the entire fireball countered? Do they negate it just for their square? ...
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Can you take 10 when creating an item?

You can take 10 when you make a skill roll "When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted". Would this include when a character is making a magical item?
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In 3.5/Pathfinder, what is the rough CR adjustment for Damage Reduction?

I have seen several breakdown and rough rules for adjusting a monster's CR according to various special abilities and qualities. The Pathfinder Core book and Bestiary has rules about things like high ...