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

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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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Does any of the material in Kobold Press' Sunken Empires clash mechanically with Alluria's Cerulean Seas?

I recently picked up Cerulean Seas (Alluria Publishing), and I'm loving it so far. I have previously purchased Sunken Empires (Kobold Press), and I'm not mechanics-savvy enough to recognise problems ...
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Differences Between Warpriest and Paladin

Both the Paladin and the Warpriest are combat-oriented divine casters, but what I want to know is, from an optimizer's perspective, what is the difference between the two classes in practice? What ...
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Is Echoing Spell + Spell Perfection infinite castings?

Or perhaps worded otherwise, can one apply metamagic feats (via Spell Perfection) to a Echoed copy of a spell? Imagine a caster with Spell Perfection (Lightning Bolt) and the Echoing Spell feat. ...
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Can I make ability checks when my ability score is lower than the DC?

I'm new at Pathfinder and have a question nobody in my group of newbies knows the answer to. Can you attempt a DC 16 strength check if you have 12 strength? Option 1: With 12 strength you have a +1 ...
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Do you add your strength modifier to touch spells?

I can't find anything explicit about whether a touch melee spell is considered a melee attack or not.
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How can I thwart a vampire in the party planning on dominating all of us?

We have a party member in Pathfinder get bitten on purpose where the rest of the party didn't see, so he turned into a vampire and nobody knows in-game. He is pretty much planing on turning the whole ...
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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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Fire Elementals in wooden buildings

The fluff for a Fire Elemental states: "This creature looks like a living, mobile bonfire, tongues of flame reaching out in search of things to burn." Does that mean that the Fire Elemental I summon ...
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Differentiating between class level versus character level for alchemist discoveries

For the discoveries for alchemist, a good chunk of them say "An alchemist must be at least X level before selecting this discovery". Case in point: Explosive Missile: As a standard action, the ...
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Full Attack Bonus With numerous attacks

I have a Barbarian using the Lesser Beast Totem. According to the effect: While raging, the barbarian gains two claw attacks. These attacks are considered primary attacks and are made at the ...
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How does the temporary feat granted by Paragon Surge work with preparing spells?

When a half-elf character belonging to a prepared spellcasting class that is able to prepare any spells on it's class spell list (Like Cleric or Ranger) casts Paragon Surge on himself and selects the ...
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How is Controlled Rage handled in Pathfinder Society?

So....after a little searching on the web about Urban barbarians I cant seem to find an official ruling on the following Controlled Rage (Ex): When an urban barbarian rages, instead of making a ...
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Does Diamond Spray bypass DR/Magic?

Does the spell Diamond Spray count as a magical weapon for the purposes of bypassing DR/Magic? The spell states: These magical slivers are treated as adamantine and cold iron for the purpose of ...
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Do Black Tentacles Bypass DR?

The amusing spell Black Tentacles can be a great spell for harassing enemies in a area while your characters get some popcorn and place bets on which monster can escape the swarm of grappling. The ...
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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

As one of the designers, Sean K. Reynolds has a lot of influence on many aspects of the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. With that said, I would like to learn more about his influence on the Monk's ...
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Can a Ranger learn spells outside the Ranger spell list?

I'm playing a Ranger in a Pathfinder campaign. I've been looking over the spell lists, and I'm a bit miffed as to just what spells a Ranger can use - is it limited to only using the Ranger spells ...
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Fumes mechanics for Acid Elementals

The Fumes ability for the Acic Elemental reads; The fumes from an acid quasi-elemental's body act as an inhaled poison. Creatures within 5 ft. of an acid quasi-elemental must make succeed on a DC ...
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Did my clothes catch fire?

My Ifrit chose last session to walk into a flaming sphere cast by our druid in order to melee attack a Troglodyte. The damage of the sphere rolled lower than the Ifrit's fire resistance. Should I ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as a full attack?

In Pathfinder, does using FoB count as a full attack for purposes such as using Medusa's Wrath?
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Benefit of Armored Kilt

The Armored Kilt can be added worn alone or added to a piece of armor. I always worked under the assumption that if you added the kilt the AC bonus was increased by 1 and the weight of the armor went ...
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Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.
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Rogue Talents and Feat Prerequisites

Does a rogue need to meet the prerequisites of a Combat Feat he or she gains via the Combat Trick talent? Could I, for example, gain Spring Attack without Dodge and Mobility?
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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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incorporeal, corporeal source in case of spells and damage

In the incorporeal description it is said "... Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, it takes only half damage from a corporeal source..." What is/isn't a corporeal source? Do for ex. fireball, ...
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Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first?

Suppose I'm playing a character with Craft as a class skill. I put 1 rank in it, select Weaponsmith to fit my background and end up with Craft (Weapons) +4. Now, if I later decide I want to be able to ...
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In Emerald Spire, is a room or entire floor an encounter, and when should I give out treasure?

This is my first time as a GM, and our second session played, and I need this answered: how big is an encounter? I'm doing the emerald spire and I'm trying to figure out: is the entire level an ...
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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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Pitfalls to avoid when using kingdom building rules for the first time?

Our group is playing the Kingmaker adventure path and we are about to start a kingdom. I'm intending to use the Ultimate Campaign rules for kingdom building (they seem to be genuinely the same, aside ...
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Optimizing Natural Killer Build

For my new party I started playing THIS character. But now at level 2 having the knowledge that everybody else is playing a powerplay character I would like to know if anyone has ideas getting the ...
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How quick is an immediate action (spell)? [duplicate]

Immediate actions "can be performed at any time", but how quickly can they be used? Does it mean a spell like emergency force sphere could be used to avoid (for instance) fireball? Ie Wizard Bob ...
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What does it mean when a spell gives two durations?

For example, Anticipate Peril gives a duration of "1 minute/level or until activated." Does that mean it lasts for a maximum of 1 minute per level but ends when activated? Or does it mean it lasts ...
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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...
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Explosive rounds in Pathfinder

The Pathfinder version of the Hotchkiss 6 pounder (RL info) is listed as an 8d6 B/S/P siege weapon, and it's full description says: The Hotchkiss 6 pounder is a direct-fire advanced siege firearm ...
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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?

The Pathfinder game has a series of Tomes and Manuals that, when read, permanently boost a specific ability score. Examples include the Tome of Understanding (Wis) or the Manual of Gainful Exercise ...
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What is Spell DC?

My group is new to table top RPGs, and one thing we haven't figured out is Spell DC. One player was a cleric, and channel energy does force the undead monsters to make a saving throw, but I don't ...
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Air Elemental's Whirlwind

Ref: Small Air Elemental, Whirlwind What kind of action must an Air Elemental take to become a whirlwind? How often can an Air Elemental use Whirlwind? The ability's template includes a frequency ...
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Can I further increase my critical threat range?

I'm a fighter archer, just turning level 4. In my last session I rolled double 00's for loot and was rewarded with a +4 composite longbow of thundering. I'm pretty freaking stoked. I plan on taking ...
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Saboteur Alchemist Bore Bomb Discovery

I don't understand the language on the Bore Bomb discovery from the Advanced Race Guide. The entry says "it ignores half the target's hardness and deals 1 point of damage per saboteur level" is this ...
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Aid another bonuses

I have been working on a build that optimizes granting AC bonuses to allies using actions that are not used often like AOO and immediate actions. I have been looking for non-class ways of increasing ...
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Does being prone affect your Combat Maneuver Defense (CMD)?

When a character is prone, is their CMD penalized?
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Can someone help me optimize (or at least, make sure I don't hobble) a gunslinger/magus for PFS play? [closed]

I'm moderately familiar with D20 games, though moderately new to PF, but I was invited by a friend-of-a-friend to try out PFS this weekend. I popped into my university's game club to read some ...
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Barding (Or Armoring) Animal Companions

My Druid player wishes to get medium armor for his large cat animal companion. I'm a little shaky about what I've read for doing this in my Society game (if it's at all possible). I had two questions ...
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What damage does Whip of Spiders do and how is it used?

In the Advanced Class Guide there is a new spell: Whip of Spiders. There are also two follow on spells Whip of Centipedes and Whip of (Army) Ants. All of these are in the Conjuration (Summoning) ...
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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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Does a mithral rose change your weapon to silver, or add it?

The Mithral Rose, from Mythic Adventures, states that... When wearing the rose openly on his chest, the wearer treats all of his natural attacks, unarmed attacks, and weapon attacks as if they ...
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Can I change the alignment of my intelligent item?

I am a chaotic neutral ranger who has a belt of physical might that I dropped a lot of gold to have my sorcerer make for me. He rolled a natural 20 so the GM imbued it with sentience and rolled that ...
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How does a Flaming Sphere's movement work?

Regarding Flaming Sphere: The sphere does damage when it occupies the same space as a creature. When I move it into a creature's space to attack, the sphere stops moving for the round. If the ...
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How should I handle arcane spell failure in pathfinder?

I'm playing a rogue 3/ sorcerer 1 as a prelude to an arcane trickster. Since I expect to be spending more time in melee than most spellcasters, I want to have pretty good AC, but the armor I have now ...
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Pathfinder to Dungeon World Conversion [closed]

For those that have attempted to do a Pathfinder (or D&D 3.5e) to Dungeon World conversion, how what aspects did you implement into the game's core design? Do you believe that it truly added to ...