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

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Can I use Run in an area where there is no straight path available?

The Combat rules have to say this about Running: "When you run, you can move up to four times your speed in a straight line ...". Now my question is: what if I'm in a dungeon, or more generally in a ...
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Magus Cast then Move then Attack Legality

I am starting a Magus in a Pathfinder campaign. Assuming a scenario where the Magus of at least 2nd level starts 5 feet away from a enemy. Using the Magus' "Spell Combat" power can I do the following? ...
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Rules for ending movement in an opponents space?

Is there any way in Pathfinder to end your movement in another creatures space? Let's ignore the special exemptions for creatures of greatly different sizes. The rules contain the rather absolute ...
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Are there any free resources for Bards that focus on stories to be told?

I am playing a Bard in a Pathfinder game and I have his perform skills focused in oratory and comedy. The game is played online via Play-by-Post. I was wondering if anyone knew of free resources that ...
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The effects of saving throws on mind reading

A number of creatures in D&D systems (specific editions may not be necessary here, but let's use 3/3.5/3.75 for simplicity) have the ability to use spell or spell-like effects such as Detect ...
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I'm having trouble being effective as a Lore Oracle and would like to improve

I've been playing in a campaign as an Oracle of the Lore Mystery for a few months. I've saved my party's hide a few times now as the only healer, but as the party gets stronger they need healing less ...
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Why do spells need to be “prepared”? [closed]

I'm not asking about the rules or concepts of spell preparation, as they are well described and reasoned, but I'm wondering why it's even necessary, from a logical (well, however logical you can be in ...
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I'm a starter and need help with the Alchemist class

and thanks for reading my question. My wife and my friends play Dungeons and Dragons for around 6 months now, and since last week I decided to play too. I am dutch but emigrated to the US, and since ...
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Is a monk of the empty hand considered proficient with improvised weapons before level 6?

The monk of the empty hand is all about using improvised weapons. However, it can receive the feat "Improvised Weapon Mastery" as a bonus feat only at lvl6. The thing I'm not sure about is: is he ...
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How are Pathfinder Fighters different from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play?

How do Pathfinder Fighters differ from D&D 3.5 Fighters in the first 6 levels of play? Is the feat structure different? What are the changes regarding combat feats and special rules like ...
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How does an Intelligence penalty affect skill points when character-building/leveling-up?

In character-building/leveling-up, you take your class's skill points and add your Int bonus. So a Fighter gets 2 Plus their Int bonus. Say my fighter is really smart(16) he'll get 2+3 (int bonus) ...
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Using Pathfinder's variant “Wounds and Vigor” rules

I am in the early sessions of running a science-fantasy Pathfinder game. I'd like a grittier feel to the game and came across the "Wounds and Vigor" variant rules. For those who have used these ...
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What's the simplest way of representing a “savage” warrior with an tiger animal companion?

The "savage" warrior with an animal companion is a staple of pulp fantasy/swords & sorcery. However, if you wanted to play a warrior with a tiger for an animal companion, you're looking at a 7th ...
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Feats for a TWF Ranger?

Trying to find feats that I should focus on for a two-weapon fighting human ranger. I just hit level 2 and I have picked up two weapon fighting, weapon focus (scimitar), and double slice. My strength ...
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Can a wizard change a spell they have prepared?

I have read in professor Q's guide to Pathfinder wizards that Unlike the Sorcerer or Bard or Oracle you never have to sit and wish that you had picked a different spell this level since in a ...
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Can I multi-class between a class and an archetype of that class?

Background I am playing Pathfinder with a character who is a Fighter with the Polearm Master archetype. There is an ability that the Fighter (sans archetype) earns at third level called "Armor ...
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How to upgrade Pathfinder Beginner Box games and characters to Pathfinder Core Rules?

Similar to this question on Red box to 4e core rules upgrade, what problems are there overcome with or good ways to achieve moving games and characters from the Beginner Box rules to Pathfinder Core ...
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Memory After Death

A recent campaign started with the death of the party and reincarnation of the party with the premise of "we brought you back to find those who killed you". One player was concerned that these people ...
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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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Running a Norse campaign

I am about to start running a Norse themed Pathfinder campaign set around 800 AD, most likely in Norway. I am looking for ways to make the characters feel as though they are part of the culture of the ...
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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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Does armor still apply double the penalty to Swim in Pathfinder?

I can't find anywhere that you take double the penalty for swim checks when wearing full armor. Does it apply in Pathfinder?
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In Pathfinder, how does one go about allowing the Inquisitor to use his Bane Class ability?

What I mean by this is when in combat with a creature or creatures how do you allow the player to activate his Bane while keeping character over player knowledge in mind? For example, In PF I play a ...
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Good Mutiny Rules?

I am currently GMing a pirate game (running since 2009) where the PCs have become the command crew of a pirate ship. Their crew is they typical mix of pirates from other ships they've overcome (join ...
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How many people can use Aid Another to help on a craft check?

In one of my games, I allowed someone to take the Leadership feat, but with the restriction that his followers (Cohort included) can't participate in combat, and that all of them (excluding Cohort) ...
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Which spells may I purchase for a PFS party member?

In Pathfinder Society, players aren't generally allowed to provide permanent help to other players. However, there is a note in the Guide to PFS Organized Play which says players may share gold for ...
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What's an optimum build for a set-up character for Pathfinder Society character?

My wife plays a barbarian in Pathfinder Society that does massive amounts of damage when she is able to use Cleave. I decided to build a character that would reposition foes for her to cleave. What's ...
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Is there a way to give animals fine manipulators at low level?

My Pathfinder E6 group has run into a bit of a problem. One of our party members is a wraith camel alchemist, and another is a half-brass dragon giant spider artificer. The wraith camel has ghost ...
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What are some of the denizens of the Shadow Plane? [closed]

Important Note While I do understand that the DM is ostensibly God in his game. My GM does generally respect most things written in book. Explanation I have a character who is connected with the ...
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Working “add-on” powers system for DnD 3.x?

I'm deriving this question from my recent question about Skyrim's Shouts for DnD3.x. Is there an official or unofficial "add-on" system for DnD3.X (or Pathfinder) that introduces optional, extra ...
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Do penalty modifiers in ranged combat really stack?

The rules state in Pathfinder that if someone is standing in the way of your ranged attack, that opponent gets soft cover, which is +4 AC. On top of this, the ranged attacker takes a -4 penalty to ...
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Any GM headaches or canon reasons not to let resurrected PCs fight their reanimated corpses?

Given that, a character can be dissolved in acid and resurrected A body isn't necessary for resurrection. Also, given that, a dark cleric/necromancer can raise a dead body to fight It seems ...
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Can Helpers Retry Spellcraft Magic Item Identification Checks?

The specific case is by identifying magical items with Spellcraft in Pathfinder. In a group, it is possible instead of making single skill checks that one (generally the one with the higher bonus) ...
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Does the knife master ability stack with prestige classes?

I'm making a villain for a campaign, and he's going to be an assassin/rogue combo. I wanted him to have a bit more bite, though, so I decided to make him a knife master. Would the sneak stab ability ...
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Can a wizard make an Unarmed Strike?

Obviously, yes, they can. However, is a wizard Proficient with an unarmed strike? I was writing up a wizard for a campaign, and when I was going over them I noticed that they don't just get simple ...
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How can GMs quickly calculate the effects of level drain?

I've GM'ed a few Pathfinder games, and while I really enjoy the setting, I just can't wrap my head around some of the crunchy mechanics. In particular, how do you (quickly) deal with effects like ...
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Can two-hand weapons be dual-wielded by something with four arms?

I was considering playing a Summoner in my next Pathfinder campaign, and I decided that I wanted my Eidolon to be a a four-armed giant (the character being a Gnome with a height complex). Well, I ...
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Can a tiger do Kung-Fu?

Other than the sheer absurdity of it (read: real world limitations), is there anything stopping a multiclass Monk/Druid from using flurry of blows while in wild-shape?
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Pathfinder monster races: Broken?

I've played an ogre barbarian/fighter with a one-hit-one-kill concept, and he can put out more damage than anything in the party. I've played a serpentfolk wizard whose DCs were so high, creatures 10 ...
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How can I convert a 3.5 Psion into a Pathfinder Game?

Basically how and what should I convert to change the Psion from the Expanded Psionics Handbook for 3.5 to be usable in Pathfinder?
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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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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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Magus casting spells in close combat?

One of the cool things about the Pathfinder Magus class is that you can deliver touch attack spells through your weapon. If you make use of that, do you have to make the concentration check to cast ...
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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 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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How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?

In D&D 3rd Edition, 3.5 Edition, and even Pathfinder, it is ridiculously easy as a player to purposely or inadvertently break the skill system, especially with Diplomacy. For example: A level 5 ...
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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 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, ...