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

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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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Can I GM a Pathfinder game using the D&D 3.5e DMG or is the GameMastery Guide a must?

I know there are a lot of differences between these two games, and I don't mean to ask for a comprehensive list. What I would like to know is if there are any important differences between the D&D ...
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What kind of perception checks are needed to search for traps?

So I'm a bit confused about just how perception works to find traps. Here's a few examples to illustrate my confusion; The PCs enter a room and all roll perception checks just to search the room. ...
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I need help with making a were tyrannosaurus PC in Pathfinder

I am a fairly new DM and I recently got some of my friends to start a campaign with me as DM using Pathfinder. One of the players has been really trying hard to make it an enjoyable adventure, as ...
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Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD? [duplicate]

I recently started playing/GMing Pathfinder (beginner rules) and currently shopping around for the Core Rulebook (planning ahead). The way the PRD puts it, it sounds like the Core Rulebook is entirely ...
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Using Readied actions and the grease spell for sneak attacks in pathfinder

My group has played 3.5 for quite a bit, and now we are with pathfinder. One of us likes to play rogue,and is used to work in tandem with our wizard to take advantage of grease in order to land ...
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When a Sorcerer with the Maestro Bloodline casts verbal+somatic spells, are they affected by Bloodline Arcana?

The Sorcerer's Maestro Bloodline has the following feature, Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell with a verbal component and no somatic or material component, you treat your caster level as ...
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How do enchantment spells work with V/S components?

A discussion has started up in my group about how you actually use enchantment spells on people without them noticing. A good example is as follows: Charm Person, one of the good lower level spells ...
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Can a sorcerer use a scroll of a spell not known?

I'm a bit confused because the section on Magic Items that talks about scrolls being Spell Completion items states; If he can't already cast the spell, there's a chance he'll make a mistake. ...
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What happens to the other planes when the Material Plane get destroyed or disappears?

I have read up about Planes, about the Great Beyond, basically the whole of http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/environment/the-planes and http://pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Inner_Sphere I was ...
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Is there a way to make someone unconscious without threat of death?

I keep looking through but not finding anything that talks about knocking someone out, other than like paralysis. Looking for a way to knock enemies out such that they'll get up after a few hours and ...
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Class skill +3, when you have 1 rank in that skill

"If you select a level in a new class, all of its class skills are automatically added to your list of class skills, and you gain a +3 bonus on these skills if you have ranks in them." I'm confused ...
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What races can gnomes interbreed with?

I know that Tieflings and Aasimar can mate and have offspring with Gnomes. I know that most races native to Golarion (human, elf, dwarf, etc.) can't. Purely for flavor, I'm creating a Gnome academic ...
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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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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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Can Warforged be repaired with a skill check?

We're running a Pathfinder game, set in Eberron. In our first session, our Warforged was brought to very negative health and is thus disabled. She won't heal naturally, only receives half of magical ...
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Is there a system for PC reputation in D&D 3.5

I'm looking for an optional, 3rd party or well defined homebrew reputation for 3.5. I want to be able to track the impact of my player characters interactions with the environment, their access to ...
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pathfinder: how to handle evil actions

I have a player in my current campaign, who is slaughtering captured goblins. He has encourage other players in the group to join him in considering them to be vermin. And has talked about ...
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Does the “Wild” armor enhancement preserve both bonuses and penalties?

Wild: The wearer of a suit of armor or a shield with this ability preserves his armor bonus (and any enhancement bonus) while in a wild shape. Armor and shields with this ability usually appear ...
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How to build an organisation in pathfinder?

My char plans to create a religious organisation. Facts Name: "Order of the Starfall" (OS) Base of Operation: Sandpoint What dos OS wants to achieve? Live the old ways Aroden suggested Hope and ...
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How many power points do I gain from Psionic Talent?

Psionic Talent, in Dreamscarred Press's Psionics Unleashed, is a feat that grants bonus power points. Benefit: When you take this feat for the first time, you gain 2 power points. That's all ...
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If using the Fame and Prestige Point mechanics presented in Ultimate Campaign, when are Prestige Points awarded?

Should PCs be earning Prestige Points even when not earning Fame? Would this throw the balance out the window? I'm a bit confused by this statement; The GM decides which deeds, goals, or story ...
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Save against a spell thought to be harmless

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...
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Penalties for Pushing/Dragging?

A character can lift as much as double his maximum load off the ground, but he or she can only stagger around with it. While overloaded in this way, the character loses any Dexterity bonus to AC ...
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Should drawing weapons involve an initiative roll when combat isn't going to happen?

I need some advice on how to handle a troublesome situation. If my PCs are in a tense situation, and an NPC suddenly draws a weapon, should I ask my players to roll for initiative? Is this the most ...
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Character backstory and history development/generation tools

I'm a beginning a new campaign in pathfinder this fall as a player with a few friends. One of the players is brand new to roleplaying. I know that the group we're playing with puts a heavy emphasis ...
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Do enemies have the same rules for death as PCs?

Once an enemy is lowered to 0 HP, are they dead or just knocked out? Do you have to reduce them to their negative Con score or is that mechanic strictly reserved for players?
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Can a character take free action out of her turn?

Free actionsD20PFSRD in Pathfinder take almost no time. But can they be performed outside of one's turn or in response to some trigger? Scenario 1: Can a Barbarian enter rage in response to taking ...
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How do the vehicle acceleration rules in Ultimate Combat work?

I'm looking through the Vehicles section in Ultimate Combat and I'm rather confused about vehicle acceleration. I thought I understood it but then I read this section on acceleration and it confused ...
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How specific does the weapon choice have to be when picking the Weapon Focus feat?

I'm wondering how specific the choice of the weapon has to be when a PC picks the Weapon Focus feat. I assume the same is true for Weapon Specialization. For example; Could a PC take Weapon Focus: ...
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More Optimized Warblade Build (3.P)

So, I have these two Warblade builds, and I'm trying to decide which one to take. The second of these builds is more theoretical because I didn't know about the Legacy Champion until rather recently. ...
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Attack of Opportunity & spell casting

I'm a little stumped with this. Example, casting a spell, 1 standard action provokes attack of opportunity. The enemy is allowed a single melee attack. So, each time the wizard casts a spell, ...
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How to design and determine CR of a respawning horde encounter?

I wish to design an encounter where players must reach a place or press a kind of switch while waves of enemies attack them. Enemies should continue respawning as players pursue their objective. The ...
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Using step up feat on moving npc

I'm playing pathfinder with the core rulebook only for my campaign. I wanted to take the step up feat for my monk, and I was wondering if it applies to every movement like a full movement/withdraw or ...
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How do Permanent Ability boosts interact with other items/spells that increase that ability

The exact example I am using is a Headband of Vast Intelligence and the spell Fox's Cunning and the headband and Crimson Sphere Ioun Stone Both combinations grant an enhancement bonus thus normally ...
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Fighting in the dark

When a PC is fighting in the dark and rolls a natural 20 is there still a 50% chance of a miss? The rules say the following about fighting in the dark: All opponents have total concealment from a ...
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When playing a magus do you add any modifier to spell damage

Ok so I am a little new to playing a magus and was wondering if you added anything to the damage rolls of his spells or if the only way to increase the spells damage is through arcanas or by leveling ...
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Any good steampunk material for d20?

The DM of my current Friday night game is running a steampunk-setting, using the Pathfinder rules system. We have two artificers in the party, but my feeling is that all of our material is fantasy and ...
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Does untyped damage overcome all DR?

According to a Pathfinder designer, untyped damage overcomes all DR. The comments are recorded in the last entry in this d20pfsrd FAQ section (just before "Blink and Mirror Image (4/22/10)") and comes ...
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How does damage reduction work with falling damage?

Specifically, does a damage reduction reduce the damage from each dice of falling damage or from the total? If it is the former, does this combination worth less than 2000 gp make me immune to ...
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Wanting to play d&d but have no clue [duplicate]

So I've been highly interested in D&D through watching streams of it but unfortunately no one plays D&D anywhere close to me. I don't have a clue on how to make characters etc. So if anyone ...
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Does DR apply to damage from Diehard?

You can take a move action without further injuring yourself, but if you perform any standard action (or any other action deemed as strenuous, including some swift actions, such as casting a ...
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Does Rope Trick move relatively?

Whilst thinking about this question I wondered if rope trick space is tied to where it is located in relative physical space for the plane it's on (after all, quite possibly if it's on a planet it's ...
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In Pathfinder, how are scroll creation costs calculated?

The Pathfinder SRD states that "The cost to create a scroll is half the base price." But it also says that "a character needs a supply of choice writing materials, the cost of which is subsumed in ...
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How to effectively protect a VIP in the streets?

A diplomat of a foreign country resides in the current city. Now he wants to go from the townhall to some event a couple of blocks down the street. How would you protect him, in case a group of highly ...
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If a spell gives an enhancement bonus to an attribute, does that affect the base attribute or the modifier?

For example, Cat's Grace gives a +4 bonus to Dexterity. Would that translate to a +4 for all dexterity checks or a +4 to the base attribute and therefore only a +2 to the skill checks?
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Holy brawler for Wrath of the Righteous

I was putting together an unarmed type for an upcoming Wrath of the Righteous campaign. I wanted to see if there was anything significantly wrong with the Champion of Irori character I'm creating. ...
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Do you still roll a saving throw against effects that your character is immune to?

This question deals explicitly in how the mechanics of Pathfinder functions and not in how I should resolve this at the table; in Pathfinder, if a character is immune to an effect and then targeted by ...
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Trivial Knowledge vs Kirin Path

I'm trying to make an optimized factotum build for a 3.P game, and I'm trying to decide on whether to take the Trivial Knowledge or Kirin's Path feat. I can not find any threads out on the Internet ...
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Does Haunting Mists deal Wisdom damage once, or repeatedly?

Haunting Mists is a 2nd level spell for Wizards, Sorcerers, Bards and Witches. It seems a pretty nice spell, with some good effects. The spell does some Wisdom damage, however, and I am unsure on how ...