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

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Pathfinder Cleric Domains: How exactly do they work?

I've recently started playing Pathfinder with some of my friends. It's going quite well, even though none of us had PnP experience before! I am playing a Cleric. Picked the Healing and Fire domain. I ...
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How do I help my players get more engaged in the story?

I play in a group where we routinely switch out GMs. When I GM I tend to prefer story-based games with lots of character building and descriptive role play. We tend to run Paizo's Adventure Paths ...
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How can I attain eternal youth through alchemy?

Back in the second edition of AD&D, potions of Youth and Longevity were valuable, both to GMs as plot devices, and as a useful way for players to compensate for the variety of supernatural effects ...
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How can I help players' bookkeeping as a GM?

I sometimes suspect my friend fear resource bookkeeping because I haven't assisted him as a GM. As a GM, how can I assist in players managing resources and/or powers? I classify the "resource" as: ...
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How can player characters restore a mostly-burned note?

Background Pathfinder ruleset, with 2-3 low level characters of unknown classes. Scenario: In an encounter, the minor villain's last action is to throw a note into the fire. With a successful ...
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Can a character without limbs use the monk's abilities

This is related to another question I asked a few days ago about odd races as characters. One of the player's has a flail snail character that he has made that has levels in monk. Looking at the ...
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When smashing an object, do you subtract the hardness every time?

Does hardness work as damage reduction, reducing the damage taken by the object each time it is hit, or does it work as bonus hitpoints? I think it's the former, but I'm not sure.
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Does there exist a Detect Deity Spell

Does there exist a spell (or other method) that allows the magical divination of a character's patron deity? I'll accept official or third-party solutions.
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

Okay, it's time for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or at least, the raising of a rather unpleasant Zombie Army. Well, zombies are nice, but hey, other undead are welcome as well. So... an let's make it an ...
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Is there an expanded Draconic bloodline for sorcerers?

Looking at the Draconic Bloodline it only includes the base dragon types. Is there any expanded list anywhere including the other newer dragon types? Official lists are preferred but homebrew is also ...
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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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Precision Damage and Damage Reduction clarification [duplicate]

The rules for precision damage are kinda vague, and from as far as I can tell there's only a couple things that are actually considered precision. My question has two parts though, first where in the ...
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In 3.5 does movement speed add damage or attack power to weapons?

I have a character who has managed to get herself a movement speed of 100'. She is a centaur, and as such specializes in lance based combat and charges. Now in the real world a lance moving faster ...
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Does the feat Point-Blank Shot and similar feats affect ranged touch attack spells?

The confusion with Point-Blank Shot for me comes from this line; You get a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with ranged weapons at ranges of up to 30 feet. Also, Precise Shot has a similar ...
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How combat-heavy is Rise of the Rune Lords?

I am getting ready to start a new campaign and am looking over the APs. The group is thinking about Rise of the Runelords, but before we commit to a large AP such as this, I want to know more about ...
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Are the bonuses from the Belt of Physical Perfection and similar items temporary? [duplicate]

I'm confused about the wording in the description of the Belt of Physical Perfection and several other items that raise stats. Do they only raise the stats for the first 24 hours and then they don't ...
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How to calculate transportation costs by sea in Rise of the Runelords?

If your players want to book a ship for, let's say, 100 miles from one city by the sea to the other. There are four players, and a two-horse-drawn carriage. The sea is not especially dangerous. How ...
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Gold from monsters with “NPC gear” in Pathfinder?

I just started running a campaign. The players defeated some goblins, and I want to get a sense of how much gold their were carrying. Their gear is described as "NPC gear", and when I go to the ...
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What happens to a Summoner's Eidolon if it is Petrified?

What happens to a Summoner's Eidolon if it is Petrified? Does it return at the beginning of the next day as if it were killed, or must it be freed of its effect first?
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Does using Discern Location or Wish to determine something's location also provide information on how to get there?

If a Discern Location or Wish spell is used to determine the location of an object or person, is the caster also able to determine how to get there? For example, if there is a powerful artifact that ...
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Do creatures from other planes typically travel into the material plane?

I'm using Pathfinder and I'm a fairly new GM and I'm running my first campaign in a world I hand crafted. It's a planet in the material plane and has the usual characteristics that a real planet ...
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Command Undead on creatures who are under command of an NPC

In an upcoming session, there will be an NPC, who made a couple of ghouls who are under his command. Rise of the Runelords Spoiler: Now one of the players in the group that I am DM'ing has the ...
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How do cursed items work?

I have never really used cursed items in my campaigns, but I'm considering doing so for my latest one. For the most part, cursed items seem pretty straightforward except for two things: How do you ...
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Forcing others to use cursed items against their will?

I have a few specific questions, but I think they can all be sufficiently generalized as follows: Do cursed items which activate upon being worn, held or seen affect creatures that do not willingly ...
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Prices/rules for intentionally buying cursed items

The default Pathfinder setting is a place where (given enough time in a big enough city) one can buy a +5 Vorpal sword or a Staff of Power. In such a world surely one can also buy Boots of Dancing or ...
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What are the specifications for the “Vansaya” crossbow in Sandpoint?

I am setting up Rise of the Runelords Anniversary edition and I was curious as to how I should tell my PC's what this +1 repeating crossbows worth is and if there are any special abilities tied to it. ...
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Need a Mental Challenge [closed]

I am running a custom campaign and I have run into an issue. The group got to a quest where the ruler of the country is dying of old age and a has no heir. So someone needs to prove themselves to both ...
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How can I discharge a touch spell on an attack without provoking an AoO?

Is there a way to basically hit someone in the face with a charged spell in hand, without provoking an attack of opportunity? In the core rules it says that you can perform an unarmed strike or ...
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How can I make the players think outside their normal selves?

I have been DMing a custom campaign, and the players are starting to complain that I am being to "god like" and throwing "to powerful encounters" at them. The group is level 2's and 3's, and I have ...
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Can Paragon Surge stack with itself for the purpose of temporary feats?

I have a character with the Paragon Surge spell. Is there anything preventing me from casting this spell multiple times to gain multiple temporary feats? I know the Int and Dex bonus wouldn't stack ...
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Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous

A breastplate is 6 ac, 3 max dex, -4 check penalty If it's Mithril, that makes it 6 ac, 5 max dex, -1 check penalty The Armor Expert trait pushes the check penalty to 0. Since there is no check ...
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How to deal with a blind pursuit?

Last session my GM dealt with it during the encounter, but he wasn't sure how it should actually be handled- given the party, it will occur again. The party Oracle (Wave Mystery with Water Sight ...
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How to create a useful bird companion?

I am playing PFS and I wonder what could make a bird companion for a human druid useful. Right now I have thought about the following: It has 10 STR, so it has 0 damage modifiers on any of his ...
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Does Damage Reduction Stack In Pathfinder?

I have not been able to find it stated explicitly anywhere but does damage reduction from different sources stack? For example I have a Lycanthropic character who has dr10/silver and I was looking at ...
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Upkeep of a fortress?

In the Campaign my group is running, they have obtained a fortress that I honestly never intended them to be able to get. And yes, I know as a GM I could have denied them the fort, but they really did ...
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Is Swarm Attack an action?

I am trying to argue that Nauseated affects swarms (as a reult of the swarm being in a stinking cloud) but I am being told that Swarm Attack is not an action because it does not require an attack roll ...
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Is a 'double move' one action or two, for the purpose of things triggering off ending movement?

When I 'double move' in pathfinder does that count as making 1 or 2 moves? Is there any reason to go against RAW for balance/sanity (see swarm example below)? I understand that it would consume 2 ...
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How long does it take for a hippogriff egg to hatch?

One of my PC's bought a hippogriff and was wondering: how long does it take to hatch? The text does not say anything about how long. How should I determine the hatching time frame or the incubation ...
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Attack of Opportunity with ranged weapons

Attacks of Opportunity with a ranged weapon seems like an insane concept. The way I understand it, if a creature were to move within range of a PC's light crossbow it would trigger an AoO. If so that ...
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How to handle PC's buying companions/animals

One of my PC's without handle animal bought a psuedodragon to have as a companion. Is that legal? He does not have the handle animal skill, and the creature seems seems way over powered. He is also a ...
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Does a Dread negate its own immunity to fear?

At 7th level a Dread gains immunity to fear, but by this point they already have an aura of fear which causes all creatures within to lose immunity to fear and take penalties on saves against fear. ...
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Is my finger a light weapon?

Normally, my melee attack rolls use my Strength bonus. Weapon Finesse allows me to use Dexterity instead of Strength when using light weapons and specifies that natural weapons are considered light ...
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Dealing with players smarter than me?

I'm next in line as DM so that the current DM can take a break after a campaign that has gone on for a year and a half. Our current DM is one smart cookie, throwing puzzles, role-playing, and combat ...
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How do I make a touch attack?

I'm a newbie to Pathfinder and the general D&D 3.x area, having only played a small number of sessions ever. Following a recent question I dove into the touch attack rules, since I realised I ...
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Ways to solve balance problems with a Master Summoner

I'm currently running a pathfinder game and am running into balance problems with a Master Summoner. It's a low level game (started from level 1) and the summoner is currently level 4 but about to ...
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Spontaneous casters spell swap

I have a summoner in Pathfinder. I have just reached level 5, and the PRD states: Upon reaching 5th level, and at every third summoner level thereafter (8th, 11th, and so on), a summoner can ...
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Rules on moving a double hackbut

One of my players just built himself a Double Hackbut The rules on it are not so much vague as non-existent though. You need a full round action to set it up - that's clear. You can "wheel it ...
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Kingdom building. Multiple farms in one hex

Ok so the kingdom building rules here http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/other-rules/kingdom-building#TOC-Farm- States the following (Emphasis mine) Terrain improvements are changes to a hex ...
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How can I substitute bonus XP in a non-XP campaign?

I have a party that have taken up sneaking past guards and avoiding traps and thus not getting encounter XP. They all first time D&D players but long time boardgamers so they picked it up quite ...
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Can you be afraid if you're dead?

At 7th level, a Dread becomes immune to fear. The class feature says the following: At 7th level, the dread gains immunity to fear (psionic or otherwise). This ability functions whether the dread ...