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

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What is all the backstory in an Adventure Path for if the players never see it?

I'm new to tabletop RPGs (although I have been interested for a long time, just had difficulty finding like-minded companions, and the funds required to get some of the stuff). When I was finally ...
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The fastest Elf in the West (at initiative anyway)

They called him Ernie, the fastest Elf in the West. Ahem. I'm trying to improve the initiative of an Elf Wizard. At the moment it's at a respectable: +15 +4 Dex (Base) +4 Improved Initiative ...
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Pathfinder: can a ghost wear armor?

According to the universal monster rules, incorporeal creatures (read: ghosts) have no Strength score: [An incorporeal creature] has no Strength score, so its Dexterity modifier applies to its ...
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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 I balance an all-spellcaster party?

This here campaign I'm about to unfold is going to feature 2-3 players, 2 of which definitely want to get spellcasting characters and the third is very likely to go down the same path. Q: How do I ...
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How do I manage my Druid's wildshapes?

My druid picked up the wildshape ability a few levels back, but hasn't had a chance to use it yet. The wide-open nature of the ability (and the labyrinthine rules) has left me reluctant to bog down ...
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What HP does Finger of Death leave you at when it kills you?

Let's say you're at 23 HP and your CON score is 15. You're hit by Finger of Death cast by a 13th level Wizard, and as a result suffer 130 damage. Are you left at -107 HP, or does it simply drop you to ...
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How can I mechanistically empower a prophecy or fortune without railroading the plot?

I am interested in the idea of incorporating fate (via prophecy or fortunes told) in my campaign. I would like to come up with a set of rules/mechanics to make a prophecy or fortune teller's ...
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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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How relatively strong is a character of a given level

I'm new to DMing and writing my own campaign, and I've only played Pathfinder once with a group of other new players. I was wondering how "powerful" of something level X (in terms of character level) ...
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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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Why can you only craft one magic item per day?

Most magical items of any significant power will take far longer than one day to create. Given the crafting rate of 1 day per 1,000 gold, it seems unlikely there will be any serious balance concerns ...
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How real are illusions?

The PCs this week tried to do something that stumped me this week, though I am sure this question has been asked before. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the PCs decided that they would cast an ...
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Rewarding a PC who educates himself?

One of the PCs in the group I am hosting likes to read books about various arcana stuff in the library of the city at night. (He only needs to sleep for 2 hours.) Should I reward the PC somehow with ...
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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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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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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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Can I create a computer game based on the Pathfinder core rules?

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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Does the armor category inherently imply a speed change?

This may be silly but I started wondering about this after looking at this question: How does the Armored Kilt work?. I have not been able to find an explicit rule that says all Medium armors reduce ...
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Can a PC cast a Floor of force?

The PRD entry for environment states: Transparent Floor: Transparent floors, made of reinforced glass or magic materials (even a wall of force) [...] The PRD entry for Wall of Force states: ...
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Firing into close combat in Pathfinder

If I am using a bow against an enemy who is in melee combat with an ally of mine, I get a -4 on my attack roll, unless I have the precise shot feat. (See page 184 in the Core Rules. Do I suffer the ...
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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 a DM brighten the mood?

Sometimes a story can turn away from its original direction and take on a darker tone, what is a good approach to lightening the mood? As a new DM, I started a Pathfinder campaign a year ago with a ...
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Relationship Mechanics for D&D/Pathfinder?

My Pathfinder/D&D games tend to involve relationships - romantic, friendly, etc. - between PCs and NPCs alike. 3.x only has the Diplomacy mechanic for any kind of relationship mechanic. I'm ...
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Character Build - “Bad Luck” Theme

I'm trying to build a character who suffers a strange and inexplicable stigma that attracts misfortune to all the people around him. (In South America it's called "mufa"; in colloquial language, ...
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Are there rules for identifying class abilities?

Are there rules for PCs making checks to identify class abilities of NPCs? For example, if a Monk uses Slow Fall, or a Druid uses Woodland Stride, or a Paladin uses Lay On Hands, can nearby PCs ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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Where is the Belt(?) of Shared Space?

I would swear that I've seen an item which allows anyone who has a linked copy to access the same extradimensional space; I'm 99% sure it was published by WotC or Paizo, and I'm 90% sure it was a ...
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How do you handle combat in Pathfinder when there are too many foes to even count?

I have offered to take a turn at running a game for our group. I have a story that I think they will find interesting, mechanics to cope with the fact that some players sometimes just don't show up ...
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How can I reduce crunch for my players without putting all pressure on the GM?

I'm ramping up to play Pathfinder, a system with which my players are not familiar, although they have a little bit of experience with D&D (so Pathfinder won't be very shocking to them). One of ...
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What are experience points?

Here it was suggested more than once that running away from a too dangerous encounter should add as much experience points as defeating it. This struck me as really odd and made me wonder what exactly ...
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How to handle player weapon modification

In a game it got brought up that a frost creature is vulnerable to fire. Me being GM they ask if they can quote "drip their arrows in oil and light them on fire" to produce more damage against someone ...
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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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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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Reasons to multiclass in 3.5

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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Can you wear two of the same ring?

Can a character have on two identical rings, one in each ring slot? I can't seem to find any rule saying this isn't possible, but the DM thinks it may not be. The ring I have in mind is just a pair of ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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How can I overcome spell resistance?

Is there a reasonably complete collection of ways for casters to overcome spell resistance?
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Do weapons damage themselves?

Weapons have explicitly listed hardnesses and hit points: Damaging Objects – PFSRD Many medieval weapons were known for breaking; most notably, in jousting, breaking a lance scored points: ...
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What do I do about no treasure encounters?

With the theme of my campaign I chose a number of monsters from the lowest CR to about CR 5 to fight against my players. After finishing a couple of other preparations I reread the monsters that I ...
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Why are starting languages restricted? [closed]

In Pathfinder, each race starts with some given languages, usually Common and its own racial language. Characters with more Intelligence can have additional starting languages, but only taken from a ...
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Is a summoned tyrannosaurus overpowered?

I'm running my crew through the last book of the Kingmaker series. The players consist of a paladin, rogue, monk, and oracle. When the oracle leveled up to 14 (CL 7), he gained the ability to Summon ...
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Is there a noticeably better buffer class in Pathfinder?

I tend to min/max slightly and outshine my fellow players so in the next campaign I decided to play a support role who buffs the other players to avoid this and help my fellow players shine. My aim ...
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How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?

One of my biggest headaches as a DM (though perhaps I am overcomplicating things) is coming up with consistent prices for goods and services not listed in the reference books for a medieval setting ...
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Can you use a Longbow outside level flight?

Are there any rules for using a Longbow in parabolic flight, e.g. when you don't have Line of Sight or the target is a very long way a way?
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How does a Paladin's Detect Evil Ability work?

Can a paladin's Detect Evil ability detect if there is Evil in the area, as per the spell, or is it target-only?
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How many arrows an archer can carry/bring with him

What would be a realistic number of arrows an archer can have/carry/bring with him? Dozens or hundreds?
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On a critical hit, does one double negative modifiers?

Let's say a character with an 8 STR confirms a critical hit with a short sword. A normal hit for them would deal 1d6-1 damage. Does the critical deal 2d6-2?
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What, if any, bonuses to AC can my allies temporarily 'turn off' so I can hit them with an Alchemist's Healing Bomb?

Healing Bomb is a splash weapon, so it would be a touch attack, and therefore armor/shield/natural armor AC don't matter. I would have to overcome any of the target's touch AC bonuses: Dexterity, ...