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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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Greater Feint Clarification

I don't understand the benefits of Greater Feint feat in Pathfinder. Its Benefit states: Whenever you use feint to cause an opponent to lose his Dexterity bonus, he loses that bonus until the ...
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How does the Armored Kilt work?

I have both Light Armor and an Armored Kilt on. Now this means that my armor is automatically treated as Medium armor. Now I have three questions: How does this affect my max DEX bonus to AC? How ...
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Is there a race or trait that grants proficiency in Net?

In Pathfinder, is there a race (including alternate racial traits) or a trait that grants a bonus proficiency in Net (or in a weapon of choice that can include Net?) What about a class that grants a ...
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Are there well-stocked repositories of well-built PCs?

I've searched the Internet many times to no avail attempting to find a good source of well-made PCs for D&D 3.5 (or Pathfinder). Is there one out there? As a DM, when I want to throw in an NPC ...
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Several damage reduction clarifications for Pathfinder

There are a few bits about damage reduction that I'm unclear on in pathfinder, specifically... Easy one first; Do cold iron/silver weapons equivalent (+3) count as magic for purposes of ignoring DR? ...
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Amount of Ability Score on level up in Pathfinder?

First of all, I'm really new to RPGs, and I cannot find in the core rules or online how many ability score to give a character at level 4,8,12,16,20. The manual says "and possibly an ability score ...
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In Pathfinder bloody skeletons are permanently destroyed in an area of a Bless?

The skeleton variant bloody skeleton has the special quality Deathless: Deathless (Su): A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but it returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 ...
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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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If I am dual-wielding, how many attacks can I make as a standard action?

Hopefully this is a relatively straightforward question. I am used to playing 3.5e, and we recently switched to pathfinder. I had thought that taking any more than a single attack would require a ...
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Pathfinder and the Leadership feat

The feat Leadership has changed considerably since 3.X days and has brought up a few debates at my table. The specific debate is not over cohorts, but over followers. Let's say my level 7 Pathfinder ...
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How does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder?

Exactly how does Adventurer Conqueror King differ from B/X D&D, Labyrinth Lord, and Pathfinder? If I wanted to begin playing with a system-light D&D, preferred ascending AC, and wanted ...
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About to start first campaign. Question re: Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers

I decided to select the Ranger class for my first campaign. I used Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers (switch hitter) for my first build. I added Beastmaster and Skirmisher to supplement my expected play ...
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Reducing a monster below CR 1

There are many instances in Pathfinder and other 3.5 based systems when you might need to reduce a monster below 1 or 1/2. For example, if I'm using a CR 1/2 monster from a 3.5 source in Pathfinder, ...
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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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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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Player as animal companion?

I have two players who want to play a druid and his animal companion. While I have no problems with it, I'm concerned that the animal companion player won't be as interested as the others, because he: ...
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If I wildshape into an earth elemental, what languages can I speak?

The druid class ability Wildshape says (among other things): A druid loses her ability to speak while in animal form because she is limited to the sounds that a normal, untrained animal can make, ...
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What changes are there to Kingdom Management in Ultimate Campaign?

I've been playing in a PF campaign that's been using the Kingmaker rules. You can read about those here on the Obsidian Portal. The recently released Ultimate Campaign apparently updates these ...
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Magic Dead Zones and rules clarifications

I would like clarification on some points, if possible with rule sources, regarding Magic Dead Zones (and, maybe, Anti-Magic Fields): Do potions work at all? In an MDZ, there is no conduit for ...
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Quick Draw / Quick Sheath Items?

Does the Quick Draw feat allow you to also store the weapon you were wielding as part of the free action? If not, what sort of action is it to 'switch weapons' without dropping one or the other on ...
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How far do you go with custom rules before you have a new game?

We are working on a setting with low magic for Pathfinder, and we initially started out on creating lots of custom rules to go with that. However we found that the more rules we created, the more we ...
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Are there any example pre-built Kingdoms anywhere?

I'm intending to use the Pathfinder Kingdom rules to simulate running a empire in an entirely different system (Rolemaster). What I'd like is some example Kingdoms and cities that are already ...
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Any software to help manage mass combat from Ultimate Campaign?

I'm new to Pathfinder (haven't event looked at RPGs since D&D 2e) and I've been investigating the concept of mass combat for a campaign I'm thinking about creating. I guess Ultimate Campaign is a ...
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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How to salvage evil loot?

I'm currently running a premade scenario for Pathfinder where the author gives out rather powerful magic items for character levels 3, but they're almost the only treasure to be had in the scenario. ...
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Pathfinder Fate Points

I'm looking for a mechanic in Pathfinder to provide a fate-point like system for the characters. What mechanic could provide players a small boost here to belt the bad guy when needed or save them ...
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Witch - Octopus Familiar

The Witch class in the Advanced Players Guide allows an octopus as a familiar (p 219 in the Bestiary). My player has generated multiple questions regarding this subject. Will the octopus function on ...
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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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Is two-weapon fighting only as a full-round action balanced versus fighting with a two-handed weapon?

One of the players in a Pathfinder game in which I am playing is arguing that characters should be able to get the additional attack for fighting with two weapons when attacking as a standard action, ...
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Can an enemy be taken over in a fight with charm person?

In a fight, can one wizard take over one of the enemies? Wouldn't it be strange, my new best friend was some seconds before my worst enemy? And if it works, how to handle the rest of the fight? Does ...
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Bomb based alchemist builds

I'm looking for help with building a bomb-slinging alchemist at level 10. Assume 25 point buy for initial generation. The focus is getting the most effective bomb usage possible. Fast bombs is ...
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Pathfinder: How does taking 2 archetypes in from the same core class work?

In the APG it states; "A paladin could, however, be both an undead scourge and a warrior of the holy light, since none of their new class features replace the same core class feature." So does that ...
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Changing systems: Player and GM considerations in adapting a campaign from PF to 4e

I am resurrecting a campaign which had been on hold for several months, and considering updating from Pathfinder to 4e (which I have never run before), and juggling the mental calculus that goes into ...
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Can a rogue, druid, or cleric use Shield Bash without penalty?

Originally I was going to ask, "Can a rogue or druid use Shield Bash", but the answer seemed obvious: "Yes, why not?" The question then is whether a rogue or a druid can use Shield Bash without the ...
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Can the Create Water spell create “running water”?

In our current Pathfinder campaign, my party is (probably) dealing with a Vampire; one of the vampire weaknesses is to take damage in "running water". We have multiple Clerics and a Druid in the ...
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Does smite evil bypass DR for non-evil targets?

The Paladin's smite evil ability states: Smite Evil (Su): Once per day, a paladin can call out to the powers of good to aid her in her struggle against evil. As a swift action, the paladin chooses ...
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In a high fantasy setting, what changes when you restrict player magical item purchases?

In every game that I've played or run, the players have been able to easily buy or craft any magic item that they could pay for. What are the pitfalls of this kind of unlimited magic freedom system? ...
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PC as Familiar?

One of my PC's wants a familiar and one of my other PC's thinks it would be cool if she could take on the role of a familiar because she thinks it would allow her freedom to be "cute" in the game. ...
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When using the bard's message spell, do characters have to whisper?

An interesting situation came up with my game last night. The bard wanted to go forward on his own to talk with a wary Bogard and attempt to communicate without a big threatening group surrounding it. ...
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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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What can limit dex for AC?

This is possibly a bug in Hero Lab but it's been pretty solid so far; so I'm trying to work out what it's doing. If it is a hero lab bug, then this question will probably need to be deleted. I've ...
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Can a summoned creature hit/damage creatures that are only hit/damaged by +1 magical weapons or better?

Creatures that are summoned via the Summon Monster Spell; can they successfully hit and or damage creatures that require a +1 magical weapon or better to hit? In other words do a summoned creature's ...
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Using mechanics optimization to design a game at a desired power level

I want to learn how to optimize. I am aware of optimization and have seen examples of optimized characters, I have found many 'guides' on optimization but in reality all of these are simply lists of ...
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High Intelligence Paladin Build?

I'm looking to make a combat effective 'high' (14) Intelligence Paladin for Pathfinder Society. Any thoughts on class dips, archetypes and feats to make the build an effective one? The Paladin ...
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Multi Class Leveling

I am new to D&D, currently using 3.5 & Pathfinder (Pathfinder book arrives next week, ordered it). I am extremely confused with the Multiclass leveling system. When I opt to take a new class ...
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How to factor in reduced damage for Coup De Grace?

In a game I played recently, a character coup de graced a natural lycanthrope. The damage was not enough to out right kill him, but it still forced a save to resist death, as per coup de grace. Now, ...
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How do touch spells work in Pathfinder?

You would think touch spells would be fairly straightforward: You cast a spell, you touch someone or several someones, and effects occur. Unfortunately, the touch spell rules contain the following ...
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Can I create a +1 stat-boosting item?

For item creation in pathfinder the example magical item (The belt of incredible dexterity) is quoted with bonuses of +2/+4/+6 However the Magic item creation information states that the cost is ...
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Oriental-themed characters in Pathfinder

We were planning on running a 3.5 campaign with an oriental-themed party: Samurai, Ninja, Shugenja, Wu Jen etc. There are all sorts of story reasons in place to make sense of this: a quasi-oriental ...