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

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What are some quality low-magic d20 (3.5e/PF) systems?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm getting ready to run a very low-magic (but high martial combat/adventure) Pathfinder campaign, and am looking for any systems to draw mechanics and inspiration ...
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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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Does Petrifying Gaze special ability still work posthumously in D&D 3.5/Pathfinder?

Meaning can a PC use the severed head of a medusa or basilisk as a weapon to petrify his opponents?
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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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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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Are Pathfinder RPG classes/races balanced in D&D 3.5?

The Pathfinder SRD contains a lot of new classes (like the ninja and gunslinger) and races or race variants. Other than Pathfinder races having +2 to an additional ability score, would these ...
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Can a bound outsider disobey its orders?

The Planar Binding spell reads: You can attempt to compel the creature to perform a service by describing the service and perhaps offering some sort of reward. [...] This process can be ...
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What percentage of the population is magical in Pathfinder's world of Golarion?

This is kind of a variant of this medieval + magical question. However, I'm looking for any specific rules regarding the basic math around spells and the availability of magic users. Pathfinder's ...
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Can an Alchemist use Two-Weapon Fighting with bombs?

In Pathfinder, is the Alchemist class capable of using Two-Weapon Fighting with bombs? If no, does the Fast Bombs discovery change this?
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Can detect magic detect psionic effects?

In Pathfinder Psionics, the standard rule is that magic and psionics are more or less the same. Spell Resistance is also Power Resistance and so forth. Can Detect Magic detect a n active psionic ...
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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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What happens if one's petrified while Enlarged (or Polymorphed)?

If one were under the effect of Enlarge Person (or some temporary polymorph effect) and then get petrified, what happens when the spell expires? I could imagine: The petrification creates a statue ...
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Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on?

What happens if you cast plane shift and then attempt to shift to the plane that you're on? I can think of a few reasons this might happen in-game: For some reason, the PCs don't know what plane ...
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Banishment in an Area that Prevents Teleportation

Pathfinder rules in the Forgotten Realms setting. The campaign is currently set in Myth Drannor. A high-level Wizard battled some of the resident fiends and used banishment. He successfully penetrated ...
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Is casting the spell Blood Transcription an evil act?

A player of mine in a recent game of Pathfinder was playing a Lawful Neutral Magus and was about to drink blood from a fallen spellcaster to get his prepared spells for the day by using the spell ...
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What to do when a player dislikes his character, that is vital for the story?

One of the PCs (a greedy, quirky dwarf fighter) in the game I am hosting recently died, and his player chose to join the group as a new character, a human paladin. After two sessions the player is not ...
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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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Are there any spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
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How do I handle a player who plays his character far differently than the character was originally presented?

I'm not asking how to make every character be played as I would play them. I'm asking how to handle a situation in which the character that the player presents to me as a GM (with complete back-story, ...
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Is there a way to learn someone's level in game in DnD3.x?

Is there a way to learn someone's level in-game in DnD3.x? (...or possibly Pathfinder?) Wait, I know, levels are an abstraction and a game mechanism, and should not come into play in-game. Yet, there ...
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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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What are the benefits of playing an alignment other than True Neutral?

Alignments of Good, Evil, Lawful & Chaotic seem to be hindrances. They affect your spell choice slightly, restrict certain equipment and worst of all, they make you weak to certain forms of ...
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Can you pass an entire surprise round?

Looking at this question about sniping, in this situation: Example 3 A wields a loaded crossbow and waits on on a cliff overlooking a valley for B to walk by. A is unobserved and has a low ...
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Can a divine caster change her praying time?

The rules say: Time of Day: A divine spellcaster chooses and prepares spells ahead of time, but unlike a wizard, does not require a period of rest to prepare spells. Instead, the character chooses ...
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How to give a Rogue ways to shine

I'm DMing a pathfinder campaign and it's been going pretty well. The Barbarian is having a grand time cleaving hordes of weak enemies, the Cleric is doing fantastic in the undead segments, and the ...
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How can I challenge my players with something other than combat?

So originally I was going to ask, How can I represent hardships for players in game?, however that seemed to broad. Even now, I'm not sure if my current question is too broad, if it is please let me ...
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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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Alternatives to death in a character and narrative-driven campaign?

I'm currently running a Pathfinder game where the characters make the decisions and shape the plot. However, I'm worried about what will happen if one of the characters dies, simply because the ...
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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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Is Knowledge (Local) Tied to a Specific Region?

For a long time, one of the DMs in my usual group has claimed that Knowledge (Local) has to be tied to a specific region. For example, you could take Knowledge (Restov). So, we've always just played ...
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In Pathfinder can spells target invisible opponents?

In the game I was running last night the bad guy cast invisibility on himself. The players managed to work out which 5' square she was in and among other things one of the players tried to use the ...
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How do common townspeople identify and react to unusual creatures?

It is clear that most people in Golarion can identify an elf or a dwarf on sight, but what about more unusual creatures such as a drow or succubus? Do normal townspeople identify them on sight? If ...
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Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder?

Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder? Off the top of my head, the biggest difference is feats every 2/3 levels. Would it affect ...
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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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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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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 does the duration “concentration” work when using scrolls and power stones?

I'm playing a Pathfinder game as a Psion, and am considering making some power stones (effectively scrolls) of Control Light. Control Light, unlike Darkness, is a "Concentration" duration power. Does ...
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How do I represent semi-realistic gun fire-fights using Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 cover rules?

I am running a sci-fi/fantasy game using Pathfinder. The setting is firearms and future weapons focused. It's also being played on a virtual battle-map with tokens and will be run very tactically. ...
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How can I Intimidate (demoralize foe) as a Move or Swift action?

I would like to make Intimidate a major part of my PC's fighting style. I think it's cool, and themey; I don't like the fact that it takes a Standard action, though. Is there any way to speed it up a ...
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What's the difference between “Ability to cast arcane spells” and “Arcane spellcaster”?

The prerequisite for Arcane Strike is "[the] ability to cast arcane spells." The prerequisite for Arcane Shield is "arcane spellcaster" and a specified caster level. What's the difference? Is anyone ...
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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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What are the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest?

As the question suggests, I'm interested in the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest. I'm fairly familiar with the RuneQuest system. I've heard a bit about Pathfinder ...
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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 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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Skill checks, can they go negative?

Example: Attempting to snipe with no perks means I get a -20 to my stealth check. When I roll the d20, can the result be negative, or is 0 the absolute minimum?
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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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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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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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Does a non-magical character have any options to fight a swarm without fire?

In a session with a witch, a wizard and me, a rogue with a knife and crossbow, I found my character to be astonishingly useless against swarms. There was a swarm of Hellwasps and I quite literally ...