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

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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 does a perception check really signify? Can they be repeated?

When a character makes a perception check, does fail indicate whether they permanently fail to see what is hidden, or just that they need to try again? So far our DM has let us repeat perception ...
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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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How can I overcome spell resistance?

Is there a reasonably complete collection of ways for casters to overcome spell resistance?
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Can a Barbarian/Rogue Sneak Attack during a Rage?

Can you sneak attack and rage at the same time? Honestly, I only ask because it seems like one of those things that you just shouldn't be able to do, but I can't find any rule preventing it. Am I ...
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How can we fish an indestructible item out of lava?

My group is trying to recover an indestructible item that fell into a pool of lava of unknowable depth. How can we: Determine the depth Get to the object. If the depth isn't that deep we can just ...
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Why are starting languages restricted?

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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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 mirror to get line of sight?

Some spells only require line of sight for targeting. Can you use a mirror to look around a corner and target your foe? For example, Magic Missile: The missile strikes unerringly, even if the ...
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Physics of Tengu and Blowguns

While playing through a Paizo Adventure Path my players came across an encounter that began with a group of tengu firing poisoned darts at the party from blowguns. One of my players had the grace to ...
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Is Pathfinder selling better than D&D?

Is there any data showing that Pathfinder is selling better than 4th Edition D&D? Also, is there any data showing if and when that might happen?
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Druid with heavy armor and a shield?

A friend recently came up with a druid 5/fighter 1. He took the fighter level to allow himself to use heavy armor. He has a full stone plate and a wooden shield, and he uses Wild Shape to change into ...
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How can I cast what can't be cast?

I'm running a Pathfinder campaign with the Eberron 3.5 setting, and I'm often finding that I want my players to be able to use magic in a way that the rules don't allow. For example, a party is in an ...
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Why can't a bonded item be in the head slot?

In pathfinder, a Wizard's bonded item can only be an amulet, ring, wand, or staff. Why? Is there something gamebreaking about allowing a head-slot item as a bonded item? We're considering removing the ...
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Does reach let you threaten an opponent if there is another opponent between you?

Okay, the following situation came up in a recent game of Pathfinder. Pretend the following are in a straight line, in a standard 5' grid with their bases touching each other. player's summoned ...
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Do Class Skill Bonuses Count as Ranks?

In Pathfinder do class skill bonuses count as ranks, especially for the purpose of prestige classing, or are they a generic bonus? If they are a bonus, how should I adjust the required ranks for ...
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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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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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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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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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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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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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Is a Fighter/Wizard/Thief viable in Pathfinder?

I'm looking for a decent build for a Fighter/Wizard/Thief in Pathfinder. The goal is to have a "jack of all trades" PC. I'd like to enhance these aspect if possible: Fighter: melee dps Wizard: ...
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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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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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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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Why take Linguistics if you can cast Comprehend Languages?

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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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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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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In Pathfinder, what happens if an undead creature's DR reduces damage to 0?

The combat section in the CRB says Minimum Damage: If penalties reduce the damage result to less than 1, a hit still deals 1 point of nonlethal damage. However, undead creatures are immune to ...
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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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How do I include their character bio without controlling their past?

I am about three months real time (about 4 years game time) into the campaign and they have completed the main quest line. They are really enjoying the new side quests I have for them, and the world ...
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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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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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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.