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

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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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Noble drow possibilities to not be seen by them (if one has a magic item/spell active)

As noble drows have detect magic as a constant: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/humanoids/drow-common/drow-noble I'm wondering more and more what can evade their sight? If I take ...
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How can I tailor an encounter so that a low level, mostly mundane party can defeat a wasp swarm?

I'm GM'ing a game with a large, mostly mundane party where all PCs at level 2. The party is made up of a good aligned cleric (i.e. no damage spells), wizard, druid (with wolf animal companion), monk, ...
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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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Mating behaviours of dragons

My question is about the social behaviour of dragons in regards to the opposite gender. I've red a few tiny pieces about breeding and territorial behaviour of dragons but only pieces there sadly that ...
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Are 3.5 homebrew races compatible with Pathfinder?

I want to use the Angel race. It is for D&D 3.5, can I use it on Pathfinder? If not, what do I need to change to make it compatible?
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Do animal ghouls generally exist or are wolf ghouls an exception?

Until I looked up ghouls in the SRD I always thought there are ONLY humanoid ghouls then I saw a wolf ghoul which seemingly is an official pathfinder thing (from the magazines). So I wonder there: ...
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Learning to use spells comfortably

I'm hoping to get a little but of advice. You see, I've been running Rise of the Runelords, although the fact that I'm using Pathfinder probably isn't too relevant. Point is, I'm relatively new to ...
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Can a Spiked Shield be enchanted with bashing

The rules state: Bashing: A shield with this special ability is designed to perform a shield bash. A bashing shield deals damage as if it were a weapon of two size categories larger (a Medium light ...
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Concealment at the boundary of Oscuring Mist

Obscuring Mist says The vapor obscures all sight, including darkvision, beyond 5 feet. A creature 5 feet away has concealment (attacks have a 20% miss chance). Let's say A & B are ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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How do I make an interesting escape from a fire?

So, the last session I tried to make an encounter where my players had to escape from a burning house. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a boring bunch of pass-or-suck checks. How can I make this ...
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How can I design balanced customized hexes for witches?

I'm working with my GM to have my character creating new spells for a thematic purpose, based around water. We were talking and he had asked what to consider the differences between hexes and spells. ...
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Talking skeletal or zombielike undead

When I read up the skeletal champion it reminded me of something that was only existant in a specific setting in the old (a)d&d: Death knights. These were undead that could talk and think (and ...
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New players missing the big picture?

Ok so I've just started my two daughters on their first ever Pathfinder campaign using the pre-built TC1 "Into the Haunted Forest". It's going ok, they are having fun, but they seem to be overlooking ...
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Should I take turns during a skill challenge?

I'm trying to use 4e's skill challenges in Pathfinder, but I have a question: should I ask my player to roll for initiative and take turns to Win the challenge, or just the best PCs should play it?
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Can you use Versatile Evocation (Su) with Rime Spell (Metamagic)?

A player of mine wants to play to take Admixture which is a focused school under Evocation. He wants to combine take Versatile Evocation (Su) which comes under Admixture to cast Fireballs (for ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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How is the clockwork soldier priced?

I've been looking at the possible constructs in current Pathfinder bestiaries looking for options for a crafter character and I couldn't help but notice that the pricing of the clockwork soldier ...
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How can a dragon sorcerer PC take on humanoid form from level 1 without house rules?

I'm currently having a few issues with a character of one of my players. When the new third party Pathfinder book In the Company of Dragons came out he was on fire to play a dragon. Now after looking ...
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Additional spells/day at First Level [duplicate]

Can a level 1 Oracle use the additional spell slots gained by having a high Charisma to cast the low level spells she knows or are those slots initially wasted? Can spell slots generally be used to ...
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What properties of a magic item can be identified with skill checks?

Let's say a Level 1 Cleric finds a very powerful ring (e.g. Ring of Three Wishes). Since the cleric has no idea what this ring is for, what kinds of skill checks etc. can he use at which DC to ...
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Detect magic (drows) and invisibility (spells) [duplicate]

I'm wondering about detect magic from the drow nobles. It is a constant effect. From the description you see that an aura is around the area. This question What happens when Detect Magic is used upon ...
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What synergizes with Awesome Display?

I'm thinking about building a Heavens Oracle with Awesome Display, and I'm looking for things that synergize well with that, especially at higher levels where Color Spray will not be effective, even ...
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Do you generally do anything with a creature's remains?

Say the party goes off into the woods and kills a few wolves. Would anything useful come from the carcasses? How about at higher levels when killing Dragons and such? I understand with creatures ...
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Would armor that you're wearing and weapons be counted in your carry weight?

I've heard people who run games where they don't count armor that you wear in your carry weight and people who do. I'm wondering what the RAW would state - does it count?
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Do rules exist for creating wondrous items?

Are there any hard rules aside from the few examples given and "use your imagination" to build your own wondrous items?
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Should I put a Bard's ability score increases all in Cha or spread them out?

This is my first Pathfinder campaign and I was wondering how one would spread their additional ability points they get while leveling. I usually play straight caster or melee but the bard seems to be ...
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Dwarf Warpriest creation help

I wanted to build a healer/melée fighter character for a Pathfinder campaign. With the 4E Essentials Warpriest in mind, and having no PF experience, I wanted to build a Dwarf Warpriest. Given that the ...
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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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How to handle some new NPCs who enter a fight in progress?

I am GMing for the second time in my life, and do not know how to handle this situation: There are 5 PCs who walk through this map. In almost every room there are a couple of NPCs who might or might ...
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How can a Paladin be converted into an Anti-Paladin?

I'm the GM of a group where one PC (a greedy dwarf fighter) recently died. The player chose a new character, a human paladin. The player is new at roleplaying and after two sessions playing the ...
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Need help understanding Pathfinder poison rules

I’m unsure how poisons work in Pathfinder. For example: black adder venom. From the frequency of the poison, am I required to make a saving throw per minute for every six minutes? Each time I fail a ...
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What simple weapons can the “Scorching Weapon” feat be applied to?

In creating my Ifrit Sorcerer, I am wondering if the feat Scorching Weapon would be of any use to me. This part of its text from its page on d20pfsrd seems ambiguous: As a swift action, you can ...
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Do Ifrit start with the outsider skill point bonus?

I am building an Ifrit Sorcerer, Bloodline: Elemental Fire Since this is my first Pathfinder character, I am going through all of the bonus skills and feats, etc. to determine what I want. I see ...
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How to GM a haunted house?

In some Pathfinder campaign there is a house, where there are a lot of haunted things. The description of such a haunt says something like this: CE obsessed haunt (around the bed) Caster Level 3rd ...
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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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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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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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Porting a WoD werewolf to Pathfinder

I've been playing WoD pen and paper for some time, but had to change my gaming group. Now I'm playing Pathfinder. Thanks to my GM I'm allowed to play a kind of WoD werewolf. We have a concept of a ...
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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How to create a hard challenge for my group?

I did let the PCs of the game I am hosting receive too many treasures, so I would like them to lose at least some (or even all) of them. I thought about a simple ambush somewhere in the woods, where ...
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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 to handle a Strix in combat when flying?

As a GM how do you handle a PC who is a Strix fighter and his weapon of choice is a stab weapon with reach of 10 or more ft. The Strix is hovering (or just flying) above and out of reach of the bad ...
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How to generate a monster with levels in wizard?

I read in a Pathfinder book about a monster (intellect devourer) that had nine levels in Wizard. How would I be able to create an NPC character sheet for such a thing? The monster without any wizard ...
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Making sure that a coup de grace works

So, the witch in the group made a successful slumber hex, and the last big bad (and still quite healthy) monster is asleep. Would it be allowable that all party members stand around the sleeping ...
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Combat Gear versus Other Gear versus Treasure

I am having trouble understanding what treasure my players should get when they kill a creature. The stat blocks list "combat gear" and "other gear," and sometimes a published adventure will have a ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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Detect Magic interacting with Negative Levels debuff

While alone, one of my teammates had been Energy Drained by a creature. We cast Detect Magic on the teammate and to determine if there were any magical effects. Reading the rules, it doesn't say ...
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Does going prone break a grapple?

If two medium creatures are in a grapple with one another, will an effect that causes one of the grapplers to go prone end the grapple?