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How to craft a wondrous item for non caster

I've read How Does the Master Craftsman feat work? but I'm having difficulty with some of it. I want to make sure I'm doing this right. Let's say I have a rogue who wants to craft wondrous items. ...
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Limits to changing via disguise self spell?

Would a disguise self spell* be sufficient for making prehensile hair appear as a bunch of (silent) snakes? "You make yourself [...] look different. [...] You cannot change your creature type ...
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How to get a witch's hair to look like snakes?

I want make a witch (ideally white haired archetype) who's hair can attack and which appears to be made of snakes. With the hair being unlikely to hit and any illusion being likely to be broken by ...
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Pathfinder Mithral Breastplate Costs

What is the price and armor check penalty of a Mithral Breastplate?
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Why create a new settlement using Ultimate Campaign rules?

Me and my group and running the Kingmaker campaign. I'm GM'ing and they've asked me one very important question I've not been able to answer. Why should we create new settlements? Under the Ultimate ...
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Can a white-haired witch grapple multiple targets?

The white-haired witch needs to spend a standard action to maintain the grapple at the beginning of the next round, if she succeeded in hitting (and thus grappling) a target, and the target failed to ...
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Are fluff class descriptions part of the rules?

Inspired by this question I was wondering if class fluff descriptions are part of the rules or just guidelines for ideas? For example does a Freebooter have to be a pirate, or just a strong leader ...
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Dipping in these ranger archetypes mechanically permissible?

The Trapper gains very useful abilities while losing access to spells that he wouldn't have access to anyways for many levels to come. Essentially [unless you don't want to deprive the party rogue of ...
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Size bonus to attack rolls?

I just read under Goblins that they get a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, then went and looked it up. Can anyone explain why they get that? I knew about a damage bonus for being huge (hitting harder), ...
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Using Readied actions and the grease spell for sneak attacks in pathfinder

My group has played 3.5 for quite a bit, and now we are with pathfinder. One of us likes to play rogue,and is used to work in tandem with our wizard to take advantage of grease in order to land ...
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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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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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Can a cat kill a rat?

The Cat is so weak (STR 3) that it's melee attacks don't do any damage. 2 claws (1d2–4), bite (1d3–4). Both have +4 to attack roll due to weapon finesse+dexterity bonus - so the cat will hit things, ...
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How does the Wizard spellbook work?

How do I determine what spells are in my spellbook when creating a character? Do I simply have a spellbook with all Pathfinder spells? Or if I'm creating a level 6 wizard, do I start knowing all level ...
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If a PC has an extra arm are they able to use a tower shield?

So the short question is: If a PC had the tower shield proficiency feat and an extra arm, would they be able to wield a Earthbreaker two-handed hammer with a tower shield? The longer form of the ...
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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Multiclassing in Pathfinder-How do Feats work?

I'm making a character who is going to be multi-classing, specifically Fighter/Cleric. He's a Reach Cleric, so I wanted him to have some good feats (Selective Channel, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes, ...
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Does the aid another “special attack” become automatic at mid level?

Under PF core rulebook page 197 it states that "Aid Another" is an attack roll against AC 10. Some of our first level characters have a +5 to hit. When level 5 is reached, a fighter could easily ...
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How can a battlefield control character be built?

In Pathfinder, there isn't much in the way of battlefield control like there is in 4e. How can a character be built focusing on things like forced movement, zones, or generally making the enemies be ...
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How can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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Misdirection spell and Spellcraft

I am running a scenario in which the text states that character X will use misdirection to mask her alignment. My question is, misdirection has V and S components and so will not this be obvious and ...
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Constitution bonus and health

When you gain Constitution by leveling up and your mod increases do you gain past levels in health? For example, A gunslinger has 13 con which makes a +1 mod. If they roll 4 each level at level 4 ...
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Continuous acrobatics in Pathfinder?

Knowing that there is no penalty to use acrobatics to move through a threatened area, other than moving at half speed for the normal DC, why not continuously use it to move? And why not attempt to ...
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How can I explain balanced ability scores

Some of my players wanted to create characters with ability scores higher than 20 as 1st level PCs. I cannot do that as I am running an adventure path which is made for characters with average stats. ...
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Does Deflect Arrows work against Barbarian Lesser Hurl in Pathfinder

So with lesser hurling the barbarian is using a small or tiny weapon, that I think does 2d6 damage if it's small. Does Deflect Arrows work against it? If it doesn't, at what point does the Deflect ...
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What feats expand the set of weapons one can use weapon finesse with?

I know that Dervish Dance adds scimitar to the list. Are there other feats that expand the set of weapons one can use finesse with? I'm particularly curious I'd there are ways to get a bastard sword ...
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Can a good cleric use necromancy

If I am playing a NG Cleric with a NG deity, can I use spells of school necromancy? In the CRB, it notes this: Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells: A cleric can't cast spells of an alignment ...
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Adventure suited for a party of thieves and fast talkers?

I'm a fan of books like The Lies of Locke Lamora and (switching genres) The Quantum Thief. I'm curious about Pathfinder adventures (or APs) that would be well suited for a group of sneaky and/or fast ...
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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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Do you still roll a saving throw against effects that your character is immune to?

This question deals explicitly in how the mechanics of Pathfinder functions and not in how I should resolve this at the table; in Pathfinder, if a character is immune to an effect and then targeted by ...
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How does the “Animate Objects” spell work?

I have the following questions concerning the spell "animate objects": It seems clear that this spell gives objects a mode of movement which they didn't have before. What kind of movement does it ...
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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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PCgen domain specific spells

I'm new to pathfinder rpg and pcgen tool, and I'm trying to get a feel of game mechanic using pcgen generator and gmgen combat tool (initiative). I've created 1-st level cleric and can't figure out ...
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Can a blinded witch still use her Hex ability?

I would like to create a PC that is a permanently blinded witch (born without sight). In her early levels she will not have access to magical items or feats that grant other forms of vision. Would it ...
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Where can I discuss design and homebrewing for PF/D&D3.5 online?

I'm new to RPGs and I'm interested in having a discussion of some game design topics I need help with. I've learned that subjective discussion questions are off topic here. I'm willing to join a ...
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How would I simulate the multi stage fitness test? [closed]

How would I determine a score, per character, on this test? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-stage_fitness_test I would like to take the character's statistics and possibly a die roll and then ...
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How to teach 5 people how to be a DM

My school started this RPing club, but in my school right now only 2 people know how to DM and do it effectively, including me. As the teacher running the club knows nothing about Pathfinder, it seems ...
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How to introduce others to Pathfinder?

My school just started a Pathfinder club at the school after I got a petition to the principal. Because it is in the voluntary "activity block" of our schedules, it will mean that some people ...
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Key differences between Words of Power and traditional divine spellcasting?

I'm building an oracle and considering making him use Words of Power. Obviously it's a whole new system with many differences, but I'm wondering what the key difference are... and especially if there ...
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Can one create variant undead with Undeath word of power?

The Undeath word of power is somewhat similar to Animate Dead, but the latter mentions creating variants (e.g. fast zombies and bloody skeletons) and the former doesn't. Rules as written, is there a ...
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Can a monk increase his dodge bonus as a swift action out of his turn?

In Pathfinder, a monk has a power which lets him spend a point of his Ki Pool to increase his AC Dodge Bonus as a swift action. Can he do it even when it isn't his turn? a monk can spend 1 point ...
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Can you shapechange into an object instead of a creature?

I'm fairly new to Pathfinder and I was wondering if a character could shapechange into something like a door, table, or wall? If not shapechange would polymorph do it? I don't have a particular ...
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Can Inquisitors use Determination twice/day at 3rd level?

Inquisitors have an archtype Preacher that allows them to effect rerolls in certain circumstances. They gain this ability (called "Determination") at 3rd level, and may use it once/day. Preachers ...
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Spell comparison: Shield vs Mage Armor

Wizards have access to 2 very similar spells: Shield and Mage Armor Both provide you with AC +4 Bonus, but Mage Armor has Range touch (i.e. you can cast it on other party members) and Duration 1 ...
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Mechanics for social and mental HP?

I am looking for some mechanics of adding a mental and social HP to characters in a campaign. I was thinking mental could be wisdom bonus instead of con bonus but the dice for a class does not work. ...
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Disbelief, Interaction & Shadow Conjuration / Shades

What counts as interaction for the purposes of determining who gets a will save to disbelieve a shadow conjuration? Suppose I use shadow conjuration to summon a wolf, for instance. Does an enemy get ...
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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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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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How much should NPCs charge to identify magic items?

I'm GMing for a party that has no casters with spellcraft (crazy I know), and needs to pay NPCs to identify magic items for them. Especially potions, which they find en masse. I was surprised that I ...
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4th Edition-style Alternate Rewards in 3.5e/Pathfinder

Is it possible to give players magical gifts or supernatural powers that don't come as a physical item? In 4e, there's the "alternate rewards" which give similar effects to magical items, without ...