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Diceless Pathfinder Combat Mechanic

I have been working on a diceless combat mechanic for Pathfinder (it could be applied to any system in which combat involves a roll to hit and a roll for damage, but Pathfinder will be used for ...
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How do I plan out a character's growth in Pathfinder?

I've played a few Pathfinder games, I've even considered running one myself, and I've come across a common problem for me when I play my character (or in any system really). I start out with a ...
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Channelling Spells Through Implanted Ioun Stones

The entry for Ioun Stones on the PFSRD, under the heading Implanted Ioun Stones, says this: Rumors exist of stranger, darker magics that allow spellcasters to channel spells through their ...
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Where does a temporary ability bonus count for in spellcasting?

A "Headband of Inspired Wisdom +2" adds +2 to your Wisdom score. So a +1 to you Wisdom modifier. The first 24 hours it is worn you get a temporary ability bonus after that it is permanent for as long ...
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Does Arcane Spell Failure Chance affect activated magic items?

I am wondering if the arcane spell failure chance on armor affects activated magical items such as wands, rods, and other items. I was not able to find a clarification on this in the book.
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Do you add your strength modifier to touch spells?

I can't find anything explicit about whether a touch melee spell is considered a melee attack or not.
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What reason would there be for a ruler to forgo having himself resurrected?

If a rich ruler has trustworthy relatives, or even multiple lackeys (only one of which would need to honor a command to have them resurrected), why would they ever choose to pass on? Since the only ...
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Do secondary natural attacks get the entire strength modifier on the attack roll?

I've read that they only get half the strength modifier to the damage roll but what about the attack roll?
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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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Does a character sleeping in mithral breastplate incur fatigue?

A character who sleeps in medium or heavy armor is automatically fatigued the next day. He takes a –2 penalty on Str and Dex and can't charge or run. Sleeping in light armor does not cause fatigue. ...
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Can flanking become irrelevant due to creature sizes?

As written it seems like there are several holes in the Flanking rules that lead to really weird results. I was hoping someone could provide insights or ideas on this. The first issue I ran into was ...
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Can a mount use “Withdraw” in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, is it valid for one's horse to use the "Withdraw" full-round action? If so, can the person riding the mount use a ranged attack while this is happening? I don't see anything indicating ...
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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 add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system as a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier. Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character ...
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What does it take to throw a splash weapon?

I have just discovered an entry in the Combat section that says "Prepare to throw splash weapon" is a full-round action. This partly baffles me, but maybe because I have a wrong definition of "splash ...
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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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Using the Magus' Spellstrike with Held Charge

When holding a charge, whether because the initial touch attack missed or was not used, does Spellstrike allow for the use of the Magus' weapon for subsequent attempts? For instance, Casts Shocking ...
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How does one trap a magic item?

As a GM, I would like to introduce a "trapped" magic item in one of my next adventures. The idea is that interacting with the item (detect magic, most probably, or touching it for a moment) would ...
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What are the rules for called shots?

The d20pfsrd presents variant rules for called shots here. The source information for this page claims they come from the core rules, but I can't find them in the Core Rulebook. What source can I find ...
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How do I use acrobatics to move past foes and their threatened areas?

I think I would need at least 2. One for moving past the enemies occupied square and another for the threatened square, but do I need an acrobatics check for every threatened square I move past or ...
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Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party

Where to start? First of all, I'm planning on running a Homebrew Pathfinder campaign of my own. I've already got the plot laid out and ideas for various NPCs. The problem is I'm running into an issue ...
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What are important things to keep in mind when converting a 3e/3.5e module to Pathfinder?

I'm interesting in converting one or more of my existing modules for Dungeons and Dragons 3/3.5e to work with the Pathfinder rules. I'm interested to know from others who have done this kind of ...
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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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How does a character recover from the dying state on his own?

In RAW it's a bit confusing how you go about this if no one is aiding you at all. It states that a dying character "must make a DC 10 Constitution check to become stable. The character takes a ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...
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What are the details involved in rearing an animal?

The Handle Animal skill is fairly detailed in most respects but in the CRB there is very little about actually rearing an animal. It's stated that a wild animal can be reared from infancy to become ...
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Can one push a wild animal using the Handle Animal skill?

I was wondering how the Handle Animal skill can be used when concerning wild animals. For example; If you come across a wolf in the woods and he's hungry and eyeing you down like he wants to attack, ...
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How are increases calculated when leveling up?

At first it seemed obvious to me but now I'm beginning to question it seeing as how I can't find anything explicit in the RAW. This is hard to phrase but I'll do my best. The question is regarding ...
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Are the effects of the awaken spell permanent?

Could you have a druid being followed by any number of awakened creatures permanently (assuming their relationship is a good one, and the creatures want to follow the druid)?
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How does wild shape work when adjusting ability scores and performing natural attacks?

I'm curious because the Wild Shape ability states that it works as the Beast Shape spell. The spell simply states that it adjusts certain ability scores (seems to only adjust size related ability ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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How do the 90° and 180° turns work while flying?

The RAW seem to indicate that to turn 90° or 180° you have to perform a fly check and lose either 5 or 10 feet of movement respectively. That's fine, but I'm a little confused as to how to actually ...
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How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?

The Multiweapon Fighting feat clearly states that it Replaces two-weapon fighting for creatures with more than two arms. What does that mean? I've given it some thought, and I can think of only three ...
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Can the Oracle Mystery Brain Drain be used to gather surface thoughts?

There is an Occult Oracle mystery called Brain Drain which allows the oracle to obtain a "jumble of stolen thoughts and memories" from an enemy. This can be used to make a Knowledge check using one ...
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How is reach interpreted in the Bestiary?

When interpreting a creature's reach is that the amount of feet it can attack beyond its own space? For example, the Gorilla in the Bestiary 1 has a space 10ft and reach 10ft. Does that mean that ...
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How reliable is the d20 PFSRD? [duplicate]

I'm beginning Pathfinder and I'm curious as to how reliable the information is on that site. I only ask because occasionally I find it is lacking sources and I know it also has some 3rd party items ...
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Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?

There has been some contention recently over the RAW-ness of officially published FAQs for tabletop games. While (as far as I am aware) the D&D 3.5 FAQ is not considered RAW, I'm not aware of any ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Can I use a Heighten Spell on high ability score extra spell slot to benefit from a Reserve Feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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Melee Egoist Build

I am thinking of creating an Egoist for a new pathfinder game. I am inclined to try and make him melee-like by selecting powers that will improve his combat effectiveness rather than blasting things ...
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Is possible to Chain-Activate Pearls of Power?

I will start a campaing in a few days and my players are on the "Character Building" mode for this week, and they are asking me a lot of really creative questions regarding possible builds. That's ...
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Sorcerer elemental bloodline ray SLA and +1damage per die (crossblood-wildblood)

Let's take for example Pathfinder level 2 half-orc Crossblooded Primal_fire-Orc sorcerer. He took elemental ray at level 1. How much damage he should do with it at level 2? There are several options: ...
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Which benefits do Extreme Endurance bestow?

The Martial Artist archetype from Ultimate Combat gains an ability named Extreme Endurance at fifth level. I quote: At 5th level, a martial artist gains immunity to fatigue. At 10th level, he ...
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How many kobolds does it take to dig a Pit Trap?

I did some maths, based on PF SRD for both traps and crafting, and this is what I found : a Pit Trap is a CR-1 trap (but it's a lazy kind of trap, so let's assume, as PF SRD tells us to do, that it ...
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With Throw Anything, is there any reason to take thrown weapon proficiencies?

If you have the Throw Anything feat, is there any reason to take shuriken proficiency? Are you effectively proficient with all thrown weapons upon taking this feat?
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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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Celestial Commander Summoned Monsters

This is a follow-up on this question Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another? The answer to that questions seems to be "Not if they cannot understand you." I am currently playing a ...
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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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To what extent can the open gaming license be used commercially? [duplicate]

Let's say hypothetically I want to make a videogame based on pathfinder. To what extent can I use their content? From what I can gather, I can use all mechanics, items, and bestiary, but I can't use ...
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Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another?

Can summoned monsters, specifically natural creatures such as eagles, be commanded to aid another? I've tried to find the answer myself but haven't succeeded.