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A (not-so-)humble sys admin from the Land of the Midnight Sun with delusions of being a writer, just trying to stay warm!


Apr
22
comment Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?
And that's on top of the very limited nature of epic-level spell slots to begin with.
Apr
22
comment Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?
@Kryan Sorry, you referenced the original suggestion which was Polymorph; Shapechange is, however, limited to your CL in HD, but only to a max of 25 HD -- doesn't take long into the epic levels before that's quite pipsqueak-ish. As for the utility of epic-level spells, yes they are limited -- they tend to do one thing, and while that one thing may be "deal lots of damage", there's all kinds of mitigating factors that come into play with epic-level spells, including backlash damage, XP burn (of the caster's XP), and more, not to mention the epic-level defenses of your targets.
Apr
22
comment Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?
@KRyan This answer is predicated on my experiences in exactly the situation the OP was asking about. Yes, there are indeed no-save/no-SR spells, but their utility is limited; yes, there are uncapped damaging spells, but SR and saves help to mitigate them. There's also defenses such as Death Ward that completely neuter entire classes of spells altogether. As to changing one's self with Polymorph, your forget that the new form is strictly limited to no more than 15 HD -- a relative pip squeak against epic-level opponents -- among other limitations.
Apr
14
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Oct
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awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
15
revised Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?
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Oct
15
comment Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?
@apacay Good call. Both effects -- Mindblank and Nondetection, which is what the cloak actually grants -- were so indispensable we all had both and thus they merged in my mind. I'll update my answer to correct that.
Oct
7
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
25
answered What are possible ways to deal with a player who frequently switches characters?
Jul
24
comment Medieval problems in a magical world
@MatthewNajmon Sure, but the same principles still apply. It's impossible to be absolutely completely comprehensive without becoming interminably long; like you say, though, this covers the majority, and the rest would follow along in a similar pattern.
Jul
10
comment When do skills count as class skills when you have multiple (prestige) classes?
@eimyr The list of class skills a character has would be the character's class skill list. It's how I and my groups have always read it (especially as the official character sheets have a simple box to check for "class skills"). I agree there's some ambiguity, and the SRD does nothing to clear that up; KRyan's quotation from the PHB, however, is crystal clear -- I and every group I've gamed with have all been doing it wrong. Oh well, live and learn!
Jul
10
comment When do skills count as class skills when you have multiple (prestige) classes?
I don't believe this is correct: From an earlier paragraph on the same page: "Class skills are the skills found on your character’s class skill list." [Emphasis mine.] Not the class currently being leveled up. Taken with the general rule that your character abilities are the sum total of your class abilities, as well as the distinction between "class level" and "character level" here and throughout the rules, I believe the correct interpretation is that a skill is a class skill if it's such for any of a character's classes.
May
22
awarded  Civic Duty
May
22
comment How do you play D&D when we don't have dice to play with?
You could improve this method by having one large deck with cards representing 1-20; any time you need to roll any dice, draw from the deck -- if you get something that exceeds the die you were rolling (e.g. drawing a 12 when rolling a d10), discard it and draw the next one. A larger deck means you can do NdX rolls more quickly (don't need to shuffle for each die), but you should shuffle after each roll -- especially if you had to discard any cards! Slower than dice, sure, but I doubt you'll get much closer without them!
May
14
comment Are a deity's rank and class levels co-dependent?
@Cobalt Depends on how I'm feeling at the moment. Sometimes I'll roll stats just like I would if I were building a PC; other times I'll use an NPC stat array as a starting point; still other times I'll just start with the numbers I want to start with -- heck with the rules, I'm the gorram GM! That's what makes Divine Ranks and Deities and Demigods so awesome, you can build any character you want, however you want, and then ascend her to godhood, to fill any role you'd like. You can also of course just use an existing deity, and either "re-fluff" or tweak as needed.
May
14
comment Are a deity's rank and class levels co-dependent?
@Cobalt If memory serves (and it's been a very long time...) adding monster HD does grant feats at the same rate as class levels (i.e. new feat every 4 HD). You also get your ability score point every however-many-HD, same as class levels. That said, I always liked the flavor of "ascended deities" myself, and thus built regular, run-of-the-mill (albeit very epic) characters first, then ascended them with Divine Ranks -- i.e. I didn't bother adding Outsider HD at all.
May
14
comment How do antimagic fields protect locations?
@EnvisionAndDevelop If I could provide an actual reference, I would post it as an answer. I was (maybe excessively pedantically) taking exception to your comment "they occur naturally, (so) you can't create them" -- that's a non sequitor, which is all I was trying to say.
May
14
comment Are a deity's rank and class levels co-dependent?
This pretty much nails it. I found when creating my own deities that it was easiest to build their mortal versions first, then add Divine Ranks as if they were a "god-mode" (heheh) prestige class until I ended up with a deity I was happy with (usually after going back and tweaking things, but this got me to a firm base first). Of course, if you know beforehand how many Divine Ranks you want, it does give you a guide for creating their mortal version to the desired power level.
May
10
answered Should I ask my mates to give me some money when I craft wondrous objects for them?
May
9
comment How do I Raise the Dead and Look Good Doing it?
Further to the previous, a LN cleric could commit the "evil" act of raising the dead, then use their new army for the "good" act of using them to stop the invading orc army from destroying the village of Innocenton. Thus an order of clerics that includes LN clerics could conceivably tolerate even "always evil" acts, so long as the purpose is in line with their goals -- as noted already in my answer.