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Oct
2
comment What Ways Can I Make My Character Huge Without Changing His Form?
Extra note about Psychic Expansion is that you can also use the 10 minutes / level by spending an extra 2 points. So 9 points (at level 9) you can become Huge for 3 hours. At higher levels, that time goes up, so while not "permanent", a higher level psychic warrior can be Huge for most of the day.
Sep
23
comment Can a familiar learn languages from ranks in linguistics?
How does this affect "improved familiars"? Many of those familiars already do have language skills.
Sep
14
comment Average/optimal AC for core classes per level
@starwed So the Mithril Buckler is actually a good cheat, that sidesteps all of the proficiency rules and the arcane spell failure rules. That stated it costs 2k for a +2, so it is expensive, for the same relative gold cost, it is adding a +1 to AC, possibly +2. It's also subject to some DM decisions around requirements for Somatic casting. General rules seem to be that you need one hand available for the somatic component and the buckler is clear that you lose its bonus when you use that hand. So if you use a Rod to cast, you lose the AC bonus.
Sep
13
comment Average/optimal AC for core classes per level
So I fixed the Sorcerer number they were high by one or two points.
Sep
13
comment Average/optimal AC for core classes per level
I did this over lunch. .. it's quite possible my math is wrong double checking now.
Sep
12
comment Do the Enlarge and Shrink spells only really affect damage and AC, or do they do more?
No, CMB is based only on STR so it changes with your size. CMD is based on STR+DEX+Size. So the STR & DEX generally cancel each other out, but the size still applies.
Aug
21
comment Greasing a wall
This is a perfect use for Grease, I have to keep this in my back pocket :)
Aug
18
comment Magus Spellstrike, Spell Combat and Quicken Spell
So Spell Perfection has a prerequisite of 3 other Metamagic Feats and 15 ranks of Spellcraft. To achieve this you would need to spend 4 of your 10 feats (at 15th level) and the Spell Perfection would only work for Arcane Mark. Then end result would be one extra attack per turn. And of course you would be leaving magical marks on all of your targets :) I'm not sure there's anything RAW against this. But I'm also not clear if it's really dangerous. Magus characters tend to deal most of their damage from Shocking Grasp-style spells, not from their straight attacks.
Aug
17
comment How does augmenting a psionic power with multiple augmentation options work?
Extra note, remember that you can never spend more points on a single ability than your manifester level. In the case of Precognition which is a first level power, this means that the Swift version cannot be used until level 7.
Jul
23
comment Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?
Thank you for the link, illusion spells were also on my list of "this is weird". Other links indicate that INT may be used for Psionics saves, but those actually seem like Wisdom saves to me. Also one of the links talks about Charisma being used to overcome "possession", but somehow "Dominate Person" does not qualify in the "Basic" printing.
Jul
23
comment Why is there a saving throw for each ability score?
Thank you, did not see playtest version, it's good to know they did print something that used them.
Jul
22
comment Does the Sleep spell use current or maximum hit points?
So basically, the closer you are to death, the easier you are to put to sleep, makes sense to me :)
Jul
22
comment Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD?
+1 for Deities and mention of the Paizo PDF pricing. Many people have a second screen available that can host all of the PDFs. And $10 is a small price to pay.
Jul
18
comment Pitfalls to avoid when using kingdom building rules for the first time?
Yeah, just my example, 1,000gp gets you a magic "water spigot" that produces 20 gallons / minute or about 28k gallons / day. That's 4x better than a modern kitchen tap. Run full time is could provide drinking water for a full 30k person town. It basically lasts forever at a cost of 3sp per person in the town, that's a steal. Frankly, every wealthy person probably has one of these in their house, it's just expensive enough to be out of commoner reach, but just cheap enough that it's your first big purchase when you've "made it big".
Jun
30
comment Is this Amulet of Mage Armor and Shield legit according to the rules?
On top of this there are guidelines for Estimating Magic Item Values that explicitly call out armor enhancement bonuses. So he not missed the textbook example, he even missed the chart :)
Jun
26
comment How do I know who can see me when I'm invisible?
It's funny, I was thinking of Perception check as well. Just edited the question with that. Any guesses on the DC? Looking at the list of Perception DCs, it seems more and more like the wrong thing. Even the general case of "have you been noticed" seems much closer to the Sense Motive - Hunch description.
Jun
11
comment Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous
@KRyan total aside, it was actually a useful trade-off, the Psion goes from "Wizard-speed" to "Sorcerer-speed" on spell progression, but it converted my character from "glass cannon" to "brass cannon". I made the dip after level 10 as we had hit the point where the pointy stick had AC about 17 greater than mine. Full plate closed a much of the AC gap, Cleric gave a +2 Fort boost and Vigor + Channel + CLW gave me the ability to live through a fight or two :)
Jun
10
comment Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous
But it is a cost that's inherent in the class you're taking. If we assume that classes are balanced (for some value of balanced), then taking a class like fighter means that you're getting feats like Heavy Armor and Martial Proficiency instead of feats like Spells Known or Evasion or Poison, etc. And in fact, I actually built a character that used such a cheat. I built a Psion with a level of Cleric which gave me the two armor feats and a bunch of other utility. I have also seen combat Clerics with Heavy Armor.
Jun
10
comment Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous
...and requires a trait, which full plate doesn't Wearing the full plate with no penalty requires an extra Feat (heavy armor), it may be a "free feat" for some, but it's still a feat. There's also a speed cost that you are forgetting to mention. Regardless of proficiency, Full Plate will slow you down significantly.
Jun
10
comment Does Damage Reduction Stack In Pathfinder?
+1 for the notes about Armor as DR.