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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".
Jul
6
comment Why do spontaneous casters lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?
@Tridus given the baseline and basically non-existent changes, this is a very narrow question. D&D3 was designed as TSR was bought out of bankruptcy between 1998 and 2000. There are three designers (Monte Cook, Johnathan Tweet, Skip Williams). None of them work for Wizards any more and two of them left before 3.5 ever hit the shelves. We're talking about one aspect of a decision made 15+ years ago by 3 guys in an era when game design was much less discussed.
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
29
comment Why do spontaneous casters lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?
Maybe they were intended to be balanced in 3.0, but that failed based on public opinion. Even with that failing, nothing was changed in 3.5 or PF. This really seems like sacred ground that no designer wants to touch.
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.
May
11
comment What does the caster level refer to in the magic items?
So the caster level actually has nothing to do with making the item. Caster level sets the DC of the item, but does not impose any requirement on the creator's caster level. Especially when you consider that non-casters can create magical items. (d20pfsrd.com/magic-items#TOC-Magic-Item-Creation)
May
7
comment Making a mount out of an exotic animal
Turns out it doesn't matter: "Animals have Intelligence scores of 1 or 2 (no creature with an Intelligence score of 3 or higher can be an animal)" and the Handle Animal skill is very specifically about Animals.
May
5
comment What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?
... and for that measure, why don't magic goods ever go on sale? Or become subject to demand? Do Rings of Protection suddenly go "half off" because some shopkeep has extra stock? Take a look at the random item tables, do they actually make any sense? Grab a bunch of character sheets and compare the number of Rings of Protection to the number of Rings of Jumping... random tables say 2:1, pretty sure the character sheets will be 10:1... I agree that the whole thing is a little absurd, I even point it out in the answer :)
May
5
comment What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?
@NeilSlater to be clear here, you're cutting right to the core problem of Pathfinder Economics. They honestly don't work in any rational fashion. Two weeks in a Kingmaker campaign and this becomes pretty obvious. Equal questions to ponder: Who cares about gemstones? Magic items are way more valuable, portable and practical. Magic items never "go bad", so they're way better than gold. Nobody would actually trade in gold, they would pass around rings and belts and boots and wands and all manner of magical goods. Think about it, the boots never even go bad...
May
5
comment What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?
@DuckTapeal hey it's for the kingdom... have the followers create the items on contract for somebody else. Make it for a fee, so they build 1000gp of work using 500gp of materials provided by the third party and then collect a flat fee of 250gp from that same party. There you go... no "character-created" items, so direct sales, rules bypassed.
Apr
30
comment Making a mount out of an exotic animal
To be clear, you list "exotic but un-intelligent" animals. If your mount is a Blink Dog or a Pegasus with Int 10, I would assume the training rules to be different?
Apr
10
comment Do enemies have the same rules for death as PCs?
One of the underlying challenges with this is actually identifying "knocked out" vs. "totally dead". Especially in the case of Cleric channels, but also with things that regenerate. I'm honestly still not clear about how PCs differentiate between the two or know that a regenerating creature is really done.