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Apr
5
comment What is the Ordial Plane and is it canon?
Minor correction: Most (though not all) powers reside on the outer planes, and the inner planes are the ones characterised by elemental matter.
Apr
5
comment Would it be unbalanced to allow lower-level undead creation spells to work on animals?
@Nemenia I had my players encounter an undead horse as a sort of miniboss, once. When they decapitated it and it kept attacking they started to panic, so I can vouch for undead herbivores being useful against player characters, at least.
Apr
5
comment Did it change that demons,… could be killed only on their natural plane?
It's worth mentioning that the distinction between "called" and "summoned" didn't exist before third edition; Prior to that, all spells and abilities that magically drew fiends from another plane worked summoning-fashion with respect to the creatures returning to their original plane when killed unless something specified otherwise.
Apr
5
comment Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?
+1 for pointing out that players asking about the presence or absence of details helps the GM fill out their descriptions of places in a constructive way.
Apr
5
comment Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?
+1 for the opening line. This is a playstyle issue: Some groups encourage players declare setting details on the fly, others allow them to do it but only at certain times, still others completely discourage it as immersion-breaking, some allow players to make suggestions but give the GM the last word... There's advantages and disadvantages to every approach, so each GM and table need to pick something they're comfortable with.
Apr
5
comment Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection?
@Benjamin I guess my issue is that dramatic changes in lighting conditions are the norm: The sun rises and sets, lamps are lit and extinguished as needed, fires start and burn out... In my experience, it's rare for any location to have consistent lighting conditions when observed. If there's a particular light source a place is often illuminated by, that light source is only present and functional some of the time; If there's no local light source, then presumably I brought one with me or I wouldn't be able to see.
Apr
1
revised How do you determine which category hybrid classes use on the Random Starting Ages table?
Gave guessed-at definitions of the three categories.
Apr
1
answered How do you determine which category hybrid classes use on the Random Starting Ages table?
Apr
1
comment Are summoned monsters edible and nourishing?
@SPavel Extraplanar dairy cows, perhaps?
Mar
31
comment Does Mirror Image affect spells that have no attack roll?
@AndrewSavinykh It could also be arguably creating a single illusion of multiple duplicates. Which is to say, I agree with you.
Mar
31
comment Should a player be allowed to re-roll if they originally rolled for the wrong check?
This is definitely opinion-based. Like many games, Pathfinder has no rules that govern what to do when you get the rules wrong.
Mar
31
comment Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection?
@Benjamin Sorry, I'm confused by the apparent contradiction between the phrases "one cannot create a mirror... because reflecting light requires interacting with light-stuff" and "illusions are... centered on light-production and light-manipulation", and your section on mechanical issues seems to specifically highlight a number of points that don't make sense if you use the rules interpretation you describe, as they would result in illusions being easier to detect than the rules say they are. I'm probably missing some part of your reasoning.
Mar
31
reviewed Leave Open How do I use fireball without harming my allies?
Mar
31
comment Two players are leaving, and there are conflicting desires for what to do with their PCs. How do I make everyone happy?
Do you have any advice for GMs whose players point out that settings with infinite parallel universes in which all possible outcomes play out robs their characters of meaningful agency?
Mar
31
comment Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection?
So... You're saying the rules for illusions don't make sense and are contradictory?
Mar
31
comment What do I see in an illusionary mirror?
@Miniman That's a persuasive argument. Objection withdrawn.
Mar
31
comment What do I see in an illusionary mirror?
That's exactly my point: For an illusion to only be obvious upon deliberate investigation, it has to be reasonably convincing while not being deliberately investigated. When I'm walking down a dungeon corridor with a torch in hand, the light levels are changing visibly everywhere within my field of view, and illusions still require a deliberate investigation to discover - which means they must be reacting to the light emitted by my torch. (I'm not sure why you brought up the illusion of a corridor thing.)
Mar
31
comment Can you use Minor Illusion to create an illusion of a working mirror, i.e. with reflection?
Looking at the answers, it seems clear that people are coming to different conclusions on this based on their own ideas on how light (and magical illusions) work. The rules don't actually provide a clear answer to this question - so I'm voting to close as Primarily Opinion-based.
Mar
31
comment What do I see in an illusionary mirror?
I don't think the text you've quoted necessarily supports your argument. Your interpretation is valid, it's just not the only interpretation possible - and illusions that don't react realistically to ambient light in the absence of the caster would be trivially easy to spot, and therefore not nearly as hard to detect as the rules seem to suggest.
Mar
31
comment What do I see in an illusionary mirror?
Come to think of it, I should probably vote to close that other question as primarily opinion-based, as it seems clear that there's no definitive answer in the rules, and people are just putting whatever makes the most sense to them.