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I'm a game designer that's been playing tabletop games since the early '00s. Most of my experience is with the D&D 3/3.5/Pathfinder ruleset, but I've bee branching out more in the past few years.


Jul
23
comment When you Obtain a Cohort through the Leadership feat is it per the MM Entry or is it statted as a character?
That would be an absolutely reasonable houserule. :)
Jul
22
comment Is it possible to interrupt spellcasting in 5e?
That solution seems... really cheesy. In that case, the "right after the trigger finishes" text is meaningless, since you could reasonably apply the "when they start to X" trigger to any readied action, which doesn't seem like it's the intended behavior.
Jul
22
comment Multiclassing & Archetypes
This really isn't a good question right now. There are no multiclassing rules in basic, so there is no way to know exactly how this would work.
Jul
22
comment When a Sorcerer with the Maestro Bloodline casts verbal+somatic spells, are they affected by Bloodline Arcana?
Nope! Foci are foci. The line says that the spell can't have somatic or material components, but it doesn't say that the spell can't have a focus, so you can cast spells that require foci at +1 caster level all day long.
Jul
12
comment How do Permanent Ability boosts interact with other items/spells that increase that ability
That last part is actually true, because Barkskin also applies an enhancement bonus to your natural armor. However, if you have a bonus to your natural armor from two different sources (say, racial and enhancement), then it stacks just like anything else would. The definition here makes it pretty clear: d20pfsrd.com/basics-ability-scores/…
Jul
12
comment How do Permanent Ability boosts interact with other items/spells that increase that ability
One thing you have incorrect here: An Amulet of Natural Armor doesn't give a natural armor bonus, it applies an enhancement bonus to your existing armor bonus. In the example you give, the character with a racial +2 Natural Armor bonus would have a total +3 Natural Armor bonus with the amulet. The text says: "... an enhancement bonus to his natural armor from +1 to +5..."
Jul
11
comment How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?
Maybe, but there's very little evidence that the canvas would stay once you shifted back. The polymorph rules say that you turn into a typical member of whatever race you're turning into, and a typical creature doesn't have spell tattoos. This is certainly in the realm of "maybe your GM will allow it because it would be so cool", though.
Jul
7
comment How many power points do I gain from Psionic Talent?
@MatthewNajmon Well, yeah, which is why I list two different reasons for my reasoning, both of which support eachother. The 'crappy feat' theory is admittedly weaker, but still valid.
Jul
6
comment Enemies AoO generate AoOs? AoOs for non-beginners, understanding Karmic Strike and Robilar's gambit
One thing to note: Robilar's Gambit requires Combat Reflexes, so any character doing this trick is going to have multiple AoOs.
Jul
5
comment AoOs against the same enemy on his turn?
@apacay It doesn't matter how someone moves: if you move on your turn, you can only provoke a single attack of opportunity from movement from a particular enemy that turn. If you have enough movement, you can run figure eights around an enemy and only provoke one attack from movement.
Jul
4
comment What if a divine spell targets “allies” and your allies aren't who you think they are?
I added a bit of clarification: The quoted text specifically refers to spells that have "targets", which means that area effect spells that affect allies will affect invisible allies just fine. The quoted text was mostly to illustrate that targeting decisions are made by the caster.
Jul
4
comment What if a divine spell targets “allies” and your allies aren't who you think they are?
It doesn't create a visible effect, but you can use detect magic and see who has the spell active on them.
Jul
2
comment How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?
You can't tie ethereal jaunt to a contingency. Contingency has a hard cap of level 6 for it's linked spells, and ethereal jaunt is 7.
Jul
1
comment Can I cast Elemental Touch and Shocking Grasp?
Though it wouldn't be a bad idea to ask that as it's own question.
Jul
1
comment Can I cast Elemental Touch and Shocking Grasp?
You get an attack with the bonus damage every turn. However, the secondary effects don't stack. For example, if you hit someone with the acid touch two rounds in a row, they only take 1 point of acid damage each round, not 2.
Jun
24
comment Can I choose to increase the casting time of a spell?
What buffs are you looking to cast that only last 1 round? I'm having trouble thinking of any, and my searches aren't turning up anything. I'm finding quite a few that are swift action buffs, but I don't think that's the kind of buff you're worried about.
Jun
24
comment Spell Rays and Reach-applied touch attack: delivery and onlooker perception
One thing to note with your stealth spellcasting: a verbal component must be spoken with "a strong voice". That'll allow a Listen check at DC 0, which is the DC to hear people talking, to allow people to hear that you've cast a spell.
Jun
24
comment Can I choose to increase the casting time of a spell?
Updated. Turns out the way I've been running durations for the past ten years was wrong. :)
Jun
24
comment Can I choose to increase the casting time of a spell?
Related, though not a dupe. The accepted answer for this question disagrees with my answer below: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/35108/when-do-spells-expire
Jun
24
comment When do spells expire?
Do you have a citation for this? I've always played that spells expire at the end of your turn, not the beginning, and I'd like to know if you have a citation that makes you think it works the way you describe, beyond what's currently in your answer.