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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.


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comment Can a spellcaster use Harmonic Chorus on himself?
The reason that I find that ruling to be ambiguous is that the line the the spell description is not restrictive. If it said "You can only use this spell to improve the spellcasting ability of another spellcaster" then it wouldn't be ambiguous. It doesn't say you can't use it on yourself, just that you can use it on others.
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comment Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?
I've added a question about this on meta based on wax_eagle's comment: meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/3476/…
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comment Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?
I would think so, but there's still contention about this. At the very least, the D&D 3.5 Official FAQ is explicitly not RAW, despite being the official FAQ that Wizards put out, so either option is certainly possible.
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comment Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?
-1: This question is tagged dnd-3.5e, and this answer only related to Pathfinder.
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comment Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?
@ColinD That's pretty much exactly the kind of clarification I've been hunting for the past hour. Thanks!
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comment Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?
@SevenSidedDie The D&D 3.5 one is certainly useful, and is typically a good source for how to run things in a sane game, but it's written by one guy, who is not considered a primary source. Where the D&D 3.5 official FAQ conflicts with rules text, RAW says that the rules take precedent, because the FAQ is not an errata, and is not a primary source. I just don't know if that's the same thing with Pathfinder.
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comment Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?
Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW by Paizo? I know that the D&D 3.5 FAQ is not, and I don't know enough about how Paizo operates to know if that is RAW or not.
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comment Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?
The reason why I am not satisfied with that quote is that the character is not casting higher level spells; they are casting lower level spells in higher level slots. Magic Missile is a 1st level spell whether you cast it from a 9th level slot or a 1st. Clearly a 1st level wizard with high intelligence can cast 1st level spells, and that qutoe does not say anything about what spell slots a wizard has access to, only what spells they may cast.
Apr
14
comment Can a cleric of Auril cast Flame Strike?
@KRyan: Fire resistance is more common than cold resistance, true, but the difference isn't very big: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/13608/…
Apr
14
comment Can a cleric of Auril cast Flame Strike?
How are you getting the War domain? The sources that I'm finding say that Auril has the Storm and Winter domains, not War. How you get access to that domain may be important.
Apr
14
comment Attacking an Illusion
-1: Illusion(figment) spells have an AC of 10 + size mod.
Apr
7
comment Can I use Sow Thought to make someone my servant?
You're right that they might not suspect mind-altering magic, but they're still more likely to think "man, that was a weird thought" than "I should act upon this thought" if it's not something that they'd be predisposed to doing anyway.
Apr
7
comment Can I use Sow Thought to make someone my servant?
It can't make someone think that they should obey. Think of it like this: if you suddenly had the thought "I should upvote all of DuckTapeAl's answers", you probably wouldn't do that unless you already were predisposed to doing that. You'd more likely think "why would I want to do that?". Sow Thought is more useful for things like "Business is slow today, I should close the shop early" or "I need to pee, I should stop stop guarding this corridor for a minute to go to the privy". 1st level enchantments aren't supposed to be that directly powerful.
Apr
3
comment House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation?
@ThalesSarczuk I get that, but magic items in D&D 3.5 are, according to the basic assumptions in the rules, common and necessary, especially for non-spellcasters. The idea of "epic magic needs special components" and "all magic needs special components" are very different, and it sounds like this question is asking more about B than A.
Apr
3
comment House rules for making specific components matter for spells, magical and mundane item creation?
@ThalesSarczuk I understand what you're getting at, but I have to side with KRyan. If I'm in a standard, mid-to-high magic D&D 3.5 game, I'm going to be annoyed as a player if I need to keep track of a large number of specific resources, or if I have to go on a quest in order to craft anything at all. It costs a feat to craft magic items, and it can get annoying if I need to spend whole game sessions on acquiring materials to use it.
Mar
18
comment In Pathfinder, do magical weapons automatically overcome damage reduction?
This isn't quite a duplicate, but I'd suggest looking at rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/13547/… for more about DR in Pathfinder.
Mar
11
comment Damaging transmuted state
Your comments on Polymorph Any Object go against the spell's description. Two of the specific examples given for what can be polymorphed into what are "Pebble into Human" and "Sheep into Wool Coat". The duration is going to be very low if you turn a dragon into a chair (1 hour, apparently), but there's no good reason to prevent a player from using the spell that way.
Mar
7
comment Are 3.5 homebrew races compatible with Pathfinder?
@KRyan: Fair enough. I added a note to that effect.
Mar
7
comment Are 3.5 homebrew races compatible with Pathfinder?
@Scrollmaster Absolutely true. I personally don't like playing races with an LA of more than 1 or 2, and this should be way more than that.
Mar
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comment Alternatives to death in a character and narrative-driven campaign?
My favorite option for deathless games is the option 3 listed here: Maybe you lose an arm, or you're hobbled or have some other lasting injury that's hard, but not impossible, to get around.