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I've had some experience with a variety of RP-based games, and have recently (within the past year) taken up with a group of friends playing Pathfinder. We have tons of fun, but with me being the most experienced player, it tends to fall to me to make decisions when the group is unsure of something. So, I'm constantly being put in situations where I have to come up with answers to questions I'd never even thought would be an issue. I do my best, but ultimately, I need some help.

Which is why I'm here.


Apr
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comment How can I optimize my ranger?
@HeyICanChan Without rebuilding it completely, there is no one feat I would suggest over power attack to improve his damage. That said, the best way to improve his damage can not be directly given by a feat. The best way this character could improve his damage would be to put himself in situations where his to-hit is maximized. My suggestion would be to take feats, such as mobility, which allow him to more safely gain advantageous positions, such as flanking. Power attack would be self defeating, as it would eat away at those hard-gained bonuses without enough of an increase to justify it.
Apr
11
comment How can I optimize my ranger?
@HeyICanChan If I were forced to suggest an alternative, I would have the character immediately go into fighter, use the bonus feats to build towards feinting, taking advantage of his high charisma. At lower levels, it would increase his hit percentage, which would mean higher average damage. Power attack could then be taken at higher levels, when he can better afford the reduction to hit. If the goal were to optimize the character with what's given as a starting point, that is. Just to replace power attack, though, hammer the gap would likely work.
Apr
11
comment How can I optimize my ranger?
@KRyan with the stats he's given, it would only be a +1 to hit. Other feats would offer greater benefit, or are needed for his prestige class. At lower level, he can afford giving up higher to-hit in exchange for AC increases and utility feats, when they could be more useful.
Apr
10
comment How can I optimize my ranger?
I'd like to point out; power attack gets worse when used with a light weapon, and the penalty on to-hit with it stacks with TWF. Assuming he takes weapon finesse, and has a +2 weapon in each hand, and puts his level bonuses into dex, by level 8 he'd only have a +7 to hit while power attacking. The recommended CR for a level 8 in pathfinder is 21, meaning, on average, he'd be hitting on a 15 on his highest attack, making any bonus attacks for TWF pointless as they'd only hit on twenties. Higher damage output is useless if you can't hit reliably enough to use it.
Apr
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answered How can I optimize my ranger?
Apr
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reviewed Edit Can a Warlock become a lich?
Apr
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revised Can a Warlock become a lich?
Fixed grammar.
Apr
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comment Is it wrong to ask a player to justify their character's actions?
To clarify my opinion: For one, the answer to the actual question is not explained or backed up at all. I know Brian can do better than this, in defining why he disagrees, but instead focuses on the second half of his answer, which may not apply to other people who have this question. Second, it goes forward on the assumption that I'm the problem, without even considering the possibility that I'm not the one in the group who refuses to change systems. I've tried that, no one was interested. I've not pointed it out before, because that information isn't relevant to my actual question.
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Mar
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comment Experience Awards For Role-Playing; Should I keep it?
To clarify something: I am not the only reason this rule exists. As this group has gotten older, each other member has asked if it would be possible to incorporate more roleplay into the game. The problem we faced, as a group, was that all of us had fallen into the habit of putting roleplay on the back burner, myself included. It's generally not until the end of the game that I'm able to think back and point out chances for roleplay that were missed. So, I began awarding bonus roleplay experience at the end of the game, as a way of pointing out what I felt was good roleplay by a player.
Mar
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comment Experience Awards For Role-Playing; Should I keep it?
As I said, it's a small amount. I'm referring specifically to pathfinder, but the intent of the question is to cover any game that uses experience points as a reward. In a game where the difference between levels is in the thousands, even from level one to two, I've yet to find two digit additions significant.
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asked Experience Awards For Role-Playing; Should I keep it?
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