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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.


Aug
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awarded  Notable Question
Aug
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comment Mind Control: What's a Dominate Person between allies?
You've missed the point of the question. Neither the rules involved, nor how the situation was handled are under scrutiny here, which is what your answer focuses on. If you look at other, more highly rated answers, you'll see they all focus on the moral and social implications of my actions, and revolve around how the choice affects the group, both as a whole and as individual players. You've given a very interesting alternative to addressing the issue, but you failed to explain Why it needed addressed, and in this case, the 'why' was supposed to be the main point.
Aug
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comment Mind Control: What's a Dominate Person between allies?
Even with a +2 to the save, the barbarian would still have to roll a natural 20, twice in a row, to make the save. Mind control was what that specific character was made to do, in a game where the point of character creation was to break our characters as much as possible. It may not have been the best idea, but that's what we did.
Jul
17
comment How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?
@Lohoris In this case, the GM just didn't voice his opinion. The exact situation I'm describing would play out with me declaring what I intended to do; someone else at the table would pipe in that it didn't work that way/worked some other way; I would show them in the book they're wrong; everyone would chant their mantra "GM trumps book;" then the GM would ask for some completely random stat/skill/etc check to determine my success. My problem being that the random check usually didn't favor my success nearly as well as if we'd followed the rules as written.
Jun
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Jun
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Jun
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comment How do you tell someone you think they are cheating?
Here's the problem with this attitude; I know this group can have fun playing by the rules. The rules are extensively tested to be balanced and fair, and the group has already had fun playing by them. When people cheat, however, it can have unforeseen side effects. Until we have completed the game, and seen the full ramifications from start to finish of allowing those rules to be broken, we don't know what will happen. It could be fine. It could be a disaster. Like the old saying goes, better the devil you know than the one you don't.
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revised How do you tell someone you think they are cheating?
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comment How do you tell someone you think they are cheating?
@Wibbs I didn't include the system because it really isn't relevant to the question. I wanted to avoid association of the question with the system I'm using, to minimize the chance someone would try to argue the rules in question, when that's not the point.
Jun
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asked How do you tell someone you think they are cheating?
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Apr
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reviewed Approve What sort of cheat sheets should a new DM have for a better flowing 5e game of Dungeons and Dragons?
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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
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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
9
answered How can I optimize my ranger?