Questions tagged [pathfinder-1e]

Pathfinder is an RPG originally derived from the open licensed rules to Dungeons & Dragons v3.5. It was published by Paizo Publishing in 2009. (For questions about the 2nd edition, use the tag [pathfinder-2e] instead.)

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Can I create a computer game based on the Pathfinder core rules?

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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How to handle a GM cheating in the players’ favor?

I have a friend and who is currently playing under a GM that cheats in the players’ favour: uses poor enemy tactics, will not use enemies abilities correctly, generally keeps enemies from finishing ...
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Is Coup de Grace on sleeping and bound opponents an evil act? [closed]

So I was recently participating in a Pathfinder Society game. Our ship was attacked and boarded by pirates. First thing that happened was one of our party cast sleep, and succeeded in putting four of ...
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Help! My party isn't challenged?

While I've been running my campaign, I'm starting to get stumped. I am playing with a party of four, and we recently switched from 3.5 to Pathfinder, but the problem was the same in both situations. ...
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What's a Dominate Person between allies?

In a recent game of 10th level characters, we had a small issue in the group. To set the scene, my character was a serpentfolk witch, specializing in enchantment and specifically mind-magic. We had a ...
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How to balance player vs character skills and knowledge

I have played roleplaying games now for about 10 years and there is one problem that is like some kind of ever-present white noise. I have not found a really good solution for it. When player play ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide [closed]

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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How do you detect a doppelganger?

For plot purposes I replaced an NPC with a doppelganger (one of the advanced "rumored" kind that can steal memories and skills). As this quest progressed, I found that it was actually rather difficult ...
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What can I do in one round?

I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in ...
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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its flopping-around-...
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Does your initiative change if your dex changes?

After combat has started will changes to your DEX stat (sufficent to change your dex bonus) change your initiative score? Example: Wizard Bob sees a goblin approaching and initiative is rolled; the ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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How much does a corpse cost?

I was looking over the core rules of Pathfinder, and found specifics in Eschew Materials stating that "you can cast any spell with a material cost of 1G or less without needing that component". As ...
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Experience Awards For Role-Playing; Should I keep it?

When I GM, I award bonus experience for roleplaying. My intent is to promote roleplaying from my players, who occasionally fail to remember that it's a 'roleplaying game.' It's generally a small ...
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Depowering a high AC PC without killing the rest of the group

I am a relativly new DM and we are playing Pathfinder. We are playing a pre-made adventure, Rise of the Runelords. My group consists of a Bard, a Sorcerer an Alchemist and a Knight on Level 7. Problem ...
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Do desert heat hazards actually pose a threat to a Pathfinder party?

I am about to bring my characters into the desert in my campaign, so I decided to read up on desert rules. From the Pathfinder SRD: Heat deals nonlethal damage that cannot be recovered from until ...
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What is the purpose of slow experience gain in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

Pathfinder Society Organized Play allows players to advance either 1XP or 1/2XP per session. There are no advantages offered by taking the slower XP (experience) gain, so why would someone use this ...
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Can Prestidigitation be used as a deodorant?

I have a halfling bard who loves to smoke pipes. I imagine I (and others) may be fond of the aromas he creates. He is being chased by a bad guy with a big sword, riding a reindeer. The GM gave the ...
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Where did the ability “Paper cut” come from?

One of the players in my group uses PCGen to make her sheets, and she seems to have accidentally added a weird property to her bow for free. It claims to be from the Bestiary 3 and be called "Paper ...
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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Is Smite Evil damage multiplied by a critical hit?

In Pathfinder, smite damage adds +paladin level (or 2 × paladin level) to damage when smiting evil. The rules for critical hits say: A critical hit means that you roll your damage more than ...
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Are the players on the same team as the DM?

I need an answer because I am a beginner. And I got the players handbook and it does not say a thing about this.
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Covertly casting a spell

This question about Charm Person got me musing about a problem with the spell. Obviously, you can't cast Charm Person in the middle of a forum to sway an interlocutor to your side without the other 20 ...
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Am I allowed to cut away from the player characters to show things happening elsewhere?

Instead of focusing solely on the protagonists (aka the players), would it be permissible to cut away from what they're doing to show (out of character) what else is going on in the world, ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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Why are whips so restricted?

The bard has always been a bit of an unusual class. One thing, though, that I've really enjoyed about the bard is that they get Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip) for ...
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Why can I not sneak attack with Magic Missile?

I have been brewing up a character build that uses Toppling Spell to knock creatures prone with Magic Missile. I stumbled across Kobold Style, specifically Kobold Groundling, and realized that if I ...
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What is the reason for introducing the rule for Attacks of Opportunity in D&D?

The Attacks of Opportunity are an important part in D&D and spinoffs of the game like Pathfinder. What does this rule do for the game-system? How does it affect the fun of the players? Why was ...
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What job in a party does a magus have?

Usually the main job (with main job I mean core purpose of the class) of a class is quite clear to me. A fighter damage, a wizard magic, cleric healing. This is superficial I know (and there are heaps ...
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Dealing with players smarter than me?

I'm next in line as DM so that the current DM can take a break after a campaign that has gone on for a year and a half. Our current DM is one smart cookie, throwing puzzles, role-playing, and combat ...
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Is two-weapon fighting only as a full-round action balanced versus fighting with a two-handed weapon?

One of the players in a Pathfinder game in which I am playing is arguing that characters should be able to get the additional attack for fighting with two weapons when attacking as a standard action, ...
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Can a flaming sphere be kicked away?

In the flaming sphere spell description it is said that "the surface of the sphere has a spongy, yielding consistency". So the sphere has some "consistency" and acts like a physical object, rolling ...
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Learning to use spells comfortably

I'm hoping to get a little but of advice. You see, I've been running Rise of the Runelords, although the fact that I'm using Pathfinder probably isn't too relevant. Point is, I'm relatively new to GM-...
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Can a cat kill a rat?

The Cat is so weak (STR 3) that it's melee attacks don't do any damage. 2 claws (1d2–4), bite (1d3–4). Both have +4 to attack roll due to weapon finesse+dexterity bonus - so the cat will hit things, ...
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Class level vs. Character level vs. “my” level

Forgive me for not being good at game terminology, but there is one concept that I simply have been unable to fully grasp after reading the core rulebook. In the book, there are mentions of Character ...
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Lower spells in higher spell slots

Can you place a lower level spell in a higher spell slot? In other words, can you place magic missile in a 4th level slot if you want to, without a metamagic feat? This came up in our Pathfinder game ...
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What is/n't an Ally?

In Pathfinder, who is (and isn't) your ally? I'm inclined to think the following are allies: Your willing party members Your animal companion Your summoned creatures You I think the following are ...
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What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?

I'm really only familiar with D&D 4e. Could someone give me a rundown of the major things that would be different if I were to DM Pathfinder? (I gather it is more similar to 3.5e, but I only know ...
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Optimal Focused Fighter Builds in Pathfinder

Using just the core rulebook and the advanced player's guide, what would be an optimal build for a fighter using 25 points for point-buy character generation? Assume it's a level 10 fighter intended ...
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If I peer into a bag of holding, what do I see?

For the sake of discussion, assume we are talking about a type IV bag of holding, which can carry up to 250 cubic feet of items. Source So, let's say I put in a large box the size of, say, a modern ...
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Dispel Magic vs multiple summons

Dispel magic says: If you target an object or creature that is the effect of an ongoing spell (such as a monster summoned by summon monster), you make a dispel check to end the spell that ...
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Pitfalls to avoid when using kingdom building rules for the first time? [closed]

Our group is playing the Kingmaker adventure path and we are about to start a kingdom. I'm intending to use the Ultimate Campaign rules for kingdom building (they seem to be genuinely the same, aside ...
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Relationship Mechanics for D&D/Pathfinder?

My Pathfinder/D&D games tend to involve relationships - romantic, friendly, etc. - between PCs and NPCs alike. 3.x only has the Diplomacy mechanic for any kind of relationship mechanic. I'm ...
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How can I thwart a vampire in the party planning on dominating all of us?

We have a party member in Pathfinder get bitten on purpose where the rest of the party didn't see, so he turned into a vampire and nobody knows in-game. He is pretty much planing on turning the whole ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

Background: I've been playing RPGs for a long time and I've been playing AD&D for years. I enjoyed both the original D&D and D&D3/3.5/Pathfinder, other than (especially) tons of other ...
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How can my campaign continue amicably despite an indestructible nymph PC?

I've been GMing a Pathfinder campaign that uses the monsters as PCs rules. It's been an blast, but recently things have been unbalanced. The party's equivalent to level 12 right now, and the PC ...
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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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How does time work in 3.5/Pathfinder?

I am wondering about preparing spells per day. How long is a day? One session? Also some spells last 15 minutes. How long is that during a combat encounter?