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As a DM, how can I address players' frustration with in-game decision-making?

It seems like your definition of an "optimal" solution is very different from your players' definition, and that's creating issues. Other answers have focused on how you might have given ...
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What are the major changes between Pathfinder first and second editions?

General Stat Generation: Pathfinder Second Edition (PF2e) has moved away from the methods of the past wherein you generated stats using a point buy or rolled them. Instead you receive various ability ...
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Can I keep playing a character who annoys other PCs?

Evidently Not One of the cardinal, if often unspoken, laws of gaming is that if you can't get people to play with you, then you can't play. If you can't get people to play with you whenever you bring ...
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Can I keep playing a character who annoys other PCs?

The character is probably done. You have a large, collaborative, decentralized group. No one feels, or has felt, empowered to confront you over this—they have, no doubt, felt that it isn’t their place ...
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Does Dangerous Sorcery apply to cantrips?

The very first line for the rules for Cantrips in the Sorcerer class says A cantrip is a special type of spell that doesn’t use spell slots. Seems pretty cut and dried - Cantrips don't use spell ...
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As a DM, how can I address players' frustration with in-game decision-making?

Prepare tools, not plots, and have your tools interact with PCs. One issue I see is that you're preparing an optimal course of action, rather than an optimal weakness an enemy has. I've often found ...
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What is the impact of moving a fallen PC in the initiative order?

This rule helps avoid Healing ping-pong! I find it helpful to consider the inverse -- what might happen when the initiative order doesn't change. (Sadly, I mention this from personal experience ...
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What are the major changes between Pathfinder first and second editions?

There are lots of changes, mostly major changes. I can only think about certain spells when thinking about "things that didn't change much", and even those have basic system changes behind them. I ...
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Is there anything preventing a wizard from using a staff of healing?

To cast a spell from a staff, it has to be on your spell list The rules for Casting a spell from a staff spell out the requirements to cast from a staff. The relevant part of these requirements: You ...
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As a Magus, does Spellstrike take 3 actions?

Answer The Spellstrike activity allows you to Cast a Spell and Strike spending only the two actions required by Spellstrike. Sources The Core Rulebook states the following on page 461 under Actions -&...
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Does Pathfinder 2e have more in common with D&D 5e than it does with Pathfinder 1e?

Pathfinder 2e is still more like Pathfinder 1e than D&D 5e The second edition of the Pathfinder rules does not draw very much at all from D&D 5th edition. If anything, there are a handful of ...
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How do I respond to a player's criticism that the breadth of feats available in Pathfinder 2e is by its nature restrictive?

It's always been this way And it sort of needs to be; otherwise there is no point in character abilities! In 5e, if my Paladin wanted to "hit someone in the legs to trip them" with his ...
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Does Assurance literally forgo a roll and thus prevent effects that require a roll?

Forgo isn't the best word choice, Assurance works as rolling The clear intent of Assurance is that you no longer have to actually roll a die, but the results should be adjudicated as though you had. ...
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Can I keep playing a character who annoys other PCs?

You need to get rid of the character some way or the other Nothing will help. Your character, as it is right now, is irredeemably gone. You can't fix her in-game because nobody wants to play with the ...
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Will uneven speed be rounded up or down?

Always round down (unless told not to); half your speed is 10 The General Rules state: Rounding You may need to calculate a fraction of a value, like halving damage. Always round down unless ...
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What are the major differences in style and system between D&D 5e and Pathfinder 2e?

D&D 5e has been optimized to make it simple to learn and play, which is what you are reacting to. Its design reflects the fracturing of the D&D fanbase after 4e, and to a certain extent ...
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Is Armor Class a difficulty class (DC)?

Armor Class is also a Difficulty Class Armor Class is referenced in multiple locations as a DC. Most notably, in the rules in Equipment about AC: Your Armor Class (AC) measures how well you can ...
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Running a oneshot for a group with no TTRPG experience

Shield the players from the mechanics TTRPG rules especially for Pathfinder are huge and complex, and likely to overwhelm any newcomer who is playing for the first time, and a single time. You want ...
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Do you need an empty hand to cast spells?

You can cast any spell without material components while holding anything Somatic components (CRB, p303): You can use this component while holding something in your hand, but not if you are ...
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As a DM, how can I address players' frustration with in-game decision-making?

Free yourself from preplanned plot lines First of, it is great that you are listening to your players, and it is great that you have players who trust you and address these issues with you. It also is ...
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If a player casts a spell of unlimited duration and retrains out of it, does the spell remain active?

The Spell Remains Under the Long Durations section on spells there's some relevant information including mention that unlimited duration spells are maintained even when the caster dies, which seems ...
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Is there enough disparity between the classes to put them into tiers?

I’m going to answer this the same way I answered a similar question about Starfinder: we just don’t know yet. Pathfinder 2e is a far larger change from Pathfinder 1e than Pathfinder 1e was from D&...
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Does a level 1 Wizard casting the Ray of Frost cantrip deal damage equal to 1d4 + spellcasting modifier?

Spellcasting Classes A level 1 wizard casting ray of frost deals 1d4 + their spellcasting modifier in damage. As you noted, a cantrip is automatically heightened to 1/2 of the wizard's level, ...
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Would there be a problem to incorporate Pathfinder-2e's "Step" action in place of DND 5e's "Disengage" action?

The Step action is going to be mechanically worse than the Disengage action Moving 5 feet is a small benefit Personally, I don't believe moving an additional 5 feet is a significant benefit in most ...
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How can I end a stance?

This appears to be a gap in the rules and has not been covered by an FAQ. Paizo has not appeared to weigh in on the matter. Most of the people posting on the Rules Discussion boards of the Paizo ...
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As a DM, how can I address players' frustration with in-game decision-making?

There Is A Fine Line... ...Between prepping for an adventure, and prepping a railyard. I don't think you're at the extreme end of railroading where it's your way or the highway, and all deviations ...
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Is Initiative a check?

Initiative is a concept; however, any roll made for it is a check Initiative references using checks when determining its value Typically, you’ll roll a Perception check to determine your initiative [...
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Fighter with Aggressive Block & Flinging Shove & Powerful Shove

You are giving the aggressive block feats too much importance in relation to the other two feats in this chain. Keep in mind that both powerful shove and flinging shove are modifying aggressive block. ...
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If trapped by a web lurker, can I only use acrobatics to Escape?

That is probably a typo While RAW, yes, you are limited to Acrobatics to escape, this is almost certainly a typo. There are several monsters with the Web Trap ability as a ranged attack: The Drider: ...
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Our GM has us roll new initiative every round. Just how broad of a change is this?

This is a Massive Change While it might seem like a small change, this is actually a massive change. There are numerous effects that end at the start of a turn or end of a turn that can be massively ...
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