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The rules don't say that player characters need to kill enemies to earn XP. From the Core Rulebook, chapter 12 "Gamemastering" gives an overview of how to run combats and combat rewards. The text says that the players must "defeat" monsters or "overcome" the challenge in some way, but does not explicitly say that the enemy creatures must be killed by the ...


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There seems to be a misunderstanding here. Let's take a look at the explanation of settlement statblocks: Base Value and Purchase Limit: This section lists the community’s base value for available magic items in gp. There is a 75% chance that any item of this value or lower can be found for sale in the community with little effort. If an item is not ...


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You're looking for Magnimar, which is a Large city located roughly 50 miles south of Sandpoint. You've asked: "Are there any other avenues to bring someone back from the dead?" Common avenues include: the reincarnate spell, which is cheaper and lower-level, but can alter your physical stats the breath of life spell, which only works if you cast it within ...


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Pathfinder adventure paths can be unforgiving for an unprepared party. I've played through and GM'd several prewritten Pathfinder 1e adventure paths, including Rise of the Runelords. These adventures have certain patterns that may be clashing with what you expected from your first time adventure. Adventure paths expect a 4 character party, accommodating ...


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It is very combat heavy compared to the other APs I have run from Paizo. They get very deadly very fast. There have been a lot of character deaths in my games (running 3 different groups right now), even with Gestalt characters. There is little in the way of exploration outdoors, though there are several traditional dungeon crawls to explore. That said, ...


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I did an enemy count on the Spires of Xin-Xalast, the last part of Rise of Runelords Adventure Path. Here are the results (beware of spoilers!): Animal: 24 Humanoid (giant): 20 Outsider (evil): 14 Outsider: 8 Magical Beast: 7 Monstrous Humanoid: 6 Undead: 6 Humanoid: 4 Dragon: 2 Construct: 1 Fey: 1 Aberration: 1 Now, going a little more specific but ...


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Well, you need to have a frank conversation with your GM about how much/in what situations he's going to deny you access to your animal companion. While you won't stay in Sandpoint for the entire AP, you will go to a larger city for some of it, back to Sandpoint, and into and through other settlements over time. That's mostly during the initial part of the ...


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As-written, it should be treated as a standard magic +1 repeating crossbow. (Any item that says it is "+1" or some other number is magical.) Repeating crossbows come in a couple sizes (hand, light, & heavy) which will determine the base damage. (Information on mundane variants can be found here ). Add a +1 enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls ...


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When talking about magic, you always need to distinguish the level of the spell and the level of the spellcaster. Spellcasting 7th means that there's nobody in Magnimar that will cast a level 8 (or higher) spell for money. If you need somebody to cast a level 7 spell, they will be at least a level 13 full caster 1. This has nothing to do with the caster ...


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The notion that D&D (or a D&D based game like Pathfinder) is a combat game in which all else doesn't count is a trope that many players do not agree with and that some people here constantly work to correct. A DM who wants to award XP based on killing blows *has fallen into this trope. You should tell the DM this is not the game that you want to ...


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The third-party Amalgam monster template consists of two fused creatures. Unlike other monster templates that are applied to single creatures, the Amalgam template applies to two creatures, and results in one. It has a combination of both creatures' strengths and weaknesses. The Amalgam rules are complicated and awkward, and don't synergize well when the ...


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Yes From memory, Rise of the Runelords manages to mostly avoid the bad design trap of 'you need a thief/wizard/cleric/str 20 guy to bypass this Locked Door and that is the only way to bypass it and the adventure cannot continue if you don't', so needing any specific class or character type is largely avoided (although any DM worth half a thimble of salt ...


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There are prices for passage in various equipment lists, they are all pleasantly consolidated at d20PFSRD.com under "Hirelings, Servants, and Services." Obviously these are base prices and you're welcome to modify them for various in-game conditions. On the Arcadian Ocean you pretty much need to take the larger ships, galleys and such are constrained to ...


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Pathfinder APs Are pretty similar, in structural terms. Rise of the Runelords is a fairly standard example - while you can spin it out, add some investigation, conversation, etc, it pretty much segues from fight scene to fight scene without any real thinking required on the part of the PCs. You will fight a lot of things, essentially. I only got through ...


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50,000 gp is a considerable amount of money, but not enough to buy a title of nobility. You can buy lands or a huge manor, but there are few official rules to pull this out. Even James Jacobs (Paizo's Creative Director) could not give a direct answer about the cost of a farm (land and everything). So I would suggest you start looking at the (optional) rules ...


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It's allowed... but not fair The DM/GM can really do whatever they want. But with great power comes great responsibility. If it was just the killing blow to the beholder then no, they shouldn't have taken the XP from the Party as they did. XP should be based on the idea of contributing to the encounter. Even someone like a non-combative bard who only ...


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Giants, because you consistently fight giant type enemies in many of the chapters.


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One of my players in Runelords had a PC cousin to the Deverins so when he went looking to improve the family name it was easier. Now historically, Sandpoint was founded by noble families of Magnimar, most ood whom gained their titles by being the most wealthy, influential folks around. Your PCs may want to try to replicate this by buttering up (or flat out ...


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Looking at the quote, it appears to be from the d20 PFSRD site, rather than the PRD. The PRD states: Furthermore, if a spell has dangerous consequences, the spellcaster will certainly require proof that you can and will pay for dealing with any such consequences (that is, assuming that the spellcaster even agrees to cast such a spell, which isn't certain)....


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I believe the description also mentions that it is constructed of Darkwood and therefore half the weight of a standard crossbow of its size (and likely half the penalty for firing one handed) in addition to its other qualities... Repeating crossbow: 250gp, 6 lbs. (light); or 400gp, 12 lbs. (heavy) base price 300gp masterwork prerequisite 2000gp +1 ...


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