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virgil
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

What is Paizo's justification to make the soulbound doll a CR 2 creature? It's worse than an imp in essentially every conceivable way.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

total bloody incompetence? The dearth of good guidelines on how to judge CR? Aliens?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

It's still immune to a bunch of random things for being a construct, I guess?

I mean, you'd still prefer an imp.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

There's a vanishingly tiny chance one specific type of them lands deep slumber on a party and they all die to coup de graces?

Dunno. Supposedly Paizo uses a giant spreadsheet to calculate all their monster stats, but either their sheet sucks or it doesn't exist considering how often they publish stuff like this.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

SlyJohnny wrote:
It's still immune to a bunch of random things for being a construct, I guess?

I mean, you'd still prefer an imp.
Especially since it doesn't even have immunity to mind-affecting like constructs normally do.
Axebird wrote:
Dunno. Supposedly Paizo uses a giant spreadsheet to calculate all their monster stats, but either their sheet sucks or it doesn't exist considering how often they publish stuff like this.
There's their official monster stat chart, but it feels like a small minority of official monsters actually follow their guidelines.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Do you have to be properly hiding to use the sniping rules? For example, your assassin is dressed as a beggar in a crowded street and is plainly visible. Can said assassin palm a shuriken and throw it at someone with the -20 Hide penalty to make it so nobody noticed that they threw it?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

virgil wrote:
Axebird wrote:
Dunno. Supposedly Paizo uses a giant spreadsheet to calculate all their monster stats, but either their sheet sucks or it doesn't exist considering how often they publish stuff like this.
There's their official monster stat chart, but it feels like a small minority of official monsters actually follow their guidelines.

Very small. Someone compiled a spreadsheet of monsters from the bestiaries, and the statistics derived from that do not match the official monster guidelines.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

After having spent the better part of 15 hours playing it again last friday, anybody ever managed to find a good way to somehow speed up ClassicBattleTech somehow?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

virgil wrote:
Do you have to be properly hiding to use the sniping rules? For example, your assassin is dressed as a beggar in a crowded street and is plainly visible. Can said assassin palm a shuriken and throw it at someone with the -20 Hide penalty to make it so nobody noticed that they threw it?


You actually can Hide from someone not in the crowd in that instance, as per the Rules Compendium:

RC 92 wrote:
Blend into a Crowd: You can use the Hide skill to blend into a crowd, but doing so conceals you only from someone scanning the area to find you. You remain visible to everyone around you, and if they happen to be hostile, they’re likely to point you out.


RC 97 wrote:
Tailing someone still requires cover or concealment, as normal for attempting a Hide check. A moderately crowded street provides sufficient cover and concealment to accomplish this goal.


Preventing people in the crowd from noticing isn't covered, and seems more like a Sleight of Hand sort of task (for which I unfortunately couldn't find a rules citation).
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I was going to ask a few questions concerning the limits/rules of the commune spell, but then I realized it's essentially a poorly written MTP spell. And so, I'm going to rephrase the question - how do you adjudicate this spell? Do you specify whether any particular answers are given by the deity or its agents? What are common limits of knowledge you ascribe to the spell's source (or the spell itself)? Do you permit spells such as nondetection and other anti-divination magic to work?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Commune is where the player gets to have a game of 20 questions with the DM.

The DM uses this to tell them whatever they need to know to get on with the game, and maybe twist things a bit if it suits the deity's wants.

By the divine rules, Deities can see anything that is not blocked by a Deity of equal or higher rank. Only, like, one new place per round, and only if within a few miles of a worshipper, and they automatically know everything related to their portfolio if they're rank 11+ (which all the PHB gods are). Basically they know where shit is and will play yes/no until you do too.

Also of note, Deities can totally just tell their worshippers stuff relevant to their portfolio at any time. It's part of the official 3e game that your Cleric will be told stuff by their Deity as needed to preserve fair contests of strength, or the secrets of magic, or whatever.
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