Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category

Here at DireKraken, we represent a selection of D&D players that have chosen not to play 4th Edition.  We have a fairly good spectrum of opinions about it, ranging from ‘acceptable alternative system’ to ‘like the mechanics, hate the flavor’, or outright ‘dislike, destroy on sight’.  So, to me, this interview (and part 2) from The Escapist about the real motivations behind 4th Edition clarified the major reason — we’re apparently not in the target audience.

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We suspended the Grand Campaign for an evening to playtest Paizo’s new Advanced Player’s Guide classes.  An evening of chaos and mayhem followed.
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9
Feb

Mauril’s Journal, Part 5

   Posted by: Mauril Tags: , ,

It never ceases to amaze me that I have been selected as some sort of hero.  Almost as if I was chosen by the gods for this purpose.  I rest now in the incredible city of Arcada.  Never have a seen a city more dedicated to the gods, and thus to their beliefs and writings, in all of the Kingdoms.  Equally as fascinating is Leonardo’s and the Vodan Steel Works.  Though smithing was my father’s profession, the shaping of useless raw materials into a finely honed edge or a bulwark of defense interests me.  But I have not set down here to write a companion’s guide to the city.  I have taken myself from my studies and my wonder to relate the events following the summer of 194.
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7
Dec

Rath’s Letters, Part III

   Posted by: Wolfgod Tags: , , ,

I write you this letter from Queen’s Landing.  I’ve just returned here from the Barony of Halswood in northern Staenland, after concluding the business your last letter requested my companions and I deal with.

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So Paizo is currently running an open playtest of four (soon to be six) new classes slated to appear in their Advanced Players Guide, due out some time next year.  I’ve taken some time to look over the four classes currently out (and I plan to do the same for the next two) and I have to say that, overall, I like what I see.

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As I sit in the grey dungeon that has become my home over the past several weeks, I have come to two conclusions.  The first is that this power that I have fated upon is dark and treacherous and it has no business being in the hands of any mortal.  This is the very power of the gods, unrestrained.  I have stared into the face of the divine and walked away with its glow and its stench.  I am unfit to know such things, to be who I am.

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We run into the occasional problem with one character being utterly hopeless in a group skill everyone else can do.  Say for example the party needs to sneak somewhere, but the Cleric has no stealth at all.  We can’t very well leave him …

We’ve tried several mechanisms to work around this issue - mass Aid Another works, but it feels cheesy - six people are crowded around one guy, helping him be quiet?  It feels wrong even if it’s legal.  Having only one character Aid Another feels more reasonable, but it’s also kind of weak sauce at high levels … oh, boy, a +2.  The guy listening for us has a +18 Perception …

After some discussion, we came up with a possible House Rule - Aid Another on Skill Checks might confer a scaled bonus based on the margin of success.  For example, a Rogue Aids the Cleric on his Stealth check.  Normally this would be a DC 10 for a +2.  Perhaps for every 5 ranks of success, we get another +1?  So the low-level Rogue rolls a 21, and grants a +4 Stealth.  If the same Cleric was being aided by a 19th level Ranger with some Skill Focus, he could reasonably roll say a 38, which would confer a +7 … after all, he knows a lot more about sneaking than the low level Rogue.

It’s a thought at least, and something that might make Aid Another seem like a good investment of an action even at high levels.

10
Nov

Mounts in Pathfinder

   Posted by: Wolfgod Tags: , , , , ,

Lately we’ve been looking into using a lot of different mounts in Pathfinder, and run into some interesting questions.

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More of Rath’s letters from the Grand Campaign.

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4
Nov

Mauril’s Journal, Entry 3

   Posted by: Mauril Tags: , ,

Again, it seems that too much time has passed since I have found the opportunity to again set upon my journal.  It has been weeks since I have had a place of refuge.  I have taken up temporary residence in Newholm with two of those whom I had gone adventuring.  Before I tell you of my time here, I should tell of the events that transpired to bring me from Queen’s Landing to here.

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