Recent content by Philip Benz

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    Pathfinder 2E Encounter Design in PF2 works.

    After a delay of some 6 weeks, I was finally able to organize the golem fight. On paper, it didn't seem like it should have been that difficult. 4 PCs, level 12, wizard, druid, cleric and rogue, entered a ruined temple and found 3 golems (2 stone, level 12 and 1 iron, level 13). According to the...
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    Pathfinder 2E How is Pathfinder doing?

    I would generally agree - especially if you place a premium on automation. And I say this even though I have used Roll20 to run a PF2 campaign over 62 sessions. My method is probably atypical, though. DMing on Roll20, I have all creatures and NPCs detailed on paper, make all rolls for them with...
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    Absalom, City of Lost Omens In-Depth Review

    As with most setting books from any game system, you could quite easily use Absalom with DD5 or any other game system. All you need to do is keep the locations, groups, and specific NPCs, while replacing the mechanical statistics like statblocks and loot with suitable replacements from the...
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    Pathfinder 2E Sea Campaign

    Historically, cannons attained widespread use before handguns. So if you envisage having pistols and muskets freely available to players, it makes sense that there would be ship-mounted artillery as well. Our RPGs are chock full of anachronisms, so I wouldn't worry about your 50-year timespan of...
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    Pathfinder 2E Sea Campaign

    IMHO the vague suggestions that pass for PF2 rules for naval maneuvers are woefully inadequate, and you'd be better served by just handwaving things like ship position and relative speed on a battle map. This is one case where theatre of the mind will do the job better than trying to calculate...
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    Pathfinder 2E Sea Campaign

    Any time you think about ships, you need to make several important decisions. Are you going to emphasize black powder weapons and heavy guns? What types of ships do you plan to feature? Do you plan to have ship battles focus on naval maneuvers and gunnery, or will you prefer more close combat...
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    Absalom, City of Lost Omens In-Depth Review

    I just got my copy of Beadle & Grimm's Gold Edition of Absalom, and it is wonderful. It even reproduced the rumors as a deck of cards. Great stuff!
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    Pathfinder 2E Wondering if this works

    Currently in PF2 you can use rituals to get a permanent undead minion. Note that the creature must be 4 levels lower than you in order to become a minion, so your undead buddy isn't going to be wrecking encounters. I suspect the OP is taking about using...
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    Pathfinder 2E Beginner Box Adventure (advice)

    One nice thing about the beginner box pre-generated PCs is that they have all their combat options right there on the character sheet. Makes things easier for folks new to PF2. My only advice would be to lean heavily into the RP aspect with NPCs. Otherwise it may seem like a pointless dungeon...
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    Fighter bonus feats list?

    You do know that this is a 19-year-old thread, right? There's been a lot of thread necromancy lately.
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    Pathfinder 1E As a player, how do you argue your rules interpretation 1) successfully and 2) without being obnoxious?

    Spot on. The important thing is enjoyment in playing the game. A player can certainly suggest a different ruling from what the DM is telling him, but the DM has to have final say. I tend to try to be as accomodating as possible with players, so that I'm not just saying, "no, you can't do that"...
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    Pathfinder 2E Running ghosts in PF2

    Yeah, I've been trying to avoid reading Abomination Vaults, in hopes one of my players will run it. Last week we ended up having a long lead-up to the ghost encounter, and only got up to the part where the ghost was bitching and moaning about how unjust it had been to get nailed to the wall by...
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    Pathfinder 2E JBE Pathfinder 2e Blog

    DMcCoy, my apologies, I wasn't aware of such a system. The Kobold Horde seems like a useful addition, although I would've expected it to have a minor ranged combat option. I did something similar when my PCs got too high level to worry about typical Charau-ka.
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    Pathfinder 2E Running ghosts in PF2

    Kenada, I did think about that, and I've used haunts before. However, I haven't really used ghosts, and thought I'd see what folks might suggest. In this case, the PCs just fought against this Ifrit wizard 2 days before (he escaped, but most of his troops were killed), and then discovered that...