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  1. Philip Benz

    Pathfinder 2E A quick note on calculating XP

    That works fine. Assuming you're still using XP to lead to characters advancing in level. Or you could just use Milestone or pseudo-Milestone leveling. Milestone leveling is when you advance characters' levels to correspond to a given chapter of a published adventure. Pseudo-Milestone leveling...
  2. Philip Benz

    Pathfinder 2E Trip quadrupedal creatures: are there any penalties?

    Nope! You can even trip an ooze! Don't ask why a prone ooze has penalties to attack and AC. Really, don't ask.
  3. Philip Benz

    Pathfinder 2E Question on Ancient Elf feat

    The Free Archetype variant rule does not account for all possible rule interactions, so a lot is left up to your DM. Notably, if you take an MC dedication at 1st level, and if you are using the Free Archetype rules, strictly speaking you can't take any archetype feats at all at 2nd level, since...
  4. Philip Benz

    D&D 5E Has D&D spoiled you on other RPGs?

    Payn, Thomas and Ralif all made comments that make me want to talk about my favorite D&D-like ruleset, but this forum isn't the place. I hear that there is an official playtest for the successor to DD5. I know a lot of folks here have been codifying a rules expansion to DD5, I wonder how much...
  5. Philip Benz

    D&D 5E Has D&D spoiled you on other RPGs?

    Regardless of how clever a system you have, if the DM is lackluster, the game isn't going to rise to any noticeable heights. Sure, on the other end you could have a group of players who are so creative and out-of-the-box wonderful that they can carry the dead weight if an uninspiring DM, but at...
  6. Philip Benz

    D&D 5E Has D&D spoiled you on other RPGs?

    We played D&D for ages, but were so disppointed when AD&D came out. "What sellouts!" were the kindest comments flung in TSR's general direction back then. Fast forward to around 2004 when, after sinking hours into Neverwinter Nights (a DD3 spinoff VRPG) I finally tracked down some players here...
  7. Philip Benz

    Pathfinder 2E How is Pathfinder doing?

    I'm really sorry to hear you've had a bad experience. I've been running a homebrew campaign for over 2 years (and just started another one) but I have heard a few TPK horror stories about the published campaigns. I'm still convinced that a DM can "finesse" any published campaign, though...
  8. Philip Benz

    Pathfinder 2E How is Pathfinder doing?

    Please note that if you're running an AP (like AoA or EC) you don't have to run it in super-hard mode. You are free to modify things and tone down the difficulty a bit. Also, I dunno bout you, but I always add in many RP opportunities, NPC intrigues and so on. I've not had a single TPK since...
  9. Philip Benz

    Pathfinder 2E Creating Random Encounter Tables in PF2e

    What I have done in the past, rather than have a 70's-style encounter table with "1d6 scrufflemunchers" (or whatever) is to have a list of pre-prepared encounters that have at least some peripheral relationship with the plot and the adventure. For me, table time is the most essential resource to...
  10. Philip Benz

    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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  12. Philip Benz

    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...
  13. Philip Benz

    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...
  14. Philip Benz

    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...
  15. Philip Benz

    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...
  16. Philip Benz

    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...
  17. Philip Benz

    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!
  18. Philip Benz

    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...
  19. Philip Benz

    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...
  20. Philip Benz

    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.