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Ask the Kobold: New Saves and Line of Effect

Skip WilliamsQ: Does a suggestion spell leave the subject any way to evade the spell’s effect? Once the subject fails the save, the spell works continuously and the subject seems to have little recourse. In a recent session, a player character gave an opponent (an active combatant in an encounter) a suggestion to “stand still and don’t move!” I gave the enemy a new save whenever the party attacked or tried to attack, and the opponent finally made the save. Anyway, this seems overpowered for a fairly low-level spell…

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Ask the Kobold: Dealing with Entanglements

Skip WilliamsEntangled is a condition that represents a creature dealing with something stuck or entwined around its limbs (if it has any) and body. An entangled creature takes a -2 penalty on attack rolls and a -4 penalty on Dexterity, can move at only half speed, and cannot charge or run. Sometimes, an entangled creature cannot move across the battlefield at all. For example, a web spell can leave you literally glued to the place where you stand. In such cases, the immobilizing effect is an extra quality of whatever attack or circumstance that caused the entanglement…

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Ask the Kobold: Were-bonuses and Laughable Actions

Skip WilliamsNeed clarification on some mechanics in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game? You’re in the right place. Take a seat with veteran game designer Skip Williams.

Not sure how a spell works? Curious why that monster does what it does? Trying to get your feats to play nicely together? Skip has the answer.

Post your new questions for Skip about the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game in the comments below. Whoever gives us the best question will win a Kobold Quarterly pdf subscription (or pdf gift subscription)!


“And if you gaze for long into an abyss…”

Q: The listing for lycanthrope ability score adjustments in Pathfinder confuses me. The rules say to apply some flat bonuses (+2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma in all forms; and +2 Strength, +2 Constitution in animal/hybrid forms). However, they also say that, when in animal or hybrid form, the lycanthrope uses the highest of either his own stats for the base animal’s…

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Ask the Kobold: Resolving Spells

Ask the Kobold(This week’s column uses 3.5E rules. The next one, however, will be the first to use the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules.)

Spell descriptions contain a great deal of standardized nomenclature that helps explain what each spell does. The questions presented here involve a few of them.

Aiming a Spell

Aiming a spell involves choose exactly where a spell will work its magic. The game breaks spells down into a few broad categories that govern just how the spell is aimed…

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Ask the Kobold, now in Pathfinder flavor!

That’s right, folks, Skip Williams will now be answering Pathfinder Roleplaying Game questions in his regular column Ask the Kobold!

Is there some aspect of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game you’re a little fuzzy about? Did you just switch over from 3.5E and just aren’t sure how something translates? Do you just want to try to stump Skip? Whatever the reason, we need you to feed his need to answer questions, and we need it fast! Questions are his only sustenance. Only you can help save the Kobold Sage!

Post your questions below and Skip will repay your kindness with his thanks and awesome advice. (And I’ll give you an e-cookie if I don’t eat them all first.)

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