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Character Generation


Your choice of:

  • 20 point buy (remember to use the Pathfinder one), or
  • 3d6 to each stat rolled, allocating to stats, then adding six dice, one at a time, adding 1d6 a stat of your choice (still keeping only top 3 dice).
    • If your result is under 15 point-, or over 25 point buy equivalents, you gain/lose until you are at that equivalent.
    • Example: "I want to be a sorcerer. I roll 3d6 for each stat. Sort the results, and put the highest score into Charisma, and lowest into Wisdom. I then decide I want a little more constitution and roll an extra d6 for constitution, charisma, and dexterity; I roll them and add them to the dice for those stats. I still don't like the top-three dice for dexterity and add another one. Happy with that, I add my last extra dice into intelligence and strength. I now find the top three dice for each stat and that's the score."
Hit Points
  • Max for 1st level.
  • Subsequent levels, half hit die size. Get that many hit points, and roll the other half.
    • d6 -> 1d3+3; d8 -> 1d4+4; d10 -> 1d5+5; d12->1d6+6
    • Source: This was from some d20 flavor I read, but I can't recall which. I thought it was Trailblazer, but it wasn't.
  • Aside: I considered this rule I have encountered on the Web: Max at first level. Every level thereafter, you roll your entire HD pool, and it becomes your new HP total if it exceeds your previous one. Otherwise, you go up by +1. (Con/toughness bonuses apply after/outside this result.)
  • No evil alignment. Chaotic neutral will be examined carefully.
  • Your character MUST be from Varisia.
  • Your character MUST have a reason why he or she would like the region, including/especially Sandpoint, to remain safe.
  • All characters will start with 350 GP.
    • Anyone have any idea why the rules start different characters differently?

House Rules

At this time, before discussing contract or playing, these is the only ones I'm putting in with a heavy hand.

  • I'm still crunching the numbers, but I believe we will be using the "Fast" advancement track for XP.

Rolling odd-sized dice
  • Unless you otherwise specify, I assume "modulus dice" instead of "grouped" dice when using a larger die to represent a smaller one.
    • Ex: 1d3 rolled on a d6 is, to me: 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 and not 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3.

  • Remember, you do not "lose hit points", you "gain damage".
  • You do not "gain hit points" from healing; your "gained damage" number decreases.
  • Similarly, you do not "expend rounds per day of bard song", you "gain rounds of bard song sang".
  • While it sounds subtle, this GREATLY simplifies math, especially when buff spells eventually become part of the game.
  • To encourage character investment, costly material components for Raise Dead-type spells are reduced by 90% if cast by a party member or a party member who could cast a spell in that family.
    • The spells otherwise work as described, including the gaining of negative levels.
  • If not resurrected, somehow a replacement PC has exactly the same gear as the dearly departed, for better or for worse.
    • If the replacement PC wants different equipment, he's going to have to sell (at normal rates) the old PC's equipment.
    • No "I'm on a suicide mission, here, take all my stuff" cheese.
  • Background/rationale
  • Monk is the weakest of the core classes.
  • Unchained Monk is far too big of a buff, while also breaking compatibility with archetypes, feats, etc.
  • Thus, Core Monk is adjusted to full BAB, subject to returning if it proves to be a poor decision to have made.
    • This EFFECTIVELY changes for: prerequisites (related) and for non-flurry-attacks. (Flurry attacks and combat maneuvers were already weirdly hacked to use full BAB for a monk.)
  • If there are any monk-specific things (PrCs, feats) that that relied on the BAB to delay it to appropriate level, they will be looked at through a more narrow lens before approval and/or fixed up to match the equivalent to the old requirement.



  • No change.
  • Core + Oracle and Witch.
  • Prestige classes remain core only.
Archetypes and alternate class features
  • Newly allowed.
  • Any PRD (including racial archetypes).
  • Clarification: Multiple Archetypes can be used on the same class as long as they don't compete for the same class feature to replace. And, no, it's not possible to multiclass with a different archetype of same class [eg, Fighter (Martial Master) 2, Fighter (Mobile Fighter) 2].
  • Clarification: many "alternate class features" are only available as part of an archetype, but not all. For instance, extra Barbarian Rage Power choices, or additional Ranger Combat Styles are stand-alone.
  • Slight change.
  • Core + Witch/Oracles spells from Advanced Player's Guide (Oracle and Witch spells only. NEW: Witch spells are now available to anyone whose lists they fall on otherwise, not just witch; oracle spells were already.)
  • I may award from outside this list, which does not necessarily then make it further available.
  • Any spells, if any, encountered from foes/NPCs may be open thereafter.
  • An archetype/etc that adds a few spells from an alternate source might let them through if it's not a huge list alteration and the component spells are fine. That doesn't open those spells to everyone, just whoever has that archetype.
  • No change.
  • Core only.
  • I may award from outside this list, which does not necessarily then make it further available. If you get something, it may be the only one of it in the world.
  • Slight change.
  • Core only races.
  • Any PRD for subtypes/alternate racial trait.
  • Racial feats may be available.
  • No limit for subtypes/traits as long as there are no conflicts.
Favored class bonuses
  • No change.
  • Only HP or Skill.
  • Racial favored bonuses are not being used.
  • Slight change.
  • Any PRD.
  • I encourage not changing your trait.
  • I will be offering a 2nd trait to each character based on my interpretation (slash expectation slash etc) of it. It need not be accepted and you may negotiate.
  • Changed.
  • Any PRD.

Categories to browse:

    • General
    • Combat
    • Critical
    • Item Creation
    • Metamagic
    • Style
    • Teamwork
    • Grant Extra Uses

Categories to ignore:

    • Panache (Swashbuckler)
    • Grit (Gunslinger)
    • Performance (performance combat system)
  • No change.
  • None of the extra systems/optional rules from the various books are used unless explicitly listed (eg, traits are).
    • Additional spell descriptors (Ultimate Magic) are used to a small degree by the adventure path.
    • I may incorporate Retraining (Ultimate Campaign) at a later time.
  • Explicitly being called out as not used:
    • Additional maneuvers.
    • Hero points.
    • Words of Power.


Source-by-source for places to look. It seems that later publications often include the entire content of an earlier one (Racial traits in ARG appear to include all the traits from APG and then some.)

Core Rulebook
Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path Player's Guide (not in PRD)
  • Open except Leadership feat.
Advanced Class Guide (ACG)
  • Archetypes/class options
  • Feats
Advanced Player's Guide (APG)
  • Archetypes/class options
  • Feats
  • Racial traits
  • Traits
  • Oracle/Witch (class + class spells)
Advanced Race Guide (ARG)
  • Racial traits
  • Racial archetypes/class options
  • Racial feats
Ultimate Combat (UC)
  • Archetypes/class options
  • Feats
Ultimate Magic (UM)
Ultimate Campaign (UP)
Monster Codex
  • Some archetypes/class options/feats.
Ultimate Equipment (UE)
  • Seems to be nothing.
Game Mastery Guide
NPC Codex
  • Nothing player-oriented.
Mythic Adventures
Technology Guide
  • Not allowed.
Pathfinder Unchained
  • Some optional stuff may be ported in later (unlikely), but overall no. (FYI, the class redos for rogue and monk are insanely broken. Barbarian is basically unchanged. And I don't get why they wanted to buff the Summoner, one of two classes that dominate organized play, alongside Investigator [and distantly third the Alchemist], for their being very powerful.)
  • EVALUATING: Skill Unlocks.
Other sources (even if they're from Paizo; eg
Kaiju book or Player's Companion series):
  • Not allowed.



  • Barbarian: Pack Rager (Monster Codex [Gnoll])
  • Paladin: Warrior of the Holy Light (APG)
  • Paladin: Oath of Vengeance + spells (UM)
  • Monk: Hungry Ghost Monk (APG)
    • Roleplaying challenge.
  • Rogue: Knife Fighter (UC)

Alternate Class Features


  • Combat Patrol (APG)
  • Intercept Charge (ACG)
  • Outflank (APG)
  • Precise Strike (APG)
  • Shadow Strike (APG)
  • Viscous Stomp (UCom)
  • Extra Rogue Talent (APG) (taken only once)
  • * Dazing Assault

Alternate Racial Traits

  • Half-elf: Dual Minded(ARG)


  • Trap Finder (Mummy's Mask)
  • Merchant Family
    • The 10% sell bonus is a flat alteration to your post-division share of the loot. The 20% increase in availability may be shared. (Ie, no "I sell all the loot, so we all get the bonus.")


Note: Not to be requested; only granted. But can be chosen once in this list.

  • Expedition Excavation


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