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RPG Why I Don't Play Spellcasters by mindflenzing RPG Why I Don't Play Spellcasters by mindflenzing
R.P.G. (Ransack People's Gold) is the tale of four D&D/Star Wars/RPG players and their DM, who wishes he were a player. These intrepid players are, from left to right:
Kenneth, the over-achieving, yet under appreciated DM.
Adam, the guy who has a theater background but needs a girlfriend.
Barry, the munchkin power-gamer with a bad case of arrested development.
Josh, the straight-laced guy who just wants to play the game.
Kassi, Josh's homicidally-minded younger cousin, whom he regrets inviting.

My first time playing a Pathfinder I came to learn why the last spellcaster I played was a Cleric in AD&D 2nd Ed. The entire table stared at me like I had a nose sprouting out of my forehead when I announced that my Inquisitor would be casting Ear-Piercing Scream at an evil doll. They should have known I had not read hundreds of pages of rules minutia since I had already tried casting a mind-altering spell on the same creature (which it turned out had a chance of success since they were possessed dolls but the rest of the party was face-palming anyways). This is why I only play casters in 4th Ed where casting a spell does not require a doctoral thesis in arcana. The only rule we ever have to look up for circumstances that negate your spells is that objects cannot be effected by psychic damage. If this continues I may go back to my time honored tradition of playing high dex twin scimitar wielding crit fishers.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its like riding a bike, it seems impossible at first, but then its easy :P
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once you're familiarized yourself with all the portions of the Player's Guide, DM's Guide, and Monster Manual that pertain to your ability to cast spells its not too bad.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol. Pretty much. That Pathfinder site I linked you, also has a spell list. The info can be printed off for a quick reference. That's what I have done for first time players :)
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I copy paste rules from Paizo's wiki for spells and the conditions they cause.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :)
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TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I normally play as a spellcaster of some sort, usually a bard, sorcerer, or shaman (Kingdoms of kalamar variation)
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never liked the inevitable arguments over how a power is written and whether you had enough unicorn droppings to cast it (yes, I played old versions of D&D). I imaging I would have a different perspective if we ever got past 7th level in 1st and 2nd Ed since that is where the mages go from excess baggage to the ones doing all the heavy lifting.
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TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My group in any game, any edition can't get past level 6. Period. One time, I screwed up on the rules and we got up 4 levels in a day.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Before playing Living Forgotten Realms for three years, my record was a 7th Level Ranger in AD&D 2nd Ed. Most of the games I've been in have spanned 1st-5th level. This drove me nuts in 3rd Ed because all my builds required several feats and either multiclassing or prestige classes.
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TheLugia702 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh, I know. I screwed up BIG TIME when we started a 3e games, because we had never played it or 3.5 before, and I had a bard with 8 charisma.
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