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Q176 Why Trunamer are bad? Why they are useless?
Because the DC for truename checks increases fast than your skill bonus does, unless you put some high OP stuff towards boosting the skill check, in which case said check is irrelevant.

If you do put some high OP stuff in to making the check, do they still suck?
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I'm pretty sure Bortasz is meme-ing you, guys.

Yeah, but I still sort of want to know.
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Quote from: Negative Zero on November 04, 2009, 02:16:14 AM
In my humble opinion, CO is haberdashery. Some say we're mad, but we can all agree we're hatters. Yes, we have potential to make very sophisticated hats, very fancy hats, be they dark or light. But the truth is that the color of the hat does not come from the group of us - our community doesn't directly produce hats. We simply give average head circumferences, list current fashion trends, and point out some shiny, obscure baubles to add to the latest hat line.

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I'm pretty sure Bortasz is meme-ing you, guys.
Of course he was. I answered the question hoping the thread would stay on topic.


If you do put some high OP stuff in to making the check, do they still suck?
About low tier 2 or high 3. Nowhere near as versatile magic, but near umlimited use, so still powerful.
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I'm pretty sure Bortasz is meme-ing you, guys.
Of course he was. I answered the question hoping the thread would stay on topic.


If you do put some high OP stuff in to making the check, do they still suck?
About low tier 2 or high 3. Nowhere near as versatile magic, but near umlimited use, so still powerful.

Really?!  That will work out great...
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Quote from: Negative Zero on November 04, 2009, 02:16:14 AM
In my humble opinion, CO is haberdashery. Some say we're mad, but we can all agree we're hatters. Yes, we have potential to make very sophisticated hats, very fancy hats, be they dark or light. But the truth is that the color of the hat does not come from the group of us - our community doesn't directly produce hats. We simply give average head circumferences, list current fashion trends, and point out some shiny, obscure baubles to add to the latest hat line.

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No, they're not that good.  More like T4, similar to a Warlock... until they hit level 20 and can spam gate.  But even when you pump their skill up, their abilities really aren't that great.  The possible exception is using their repair utterance to repair scroll tablets (which are an option in Complete Mage instead of scrolls, you get tiles that can be broken to get magic, and with the repair thing you could spam them).

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No, they're not that good.  More like T4, similar to a Warlock... until they hit level 20 and can spam gate.  But even when you pump their skill up, their abilities really aren't that great.  The possible exception is using their repair utterance to repair scroll tablets (which are an option in Complete Mage instead of scrolls, you get tiles that can be broken to get magic, and with the repair thing you could spam them).

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This sounds more accurate, though as implied by my asking the question in the first place, I've never played one.
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Quote from: Negative Zero on November 04, 2009, 02:16:14 AM
In my humble opinion, CO is haberdashery. Some say we're mad, but we can all agree we're hatters. Yes, we have potential to make very sophisticated hats, very fancy hats, be they dark or light. But the truth is that the color of the hat does not come from the group of us - our community doesn't directly produce hats. We simply give average head circumferences, list current fashion trends, and point out some shiny, obscure baubles to add to the latest hat line.

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No, they're not that good.  More like T4, similar to a Warlock... until they hit level 20 and can spam gate.  But even when you pump their skill up, their abilities really aren't that great.  The possible exception is using their repair utterance to repair scroll tablets (which are an option in Complete Mage instead of scrolls, you get tiles that can be broken to get magic, and with the repair thing you could spam them).

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Minor correction: They're potion tiles, not scroll replacements, and they're from Complete Arcane. It's still nice, but not nearly as much so. There might be a workable scroll replacement, but I don't know.

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No, they're not that good.  More like T4, similar to a Warlock... until they hit level 20 and can spam gate.  But even when you pump their skill up, their abilities really aren't that great.  The possible exception is using their repair utterance to repair scroll tablets (which are an option in Complete Mage instead of scrolls, you get tiles that can be broken to get magic, and with the repair thing you could spam them).

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Some stuff the the Truenamer can do.
[spoiler]Essence of lifespark allows you to hit someone with a no save negative level. At level 14 you can do this as a swift and/or a standard action.
Caster Lens let's you shut down a casters highest level of spells without save (due to making them have insufficient CL to cast.) You can Do this as a swift action at level 10.
Confounding Resistance lets you give mettle and evasion. You can do this as a swift action at level 10.
Energy Negation let's you do 10d6 damage to a target, no save. With Strong op-fu, you can do this as a swift action at level 6. You will almost always be able to do it as a standard action. At 6th level, the warlock you compare this class to is done 3d6.
With Inertia Surge, you can get a Freedom of movement effect at level 1.
Starting at level three you can use Silent Caster to Save or suck casters.
When you remove the save on slow, it is an incredibly harsh de-buff. Available from 6th level, in the lovely form of Greater Speed of the zephyr.
Hell, throwing around +5 or -5 on all skill checks is easy for most classes at 1st level. It isn't at all special that a truenamer can with Universal Aptitude.
Or a no save sanctuary effect. I bet that's incredibly common. Ward of Peace is useless.
Plus, with how the class works, spend one utterance on any word of nurturing, and you are the perfect out of combat bandaid box for free.
Able to make any suit of armor grant immunity to Sneak attacks and critical hits? Everyone has that by four level. Fortify Armor is barely worth mention.
Also, the fact you're talking is the only thing that marks you as a psuedocaster. Nothing in the rules say you must speak loudly. As far as the enemy knows, reality is re-writing itself because it likes you better.
Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if a good truenamer could take down a tier one if the Truenamer had the element of surprise. It could easily take down a overconfident tier two. It can't kill someone abusing contact other plane, but it sould be able to put up a fight for anyone short of it.
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Truenamer is a class that allows you to have the cheat codes for the universe. Pick the right codes, and you can really mess stuff up.
I'll admit the truenamer isn't tier 1. However, It get's lot's of things no other class does, many of these things are stuff nobody will expect.
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Q 177: Is there a compilation somewhere of all the ways for archivists to get arcane casters' spells (particularly wizard/sorcerer) into their prayerbooks?
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Q 178 Got a new player who recently joined my game, and is going to be taking levels of wizard (I'm letting the magic point version available) now that he's second level. The first level was fighter so he could prestige without any issues. Anyways, in the last group he was in, his DM made anyone who wanted to become a wizard, find another arcane spellcaster that had a spellbook, train them, and eventually give them their own "learner's guide" and spellbook. I don't know if that was just his old DM going for elaborate fluff and homebrew, or what, but I have never heard of such a book existing. Have any of you?

178 b He doesn't have any examples of it for me to base it off of, but do I just do it as fluff, or do I actually give him something that works along the lines of an apprentice's book?
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Q 178 Got a new player who recently joined my game, and is going to be taking levels of wizard (I'm letting the magic point version available) now that he's second level. The first level was fighter so he could prestige without any issues. Anyways, in the last group he was in, his DM made anyone who wanted to become a wizard, find another arcane spellcaster that had a spellbook, train them, and eventually give them their own "learner's guide" and spellbook. I don't know if that was just his old DM going for elaborate fluff and homebrew, or what, but I have never heard of such a book existing. Have any of you?
A178: You don't have to find a teacher for any base class I'm aware of. You can fluff it that way if you like, but only PrCs require any kind of actual affiliation.
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Which book is Lycanthromancer in?
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Q 178 Got a new player who recently joined my game, and is going to be taking levels of wizard (I'm letting the magic point version available) now that he's second level. The first level was fighter so he could prestige without any issues. Anyways, in the last group he was in, his DM made anyone who wanted to become a wizard, find another arcane spellcaster that had a spellbook, train them, and eventually give them their own "learner's guide" and spellbook. I don't know if that was just his old DM going for elaborate fluff and homebrew, or what, but I have never heard of such a book existing. Have any of you?
A178: You don't have to find a teacher for any base class I'm aware of. You can fluff it that way if you like, but only PrCs require any kind of actual affiliation.
That's what I thought. I'd never heard of anything like that before the other night. My only guess was his old DM made him do that so he couldn't just go "I'm taking wizard levels now just because I can."
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Q 178 Got a new player who recently joined my game, and is going to be taking levels of wizard (I'm letting the magic point version available) now that he's second level. The first level was fighter so he could prestige without any issues. Anyways, in the last group he was in, his DM made anyone who wanted to become a wizard, find another arcane spellcaster that had a spellbook, train them, and eventually give them their own "learner's guide" and spellbook. I don't know if that was just his old DM going for elaborate fluff and homebrew, or what, but I have never heard of such a book existing. Have any of you?
A178: You don't have to find a teacher for any base class I'm aware of. You can fluff it that way if you like, but only PrCs require any kind of actual affiliation.
That's what I thought. I'd never heard of anything like that before the other night. My only guess was his old DM made him do that so he couldn't just go "I'm taking wizard levels now just because I can."

His old DM was on crack. He could take levels in freaking Dread Necromancer if he wanted to and no rule in the universe would keep him from doing so.
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His old DM was on crack. He could take levels in freaking Dread Necromancer if he wanted to and no rule in the universe would keep him from doing so.
Rule 0?

Which, I guess, would be 'no rule,' since none = 0.
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Which book is Lycanthromancer in?
Lyca ... is in the book. Yes he is.
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His old DM was on crack. He could take levels in freaking Dread Necromancer if he wanted to and no rule in the universe would keep him from doing so.
Rule 0?

Which, I guess, would be 'no rule,' since none = 0.
What's funny is he always brings up Rule 0. I actually had to ask him what that was, and without blinking an eye he gave me the most detailed explanation I'd ever heard for a rule. It was like he was in a trance when he spoke. Looking it up, it just said "The unspoken DM gets final say/veto anything he wants rule."
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His old DM was on crack. He could take levels in freaking Dread Necromancer if he wanted to and no rule in the universe would keep him from doing so.
Rule 0?

Which, I guess, would be 'no rule,' since none = 0.
What's funny is he always brings up Rule 0. I actually had to ask him what that was, and without blinking an eye he gave me the most detailed explanation I'd ever heard for a rule. It was like he was in a trance when he spoke. Looking it up, it just said "The unspoken DM gets final say/veto anything he wants rule."
You're such a kind man, for taking in abused unfortunates and rehabilitating them.
[spoiler]Masculine men like masculine things. Masculine men are masculine. Therefore, liking masculine men is masculine.

I dare anyone to find a hole in that logic.
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My awesome poster collection. (Warning, some are NSFW.)
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+1 Lycanthromancer
Which book is Lycanthromancer in?
Lyca ... is in the book. Yes he is.
 :D
shit.. concerning psionics optimization, lycan IS the book
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His old DM was on crack. He could take levels in freaking Dread Necromancer if he wanted to and no rule in the universe would keep him from doing so.
Rule 0?

Which, I guess, would be 'no rule,' since none = 0.
What's funny is he always brings up Rule 0. I actually had to ask him what that was, and without blinking an eye he gave me the most detailed explanation I'd ever heard for a rule. It was like he was in a trance when he spoke. Looking it up, it just said "The unspoken DM gets final say/veto anything he wants rule."
You're such a kind man, for taking in abused unfortunates and rehabilitating them.
At one time I was, afterall, one of them.
I reject your reality, and substitute my own.

When God gives you lemons... it's time to find a new God.

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His old DM was on crack. He could take levels in freaking Dread Necromancer if he wanted to and no rule in the universe would keep him from doing so.
Rule 0?

Which, I guess, would be 'no rule,' since none = 0.
What's funny is he always brings up Rule 0. I actually had to ask him what that was, and without blinking an eye he gave me the most detailed explanation I'd ever heard for a rule. It was like he was in a trance when he spoke. Looking it up, it just said "The unspoken DM gets final say/veto anything he wants rule."
You're such a kind man, for taking in abused unfortunates and rehabilitating them.
At one time I was, afterall, one of them.
You're a saint, man.

We should petition to get his handle changed to Saint_Kevin!
[spoiler]Masculine men like masculine things. Masculine men are masculine. Therefore, liking masculine men is masculine.

I dare anyone to find a hole in that logic.
______________________________________
[/spoiler]I'm a writer. These are my stories. Some are even SFW! (Warning: Mostly Gay.)
My awesome poster collection. (Warning, some are NSFW.)
Agita's awesome poster collection.
[spoiler]
+1 Lycanthromancer
Which book is Lycanthromancer in?
Lyca ... is in the book. Yes he is.
 :D
shit.. concerning psionics optimization, lycan IS the book
[/spoiler]