Rogues are not just ‘a’ skill-based class, they are ‘The’
skill-based class, only rivaled among core classes by the bard. They have a
large number of skill points and a wide variety of skills to choose from,
mostly dexterity, charisma, and intelligence, that make them agile, dexterous,
and cunning. As such, they can be the party face, the problem-solver for
non-combat hinderances, and often an early-warning system for dangerous
This class can hold its own in combat, but they rarely take
foes head on, instead preferring stealth, flanking, and deception to open up a
foe’s guard and perform deadly sneak attacks that deal extra damage to a foe,
the greater the mastery of the rogue, the more damage they can do, though their
foe has to have vulnerable points to exploit in order for it to work, be they
vital organs, mystic runes or focal points, or even moving parts that could
cripple a foe if damaged.
Regardless of their vocation, rogues have keen senses, and
know enough practical engineering to notice and work to disable traps with
ease, including even magical traps.
Their reflexes and senses are so keen that these ne’er-do-wells
have an uncanny knack for taking cover against area-filling attacks. While most
others can only react fast enough to reduce their harm, these rogues can go to
ground, duck behind cover (non-living or otherwise) or otherwise quickly react
to protect themselves, avoiding harm unless they fail to do so. Eventually,
even more powerful rogues can even reduce the damage of area effects if they
A new addition to rogues in pathfinder is the inclusion of
rogue talents, various abilities chosen from an ever-growing list at certain
levels. These abilities range from adding additional benefits to sneak attacks,
to gaining various bonuses to rogueish acts, such as buying or selling on the
black market, or various other eclectic skills such as learning to cast minor
magic spell-like abilities, learning to brew bombs like an alchemist, and so
on. These talents make for a fun way to expand on the abilities of your rogue,
showing how eclectic and different characters can be in this informal class. At
a certain point, they gain access to even more advanced talents, becoming even
Even when their skills fail and traps are unleashed, the
incredible reflexes of these sneaks often save them regardless.
Even danger they cannot sense cannot get the drop of them,
having honed their reactions and their sixth sense to a greater height, which
only increases with skill.
The most powerful of these rogues can strike so precisely as
to put a foe completely out of the fight, knocking them out, paralyzing them
temporarily, or even outright slaying them assuming they can catch them off
So with all that in mind, its easy to see that one has their
work cut out for them when deciding on a build. Obviously rogues work well as “problem
solvers”. They can be your classic thieves, cracking locks and checking for
traps, or they could be building traps of their own, or stealing from
bystanders and foes alike. Or they might be combat rogues focused on making
kills with sneak attack, or even pour points into use magic device and have a
wand and wondrous item for every occasion.
So needless to say you have options. Next time, we’ll look
at how those options expand with archetypes!
On Saturday 13th February London’s Beavertown held their 4th birthday party. Amongst the festivities a few special beers made an appearance, including this particular delight, brewed as a doubled up version of their own Neck Oil session IPA. And yeah I know that was a couple of weeks ago but “better late to the party than arriving with your pants on backwards”, as my grandma used to say. Except no she didn’t. Dunno why I said that. Her saying had something to do with ferrets and arseholes, maybe. Anyhoo…
I open that beautiful lookin’ can and pour, the potent tropical aroma blitzkrieging my hooter. The taste follows the nose, lightly floral, zesty, and hella tropical. ‘Tis a papaya, mango, lychee, dried apricot, and cantaloupe fruit salad of a brew garnished with grated lime, grass, pine needles, and a few dried flowers. There’s some biscuity, grainy malts in there but it’s unsurprisingly the hop’s show. It’s light-med bodied, well carbed, bone dry, bitter, with nary a trace of that alcohol to be found, and well, delicious.
A hearty congratulations to the beavery Londoners once again for this blinder of a brew, a gleefully unbalanced flavour bomb and entirely worthy of a birthday celebration beer. Also, in a strange quirk of fate, I’ve gone from missing out on it to having half a dozen of ‘em in the fridge. Awesome!
Follow My Vans: Photographer Rebecca Ramsdale in Toronto
Rebecca Ramsdale‘s work manages to be real and dreamy at the same time. Whether she’s shooting houseplants or scenic outdoor landscapes, her images always full of color and capture those nostalgic moments when time seems to stop. Add in the fact that she’s always rocking Sk8-His, and we became major fans.
We asked Rebecca to show us around her hometown of Toronto and introduce us to some of her favorite spots to shoot. From quaint little shops to fruit markets, here’s her guide to having some fun (if Drake isn’t there to show you around, of course).