Considering the cost, misfires, risk of wet ammo, and other factors I feel firearms should maybe get a break.
I'm considering waiving the AoO for shooting a firearm in my campaign.
After all, pulling a trigger leaves you less vulnerable than drawing a bow or twirling a sling.
I agree. A firearm makes a bang and smoke when it shoots, which can throw off the swing of a melee attacker (make you forget your name for half a second; enough to eliminate that AoO, if AoO's intent was to simulate frantic-paced melee). It's nearly impossible for even a master bowmen to draw and shoot while a target is swinging for them, unless they had the physical awareness of spiderman (or legolas, whichever). Better to stab at said target with their arrow.
Not provoking an AoO for a firearm makes sense. It can't miss at close range, but it might potentially hurt both involved, depending on the caliber, maybe (ricochet, heat or shrapnel)?
I know all about big enemies with reach and Combat Reflexes, but what were they thinking trying to shoot in reach of those baddies anyways?
Originally Posted by FearlessFreddy
In a realistic sense, can't miss? If pathfinder introduced hand cannons that are otherwise innacurate, it might be popular. New weapons equals new styles of play - that's sorta how it went in D&D.
As it stands, are pistols really just high-maintenance crossbows that can be one handed? Tbh, crossbows should be harder to maintain - the wood can warp and make shooting difficult in poor weather. For guns, all you have to worry about is powder getting wet - sure, you may have to replace the gun when it mishaps or warps after extended use, but if even peasants can use them, the demand should be enough that there are gunsmiths everywhere and the price for new guns should lower.
Maybe if pathfinder wants to keep the system of 'you must be X class to use this firearm', then allow that class to get a 'guild signet' that is given to them after their first purchase. It gives them discounts to make using firearms a better choice than crossbows, like a costco card, and can be magically bound (like a costco digital registrar). xD