Does Form Control change your available options with Wild Shape?

The Wild Shape feat gives you the Wild Shape order spell, which lets you turn into various forms that are found in polymorph spells. Precisely, Wild Shape grants you the forms in Pest Form on 1st level, the forms in Animal Form on 2nd level, and then other feats do this:

Insect Shape:

Add the forms in insect form to your wild shape list.

Soaring Shape:

Add the bat and bird forms in aerial form to your wild shape list. If you have Insect Shape, you also add the wasp form to your wild shape list. If you have Ferocious Shape, you also add the pterosaur form to your wild shape list.

And so forth.

Now, the Form Control feat has this effect that lets you prolong the duration of Wild Shape at the cost of lowering its level:

If your next action is to cast wild shape, wild shape’s spell level is 2 lower than normal (minimum 1st level), but you can remain transformed for up to 1 hour or the listed duration (whichever is longer).

Now, to the question:

Do you lose an option from the Wild Shape list if you use form control and the level of wild shape is lower than the level of the original spell?

First things first: Since Animal Form is explicitly granted as a heightened option on 2nd level, if the level of Wild Shape should fall below 2nd with Form Control, the Animal Form options are no longer available.

But what about the Insect Form options? These are gained via the Insect Shape feat, not via Wild Shape’s level. I first assumed that if Wild Shape is on level 2 with Form Control, the forms of Insect Form (which is a 3rd level spell) are not available. But the text doesn’t mention casting Insect Form. It says "Add the forms in insect form to your wild shape list," and Wild Shape says little about its level. I think there are ancestry feats that grant you higher-level spells on level 1, that could serve as a precedence here, but I can’t find them at this time.

But if you keep the forms on your list, what’s the drawback of lowering the spell’s level? You lose Animal Form until you’re level 7, and you are easier to dispel?

How do I respond to a player’s criticism that the breadth of feats available in Pathfinder 2e is by its nature restrictive?

Not sure how better to phrase the title. Let me explain.

I recently migrated a 5e campaign across to PF2e. One player has been resistant to this move. As an example, he asked how a character might perform a Feint-like action, but making the target flat-footed to an ally, rather than themselves. I referred him to Distracting Performance, which he said wasn’t what he meant, but we reached a point in the conversation where he made the following claim:

For every feat that says "you can do this thing", that inherently means "if you don’t have this feat, you can’t".

In other words, the breadth of character choices is actually restrictive.

So for instance, a character without Distracting Performance in principle has no way by which to get an enemy’s attention. This appears to be his main gripe with PF2e as a system, as he sees 5e as flexible enough that a DM can ‘just sorta make it up on the spot as necessary’.

I don’t believe that a system is superior because it’s easier to fill in gaps in the system ad-hoc. I know there’s creating actions, as a route for DMs to create new actions on the fly, but this is different to a character attempting something that’s already outlined, but behind a feat wall, so to speak. I understand his point – a character shouldn’t be blocked entirely from trying to grab a creature’s attention, just because they haven’t taken the feat.

So I think the root of my question is how to handle a character attempting an action or set of actions that’s facilitated by a particular feat (such as in the case of Distracting Performance), without having that feat, but also without drastically devaluing the feat.

RAW, is it a straight "no, the character cannot do that until they have the feat"? Or is there leeway in the system for "a character can attempt it, but the DC is then modified to hard / very hard (+2 / +5)?"

When does a .com domain become available after it expires? (With status clientTransferProhibited)

the domain I want is taken and according to ICANN it expires on 2021-01-05. The only status it has is "clientTransferProhibited". I am not sure how to interpret this domain status… Does this status prohibit me from getting the domain once it has expired? And can I acquire the domain as soon as it expires according to the expiry date on ICANN?

Should Oil of Sharpness not be available to to low-level characters?

I am currently preparing an adventure in a wizard’s mansion and need to fill the building with interesting content. Having a laboratory where the party can take some stuff seems like a good idea.

Oil of Sharpness looks interesting as stuff to take but is a very rare item. The general assumption seems to be (such as discussed here) that very rare items are given out on high levels. My party however is tier 2 (about level 7). Also, contrary to weapons which appear in different qualities (+1/uncommon; +2/rare; +3/very rare) Oil of Sharpness exists only as +3.

Given that Oil of Sharpness is a consumable item I suppose the risk of ruining things is neglible compared to the risk associated with permanent items. I could also imagine having a lesser variant (with a bonus of +1 or +2). Would I risk balance issues by giving my party reduced-bonus Oil of Sharpness or even the full-bonus one?

What free and / or paid game master aids are available for a PC user running virtual games? [closed]

I’m running a d100 based game. Currently, we’re using Discord with DiceParser installed. I’ve poked around at www.Roll20.net in the past. What paid and/or free programs would you recommend for a game master using a PC to run a remote game? Some of my players are using android phones and some iPhones. My budget is very low but it would be great to see the high budget options too.

Nested loops join algorithm – additional available page buffers

The basic version of nested llops join algorithm only uses two main memory page buffers for loading the pages.

But if additional page buffers are available the I/O cost can be reduced.

Should I chose to use the additional available page buffers to hold more pages of the relation considered by the outer loop or the inner loop?

And why?

I apologies if this is the wrong place to post this question Thanks in advance,

What spells or magic items are available to detect lies?

I’m playing through Storm King’s Thunder, and came across an unusual magic item:

Gavel of the Venn Rune

The Gift of Truth feature for this item says:

Whenever a creature utters a lie while within the 30-foot-radius sphere, that creature takes 5 psychic damage and flinches visibly.

This is pretty cool, but it makes me wonder:

What spells or magic items are available to detect lies?