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Prepping a Convention Game, Pt 1

Given that I’m only a few days out from GenCon, and I recently got some experience with prepping convention games ( see KantCon Actual Play Sessions ). I figured that on the eve of the eve of my departure for Indianapolis, I’d take some time and give some insights on how I went about prepping my games for KantCon, …

DMing 101: Start small

This week’s DM advice is primarily aimed at anyone looking to begin their first campaign, although it’s just as useful to experienced DMs. The advice, which comes straight out of the 4E Dungeon Master’s Guide: (p. 142), is  Start small .  By this I (and the DMG) mean, set your campaign in a well-defined, specific area or region. Ideally…

Quick Review: Making Craft Work – a workable system for crafting items in Pathfinder

Crafting items is one of those things that just hasn’t worked correctly according to the rules, since the advent of the d20 system.  Easy crafting tasks, that in game should take a day or two could stretch on for weeks or months of in game time and hard tasks, well, some of them could be completed in a…

Character Death, woe or wow?

Last night I played a particularly long session of my weekly Pathfinder RPG game. During this game I killed a player character. Well that’s not quiet accurate. I wasn’t gunning out for him; it was a mixture of chance and strategy.  Scar, the half-orc dragon blooded sorcerer rolled a 1 on his saving throw and died from the maximized Acid Ball (the enemy wizard’s version of Fireball). This …

The status of the Aruneus Project – making a 100 page zombie apocalypse source book for the Pathfinder RPG system

Last December I sat down with a good friend and we talked a bit about what a standard high fantasy world would be like if a worldwide zombie apocalypse were to happen to it.  What would happen to the various nations, empires and races?  Who would be affected most?   How would it change the political structure, the formation of cities, or just …

A new creature for Pathfinder/d20 – The Coilicoot

Preferring temperate or cold forests above all else, the Coilicoot is a snake-like mammal which has claimed many curious victims. Appearing like a cross between a large snake and a house cat, the Coilicoot can be found in many northern forests throughout the world.  Their coloration ranges from whites and blacks through dark orange and brown. Unlike their reptilian counterparts, …

Quick Review: The Secrets of Martial Mastery – an expansion for Pathfinder RPG

Rite Publishing scores again with The Secrets of Martial Mastery , a nice little book filled with over 25 new feats and their corresponding combat maneuvers sure to spice up any fight.  Drawing from everything between plain old fisticuffs to fencing moves, you can now do a lot more with your hands-on type characters.  In addition to the new feats and combat maneuvers, there’s a new …

The Genius Guide to the Armiger [Review]

I love OtherWorld Creations , and I love their Genius Guides .  Their Pathfinder creations are worth every penny for the extra content they provide.  My favorite so far is the Genius Guide to the Shadow Assassin , but today I’d like to talk about the Genius Guide to the Armiger . The armiger is an interesting concept.  While I was not sold on it by the intro…

The Genius Guide to the Armiger [Review]

I love OtherWorld Creations , and I love their Genius Guides .  Their Pathfinder creations are worth every penny for the extra content they provide.  My favorite so far is the Genius Guide to the Shadow Assassin , but today I’d like to talk about the Genius Guide to the Armiger . The armiger is an interesting concept.  While I was not sold on it…

Quick Review: The Genius Guide to the Time Thief, a new character class for Pathfinder

Leave it to the folks at OtherWorld Creations to come up with new, inventive and plausible character classes.  Plausible that is, in the sense that elves and dragons are wandering around out there as well. The Time Thief takes a neat spin on a rogue-like character – one who can literally steal time.  Taking little bits of time (motes) from their own future and…

Review – GameMastery Face Cards: Enemies Deck

The GameMastery Face Cards Enemy deck is the latest in Paizo’s line of playing card-sized play aids. They are designed to be handed out by GMs to give their players a face to put to the names of major NPCs. Most of the faces come from Paizo’s previous adventure paths and thus are perfectly suited for GMs running one of the…

Review – GameMastery Face Cards: Enemies Deck

The GameMastery Face Cards Enemy deck is the latest in Paizo’s line of playing card-sized play aids. They are designed to be handed out by GMs to give their players a face to put to the names of major NPCs. Most of the faces come from Paizo’s previous adventure paths and thus are perfectly suited for GMs running one of the adventure paths. For example, King …

Quick Review: Swallowfeld – a Pathfinder adventure setting for a low level party

Raging Swan Press have put together a solid, 37 page adventure for a lower level Pathfinder party .  Taking place in and around the village of Swallowfeld, this adventure is something of a murder mystery packaged within a weather torn priory, for one.  Actually, Swallowfeld contains several adventure hooks revolving around the village and what goes on there. What I really enjoy about this …

Fool’s Gold – cursed coins for miserly players [PFRPG]

Fool’s gold is just that, gold that makes you foolish. These cursed coins were created by the First Bank of WareHave as a deterrent to thieves and cutthroats who would frequently target the bank and its shipments of gold. Often a large coin worth at least 10 gold pieces in weight alone, Fool’s Gold has a cumulative effect. The more you take, the more…

Inception and RPGs [Game]

Like many people, I saw Inception over the weekend.  Also like many people, the film made me oooh! and aaah! and then stop and think about it.  Before I continue, let me say that I was a fanboy from the moment I saw the first trailer and so I had great expectations.  They were fulfilled. As soon as the credits rolled I wanted to start talking…

What about Creepy Creatures? A review!

Creepy Creatures is a monster book for the Pathfinder RPG by Alluria Publishing . This is the first product by Alluria I have read and I’m glad I did! I am a sucker for monster books; you can never have enough monsters! And this is an eclectic collection of interesting, quirky and silly monsters. The buffet is served, select and antagonist and go torture your players! Want to learn more? Read on… Creepy Creatures is…

Free Pathfinder/d20 Magic Weapon – The Plaid Axe of the Northern Dwarves

The Plaid Axe of the Northern Dwarf is all aboot taking down trees, vegetation and whoever may be standing near by.  Forged in a vast underground empires by vast, underground Dwarves, the Plaid Axe of the Northern Dwarves was a last ditch solution to the growing problem of how to cut down and use things that weren’t made …

Adventurer’s Toolbox – Immovable Rods

Image by: SoulRider.222 I figured I would take some time away from my convention coverage to begin a new series. As I’ve played RPGs over the years, I have run across items that I begin to feel that any player/character with an innovating mind can use and use well. To that end, I’m going to call this series The Adventurer&#…

Quick Review: In the Company of Gargoyles – a new player race and class for Pathfinder

Once again Rite Publishing comes through with an fun addition to the Pathfinder/3.5 universe.  In the Company of Gargoyles is nicely formatted and illustrated; coming in both a print friendly version and a more ornate version is a plus.  The layout is well done and everything is easy to find via the table of contents. This expansion features Gargoyles as a playable race, and a new …

Paizo’s Plot Twist Deck

Just got the Plot Twist Deck today and it’s pretty darned sweet. If you’ve stopped by here enough you’ll know that I’m one of those story over rules guys which makes this right up my alley. Here’s what you get. Fifty-one cards with nifty bits of inspirational artwork. Each card has a title and four