Pathfinder 2e Beginner Box with Kids: Sessions 3 & 4

The further adventures of Luna, Meowmena, and Khaltooie. Last time we ended things with a cliffhanger. Our heroes had come into a new chamber and found a bunch of mischievous Kobolds who were so engaged in trying to breaking and entering that they didn’t notice the newcomers. 5 year old and 8 year old were…

Humble Bundle: Maps Spectacular Software

Humble Bundle is running a fantastic Maps Spectacular Software Bundle featuring fantasy cartography software from Pro Fantasy. There have some great options for local maps but, for virtual tabletop, I find it’s easier to just build them directly in Fantasy Grounds Unity. The real seller here for me are the regional and global mapping tools….

Science Fantasy Setting – Here we go at last!

As I’ve referenced many times before, I’ve been slowly pulling together a science fantasy roleplaying setting for well over a decade now. Originally it was a Phantasy Star rules conversion for Pathfinder First Edition but I shifted it to a custom setting after the release of Starfinder. The implosion of the Starfinder Psionics Guide kickstarter…

Pathfinder 2e Beginner Box with Kids: Sessions 1 & 2

It’s been three long years since I wrapped up my last in-person tabletop roleplay, put my miniatures into storage, and moved to another country. I did get some virtual tabletop and play-by-post in during that time, but for the most part there was very little roleplaying going on for me. This summer we were able…

Controversial Opinion: Rules Light vs Rules Heavy

On one end of the spectrum we have freeform roleplaying and the other end of the spectrum we have GURPS. I’ve roleplayed with both and many other systems in between. Based on that experience I want to push back against a recent trend that portrays rules heavy systems as innately negative. Some people have claimed…

Mapmaking in Fantasy Grounds Unity

In addition to The Absalom Initiation, I’m running a second group through a test run of Pathfinder Second Edition and Fantasy Grounds Unity using the Fall of Plaguestone published adventure. We had our Session Zero on Saturday and, as they finished up characters, I quickly put together a map for them to practice the basics…

The Absalom Initiation

It’s around midnight here. We just finished up our first play session with Fantasy Grounds Unity. This is our third session with this virtual tabletop system and we’re starting to get the hang of it. For this test run, we are working our way through the Pathfinder Society module The Absalom Initiation. It always feels…

Plate Tectonics on the cheap

I’m doing some worldbuilding for a homebrew setting. After deciding on the general concept I decided to use some improvised plate tectonics to build the geography. First I cut up an old city map. The city districts make for semi-random tectonic plates. Next, I pushed the plates a bit. I noted where fault lines might…

Character Creation: Roles

Twelve years ago, I tried out a new form of character creation for a play by post game on the Giant in the Playground forum. The general concept was that players would audition for specific roles in the game. If the audition was successful, the player would then design their character around the role. The…

Fantasy Grounds Unity

It feels like a lot has happened, both in my personal life and in the world, since my last post a little over a year ago. As I noted I’m now living in another country and at the moment in person tabletop is not an option here. Now that we’re settled and over the initial…