This isn't quite an answer to your question, but, you might be interested in checking out Swords and Wizardry from Frog God Games. It's a clone of the original D&D rules. My understanding is that it is very rules light. The publisher has said that he plays it with his young children. He started them at 5 or 6 years old, if I remember correctly.
FGG also publishes a lot of their adventures in both S&W and Pathfinder rules, so you could pick up both copies a product and compare the two. They also published Tome of Horrors in S&W, so you'd have a TON of monsters to run players against if you write your own adventures.
I just finished the book this weekend. It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed that it addressed some important life issues/ consequences without being "preachy" or feeling like the issues were shoe-horned in.
I lent it to a friend of mine who I think will enjoy the book!
So now there is a Paizo.com exclusive cover which looks more "Saturday-Morning-Cartoon-ish" than the original cover which fits the art style of the comics better.
Can we get any insight on why that choice was made for the Paizo exclusive cover? I know that the Paizo covers have been homages to different generes or movies (Jaws, Ghostbusters, Spiderman, etc). Is this an Homage that I just don't recognize?
I'm trying to decide which cover to get. I can only afford one. Since I have Paizo exclusive covers for all the comics, I'm leaning toward this one, but it just doesn't seem to fit as well...
I am around page 340 in the book right now. Now that it's warm, I'm reading real paper books again! I am really enjoying the character interplay in the story, especially the way that the story deals with certain issues.
Certain issues = the relationship/trust issues between Torius and Celeste as well as the effect of honesty and communication (or the lack thereof) on their relationship. Also, Torius' substance abuse/addiction, how he hides it, and the negative effect that hiding it has on his relationship with Celeste.
It's good to see big ticket issues like these in a fantasy novel, but not presented in a really "preachy" way.
Wowee that's a lot of extra downloads sitting in my downloads folder, many of them I'm very excited about!
Edit: Figured it out now. The shiny Goblin icon and Goblin Squad title only shows up here in the Goblinworks forum. Well, Goblin Squad shows up on my profile page too, but nobody ever goes there.
Nate Z wrote:
I don't care if it's a mock up, that's an awesome cover! I also am very excited to see another Elyana/Drelm adventure. Despite all the Pathfinder Tales novels that have come out, Plague of Shadows has been in my top 4 since the very beginning.
What about an infiltration and rescue? The Irregulars infiltrate some sort of slaving operation in order to save a kidnapped prince/princess/merchant's progeny, and take down the leadership. A sort of fetch the Macguffin and assassinate the leadership quest.
I just realized that I described the plot for Conan the Barbarian. That's why I read novels instead of writing them.
Altus Lucrim wrote:
I've recently began to read some of the pathfinder tales novels. I want to know if there is an order that I should be reading these in. Specifically is there one that deals with background of the characters in World Wound Gambit. I'm only in about chapter 4, and it seems that they all keep referencing a previous adventure. If I'm missing something then I'd like to read that first before I continue this novel. Thanks in advance.
As James Sutter said, there's no novel before Worldwound Gambit. To answer the broader question, there is no chronology to the Pathfinder Tales. All of the tales are set generically in "The Present." Unlike the Star Wars EU books, events in one book have no lasting effect upon the world that will turn up in other books. There are some that have sequels, thus generating their own "chronology," but that's about it.
For example, Prince of Wolves is before Master of Devils is before Queen of Thorns; but that's because they are all about Varian Jeggare and his bodyguard Radovan.
The Worldwound Gambit preceeds Blood of the City, though the books are barely related. If you like The Worldwound Gambit, read Blood of the City next. I think it's one of the best books in the Tales line.
There's a thread somewhere around here where I've been keeping track of all the chronologies, but I don't have a link to it on hand. A quick search should turn it up.
Matthew Morris wrote:
I've run into that problem too! For me it's becoming, "This book is too big to hold in one hand on my 30 minute walk to work. I'll just read it on the iPod Touch." I have several Tales books that I have not opened the physical version of.
That's why I started my gamer lending library at the location where we meet. We have a growing shelf of sci/fi and fantasy fiction for folks to borrow. It has resulted in one other GM from the group subscribing to the Tales line.
How about the rest of the campaign that Lieutenant Sturgeon refers to in this one? Andorens releasing slaves? That's something I can sink my teeth into. Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Rambo: First Blood Part II.
It would be nice to see a bit of history about how this ragtag group got together, too. That can easily be handled in flashback (like in the Firefly episode Out of Gas).
Excellent! I liked that over the four chapters, each character got a little bit of a chance to shine. The teamwork was fun to see, and the story ended with a bang!
This last illustration was excellent, though for some reason, I pictured the lieutenant as bald (death's head smile). The expression is excellent. He really looks just a touch mad.
I'll pick this up when it gets converted to ePub, I would also very much enjoy seeing these characters given a chance to REALLY wreak some havoc in a novel.
James Jacobs wrote:
I'm not gonna say who the transgender iconic is, but I will say this—it's not a curse, and said iconic is not trying to "return to his/her birth gender."
My money is on Ezren for the transgender iconic. Just look at the art for the Girdle of Opposite Gender. It's only a "cursed item" if you didn't want the change.
Huh. That's an interesting idea for a character development quest...
I, for one, have really enjoyed the series and the characters. I wanted to see more of Lini, but I have a soft spot in my heart for gnome druids. My favorite character I played in a homebrew was an amazingly overpowered 3.5 gnome druid.
I'm looking forward to the continuation of the series with the different artist.
The art for Dark Waters Rising was not bad. I felt a strong anime/manga influence in it, but I thought it was fine. I'm in it for the story, and I've been enjoying the story!
Louis Agresta wrote:
This makes me glad that I supported the Realmworks Kickstarter. As I recall Razor Coast will be included for the supporters. My impression is that tracking things like this is what Realmworks is MADE for.
Downloaded! I have not had a chance to read through it yet. However, I did glance through. I enjoyed the insertion of pictures of the minis that you used. After glancing through, I went back to the kickstarter page to look at what is coming in the mail...
That's a LOT of minis that will be arriving on my doorstep! I may try to run this as a one shot just to play with a bunch of them.
Since this book was published in early 2011, it has remained in the top 4 of my personal, informal, unwritten and ever changing ranking of the Pathfinder Tales line.
I just read on Howard Andrew Jones' blog from March 22nd that he turned in the manuscript for the second Elyana/Drelm novel! I don't know how long it will take to turn that manuscript into a book in my hands, but it's one step closer!
In the meantime, he has also published two Asim/Dabir novels set in 8th Century Baghdad. The first is Desert of Souls, the second is The Bones of the Old Ones. Desert of Souls was quite good. Now that it's warm enough to hold a book while I walk, I'll have to check my local library for The Bones of the Old Ones.
PS: If you have not downloaded the Plague of Shadows wallpaper, Here it is for you!
Neal Litherland wrote:
Thanks for the vote of confidence Nitro! If the stars align, there's a great deal more to this team of half-crazed commandos then I could possibly get to in a single serial.
Let's align those stars! Now, how do we go about doing that? Where are Asim and Dabir when you need them?
Asim and Dabir:
The main characters in Desert of Souls and The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones
Erik Freund wrote:
Keep that errata list going. All the pdf users will thank you with all our hearts!
That artwork is one of the best I have seen yet. That's just beautiful! It reminds me of the gnome druid I played for my second PC.
The first paragraph of this chapter has some great imagery. I love the descriptions. The action throughout is fun and flows well.
I am really enjoying this story and looking forward to more.
It has a bit of a "Western" feel to it. Part of that is the terrain. Part of it is that every time the Lieutenant addresses the group as "Irregulars," I hear an echo of "Regulators! Mount up!" in my head.
Now I want to go watch Young Guns.
VDC, to help all those GM's give you more specific advice, what sort of game are you planning to run? Are you running an online game or a face-to-face table game? Homebrew? Adventure Path? A mix of both? Are you looking to run a fairly "railroad" campaign (GM's story driven)? A more sandbox campaign (player choice driven)?
Both GM's at our game table use Herolab. You can try out the Beginner Box version for free. I use Herolab on my netbook as my character sheet when I'm a player. I don't bother to print the character sheet anymore, I just play straight off the netbook.
I use Combat Manger on my netbook for running initiative order. We are looking at putting Combat Manager on an old laptop and putting it on a screen that everyone can see to be our digital initiative tracker. One of the really nice features of Combat Manager is that you can use the tabs to quickly look up spells, feats, and other rules.
Keep d20pfsrd open as a rules reference. I find that it's faster than looking in a rulebook.
We use Google hangout to bring in people who can't be physically present. It has worked very well for us. I was able to play in Connecticut while I was at a short school in Tennessee.
Raging Swan Press' Dungeon Dressing-line is EXTREMELY useful for any GM, so is their "So what's the..."-series. They provide all those little details that help a world come to life.
I'll second this statement for any GM. These products are a font of ideas that can be dropped into a description or lead to adventures/ sidequests.
Joanna Swiftblade wrote:
Something I would like to see in an errata is a page number to go along with the condensed stat blocks when referencing re-used creature/npc's/etc instead of just referencing an encounter name or "see appendix". It would be nice for those of use who only can afford the PDF, which is a lot more annoying to navigate.
This is a really good idea!
Jacob Sommer wrote:
To be fair, elsewhere in the book, the author addresses your complaint about drawing a sword off the back. Rodrick admits that it is awkward as all get out to draw a sword off your back, but it looks cool to wear it there. Since he is more concerned with looks, he wears the sword on his back.
Also, he and Hrym have an arrangment for open country travel that makes it much easier to draw the sword off his back.
I encourage you to check it out!
I'll have to spend a little time looking for conventions in my area to see if I can find out where she will be.
Even better, I'll glance at her webpage periodically to see if she has any announcement there. I notice that I missed a Portland, CT appearance on March 9th.
Thanks for the kick in the tuckus, Dave! :)
Dave Gross wrote:
It has been far too long since I've visited New England or the UK.
I don't remember where I got the impression that Elaine Cunningham was a Northeastern US local, but when you get the chance to come out our way, if you can swing convincing her to attend a book signing too, I'll bring my copy of Winter Witch along with all my Radovan/Jeggare books (except the most recent, I'll buy that one at the retailer).
I will have to look back through my old posts. I remember chatting with someone on the boards who works at a B&N in Worcester, MA...
If you are absolutely starving for more Norret/Orlin fiction. You could pick up the Reign of Winter Adventure Path that is currently being released. Each book has a chapter of the Norret/Orlin novella that Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote for the AP.
I haven't started reading it yet because I'm waiting for the full story to come out, but I did glance in enough to make sure it was a Norret/Orlin Tale. When I get the last book, I'll sit down one night after the kids are asleep and read the whole thing through. Which reminds me that I need to do that with the novella in the Shattered Star AP...
I'm in on faith based on the rave reviews for Way of the Wicked. I'm looking at PDF only right now, though the signed print versions are tempting.
Herolab files as a stretch goal would REALLY sweeten the deal. A poster would be awesome too.
Like rkraus2 said, change tactics. Take some spells that deal damage other than your element, but flavor them to fit the element.
For example, describe your magic missile as icicles (or miniature fireballs or acid droplets, or lightning bolts) shooting out of your fingers.
Describe your summoned animals as being made entirely from flames (or ice, or stone or wind). There's no mechanical difference, they are not dealing elemental damage, they just fit your element.
Magic Weapon: describe it as a coating the weapon in ice or fire.
Be creative and have fun with it.
That explains why Rodrick doesn't have boots of water walking in the book.
I KNEW Hrym didn't want to go on a crusade!
Liar's Blade is now in my top 4 favorite Pathfinder Tales, along with Blood of the City, Deaths Heretic, and Plague of Shadows.
Pathfinder Chronicler is an option, or you could submit them for consideration to Wayfinder magazine. The latest issue's deadline is just a week away, but they come out twice a year.
Shadowborn is absolutely correct.-Aaron