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Beltias Kreun

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Check out the free Magical Medieval Society: City Guide for lots of detail, and the more abstract settlement rules by Paizo

For even more links check out this post, which links to several generators some inspired by rules from the 3.5 DMG (which work great in conjusnction with the settlement rules), and some by the Medieval Society Guides i believe.

For newer stuff FGG's Lost Lore: Town of Glory which presents a new rules mini-system for building and growing frontier communities, giving players and GMs multiple options to add onto their existing game play.

Also check out Raging Swan Press Town Backdrop and Village Backdrop series pdfs if you need a smaller settlement in the vicinity or their GMs'Miscellany products like Urban Dressing.


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You has me at "catfolk thief and gnoll merchant". Also Pett. (Mroooar?)


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terraleon wrote:

You can get the Midgard setting and a few additional supplements in the current Bundle of Holding. The setting, 8 adventures, a gazetteer of the Margreve Forest, and the players' guide to the Crossroads, all for $9. That's a great deal if you find the Midgard pdfs too expensive usually.

While you pay at Bundle of Holding, you fulfill through drivethruRPG.

-Ben.

That's a great deal!


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That depends. What do you want/need?

Raging Swan comes to mind first though for GM stuff. Did you know about their Patreon?

Rite also does Adventure Quarterly the spiritual successor to Dungeon magazine.(several excellent short to medium long adventures per issue).

Four Dollar Dungeons does excellent adventures for $4. Run Amok Games does great adventures too.

Check out this thread on 3pp campaign settings for what is out there ...


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Dustin Ashe wrote:
Thanael wrote:
Paizo only ? Or would you consider 3pp material too?
I'm open to 3pp, as long as it's in the vein of generic fantasy.

Raging Swan Press has two great 1st level adventures but they actually do not start in a town iirc: Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands, and Retribution.

Buuut.

They also have a whole product line detailing towns and villages. And excellent accessory material like their GMs Miscellany: Urban Dressing or their Random Encounter series

Four Dollar Dungeons has 3 very excellent 1st level adventures (The Horn of Geryon , Key to Marina and Firemaker) all starting in towns iirc, though I'm not sure how much of the towns are detailed. The modules are super awesome judging from the reviews though. They also have more low level adventures.

Frog God Games has several 1st level modules starting in a town:
The Lost City of Barakus is a lvl 1-5 dungeon crawl based in a small town/city. It was updated to PFRPG but as there are few reviews I want to link tothis review of the d20 version

Stoneheart Valley compiles and updates three classic 3.5 old school flavored modules starting at lvl1 in a small town.

Rite Publishing's
Not So Random Urban Encounters could add a lot as could their Evocative City Site product line.

For 3.5 there's the lavish lvl 1-15 Goodman Games' Castle Whiterock which details a campaign in and around (under) a town.


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Beginner box?


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Gah dammit I meant classic monsters....


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There's lots of threads for AP ideas out there. Take one of the more niche ones and go...

For example a Tian Xia AP is a common request.

With Everyman Gamings race books (kitsune, samsaran) and maybe leadership/psych combat (soon available combined as Ultimate Charisma). Add Rite Publishing's heroes of the Jade Oath or yakuza/samurai clan rules (and talented writers). Maybe add a bit of the Kaidan talents/stuff. Add Dave Gross to the mix as well

Or go more into Vudra and add Dreamscarred Psionics or maybe Occult Adventures....

...Maybe a mythic AP ? (LG + ?)

A war AP? (LG ultimate battle rules)

So mythic war in Vudra?

Or a shadow planar AP starting in Nidal err the shadowy lands with Legendary Games Dark Druids, Boomers evil stuff and maybe the Jon Brazer shadow stuff.

Theme is essential, and niche is good. As you say plain fantasy is covered by Paizo. Though there's lots of not so plain stuff in Golarion too. So still IMHO making it somehow loosely adaptable would be a selling point for me. But the example WOtW was IMO not intentionally made adaptable and doesn't fit perfectly. But it's enough that I can be adapted. The more adaptable the bigger an audience you will have IMO.

As for companies/people:

Kobold press does not share their IP so much do they're probably out.

The people from LG have lots of experience with APs and with filing of the trademarks/pluggable Golarion stuff.

Frog God games have experience with super modules and Vaughn was involved in lots of APs.

Richard Develyn (Four Dollar Dungeons)

Ron Lundeen (Run Amok Games)


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Gothic Castle Map set by gamerprinter. Its huge i hear and cheap.


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Maybe the Urban AP Road to Revolution by 0one Games?


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Way to go Creighton.


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Just leaving this here...


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Check out Parsantium.


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Thread needs [Purple Duck Games] in the title...


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Four Dollar Dungeons great adventures need to be mentioned here...

Also ENWorld Publishings Zeitgeist AP.

Heck here's a thread about 3pp APs and here's one collecting 3PP settings.


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Oooh nice. A nod to Dragon Star would be great.


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The d20pfsrd sometimes adds additional pictures for some weapons and equipment items...


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Arcadia resources and brainstorming thread


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Dont fetishize balance in encounters too much. Read the rest of the Alexandrian blog on encounter design and more...

As for interesting adventures you might want to use/adapt some pre written adventures. Check out Raging Swan Press or Four Dollar Dungeons for some excellent low level adventures.

As for NPCs check out d20pfsrd.com NPC section. Don't over prepare and sometimes fudge or simply wing it. Reuse and reskin unused NPCs later. There are lots of good NPC books out there: Raging Swan Press has a Villains series as well as the pure crunch series. Legendary Games also does good Villain products.

Consider using a random encounter table or several. There are great ones available from Purple Duck Games, Rite Publishing or Raging Swan Press. Also check out Raging Swan Press GM Miscellany series.

Check out these threads:
What are you're favorite DM assistance tools
Sandbox adventure fodder needed (even if you don't want to run a sandbox)
Sandbox and scheming villains (If you do want to run a sandbox(y) campaign)


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Well update your deviantart with a few newer samples and post a link in the links Liz linked to...


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In their newsletter LGG announced it's going to publish a planet hopping AP.

Get the news here.

Quote:

Interplanetary, New Worlds, Ancient Species, Aliens, Technology, Psionics, and more!

Legendary Games brings you an eight-part, sword-and-planet Pathfinder Adventure Path; authored by some of the biggest names in Pathfinder, Legendary Planet will take your characters across the multiverse and back again in an incredible campaign like none other!

Are you ready to explore the galaxies? Coming to Kickstarter June 15th we plan to run until mid to late July, just in time to get ready for Gen Con.

The Assimilation Strain - To Worlds Unknown - The Scavenged Codex - Dead Vault Descent - Confederates of the Shattered Zone - The Depths of Desperation - Mind Tyrants of the Merciless Moons - To Kill A Star

TL;DR Legendary Planet AP!!!

Woot!

Discuss!


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From the newsletter:

Interplanetary, New Worlds, Ancient Species, Aliens, Technology, Psionics, and more!

Legendary Games brings you an eight-part, sword-and-planet Pathfinder Adventure Path; authored by some of the biggest names in Pathfinder, Legendary Planet will take your characters across the multiverse and back again in an incredible campaign like none other!

Are you ready to explore the galaxies? Coming to Kickstarter June 15th we plan to run until mid to late July, just in time to get ready for Gen Con.

The Assimilation Strain - To Worlds Unknown - The Scavenged Codex - Dead Vault Descent - Confederates of the Shattered Zone - The Depths of Desperation - Mind Tyrants of the Merciless Moons - To Kill A Star

TL;DR Legendary Planet AP!!!

Woot!


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Check out the original Appendix N

The pathfinder Gamemastery Guide has a similar appendix.


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The question boils down to how can you measure ingame a class or even *gasp* a level? Certain class features are observable ingame. Only a paladin is immune to disease and can lay on hands. Spell slots come in distinct quantums and spells are grouped into levels.

Read the excellent Sepulchrave's Story Hour for what I consider an excellent tale in I game representation of class mechanics like spell levels and vancian casting.

Thanael wrote:

Many old threads on ENworld posited a sort of quantum theory of magic to explain Vancian casting. Spells are learned in valences similar to an electron's energy levels.

This most prominently features in Sepulchrave's famous Story Hour.

Thanael wrote:

Valences. Also use generic and funky spell names.

Check out Sepulchraves Excellent Story Hour here for excellent and very vancian wizards and their nerdy arcano-scientific lingo:

...

She must locate her books and items, but how? Now that her highest valences were denied to her, the ‘Discern Location’ dweomer was beyond her abilities – and she would have to acquire the spell in any case..

...

She loathed the prospect of moving, especially as her higher spell valences were within sight again.

In the end, she decided to take a risk. Feezuu summoned one of her Quasits.

"You will ‘Commune’ for me," she said.

"‘Communing,’ is not covered in our compact," the tiny Demon said slyly. "Do you wish to renegotiate?"

This ENWorld thread on How do you make a Mage magical? discussed this among other things..

Also this thread Do characters know what spell levels and HP are?


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There was this awesome PFS play report of a paladin/shadowdancer which went to adventure on the Shadowplane and somehow got pregnant there and birthed her shadow companion. Good stuff.


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Maybe organizing sessions to stop at different points might be helpful?

Stopping with a cliff hanger instead if a resolution is normally used to get players more invested, but in your case maybe it helps offset ruminations of "what if I did something different ?" to a more proactive "what should I/we do next?".

Also realize that some losses are needed for a good narrative. This ties into GNS model but i don't get the feeling that your view is strictly gamist.


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Halls of the Mountaing King PFPG version, Peculiar Alchemist of Alpentor and Goblin Brewery available as addons? I upped my pledge..,


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Throatwobbler Mangrove? (Someone had to say it)


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Necromancer Games has a 3.5 module for this most appropriately called DM2 Raise the Dead. (Some reviews here)

From a review wrote:
The book contains 4 adventures for parties that have lost a fellow PC, and seek to bring them back to life. No more “Well, you go back to town, pay the priest, and head back to the dungeon…” treatment. These are good adventures, and the common thread is a problem for many DMs to overcome.


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For quick crunch and tactics (and great backstories) check out: Rite Publishings Red Dragons (there's a free preview mentioned in the product discussion)
Legendary Games Mythic Monster XIII Dragons


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This old thread about Razmir's spell list has the idea to build him as a sorcerer.

And this golden thread details his cult


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$500 reached! Congrats!. And almost down to 1 day job. (You need to get better day jobs...)


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Creighton Broadhurst has a series of blogposts on Freelance advice.

He also has published the awesome Be Awesome at Freelance Game Design pdf.

Here's an old thread about places to get published .

In the end though you need to get familiar with the different 3PPs and their product lines and find/approach some that fit for you.


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Buy the legendary games mythic dragons pdf for some ideas.


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Good move Thilo! And congrats!

In for $1. And heres a request: review some Flaming Crab Games products.


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Here's some great old threads with some discussion/speculation/worldbuilding for Hermea:

Hermea as a LG community (esp check out Set's post)
Hermea question

A thread with an interesting PC idea hailing from Hermea


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Rule of thumb: unless you make money off it you're clear to publish Golarion fiction. Campaign journals or check out the pathfinder chronicles for more polished fan fiction.


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Quote:

Cernunnos–Celtic God of Life

Celtic God of virility, fertility, life, animals, forests and the underworld. The Horned or Antlered God is born at the winter solstice, marries the Goddess at Beltane, and dies at the summer solstice. He alternates with the Goddess of the moon in ruling over life and death, continuing the cycle of death, rebirth and reincarnation.

Symbolizes element of earth, love, fertility, death the virile male aspect and the dark half of the year. The two fold aspect of the God year with the Greenman or Jack o’ the Green being his light aspect. This takes on a similarity to the Oak King and Holly King legend.

Leads the wild hunt at Samhain, hence the day best associated with the Dark Lord. Also A consort to the mother Goddess. Druids knew him as Hu Gadarn, the Honored God. Ancient Celtic images show him seated in a lotus position, naked, with antlers or horns on his head. Christians demonized this benevolent God for easy conversion and is where the image of the Christian devil comes from(Couldn’t be further from facts nor truth but alas yet another tragedy of misdeed and “bearing false witness”, to quote a commandment).

Animals that were sacred to him: bull, ran, stag, and horned serpents. Variants: Cerowain, Cernenus, Herne the Hunter.

---from here

Also What is druidry


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Excellent question. Can't wait for Unchained to hit the pfsrd...


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NerdOfTheYear wrote:

As a Tax Officer in real life, I now have a burning desire to build a Accountomancer for a campaign. Suggestions for class/alignment? I'd like to think I'm lawful good, but I know a lot of people would disagree about Accountomancers :P

Also, echoing everyone else: that goblin is super adorbs.

You need to somehow fit Bewildering Koan in there...


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Read The Ecology of the Pseudodragon: The Sting [Dragon #269]


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Make a settlement statblock, (consider introducting some new Settlement Qualities too)
and roll up some NPCs using the old 3.5 town demographics.

An over average LG town does not equal only average LG inhabitants. Especially in a large city. There are bound to be some other races even if in a minority and Evil, Lawful or - gasp - Neutral aligned people. There are bound to be a few monsters too.

What about classes ? Have you thought about prevalent classes? Is this a theocracy or a magocracy or neither ? Different religions can cause strife even if of similar alignment...

Consider using a City Generator website, or this City/Town generator(incl NPCs!).

The web enhancement to the 3.5 DMG contains rules for building a city by district.

Together with the DMG rules for generating towns/demographics and the award winning free A Magical Medieval Society: City Guide, this is a great tool for citybuilding.

This dungeon article from Robin Laws goes into a bit more detail with conflicting power centers and prevailing alignments and degrees of authority.

They probaby all don't have Aasimars, just substitute them for humans and fudge any rolls to your liking. Quirks will be introduced, fun will follow.


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Ah i think I understand now. Minimal "Science-Fantasy" or scifi . But Fantasy is still ok. Right?

Read Endzeitgeists review of Midgard. There is some clockwork stuff though. But much less tech than in Golarion and a much more dark fairy tale Europe vibe.


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3.5 Flaws


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For a few previews check out Clinton Boomer's Tumbler


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Unholy Moly...

People check out Clinton Boomer's Tumbler for some previews and/or accompanying material for this book.


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Great book that one Chris. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And you're right no real villain but lots of shades of grey. Comes easier with an urban setting I believe. Good vs Evil can be easier changed to Chaos vs. Law there...

I need to get my hands on more of your self published stuff. How intertwined are those books btw? Are they all set in the same world?


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Buy Coliseum Morpheon for your DM and/or read Matt Banach's novel Lost in Dream.

Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote a great fiction piece of a dream-spun sorcerer iirc for the DungeonLands: Tomb of the Lich Queen kickstarter...


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Where Madness Dwells is a d20 adventure set in an asylum, and available for free at Drivethrurpg.

Evocative City Sites: Bedlam Asylum (PFRPG) by Rite Publishing ($1.39)

DCC #34: Cage of Delirium seems to be a very interesting adventure for Ravenloft. It takes place in a haunted asylum, and judging from this review i think it features a ghostly villain.


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Gelatinous cube swashbuckler ftw!

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