The Modern Path: Heroes of the Modern World 2.0 (PFRPG) PDF (based on
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We did not want to reinvent the wheel; we just wanted to make it roll smoother on the modern highway (maybe with some low-pro bling 22’s). The rules system in the Modern Path – Heroes of the Modern World RPG is, what we feel, an evolutionary step forward for a system that has already proven to be excellent in another genre. Thanks to the wonderful OGL, we admit that most of the work was already done. What we have focused on is making a system that is versatile, as is fitting for the modern times.
Because of globalization, characters in a modern setting should not be “pigeon-holed” into classes or areas of knowledge. We offer only one base class – the Modern Hero, a framework upon which to build. It is then up to the player to build his own unique character, and to have the freedom to shape that character as it advances through the levels of experience. So, versatility and freedom of choice... Let’s make that our hallmark.
Now go on, grab those core rules, get your dice ready & boot up that laptop...quit wasting time reading intros!
I would say maybe add on the denying of the strength bonus to their attack rolls for that round, too. Since it only lasts one round and since cmb doesn't scale very well compared to CMD, might as well I think.
I would say the Semi-automatic's extra attack should be after the first attack in a full round action. Doing that would allow the character to take advantage of their extra attack when they reach +6/+1 base.
Burst fire is good.
Automatic fire seems good. I would make the penalty maybe -4 as it was before, but it's still pretty good.
Here is the raw update to the Modern Path PDF and Hero Lab dataset.
The PDF: I still have to edit some of the wording, format it, and add the art, but the new mechanics are all there and ready to go.
The Hero Lab Data set: It’s all there and with script updates. You will have to redo you old characters. I moved some the slots around. For example, the difficulties are now under the Flaws. Once the PDF is finished I’ll post the files in the auto updates.
This update should enable you to easily incorporate your old d20 Modern material and other current modern setting Pathfinder material into the Modern Path. Some of the big changes are to: armor, firearms, wealth and fame. There are also tweaks here and there.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
You can find both the PDF and Hero Lab Dataset at:
I just bought and read through the pdf. It looks like an exciting enhancement on other d20 modern campaign settings. Is there a pre-made character sheet somewhere? If not I can make one but I thought I would ask. Thanks :)
One thing I have been meaning to ask. Why are the Modern Firearms damages so nerfed? I know that a modern gun is more effective than older ones, so why does a modern Glock do less damage than the Pathfinder revolver?
We wanted to stay in line with the Pathfinder firearms damage, but we did increase the critical threat range to make up the difference and more deadly. We also added a damage bonuses based on the caliber of the weapon.
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Okay, they new update looks a lot better. I could see myself using this sometime. Truthfully, it looks a little more like SGG's Anachronistic Adventurers. Likewise, I think I could now use this to run some of the old WotC d20Modern adventures from thier website.
I have edited my review to reflect my new opinion of this product, bumping up to a 3.5 rating, that rounds up on this site as a 4 star rating.
Thank you very much, the feedback helps everyone. Please let me know if there are any other issues or bugs.
I am hoping this will be a good baseline that we all can work with. You should be able to use old MSRD material and new modern Pathfinder material,(like SGG). BTW - I (like many of us) wish that SGG's modern kickstarter would have taken off. They are the pros at this, we are just gamers like yall.
I got the Hero Lab data files updated and in the auto-updates within Hero Labs. I am still working on the "Classic Heroes" data. It's slow going, but everything else should be good to go. Please let me know of any bugs.
The pdf has a few minor updates from the srd. They are just a few minor bugs. Also working on more updates to the Hero Lab data files. The data files are free and can be found within Hero Labs under "Find Updates".
Angel, Demon, Vampire, and Werewolf all say they gain access to various class/archetype abilities that they can take in place of talents or trainings. Does that allow them to take abilities that would normally replace each other?
For example, a Angel takes a standard Paladins aura of courage ability. Could they then later take the Holy Gun archetypes Shared Precision ability that normally replaces aura of courage?
Also, would you suggest limiting what level characters are able to take these abilities? As written, it seems to indicate that you could take capstone abilities at first level.
Although, now that I think about it, it does say the GM can restrict the list of choices (I love when that's actually specified, all but forces the players to clear things with the GM, rather than try to slip something past. Sneaky hobbitses). But I'd like an official ruling.
That's what I figured you were going for, but I just wanted to make sure.
Next question. There's a couple abilities like this that I'm curious about. Advanced Training - Hex says you gain the witches Hex ability, and may select one hex. Does it also give you a new hex every 2 levels like the standard hex ability says, or is it just the once?
Engineer and Physician both have abilities that let them "cast" spells and are based on skill ranks. The table starts at 10, and goes to 29 before hitting 20 again. I'm...confused. I'm assuming the last 20 should be a 30, but how is it possible for either class to reach 30 ranks in their respective skills? Does it go that far in case the GM decides to go into epic levels?
Follow the Modern Path to a walk on the magical side!
Arcana of the Modern World explores the different ways to incorporate the use of magic in a modern-style RPG genre. Building on the foundations of the Modern Path: Heroes of the Modern World. To compliment the Modern Hero class, there are new feats, traits, trainings, & difficulties; along with new magical Archetypes to customize the spell caster that you want to play!
A major update to the just about all the old material and added:
ARCANE OF THE FORBIDDEN - This setting is where magic is extremely rare and difficult to cast. This type of setting is typically what you would find in a modern “horror” setting.
ARCANE HEROES - This setting is where magic is more common and what is normally found in the core rules of a fantasy based system. This section expands on the archetypes found in “The Modern Path – Heroes of the Modern World”
ARCANE OF THE MIND - This setting is not so much of a magic setting but rather a system of unique mental powers called “Psychic” abilities. Very similar to the more powerful psionics found in many fantasy settings but adjusted to provide a modern approach.
ARCANE OF THE SPELLCRAFTER - This setting is an alternate spellcasting system where magic is broken down into its basic form and can be applied in almost any configuration the user wishes.
Also included is a free Hero Lab’s dataset that can be found in your Hero Lab’s software “Find Updates” section.
I used these rules to play an adventure I created.
I found a floor plan for a real shopping mall and used it as the setting.
The plot revolved around everyday people (the PCs) being normal people trapped in the mall after hours as multiple evil groups searched it for a hidden grimoire. I had zombie store clerks, "goth" necromancers, punk rocker elves, and even a group of neo-pagan synthesist summoners.
Two of the players had military training in counter-insurgency and immediately went to Sears and outfitted themselves with improvised explosives to use against the bad guys.
Overall it went very well and the players said they had a lot of fun.