Numeria, Iron Gods, Minis, and Maps

If you’re planning on running the Iron Gods adventure path from Paizo, and you’re into using miniatures in your gaming, you’re probably going to plan ahead for some weirdness, as (from what I hear) that adventure path mixes magic and technology in a very Thundarr the Barbarian/Expedition to the Barrier Peaks sort of way. I’m…

prototype cover art for Goody White's Book of Folk Magic

Who is Goody White?

Goodwife Elizabeth White was born in 1640 in a small village with a lot of people struggling to wrest a living from the reluctant soil. In her many years on this earth she collected many helpful bits of knowledge that make village life safer, simpler, and more successful. Eventually she wrote down this lore in…

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Ex, Su, and Martial Characters

Let’s talk about the classification of character abilities as extraordinary (nonmagical) vs. supernatural (magical). Some definitions from the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook, page 554: Extraordinary Abilities (Ex): Extraordinary abilities are nonmagical. They are, however, not something that just anyone can do or even learn to do without extensive training. Effects or areas that suppress or…

Sean’s Common PRD Links

As a designer and developer, I have to look up a lot of information in the rules. For me, it’s usually faster to jump to Paizo’s PRD (Pathfinder RPG Reference Document), an online indexed html reference of all their core books, than to grab a specific book and page to what I’m looking for. To make…

Building a Kickstarter Takes Time

I have a book I’m going to kickstart in July so I can self-publish it. I just spent the past few hours updating details on the build-your-kickstarter page on their site. The basics, the story, the reward structure, the addons, the graphical elements, the video… it all takes time and effort. Plus for the actual…

skilled drawing of Nightblade

A Different Way of Handling NPC Treasure

There’s a horrible wealth disparity between PCs and NPCs. At 4th level, a PC has twice as much gear as an NPC, and by 11th level this increases to five times as much. There’s a reason for this: if NPCs had as much treasure as PCs, winning an “even” battle between four PCs and four…

Designer Talk

Designer Talk: Freebies for PCs

I talk about giving “free” things to characters in your game, whether that’s knowledge (such as how holy water works or what trolls are vulnerable to), monk vows, or access to minor magical abilities. (Update September 23, 2014: If you like this post and where these ideas are going, please check out the kickstarter for…

Quick Player Tip: Dealing with Invisibility

Quick Player Tip, Courtesy of Rob McCreary in our game last night: If you’re dealing with an invisible enemy and don’t have access to glitterdust, invisibility purge, or similar magic, summon a dire bat and use its blindsense to pinpoint the enemy’s location. (It helps if you speak the appropriate outsider language for a celestial/fiendish…

Quick Monster Tip: Bone Devil

Quick Monster Tip: File the serial numbers off a bone devil (Pathfinder Bestiary page 74). With the young creature template, its magical powers, multiple attacks, and Strength poison, a young bone devil is a wily assassin or bodyguard, especially if the PCs need to be captured alive rather than killed.

Quick Monster Tip: Intellect Devourer

Quick Monster Tip: File the serial numbers off an intellect devourer (Pathfinder Bestiary page 180): With its small size, DR, 4 attacks, and magical powers, in a pinch you can use an intellect devourer as a 9th-level gnome or halfling sorcerer-monk protected by a stoneskin spell, either as an annoying sidekick to a more powerful…

Quick Monster Tip x3

While I’ve been posting these on my Facebook fan page, it looks like I neglected to crosspost a few over here on LJ. So: Quick Monster Tip: File the serial numbers off a (young creature template) drider (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary page 113): If you ignore the undersized weapon ability, a young drider is a drow…