Tuesday, May 28, 2019
"Hero's Handbook" by Jason Bulmahn and Sean Reynolds Published and distributed by Paizo Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1601256300 The Hero's Handbook is an integral part of the Beginner Box. It is probably the very best way for a new player to become at least semi-familiar with the basic Pathfinder rules. In its scant 64 pages, it gives new players a great way to immediately enter the world of Golarion! Instead of the usual boring "What is a Role-Playing Game", it has a very short solo adventure called "The Skeleton King's Crypt". It is more like the old "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. In only seven pages, it is a rather unique entry into Pathfinder and Role-Playing Games. The "Getting Started" section it gives info on "Creating a Character", then moves into choosing a race. There are only three choices, but they are the "bread and butter" of a Fantasy Role-Playing Game. Only Dwarves, Elves, and Humans are covered. At that point, it gives player info on the various character classes available in this book. It covers: Clerics, Fighters, Rogues, and Wizards. After that, it allows players an opportunity to customize their first character. Skills are next, and there are only 12 of these. Once again, these are the skills that a beginner might use. Feats follow, with thirty classic feats. So - what is your character going to need while adventuring? The equipment section gives a few ideas. Some weapons, some armor, and some gear. Now - Let's roll some dice! In the "Playing the Game" section, it deals with how to use the "Rules of the Road". Do you want to strike out and adventure? Go exploring! There are three basic environments - Dungeons, Wilderness, and Cities. The remainder of this pamphlet is devoted to thing like: Combat, Special Actions, Criticals and Threats, Armor Class, Damage, Concealment, Injury and Death, Casting Spells, Saving Throws, Mounted Combat, Reading Spells, and Leveling Up. Virtually the entire booklet is used. Even the inside front cover, inside back cover, and outside back cover are not wasted! I'd say this was a pretty good book for beginning Pathfinder - especially if you are new to the game. Even an experienced Dungeon Master like me can use this book for basic info. If you want to start with Pathfinder, there is almost no better book - despite the forthcoming Pathfinder 2.0.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
THere's a giveaway going on right now to provide one lucky winner with boatloads of new RPG books. Visit: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/8fa474c514/?fbclid=IwAR3b5a5C83xsIC4TbewOKgQwq5fjoBan-vYSsTHUNZC2YkwrjM8cFFAepXg and find out more!
Thursday, October 18, 2018
There's a great idea floating on the seas of Kickstarter right now that I believe you should support! It's called "Querent" and it is a role playing game that uses Tarot Cards for play! I've used Tarot ever since my Great-Aunt Jessica taught me how to read cards and auras in 1968! Here's the link to the project - they are a little below half way to thier final goal of $17,000 to produce an actual Tarot Deck that would be sold with the game! Here you go: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fatbirdstudios/querent-the-cartomancers-tome Thanks for watching my blog entries! Bruce
Friday, October 5, 2018
Folks, I may have just found my favorite Kickstarter project of 2018! It's called "Querent" - and it is a way to use Tarot Cards in a Role Playing Game in many ways! There are ways to use Tarot for Character Generation with a "Personality Spread"! There are ways to use Tarot for your plot generation.... And, believe it or not, there are ways to use Tarot for SOLO gaming! I've never seen a project that so dovetails into my ideas this way! Here's the link to follow - let's all get involved and push this project over the $17,000 mark! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fatbirdstudios/querent-the-cartomancers-tome/description or use their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/querentgame/
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hi fellow gamers! If you want to take a bit of the load off the GM's shoulders, this is a great resource: https://www.thearcanelibrary.com https://www.facebook.com/gurpsgm?hc_ref=ARTeqxA8ObDmixzR0Wgi-Q2dTaPnWhuu6nZp7nxItTZyg6YncW_HqoMyrNvdtQ1IF0k&fref=nf&__tn__=C-R https://twitter.com/gurpsgm These cards will be a great resource for GM's and handy, too, as they are much smaller that a whole book.... I did, and bought practically all of the https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/products/ and enjoy them very much! You probably will, too. Bruce