Tabletop RPG Catch All

So you get the physical PF2 book, and looks like the rest is all digital. I'm vaguely intrigued, but I almost picked up the PF2 rulebook when it came out and I put it back; the 5e ruleset is light and has enough flexibility for me that it still feels about perfect, and there were just so many damn options in the PF2 book, and it reminded me of why I bounced so hard of both the original Pathfinder and 3.5e D&D. I don't want to put that much work into building my characters anymore, and I'd rather have a lighter ruleset where how my character is defined is more about the narrative I build rather than any mechanical optimization.

If the flip mats and tokens were physical, I'd probably go for it because I can't get enough even though I probably won't play face to face for a solid year at this point, but think I'm skipping this one.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

the 5e ruleset is light

I disagree.

I mean, lighter than Pathfinder I won't argue with. But...

MikeSands wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

the 5e ruleset is light

I disagree.

I mean, lighter than Pathfinder I won't argue with. But...

After D&Ds, my second most-played system ever is HERO System. Compared to that, it's light. I also don't think "light" is bad; 5e is without question the best TTRPG I've ever played, and it's "light" because it dispensed with a lot of the fiddly stuff, created simpler concepts like advantage/disadvantage and basing everything on an easy set of stat-based rolls, and more, and created a great system. The core value of 5e is basically "do the fun stuff", and it works great.

And, yes, there are very rules-light systems out there, but, for D&D, 5e's much more stripped-down.

I am still amazed at how great the simple concept of advantage/disadvantage is for the game. Gone are the days of... well you had way too much to drink so now I've got to figure out what negative modifier to add to your roll. Simply going you're drunk, you have disadvantage is so much better. Not to mention how much it just improves basic combat situational modifiers, eliminating the need for like a billion charts.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

And, yes, there are very rules-light systems out there, but, for D&D, 5e's much more stripped-down.

Even for D&D, I began with the 80s basic/expert stuff which is much simpler (and now my choice is the old school stuff trying to replicate parts of that style).

WotC is really going to blow peoples' minds when they snatch the partial success system from Quest.

Speaking of, Quest's Creator license is up and running now

kazooka wrote:

WotC is really going to blow peoples' minds when they snatch the partial success system from Quest.

FWIW, There are already partial success rules in the DMG (pg 242)

I just picked up the Pathfinder 2e bundle on Humble Bundle. Anyone running a campaign who wouldn't mind a talented noob?

Paleocon wrote:

I just picked up the Pathfinder 2e bundle on Humble Bundle. Anyone running a campaign who wouldn't mind a talented noob?

Are you asking for a friend?

Mixolyde wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

I just picked up the Pathfinder 2e bundle on Humble Bundle. Anyone running a campaign who wouldn't mind a talented noob?

Are you asking for a friend? :wink:

I can be a friend.

Anyone? Anyone?

I wish I had time to run a campaign right now.

I have to say, some friends and I decided to start a D&D campaign about a month after I started working from home, and man, it has been a lifesaver. It's really nice to have a weekly activity where I hear my friends' voices and see their faces (remotely, through Roll20). I've been friends with three of these guys for over 25 years.

We've also had a few boardgaming sessions on TTS, which I highly recommend!

Paleocon wrote:

Anyone? Anyone?

I already got in trouble with my fiance once for running too many games haha! But I met up with some people through GeeklyInc and we play weekly. If I get another running I'll let you know. Or maybe if we do some small one shots. Find me on Discord if you like! Ted the Pegasus#7223

Paleocon wrote:

I just picked up the Pathfinder 2e bundle on Humble Bundle. Anyone running a campaign who wouldn't mind a talented noob?

Talented at BREAKING CAMPAIGNS. *grumble*

Sadly i don't play Pathfinder. Bit too crunchy and fiddly for my tastes these days.

Got a cool (heh) battle map commission this morning for an upcoming Icewind Dale related adventure for the DMs guild... (not the one i'm writing myself, a different one!)

Super happy with how it turned out!

IMAGE(https://smackfolio.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ruins-map-smaller.png)

Yeah. I grabbed it at the level to get the core book (delayed until November because so many people grabbed it) even though I am unlikely to ever play it.

#WhyDoIDoThis

pyxistyx wrote:

Sadly i don't play Pathfinder. Bit too crunchy and fiddly for my tastes these days.

Got a cool (heh) battle map commission this morning for an upcoming Icewind Dale related adventure for the DMs guild... (not the one i'm writing myself, a different one!)

Super happy with how it turned out!

IMAGE(https://smackfolio.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/ruins-map-smaller.png)

That is amazing.

My group's Band of Blades game is almost finished!

The Legion just advanced to Skydagger Keep, completing their retreat from the hordes of undead. Just one or two sessions remaining, as we play through whether they actually manage to hold off the forces and survive the winter. It's been a great campaign, I 100% recommend the game to everyone.

I might need to start stalking the creators about finishing up the continuing story, too (as the main book is intended to just be 'book 1" of the Legion's story). I'm pretty sure stalking authors is the best way to get a project completed, right?

H.P. Lovesauce wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

I just picked up the Pathfinder 2e bundle on Humble Bundle. Anyone running a campaign who wouldn't mind a talented noob?

Talented at BREAKING CAMPAIGNS. *grumble*

lol. I was a little surprised I never once heard you mutter "will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest??"

just want to boost a really cool trans-nb D&D actual play that started up recently. If anyone is interested in something that's not critical role, i'd highly recommended. It starts off on the right foot (by ending the world) and continues on from there

"Transplanar is an all-trans, POC-led, 100% homebrew 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons livestream campaign set in the decolonized world of Andake, based off various Asian and Pacific Islander mythologies. This is a teaser trailer for Arc 1 of our main campaign."
pyxistyx wrote:

just want to boost a really cool trans-nb D&D actual play that started up recently. If anyone is interested in something that's not critical role, i'd highly recommended. It starts off on the right foot (by ending the world) and continues on from there

"Transplanar is an all-trans, POC-led, 100% homebrew 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons livestream campaign set in the decolonized world of Andake, based off various Asian and Pacific Islander mythologies. This is a teaser trailer for Arc 1 of our main campaign."

I like it already. Is it an exclusively all-trans space?

About 99% of the people i see on the discord look to be trans/nb but i don't think its stated anywhere that its specifically an exclusive space. Might be something to ask them first, just in case.

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I drew their world map while listening to the available episodes. Turned out to possibly my favourite map that i've drawn to date.

IMAGE(https://smackfolio.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/andake-map-v1.jpg)

it's unofficial , just done as a fan

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Oh, and it looks like the Dishonored game is getting shipped out early next week. Nice!

I really like the squid compass rose

EbonyPegasus wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Anyone? Anyone?

I already got in trouble with my fiance once for running too many games haha! But I met up with some people through GeeklyInc and we play weekly. If I get another running I'll let you know. Or maybe if we do some small one shots. Find me on Discord if you like! Ted the Pegasus#7223

I bought the bundle too, which got me thinking about playing and GMing again (though I've only ever done that for D&D). So, just tagging in here to note my interest and follow the discussion!

Pyxi, I love that battlemap.

here's another one

This one is for my own Icewind dale adventure that i'm collaborating on with the creator of the "Icewind Dale primer"

IMAGE(https://smackfolio.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/sirenia-battlemap.jpg)

Just for more map fun, I picked up that Campaign Cartographer bundle off Humble Bundle a while back, and have been playing with it extensively. It's CAD software someone put a bunch of terrain and general fantasy skins into, and, good lord, is the UI obtuse. It's just stuff designed for hardcore architectural and design work that got turned into a fantasy map maker, and I've been alternating between being delighted and so damn frustrated by it. But, a map of the area near the main town of Adderholm, on the should-probably-name-it inland sea.

IMAGE(http://u.cubeupload.com/MilkmanDanimal/SentinelPeaks1DayV2.jpg)

I have a similarly love-hate relationship with CC3+. Some of the tools are just incredibly handy for doing fantasy cartography stuff, but manipulating anything after you’ve put it down is just awful.

I did consider grabbing that bundle but decided it wouldn't really be worth it, for me specifically. Sounds like I'm just as well sticking with my hand drawn stuff.