Pathfinder Playtest

This came up on Facebook today…..ok, I brought it up.


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Since the Imperial Destiny campaign ended, I haven’t been doing much gaming really; not even computer games (ok, ok, IPathfinder RPG Cover did play a little of Vampire Wars on Facebook, but that is so mindless, it scarcely counts). This past weekend, I got to play the new Pathfinder RPG from Paizo Publishing (you know the folks who used to do Dragon and Dungeon magazines).

I give this well-crafted and thoroughly playtested game a solid 8 out of 10 (4/5 style and 4/5 substance). It does what it set out to do. It got me excited about playing D&D again.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Pathfinder RPG (as opposed to Paizo’s Pathfinder Setting/Serials), Pathfinder (or 3P) as it is coming to be known is a game designed off the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 OGL. It is a straight faced rejection of D&D 4E and is intended as a way to continue…

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Review: Roleplaying Game Book: Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering

Getting back into reviewing….I think I did well on this one.


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Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering Cover

This book is a worthwhile read for those looking for sound, fundamental principles of Gamemastery and practical advise for improving at the same. For some (especially advanced gamemasters), much of the information contained within may be very familiar. However,  there will likely be a few “that makes sense, I understood it on some level, but never would have thought of describing it that way…” moments. Even 30-year veterans of the gamemastery trenches should be able to appreciate the collected wisdom this book offers; this is likely the book you wished you had way back then, when you started.

 Overall, and taking into account my perception of the book’s goals and intents, I have rated this book a 9 out of 10: 4 points for style and 5 points for substance.

This 32-page (plus  printed cardstock covers), staple-bound pamphlet was written by Robin D. Laws (2002) and  retailed for US $9.95 when it was in…

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