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D&D 5th Edition offering its basic rules for free

Lead designer of D&D 5E, Mike Mearls, has made the announcement at the Wizards website. I think this is great. I am guessing it would be pretty rules-light and deliver on the designers’ promise of players being able to scale … Continue reading

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Minimum ability scores in Pathfinder? They’re still there… if you look hard enough

There are no actual minimum ability scores in Pathfinder/D&D 3.x. There is nothing akin to First Edition AD&D’s requirement that you have a Charisma of 17 to become a Paladin, or a Strength of 15, Wisdom of 15, Dexterity of … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Doing

Life is an ebb and flow… just like the frequency of my posts on this blog. At the moment, much of my creative energies are being directed toward the middle-school Pathfinder club I am running. I started a thread about … Continue reading

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Opposed skill checks… entirely unnecessary?

I have noticed that a lot of published adventure materials (as well as the Core Rulebook) instruct that opposed rolls be made: Perception vs. Stealth Sense Motive vs. Bluff etc., etc… But aren’t they actually unnecessary? Can’t we just treat … Continue reading

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Inspiration

Endeavoring to lead a game Of Pathfinder, I am ashamed To say I’ve never read (but seen) The work of J. R. R. Tolkien. For if I am to weave a tale As skilled as those in Rivendell, I must … Continue reading

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Why Pathfinder’s Barbarian Rage Rules Are Stupid and Need to Change

According to Pathfinder’s rules as written, a Barbarian, upon ending her rage, loses the HP she had gained as a result of her +4 morale bonus to Constitution. These are ALWAYS subtracted at the end of her rage, unlike temporary … Continue reading

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Marrying the Old School with the New

I have been looking for more concrete advice about how to “flex” my Pathfinder game to incorporate more old-school elements, such as randomness, exploration/sandbox, and potential lethality. I stumbled on an article today that is one GM’s own thinking-out-loud on … Continue reading

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