Brazer Bulletin: Strangers in a Shadow Land

As the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane is hitting store shelves, I would like to talk about what kind of adventures you can expect from the Shadowsfall setting. The bulk of the Free RPG Day adventure, Shadowsfall: Temple of Orcus, was finished over the weekend, and I’m now about to move onto the main part of Shadowsfall: Player’s Guide to the Shadow Plane and I want to talk about what I expect to put in that book. Continue reading

Why Wizards Needs PDFs Instead of a Virtual Table

It’s been almost three years since Wizards of the Coast pulled all ebook versions of their RPG products from virtual shelves, and there’s no sign that they’re coming back. In the meantime, they’ve developed the Virtual Table, a way to play 4E D&D online. They’re heading in the wrong direction. Here’s why.

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Paizo Breaks Down the Science of Magic Item Creation

Creating magic items can be complicated business. I’m not just talking about within the game world, where you have to research for 15 days, find a dragon spleen and a diamond worth at least 500,000 gp. For DMs, it can be a maze of DCs, creation costs, caster levels, item slots and other confusing details. Today’s blog post at Paizo explains all the crucial elements.

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Faces of the Tarnished Souk: Bonetongue, Steward of Dead Dreams

This pathfinder supplement is intended for use with Rite Publishing’s Coliseum Morpheuon high-level campaign setting. It details an odd, seemingly insignificant character, an elderly goblin who carries the dead away from the Khan’s fighting arena in the Plane of Dreams.

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Paizo Licenses Pathfinder for MMORPG

This week, Paizo announced that they’ve licensed their Pathfinder RPG to a company called Goblinworks, with plans to produce a MMORPG. This wouldn’t seem like big news, with the MMORPG so glutted that most games that aren’t called World of Warcraft are actually free to play. But there was a key word, easily overlooked, in that Paizo press release: sandbox.

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In Death’s Heretic, a Paragon of Death Seeks Lost Souls Within and Without

What if you were the champion of a god, constantly sent on deific errands at the bidding of an angelic messenger? And what if you didn’t really worship that god, but regretted with every fiber of your being the day you begged her for help, binding your fate to her forever after? That would kind of suck, I think. Yet that is the life of Salim, the strange hero of James L. Sutter’s debut novel, Death’s Heretic.

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Pathfinder Beginner Box an Appealing, Accessible Intro

Paizo has packaged the basic rules for the Pathfinder RPG into an easy to use box that comes with everything a D&D newbie needs to play. We took it for a serious test drive to find out how well it introduces game concepts, how fun it is to play and if the introductory adventure works as a tutorial for first time DMs and players.

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Need Some Basic Character Upgrades? Look for Divine Favor

Open Design’s Divine Favor series of Pathfinder supplements serves as a set of player’s option books and optimization guides for paladins, clerics, druids and oracles. They’re fairly straightforward splatbooks with some cool ideas and a few powerful feats and spells that DMs may have to keep an eye on for balance purposes (and if there aren’t a few potentially broken mechanics in your splatbook, you’re doing it wrong anyway).

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Plague of Shadows Filled with High Adventure and Dark Betrayal

Howard Andrew Jones’ Plague of Shadows is a solid entry in the “what happens to adventurers in their twilight years?” sub-genre of fantasy. The elf Elyana used to wander the world with her doughty companions, slaying evil wizards and malicious dragons. As the years passed, some friends died, others got old, and some treaded less heroic paths. When an old friend becomes afflicted with a magical disease, Elyana has to seek the one item that can save him. It’s your standard “fetch the magic MacGuffin” plot, but the twists and turns along the way make this an adventure with unexpected heart and quite a few thrills.

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