Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Hearth & Blade (Version 1.0 Release)

After years of on-and-off development and 18 months of open beta testing, the Hearth & Blade core rulebook is now released! Folks can pick up a copy (PWYC) on the Mammoth Island itch.io page.

Hearth & Blade is a campaign setting and homebrew ruleset for the first edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Explore Yavmir, a frozen realm steeped in rich Slavic folklore. Delve into ancient ruins, acquaint yourself with strange creatures, and fight to survive in a world the gods have forsaken.

The title image for hearth and blade, featuring gold foil text on a faux red leather background

This book is not a complete roleplaying game in and of itself, but rather a collection of rule modifications and lore built on the chassis of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The twin goals of Hearth & Blade are:

  1. To create a fantasy world where narrative and history are entangled with the various classes, spells, monsters, and other rules that make up the game.
  2. To imagine a campaign setting inspired by Slavic folklore — one in which magic and the supernatural are rare, dangerous, and not easily mastered.

The Hearth & Blade core rulebook was initially released on August 31, 2022. Check out the archived AMA on r/Pathfinder_RPG!

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer