Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Random Thoughts: August 3rd

It’s been a bit of a slow week from a development standpoint due to a couple of technical hiccups. To tide you all over, here’s a quick mash-up of news and minor progress updates!

We are now affiliated with The Roleplaying Jew, run by the very talented Cidolfas. I worked with Cid back when he managed the Final Fantasy Compendium, one of the best Final Fantasy resources on the interweb. His new blog talks about novels, JRPGs, movies, Judaism and much more. It’s a great read!

I had a few comments directed towards the Flashback area, stating that the benches and chairs seemed a little out of place when compared to the rest of the tileset. After stewing on the issue for a bit, I did some quick editing and came up with an even more simplified iteration of the tileset:



More of a subtle change than anything but definitely an improvement. Thanks go out to the folks on the PK Hack boards for their suggestions. I sometimes have trouble looking at my maps objectively, especially after staring at them for hours at end.

I’ve heard from a few sources that the website has been behaving a bit oddly lately. One fellow mentioned that the Unearthed primer wasn’t displaying properly, while another had trouble accessing the domain alltogether. As the site is still pretty new we’re bound to run into some issues. If anything unusual comes up during your visit, just toss me an email and I’ll take care of it as soon as I can.

This next tidbit is for all you pen-and-paper nerds out there. Last week I had the opportunity to take part in Pathfinder Society Organized Play, and the overall experience was very positive!


For those not in the know, Pathfinder is basically an extension upon the Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition ruleset. It consolidates most of the system’s rules into a single tome, while updating several mechanics in an attempt to improve playability. A lot of gamers who didn’t like 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons ended up migrating towards Pathfinder instead.

Pathfinder Society offers regularly scheduled (once a week) games at public venues, hosted by experienced game masters. Every adventure is modular; allowing players to be absent a week or switch GMs without missing a step. You could play with a different group every session and still manage to have a pretty cohesive gaming experience!

The society recently started up in Toronto, but has chapters all over North America. If you’re interested in playing, you can find more information on the company website.


You may have noticed Radiostorm’s mammoth post regarding dMetric’s class system last weekend! This is the first of many posts regarding our pen-and-paper project – although much like Unearthed – updates will be sporadic.

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer