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Here Be Monsters 2: Hell Breaks Loose

Always on the look-out for new gaming contests, my brother and I recently stumbled across Here Be Monsters 2: Hell Breaks Loose! HBM2 is a monster building contest which uses the Pathfinder RPG rule-set: something Matt and I are very well acquainted with. This year’s theme required us to design an evil monster spawned from the BOWELS OF HELL. Well, not quite that specific. But definitely...

Yavmir Map Reconstruction: Complete

It has taken a few months of on-and-off work, but I’ve finally finished the terrain reconstruction for the new map of Yavmir. As mentioned in a few earlier posts, the goal of this project was to replace the old Yavmir map, which was no longer accurate and rather bland in style. You can check out a PNG of the map below. Add New   What’s next for Yavmir? Well, Matt and I are...

THAC0 to Pathfinder BAB Conversion

Preface: I imagine that this will likely fall under the “stuff only Mike cares about” category, but I thought I’d share this little thought experiment anyways. Being a big fan of both 2nd Edition AD&D and Pathfinder, I’ve often looked at the differences between the two games and how to transition content from one to the other. One of the big differences, of course, is...

Outclassed: Hybrid & Specialist Classes

Classes. The backbone of many a role-playing game. Whether you are a brave warrior or an ingenious spellcaster, your class is what defines the things you can or cannot due throughout the course of the game. I’ve always been fascinated with class systems – probably due to my obsessions with Pathfinder, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Baldur’s Gate – and as a result I often toy with the game...

One Page Dungeon Contest 2014

I’m always interested in amateur game design competitions, and the One Page Dungeon Contest is one of my favourites. Submissions are now open for the 2014 iteration of the event so I thought I’d give it a mention on the ol’ blog. What’s it all about? Participants create a complete role-playing-game dungeon within the space of a single sheet of 8.5×11 paper. The...