Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

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The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder (Full Rules Document)

In September of 2012, my brother and I released a blog post discussing the issue of feat taxes in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Although the post was intended to be a one-off thought experiment based on our experiences building characters for organized play, it gained an inexplicable amount of traction on Reddit, Facebook, and the official Paizo forums. It is responsible for 90% of the traffic...

Hearth & Blade: Fan-Made Map

It seems that, despite not having an official release yet, the Hearth & Blade Pathfinder campaign setting has its first piece of fan-art. Russian artist Mark Kamyshin was kind enough to send us his interpretation of the world map (which turned out about 100 times better than my meager efforts). You can see the full-sized image on Mark’s DeviantArt page. Many thanks go out to Mark for...

Feat Taxes in Pathfinder: HeroLab Mod

Many years ago, my brother penned The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder – an alternate take on feat progression in the Pathfinder RPG. This write-up was surprisingly popular and eventually became the most visited page on this website by a significant margin. It has popped up on Reddit, The Giant in the Playground, and the Paizo forums, and is now used in a multitude of home...

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...

Feat Taxes in Pathfinder: P6 Feat Tree

NOTE: This feat tree is completely and totally out-of-date (and likely soon inaccessible). Instead, please consult the Full Rules Document. Many years ago, Matt penned the article The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder, which provided an alternate take on feat progression in the Pathfinder RPG. This write-up was surprisingly popular, and eventual became the most visited page on this...

One Page Dungeon Contest 2015: 3rd Place!

A few weeks back I mentioned that Matt and I had entered the One Page Dungeon Contest, an annual competition that challenges amateur designers to create the ultimate single page role-playing adventure. After a month-long judging process, the results are finally in! Matt and I managed to sneak into the 3rd place category with our entry, Vesna’s Refuge. In celebration of this win, I am...

Gryphcon Approaches!

Building upon my last post’s focus on extremely regional content, I’d like to alert all the Ontario folks out there that Gryphcon is around the corner. Gryphcon is about a venerable a gaming convention as you’ll find in Southern Ontario, with a 25+ year history at Guelph University. Originally a small convention put on by the, ahem, Guelph Adult Gaming Association, it is now run...

Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer