Playtest Archive

  • Pathfinder Playtest: A Cursory Dissection of Doomsday Dawn (PF Playtest) So, honestly, I wrestled with myself on whether or not to post this, because, ultimately, I don’t want to come off as a doomsayer or overtly negative regarding a system I am very much excited for. However, multiple folks asked me to share my thoughts on the subject matter of this adventure-anthology, so here goes.   It should be noted that this is no traditional review; the reasons for this will become evident over the course of this discussion. I will not dissect this module regarding its mechanics, as, considering the playtest-nature of the whole enterprise, that wouldn’t really be helpful – particularly due to the fact that I think […]

    Pathfinder Playtest: A Cursory Dissection of Doomsday Dawn (PF Playtest)

    Pathfinder Playtest: A Cursory Dissection of Doomsday Dawn (PF Playtest) So, honestly, I wrestled with myself on whether or not to post this, because, ultimately, I don’t want to come off as a doomsayer or overtly negative regarding a system I am very much excited for. However, multiple folks asked me to share my thoughts on the subject matter of this adventure-anthology, so here goes.   It should be noted that this is no traditional review; the reasons for this will become evident over the course of this discussion. I will not dissect this module regarding its mechanics, as, considering the playtest-nature of the whole enterprise, that wouldn’t really be helpful – particularly due to the fact that I think […]

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  • Dear readers,   this series of articles was made possible by the following list of amazing people: -Jason Nelson -BJ Hensley -Chad Middleton -Randy Price -Christen Sowards -Rick Hershey -Chris Meacham -Paco Garcia Jaen -Justin Andrew Mason -Stephen Rowe -Jonathan Figliomeni -Paul Fields -Lucus Palosaari -Anonymous   Now: I don’t have PF Playtest yet; analysis will commence once it arrives, but I figured I’d talk a bit about my hopes!     So yeah, I will start from the ground up, and talk about my hopes for the system – hopefully also highlighting some design-niches that may make sense filling!   My first subject matter would be skills. In Pathfinder, skill-use has been kinda awkward, considering how ridiculously easy it […]

    Countdown to PF Playtest/PF 2, Part I – Skills and Traps

    Dear readers,   this series of articles was made possible by the following list of amazing people: -Jason Nelson -BJ Hensley -Chad Middleton -Randy Price -Christen Sowards -Rick Hershey -Chris Meacham -Paco Garcia Jaen -Justin Andrew Mason -Stephen Rowe -Jonathan Figliomeni -Paul Fields -Lucus Palosaari -Anonymous   Now: I don’t have PF Playtest yet; analysis will commence once it arrives, but I figured I’d talk a bit about my hopes!     So yeah, I will start from the ground up, and talk about my hopes for the system – hopefully also highlighting some design-niches that may make sense filling!   My first subject matter would be skills. In Pathfinder, skill-use has been kinda awkward, considering how ridiculously easy it […]

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