Rondak's Oracle

News and fun things about the games we play

Month: August 2018

Site News

Not much new. A few more lines of code, still plugging away as I can. If anyone here has a better suggestion for a C++ –> WebAssembly + JS compiler than Cheerp, I am all ears. I’ll play with emScripten + binaryen, in the hopes that will work better for me, but maybe someone has an idea?

Wudinar’s Adventuring Tips

To quote a fellow traveller, “The day you choose to wear full plate and strap a shield to your off hand is the day you announce to the world you are expendable.” This may sound harsh, but the bottom line is, when you are a group’s walking (shield) wall, that means by definition your role is to absorb hits and prevent the more vulnerable from getting injured. And yes, depending on the situation, that might include staying behind or blocking a door or hallway in a last stand to allow the rest of the group to escape. It does not mean being deliberately suicidal, however.

Site News

Paid work has been eating most of my energy, but I got a little bit of work done. Still making progress, still don’t have things anywhere I can actually run them, but all my test cases compile and pass. I’ll take it.

LFP: Doomsday Dawn (PF2Playtest, Pathfinder)

In 4651 ar, a Chelish scholar named Imivus became fascinated by the history of Ancient Osirion, a fascination that swiftly grew to an obsession after Osirion’s government denied him permission to mount an expedition into the desert sands. Frustrated and with wounded pride, Imivus organized several secret, illegal expeditions, but he vanished in 4657 ar during his 11th such journey—an expedition that sought the Veinstone Pyramid of the Four Pharaohs of Ascension. Imivus hoped that discovering the rumored pyramid would establish a firm connection between Ancient Osirion and influence from an alien presence from the Dark Tapestry beyond the stars. In particular, Imivus was chasing the legend of a long-lost book called The Last Theorem—a book that he believed would answer all of his questions.

Welcome, fellow Portalites, to the End of the World…
This game is intended to run through the playtest scenario for Pathfinder 2; and as such, follows some pretty firm creation rules. Those of you who have not done so should probably go over to and download the rulebook for the playtest.
There probably will be discussion of this thing in the Portal Discord; I can but encourage people to drop in and check that out.


Interested parties should definitely look at the full writeup for all the necessary information; and talk to Sylverthorne if there are questions.

Question of Sevens

If you give a dragon a cookie….

Wudinar’s Adventuring Tips

Do not take shared background information for granted. Not every character may have learned a specific set of hand signals in the past, or be familiar with how a certain school of swordsmanship does things, or any number of things that might be taken for granted because individually, they are as natural as breathing to one character. That said, such information might be valuable to share with the rest of the party…

Site News

Pathfinder playtest started; Thorne has assorted channels and forum posts to organize, if anyone is interested. My impression so far is mixed – the changes look interesting, but they are going to take a LOT of getting used to.

In site news, I have been making good progress on the code and am almost ready to put a test page for the authentication and account management system up. Might not make “Summer” as intended, but I am making progress.

GM’s Tip of the Week

How have I not talked about running combat yet?!
PSA for those of you interested; the Pathfinder 2 Playtest is officially available, and can be downloaded from for those interested. Interested parties looking either for a group or for a GM should either check in at Rondak’s Portal forums, or at Rondak’s Satellite; our Discord server.
Okay. Combat. Read on past the cut, folks!

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