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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 paizo.com 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.

Kickstarters of Note

Hello, fellow Portalites!
Sadly, I haven’t found as much good stuff this go ’round; there’s definitely some shiny, and some dice – some awesome dice! – but the cycle is rolling back down to famine. Don’t worry, I’m sure your pocketbooks will breath a sigh of relief… and then you’ll trip over the Dungeons and Doggies Kickstarter, and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth… I know how this works.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

I seem to be doing a lot of callbacks to old posts lately, but new information does come up, and I’m always willing to re-examine old data, in the light of new discoveries, to see if a thing still works, or needs to be turned over and rebuilt.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

So, last week I talked a little about exotic characters, mostly of the centaur variety. Those are tricky, but mostly humanoid, at least from the waist up.

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Kickstarters of Note

Hello, fellow Portalites! Welcome to another round of Kickstarters of Note! It’s been a little slow of late, which is both good and bad – good for the budget, bad for my ability to wave cool Kickstarters around. But, I did find a couple of very interesting looking offerings, one that I think the Portal’s GMs may find very useful!
As always, if any of you see something you think should be featured here, let us know! Either by posting the link yourself in the comments, or sending me or any of the Circle a PM.

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Kickstarters of Note!

Hello, fellow Portalites!
Christmas has passed, and I hope you have all come out of it with your sanity more or less intact. As always, I have a whole bunch of new Kickstarters in progress for you to look at!
Mostly things I hope would be of use to those of you only running games on Rondak’s Portal, or elsewhere, but I did find some interesting things!

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Kickstarters of Note

Hello, fellow Portalites! I have a new collection of shiny for you to look over, some new games, new terrain, some gorgeous miniatures – and a setting teaser to go with them – and some more goodies on Aventuria, the setting that goes with The Dark Eye.
Onward; beneath the cut!

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GM’s Tip of the Week

We have a lot of odd conversations in the car, Andi and I; some of them random, and then there are the days one of us stumbles over a thing with gaming, and has to mention it to the other. This time, it was Andi, shaking his head over an article about why it’s so hard to bring new players into a game. We’ve never had any of the problems cited, and I realized, as we were discussing it, that you guys might like to know that, and, more importantly, you might like to know why we’ve never had any of those problems.
And, maybe when you’ve all finished reading, you’ll share some of your tips, or a hilarious story about that one player.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

I got Andi to write this one, because he’s rather better at balancing encounters than I am. Onward, to encounter design!

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Kickstarters of Note

Kickstarters! I found you guys a whole bunch of random things that you might want to get into.

I should note that – literally, as I am typing this! – the guys and gals at Monte Cook Games are doing a live thing on Kickstarter, answering questions and talking about Numenera. You guys might want to take a look at that, on the assumption that they’re going to leave a copy up.

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