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First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
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Another exciting game of #Pathfinder2e #TTRPG with the family. At the behest of a Champion of Rorthal they head to Westenshade and stumble upon a ruined city and a nefarious portal. Here they are surrounded by Shades and their enemy. In the end they step into the portal... (and level up to 3)

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Another exciting game of #Pathfinder2e #TTRPG with the family. At the behest of a Champion of Rorthal they head to Westenshade and stumble upon a ruined city and a nefarious portal. Here they are surrounded by Shades and their enemy. In the end they step into the portal... (and level up to 3)
How are you finding Pathfinder 2e so far?

It's another game on my list of games to try at some point.
 
Ran Stargate 5e (Wyvern) - which isn't quite enough 5e for my liking, but without all the bells and whistles it's all very OGL d20 feeling.

Reading Paranoia XP, Traveller 2e, Liminal, Trophy, Girl Underground and Sunset Kills - all prep for upcoming conventions.

Playing other Powered by the Apocalypse.
 
I got to play River of Heaven, the Guns of Olympus Mons, at Winter Con 2020. On a personal level, it was great to play in a game with Jon Ossoway, a man who knows his Sci-fi troupes inside out. As a publisher of River of Heaven, it was great to be playing the game with John and seeing exactly how it ticks with the author running it.

The set up was simple and direct. The Renouncers, a sort of Fascist Luddite paramilitary movement who are out to stop the rise of AI, had taken over a military base on Olympus Mons, which a huge extinct volcano on Mars. Since said base controls the planet's defence grid, our team of Marines were going in hard and fast using drop-pods to take it out. So cue a fast-paced military-techno-thriller, with much sneaking about, hacking into systems, taking out guards from a distance, as well as the all-out firefights you'd expect. John had included some hooks in the character's backgrounds which led to some great roleplaying from the players, so it wasn't all grunts-n-gunplay. I had fun 'weapons-testing' the power armour and a quite frankly scary array of guns and grenades our characters were equipped with. My favourite one was the Smart Grenade, which can be programmed to have a delayed explosion ("Hey Google, set explosion for 30 seconds after impact") and to only go off when near actual combatants, not say, civilians :)

The best thing of all was that it felt like we were in a distinct Sci-fi universe, not a cheap knock off Star-Wars, Star Trek or Aliens.
 
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First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
Staff member
How are you finding Pathfinder 2e so far?

It's another game on my list of games to try at some point.
I'm surprised I'm here. Since 1981 AD&D1e days I've eschewed level based heroic power fantasy, with more recent and knowing indulgences with Dungeon World, 13th Age and Dragon/Fantasy Age. My daughter had got into 5e and was loving it, so my obvious foray back was to pick up the PHB and get going. Maybe it was just the timing, or me being obtuse me, but when the time came I jumped into Pathfinder 2e.

I found a very well constructed version of D&D, bristling with character options, all the familiar spells, a unified skill list and a dynamic and tactical action system. The game plays extremely well and is great fun for beginners too. Perhaps because it is the new edition, I found Pathfinder easy to run and was glad to find that the game was picked up with ease by complete beginners. I like it a lot. Additional splurges on the game will happen, including the Gamemastery Guide and Bestiary 2.

More home games to come now that the family have got into it. Possibly an online one too.
 

First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
Staff member
Yup, F20 has got us at last..
It was 13th Age that got me!
5e followed.
TBH was never enough D&D for me but I will sign up for PF2 if offered.
Blimey, yes, TBH too, which gave me inspiration for all the niches with a simpler structure. I may well not have finished with Heroic Fantasy, but for now I'm happy with big elegant Pathfinder.
 
Yup, F20 has got us at last.
It was 13th Age that got me!
5e followed.
TBH was never enough D&D for me but I will sign up for PF2 if offered.
This made me smile :)

It's a shame that D100 hasn't kept up with the rate innovations that the various OGL F20 offerings have brought to the table. Its something I'm trying to do with OpenQuest 3, without completely moving away from its d100 roots, but I suppose the smaller pool of players and publishers is something that hinders it.
 

Guvnor

The Guvnor
Staff member
I haven't turned my back on d100.
My plan is to return to Mythras in 2020, and definitely in 2021 and run 3rd century Syria.
 
So far in 2020, I've run Marvel Heroic RP (twice), Cthulhu Confidential, and The One Ring (twice) - my call out to run TOR online has led to a select group of players that is developing into excellent hobbity (and elfy and woodmany and beorningy fun).

I've played Gamma World 1st ed.

Ive also made a commitment to keep a record of what I'm running and playing, which is how I can remember all that. Look forward to monthly pie charts being shared on twitter. At the current rate I'm cautiously optimistic I can manage 150 RPG sessions in 2020, and certainly 100 should be achievable.
 
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