Posted by: NiTessine | June 28, 2008

What’s New

First, an item via Geek Related (who wonders why he’s getting so much traffic from Finnish sites… heh heh heh)… Chris Pramas, the bossman of Green Ronin Publishing, who’s coming to Ropecon this summer, wants to know what we want him to talk about.

Second, Paizo Publishing keeps getting more awesome by the minute. Now they’ve gone and hired Sean K. Reynolds. Mr Reynolds, for you Johnny-Come-Latelies, was with Wizards of the Coast around the turn of the century, and wrote good stuff. Reynolds’ The Scarlet Brotherhood sourcebook for AD&D 2E has been a major reference work for Principality of Naerie module writers in Living Greyhawk. He also worked on the 3E Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting hardcover, which in my mind is damn close to the Platonic ideal of a campaign setting book. Later, he’s notable for the Core Beliefs article series in Dragon (in Paizo’s time), where he fleshed out the Greyhawk deities from the Player’s Handbook, and among other things, made Pelor cool. For Paizo, his first product seems to be Gods & Magic for Pathfinder Chronicles.

Paizo also released a sneak peek at character generation guidelines in Pathfinder Society a couple of days ago. They previously announced Taldor as the final of the five factions.

EN World, the esteemed D&D news site and community that’s been around in some form or another since the heady days of the 3E announcement, has unveiled “EN World 2″, a completely updated and revised site. There’s a lot of technical stuff I’m sure is very slick and all that, plus a wiki for reviews, a blog system, and so forth. Also, the forums, which I can heartily recommend. I’m one of the operators are EN World’s chatroom, #enworld, on the OtherWorlders IRC network. Not that they seem to be admitting it anywhere on EN World. The continued status of the chatroom is a bit unclear at this point, but come on in and say hi.


Responses

  1. Personally I always thought that the Forgotten Realms setting was just a bit too rich in high-powered characters who never seemed to do anything. Notions like them cancelling each other worked at low levels, but either got ignored when the PC’s hit high levels or just made a special exemption for them somehow. Ah well. It was a lot of fun anyway – and definitely one of the better settings around. Unfortunately, fourth edition seems to have absolutely nothing for world-building, so I doubt we’ll see the like again from WOTC for some time. I’m sticking with older editions for the moment.
    Come to think of it, if you liked the Mythals and such, you might like the Heartstones and Wards Major from The Practical Enchanter (there’s a shareware version available at RPGNow).

  2. Mostly, I meant that the 3E FRCS is, in its density and layout of information, its organisation and its balance of rule items with background material, the best campaign setting book that I’ve seen. Even people who dislike the Realms tend to like the book.

    Downloading The Practical Enchanter now. Thanks. This looks interesting.

  3. Just curious: was it interesting? I kind of like to run games with the Wealth Levels and Charms and Talismans rules myself.

  4. Well, there’s certainly a lot of it. I’m not too good at absorbing a lot of rules material or reading from the screen so I haven’t delved very deeply into it, but by the few skims I’ve given it, it’s interesting. The expert rogue caught my eye, for one.

    I doubt I could get much use out of it now, though, since most of the material seems to be pretty involved and I don’t think it’d work very well, or at all, with Pathfinder RPG, which I’m slowly migrating to.


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