Cults of RuneQuest: The Earth Goddesses Review
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
10M ago
As mentioned in my previous review of Cults of RuneQuest: The Lightbringers, I was also lucky enough to be given a copy of the The Earth Goddesses. Third in a series of books covering the various gods and cults of the Glorantha setting, The Earth Goddesses brings the focus towards the goddesses (and gods) relating to the Earth Rune. If anything I was looking forward to digging into this book a little more than The Lightbringers, if only because as a GM, I was determined to get myself to a level of comfort with Glorantha’s setting and vibe so that I could start running it with confidence. The ..read more
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Cults of RuneQuest: The Lightbringers Review
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
10M ago
A week or so ago, I had the fortune to receive physical review copies of the two new releases for RuneQuest that are debuting in GenCon 2023. Part of the extensive Cults of RuneQuest series of supplements, The Lightbringers and The Earth Goddesses cover in loving detail the various gods of Glorantha, and perhaps more importantly, how this can enrich your games of RuneQuest. Today we’re taking a look at The Lightbringers. Named after the group of gods that took on the Lightbringers quest, this supplement is perhaps the most “entry level” as this collection of gods are the ones most likely to b ..read more
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[Let’s Study] Imperium Maledictum, Part 3b: Sister Victoria versus a Hive Ganger
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
I promised I’d get to this and here we are! Sister Victoria (sheet here) is currently working on finding more information about a Smuggler suspected of smuggling Xenos artifacts in the Hive world. Trouble is that the Smuggler in question is a wily sort and has a habit of using any number of different boltholes to hide in. Thankfully, Sister Victoria has stumbled into a potential lead, a two-bit Hive Ganger who works as a courier for the Smuggler from time to time. After casing out a seedy bar for several nights she gets her break when she spots the Ganger step out of the bar and down into an a ..read more
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[Let’s Study] Imperium Maledictum, Part 3a: Rules, Influence and Superiority
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
Picking up from where we left off yesterday, I realized that it would be best if I took a moment to go over the basic rules for Imperium Maledictum. Don’t worry, sample combat will follow shortly! Tests For those familiar with the other Warhammer RPGs, Imperium Maledictum sticks with the percentile system for handling most of its rolls. To make a test, the GM determines a difficulty and the players roll d100, hoping to get a result that is equal to or less than the skill being tested to succeed. How well a character succeeds or fails is determined by the Success Level (SL) which is determined ..read more
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[Let’s Study] Imperium Maledictum, Part 2: Character Creation Example: Sister Victoria
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
Welcome back! Today we’re going to try our hand at Character Creation for Imperium Maledictum. Building a character takes several steps: Determine Characteristics Choose Origin Choose Faction Choose Role Determine Equipment Add Detail Bringing your Character to Life Finishing Touches Characteristics These represent a character’s raw potential and natural attributes. The Characteristics in Imperium Maledictum are: Weapon Skill (WS), Ballistic Skill (BS), Strength (STR), Toughness (TGH), Agility (AG), Intelligence (INT), Perception (PER), Willpower (WIL), and Fellowship (FEL). To determine the ..read more
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[Let’s Study] Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Part 3a: Classes from Artificer to Druid
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
Moving on with our Let’s Study series, we’ll be taking a quick look at the Classes made available in the Core Rulebook. I won’t be going into the nitty-gritty of the various class abilities (You can look those up over at the remarkably extensive Archives of Nethys) but I will give my first impressions on the classes. Today we’ll look at the first six classes in the game. Alchemist If you like guzzling down strange brews, or hurling volatile compounds at hostiles, the Alchemist is for you. Portrayed as a sort of Fantasy “Action Scientist” trope, the Alchemist is a colorful option that strays pr ..read more
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[Let’s Study] Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Part 2: Ancestries
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
Last time, we got to try building a character in Pathfinder 2e. While I did mention the available Ancestries available in the Core Book, we didn’t really get a chance to look at the lore and abilities surrounding them. So that’s what we’re doing today. As with D&D, Pathfinder doesn’t really talk much about the setting in the early chapters of the book. Instead, it presents little bits of it through the introduction of the various playable options and the stereotypes and philosophies of each of these Ancestries. Ancestries are also subdivided into several Heritages which impact how some of ..read more
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[Let’s Study] Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Part 1b: I Try Character Creation
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
Today we’ll be taking a look at Character Creation for Pathfinder 2nd Edition. For the sake of sanity and brevity, I won’t be listing all the steps in the process of creating a character, given that it’s available online through resources like the Archives of Nenthys. Also for the sake of cutting down on human error, I also opted to go and build the characters through Pathbuilder, an online tool for Pathfinder 2e character creation. So, let’s try our hand at making a character using the Core Rulebook and see how flexible Pathfinder 2e really is. Character Concept Let’s start with something rel ..read more
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[Let’s Study] Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Part 1a: Introduction
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
I honestly never thought I’d end up doing this Let’s Study series. In the last ten or so years, I’ve largely focused on more rules-medium systems, preferring horror and modern-day settings (with the exception of Legend of the Five Rings). And after Fantasy Craft didn’t take off, I didn’t feel like I had it in me to invest in a Heroic Fantasy RPG all that much. The 5th Edition rules wasn’t exactly all that encouraging either. I really did my best with it, having run a few short campaigns for co-workers, paid-game customers and even my own kid. But still, something felt off. And so I’ve decided ..read more
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[Review] Homeworld Revelations by Modiphius
Life and Times of a Philippine Gamer
by pointyman2000
1y ago
Disclosure: this review was made possible through the generosity of Modiphius Entertainment, who provided me with a PDF of the Homeworld Revelations Corebook. I’ve always had a soft spot for Sci-Fi, and Space Opera in particular. And after seeing what Modiphius was able to do with the Star Trek, John Carter of Mars and Infinity universes, I was stoked to see how they would bring their level of quality to Homeworld. What is Homeworld? To those unfamiliar with the series, Homeworld is a a series of Real Time Strategy games for the PC that was first released back in 1999. It was well received, an ..read more
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