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Sunglar’s Year in Review!

Hello one and all, and welcome to my look back at 2017, and a look at what may be in store for 2018. I don’t pretend to do a retrospective for the blog itself, but just about my gaming experiences this year, hopefully our readers will find it interesting. Here we go…

This year, besides collaborating here in the blog and participating in Puerto Rico Role Players, I tried two new things I had not done before. Playtesting and starting a video channel. The playtesting  came about when the new Alternity game was announced. As a HUGE fan of the previous version of the game I enrolled to participate in the playtest right away. I rarely participated in playtests because I loathed to interrupt my regular game, so to get around this I decided to run the playtesting at a local FLGS that had jut opened in a new location. You can see a video of some of that playtest on this link. Continue reading Sunglar’s Year in Review!

Orctober 2017 – Days 13 to 31

Happy Halloween dear readers! This month I’ve been participating in #Orctober, writing short, or not so short pieces, on the topics shared by the talented artist Claudio Pozas on the promotion below that he shared on his Facebook Page.

I’ve NT been posting daily, instead catching up in multi-day posts through the month, and I had turned those into two previous posts (here and here). Here is the final post collecting my entries corresponding to days 13 to 31. I collected all the social media posts and compiled them into thris one blog post.  It is quiet read…  I hope some of you enjoy it. Here we go!

#Orctober day 13: Orc’s Pet

Happy Friday the 13th folks! Today’s topic should have been slasher film orc… alas! I blame Claudio Pozas for this oversight. Just kidding.  Let’s write about today’s topic.

“Do you like the taste? Yes, it is spicy! That’s tharkan in orcish. I guess you’d call is seasoning or spices. It’s a mix of wild peppers from the south, Tellis root, and a fungus that grows on rotting meat. Don’t look at me like that. It is strong because orcs would use it to season and eat almost any type of meat. I’ll tell you how I learned to prepare it some other times. Let me now tell you about the folly of Mecrog and how it cost the orcs their first defeat in the Second Orc Wars.” Continue reading Orctober 2017 — Days 13 to 31

What about Starfinder? A review….

In early 2010 one of my first posts on this blog was a review of Pathfinder. It is only fitting that seven years and a few months later I review Paizo’s newest hit Starfinder.

Allow me to muse a little before I get to the meat of this review.

If you read my review on Pathfinder back then, I was really enamored with the system. Having tried and disliked D&D 4th edition, I was thrilled someone was continuing and expanding upon the 3.5 rules which all my gaming group enjoyed. Fast forward to now, and as much as I like Pathfinder, and continue to buy products from Paizo such as Pawns, Flip-Mats and Map Packs, I’m no longer playing the game. My current fantasy campaign uses the D&D 5th edition rules. Some of my players still play on Pathfinder campaigns and long for the character options and builds they can do in Pathfinder.

Over the past seven years I’ve come to appreciate simpler, more streamlined systems, and while Paizo does a lot to make running the game easier through tools and books like the NPC, Monster and Villain Codex, and their terrific Pathfinder Reference Document, keeping up to date with all the Feats, Spells, special rules, character classes, etc., is a daunting task. As a GM you don’t have to use them all, but you need to check character builds, make sure you create challenges appropriate to their powers, and fun for the players. I felt that running Pathfinder was too much of a hassle. I liked what WotC did with D&D 5th edition and moved on to that system.

Still I long for the kind of support Paizo gives Pathfinder, I know that my players want more options that the ones 5th edition offers, and I’d be more than happy to run Pathfinder 2nd edition if they cleanup and simplify the system. When Starfinder was announced I was sure this was a prelude to a new edition. Testing out the waters, fiddling around with the rules, and then using that for an updated version of the flagship game. I pre-ordered Starfinder, and thanks to Hurricane María, had some free time to read the book. Did I get what I expected? Read on and find out… Continue reading What about Starfinder? A review….