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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….

#RPGaDay2017 Day 14: No end in sight

Monday is here! At least you have new #RPGaDay2017 content to enjoy. Today’s topic is about a topic near and dear to my heart. Long campaigns!

August 14: Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play?

I love long campaigns. They are my bread and butter. My typical campaign lasts an average of two years. Not only that, my homebrewed campaign (about which I’ve written in the blog before) was created in 1987, 30 years ago! The current version, after I rebooted the timeline and continuity, in 1993, has been going for 24 years. So that’s the point of reference I’m coming from when I talk about a long running open ended campaign. What RPG have I used for all those games? Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 14: No end in sight

#RPGaDay2017 Day 4: And the winner is…

Day 3 is in the dustbin… We’ve made it to Friday and day 4 of #RPGaDay2017! With the weekend around the corner and the possibility of some leisure time, let’s relax and jump right into the next topic.

August 4: Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016?

 

These past twelve months since RPG a Day 2016 have been particularly fruitful in the role-playing games department. I tend to run long campaigns, and that means often sticking with one game for well over a year. Unless I try something different at a Geeknic, some years I play just one RPG. This year has been different. First, I decided to participate in the Alternity playtest and got a group of friends together to play at our FLGS The Gaming Pit.

After that game, some of us got together and started a new project, Desde la Fosa, a vlog about RPGs in Spanish. As part of Desde la Fosa we record actual-play videos so I’ve gotten to play and run more games than I usually do. I’ve played classic Star Frontiers, Silent Legions, and Torg Eternity!

With my weekly gaming group, we also played three sessions of The End of the World Zombie Apocalypse. That means that I’ve played five RPG games since August 2016. So, which one was the fifth one? What was the RPG I’ve played the most since last year… Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition!

“You like me, you really like me!”

If you follow me on social media that will not be a surprise. I post and tweet about it often enough. But if you’re a casual reader of the blog and remember my past posts about D&D you might be a little surprised. When D&D 4th edition came out I gave it a try, did not like it and moved on to Pathfinder. I even compared the separation with a breakup. But when 5th edition came around, I gave it a try… and I liked it! That means D&D and I got back together. Who says there are no second chances!

This very week last year we played the 19th session of the Dungeons & Dragons campaign. This past Tuesday we played the 62nd session. I also ran a D&D one shot at a Geeknic and for my friend Tony Rosales when he came to Puerto Rico, so with over 45 sessions since last August D&D is the game I’ve played the most.

What RPG have you played the most since August 2016? Let us know in the comments or share your response wherever you post it. Have a wonderful day, see you tomorrow!

In the YouTube channel of Desde la Fosa you can see a video by Anibal Delgado about which game he has played the most this past year. You can see the video, in Spanish, below:

(Hope everyone got the references on the post’s images…)