Pathfinder: Modern Adventure Announcement!

The game you’ve all been waiting for is coming to your tabletop! Modern Adventures is a Pathfinder-friendly OGL game based on modern-day Earth, complete with all the races, dragons and magic that you’ve come to expect from a Pathfinder game.

The storytelling is gritty. The setting emphasizes realism. 

Pathfinder: Modern Adventures includes..

  • New magic & spell casting system.
  • New races including city elves and half-gnomes.
  • Unique skills for the modern world.
  • Completely overhauled class system.
  • Much, much more!

Keep an eye out for the Kickstarter in early September!

Where have you been, anyway?

I know a lot of you have been wondering where I’ve been. Don’t worry, i haven’t fallen off the face of the planet or anything. The Dhovaine RPG, Pathfinder: Modern Adventures and many more books are still in the works!

So where have I been?

Designing tee shirts! That’s right, Higher Grounds has expanded into merchandise. We now, in addition to making great RPGs, make clothing and other cool stuff for geeky fandoms! Check us out!

https://higher-grounds-nerd-merch.myshopify.com/

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Stewart Wieck has passed.

My condolences to friends and family of a man who was quickly becoming a friend and mentor. A sad day when you’re mourning the loss of a childhood hero; a titan of my youth who helped shape my writing ability and gaming expertise. Worse, when you mourn a friend, no matter how long you’ve known him. Today will be spent reading his books and playing his games. I hope you guys can take a moment today to remember a man who helped create a legend in tabletop gaming.

Steve Wieck
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Yesterday my brother Stewart Wieck died. He had just finished a light fencing workout and then fell over. All attempts to resuscitate him failed. It’s still unknown what caused it; we’ll know more in a few days. Something catastrophic in his heart perhaps.

Yesterday my brother Stewart Wieck died. He had just finished a light fencing workout and then fell over. All attempts to resuscitate him failed. It’s still unknown what caused it; we’ll know more in a few days. Something catastrophic in his heart perhaps.Stewart was 49, ate right, exercised, a specimen of good health… it’s all just.. stunning that he could possibly, suddenly be gone.

Stewart was 49, ate right, exercised, a specimen of good health… it’s all just.. stunning that he could possibly, suddenly be gone.He was my brother, my best friend, my business partner since we started White Wolf in high school. He was an incredible human being, full of kindness and empathy, fun and artistic passion.

He was my brother, my best friend, my business partner since we started White Wolf in high school. He was an incredible human being, full of kindness and empathy, fun and artistic passion.

I was supposed to grow old drinking and gaming with him. Now that will have to wait for heaven or Valhalla or whatever comes next.

And of course, leave it to Stewart to die with a sword in his hand.

No need for flowers, no memorial service has been arranged yet, we’re just taking things a step at a time.

Anyone involved with Stewart’s publishing projects feel free to reach out to me in a few weeks.

Pathfinder Conversion Project – Special Series: Chrono Trigger – Frog!

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Frog (Glenn)
Cursed Boggard paladin (sword of valor) 9
LG medium humanoid
Init: +2, Senses: Perception +11

Defense
AC 16, Touch 16, Flat-Footed 14
hp 83
Fort +9 Ref +5 Will +8

Offense
Speed 20ft
Melee Masamune +13 (1d10+11)

Statistics
Str 24, Dex 14, Con 16, Int 9, Wis 14, Cha 16
Base Atk +9/+4; CMB +16; CMD +18
Feats Power Attack, Cleave, Toughness, Dodge, Critical Focus
Skills Handle Animal +11, Heal +14, Knowledge (Nobility) +10, Perception +11, Ride +4, Sense Motive +12, Spellcraft +9
Prepared Spells Bless Water, Cure Light Wounds, Knight’s Calling, Bull’s Strength, Shield Companion

Languages Common

Gear Masamune, Green Cape, Britches, Frog’s Belt, Boots, Blue Gloves

Special Qualities
     Terrifying Croak Once per hour as a standard action, a boggard can emit a thunderous croak. Any creature not of its subtype must make a successful Will saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 the user’s character level + the user’s Charisma modifier) or become shaken for 1d4 rounds. A target that successfully saves cannot be affected by the boggard’s terrifying croak for 24 hours. Creatures that are already shaken become frightened for 1d4 rounds instead. This is a sonic, mind-affecting effect.

Special Gear Conversions
     Masamune This +4 bastard sword is enchanted bane quality, with the designated foe of magic-users. This only includes arcane magic-users such as wizards and sorcerors, but does not include divine magic users such as clerics.

     Green Cape This iconic green cape acts as a cloak of resistance +3.

     Frog’s Belt This belt acts as a belt of giant strength +2

     Blue Gloves These blue gloves that Frog wears acts as gauntlets of skilled maneuver, which give Frog a +2 to disarm opponents.


Designer’s Notes I’m aware that his AC seems low. I attempt to keep as true to the actual characters as he can, and sometimes in translation, keeping equipment accurate means that, such as in Frog’s case, there is a statistic that doesn’t hit exactly the right cord. It was a hard decision, but I decided that Frog’s strength was much more prescient in Chrono Trigger than his ability to dodge or absorb attacks.


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Retro Conversion Series – Battletoads – Pimple!

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Pimple (George Pie)
Boggard fighter (unarmed fighter) 4
CG medium Humanoid
Init: +2, Senses: Perception +3 (Pizza +10); Darkvision 60ft

Defense
AC 14, Touch 12, Flat-Footed 12
hp 40 DR/2
Fort +4 Ref +1 Will +1

Offense
Speed 30ft
Melee Punch +7 (1d6+5

Statistics
Str 20, Dex 14, Con 18, Int 11, Wis 10, Cha 9
Base Atk +4; CMB +9; CMD +11
Feats Improved Unarmed Strike, Pummeling Style,
Skills Acrobatics +3, Climb +9, Intimidate +5, Ride +8, Survival +3, Swim +11
Languages Common
Gear Black Leather Spiked Elbowpads, Black Leather Spiked Kneepads

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Retro Conversion Series – Yo, Noid! – The Noid!

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The Noid
Noid rogue 1 wizard 1
NE Small Humanoid
Init: +2, Senses: Perception +3 (Pizza +10); Darkvision 60ft

Defense
AC 15, Touch 11, Flat-Footed 11
hp 9
Fort +0 Ref +2 Will +2

Offense
Speed 20ft
Melee Yo-yo +0 (1d4)

Statistics
Str 10, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 11, Wis 7, Cha 8
Base Atk +0; CMB +0; CMD +2
Feats Dodge
Skills Acrobatics +5, Bluff +1, Disguise +4, Perception +3, Sleight of Hand +1, Stealth +1,
Prepared Spells Prestidigitation, Open/Close, Acid Splash, Long Arm
Languages Noidish
Gear Yoyo, Red Onesie

Special Qualities
     The Noid Food, especially pizza, is not safe from the predations of The Noid. Any food left out for longer than 30 minutes in the presence of the noid allows the Noid to use this power to cause that food to become completely tasteless and bland, halving all nourishment it may have otherwise given.
Hatred Fresh food makes the Noid incredibly angry. The sight of fresh, hot food causes the Noid to take a wisdom save DC 12 or become obsessed with destroying it. 


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Questions: I get the rogue part, but why is he a Wizard?
Check out this commercial from the late ’80s and I think it will answer your question!

Thanks for checking out my blog, and remember to avoid the Noid!

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Special Series: Chrono Trigger Pathfinder Conversions – Robo R66-Y!

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Robo
Robot Monk 10
LG Medium Humanoid
Init: +4, Senses: Perception +13

Defense
AC 19, Touch 19, Flat-Footed 19
hp 70
FortRef +11 Will +7

Offense
Speed 60ft
Melee Punch +12/+7 (2d8+5)
Ranged Jet Punch +12 (2d8+5)

Statistics
Str 20, Dex 18, Con –, Int 17, Wis 11, Cha 13
Base Atk +7/+2; CMB +15; CMD +19
Feats Grabbing Style, Crushing Blow, Critical Focus, Great Cleave, Bodyguard, Spring Attack, Improved Bull Rush, Dodge
Skills Acrobatics +17, Climb +18, Craft (Construct) +16, Knowledge (History) +17, Knowledge (Nobility) +7, Knowledge (Religion) +4, Perception +13, Stealth +8
Languages Common
Gear Rocket Punch



Design Notes:
Robo was tricky, because there is no Pathfinder canon race to be found, so I had to create my own race in order to make sure Robo was a true-to-form as possible. Following the race builder guide found here, I set to work creating Robo’s race. I decided to make the fire he uses a part of his race to help alleviate the lack of magic for his class. The second problem arose because of Robo’s distance-based punch attack, so I had to design an item that would match up with that. For the item, I created an unarmed weapon spell-enhanced with the Force Punch spell.
Here is the work that was done.

Robo Race (17rp)
Racial Qualities
Construct 

  • No constitution score.
  • Low-Light Vision
  • Darkvision 60ft
  • Immune to mind-affecting effects
  • Cannot heal. Must be repaired.
  • No subject to ability damage, ability drain, fatigue, exhaustion, energy drain and nonlethal.
  • Immune to effects that require a fortitude save.
  • Cannot be raised or resurrected.
  • +20 bonus hp.

Size: Medium
Slow Speed 20ft
Ability Score: Standard (+2 strength, +2 intelligence, -2 wisdom)
Language: Standard 

Racial Traits
Fearless
Natural Armor
Breath Weapon (Fire) 

Rocket Punch (Magical Gauntlet)
Cost: 30,000gp
This item allows the wielder to strike opponents up to 30ft away with an unarmed punch attack


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Make sure you check out the Super Retro Sourcebook! It contains all kinds of great NES content converted to Pathfinder for your tabletop gaming pleasure!

Chrono Trigger Special Series – Lucca!

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Lucca
Human engineer 9
TN Medium Humanoid
Init: +3, Senses: Perception +14

Defense
AC 16, Touch 16, Flat-Footed 16
hp 54
Fort +7 Ref +9 Will +4

Offense
Speed 30ft
Melee Light Hammer +7/+2 (1d6+1)|
Ranged Wondershot +15/+10 (1d8+9)

Statistics
Str 11, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 20, Wis 15, Cha 12
Base Atk +6/+1; CMB +6; CMD +9
Feats Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Weapon Focus (Pistol), Weapon Focus (Hammer), Craft Magic Arms & Armor, Throw Anything, Craft Construct
Skills Appraise +17, Craft (Construct) +17, Craft (Mechanical) +17, Craft (Weapons) +17, Craft (Armor) +17, Disable Device +13, Fly +11, Heal +9, Perception +14, Profession (Engineer) +14, Use Magic Device +14
Languages Common

Gear Wondershot, Ring of Protection, Spectacles of Understanding, Ring Of Fire

Special Qualities

  • Engineer Deeds Exploding Shot, Infused Shot, Black Powder Bombs
  • Bomb 5d6
  • Discoveries Promethean Disciple, Fire Brand, Immolation Bomb

Special Equipment

  • Wondershot This pistol acts as a +5 Pistol Of Infinite Sky
  • Ring Of Fire This ring acts as a staff of fire.

 

Do you like what you see here? If you’re anything like me, you love video game nostalgia. If you’d like to see more, you should check out volume 1 of my Super Retro Sourcebook at RPG Now! It’s got a lot of great conversions from video games from the 1980’s, including Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy 1, Startropics and many more, all converted for play with the Pathfinder game!

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