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  1. Penn Davies

    I am also using Foundry VTT for PF2e and loving it. I escaped from Roll20 and never looked back. It’s a little more involved to get it configured how you want, but that’s just because there are so many optional plugins to do stuff, out of the box (one-time cost of $50 for the license and no subscription unless you want to host it somewhere) is still works better than Roll20. And is way cheaper in the long run.

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Starfall, Page 9

STARFALL PART 2, PAGE 8

Opportunity Attacks revisited

Opportunity attacks in 5e, in my humble opinion, make combat boring. Disengaging to avoid an Attack of Opportunity (AoO) sacrifices your own action but leaves the enemy’s in-tact, making it one of the worst trades in the game. While the mechanic can create tense...

Starfall Part 2, Page 7

Super Quick Combat Rules

Quick preamble: this is probably system agnostic on some level, but I designed it for 5e. 5e’s design assumes you’re having probably way, way more combat encounters than you actually are, and that you’re playing long enough and quickly enough to resolve those...

Free VTT Tokens

I have created a repository of about 1200 VTT tokens that you guys can use for free. If you don't want to read more, you can just go to this link and grab them: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54992126 Why Tokens? I like them. During 2020, all of my D&D came to a...

Starfall Part 2, Page 6

oversized weapons

Okay, so we did an info-graphic this week. We like the idea of building a 5e character around over-sized weapons, but the oversized weapons rules in this edition of D&D are helter-skelter at best.This is not about game balance. At all. This is about throwing...

A One Shot

Hey guys, I am working on a major website overhaul, and then it'll be back into Starfall. In the meantime, have a golden oldie from the Patreon archive.

Better Know a Monster: The Mimic

I love the idea that mimics are cryptids to the rest of the world. Adventurers, at least with the players I've known, would be almost universally unpopular -- even when they save the world, they do it out of eyeshot of everyone else, and burn a lot of bridges to get...

The Hobgoblin (and you!)

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The Trade – Page 5 (End)

To celebrate the release of Ricky's Guide to Spooptopia, we did a mini-arc about that setting's most infamous villain. We had fun making this, and it's based on, perhaps, the most dramatic character death I've ever had at a table. I always sub Candor and the gang out...

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Sketches

Starfall Part 2 – Murderlude

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Get you that Fauci Ouchie

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Starfall Part 2 – Page 5

Hey everyone, We took a mental health day last week, but we're back. If you're enjoying Starfall, let us know. Feedback will help us decide what to make next. We should be reaching the end of this arc soon(ish).

Pathfinder 2e on Foundry vtt

by | Aug 10, 2021 | News, PF2e, TTRPG | 2 comments

I am a huge fan of Foundry VTT. For my purposes, it is the perfect virtual tabletop system. It supports a ton of systems, including the two that I love the best, namely Dungeons & Dragons 5e (DD5E) and Pathfinder 2e (PF2E).

A massive part of the appeal of a VTT for me is having a computer act as my co-DM. It pins my notes directly to relevant rooms, keeps statistics nearby, reminds me of rules I may have forgotten (dynamic lighting is a big one, here; I’m very unlikely to remember that 4 humans are sharing a single torch among them when they split up unless one of their tokens is glowing.) and even dealing with some of the pesky math for me.

The biggest barrier of entry for me getting into Pathfinder 2e was, in many ways, my perception that the system was numerically complex. As I become more familiar with it, I realize this isn’t true – it has more numbers per activity than D&D 5e, but on the whole, isn’t actually the rampaging stat rhino that, I think, some of the uninitiated out there believe PF2e to be.

It’s still a very crunchy system, though, with a ton of fidelity around what is, essentially, a medieval fantasy world simulator. And computers are, I think, ingrained in the idea of processing a simulation.

A few years ago, before Foundry VTT was released, I was trying and failing to make Roll20 work the way I wanted it to – as a Co-DM, and then in frustration, I turned to the impressive MapTool project. MapTool was closer to what I wanted, but absolutely dire when it came to usability. Even after I learned to use it, my players balked at the complexity of the program.

Then along came Foundry. The clouds parted. Beams of heavenly light bathed my roleplaying table, and I had my robotic Co-DM. As an added benefit, my players could just connect to my games, or to the TV, even, and joining in the tech was as easy as using any other well-made website. If you can’t tell, I strongly, strongly recommend FoundryVTT. It’s the best $50 I’ve ever spent on this hobby.

This was about when Pathfinder 2e started to become very appealing to me. Even if you hate PF2e, there is no denying that the PF2e FoundryVTT experience smooth like butter.  This is partly because the volunteers who maintain this system are transcendent, godlike beings, one with the code, a cosmic hive of glory. But also, Paizo’s SRD for Pathfinder 2e is literally all of their official content. So PF2e comes with every single creature, action, ancenstry, feat, spell, and magic item baked into the system, no importing necessary, no need to hand-recreate an adventure-specific dragon from a third-party website. Nothing. It’s all just there and it all just works.

You can’t [legally] have that experience with the D&D5e system.

Everything that is good about video game RPGs (damage auto-resolving, effects happening when they’re supposed to, without prompting from a rules-keeper, mooks not having a turn skipped) is combined with everything that makes a table-top RPG a more versatile experience. The system also comes with seemingly hundreds of small, quality-of-life features that I’d have never expected. Need a +2 silver dagger (low quality variant) that has specific magic traits, but is also specifically only for small creatures? Cool, open the item, select the metal and properties you want. The system auto-calculates the price, adjusts the item to have the properties you wanted, and generates a name.

A screen-cap from the PF2e Foundry VTT system.

Now you can take this dagger, drop it into a chest on the map that your players can find and loot without you needing to say what is in it, and, if you need, you can also have them not know what they’re looking at – the item can come unidentified.

A Most Unusual Dagger

Change the name from Unusual Dagger to Dagger, swap the icon so the question-mark isn’t there, and bam – they don’t even know they’re carrying King Gorgolla’s Cursed Dagger of Elemental Sneezing Powder. They just think they picked up some loot. The fools!

And, honestly, every aspect of the system is that versatile. I can’t gush enough.

I can probably gush too much, though, so I’ll let myself be done.

No, wait, one more thing.

If you buy an official Paizo adventure PDF, you can import it into Foundry VTT. Importing stuff into Foundry for D&D 5e is not nearly that simple, and because of the nature of 5e’s SRD and the relationship between Wizards of the Coast and D&D Beyond, it never will be that simple. The adventure importer isn’t perfect, by a long shot, and it isn’t quite like loading a premade, made-for-foundry adventure, but it’s really goddamn close.

Massive kudos to everyone making the Foundry Pathfinder 2e system. Y’all are making it possible for me to neglect my comic even more than I already do to host a really pleasant game with my family with a lot of the parts of DM prep that I’m not good at or fond of taken care of in advance. May Candor smile gently on you from the skies.