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Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:31 am
by Doc Chaos
Not looking for a conversion. More like a reskinning. A lot of new stuff from Pathfinder needs to be Incorporated in to Mystara.
Does anybody else use Pathfinder in Mystara?

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:26 pm
by agathokles
I've played briefly in a Pathfinder adventure set in Mystara. It's not that difficult, since Pathfinder is really flexible. Obviously, there's going to be tons of Pathfinder classes and archetypes that don't really have a match in Mystara. However, some of them can be seen as simply being variant of existing concepts -- e.g., Warpriests are not conceptually too different from standard Clerics, Magi can fit the Mystaran Elf template, especially if armor-wearing archetypes are used, etc.
In general, it's probably easier to work on a case by case basis -- i.e., if a player wants to play a specific type of Mystaran character, you can look at how to translate it in Pathfinder, and vice versa. For NPCs, I'd just stick to the basics, possibly making a standard selection for typical NPCs (e.g., Mystaran Elf -> Myrmidarch Magus, Mystaran Cleric -> Crusader Cleric).

If you want to spend more time, you can try to find correspondences for more archetypes. For Clerics and other divine casters it is relatively easy -- just find an Immortal that match the general outlook of that character archetype, and say that the archetype corresponds to a specialist priest (or Paladin/Avenger) of that Immortal. Fighters and other non-casters usually map relatively easily on a culture. Arcane spellcasters may be more complex, but you should be able to map, e.g., Sorcerer Bloodlines to specific origins.

GP

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:49 pm
by Tim Baker
Good advice. Thanks!

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:00 pm
by Havard
I have a few of the Pathfinder rulebooks, but I haven`t run any games with the system because most of my players seem to prefer 5E, at least for now. I would be interested in hearing more suggestions about adaptations though.

My 3E/4E/5E Product List thread does include Pathfinder titles that could be particularly useful for Mystara DMs.

-Havard

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:05 pm
by Cthulhudrew
Doc Chaos wrote:Not looking for a conversion. More like a reskinning. A lot of new stuff from Pathfinder needs to be Incorporated in to Mystara.
Does anybody else use Pathfinder in Mystara?
Any specifics on the "new stuff" you're thinking you'd like to see incorporated? How new is new? I would love to brainstorm with you, but I'm not sure where the baseline to start is from your perspective.

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:19 am
by Doc Chaos
Well, for one how the Pathfinder classes relate to the setting and geography. I just went through Alphatia while reading Spheres of Power and would love to fold that in some kind of way. Psionics too. Don't forget Occult.
There is a city in Alphatia with a subway of sorts. Got a mechanic class that will fit right in for dungeon delve!

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:12 am
by Doc Chaos
How would one incorporate Akashic Mysteries into Mystara? I can't find any fluff for it.

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:32 am
by Tim Baker
Doc Chaos wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:12 am
How would one incorporate Akashic Mysteries into Mystara? I can't find any fluff for it.
Here's the first paragraph from the introduction. I'm not too familiar with Mystara, but maybe this will help.
Akashic Mysteries wrote: Akasha is an ancient form of magic whose use predates most forms of magic known to the mortal world. Long before wizards began unraveling the secrets of the cosmos and codifying them into arcane formulae, even before dragons, demons, and other beings of magic began mingling their blood with lesser species, wise mystics and abstruse visionaries bound the magical power known as akasha into crude physical forms and bent its might to their enigmatic purposes. Akasha is a form of magic generated by mixing a being’s own life energy, called essence, with the small amounts of raw magic that suffuse all things and shaping it into rough physical forms. These raw magical constructs are sustained by attaching them to points in the body that naturally conduct energy, called chakra. While modern spellcasters scoff at wielders of akasha as raw and unrefined amateurs, many traditions whose roots stretch back into the distant mists of time still practice the ancient arts of shaping akasha, most commonly known as veilweaving, and trust implicitly in its power and reliability. What power can an individual trust more than the power flowing through their own veins?

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:33 am
by Cthulhudrew
Doc Chaos wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:12 am
How would one incorporate Akashic Mysteries into Mystara? I can't find any fluff for it.
Do you mean the book by Dreamscarred Press?

I'm not familiar with the product, but from the description of it on the DTRPG page, it sounds like a good Mystara setting to place this in would be Sind, the Indian analogue on Mystara.

Re: Pathfinder in Mystara!

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:45 pm
by Doc Chaos
That sounds about right. Thanks!