Ok, I haven’t posted in a bit, real life kicked off. I haven’t been writing, but I have been reading. My reading was spurred on by my desire to make a setting/adventures, as discussed before, and I wanted to take a look at the PF Core Kingmaker AP. Unable to find any OGL material on said document, I looked into purchasing the AP itself. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay that much for a product(s) that I wouldn’t use whole cloth. On further searching, I found Jon Braser Enterprises’ Book of the River Nations – Complete (BotRN) on RPGnow.
Why was I so excited to get it for $5.99, for the PDF? Well, based on the fact that I wanted to do an E5 kind of PFBB as a complete game, I thought it interesting that the Kingmaker AP started the process of land ownership off at 5th Level! It almost screamed, “5th Level is the equivalent of ‘Name Level’ in my BECMI”, mind’s eye. It has dominion founding, mass combat, and a myriad of other rules goodies in it. It basically IS the OGL data of the dominion rules of Kingmaker, plus some. Now what am I going to do with it? Well incorporate it of course!
But how? My first knee jerk reaction is to create my setting with it. But that is kinda going against start small and grow tenant. I do want to experiment with it by doing a regional map and starting off a handful of NPCs within it just to see how they fair taming the wilderness. This would give me a chance to flex the system and try several courses of action on domestic settings.
Mathematically, I may have to do some tweaking to the rules to make it E5 compliant, as well as taking a look at converting the hex scales. In BotRN, the hex scale is strangely described as, “Each hexagon of land has sides 12 miles long.” Typically I find hexes described as X miles across, or from one side to the opposite side. It does mention that each hex is roughly 375 square miles, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of three 12.5 square mile hexes, the scale that I prefer. I think I can live with that, but will have to see how it pans out when I start crunching the numbers.
Anyway, that’s about it for now. Maybe I’ll gen up a rough regional map using Hexographer in preparation for future post before I go to bed…