Pathfinder Adventures Mobile Game

So last week I saw this great old school parody video for Pathfinder Adventures. Well, I was surprised to hear that this was the announcement for the launch of Pathfinder Adventures because I have had it on my IPhone for some time already.

Well with that I decided to go back and give it another look to see if they had done much to change the game that I downloaded a while back. So I went back in and gave it one more play again. As a fan of the Pathfinder Adventures Card game, I had high hopes that I would enjoy this mobile port.

The Boardgame industry in the last few years has done an amazing job at porting card and board games to electronic devices. In the case of Pathfinder Adventures once again they hit the nail on the head and then some in my opinion. Obsidian Entertainment faithfully not only recreated the card game but brought to life the Major NPC’s of the Pathfinder world as well as have given atmosphere to the world your playing in.

The base game is free and you can earn gold to unlock other features or buy them outright. The game offers the following features.

Exclusive Features in Pathfinder Adventures!

  • Explore the towns, cities, dungeons, and landscapes of the Rise of the Runelords campaign, including the fiercely-independent town of Sandpoint and the goblin-infested isle of Thistletop.
  • Take your game to the next level with Heroic and Legendary difficulty levels featuring wildcard scenario powers and restricted movement.
  • Every locale has been transformed from a card image to a beautifully enhanced and animated backdrop.
  • No physical card game set-up required! Pathfinder Adventures gets players straight into the action.
  • Exclusive digital cards and special dice skins found only in the digital game!
  • Create multiple parties to experience the game in many different ways.
  • Experience hundreds of different randomized scenarios in Quest Mode.
  • Reactive cut scenes featuring Pathfinder’s iconic characters.

 

Best of all the game is free. I give this one a solid 17 out of 20. If you like mobile board games and you have enjoyed the Pathfinder Adventures card games. This is a no-brainer, Add this game to your mobile collection.
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The only reason why I have given it a 17 is I have not played it long enough to determine if it bogs down in the long game.

Playbook For Pathfinder App From Trapdoor Technologies

For some time now having been trying to find its way in the game world since WoTC decided not to continue working with them Trapdoor Tech has been slowly improving their product. Their work has not gone unnoticed and now they have partnered up with pathfinder to bring even more great features to their Application.
Their App can be found @ Trapdoor Technologies

“Playbook will allow players to roll up and manage characters, while Game Masters can purchase and prep adventures and campaigns in the award-winning world of Pathfinder,” says Chris Matney, Managing Director at Trapdoor. “With quick rules lookup, information sharing, stat tracking and more, this is the app roleplaying gamers have been waiting for.” Trapdoor Tech

Up until recently Trapdoor had independently released a version with Pathfinder support under the SRD rules. But now with the  full licences, it opens up many opportunities for both players and GM’s alike.

“We are excited to have Trapdoor join the Paizo family, and we think Playbook for Pathfinder has great potential to improve the game prep and play experience. Streamlining bookkeeping and simplifying rules lookup during play will help gamers get the most out of their time at the table,” said Lisa Stevens, CEO at Paizo.

With this move, it is just one more sign that Paizo is more than comfortable with delving deep into the Tech age where Wizards continues to remain leery of the realm of digital content. Maybe with the growing success of the excellent yet pricey digital platform on Fantasy grounds Wisards will become less gun shy of these formats.

@Your Table Review: PFRPG rd

So today I will be sitting down and tossing the dice in our weekly mythic pathfinder game. So this review is about what in my opinion is probably the best go to app for Pathfinder if you are not running the game. PFRPG rd is exactly that a Pathfinder RPG reference Document. For the low-cost of free you can get the lite version and check out this app and try it out. Or you can buy the full version for about the price of a cup of coffee. If you chose to get this reference doc app here are a few of the things you’re getting.

Pro’s:
488594793-screenshot-ipad-2With the app you have a few things that it brings to the table. Simply put its faster. And we gamers need to be able to reference things fast. Addition if you do not have internet access you still have this app right there for you. Second it is searchable and has a tab feature so that you can keep several pages up at once. Tabs remain open when you minimize the app. Lastly they update this thing constantly. So for the price of a cup of coffee you are getting all the books.

Con’s:
The PFRPG rd is free on the web. You can not book mark portions of the rd. And if you close the app any of the tabs you may have had opened are cleared.

Would I Buy it ? 
Yup, Its a darn good app and it never fails that if I am playing Pathfinder I pull this app up at least once a game session. Added to that you often can find things with this app faster than anyone at the table can search a PDF or find it in the books.

Where can I get it ? 
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PFRPG rd can be found on both the Android and iOS and PC. Enjoy !

@Your Table Electronic Dice

Oh where to begin there are so many dice apps out there. Some are simply RNG (Random Number Generators) some are physics based dice applications.  Man some of them look so very beautiful and others are pure utilitarian. But it has been my experience and that of most everyone that I know to nearly a man. Unless you have forgotten your dice and no one, NO ONE! is willing to let you borrow a set. You will never EVER have the chance to use a dice app over physical dice in hand.  So fist off I will say avoid paying money for any dice apps unless they bring more to your game experience than dice rolls. Your money will be better off used to buy a set of physical dice that you can chuck in your glove box for emergencies.
So, Are there any good Dice apps out there that are worth it. Say you want something on  your phone or Ipad and don’t want to run to the car to get your dice.
At this time hands down probably the best and only pick for a pure dice roller App would be Dice and Dragons.
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The app allows you to save multiple profiles and mixed dice rolls for re rolls later for when you need that big fireball to come online. And it also allows you to assign sound affects to your dice as well.  It has an in App purchase for other fancier dice but you can sill get full use out of this app for free. Percentile dice are not included in the free app but it is just as easy to roll the dice and read from left to right.
This App will do you no good for any funky dice systems like Star Wars, FATE or DCC.
As for FATE there are no pure Dice rollers, so we will touch on that in another post.

The next pure dice roller app that would cover your PRG needs is from FFG.
This app costs a pricey 4.99 but you might actually get to use it more than other dice apps. This app comes with a regular set of D4-20. In addition to that it also has the new Star Wars Edge of the Empire dice set.  If you play Star Wars Attack wing this App has a Dice roller for this game also. Here is to hoping that they will add the dice for the new star wars rebel assault into this app .The App will auto calculate the dice results for your EOE games if you opt for it in the settings.
The Star Wars App can be found on both the Apple Store and Google Play Store.
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Will Dice apps speed up your game or bring anything new to your game experience ? Not enough to warrant purchasing dice unless you have the spare change and your Gamemaster allows Dice apps at your regular game. In the end I would still encourage to just stick with Physical dice. It will save you time, Batteries and any issue that might come up between you and your GM. Save your cash there are better apps out there and many of them have built in dice rollers.

@Your Table.

These days I think even the hardcore old school players are mostly coming around to electronics at the game table. This is a well-known fact that we all agree on at this point. electronics either help to speed play and enhance the game or they threaten become a distraction. You and your group must learn to walk the fine line between your electronics being a complement to your game or suffer them as a detriment.
I love so much of what electronics have brought to the game. With that love I have more than my fair share of times. Stumbled into the trap of buying an app and having it slow my game down rather than speed it up.
And so @Your Table is born.
@YourTable will be an electronics review section of my blog much like my game reviews and Kickstarter reviews. Inspired by  the rise and fall, and rise again and fail of Codename: Morningstar. I decided I would put my mind to pulling a few gems out of the dark and warn against other lumps of coal in the electronic world of RPG tools. I will review Ipad and PC programs and applications that a GM or Players can bring to the tale to help their games. As I do not have an android tablet I will only touch on a few phone apps, Unless I can get a guest review of some android apps that are out there. I will also touch on any websites that I know of or come across to add to the mix.