Look At This Beautiful Game Of Pathfinder

A group of Australian friends just wound up an epic game of tabletop RPG Pathfinder, and I mean, I already said this in the headline, but just look at the thing.

Overseen by DM Paul Houlihan, who also did all the painting (the terrain is a mix of stuff, most of it from Dwarven Forge), the party (Persimmon’s Hate) can be seen here wrapping up a 15-hour session to conclude the second of six books in the Skull & Shackles campaign.

All photos below are by Mark Harrison. And if you’re reading this and thinking hey, my party has an equally amazing setup, let me know! I am very into this kind of shit.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

That looks awesome and I’ve considered doing this myself but:

1) it‘s super expensive

2) a setup like that may last you maybe 8-16 hours, at best

3) where would you store it all when you’re not using it?

For all of these reasons, I’ve switched to projecting digital maps from an overhead projector connected to my iPad. The benefits are:

1) those projectors are pretty cheap

2) digital maps are cheap, or you can make your own easily, or just quickly google a bunch and use them for free

3) it’s much less set up/transition time going from one area to the next. And you can scroll.

4) I project from Procreate so I can have real time “fog of war” that is revealed as players move around and I can draw my own spell FX on another layer as they cast spells.

5) you can also project those “motion” backgrounds people upload to YouTube - again, for free.

6) dynamically scalable/rotatable and you can turn on/off a battle grid (or project onto one)

7) you can still supplement with real 3D props as much as you want (I have a good selection of those)

8) I can project other things like an NPC character portrait or landscape during story parts to help set the mood.