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Feb

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month February 2020 – Terror at Thrushmoor

Any campaign that begins with a Lovecraft quote should strike dread into all – and that is exactly what happens with February’s Campaign of the Month! Occult books, strange creatures, lost memories and strange mists; all starting with the Briarstone Asylum – and that’s just the opening act! All of this (and more!) is brought to you by Terror at Thrushmoor’s innovative DM, Gastoff! This Pathfinder campaign will terrify any who look upon it. Do you dare?

29
Jan

Update Post – January 29, 2020

Hello Portal Community,

While this post is technically a bit overdue (I had originally intended to post an update in late December), the delay has enabled the list of fixes and updates to grow, and for me to add another couple of items to the list myself. This past month (give or take), I achieved a personal goal and have been granted access (and permission of course) to start doing some dev work in addition to the various community and content tasks I normally do.

2
Jan

Nerd News — 2020 Convention List

Happy New Year, from Obsidian Portal! Resolve yourself to attend an RPG or Board Game convention in 2020 with this Map and Master List, courtesy of the hard work of Casual Game Revolution!

For our UK and Ireland friends, here’s a spreadsheet focused on your region, and a Map to go with it!

We hope you have a wonderful 2020 and lots of gaming fun! Please let us know in the comments if your favorite convention isn’t on the list so we can share the news.

1
Jan

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month January 2020 – Witiko Falls: Disillusion

I know you can feel it; that sensation at the edge of your mind. That strange sort of inkling that seems to gnaw slowly at your sense of safety; your sanity. I’d tell you that it will pass; that you’ll acclimate to this place and it will fade… But it won’t, you won’t. You’ve come to a place that isn’t like others you’re used to; you’ve come to Witiko Falls: Disillusion – January’s Campaign of the Month! This creepy World of Darkness campaign is brought to you from the mind of Parasomniac. Enjoy!

3
Dec

Don’t Wait — Just Play

How many games have we skipped because we had a couple of players missing? How many first sessions of a campaign have we delayed due to absence or scheduling snafu? If you’ve been playing tabletop games for more than a few weeks, you’ve almost certainly run into this annoying truth – real life gets in the way of RPG’s. And it never gets easier to get a group together.

So, here’s my advice: Life is short. Don’t wait. Just start playing.

 

5
Nov

Sight Cones and Sound Spheres

I have a plate mail problem. And no, it’s not chafing and yes, I know about the baby powder trick. It’s noise. Or rather, it’s a false perception that my players have – they have got it in their heads that if even one party-member is wearing shiny, clanky plate mail or hasn’t super-specialized in stealth stats that they will make so much noise while moving that every sentry in the castle will instantly see and hear them and rush from their post to commit murder. They have made an assumption that avoiding sight and quiet movement is impossible unless you’re a fully trained ninja and infiltration tactics are off the table before the mission-planning even starts. So, how do I re-educate them on the soundness of soundless-and-sightless strategies? A visual aid from the world of video games is the answer!

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