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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Product Review: PDG's The Gods of Porphyra

Purple Duck Games released The Gods of Prophyra this week and offered me a chance to do a review.

The other name for The Gods of Prophyra is The Open Faiths Project. It is the first installment in PDG's open world of Porphyra. While lots of rulesets and rule expansions are open content, this is the first project I know of to make an OGL setting. Mark Gedak explains his reason behind the open faiths and open world ideas. Those ideas alone are enough to get excited about.

The excitement doesn't end there, however. The product itself is exciting in many ways. After the introduction Open Faiths dives right into the world with excerpts from various holy books. These excerpts take a few members of the pantheon and provide a feel for them and the pantheon as a whole. This is wrapped up with a out of character explanation of "The Calling"-- the event that brought these divine beings to a world originally without divinity.

The next section is dedicated to two new cleric domains and four sub-domains (two for each primary domain). The Art Domain (with Movement and Sound sub-domains) and Time Domain (with Future and Past sub-domains) will be a great addition to any Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or OGL setting.

After that, the product gets to the real meat. The Deities section opens with a two page chart introducing all twenty-seven deities (three for each OGL alignment). The chart is followed by a one page entry for each deity. This entry starts with the usual coverage of alternate names, worshipers, alignment, domains and subdomains, favored weapons and animals and art representing the deity. After this is a set of subsections covering the legend behind the god, how the church behaves, rituals for faithful divine spell preparation, and two religious traits to go with The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game campaign traits system.

As for detail about the deities themselves, the only thing I'll mention here is that unlike many pantheons, only one deity in this one is tied to a specific race (if you can call the Mâlites a race). This breaks tradition in fantasy settings in a way that I expect will be rather interesting, and fits with the idea that these gods were summoned by the inhabitants of the world, not part of its creation.

The final section is extra gaming material: new spells, more info and statblocks covering the Mâlites, and a note.

"With the completion of the God of Porphyra project, I will be turning my attention to gathering writers to contribute to the forty lands that make up the primary setting of the Patchwork World of Porphyra."
This is an awesome product, especially for $5.00 USD. The art, gods, and extra material are well thought, inspiring, and new. It's already sparked a few campaign ideas, and filled some wholes in some in my Krenna project. My only complaint (if you can call this a complaint) is that there's not a print or POD purchase option yet. I hope we'll get something like that for the complete setting near the end.

Congrats PDG!

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