Designer Talk

Designer Talk: When the Game is TOO Complex

It’s not secret that I’m a fan of 3E/PF, and the basics of Five Moons are informed and inspired by 3E/PF. But as I go through the chapters of the Player’s Handbook and Core Rulebook, I keep running into rules that make the game a lot more complex and “realistic,” but I don’t really think…


Building Your Own Custom Race

I was talking to someone interested in the game about whether or not there would be unique races in the Corebook or the setting book, and I thought other people would be interested in the answer, so here it is (slightly rephrased). Of course, I wrote an earlier blog entry about being able to reshape your character, including…

Rogue Stealth

Five Moons Pre-Alpha Playtest

Do you have a few hours to run or play a low-level game session? Download the Five Moons Pre-Alpha Playtest Document, give it a read, build some characters, beat up some monsters, and let me know what you think. Thanks! UPDATE 12/31/14: Scroll down to below the picture for some FAQs! SKR-FM-PAT-Five-Moons-Pre-Alpha-Playtest (PDF)   FAQs (I’ll…


Boosts and Recharge Mechanics

In preparation for the pre-alpha playtest document, I’ve been thinking about some special combat options (like disarm), weapons with the ability to perform unusual actions (such as whips), and spending boosts to do that. In an earlier blog, I had described how in some cases learning a combat feat is the routine version of a…

Mummy Five Moons illustration

Coming back from the Dead

On my personal blog, I wrote a long, long, long post about why there’s no game mechanics reason for the 5,000 gp diamond cost of raise dead in Pathfinder. In the Five Moons RPG, there is no such cost. I thought you’d want to know that. 🙂

Poison Arrow Frog Drawing


The role of a familiar in D&D is complex and has changed many times over the years. Originally there was a spell called find familiar, which a wizard could learn to attract and bind a creature as a familiar. In 3E, it became a class ability that any sorcerer or wizard could do (which probably was done…