Things you need to know
Who are the heroes?
Player characters can be from anywhere on Khorvaire, but they all share the same desire to make Sharn their new home. It’s a dynamic city, a place where determined and talented individuals can establish their reputations, develop their skills and earn their fortune.
How do you roll up a hero?
Everyone begins as a first-level character with the following stats: 15, 14, 13, 12, 10 and 8. Modify according to the Pathfinder Core Rulebook.
What exactly is Fantasy Ragtime?
Ragtime is a musical form, originally a kind of march that served as a precursor to jazz, that was popular at the turn of the 20th century. Its distinguishing characteristic was a piano rag, a rhythmic base played with the left hand and a complex melody played with the right in a syncopated fashion. A ragtime band might be accompanied by any number of musical instruments, including a banjo. The most popular rag was Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag,” written in 1899. It can be said the time period from 1897 to 1918 was era of Ragtime, and it is that era, in tone and feel, we’re trying to emulate. In Great Britain, the same period is generally recognized as the Edwardian era.
OK, where does the fantasy come in?
That historical period, like so many, had its shares of social ills. While exploring those issues in a roleplaying format could be educational; for our purposes, namely enjoying ourselves playing a game on a Saturday, it is burdensome. We want to run an open table, where all good-hearted players — and their characters — feel included regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, politics, sexual preference or religion. Fantasy provides a “safe ground” for us to play in. As a setting, Eberron works because it is a good match for fantasy ragtime, it has cool maps, and the GM already owns several setting books.
You mentioned ‘steampunk’; what’s that exactly?Depending on who you ask, it’s some, none or all of the following: Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and the 1954 Disney film it inspired; “Back to the Future 3”; “Wild Wild West” TV show and motion picture; some parts of “Sucker Punch”; the lastest Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies; “Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang”; Ticket To Ride board game, the Deadlands roleplaying game; it’s Victorian science fiction; neo-Victorian romance and costuming; it’s gothic horror; it’s airships, goggles, clockworks and everything piston pumping like a steam locomotive. I happen to believe that looking at 19th century technology and warmongering through a distopian lens, like Verne did, is an essential element.
What gamebooks can we use?
Pathfinder rulebook and its supplements (such as Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Combat). Eberron Campaign Setting provides information needed to play warforged, shifters, artificers, changelings, kalashtar and dragonmarks. For general player knowledge, Player’s Guide to Eberron is useful. If you don’t have any d20-era Eberron-specific supplements, don’t worry. The GM will have a copy of the one’s you will need.
How do I convert Eberron races/classes to Pathfinder?
The conversion guide can be found here.