RPG: Pillars of Eternity is Getting a Tabletop RPG

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Pillars of Eternity has announced a Pen and Paper RPG based on their critically acclaimed computer game…

Obsidian Entertainment has a long track record of roleplaying game success. Beginning with Knights of the Old Republic II, and continuing on through games like Fallout: New Vegas and the critically acclaimed Pillars of Eternity. It’s safe to say they know RPGs–and so with Pillars of Eternity II now a crowd-funding success, Obsidian Entertainment has announced the development of a Pen and Paper system set in (and using the rules for) their popular Pillars of Eternity series.

via Obsidian Entertainment

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Today, we’re officially announcing the Pillars of Eternity pen-and-paper RPG experience! This new journey to the world of Eora begins with a 30-page Starter’s Guide, featuring a rule set developed from the ground up by Josh Sawyer and the Pillars of Eternity design team. Now, you can have your own adventures with your friends, in the comfort of your favorite tabletop setting. Best of all, if you’ve backed the campaign at Premium Digital or above you literally don’t have to do anything to get this. Pillars of Eternity RPG is our own take on how to play a pen and paper game; it will not be using the Pillars of Eternity computer game system or that of any other RPG – it’s going to use our own ruleset made specifically for the Pillars of Eternity world. Of course, if you haven’t backed us at Premium Digital or above, we won’t shut you out! You can get the pen-and-paper Starter’s Guide for just $7 as an add-on, as well.

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Pillars of Eternity is a fine entry in the tradition of games like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale–top down CRPGS that are all about exploring a world with your party of adventurers. And for the Pen and Paper game they’ve promised to develop their own rules made specifically to incorporate the world of the game. At any rate, they’re offering a number of fantastic stretch goals, and still have 11 or so days (at the time of this writing) to go. So definitely head on over to their fig page (not Kickstarter this time around), and check out what they’ve got on offer.

Check out Pillars of Eternity II

~Happy Adventuring!


  • ZeeLobby

    Hmm. Never played the game but always interested to see digital to tabletop crossovers.

    • I’d recommend picking the first PoE up. It really is a good return to the glory days of Infinity Engine roleplaying games. Endless text, plenty of choices, customizable characters for your party, and it looks bloody gorgeous.

      • ZeeLobby

        I’ll have to check it out. Just from googling the scenery looks awesome. Was looking at Divinity Original Sin 2 as well.

        • They’ve got some videos from the development cycle on Obsidian’s youtube channel. I’d recommend checking those out. One in particular shows how the engine works, how they cast lights and shadows and all, and what tricks they use in general.

          It really looks 3D, but in reality it is an assortment of pre-rendered 2D planes layered over one another in a certain fashion. They did some miracles to make it look this good, but it also allows for relatively weak hardware to play the game without issues. Incredible show of talent.

          • ZeeLobby

            Did you pledge for 2?

          • I’m tempted to. But then the whole thing exploded from one day to the next and is now funded twice over already so I’m probably gonna skip it and wait for release.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I’ve had some digital games burn me in the past as far as funding goes. I don’t think this one would, but I’ve had much better luck with tabletop games, lol.

          • Xodis

            I’ve been burned on KS video games too, but never a sequel. Made the mistake of missing out on the Shadowrun sequels, so I wont make that mistake again.

            Im a backer of this, since I LOVED the old BG games and this is an amazing spiritual successor.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. Not gonna lie. Super tempting. I’m sure I’ll back it before it ends.

          • I think its safe to say this one will turn out well, too. I mean, they already have one under their belt, and made Tyranny in the meantime which uses the same engine. Even the delivery date of the Kickstarter is set for early 2018, so they seem to have a good dev plan and funds are just going to allow full production.

            A lot of Kickstarters I see fail are the ones with little pre-production. They show mock-ups of what they want to do only but have no real coordination. And then we end up with drivel like Mighty No.9 or the likes.
            The clearer the vision going into the Kickstarter, the better the game usually gets.

            Speaking of Shadowrun, I’ve bought all of them but didn’t get to spend as much time with them yet as I’d like to. Seems amazing to me that they’re even on mobile now (and cheap as heck on Humble Bundle right now). Maybe it’ll get me to play something more interesting than sudoku and puzzle games

          • Xodis

            I love the Shadowrun games, and it reminds me of the old SNES and Sega games, they are brilliant.

            Did you like Tyranny? I honestly haven’t played it but tis reviews compared to PoE are pretty brutal from what I have seen.

        • Mike X (Official)

          Divinity: Original Sin 2 is awesome.

  • JD Robertson

    The setting is so dour.I could barely manage a single playthrough of the
    game. I can’t imagine having to spend a whole tabletop campaign there.

    • dave long island

      What’s so dour about it? Not knowing anything about the game, the name of the game seems pretty hopeful to me, lol… I mean pillars hold stuff up right? And so that’s good. And they’re not just any pillars, they’re pillars of eternity. So I’d have to say they’re pretty well made pillars, cause they’re gonna last, well, for eternity. It’s not like they’re designed to collapse as soon as the warranty wears out. Heck no, these are some mighty fine pillars… lol

      • ZeeLobby

        lol. The background does sound pretty dark, stillborns being antagonists, etc. But I don’t mind fighting back the darkness with my fists of light!

        • dave long island

          Whoa! Stillborns are antagonists, whaaa? Wow that is pretty dark. Seems like they’d be pretty small though… lol

  • Krizzab

    Beware the bear! and the ghosts…

  • Limeblossom

    “Firedorn Lightbringer
    Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed
    He once was alive and now he’s dead
    The last woman be bedded, turned out a man
    and crying in shame, of a cliff he ran”

    Couldn’t help myself. I can’t think about PoE without mentioning the
    hoopla over a joke.