Hearth & Blade is a homebrew campaign setting for the Pathfinder roleplaying game. Explore Yavmir, a frozen realm steeped in rich Slavic folklore. Delve into ancient ruins, acquaint yourself with strange cultures, and fight to survive in a world the gods have forsaken.

The project was conceived by brothers Mathew and Michael. It is inspired by classic Dungeons and Dragons modules, 16-bit roleplaying games, and all the bad fantasy novels we read as kids.

If you’re interested in using Hearth & Blade in a home game, feel free to contact the webmaster at mathew.iantorno@gmail.com.


Current Status

We are currently preparing beta version 1.0 of the Hearth & Blade core rulebook. This free PDF will include a modified version of the Pathfinder rule set; new monsters, feats, spells, and classes; and a comprehensive guide to the Hearth & Blade campaign setting.

Most of the content on the website is being retooled in anticipation of this release. We apologize for the wait, and please check back soon for further updates.

The Elephant in the Room

In September of 2012, my brother and I released a blog post discussing the issue of feat taxes in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Although the post was intended to be a one-off thought experiment based on our experiences building characters for organized play, it gained an inexplicable amount of traction on Reddit, Facebook, and the official Paizo forums.

In response to the interest expressed by the Pathfinder community, we’ve decided to publish an updated version of our feat tree. This document, titled The Elephant in the Room after the original blog post, includes a reimagined version of the entire feat section found in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook.

We’re publishing it here first because the feat tree for Hearth & Blade is largely based on the ideas laid out in this document, albeit adjusted for the P6 rule set. It also provides a good idea of what our upcoming core rulebook will look like when it is finished.

More than anything, we hope that this document continues to spur interesting and lively discussion of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, just as the original blog post did.