Tara swung again at the beast, her hammer whiffing through the air. This time it had managed to dodge her properly, but then, sure enough, it disappeared. Pop! The sound was almost comical, a jolly high-pitched popping sound like one that a small child might make, totally incongruous with the eyeless monstrosity that produced it. …
The makers of the Starfinder RPG said they wanted to give it what they called "that Cantina feel".
This is a picture of Tobias Albino. Nearly every player has fond memories of their First Dungeons and Dragons Character, and Tobias was mine.
Tara is the martial tank hero in my fantasy stories, like a fighter, paladin, or barbarian.
Len is the arcane magic hero in my fantasy stories, like a wizard, sorceress, or bard.
A map that I made for Pathfinder.
The Tech Rating system comes from the True20 role-playing game (though it was originally Progress Levels from the d20 Modern system), and the Supernatural Rating system also comes from True20, both of which are reprinted here (with minimal modifications) under the Open Gaming License (included at the end of the article). The subsequent Realism Rating and Culture Rating systems are personal creations of mine; feel free to use them or build on them for your own world creation, but attribution is appreciated.