Homebrew Rules for Pathfinder 2e

Here’s a list of the homebrew rules we use for our Enelis Expeditions campaign.

Playing a World, not a Story

There is no adventure path, no pre-determined story path for this campaign. Story will be an emergent property of player choices and how the world reacts to them. Characters are free to come and go within the story as the player decides, based on the character’s motives and goals. New characters can be brought in at any time to fit the storyline, albeit at Level 1. The players will ultimately decide the course of the campaign and which plots and story threads are important.

High Encounter Variance: Though the focus of the story is upon the characters, the world does not revolve around them. The relative difficulty and challenge of encounters may be randomly determined. Some things may seem trivial, while other threats will be beyond the characters’ collective ability. Discretion will be required (along with judicious use of Recall Knowledge).

Treasure & Rewards: Logic and randomness will determine the prevalence of any treasure and magical items found within the story. Players cannot count on a specific hand-out of monetary rewards over their character’s career. By using Automatic Bonus Progression, characters are not dependent on specific item rewards for mathematical balance.

Quests, Encounters, and XP: Characters will earn most of their XP by following story threads and completing them. Story threads themselves will come up organically, but it is up to the players to choose to follow them and see them to completion. XP will also be given from defeating encounters, but at a lower than standard rate. Total encounter XP for the average party level will be divided by the number of participants, then multiplied by 2. Characters of higher or lower level will receive less or more XP respectively.

Experience and Levels: Characters will require 1000 XP to reach each level as normal. Previously a more progressive requirement was in place, but that proved to be too slow of a progression.

Downtime and Strongholds: Players are encouraged to take Downtime for retraining and income earning activities. Additionally, they can spend coin on building strongholds and player-owned businesses, to cement their characters into the world of the setting.

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Proficiency Without Level

We are using the Proficiency Without Level variant of the PF2e rules. This variant removes the inclusion of character level in all statistical calculations. We are also using the variant where Untrained proficiency is -2. These rule changes flatten the math of the game and take away the linear separation of character levels. This is to allow characters of all levels to better mesh together and allow for more options for encounters.

Changes to Simple DCs

Simple DC’sDCPWL
DC
Treat Wounds
DC
Untrained1010
Trained151512
Expert201816
Master302218
Legendary402522

Aid action has a typical DC of 16.

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DC By Level Chart

LevelDCPWL
DC
LevelDCPWL
DC
-11313
01414133118
11514143218
21614153419
31815163519
41915173619
52015183820
62216193920
72316204020
82416214221
92617224422
102717234623
112817244824
123018255025

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Automatic Bonus Progression

We are using the Automatic Bonus Progression variant of the PF2e rules. This variant takes away the requirement for specific magical item bonuses to maintain the power curve of the game. This allows players to pursue any choices they want concerning item acquirement and allows the GM to provide more interesting, lore-centered items. It also helps to balance the lower expectation of magic in the Enelis Campaign Setting compared to the default high-fantasy Lost Omens Pathfinder setting.

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Gradual Ability Boosts

We are using the Gradual Ability Boosts system to make each level have a more direct mechanical benefit, since levelling up will be generally slower and more pronounced. This makes each level-up provide not just new character options, but immediate measurable benefits to chosen statistics.

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Recall Knowledge

A successful Recall Knowledge grants a character the name of a creature, its level, and any traits (e.g. Undead, Aberration, Incorporeal, Water, etc.). Additionally, the character may ask for one piece of information: such as its lowest or highest saving throws; any immunities, resistances, or weaknesses; or details of one of its special abilities. A critical success grants two of these pieces of information. Subsequent Recall Knowledge attempts increase the DC by 1 for each success, but this may allow additional questions to be asked if successful.

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Hero Points

Hero points work mostly as normal, with a few changes.

  1. Apply Grit: You may spend a Hero Point BEFORE any roll to take the better of both rolls. (e.g. Fortune effect, Advantage).
  2. You do not gain a Hero Point at the beginning of each session, however, at the end of each session, each player may choose to grant a Hero Point to another player. They should say what the player or character did that inspired the heroics. Players who are absent that session do not have a Hero Point to give, it is forfeited.
  3. Hero Points likewise carry over into the next session, but characters can have no more than 2 at the start of a session.
  4. Hero Points will largely be rewarded during the session for story-centric roleplaying. Such as in-character exposition or sub-optimal choices or self-imposed negative conditions for the sake of the narrative.

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Injuries

Whenever a character receives the Dying 2 condition they must make a DC 10 Fortitude save. I encourage the use of Hero Points here.

Critical Failure: Immediate death.
Failure: Chronic Injury. Roll 2d6 to get the Recovery Days for the injury. After this time elapses, the injury becomes temporary and can be removed normally (see below).
Success: Temporary Injury. You can make a DC 15 Fortitude save after each rest, a success removes the Injury. If the character rested for a full day, they gain a +2 bonus on this roll.
Critical Success: No injury.

Injury Table (2d6)

2 = Unmentionables: -1 to all checks and DCs (like Sickened).
3 – 4 = Arm: One arm injured, cannot use that arm for any actions.
5 – 9 = Body: Roll 1d6
. . . . 1 – 2 = Broken Bone: -1 to all Dex based checks and DCs (like Clumsy).
. . . . 3 – 4 = Battered Body: -1 to all Con based checks and DCs, -level max HP (like Drained).
. . . . 5 – 6 = Bruised Body: -1 to all Str based checks and DCs (like Enfeebled).
10 – 11 = Leg: One leg injured, -10 land-based Speed.
12 = Head: Roll 1d6
. . . . 1 – 2 = Hideous Scar: -1 to all Cha based checks and DCs (like Stupefied).
. . . . 3 – 4 = Blinded Eye: -2 to all Perception checks and Initiative.
. . . . 5 – 6 = Brain Damage: -1 to all Int and Wis-based checks and DCs (like Stupified).

TREATING INJURIES (Exploration): Another character can attend to an injured character for one Period (6 hours). The tending character makes a DC 18 Medicine check to treat the injury.
Critical Success: A character with a temporary injury receives a +4 circumstance bonus on their next Fortitude save. A character with a chronic injury reduces their Recover Days by 2.
Success: A character with a temporary injury receives a +2 circumstance bonus on their next Fortitude save. A character with a chronic injury reduces their Recover Days by 1.
Failure: No changes in condition.
Critical Failure: A character with a temporary injury receives a -1 circumstance penalty on their next Fortitude save. A character with a chronic injury increases their Recover Days by 1.

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Falling Damage

Damage from a fall has never been very realistic in the fantasy genre of games. This rule restores the natural fatality of falls. Characters take 1d6 damage for each 10′ fallen, increased by 1d6 for each additional 10′ fallen, with a maximum of 45d6 at 90+ feet falls. This makes falling damage geometric owing to the acceleration of gravity. If the character is knocked below 0 and becomes Dying, they automatically must make an Injury check at DC 15 (Fortitude save) [see Injuries above] despite not becoming Dying 2.

Height(d6s)MinAvgMax
101d6146
203d631118
306d662136
4010d6103560
5015d6155390
6021d62174126
7028d62898168
8036d636126216
9045d645158270
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