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What is Aetaltis?

In the World of Aetaltis, you are a spark of hope in a land where the people are fighting back against the grim forces of darkness. You play the part of stalwart warriors, wizards, priests, and rogues who aren't waiting for some great king or a distant god to rescue them. They're taking matters into their own hands and bringing the fight to the enemy.
 

Designing a Dungeon: Part 1

I've written a lot of adventures over the past 35 years. This is in no small part because creating adventures one of the things I enjoy most about RPGs. Putting togehter a new challenge for the players and then watching how it all plays out when they're tossed into it is insanely fun.

What were medieval coins really like?

13th century coins discovered by the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Metal Detecting Club.

Whether they're piled beneath a dragon, scattered around the floor of a dank dungeon, or slapped down on the bar in a tavern, piles of coins are a mainstay of fantasy settings (including Aetaltis!). But what were medieval coins really like?

Aetaltis: The Return

UPDATE 12/18/2018: The original post below is still true, but starting on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 we launched our Patreon page (you can check it out here!) You can help us create amazing new World of Aetaltis game material by supporting our efforts on Patreon.

The Cost of Medieval Stuff

Ever wonder how expensive stuff was in Europe during the middle ages? I don’t mean how much it cost, but rather how expensive the item seemed to the person buying it. If so, I’ll bet you’ve also thought about what this means for the characters in your favorite fantasy RPG!
 
Wait, you haven’t? Like, never? Oh - then maybe you should skip this post.
 
But if you HAVE (or if I managed to make you curious)...then this article is for you! READ ON!

The Problem