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Rise of the Rulelords

37 EpisodesProduced by Pete ZupanWebsite

Rise of the Rulelords is a Pathfinder Second Edition educational podcast. Join your Adjective 1 and Adjective 2 Rulelord, Pete, as I try to educate new players and GM's on the rules of #Pathfinder2E in a fun and casual way. Support this podcast:… read more

37 Episodes | 2021 - 2023

Remaster 1 - The New and Shiny Way to Play Pathfinder

November 22nd, 2023


This is the first in a new line of episodes covering Pathfinder Second Edition in its Remastered form!

While previous episodes are *still* largely accurate, this one introduces new players to Pathfinder using the …

Unchained 15 - Mechfinder ft James Beck & P.J. Megaw

October 3rd, 2023


You can find a galaxy of mechs, kaiju, bionics, and more with MECHFINDER: A Universe of Mech and Magic for Pathfinder 2e and the Tales of the Valiant systems! I talk with designers James Beck and P.J. Megaw on what …

Pathfinder IN SPACE - Starfinder 2e Preview ft. Thurston Hillman & Dustin Knight

August 31st, 2023


Paizo is making Starfinder 2e using the Pathfinder engine! I talk with Paizo's Starfinder Managing Creative Director Thurston Hillman and Starfinder Developer Dustin Knight about what we can expect to see when the …

Session 9 - A Reading of the Remaster Preview

July 25th, 2023


Paizo released a preview copy sampling core changes to the rules that we'll see in the remaster in Nov! For those who hate reading, I've gone ahead …

Session 8 - The Case for Pathfinder Nexus ft Adam Bradford

July 19th, 2023


The Pathfinder community has had mixed feelings about the utility of Pathfinder Nexus. I enjoy the site, and was lucky enough to be joined by …

Unchained 14 - Feminism in Pathfinder ft the Slovenly Trulls and Vic Sullivan

June 21st, 2023


I talk with Shardae and Lyssa of the Slovenly Trulls podcast about feminist representation in Pathfinder 2e. Joining me to help with lore is Vic …

Session 7 - Demystifying Pathfinder Society ft Alex Speidel

May 17th, 2023


On this episode, I talk with Paizo's Organized Play Coordinator, Alex Speildel, about how you can get started with Organized Play!

You can get started with Pathfinder Society this month at PaizoCon!

Unchained 14 - AAW Games Mini-Dungeon Tome ft Thilo Graf

March 9th, 2023


AAW Games Thilo Graff talks with me about the success of their first Pathfinder 2e Kickstarter: The Mini-Dungeon Tome! Pre-Orders are now available, and keep a look out for Mini-Dungeon Time 2 for PF2!

Review of the Rulelords 2 - The Shifter Class by Brian Lane

January 26th, 2023


RE-Introducing Review of the Rulelords! A spinoff podcast by Pete of Rise of the Rulelords and co-host Beth Perrin of Dice Don't Die! We'll be …

#NADDPod Podcast - Thank you & Welcome!

January 20th, 2023



Emily Axford of Not Another D&D Podcast listened to my show as she learned Pathfinder2e then shared her insights with the rest of the cast! I am beyond thrilled and wanted to make a …

Session 6 - Where to Start with Pathfinder 2e

January 10th, 2023


This episode is for anyone who wants to know what Paizo products to buy. This is my subjective list of where to start if you're brand new to the game!

Review of the Rulelords 1 - Golarion Necromancer Class by Kevin Glusing

November 30th, 2022


Introducing Infinite Adventures! A spinoff podcast by Pete of Rise of the Rulelords and co-host Beth Perrin! We'll be interviewing 3rd party authors …

Unchained 13 - Improphet's Tome ft Joshua Birdsong

November 23rd, 2022


Joshua Birdsong covers his first Kickstarter: Improphet's Tome! Every single core and advanced class has new feats, spells, and abilities, as well as the Giantkin ancestry and Magus class!

Unchained 12 - Monstrous Beasts: A Guide to Friend Them ft Eldritch Osiris

November 6th, 2022


James, Matt, and Luigi talk about the first Eldritch Osiris Games Kickstarter: Monstrous Beasts! This book adds a new Crabfolk ancestry, companion …

Unchained 11 - Legendary vs Playtest Kineticist ft Vanessa Hoskins

August 16th, 2022


Vanessa Hoskins, author of the 2e compatible Legendary Kineticist, talks with me about her take on the 1e class conversion, and gives her thoughts on the new Paizo playtest Kineticist class

Unchained 10 - D&D 5e to Pathfinder 2e conversions ft James Beck

August 3rd, 2022


James Beck, member of Deadly D8 and co-founder of the Edritch Osiris co-op, talks with me about 5e game design, how to make it 2e compatible, and gives tips on creating your own classes and ancetries.

Unchained 9 - BattleZoo Strange and Unusual, Year of Monsters, and Eldamon ft. Mark Seifter

July 19th, 2022


I talk with with Roll for Combat Director of Game Design Mark Seifter about the Battlezoo Bestiary: Strange and Unusual, Year of Monsters, and …

Session 5 - The Bad Conditions

June 8th, 2022


We cover all the "bad" conditions that players will want to avoid or impose on enemy creatures.

CN: Gunshot sounds

Session ? - My GM Inspirations (& Beginner Box Day)

April 26th, 2022


I am exhausted from Beginner Box Day but it was great! In the spirit of so many awesome GMs running for new players, I reminisce about some of the GMs that have inspired me and lessons I learned from them.

Unchained 8 - Differences between D&D and Pathfinder ft. Secret Nerd Podcast

April 11th, 2022


I talk with Navaar Jackson of Secret Nerd Podcast about the differences between Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition and Pathfinder 2nd Edition. We go over everything from character creation, setting, mechanics, and more! …

Session _ - A Zen Reading of the Game Master Screen

April 1st, 2022


I read the game master screen for Pathfinder 2E. That's it. That's the episode.*


Unchained 7 - The Botanical Bestiary ft. Matt Cavanaugh (Orfane)

March 29th, 2022


Matt discusses his unhealthy obsession with Leshy's and his decision to turn it into a book

Session 4 - The Good Conditions

March 15th, 2022


We cover all the "good" conditions that players might want to have or aren't that bad to get.

Unchained 6 - Table Turmoil ft. Eli Herman of Deadly D8

February 28th, 2022


Eli of Deadly D8 discusses resolving player vs player conflict, ways we can avoid causing table turmoil, and keeping the game fun for everyone!

Session 3 - Basic Actions

February 1st, 2022


We cover all the basic actions every player (and monster) can use regardless of class or skill level.

Rise of the Rulelords Trailer

January 27th, 2022


Rise of the Rulelords is a Pathfinder Second Edition educational podcast. Join your Adjective 1 and Adjective 2 Rulelord, Pete, as I try to educate …

#UnionizePaizo with Jason Tondro, Senior Developer for the Pathfinder and Starfinder RPGs

October 18th, 2021


Find out more about the effort to #UnionizePaizo at the United Paizo Workers website

Follow United Paizo Workers on Twitter @PaizoWorkers

Follow …

Unchained 5 - Naltulth: Candulhurst ft Sean Fallon of Smunchy Games

October 12th, 2021


Naltulth: Candulhurst is a third-party Pathfinder 2e TTRPG setting live on Kickstarter! The frigid northlands of Naltulth are icy cold and covered in …

Unchained 4: Using Lore in Your Games ft Gloria of New Thassilon (Victoria Sullivan)

October 5th, 2021


Gloria of New Thassilon (Victoria Sullivan) goes over the lore of Golarion and how to create your own unique setting


September 23rd, 2021


I am joining the call for #PaizoAccountability. A number of allegations were brought up against Paizo and upper management. I would like to see …

Unchained 3: BattleZoo Bestiary interview with Mark Seifter and Stephen Glicker

August 30th, 2021


Roll For Combat, a licensed Paizo partner, is excited to launch a Kickstarter on August 31, 2021, for the RPG Superstar Battlezoo Bestiary, …

Session 2 - The Quick and Dirty Guide to GMing

August 24th, 2021


Ready to learn how to be a gamemaster for Pathfinder 2e? We go over GM basics, and cover C.H.E.E.R.S. - Challenges, Hazards, Environment, Encounters, Rewards, Story.

Unchained 2: GM Soft Skills with Quinn Murphy, Aubrey Knotts, and Vanessa Hoskins

August 3rd, 2021


On this episode we talk with experienced GM's and gain bonuses to wisdom and intelligence from their advice on being an effective game master!

Unchained 1: Dave of How It's Played

July 20th, 2021


We talk with Dave of the YouTube channel How It's Played! Incidentally, the channel just reached over 10K subscribers!

Session 1 - The Quick and Dirty Guide to Playing Pathfinder

July 5th, 2021


Need to learn how to play Pathfinder in under an hour? This episode of Rise of the Rulelords covers character creation and almost all the rules of …

Session 0 - Intro to Pathfinder 2E + Resources

June 21st, 2021


Is Pathfinder 2E the right game for you? In this session, we go over the history of 2E's development, the top 5 reasons to play, and resources to learn more!


June 13th, 2021


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