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21 March 2009

Is it Pathfinder Day yet?

Filed under: Geek,RPG — apotheon @ 10:06

Happy Nowruz! I guess that’s the name of the Iranian new year celebration.

It’s also Worldwide D&D Game Day (except in Iran, maybe). So — happy Worldwide D&D Game Day, too. I recommend you celebrate by playing Pathfinder RPG. You can download the beta test release from the Paizo site for free.

7 Comments

  1. Think I’m going to run Pathfinder on Free RPG Day. Should be a good day for it.

    Comment by Zachary — 21 March 2009 @ 12:50

  2. I say as long as you are out today celebrating RPGs with your friends, it is a good thing. Regardless of whether you are playing D&D, Pathfinder, Warhammer FRPG, Mutants & Masterminds, Vampire, True20, or any of the hundreds of other games available. Good gaming everyone!

    Comment by Rob — 21 March 2009 @ 03:59

  3. I’d much rather play the real thing.

    Comment by Thasmodious — 21 March 2009 @ 10:11

  4. Define “the real thing” for me, please.

    From what I’ve seen, Pathfinder RPG is more “the real thing” than 4E.

    Comment by apotheon — 21 March 2009 @ 10:57

  5. I was just wondering if you had a seen this blog with the concept of creating a Worldwide OGL Game Day? See the blog here: http://lpjd.blogspot.com/2009/03/worldwide-ogl-game-day.html.

    Comment by Louis Porter Jr. — 22 March 2009 @ 03:54

  6. My main problem with Pathfinder is that it was billed as the continuation of D&D 3.5 for those who didn’t like 4E.

    The problem however is that Pathfinder isn’t really backwards compatible with 3.0/3.5… they changed too much. I can’t really take a 3.5 monster and use it in Pathfinder without completely overhauling it. Isn’t that one of the main complaints against D&D 4E is that you can’t use the old stuff anymore???

    Comment by rekres — 22 March 2009 @ 04:39

  7. Louis Porter Jr.:

    I wasn’t aware of that. Thanks for the link!

    rekres:

    My main problem with Pathfinder is that it was billed as the continuation of D&D 3.5 for those who didn’t like 4E.

    It was offered as such — but that wasn’t the only purpose for it.

    The problem however is that Pathfinder isn’t really backwards compatible with 3.0/3.5

    Sure it is. What does “compatibility” mean for Pathfinder?

    I can’t really take a 3.5 monster and use it in Pathfinder without completely overhauling it.

    1. Sure you can. You just have to recalibrate your expectations for how many creatures of a given CR it takes to present a reasonable challenge to the PCs. That is not difficult. They’re still compatible in temrs of being able to use the creatures as written with Pathfinder RPG encounters. I’ve used ’em without any alterations. Why can’t you?

    2. It’s worth noting that Paizo will be publishing monster books as well as a core rulebook. Refer back to the above link about “compatibility”, and keep in mind that MM1 was one of the core books — and thus not really subject to “compatibility”.

    Isn’t that one of the main complaints against D&D 4E is that you can’t use the old stuff anymore???

    No. That’s a complaint, but it’s only really relevant in the face of how quickly 4E came out, and not the fact that it exists or how it’s designed. After all, creatures have to be revamped between 2nd and 3rd editions, or between 1st and 2nd, or between OD&D and 1st Edition AD&D. The problem there is timing, not the design of the game itself. Anyway, since you don’t actually have to revamp creatures to use them, because the rules are compatible and you can still adjudicate combat just fine without making changes, this point is moot.

    Comment by apotheon — 22 March 2009 @ 09:02

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