Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Look At Paizo's Free Pathfinder RPG

I've not had a lot of free time lately, but I was very interested in Paizo's announcement of their 3.5-compatible Pathfinder RPG (which is currently in a free alpha playtest). I think its a nice idea for those sticking with 3.5, and I really like the open alpha/beta playtest--I think its a very cool way to build a sense of community.

Of course, the immediate knee-jerk responses have already flooded in from those both virulently anti and pro-4th Ed. D&D (see ENWorld), as we well know that someone not liking the same game as you is the equivalent of them spitting in your kindly old grandmother's face while suggesting she undertake some fairly exotic self-discovery.

Anyhow, let's all give it a look over the next few days and see what we think. Hey, its free, Paizo usually does a kickass job on their products (though that isn't by any means a guarantee on this one), and the art is aces. Plus, from my first read, it seems they're trying to streamline some of the more clunky aspects of 3.5, which I am generally in favor of (though it doesn't look like this attempt will go anywhere near a level of, say, True20). I'm not sure how I feel about their treatment of feats yet, or how things would pan out for lower-level play, but that's what an alpha is for, right?

I tell you what, if they keep it to one required book, I'd be a hell of a lot more willing to buy in.

1 comment:

Roger said...

I don't understand all the negativity about it. If it succeeds, fine. It isn't like its going to be the ruin of 4e. People need to realize some folks don't want 3.5, and some don't want 4e. Hell, some want Nobilis. It doesn't hurt you one bit. Hey, the more games out there, the more I have to pick from. Go play some SenZar or something, ENWorld, and chill the hell out.

Also, several folks have mentioned Paizo's relationship with Necromancer, and how NG will be producing 4e stuff.