I walked out of the FLGS last weekend without a copy of the Pathfinder core book. That’s the third time I’ve seriously considered buying the game but left the store without it.
The most common reason? There’s been a Hero System or GURPS title at my FLGS that I really wanted. But there are other reasons for my hesitation as well.
I’ve only played two editions of DnD: 4th Edition and 1st Edition ADnD. I moved on to other games by the time 2nd Edition came out, and I’d stopped gaming by the time 3rd Edition hit the market.
Like many gamers who moved on to GURPS or Hero, I have some issues with the system with regard to how armor works, enormous hit point counts, etc. At high levels specifically, combats feel like “death by a thousand cuts.”
On the other hand, Pathfinder has a lot going for it.
- Lots of support from Paizo
- Lots of support from 3rd party publishers
- An enthusiastic player base
But I do have a few questions for those who play Pathfinder, because quite frankly, there are some things about the ecology of DnD4e that I do not like.
DnD4e, with its ever-growing list of feats, pretty much requires a character builder. Yes, it’s possible to build a character without one, but just not a lot of fun. I assume it’s the same for Pathfinder.
Is there a go-to Character Builder for Pathfinder? Does Paizo offer one?
Can you add customized, third-party or house-ruled feats (or whatever they’re called) into any of the Character Builders? Is it difficult to do?
The reason I ask this is because in many ways WotC’s current OGL isn’t all that open — mostly because it requires the Character Builder, but there’s no support for 3rd-party content in the builder. I suppose it might have been possible to add content to it when it was a stand-alone application, but now that it’s web-based, that possibility is gone.
GM Prep Tools
Is there a combat encounter tool?
Does there exist a database of monster stats that I can paste into a document to have all the combat stats on one or two pages? (this is a side-effect of being spoiled by WotC’s Monster Builder.
Are there any significant changes in the combat system from the standard d20 system?
Eventually, I am going to buy the book. Even if I never run a Pathfinder campaign, I may want to run a one-shot or two to try it out.