Remember how you liked to get Dungeons & Dragons groups going? Well, Jim started looking into it around our new home and found the BIG news is PATHFINDERS. Apparently it’s the newest version of D&D with two ways to play. 1) The Pathfinder RPG and 2) Pathfinders Society.
It’s a big thing right now, and a lot of guys are playing. The have a ton of fun and apparently it’s a bit addictive. Jim tells me that the guys who get into this stuff take it all pretty serious, meaning they like to play a lot and make a big deal out of it. LOL, there are guys who are roomates and play a lot when they aren’t at their “jobs”.
Here is some information about both games:
The Pathfinder RPG
Guys like you & Jim.
It’s cool because you only need the single 576-page Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play! The Game Master uses the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, which is a massive tome of more than 350 foes for the adventurers to face. The Pathfinder RPG is a fully supported roleplaying game, with regularly released adventure modules, sourcebooks on the fantastic world of Golarion, and complete campaigns in the form of Pathfinder Adventure Paths like Council of Thieves and Kingmaker.
It was designed with compatibility with previous editions in mind, so you’ll be able to use your existing library of 3.5 stuff with hardly any effort. In fact, it was designed to smooth over a number of the rough spots in the 3.5 rules set, making several existing books even easier to use. On the other hand, it contains numerous additional options and exciting new takes on classic character classes and races, infusing the game with a level of excitement that will carry it years into the future.
Since the release of the first playtest documents in March of 2008, more than 50,000 gamers have downloaded the rules and posted their feedback, resulting in a year-long open playtest that was the largest in the history of tabletop roleplaying games. Going back to the beginning of third edition, the rules engine that powers the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game has enjoyed more than 10 years of active playtesting and revision, making it the most robust set of fantasy RPG rules ever published.
On Golarion, the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the Pathfinder Society is an organization of explorers, vagabonds, sages, and treasure hunters determined
to plumb the depths of the darkest tombs, and collect relics and lore from bygone ages. Every member shares one common dream: to contribute to the Pathfinder Chronicles, printed editions of secret lore coveted by the Society wherein only the most impressive finds and bravest exploits of the Pathfinders are immortalized.
Pathfinders are a diverse bunch of scoundrels and wanderers. Their loyalties lie on all shores of the Inner Sea, and beyond their adventures as Pathfinders, they often find themselves mixed up in the murky politics of Absalom and the nations who seek to control the City at the Center of the World from behind the scenes. The campaign centers on the sprawling city of Absalom, where factions engage in a shadow war for control of the city’s politics and economy.
In Pathfinder Society Organized Play, you play a member of the Pathfinder Society, seeking fortune and glory all over the face of Golarion. At the same time, your character works for one of the competing factions, all with their own motivations and secret agendas.
Pathfinder Society Organized Play is a constantly evolving mega-campaign played by thousands of players and the adventures you experience are shared by players around the world. Play is organized into Seasons, throughout which the actions and achievements of you and your fellow Pathfinders create an ongoing storyline. Each season consists of at least 28 Pathfinder Society scenarios (short, 4-hour adventures) set in a variety of exotic locations across Golarion.
Since Jim started playing almost a year ago he’s been playing with a group of friends 2 Saturdays a month at the local Fantasy Shop, once a week online using the d20 Pro system, and he loves to go to the monthly Pathfinder Societies event as well – in various places. His friend Chris is an awesome Game Master and Jim really wants to learn to do that as well.
He has a lot of fun playing and has made new friends. These guys are really into it too. They have cool “weekend long” events – like one that is coming up across the river in Illinois in June and the BIG one in Seattle in July!
LOL, and when he is not playing Pathfinders he is playing RIFT online. It’s like the complete best of Everquest and World of Warcraft with the content on steroids!! I love the looks of that one! The content is amazing with a very cool real looking world with sounds.
It’d be so cool if you wanted to play too! I know you’d love it and you’d love the guys who play, because they are not “nerd” gamers but every day guys.