My life had some significant changes in August which caused me to miss my monthly update. You will also notice the updates to the site are slower as well. However, there are some positive changes coming in September that should see some new posts made this month.
While preparing for my latest session of Pathfinder I’ve come to know that Pathfinder 2E is imminent. Scratch that, it’s here. It’s kind of a bitter moment for me, as it is an indication that an era of D&D/PF that I’ve enjoyed for over almost 20 years is coming to an end. That era I mention is the epic 3rd edition D&D ruleset that has survived the test of time. With WotC finally un-crapifying D&D with the 5E launch, and PF releasing 2E, I fully expect the number of gaming communities actively playing the 3rd Edition ruleset (for those who don’t know, Pathfinder is a slightly modified version of 3.5) to start dwindling and be non-existent within the next 5 years.
We live in a world of technology. I remember Baldur’s Gate as the first true D&D game that showed how computers can eliminate all of the behind the scenes mechanics and keep it fun. Yes, I admit this is a very positive move for the genre at large. But I enjoy the slower and simpler portion of the game after I’ve been on technology all day. Computers can help make the mundane rules gathering a lot faster and smoother, but I believe it should be a supplement not the engine for the entire campaign. Relying on computers for the sake of expediency sacrifices the creative freedoms that comes from playing an open-ended world with diverse parties and possibilities.