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A Rant on Pathfinder

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.

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