No, not the brand of car. I mean the fantasy RPG. I only learned about it recently and I’m, I admit, quite surprised.
When I first heard about it, I thought, “Meh, another Dungeons & Dragons rip off” and ignored it.The name certainly didn’t help, it sounded so… unexciting.
Then I heard that it was made by some people in response to the 4th edition of D&D, which many fans felt had abandoned its classic style in order to appeal more to the “World of Warcraft” crew. I have to admit it does feel different- not bad, just different- and the addition of[STRIKE] Tauren[/STRIKE] Minotaurs as player characters cannot be a coincidence. (The irony being, Warcraft ripped off D&D to start with, and now THEY are the main Fantasy RPG in popular culture. )
Today, as I checked my local Borders (please don’t close down please don’t close down please don’t close down) I found the Pathfinder Player’s Book. Actually, the SECOND player’s book, which tells you something about its success. And you know what, had I not read the name on the cover I would have SWORN that this was a (pre-4th edition) D&D book! Seriously, it’s like they aren’t even trying to hide it!
Is this being done with TSR’s permission? Or maybe they feel that having an older-style alternative for the fans only helps their business and not hurt it (I’d say so, you can easily buy their books and convert many 4th Ed ideas to Pathfinder.) If so, this would be very wise on their part. (Remember that TSR actually made their basic rules system -the D20 system- that d&D had invented freely available so anyone could publish games using it, so they may have that kind of mentality still.)
I wish I could comment more on the book, but I just didn’t have time to read it today. Everything I browsed over looked good, especially the art- I admit I like it better than the one in the D&D books I’ve reviewed recently. However it still has one problem that D&D also suffers from… THE PRICE! $40.00 for a game book? I know the economy is bad these days but sheesh! For that price I can buy a RPG video game and play it by myself for days, no other players or GM needed thank you!
So anyway, other than its striking similarity to D&D (and rumors) I know nothing about this game. Anyone else played it, or know anything more?