While I continue to work on the HD&D combat system (which you should see in about a week) I thought I would draw your attention to the biggest D&D-related news of the week. Paizo have finally published their long-anticipated Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
This game is the true successor to Dungeons and Dragons version 3.5. It takes the original d20 rules and improves upon them. The result is slightly better version of third edition than anything we have played to date. If HD&D doesn’t work for any reason, then Pathfinder will be my go-to system to continue the unending game. And that fact alone should be enough to interest my players.
I’ll be returning to discuss Pathfinder in more depth in a month or so. It’s a good solid system that makes third edition a little more playable than it was. But it doesn’t address some of the fundamental problems of third edition that I’m hoping HD&D will address: namely, multiclassing and high level play. The rules also rely on miniatures, and use the original third edition spellcasting system which I’ve never liked. Basically, I would have to houserule Pathfinder almost as much as I’ve houseruled third edition – but it’s a better place to start.
If I’d ever got around to introducing my comprehensive amendments to 3.5 in 2007, then the game would have looked a lot like Pathfinder. I’d have no objection to running Pathfinder, but I’d prefer to run HD&D.
Anyway – please take some time to check out the new game and the new rules. If you’re so inclined a PDF of the 576-page rulebook can be downloaded from the Paizo site for a mere $9.99. Which seems a sensible way to price PDFs if you ask me.
However, you don’t need to read the whole book to get a flavour of the changes that Paizo have made. You can download a free 18-page Conversion Guide from the Paizo site. As long as you’re vaguely familiar with 3.5 then this tells you pretty much all you need to know.
So, have a read. Take it all on board, and then we’ll return to this discussion next month.