|Randy Price Venture-Lieutenant, Kentucky—Northern Kentucky aka casiel|
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This question is for John Compton, Tonya Woldridge, and the other PFS staff.
Are there plans to make Core more integrated with the standard system?
Core is wonderful to introduce new players to Pathfinder and PFS without overwhelming them with an entire library of character build options. However, it can be challenging to locate a Core table (at least in my area) that is playing within four levels of the new player-character's tier. For example, in my area there is only one regularly scheduled Core PFS table within a 30-mile radius. The Average Player Level for that game is now 6th level. This means that new players are excluded from any Core game within the same region.
What I would like to propose is to make things so that what constitutes Core is the player's character sheet. So long as the PC has been created with Core-rules only (and allowed supplements) for their build, they may participate in any game (Core or Standard) they like.
Some may feel that this puts the Core PC at a disadvantage since they lack the bells & whistles of their standard PC companions. Leave that decision up to the player. Yes, they might not be as powerful as some of the non-Core classes, but that should be the player's call. Doing it this way allows new players to quickly join any game in their tier. If said player later wants to take non-Core feats and equipment, then the PC becomes a standard character and can no longer participate in Core-only tables. Again, make that about the player's choice.
Thank you for your time and consideration.