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Considering what other more powerful spells their are in the core. Being bothered by Dancing Light and Light just seems strange imo. I can respect it I truly can't understand it. Might as well ban easy access to torches then. As one can buy many of them with a gold piece.
One thing that I think needs to be fixed. Or come up with a better system. Is the CR system. I recently had to reboot the AP I was running. I'm running Carrion Crown and I added in a encounter with a Wight. One of my own not in the first module of the AP. I group with minimal optimizers. Even with increased AC and Hp as well as small increase in to hit and damage. A group of six first level players took down a CR 3 monster. Too easily imo.
I'm not a fan of the APS. I use them because they reduce time. Yet the npc design is mediocre at best imo. Even with a group of non-optimizers a group of four adventurers can go through most of the npcs. Even the BBEGs. Put one in a locked room yet giving them no area control spells. Poor equipment. Some good awful feat choices.
In the end it all depends on what the devs want to do with the game. If they want to remain the alternative to 3.5. The they should be the best alternative. Even though I think they need a new background. Tired of Golarian. Here background xyz. Why at the same time making very clear that fhey are committed to continuing and developing the PF rules.
If they want to take it in another direction. They need to be committed to that as well. A new edition. A .5 edition whatever. With a proper playtest. Not one where a very vocal minority chased away anyone who asked for major changes. That type if BS if it were to happen in a second playtest should result in permaban IMO.
In the end your not going to make everyone happy. While offering more than just a rehash with better production values.
Steve Geddes wrote:
I like better art and organization like the next guy. I'm not willing to buy a unchanged edition of a rpg to get the art. It's why I could no longer buy the 40K RPGs after awhile. I don't need the same rehashed description of Bolters, Melta Guns and Psyikers for the fourth time. I can't really justify another 120$+ on a rehashed core and bestiary.
The only exception is when a core book breaks. The PF core really needs to be split into two books IMO. Or in the case of 7E COC or 5E where the changes were for the better. I just can't see the fanbase or at least a large amount reinvesting in more of the same. A new edition is not a guarantee of success either. Yet neither will be a easy sake to the fanbase
The thing is to those saying don't change anything. Then why even bother buying it again. Seriously if all were going to get is 80-90% rehash with new art and organization and 10-20% if that of new material. I simply can't see the reason for purchasing it again. I play PF flaws and all. I don't need to buy the same flaws and all again. If there was no SRD sure. With 5E, 13th Age and 4E I simply need more than just the same. I'm probably not the only guy that feels this way.
I get that people want to keep using their books. I think gamers need to look further than their own bookshelves. I don't think a unchanged edition is going to sell as well. Not when 5E actually fixed some of the problems that 3E has. Gamers have more choices with D&D and more discriminating.
That's never going to stop imo. No matter what Paizo does. When 3E came out the same happened with those who played 2E. Too much change and no one buys. Too little and no one buys either. At least with the first you get new material. The second is simply a rehash.
I really hope their not going to rehash the anti-mutant racism in a world where everyone is different angle. Part of me thinks I'm overreacting. Yet after reading the Newsrama article I'm not so sure. If their going to at least brand mutants to make them stand out. Put the Human torch, Toro and Firestar in the same room. How does the general public know which is a mutant. If anything given how Firestar looks human when she uses her powers she should be more accepeted imo.
Really Spider-man as a example of a character suffering racism. Beyond JJJ he hardly suffered anything remotely close to what mutants have suffered imo.
Fantastic Four maybe at first. Yet somehow the giant talking 8-10 ft tall talking orange rock. The walking, flying fireball throwing flame covered guy are less inhuman than the average mutant. Sorry I'm not seeing it and again compare to what mutants have suffered.
Tony Stark maybe a little. He never cared and all he had to do is throw a few million to get people like that to go away. He never had to worry too much except any and all governments wanting to steal his tech.
Even Sentinels seems not to bother the average person in the Marvel Universe. Considering the outcry over the use of drones. Yet Giant anti-mutant killer robots and no one blinks a eye. That causally rip open homes to get mutants.
I have been reading comics off and on for about 20-25 years. I have yet to see anything that makes non-mutants as discrminated or hunted down like mutants
The splitting of the fanbase began with 2E and will continue. One can't make everybody happy. I was interested in getting 4E earthdawn. Yet beyond a few changes the system is pretty much the same. I enjoy 3E ED I don't need more of the same. I'm not sure much can be done to stop it or slow it down the splitting if the fanbase. Hell some people still only play 3.5.
I know but thanks.
I hope it's a actual seperate universe. The type of world where humans are the norm and mutants very much the exception. I'm in no mood to see them stay in the 616 universe and have them hide in a corner and go "humans treat us differently and are racist. Yet we hide in dark corners doing nothing to change that" type of routine they had going up until ten years ago. In a world like the current Marvel universe where being different is the norm. Where a significant amount of people have powers. Both mutant and non-mutant. With no way for the average person to recognize non-mutants among mutants. The whole mutant racism angle just made no sense. racism should have been against both parties not just mutants. how are mutants both heroes and villians hiding off in a corner. not interacting with the world at large. Going to help mutants as a whole.
I keep forgetting the univeres in the show and the comics are different. The whole mutant problem in comics has been done to death and IMO just unrealistic with a world filled of superhumans. The show and movies are still relatively empty if netahumans at least at this time. I hope that Skye mom personality change is not a attempt to make the character in a female version of Magneto. That character as well forgot that despite mutants being powerful they are outnumbered. So I agree with Sharoth that peace or at least a cold war style of peace is the only viable option. If Shield does not nuke them. Then it's Hydra, Kree or other world governments IMO. Magneto colony of zgenosha only lasted as long as it did because it was protected by writers grace in the comics.
I get your point about the average person and mutant racism. I still maintain that in comics it makes no sense for mutants and only mutants to be singled out IMO. The Thing a giant tall talking orange rock gets a free pass on racism because he received his powers from cosmic radiation. Yet Cyclops is to be feared because he received his from nuclear fallout. While looking human to boot. If mutants had a tattoo or some kind of mark that made them stand out. They don't. Put Firestar, hlHumzn Torch and Toro in the same room and no one really knows the difference. Now if they had racism and bigotry against any and all mutants and non- mutants it would make more sense. At this point Marvel is forcing the mutant issue,
As for Skye mom personality transformation it fits the character. Yet at the same time I wonder if they are trying to rehash a female version of Magneto. Which has been done to death imo. It should be interesting to see if she can really start a war and/or if all her people will truly follow her. I'm also expecting Skye to be a version of Scarlet witch who was a supporter then fought against Magneto.
I do like Aberzombie theory about Sky mom. It would make for a better reason for the sudden personality shift. Or it could have been Gordon who fed her the vials as well. At one point in the show he walks in on the character and walks toward her. Loke he had a purpose in mind. Or it simply could have been Hal trying to stir the pot to cause trouble.
Which Marvel stopped doing then began focusing on how different mutants were. In a world where 50% or more of the population is different. It would make sense if it was a world where 89-90% of the population were normal and the remaining 10-20% were mutants and non-mutants. In a world where some of the most human looking villains accomplish some of the worst crimes. With no way for the average person to know who is a mutant and non-mutant. It makes no sense for mutants/Inhumans to be singled out and non-mutants given a free pass.
I kind of agree at this point though in the MCU the public knows there some good mutants as well as bad mutants. Good non-mutants and bad ones. It's just Marvel clumsy and heavy handed way of pushing the racism angle in a world that's been different from day one. If anything given what happened with Civil War. Their should have been a backlash against anyone and everyone that had a super ability of any sort. Mutant and non-mutant imo.
I kind of was a little dissapointed with tonights episode. Too much passing around of the idiot ball. First Skye father is portrayed to be unstable and psychotic. Then Skye mom is asking him for advice on dealing with Shield. Suddenly he is a stable and font of stable and sane wisdom. He's the best and most unbiased person to be asking for advice. That no one expected Ward to pull a fast one. Except maybe Coulson. That's like inviting Mystique into your team and not expecting her to stab you in the back. Maybe it's me but I hate it when writers both in and out comics make the good guys act completely dumb. With the villains always seeming able to pull a fast one without the heroes noticing. Or if they do it's too little to late imo.
Though it would be nice to see Gonzales come back somehow. As well was not expecting Skye mom to do what she did. Then again it makes sense. After what Whitehall did to her why would she trust let alone get along with Shield or humanity at large. Which I'm not too keen on as it smacks too much of the same rehashed mutant vs human trope that Marvel been done to death. With all due respect in a world where we have the Thing, The Human Torch and other non-mutant/Inhuman characters that in some cases look more different and freakish looking. Why would the average person single out mutants/Inhumans. Hell how would the average person even know the difference.
I have to disagree about the martial/Caster disparity being as old as the game. Having played every edition it truly stands out with 3E. In 2E Fighter had the best saves, could get a army by 9th level. More importantly where the only ones who could really specialize in weapons. Casters were still powerful yet also more fragile as well as one hit and your spells failed to go off.
I do agree about the way some of the rules were written in 2E. Then again I don't see how anyone can say that D&D is rules heavy. Even PF at most were talking rules medium. Sometimes one can't always play rules light rpgs and actually need to break a sweat and learn some rules.
Chengar Qordath wrote:
of course your going to be told that. Who going to say "I can't stand dealing with rude people. I wish they were banned!" When my job is customer service. Now I can because I found a new job. Before then I was all smiles and cheer despite how rude a customer was because I had to be. On the inside I despised and still despise such people. Only people without a social filter or those who truly hate their job are going to openly criticize rude customers. The smart ones remain professional and take the money. Know that they can't stand you. No matter how much money you spend. Spending money at a certain place even on a regular basis does not entitle one to be a douchebag.
Let me tell you a secret. Of course they are going to take your money. Only a truly stupid person would not. Be warned though that after a certain point no matter how much money you spend at a certain place it's not worth putting up with a constant amount of abuse. Not unless your spending at least a 100$+ on a regular basis. The obnoxious guy that goes to a Dunkin Donuts an buys a small coffee every day but annoys the staff will get banned.
It all depends if the customer is a regular he or she maybe given more of a free pass even with bad BO. Espcially if they keep to themselves and cause no trouble. A random person who comes in and starts being rude and abusive. Most store owners refuse to help them. If they are going to spend some money at the establishment they too maybe given a free pass. Rude and they don't buy anything are shown the door. A lgs in my area has a strict no edition war policy. None allowed even if you buy stuff. Your given one maybe two warning after that permabanned from the store. No matter how much money you spent or were planning to spend.
Still imo the one that is beautiful will be the ones most people tend to want to get to know or gravitate towards. The ugly usually are not given the time of day. Maybe it's a sad start o affairs with humanity I don't know. When I grew up. Between the ages of 10-20 people focused more on appearaance. It never changed between 20-30 and now that I'm turning 41 I see precious little dfference. Hollywood and the entertainment industry tries to pretend that the opposite in moves and TV shows the reality is totally opposite imo.
Even then it depends on a the type of character concept. If your playing the lonely solitary person who lives on the fringes of society. Never interacting with anyone for whatever reason no amount of skill points at least at the start should make you the equal of a person who plays a more sociable character imo. Maybe second or third level. If your character is so secretive even the town or city that the campaign begins in does not know of your existence. Why would anyone in the area trust you at least at the beginning. The barmaid at the nearest tavern would at least at the start be rightly suspicious at least at the start.
I used to penalize players more for having low stats. I later realized I was being unfair. Yet at the same time I do expect players to roleplay a low stat. I'm not saying that with a Cha of 5 one has to roleplay the world most unsociable character. Far from it. Neither do I want to see someone expect to be treated the same as a someone else with a cha of say 16 or more.
My houserule without exception is no stat higher then a 16 with a dump stat. Take a low cha boost it wit skill points then your limited to a 16 Str. Meaning your character was before he starts the game was going out and about trying to talk to people an involve himself on a more social level. Less time to develop his strength. Characters don't exist in a vacuum.
I stick to the standard penalties given in the book. Usually though the character with the better Cha wins in social situations for having the better score and better bonus. I also expect players who take low Cha who give me a reason to overcome low cha. To actively roleplay in social encounters at the table. Failure to do so probably means less XP.
Someone in the thread said that even people with low Cha get served at stores, bars etc. Well having worked in customer service for 12+ years in a bookstore. The truth of the matter is myself and others. We put up with low cha customers because we had too and they had money. Other than that we hated having to deal with such people. If it was not the guy who had such bad BO he smelled worse than a corpse and roadkill combined. To the customers who can't be bothered to do their own research for a book simply show up and go "I don't remember the title or the author of a book. I think the cover was green does that help". Then get mad when we start asking for more information expecting us to know where each and every book was. To customers who simply behave badly in public. Yelling, screaming if they don't their way.
So yeah they may have had money we helped them to the best of our ability. We hoped they never came by again even if they had money. Nor was I being paid enough to have to stomach people with bad BO. Nor was I paid enough to deal with man/womanchildren who were adults and quite frankly should know better. One thing I notice in these threads how some ignore that appearence matters. Deny it all you like but it does imo. One can be the world best public speaker but people for better or worse will still gravitate to better looking people. It's how the world works imo. Nor do I see that changing anytime soon.
Again some here are saying "don't change anything" as they want to keep using their books. Which I respect. Yet beyond that no one is really telling me why I should reinvest in a edition that changes nothing. It's the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about or even acknowledge. Unless a rehashed edition offers significant new material. I'm probably not going to spend money on it. First I can get it off the SRD for free. Second I have the current edition that I can use. With all the options and material released their enough for a lifetime of gaming.
The 3.5./PF 1E diehards will be happy with the new edition. The middle of the road gamers like myself probably not as much. Those who dislike 3.5. forget about. The fanbase at large with 3.5, 4E and 5E as options can and will ask what the new edition will offer that the current edition can already do.
As for 4E I played I enjoyed it when I did. It simply was not the game for me after awhile. I don't dislike it. Or hold any grudge at Wotc. Unlike some in this hobby I have vastly more important things to do with my life.
With fans being able to play older editions if they want. The previous PF books will not disappear jus because a newer edition is no longer compaitable. Even though Wotc stopped supporting 2E. Fans of that version still play it. I get that some don't want to see their material become obsolete. Yet it was laways a risk. I knew full well that with the changes between 2E and 3E being so different. That their was a risk of it happening again.
While I'm sure 13th Age is not as popular as OF. To simply dismiss it out of hand is a mistake. It offers a mix of both 4E and PF. Which some fans want. While I do wish that their would be more releases for 5E. It fixed some of the issues that PF has. For some that s big thing. Any new edition of PF will be compared to what has come before. I still think that not much can be done at fracturing the fanbase. I'm not saying nothing can be done. Just that it will happen one way or the other whatever they do.
The fracturing of the fanbase will happen. No matter the changes done to the system. Minor or major. Paizo can attempt to minimize the effects. To be honest I think it's a waste and they should focus on developing the rules and playtest. Even with PF being similar in ways to 3.5. their still is some that play that edition and only that one.
Unless their is a significant and large amount of gamers who uses 3.5. material at their table I don't think the next edition has to be backwards compitable. It would help but if only a small portion of the community uses older material it should not be that big of a priority imo.
Paizo is kind of in a difficult position imo. Release a rehashed edition and not sell as much. Release a new edition and that too is a problem. Competition from other rpgs.
I don't think they can minimize it. Large or small amount of fanbase fracturing it's inevitable imo. Why waste resources on something that at most they can do little stop imo. The only third option I can see is series of Pathfinder Unchained. Though I do find the 3.5./PF fanbase fracturing really strange. It's not like PF is that different from 3.5. With Paizo giving away the rules on their SRD seems strange to not want to convert imo.
It's all well and good to want to help and encourage others. Does it give the primary owner a guaranteed source of income is all that I'm interested about. Do I want to help artist or up and coming rpg company XYZ. Sure. It better make me richer one way or the other. The OGL was a very good but also somewhat naive endeavor on the part of Wotc. It helped encourage others without guaranteeing any sales for them. As well as creating their own competition. So I can see why their not doing it with 5E.
If their was a large amount of gamers who actually used most of their 3.5. collections at the table. I would agree. Yet from what I'm seeing here and elsewhere and outside of the internet. It seems to be the exception not the norm. Either it's PF and only PF. Even then most 3PP PF stuff is disallowed. I don't see why they should design a edition for the small number of people who use most or all of their 3.5, PF and 3pp. When and I could be wrong. Most either let it gather dust. Or sell it off to buy PF stuff. What you and others are ignoring is that PF also faces competition from other rpgs. If all your going to offer is more the same. Good luck getting those who switched to say 13th Age from returning to the fold. Or 5E which actually fixes some of the flaws of PF.
Chengar Qordath wrote:
Agreed and seconded. I have nothing against disliking 4E. It's when posters make wrong statements about the game. While usually showing that they never played 4E. Like saying that it was targeting to the WOW generation. You know how many things I saw in third edition that I saw in pre-mmo computer games. I'm not accusing Wotc nor Paizo of trying to market to those who like computer games.
The funny thing about 4E FR is that they listened to a very vocal group of gamers and their dislike about FR then implemented changes. Some I liked such as the too large number of redundant gods. Removal of high level npcs. I was not bothered so much by them. Just that after seeing their published stats why the hell does high level npc XYZ really having such trouble defeating the main villain of FR series ABC.
I still maintain that they either stick to publishing the current edition. Or something new. A rehash is simply not going to be as attractive as it once was. Why would a significant majority by the same product twice. Even if they did then some would rip Paizo a new one for releasing a rehash then accuse them of a cash grab imo.
I just can't see how a Wizard blasting stuff with magic is OK in a fantasy setting. Yet somehow a Fighter leaping from building to building in full plate as unrealistic or game breaking. Both tend to break the laws of realism. Both can be seen in certain types of literature. A high level fighter while not splitting a mountain in two. Should be able to break a boulder in two imo. I get certain gamers don't like seeing that. Just admit it. Telling me it's unrealistic but Wizards get a free pass on that because of "magical reasons" is not going to convince me of your side of the argument.
Nathanael Love wrote:
It still does not excuse the 4E bashing. No one is forced to bash 4E or any other type of rpg. Saying it's the PF boards is simply apologizing for bad behavior imo. I may bash PF and the devs. I'm not proud of it. I don't do it every single time I go on a forum or in public.
I don't mind being told something is cheesy/broke/overpowered. As long as it can factually be proved to be all three. Instead what I see usually happening is some on the hobby disliking say a spell or feat. Then instead of simply just admitting that. They try and push something as broken or cheesy. If I listened to every instance of that. I would never be able to use any of the newer material. I would be a very rich man if I received a dollar every time we had some claim something was broken. I come here check and see what is claimed to be broken. Read up on it. Then see if it's fact or opinion. Usually it ends up as being opinion and nothing more imo. I knew back in 3.5 to take broken claims from the community with a galaxy sized grain of salt. Were talking about the a significant amount that caused weapon focus and greater weapon focus bonuses to be changed from +2,+4 to +1,+2. How is a two point difference that significant. Who knows maybe some people dislike equal numbers.
What bothers me the most is how those claiming stuff being broken come off sometimes as hypocrites. Say high and low how broken Gunslingers or feat XYZ is in a game where they are the DM. Yet as a player take then take the class and feat.
I try to respect and understand the realism argument I see here and out of the forums. To be blunt I simply can't. I have tried over the last two decades. But I can't. I could understand the argument if D&D was grounded in realism and physics. Majority of the game simply breaks the rules of realism. Dragons the size of jumbo jets not only flying easily yet also finding enough food to sustain themselves in areas they claim and terrorize. Wizards and Clerics routinely break the laws of physics. If one does not like some elements of guns just tell me that. Telling me and others it's not realistic. Well expect a few raised eyebrows, a few laughs, and most disagreeing with you imo.
The Hulk can lift a tank easily because he can lift 100 tons. She-Hulk can lift 75 tons. Unless this has changed recently. So some might think and insist it's not realistic. Both have the strength to not only lift a tank. They can do it in their sleep.
Can I ask two things when posting in similar threads. Saying that a new edition will fracture the fanbase. No matter what they do rehash or new edition it will fracture the fanbase. In a major or minor way. But it happens no what. When 2E came out it was happening with that edition way back then. It did with the 3.0 to 3.5. transition. Same with 3.5. to PF. I know of a store owner who had to ban a persistent group of 3.5 diehards who even with PF and Paizo free Srd kept pestering the owner about when they could get 3.5. No matter how many times he told them they were out of luck. So imo Paizo whatever they do with a 2E of PF really should not care about fracturing their fanbase because short or long term they can't really do anything about it.
Lack of a OGl. While a OGL for any rpg is nice. It's not a requirement. We played through the 1980s until 2000 when Wotc first came out with the OGL. Guess what the hobby survived without one. I get that people like the OGl but to say that any rpg company without one is doomed to fail. Either is a younger gamer to the hobby. Or simply wants a OGL. If they can't get it proclaim doom and gloom for any edition of D&D lacking one and the hobby as a whole. TSR went under because of being run poorly not a lack of a OGL. I'm not a huge fan of a OGL. Maybe it's because of huge clut of poor D20 products under 3.5. Or because I rather charge a fee to use a OGl. If I owned the OGL I want guaranteed 100% sales or at least a decent amount of money coming in. Not "gives us your rules for free and you might get some revenue" of the OGL
I notice that those in threads like these who don't want change. Really can't see any further than their own bookshelves. Again they have to offer something new with a PF 2E. Too much competition from OSR, 4E, 5E, 13th Age. It's not 2008 anymore where it seemed no one but Paizo was going to support 3.5.If all I'm going to get is 80-90% old material and being generous 10-20% new material. Why would I reinvest in the core. Sorry but supporting Paizo and my fellow 3.5 diehards. Is simply not a valid or good enough reason for me to buy more pf the same material. Unlike the current edition. I think the next edition will have to offer more. Fans who play 5E because they dislike the caster/martial issue. Are not going to leave 5E to get more of the same. The only flaw 5E has is a lack of decent support imo.
Whatever they do I will still support them in some way. I still buy Pathfinder Tales. As theirs not much new in terms of novels from Wotc. Quite frankly I'm tired of the ever continuing adventures of Drizzt and friends. I would still buy map packs and other accessories as well. Maybe even more APS if it is a rehashed edition.
for me and my gaming group. Either offer something new or were not interested. If others want to by yet another rehash more power to them. We have the current version of Pathfinder plus the SRD meaning we don't even have to buy a totally new or rehashed PF. Mind you I do this to all new editions of existing rpgs. It's the reason I'm not buying Earthdawn 4E. Either offer me at least 50%+new material. Or don;t expect me or others to reinvest in a core with no to little change.
Looking at it from more than just a perspective of one own bookshelf. They can't offer more of the same and expect the same amount of people to buy it again. Yes I know they did for PF. Yet at the same time no one else at the time looked like they were going to support 3.5. With less competition as well. With 5e, 4E, OSR, 13th Age they need to offer something new. 13th Age from what I heard seems to be a mix of both 4E and 3.5. The only issue I have with 5E is a lack of support. It's not 2008 anymore and fans need to stop acting like the same circumstances that allowed Paizo and PF to thrive will still be there.
Save your breath. Those who dislike 4E always bring up the same BS about 4E. While acting like PF has no flaws.
I still think they need to offer something new. Or more than a simple rehash with better production values. PF is facing more competition now. A newer version will be compared to the current version and other RPGs. With gamers asking "why should I switch or buy the new edition. If the problems with high level okay are not addressed for example. Those who hate how PF handles higher levels. Are not going to reinvest IMO.
While I understand why they did one core book. I prefer a separate phb and dmg. My first of core book fell apart. My second is still intact because I cover hardcover RPGs with a sticky plastic adhesive clear material. Even that is not full proof.
The thing is depending on the class it's not hard to optimize. My first character using PF was a Bard and somehow with the right feat choices and without using a class design guide. I had made a optimized Bard. Just taking the bread and butter feats for a Fighter according to some on this board is making your character optimized. The system as is does kind of reward you for taking certain choices.
Players should be allowed to take low stats. As long as they are willing to accept the consequences of doing so. Take a low Cha for a Bard I don't want to hear that your spells are not as effective as the other player with a higher stat.
Thanks Dabbler. I will still going to get the book. Even in the ACG their some good material. It's just frustrating that after all this time even with all the feedback they still manage to miss the mark imo. AS I said at this point six years into the development cycle of PF I'm expecting more from the devs. If what you said is true about the Unchained Monk. Then either they were not listening to the countless Monk threads. Which they are free to do by the way. Just don't waste the fans time by releasing a book that is marketed as killing off "sacred cows" in the game. Then do a half hearted attempt. I had a feeling they would really not fix enough of the problems. Sad to see I was right imo.
To be honest with 5E and the devs of that edition actually fixing problems. You think that Paizo would do a better job. Imo I'm pretty sure that PU is not going to get fans who play and like 5E back in the fold.
I will probably get this book as it will probably have something useful I can use. But as usually the devs are unable or unwilling to find the proper middle ground when designing something. Either a ability is really good. Or it's not worth taking. Six years after the core was released and I expected a hell of lot better from the devs. Oh well.
I can't see that getting them more sales. I don't want to buy 80-90% rehashed material simply to get 10-20% if it even is that much. Why waste the money when I can simply wait and get it from the SRD. Give me a reason to reinvest in the core book. Or I'm sticking with older version.
One way or the other releasing a core book with mostly new material or rehashed material will split the fanbase imo.
I would not use Palladium Books as a example on how to run a business. Sure the company has been around for 32 years. But their not thriving. Just surviving. Their not moving as much product as before. Nor making as much money. Hell even game stores in the city where the company is located. For the most part don't carry their products anymore.
So one can't even remotely compare Paizo and Palladium equally. While I think PF is mostly a rehash. They at least included so minor new material. Even regular D&D with 3E and after changed the system. Palladium game engine is a house ruled version of AD&D that has not changed in any real significant way in 32 years. The books have the same copy and paste errors. The look of the books look like they are published in the late 1980s. The owner can't give a realistic release schedule to save his own life. I enjoy the system flaws and all. But it's not the company to follow if you want to succeed in the business.
While I don't think that a new edition will arrive anytime soon. If it does it can't be another rehash with a few minor rules changes. With new cover and interior art. I doubt a unchanged version will sell as well as the current version of PF will. Their more competetion. 5E, 4E, 13th Age, PF 1E, earlier editions of D&D. With that much selection gamers will be asking why they should reinvest in another PF. Even Chaosium with Call of Cthluhu with 7E did more than just reissue a rehash with better production values.
Not so much the auto-correct. So much as posting too fast. That's the main issue of APS though for meat least. If I'm going to rewrite the encounters. I might as well not send the money. If they don't save me time in preparing for my game it feels like extra work for little gain. That being said they help if your stuck and can't get inspiration. THe npcs in APS I have come across three that I have not had to rewrite. The rest are so non-optimized even a group of the least unoptimized players will defeat them with relative easy. I have a Alchemist in my group who can throw 3-4 bombs that end up doing 100+ hp. That's half to three quarters hp for most BBEG.
It's somewhat of a time saver imo. I agree when it comes to setting up the story and places for a AP. The npcs are so poorly optimized that it's not even funny. I know their constrained with what treasure they can include for npcs. To be blunt a CR 14 npc has no business having a +1 ring of protection imo.
Wise words spiral ninja. I don't think a new edition will come out soon. But after a certain point their is a saturation point with the fanbase. I have to ask. Do I really need bestiary 8. I have the first four and was disappointed with the last one. What really is the difference between a ocean troll, a pond troll or a river troll. I used to think I would never get tired of monsters but now I am. i also have the Tome of Horrors complete as well. Another problem is that too often for example a feat is either too good or not worth taking. Plenty of fluff filled descriptions with the crunch elements being so not worth taking. That I would have to be paid a six digit figure minimum before adding it to my character sheet. So many archtypes with offical and 3pp as well.
Even the APS. After a point how many pre-made adventures does one need or want to spend the money on before deciding to make ones won. Even for a novive after running a few APS. One should be able to make ones encounters imo.
I can understand NL dislike of new editions. It's the same reason why I passed over getting Earthdawn 4E. Too little changes and not in the mood to reinvest in a new edition without 50% + new material in it. The exceptions are 7E COC because while similar to previous editions the changes enhance the rpg.
Even if Paizo kept the same names of the books. As long as the material was relatively or mostly new people would still buy. If they can make the current rpg engine run better and faster at higher levels that's already a big bonus. A unchanged PF good luck with trying to get the same sales as when the core was first released. Unlike when 4E was released it has some decent competion now.
Please every company including this one wants to make a profit. I'm not calling them greedy. But they have bills to pay. Then again it's the usual "rpg company xYZ that I like is above reproach. The others I don't like are greedy" mentality that persists in the hobby. Eventually if the current edition makes them lose money and they do nothing to stop it. For fear of alienating the fanbase then they deserve to go under. I have no sympathy for any company who purposefully loses money for whatever reason.
Mind you the community is strange though. As I'm seeing more than a few elements of 4E in 5E. Yet somehow with 5E those elements are acceptable to the same community. Then when they were inside the with 4E books. In the end it's all a matter of presentation imo. If they kept the more traditional fantasy jargon and terminalogy maybe 4E may have done better. While I never taught of 4E as a mmo and never will so don't try to convince otherwise. I did see that they borrowed a few terms from mmos to appeal to that portion of the market.
Paizo has to offer something new. Or at least not another rehash. Between 5E, pF 1E, 13th Age and 4E. PF 2.0. will have more competition. Going for the status quo will have members of the community asking what can the newer version of PF offer that the previous four don't already have. If it's nothing then good luck trying to get people to buy it. Maybe some of the PF diehards but not those who have moved on to other systems.
While one does not have to switch over let alne by the new edition. Chances are a person will. When 3E was released in 2000. 2E and earlier edition of D&D gaming dried up in my area overnight. Ads for those editions of the games were left blank. So those DMs adapted to 3E. Kept playing with the same people or not at all.
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The thing is people in the hobby don't look at the big picture. Or assume that everyone will act like them. Down the line with two versions of the same rpg with little changes. Why would people buy a third version. Once Paizo published Pathfinder they gave those who wanted 3.5. to continue what they wanted. While fixing very little of the problems of the system. If I hate the caster vs Fighter power level problem. PF 2.0. does little to fix the problem. Why would I buy it when I can just keep using the current edition. I dislike running high level games because the system slows down at high levels and again no changes. Why waste my money. 5E fixes some of the problems of the system. Is PF 2.0. going to do the same. If no why would I stop playing 5E. They need new material or at least show the overall fanbase. Not just the 3.5. diehards. That their offering something new and fresh. If not chances are good that while a unchanged PF 2.0. will sell well. Nothing like the current version did when it was released. I like the system but the 3.5. engine can use a improvement.
Even Chaosium implemented some different enough changes with Call of Cthulhu 7E. Six edition of rehashes. Competion from both Trail and Savage Cthulhu another rehash simply made no sense. Trail espcially while true to COC does a better job then the core COC imo. Their a decent amount of the fanbase who refuse to buy PF because they feel it adds nothing new.
It all depends on the class and build. For example one can play a Fighter with low Str. Just don't expect to carry heavy Armor and a shield. Or at the very least expect to be encumbered. A bard with a 16-18 Cha has better chance of his spells succeeding then one with a 10-12. Mind you it can be done. Just don't expect to be as effective as characters with higher primary stat.
If people are... loyal enough to buy the same game 3 times over, you may as well assume they'll go ahead and do it a 4th time.
Before 5E I would agree. Now I think it would be more of the opposite. Two editions of the same rpg with very little change. Is not going to sell well a third time imo. Given that 5E fixes some of the problems that 3.5./Pathfinder has. Releasing the same rules a third time with little to no changes when their a new edition of the same rpg. That fixes the flaws is a mistake. Making PF 3.5. backwards compatible while a good thing do. Ends up not being that much of a beneficial thing imo. When DMs either insist on PF core and PF sourcebooks. Or some not willing to spend time converting 3.5. material to PF. I don't think the next edition has to be backwards compitable.
To be honest I'm not willing to spend another 100-120$ on another rehash with new cover/inter art. I need at least 50%+ minimum new material to invest in another edition of PF. If it's more of the same I can simply use 3.5. and PF material. They have to offer something new. It's not like it was with 4E which received it's fair share of negative reviews. 5E for the most part seems to have received a more positive review. Will it happen soon no. But it will happen imo.
To be fair no one is saying print is dead. To me at least it's dying a slow death. Between PDFs being cheaper. E-readers improving over time. A lack of space to store books. As well as a depreciation in the value of rpg print books. It will slowly become the medium of choice for most people. I'm sure their are people who like and enjoy 8 track tapes. I don't see a sudden renaissance in that format. He'll even VCR recorders are getting harder and harder to find in homes
Don't forget it's all piazo fault for making people buy new material. It's all their fault because DMs can't say no to their players. Or that gamers are not responsible with how their money is spent. That somehow new material equals forced to purchase. Option paralysis I'm not to sympathetic. Once or twice I can understand. More than that get over it, grow a pair and pick something already. It's playing a rpg. Not saving the world.