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I started with the red box. My first conquest was the caves of chaos then I moved to the small town of Threshold in Karemakos.

I first jumped to AD&D 1st edition in 1981? I was going to play a fighter, but rolled up using the 3d6 method a character strong enough to be a ranger who tried to return the fire gems from a keep across the river Styx.

I even got to play a game hosted by the man himself in the 80's at a three week summer program called Gateways. For 15 three hour sessions my 24 companions and I battled a band of the most dangerous orcs I have ever seen in a graveyard using miniatures in he most extensive modeled graveyard in a forest you've ever seen. Hundreds of grave stones and each held a miniature underneath it that would reveal itself as the battle raged over
Them. I remember one fireball disturbed 6 wights and 14 skeletons in a single blast like it was yesterday.

Second edition came with dragonlance and the forgotten realms. Who didn't want to play a Drow back then.

Spell Jammer really grabbed my imagination for a while.

Then my friends kind of outgrew D&D and moved on to Earthdawn, werewolf, Vampire and others I have forgotten. I still read ever Dungeon magazine that came every two months.

Along came 3rd edition. D&D was now what we had been searching to table rule it into. Then 3.5 refined it and fixed the power curve. Full steam ahead and into 4th edition.

4th edition was a turd. Wow, it was like a top ten restaurant just stopped making their house specialties and decided to become a microwaved hot dog stand.

Thank god Paizo stood on the hill with a beacon burning bright. They may have killed Dungeon Magazine, but they had not killed Paizo. They had a desparate plan, we would evolve 3.5 into pathfinder and so it was that Paizo became the guardians of the flame. The keepers of the spirt of those of us who discovered d&d when we opened that red box so many years ago.

I still had a gaming group going a few years ago. I broke my neck and was bedridden with a spinal injury, one of my friends died of cancer, one moved away and others had to chose marriages over a four hour session every other week (b~~&~), but the spirit of the game never left me.

I still love reading the material and I can calculate the battles in my head.

But perhaps I have said too much already!

The Goblin

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Good show, old man! Where are located?

-Skeld


Out in San Diego


Just want to say if your interested there are many extensive play by post (PbP) games on paizo's very own website. I my self and my wife are in three games here which are amazing. (Name dropping commencing) Two of which are run by Downrightamazed the other by Coreue. All three games are awesome.

That is if your looking for games since it seems your group has disbanded for various reasons.


I have never tried that, but I would like to try havoc xiii.


Well said. As the last players from the 2nd edition era fade away, there is new light afloat in a sea of RPG's. The torch burns bright at Paizo. The fans have spoken and their voices are heard here. The spirit carries on with Pathfinder, and the refugee's have joined this safe haven.


Man in hope 2nd edition people aren't fading because I got on board with first! But I hear those of us that are that old just fade away like Jedi. Maybe that is why you didn't say 1st edition.


Heh I guess it was pretty lame to write this on a Sat. The staff members arent even there to see it.

Osirion

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Cards, Maps Subscriber

Paizo staff are always there to see it. I have seen them respond to something at 3 am. It may not have been seen yet but it will be.

I started playing when you did. And had a similar journey.

Blessings...

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

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Yesterday we were busy prepping for our 10th anniversary summer party (which was fantastic), but no matter the hour of the day, some Paizo staff members are awake (and readin' ur posts). Glad that you found Pathfinder, and hope that you can join a play-by-post group and get those dice a-rollin'!


The Goblin wrote:
Man in hope 2nd edition people aren't fading because I got on board with first! But I hear those of us that are that old just fade away like Jedi. Maybe that is why you didn't say 1st edition.

We're perfect examples of 2nd editioners who have made their way to Pathfinder with a smile.

Grand Lodge

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The Goblin wrote:
Man in hope 2nd edition people aren't fading

I've been gaming for 30 years now. Not only do I play Pathfinder, I also run a weekly 2nd edition game as well...


Digitalelf wrote:
The Goblin wrote:
Man in hope 2nd edition people aren't fading
I've been gaming for 30 years now. Not only do I play Pathfinder, I also run a weekly 2nd edition game as well...

Yeah you are one of the rare few.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Liz Courts wrote:
...but no matter the hour of the day, some Paizo staff members are awake (and readin' ur posts)...

Far be it from me to day there is such a thing as too much coffee, but ... ;)


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zylphryx wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
...but no matter the hour of the day, some Paizo staff members are awake (and readin' ur posts)...
Far be it from me to day there is such a thing as too much coffee, but ... ;)

Remember that most of them live in the Seattle area. It's part of our atmosphere here. You can sometimes feel the caffeine in the air on cold mornings.


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So you really are sleepless in Seattle!?

Osirion

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Cards, Maps Subscriber

It happens.


I often am. I don't drink coffee either. I think I just absorb it through my skin. It's like second hand caffiene. There's at least 6 Starbucks in a 1 mile radius of where I work. That's not hyperbole either. There is one at Target, 3 in the mall, 1 a quarter mile away, 1 at Barnes and Noble and one in the theater next to the mall. There may be more I am unaware of. There are still at least 4 other coffee shops in that same 1-mile radius.


Rolls perception 1d20-4=6 "Sooo you are saying you like coffee shops!?"


I don't drink coffee at all. I'm one of the weird Seattlites.

Andoran

If I had one job choice right now, it would be for paizo, definitely...

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Tanis Newlun wrote:
If I had one job choice right now, it would be for paizo, definitely...

Well, we are hiring...

Andoran

Hmmm... Maybe in a few years, it'll probably be a while....


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

If the movie Gamers seems more like a documentary than a comedy.....

Having played all editions including janky 3.5 & 4th.. Thanks Paizo for saving the franchise of DND.

Andoran

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Liz Courts wrote:
Tanis Newlun wrote:
If I had one job choice right now, it would be for paizo, definitely...
Well, we are hiring...

Why do you never have jobs where a PhD in physics or chemistry is a requirement. What does Paizo have against us folks?

Andoran

Stefan Hill wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Tanis Newlun wrote:
If I had one job choice right now, it would be for paizo, definitely...
Well, we are hiring...
Why do you never have jobs where a PhD in physics or chemistry is a requirement. What does Paizo have against us folks?

nerd rage...


Brutesquad07 wrote:
Stefan Hill wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Tanis Newlun wrote:
If I had one job choice right now, it would be for paizo, definitely...
Well, we are hiring...
Why do you never have jobs where a PhD in physics or chemistry is a requirement. What does Paizo have against us folks?
nerd rage...

You know, I'd be careful. Physics? Chemistry? Sounds someone is highly qualified to apply for the 'Mad Scientist' position that just recently opened up. You don't want to be his first 'assistant' now do you?

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Stefan Hill wrote:
Why do you never have jobs where a PhD in physics or chemistry is a requirement. What does Paizo have against us folks?

I'm pretty sure SKR is a chemistry major.

Qadira

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The Goblin wrote:

I started with the red box. My first conquest was the caves of chaos then I moved to the small town of Threshold in Karemakos.

I first jumped to AD&D 1st edition in 1981? I was going to play a fighter, but rolled up using the 3d6 method a character strong enough to be a ranger who tried to return the fire gems from a keep across the river Styx.

I even got to play a game hosted by the man himself in the 80's at a three week summer program called Gateways. For 15 three hour sessions my 24 companions and I battled a band of the most dangerous orcs I have ever seen in a graveyard using miniatures in he most extensive modeled graveyard in a forest you've ever seen. Hundreds of grave stones and each held a miniature underneath it that would reveal itself as the battle raged over
Them. I remember one fireball disturbed 6 wights and 14 skeletons in a single blast like it was yesterday.

Second edition came with dragonlance and the forgotten realms. Who didn't want to play a Drow back then.

Spell Jammer really grabbed my imagination for a while.

Then my friends kind of outgrew D&D and moved on to Earthdawn, werewolf, Vampire and others I have forgotten. I still read ever Dungeon magazine that came every two months.

Along came 3rd edition. D&D was now what we had been searching to table rule it into. Then 3.5 refined it and fixed the power curve. Full steam ahead and into 4th edition.

4th edition was a turd. Wow, it was like a top ten restaurant just stopped making their house specialties and decided to become a microwaved hot dog stand.

Thank god Paizo stood on the hill with a beacon burning bright. They may have killed Dungeon Magazine, but they had not killed Paizo. They had a desparate plan, we would evolve 3.5 into pathfinder and so it was that Paizo became the guardians of the flame. The keepers of the spirt of those of us who discovered d&d when we opened that red box so many years ago.

I still had a gaming group going a few years ago. I broke my neck and was bedridden with a spinal...

You think their product is good wait til you experience their customer service...it what really pushes this company over the top. (and Cosmo 'might' have paid me to write that...)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Actually... having a background in physics or chemistry or any of the hard sciences is a GREAT advantage to a designer or developer here... because the fact is that we're creating worlds here at Paizo, and the more real-world knowledge we get into the company, the better.

That said... the primary skill we look for remains English—be it writing or editing.

Andoran

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:


That said... the primary skill we look for remains English—be it writing or editing.

What if those skills are excellent, but only when writing in third person and past tense?

Andoran

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Ross Byers wrote:
Stefan Hill wrote:
Why do you never have jobs where a PhD in physics or chemistry is a requirement. What does Paizo have against us folks?
I'm pretty sure SKR is a chemistry major.

Cool, nice to know Paizo isn't completely populated with hippies... ;)

Qadira

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Stefan Hill wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Stefan Hill wrote:
Why do you never have jobs where a PhD in physics or chemistry is a requirement. What does Paizo have against us folks?
I'm pretty sure SKR is a chemistry major.
Cool, nice to know Paizo isn't completely populated with hippies... ;)

You have never hung out with the folks from the Chemistry block in the university bar. :)

Taldor

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The Goblin,

Like SuperSlayer and you, I started with 2e and have that "Jedi" thing going on: the sourcebooks and boxed sets in my office are older than the undergrads who walk through it!

I thought tabletop gaming was done with the changes at the other company and the closure of all the company stores in 2003-2004, but Paizo is taking up the torch in a lot of great ways and I'm stoked to see so many new players coming to the table along with so many old-school gamers pushing their chairs back up.

Shadow Lodge

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James Jacobs wrote:

Actually... having a background in physics or chemistry or any of the hard sciences is a GREAT advantage to a designer or developer here... because the fact is that we're creating worlds here at Paizo, and the more real-world knowledge we get into the company, the better.

That said... the primary skill we look for remains English—be it writing or editing.

Me am speek english gud. U am give job?


Started playing with 2nd edition, so Im still around. Just got my old gaming group together after many years and added a few newbies. I still remember how excited I was when I got that white covered 2nd ed monster manual for christmas. I went digging through my old stuff and even found my old Night Below box set, to this day I remember the whole "weird fishy smell" from those aboleth mind control potions.


Wil Wheaton has warped my brain. Every time I see this thread title in the forums, I parse it as, "Paizo staff members I am in you!"

Cheliax

James Jacobs wrote:

Actually... having a background in physics or chemistry or any of the hard sciences is a GREAT advantage to a designer or developer here... because the fact is that we're creating worlds here at Paizo, and the more real-world knowledge we get into the company, the better.

That said... the primary skill we look for remains English—be it writing or editing.

You definitely need a librarian who speaks Finnish and Chelaxian...

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Asgetrion wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

Actually... having a background in physics or chemistry or any of the hard sciences is a GREAT advantage to a designer or developer here... because the fact is that we're creating worlds here at Paizo, and the more real-world knowledge we get into the company, the better.

That said... the primary skill we look for remains English—be it writing or editing.

You definitely need a librarian who speaks Finnish and Chelaxian...

Yes but not a smelly dwarf!


I remember when Races were a class and only Human PCs chose different classes. When playing Dungeons and Dragon's was taboo and I had to sneak out of the house to play. Not to mention figure out how I was going to buy the books being in a city that didnt have an RPG shop.

Grew with the game from the Red Box all the way to 4th edition. Boy was a glade when Pathfinder came out.

BTW I still have 1st edition books, 2nd edition, 3rd edition and 4 edition.


I had to reduce my stuff when baby #2 came along. 4th edition went into the trash, it wasn't worth the space. 1st edition through 3.5, the basic sets all got to stay.


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Was thumbing through some old ad&d stuff just this morning. Ahh memories. The old monster manual folder and deities and demigods with the lovecraftian mythos in it. I love me some pathfinder though. 4th just wasn't for me.

GO GOLEM!!!

Cheliax

Digitalelf wrote:
I've been gaming for 30 years now. Not only do I play Pathfinder, I also run a weekly 2nd edition game as well...

Ditto.

Andoran

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber
The Goblin wrote:
4th edition went into the trash, it wasn't worth the space.

Did you literally throw the books in the bin? Hopefully you are not talking literally and instead sold or gave them away, I would hate to think of any books just being binned (unless they were so tatty or damaged as to being of no use).

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
The Goblin wrote:
Man in hope 2nd edition people aren't fading because I got on board with first! But I hear those of us that are that old just fade away like Jedi. Maybe that is why you didn't say 1st edition.

I skipped the whole 2nd edition phase of AD&D, but probably the main reason for that, was that I was just so tired of First Edition and the whole AD&D style of play. I just avoided TSR for the next ten years when it came to roleplaying games. I came back during the 3.0/3.5 era.

I tried running "Village of Hommlet" recently. And I've found that as far as First Edition goes, absence has not made the heart grow fonder.


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No they literally went into the recycle bin, thus ended my frustration with 4th edition. I had ordered it thinking of how much I liked 3.0 and 3.5 thinking hey 4th will be that much better. Well it wasn't and it should never have been called Dungeons and Dragons on the cover. They should have marketed it as some other game.

Andoran

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The Goblin wrote:
No they literally went into the recycle bin

Ouch! I could never do such a thing. A few months back I was getting rid of a load of RPG books (complete run of 1st to 3rd Ed of Shadowrun, complete FASA & LRG Earthdawn books etc) so I could get more shelf space (scarily I have filled it all again).

I didn't want much money for them and so put them on a Bring & Buy at a convention for the minimum amount, those that didn't sell I just gave away as I couldn't stand to just dump them. Hopefully someone somewhere is getting some enjoyment out of them.

Osirion

Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

I can't stand to dump any books (outdated travelling books and books I consider to be potentially dangerous aside). I always try to find somebody who might get something out of them that I didn't.

Paizo Employee Digital Products Assistant

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Removed a post. Flame bait: don't do it.

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