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MMCJawa wrote:given that Pathfinder is a slight evolution of 3.5 which is a slight evolution of 3.0.
To me, that's exactly what would make it worth it.Slowly reaching perfection. If you play Pathfinder, you probably like the evolutionary concept anyway, or you'd be playing 3.5 or 3.0
Great for your group, but given the state of Pathfinder at present, it would probably not go well for the company. 5E is drawing existing PF 1E players away, along with the normal attrition that all games have with their player bases.
As I see it, Paizo can:
Go with a significantly new edition and gamble it will bring in enough players to counteract those turned off. If you win the gamble, you'll do great. IF not, well...things go poorly
Do nothing at all, or just offer a mild update of the system. Consign your company to a massive downsizing that the company may never recover from.
I just don't see option 2 as viable. Option 1 is risky of course and who knows if it will work, but risk is better than nothing.