|Mark Hoover 330|
What level PCs are you talking about here? I'm running a home game with APL 8 characters; none of them have a "buff train" effect happening.
The Inquisitor/Wizard spends all of his time plinking with wands/arrows and lamenting his lack of DPR. The Druid spends most of her spell slots on utility spells or healing and sends her insanely equipped lioness into the fight for her. The Bloodrager/Brawler/Fighter does have a lot to keep track of, but that comes from personal Feats and he... has a system. Finally, the Barbarian/Bard has 1 buff effect that she forgets to use often.
On the off-chance that any of these PCs actually throws out a buff spell or ability, we just jot it down on an index card like B-laffs there.
The BR/B/F with all his Feats does sometimes come up with some de-buffs that affect combat. When this happens we pull out a bunch of colored magnets my group used in the 4e days. I have a handout in my notebook with all the conditions printed on it as a quick reference.
I'll agree with Old (Undying) Blue-Eyes upthread: PF is as complicated as you make it. 4 8th level PCs, three build for DPR in some fashion and with just enough magic items to get the melee martial type airborne when necessary, and you've got a consistent way to end every encounter.