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1. Do you currently like pathfinder 1e?
No. I was never a fan of 3.0 or 3.5 and the few times that I've played Pathfinder online and in person have generally been bad experiences. To me the system feels bloated. I think Pathfinder 1, for those who want that sort of game is perfect for them. I also don't think that the second edition of Pathfinder needed to be a system similar to Pathfinder 1e. People who are playing and enjoy PF 1e will continue to play it. They have more than enough content to run for years to come. Not to mention third party support.

2. Did you once like pathfinder 1e but now find it troublesome?
No. I've never liked the system.

3. Do you like 4th or 5th edition D&D?
I enjoyed 4th edition for what it was. I accepted that it was a different sort of game and I eventually found myself enjoying the systems they had in place. To me I think it was still a little cumbersome but ultimately I had a lot of fun with it. 5th Edition is an even better game, they've brought it back to the roots of the original systems while maintaining the clean formatting and tight rules of 4th edition. Wizards did a marvelous job.

4. Which are you looking for class balance, smoother high level play, more options, or even all of those things?
I think these things are fine as long the systems are formatted in such a way that it makes character creation easy to follow. I also don't want to be in a situation where I feel like I'm required to own another 2-3 books besides the core rules to create a complete character or to "compete" with other characters.

5. How do you feel about making the game more accessible in general?----
I think in a world where Roleplaying games are becoming more mainstream and far more popular than they have EVER been, making games more accessible isn't just a good business decision, but a necessary one.

6. Are you willing to give up on accessibility if you can still gain all of the benefits listed in question 4?
No. Players can house rule content if it's required. I would rather the game be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. I think it's a good thing moving forward in a world where roleplaying games are becoming as popular as they are.

7. Would you be willing to play an alternative rules system then what we have been presented?
I play whatever I find fun.

8. And if you said yes to the above question what would you like to see in that theoretical game?
Accessibility. Fun options. Solid systems. Easy math. Limited splat books.

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I personally enjoy how they have it right now. I think it's a neat idea. I'm not sure where people are drawing the line from 4th edition dungeons and dragons to pathfinder 2nd, but it's not even close.

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Not every edition has to work for all the same players that came before it. Pathfinder 1st edition has so much content and support that it can be run for 10+ years easily, if not longer. What would be the point of releasing a second edition and having it be nearly identical to the first?

I'm extremely happy to see that they've taken dramatic steps to make the game different and to expand on some unique ideas to make the game their own. It's not just a rehash of 3.0 or 3.5 anymore, it's becoming something far more interesting. The action system they have in place right now is probably one of my favorite new things. I think they've done a fantastic job with a lot of the systems so far.

There are 5 editions of Dungeons and Dragons and countless OSR books out there. People all play differing editions based on preference. There's nothing to say that Pathfinder players shouldn't have that same option. So if you don't like it, I think that's okay. It's a knee-jerk reaction. People are scared of change. Actually play the game with a group of people and maybe you'll be singing a different tune, especially if you go in wanting to enjoy the same and hoping to see that it all works out in play.

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I'm extremely happy so far with what I've seen in the second edition of Pathfinder. I never could get into Pathfinder because of all the cumbersome rules and holdouts from 3.0/3.5 (which I never liked to begin with) and I think this is a step in the right direction. I can appreciate the readability of the action economy and being able to actually look through the book and have a real understanding of what I'm doing versus someone telling me that I have another 2-3+ splat books to read through for options is A+.