I can, but it is expensive and cumbersome. Not sure how simpler systems restrict your option: you can simply stick to PFRPG and don't bother with anything simpler.
Guys, I agree that APs are a staple of PFRPG and a strong way to move it forward. I know that my suggestion will probably not see the light of day.
But, Paizo is widely recognized as very, very good at making strong and well supported adventures, in fact PFRGP exists also because they still wanted to go on making them when DD 4th came out.
Now, if they made 5E APs (which many would love, I'm sure) I see the competition point, but system neutral (and somehow "lesser" than the PFRPG ones)...that could allow Paizo to grow even more as a company, tapping the (large) market of people playing something different, that is something that makes sense, I think.
But it's just a (improbable, dreamy) suggestion, nothing more.
Not sure if you're being ironic or what, I'll grant the benefit of doubt and I'll answer as if not.
I don't think I'm looking at the wrong company, no, even if I respect your opinion and I am the first to think that my proposal will never happen, but hey, this is something I'd love so I'm just suggesting.
There's nothing wrong with you playing PFRPG with kids and many pleayers, too, as there's nothing wrong with people enjoying bungee jumping at 40, but I think both are things I wouldn't enjoy personally. I am not criticizing anybody with plays PFRPG in our conditions! I'm just saying there are reasons if some (like me) don't.
Also, not really central in the discussion, but please note that the game your father taught you 30 or so years ago was not today game, as good as it can be, it was faster and lighter (even if as bugged as hell).
Lastly, I am a proud owner of HQ and yes, we play boardgames now and then, but there's a sea of options and complexity ranges between HQ and PF, no need to go to the extremes: I like RPGs, just not anymore very complex and slow ones.
Well, parhaps "lots" is an exageration, ok, ok...but there are some, the first one that comes to mind is this one: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/151278/WishTaker
There are more on DTRPG, and many of recent KS products/campaigns include system neutral options.
But these are indie products, nowhere near the level of coolness and support that Paizo offers, which is exactly why I'd love if Paizo did some.
I respectfully disagree, as explained by thejeff above. There are lots of adventure modules with no rules out there, the differnece is the organization of the material, the maps, the NPCs, the branching stories, the possible alternatives...not the same as a book.
That said, of course books can inspire an adventure, but if I have the time to read a book and then set up and adventure around it I could rather read the full AP (even if not at the same price) :)
Agreed on point one and thanks for answering to that.
On the second one, you may be right but in my opinion not so right as you may think. I did run parts of some Paizo modules and a couple part of APs (I found Carrion Crown irresisitible) in other system(s) by cutting many fights and adjusting the rest on the flight.
I agree the system still needs to be an "heroic fantasy, high magic" one, but there's no shortage of those.
It's also true that I have many, many years of experience as a DMs and it's not something I would advice to everybody, but it can be done.
To stay on this example: I did not follow up CC APs after the 2nd module as fights and stats were taking more and more space, both in page numbers and gameplay. Those fights and stats ARE interesting if you are playing PFRPG or 3.5, less so if you are playing lighter systems.
That's why I think they COULD (if there is a market, if they wanted etc etc) condensate the experience without ruining the formula, just changing the flavour...
I dont see Paizo selling this. Theyre adventure path line as it is is probably their biggest seller. Theyre not gonna sell a stripped down version that encoirages people to not buy the rest of their products and spend on other systems. Theres no incentive for them there.
In truth, I think you are right, but it also depends on how many "old" AP they are still selling today.
I mean, if they release a streamlined, shorter version of, say, Skull & Shackles, not sure if this is chipping down their actual sales. I may be wrong, of course.
I'm chiming in just to make an humble suggestion to Paizo. I love your company, the one and best at making not only rich RPG adventures but also enriching it with all sorts of possible goods: cards, minis, mats...everything is there, great ideas and great support.
But...there's a but...I do not play, nor I want to, PFRPG. I'm 41, 2 children, been playing since my 10's and still running a weekly game with many friends.
PFRPG (nor DD 5 to tell the truth) just isn't suit for our needs: we no longer want to focus on many of the very accurate, but also time consuming, things of such systems.
Not that they are wrong: they are great. Still buying now and then books just for the read.
But, not for playing: we are getting old, we are many (as many as 7) at the table, we need simple, fast rules, simple sheets, few things to remember between sessions if one weekend is missed.
So, we turn to other systems, more suited to our lives and to the impossibility to follow a more complex game. Yet, we love good stories, we love minis, mats, cards, everything that enriches the experience.
In fact, we now can spend more than when we were younger in gaming, and we do, but the one thing I never buy is AP.
I love them. I love the stories, the ideas, the big battles. But, as I do not use PFRPG, many,many pages of material are lost to me.
Monster appendix, item appendix, lore things, many stat blocks and similar.
So, I do not buy them because if I did, I would have huge chunks of material I would never use and that would make running a game a chore just to skim that material.
So, here the dirty proposal: what I would love is a reduced version of APs, in one single book, streamlined down to the story and main events, quests, battles, but no stats.
Perhaps also some trimming down the subquests, something 100% from the original material but more apt to simpler systems.
I would buy something like that in one heartbeat and I think I'm not alone. In simpler system you can just make up checks, simple monsters and the like.
Now, I realize that APs are meant to support PFRG, but there are so many now that perhaps it's possible to make some experiment on old APs, the best selling ones.
I'm not a serial poster, please do not take this as anything more than an humble suggestion and wishfull thinking of a Paizo fan...just getting older and lazier :)
One thing I would love to see made in PPM is spell effects. I would surely buy a flying sword or modular Wall of Something.
Not all spells would fit but we only had a shot at it with the (not very popular) Rope Trick, I am sure that field has potential.
Only, don't make them too tiny...that flying sword can be enveloped in flames or energy, but if it is a super tiny thing it's like not having it on the board at all...
Many thanks Cpt_kirstov!
Yes, that seem reasonable. For Crown of Fangs, the first set for which I tried to buy singles on day 1, I found out it was most advantageous to buy the interesting singles as soon as possible, many arose in price and very few decreased, don't know if this is common.
Well, we should wait and see then...I expect something like this for the 3 pieces I want (from the one shown so far), we'll see if this holds:
- Acererak around 14
I hope they do not start higher...
As for Iconic singles, well, I would really like you were right...but here in Italy for some reason FLGS do not sell recent WizKids and I never found one who sold singles, that's why I buy abroad. And I live in Milan, not really far in the countryside...well, that's life, god bless the web.
The sites I found online which offer singles on Iconic either do not send to Italy or do so at very, very expensive rates.
Thanks for your time!
Marco, do you have any idea on how the minis singles are priced at launch (especially on Miniaturemarket due to the low shipping cost to Europe)?
I mean, it seems to me there are large variations in the very first days, so I think it's not only related to rarity & size...
I'd very like to have an idea of my cherry-picking cost for this one, but it would be interesting also for Pathfinder Battles in general, I am not able to find a common factor on how they are priced.
Finally, do you have any idea of where is the best place to buy minis from the Iconics sets? If I get it right neither Paizo nor MM sell them as singles.