To Support Pathfinder, Support DM Genie (or maybe DM Familiar)


Lost Omens Campaign Setting General Discussion

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Does Paizo have a plan to get Pathfinder/GameMastery Modules into a RPG Computer Program format (like DM Genie or DM Familiar)?

Having adventures available in a RPG Computer Program is definitely a value-adder. Currently no major player has a strong SW initiative and WotC is obviously pursuing it. I believe WotC are going to make/buy a program and use it to support the core rules, rule additions and adventures as they launch Dragon/Dungeon Online. I am afraid overtime, this value may move a lot of us away from Pathfinder. Even if we love the Pathfinder books, we will move over to whoever gives us SW support.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Duncan Clyborne wrote:
Does Paizo have a plan to get Pathfinder/GameMastery Modules into a RPG Computer Program format (like DM Genie or DM Familiar)?

Not at the moment, but we're open to it. (And any companies that approach us about it—fair warning: we'd like Mac support!)

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Vic Wertz wrote:


(And any companies that approach us about it—fair warning: we'd like Mac support!

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Duncan Clyborne wrote:
Does Paizo have a plan to get Pathfinder/GameMastery Modules into a RPG Computer Program format (like DM Genie or DM Familiar)?

Hopefully not. Those resources should be used for a better printed product.

Duncan Clyborne wrote:
Having adventures available in a RPG Computer Program is definitely a value-adder.

Not for me, and I actually play online (only because my friends are all over the world); but not with any of the aforementioned applications. And that's exactly my point.

Paizo, don't get distracted with "online content", concentrate on "content" period. If someone uses it online, like me, that's our problem. I'd be really bummed if quality wanes because of resources being reallocated to a "digital initiative"; or worst yet, if content is sliced of awesomeness because it wouldn't be playable in digital gaming.

Tabletop RPG, that's what I'm onboard with. I'll do the necessary conversions myself, thank you very much.

The PDFs you have with art and maps are plenty for me, they help a lot. Otherwise I like the magazine/book in my hand and tweak like in a face to face game.

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I'll back Wyvern:

I use lots of digital/semi-digital stuff in my games:
Projected maps, printed handouts, loot cards with art for the adventure or 'best-match' to item descriptions.

But as long as I get a PDF, I have all the images and such I need to make it work for me (because scanning magazines sucks). I wouldn't want more, because I'd have to change it alot anyway to suit my playstyle and my group. And I wouldn't want to feel pressured to buy a particualr system. And I certainly don't want to just DM Baldur's gate if the software gets too automated.

(Shameless plug: If you are looking for Free D&D software, check out RPTools. As I said, it's free, really useful, and the developers are continuously working with the community to make it better. Seriously. Check it out.)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Wyvern wrote:
Hopefully not. Those resources should be used for a better printed product.

To be clear, "those resources" would have to come from the third party. As in, we provide them with files used to create the print publications, and they do the rest. As you point out, we have a lot on our plates as it is.

The Exchange

Wyvern wrote:
Hopefully not. Those resources should be used for a better printed product.
Vic Wertz wrote:
To be clear, "those resources" would have to come from the third party. As in, we provide them with files used to create the print publications, and they do the rest. As you point out, we have a lot on our plates as it is.

Vic has it right, but so does Wyvern. I DM with my Dungeon magazines and a computer. And my tabletop game has almost every Paizo product on it.

Wyvern, look at all the work you do. Yes, it is fun. But it is also time. To risk a leap of logic, there is a growing segment that uses digital content and will pay for it. I guess I am part of it already but you are not. Every adventure a consumer has to digitalize from Pathfinder, is a temptation the consumer will pay WotC for a cannned program when they run out of time on game night.

But as Vic, said "those resources" would come from third party. Paizo needs to give them the jump. Maybe JPG files, monster stats, spells, and new magic items two weeks prior to publication. Maybe the whole PDF. So when the consumer has Pathfinder come to their mailbox, they have a hardcopy, a pdf and a place to go get the RPG Program files. The question is; is Paizo open minded and/or soliciting support?

Finally, I wish I could find support for my Mac. And I am now going to look at RPTools.

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