Is Pathfinder right for me?


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I'm starting a sandbox-style game based on Ben Robbin's West Marches and would like to give the Pathfinder rules a go. Here are my goals:

1. Danger. Mistakes can kill 1st level PCs. They can also kill higher-level guys, if they pick the wrong part of the map to wander in.
2. Easy to learn. My players are mostly 3.5e people.
3. More streamlined. No more 3.x grappling and other nit-picky rules.
4. Compatible with 3.x encounters, maps and treasure. I plan to recycle loads of those so I can run games at the drop of a hat.

And:

5. Bards. One of my favorite players made a HI-larious Half-Orc Bard who plays the cymbals, and has a fully painted mini of this nutcase. That alone pretty much eliminated 4e as a possibility. When will Pathfinder have a Bard?

Liberty's Edge

cr0m wrote:
I'm starting a sandbox-style game based on Ben Robbin's West Marches and would like to give the Pathfinder rules a go.

For this, I'd probably go with Castles & Crusades.

cr0m wrote:

Here are my goals:

1. Danger. Mistakes can kill 1st level PCs. They can also kill higher-level guys, if they pick the wrong part of the map to wander in.

This can be done with any level based fantasy RPG.

cr0m wrote:
2. Easy to learn. My players are mostly 3.5e people.

Pathfinder would be a good fit here.

cr0m wrote:
3. More streamlined. No more 3.x grappling and other nit-picky rules.

Pathfinder would help here. C&C and True20 would be even better for this goal.

cr0m wrote:
4. Compatible with 3.x encounters, maps and treasure. I plan to recycle loads of those so I can run games at the drop of a hat.

Pathfinder is being built for this.

cr0m wrote:

And:

5. Bards. One of my favorite players made a HI-larious Half-Orc Bard who plays the cymbals, and has a fully painted mini of this nutcase. That alone pretty much eliminated 4e as a possibility. When will Pathfinder have a Bard?

Sometime in June?

If you're starting now, you'd be able to get away with using the 3.5 bard and boosting his hit dice to d8. Upgrade when you get the new info.

Sam


cr0m wrote:
1. Danger. Mistakes can kill 1st level PCs. They can also kill higher-level guys, if they pick the wrong part of the map to wander in.

As of Alpha 2, the danger level for 1st level PCs has been significantly reduced. Be sure to throw them up against more difficult encounters, or nerf the players in some way.

cr0m wrote:
4. Compatible with 3.x encounters, maps and treasure. I plan to recycle loads of those so I can run games at the drop of a hat.

Regarding compatibility with 3.x encounters, be aware that 3.x material is going to be easier for Pathfinder characters. If you have some material that you want them to encounter, have them encounter it at lower levels than you would for 3.x party.

Alpha 3 should be out in May I'm guessing, so all of this info is subject to change by then :)

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