Dr. Mona.... or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Pathfinder RPG.


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So...I had an epiphany while posting in another thread. Bear with me, this might be a little long.

Like many, I've been struggling with the 4E/PFRPG thing for months now. After running a few games of 4E, I ultimately decided that the reduced DM processing load was simply too good to pass up. Since I end up running our game 99% of the time, it seemed I had to make the switch.

Then it occurred to me: 90% of my problems with 3.5 come from *running* it. For the most part the things that bug me don't have nearly the impact on a player as they do on the DM. So...Pathfinder organized play presents the perfect opportunity for me to experience Paizo's work without having to run it myself, which means I don't have to worry about complete system mastery nearly as much as I did as the DM. I won't feel I'm ruining everyone's fun if I momentarily confuse a 4E rule with a Pathfinder one. And I get to continue to support Paizo, albeit in a reduced capacity, since I'll only be buying the player related stuff.

So:

Step 1: DM 4E in home game.
Step 2: *Play* in Pathfinder organized play.
Step 3: ?
Step 4: Profit!

And when the bile around here drops down to a reasonable level, hopefully I can make Paizo my main message board again.

I know many people have said "play both" all along, but the light bulb on what Pathfinder organized play brings to the table didn't come on, probably because I'm just used to being the DM.

It seems silly, but I'm really happy about this. :D


Glad you are man. seems like a good fit for you hope you enjoy it.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Can You please clarify, I don't understand this... "not DMing" concept You speak of. ;)

/me hides behind his dual DM screens clutching his copper dice as if someone just said, "grapple".


bugleyman wrote:

So...I had an epiphany while posting in another thread. Bear with me, this might be a little long.

Like many, I've been struggling with the 4E/PFRPG thing for months now. After running a few games of 4E, I ultimately decided that the reduced DM processing load was simply too good to pass up. Since I end up running our game 99% of the time, it seemed I had to make the switch.

Then it occurred to me: 90% of my problems with 3.5 come from *running* it. For the most part the things that bug me don't have nearly the impact on a player as they do on the DM. So...Pathfinder organized play presents the perfect opportunity for me to experience Paizo's work without having to run it myself, which means I don't have to worry about complete system mastery nearly as much as I did as the DM. I won't feel I'm ruining everyone's fun if I momentarily confuse a 4E rule with a Pathfinder one. And I get to continue to support Paizo, albeit in a reduced capacity, since I'll only be buying the player related stuff.

So:

Step 1: DM 4E in home game.
Step 2: *Play* in Pathfinder organized play.
Step 3: ?
Step 4: Profit!

And when the bile around here drops down to a reasonable level, hopefully I can make Paizo my main message board again.

I know many people have said "play both" all along, but the light bulb on what Pathfinder organized play brings to the table didn't come on, probably because I'm just used to being the DM.

It seems silly, but I'm really happy about this. :D

Glad you had this epiphany. It just wouldn't be bugley around here without you. :)

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lojakz wrote:
Glad you had this epiphany. It just wouldn't be bugley around here without you. :)

Pathfinder Society: Now it's bugley!


Vic Wertz wrote:
lojakz wrote:
Glad you had this epiphany. It just wouldn't be bugley around here without you. :)

Pathfinder Society: Now it's bugley!

Oh it's the Madison Avenue taking over again... I can't help myself.

Pathfinder Society: Now with REAL bugley in every bite!

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Pathfinder Society: Making players out of buglies since 2008!


Now we're talkin'!


bugleyman wrote:

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Step 1: DM 4E in home game.
Step 2: *Play* in Pathfinder organized play.
Step 3: ?
Step 4: Profit!

Nice reference to the South Park underpants gnomes episode :-)

Sovereign Court

No one can Bugle like a pathfinder

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens Subscriber

Hey Bugleyman I had the opposite reaction I haven't wanted to switch to 4E because I love my cosmology. I've got to keep DMing, but 4E is going to give me a chance to be a player with many others stepping up to DM.

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