PFRPG Abbreviation


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I used to play Palladium Fantasy RPG years ago, and that too was abbreviated as PFRPG. So is there any sort of legal condsidaration for paizo to consider when refering Pathfinder RPG as PFRPG?


I used PFRPG for a little bit, but settled on PRPG.
Life is too short to type one un-needed character :-)


PFRPG works fine.
It also seems to be the standard on the boards already. But do what you want, if someone doesn't get it they will probably ask you what you mean.


Phew. I'm glad I'm not the only one then.

It's worse, you know, becuase I'm concurrently running Palladiuam Fantasy RPG as well as Path Finder RPG.

Thankfully, I'm not at the stage where I get the wrong players attending the wrong games though.

Batts


Yeah I'm sure I would be getting confused with it as well if I was still playing. But seeing Palladium is no longer mainstream can't see it being too much of an issue, was thinking more was paizo possibly going to get themselves into a legal boil

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Lael Treventhius wrote:
I used to play Palladium Fantasy RPG years ago, and that too was abbreviated as PFRPG. So is there any sort of legal condsidaration for paizo to consider when refering Pathfinder RPG as PFRPG?

There's no legal consideration to worry about, really, since I'm pretty sure that PFRPG isn't really trademarked, is it? If it's just an abbreviation that gamers adopted and then became commonplace it's not really a trademark...

But PFRPG does confuse things for the older gamer group. It's also not really accurate, since "Pathfinder" is one word, after all.

Here at Paizo, I'm pretty sure we're settling on PRPG as the official in-house abbreviation. Although in print we're always going to be spelling it out in full: "Pathfinder Roleplaying Game" or "Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook."


Cool James. Thanks for your reply :)

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

James Jacobs wrote:
But PFRPG does confuse things for the older gamer group. It's also not really accurate, since "Pathfinder" is one word, after all.

So's the "roleplaying" that makes up part of RPG

Sovereign Court

yoda8myhead wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
But PFRPG does confuse things for the older gamer group. It's also not really accurate, since "Pathfinder" is one word, after all.
So's the "roleplaying" that makes up part of RPG

Yeah.... I see what you're saying.

Roleplaying does not seem to be hyphenated.

James- just a curiosity. What style do you adhere to at PAIZO? There are many.

At work we still use A.P.Style and its a bit of a drag at times. Again, just a curiosity?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Roleplaying is not hyphenated in Paizo styles.

That said... there's decades of abbreviating it "RPG" that more or less locks that in, AND it doesn't conflict with a pre-existing game, so it's apples to oranges to compare that to PFRPG versus PRPG.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

I abbreviate it TiP!*CK*


Hooray for writing really long stuff together. As a German, I can only approve! Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänsmütze! :D

Matthew Morris wrote:
I abbreviate it TiP!*CK*

Okay, I'll bite: What does TiP stand for?

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

KaeYoss wrote:

Hooray for writing really long stuff together. As a German, I can only approve! Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänsmütze! :D

Matthew Morris wrote:
I abbreviate it TiP!*CK*
Okay, I'll bite: What does TiP stand for?

This is Pathfinder! *chest kick* :-)

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Lael Treventhius wrote:
I used to play Palladium Fantasy RPG years ago, and that too was abbreviated as PFRPG. So is there any sort of legal consideration for paizo to consider when referring Pathfinder RPG as PFRPG?
There's no legal consideration to worry about, really, since I'm pretty sure that PFRPG isn't really trademarked, is it? If it's just an abbreviation that gamers adopted and then became commonplace it's not really a trademark...

It's Kevin Siembieda; I would explicitly ask, just to be certain. Check with Lisa about why. ;)


You can always represent compounds with lower case.

PfRpG

How's that for fun?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

I do find that when trying to type PFRPG I continually type PFROG instead. I imagine I might just as easily type PROG than PRPG, but that is a genre of terrible music from the late 70's and early 80's and not a new species of amphibian.


Ironic...

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

PRG

instead of

RPG

"Pathfinder... we put the ARRRRR where it belongs!"


yoda8myhead wrote:
a new species of amphibian.

You CROAK rang?


veector wrote:

Ironic...

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

PRG

instead of

RPG

"Pathfinder... we put the ARRRRR where it belongs!"

Pretty funny, oriental-sage-who-insists-on-wearing-frog-mask-just-to-mess-with-my-mind.


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

This is funny, I saw in the admin threads on the Pathfinder wiki they had this discussion and decided on PFRPG some time back. I actually like that better; PRPG is as "overloaded" as PFRPG (more so, as there's a lot of RPGs that are one word "P" games).

In fact, if you google PRPG you get 633k random results (few RPG related, just other stuff), and with PFRPG only 220k - an excellent reason to stick with the more unique spelling.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Ernest Mueller wrote:

This is funny, I saw in the admin threads on the Pathfinder wiki they had this discussion and decided on PFRPG some time back. I actually like that better; PRPG is as "overloaded" as PFRPG (more so, as there's a lot of RPGs that are one word "P" games).

In fact, if you google PRPG you get 633k random results (few RPG related, just other stuff), and with PFRPG only 220k - an excellent reason to stick with the more unique spelling.

Honestly, letting the fan base decide and work out what abbreviation works better for them is the way to go. We'll adopt in casual talk like these messageboards the abbreviation that takes on more traction, which is why PFRPG might end up being the one.

It's not a decision we at Paizo care to make. Again, whenever we talk about these games in print, we spell things out.

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