Where did you hear about Pathfinder?


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Dark Archive

I know several companies do these types of surveys to collect info, in fact more often than not when you buy any kind of electronic game there will be a card with a similar insert of prompt to fill it out when you register the product. So I thought this might make for an interesting topic now that it has achieved a certain market share.

Who or what introduced you to the PFRPG and got you to try it out? Were you already playing paizo's modules when the project was announced? Did your DM just decide to drop the news on you one day, or maybe you heard about it in an article online? Was it a store advertisement?

Share your story.

Shadow Lodge

Strangely enough, I first heard about Pathfinder before 4e's official release, while it was still in Beta...on the WotC boards, of all places. Someone there suggested taking a look, so I did, and I haven't been disappointed yet :)

The Exchange

As my 'Charter' tag indicates, I've been on board from the beginning.

I actually resubscribed to Dragon and Dungeon magazines after a decade long hiatus, only a couple of months before the cancellation was announced. So, I was here for the announcements as they happened. Have had the Beta PDF since the day it was released and the softcover book shortly after that. I wasn't able to actually use the rules for many months as my group at the time was in the midst of a long running 3.5 epic campaign. After that group broke, I found some guys playing PFRPG and have been happily chugging along ever since.

Dark Archive

Awesome, thanks!

As for me, I remember hearing something about it from a friend of mine online about a year ago. It sat dormant in my head a while (about 5 months) until I started getting tired of playing in groups where every 5 minutes someone had to stop the game to reference how X class had an ability they needed to explain how it was errata'd to function with Y spell from Z book.

So I did a google search and found the free database and just started reading. A month or so later it's my turn to DM and I tell everyone we are doing pathfinder (Instead of 3.5) after slowly talking to the people about it and getting them acquainted with some of the changes. A few weeks later we chipped in for a core rulebook. Now we have the APG in both pdf and hardcover, a core rulebook and a few adventure path books. Our group hasn't looked back since.


I was here when the alpha came out, I came to paizo during savage tide and liked what I saw in the alpha's and the beta. Got my old group to try em and it was an easy sale really.

This is a good thread subject. Be interesting to read


This blog entry.

Dark Archive

I heard about the Alpha Playtest right here at the Paizo site. And since I had no intention of following WotC with 4E, I knew from the start I would be onboard with Pathfinder.

Scarab Sages

Wolfthulhu wrote:

As my 'Charter' tag indicates, I've been on board from the beginning.

I actually resubscribed to Dragon and Dungeon magazines after a decade long hiatus, only a couple of months before the cancellation was announced. So, I was here for the announcements as they happened. Have had the Beta PDF since the day it was released and the softcover book shortly after that. I wasn't able to actually use the rules for many months as my group at the time was in the midst of a long running 3.5 epic campaign. After that group broke, I found some guys playing PFRPG and have been happily chugging along ever since.

ditto

My subs ran out the month before they went off-sale so I had to buy them from the beginning, rarely been disappointed (no traits in Osirion book was disappointing)

I was there for Alpha 1,2,3 Beta and beyond., and RPG Superstar 1...still trying on that part...


I was playing in a 4e group when one of the members mentioned a Pathfinder game.

Liberty's Edge

Wolfthulhu wrote:

As my 'Charter' tag indicates, I've been on board from the beginning.

I actually resubscribed to Dragon and Dungeon magazines after a decade long hiatus, only a couple of months before the cancellation was announced. So, I was here for the announcements as they happened. Have had the Beta PDF since the day it was released and the softcover book shortly after that. I wasn't able to actually use the rules for many months as my group at the time was in the midst of a long running 3.5 epic campaign. After that group broke, I found some guys playing PFRPG and have been happily chugging along ever since.

You look familiar. I know you from someplace...

;-)

I had a sub to Dungeon when I was running a game in prison, and Paizo happened to be the publisher. I lurked the boards for a while when I was released, then got active posting right before the Beta was released. Same deal, had the PDF the day it was released and the hard copy soon after.

I play in a heavily houseruled Pathfinder game, and hope to get back into playing with the Sunday group (Wolfie, you in the Kingmaker campaign?) when things start to stabilize (they play EVERY Sunday, and my new job takes me out of town for weeks at a time, so I don't want to be "sometimes"...)

Dark Archive

I am honestly not sure why I first checked out paizo. I know RotRL was what got me to subscribe. I bought a few of them at my local store and then subscribed with issues 6 and have been a subscriber ever since.

I honestly wish I can remember what made me check out paizo now. But it was a gradual thing. Heard about them visited the forums, read stuff. Then bought the first RotRL book, liked it. Bought another one etc.


I first heard about Pathfinder through my game store (Fantask in(Copenhagen). I think that was the module with the crazed kobold king. I had just come back to D&D because my son was interested and so was playing a bit 3.5.

I started playing back in 1983/84 when I bought the original red box. After that it was AD&D, never really got into 2E as I had started to play Warhammer RPG by then, and then was GURPS for many years.
Getting back to D&D was great and I bought a ton of Faerun stuff, and then I heard about 4E and found out that the proposed changes probably wouldn't really be my cup of tea.
I bought the Beta and started RotRL with that. Now it's Pathfinder all the way (though I tried 4E).
GURPS would be my choice for almost everything else, but for "That D&D feeling", I'd take Pathfinder any day.

GRU


I was in Germany for a few years and my only 'game store' was the book store at Ramstein Air Base. I saw the RotRL issue one and picked it up. I was pretty sure the product was gunna be good based on the fact that Paizo had a solid reputation (imo) from thier Dungeon/Dragon magazines. So... that was it. I bought the advneture and forgot about it.

4ed came out and to say it was a slap in the face is an understatement. (Great way to introduce new players to gaming, but way too stagnant and bland for experienced types). I continued on w/ 3.5

Then! I got back to the US and a friend asked me to join their group. We played with Beta Playtest and it was awesome. By all measures, Paizo had sewn up a lot of the issues with 3.0/3.5 and completely ignored 4ed. I had the PFRPG Core Rulebook on preorder, and have not looked back since.

GNOME


I had started playing 4e and I wasn't liking how the game was going or the mechanics or the lack thereof of roleplay. I was at a local game store and I had saw pathfinder book but never opened it (it was BIG). I didn't know that anyone was continuing 3.5 and all my friends were content with WOW on paper...I wasn't. Well one day I went into the basement area of the game store to look around and saw a Pathfinder poster - 3.5 Thrives! I was like WHAT?! So I immediately ran upstairs and looked at the book. I asked our gm if he would run it, since he ran 3.5 before but he said no. Eventually he looked at and said he'd run it so I immediately picked up the book.

The Exchange

houstonderek wrote:
Wolfthulhu wrote:

As my 'Charter' tag indicates, I've been on board from the beginning.

I actually resubscribed to Dragon and Dungeon magazines after a decade long hiatus, only a couple of months before the cancellation was announced. So, I was here for the announcements as they happened. Have had the Beta PDF since the day it was released and the softcover book shortly after that. I wasn't able to actually use the rules for many months as my group at the time was in the midst of a long running 3.5 epic campaign. After that group broke, I found some guys playing PFRPG and have been happily chugging along ever since.

You look familiar. I know you from someplace...

;-)

I had a sub to Dungeon when I was running a game in prison, and Paizo happened to be the publisher. I lurked the boards for a while when I was released, then got active posting right before the Beta was released. Same deal, had the PDF the day it was released and the hard copy soon after.

I play in a heavily houseruled Pathfinder game, and hope to get back into playing with the Sunday group (Wolfie, you in the Kingmaker campaign?) when things start to stabilize (they play EVERY Sunday, and my new job takes me out of town for weeks at a time, so I don't want to be "sometimes"...)

Heh. Yeah, we met at Derek's apartment for the first few games. Hell, Derek GM'd my first PFS game. (Roagh is still kickin ass, BTW.)

I'm playing a bard in the Sunday Kingmaker game, check out my weak attempt at a Campaign Journal.

The Exchange

Dane Pitchford wrote:
on the WotC boards

+1


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

I subscribed to Dungeon right about the time Paizo took over the publications. Shortly thereafter, the controversy about including the Polyhedron flared up on messageboards and I was impressed by the way Paizo handled the whole affair. That was enough to get me to stay on and check out the Pathfinder adventure paths when my subscription shifted over.
From that point, finding out about the Pathfinder RPG project was pretty much academic. I was part of their community of customers and well-connected to what they were doing.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Actually, I did not actually hear of Pathfinder per say.

What did happen is that I walked past a copy of The Skinsaw Murders, and a certain female iconic sorceress caught my attention. So, I picked it up, looked at it. (... then swiftly ran back the the game store to grab Burnt Offerings ...)

And things have snowballed from there.


I've subscribed to both Dungeon and Dragon since around the Shackled City AP, and right before they where cancelled I had made a 3 year renewal of Dungeon. Since I really liked the AP format it was natural to convert my subscriptions to Pathfinder AP, and as new subscription options popped up I signed up for them. When PRPG was announced I was already hooked to their paper crack, so I wasn't going to stop then. IF Paizo had decided to shift over to 4e I would probably have followed, even though I'm not too fond of that system.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I was playing in my friend's 3.5 game, and I've decided to buy some 3.5 books, hoping to run it someday too.

Somehow I stumbled upon an announcement about Dragon/Dungeon license termination - I wasn't aware that WotC wasn't producing the mags inhouse, so I curiously followed a link to Paizo website.

Next thing I remember is Richard Pett bursting thru my window, laughing maniacally. Then the world went black.


Our 3.5 tabletop GM bought the pathfinder books, and since then we have been straight pathfinder.


I heard about it as it was in Alpha testing from a poster on the palladium books boards.


I wanted to start running some D&D as i had played it years ago, i read up on some 4th ed stuff and i didnt like it so i was looking up stuff on 3.5, then i found out about OGL and then pathfinder and i liked the rule system and i figured it was worth a shot.


The groups that I have been part of in 3.0 and 3.5 have always stuck pretty closely to Forgotten Realms material and campaign settings. While we also incorporated things we liked from other materials that was usually the "world" we played in and were familiar with. I was still in a 3.5 Forgotten Realms based game when I first heard of Pathfinder. This was around the same time 4E was on the horizon.

With 4E newly released a few of my friends bought the books and wanted to try it out. The test run was a flop. (I am willing to consider the possibility that it was simply a bad first impression.) No one involved was impressed by how the game went or the feel of the new mechanics. So our group opted to remain with the 3.5 rule set that we were already familiar with and had a collectively massive library of source material from. Since then I have looked from time to time at what WotC has done to Forgotten Realms in 4E and I must say it deeply saddens me. I really loved a lot of the things that 4E laid waste to in the Forgotten Realms.

A few months later our game was put on hold by individuals deploying and others moving away. So we had a rather long period of down time. One of the guys in the group suggested to me that Pathfinder was taking up the mantle of 3.5 rules and might be the way to go in the future if we didn't care for 4E. I spent a good majority of my time during that period on these boards and studying the PRD. I was highly impressed with everything I found. I started spreading the word to the other members of my group, to include my DM and before long they were on board to try a Pathfinder game when we got back together. It did mean sacrificing a lot of 3.5 material that wasn't readily compatible in one way or another but it was a smooth and positive transition. (We did keep a lot of 3.5 stuff for source material; we just aren't using any of it right now due to the time it takes to convert. Plus PF presents a full and well thought out system, a lot of 3.5 stuff just doesn’t fit, compatible or not.)


A few years ago in a 3.5 campaign I was in, the DM told me that Paizo was doing a beta of new 3.5 stuff since WotC bailed on D&D..

I checked it out, and haven't had a single regret :)

-S

Scarab Sages

Paizo!


I came into my Game Store one day and saw Rise of the Runelords 1. and thumbed through it and decided to buy it and bought every one since as well as every thing I could get from the Pathfinder Game :) Before that, I had no idea it was out there... that was when RotRl 1. first came out :)


came across this, i dont really remember how, but though it was funny. read #5

http://www.ehow.com/how_4523767_play-pathfinder-role-playing-game.html


I found out on the blog, when they announced that they were not going with 4e but would rather do their own, revised version of 3e.

I was on the blog because I was already subscribed to Pathfinder APs and other stuff.

I learned about Pathfinder as a whole here, too: After wizards pulled Your Eternal Reward on the Dragon and Dungeon magazines (which I heard about somewhere else), I was outraged at the death of these hobby fixtures, and followed the developments with interest - Paizo had a very high reputation when it came to adventure modules, and I hoped they'd land on their feet after this.

Paizo announced that they'd do their own thing, further refining the Adventure Path idea they had been doing for some time now. They'd release Adventure Paths with monthly instalments, each "Issue" containing 1 of six parts of the AP, as well as a number of supportive articles. At some time, they decided on the name Pathfinder. The rest is history. Actually, the stuff before the rest is history, too.


I went to see a movie.

Before and after i usually go to Book-A-Million book store to sit down and look at RPG books and Comic books to kill the time.

I came in and say Pathfinder RPG... took 2 hours to read it at the store, liked what i say, and then bought the book.


Read the announcement( on a comics catalogue in a comics store ) of a new OGL rpg(Pathfinder that is) that was coming out in italian stores. Never heard of it, but the announce said it had relations with the 3,5; so i ran to the nearest game store and asked to look at it and bought it without a second though.


Short: In at Alpha from the Golem's mouth (read here at Paizo.com)

Long: I came onboard when Wizards canned Dragon, got the notice in my monthly issue and the adverts for the upcoming Pathfinder Adventure Paths as a possible replacement. I had read good things about he Dungeon APs (which was not subscribed to or really paying attention to). Picked up issue #1 and started following Paizo online. When 4e was announced started scrambling around looking for anyone taking up the OGL gauntlet, while keeping an eye as to which way Paizo was going to jump.

When Paizo announced continued support for 3e based OGL and that they were going to release their own take on the "core" books I, as the saying goes, jumped for joy and heartily embraced the open Alpha/Beta tests.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Pathfinder is actually my first RPG. I knew of it, had even looked into the red box my parents owned, but not until a few years ago while Pathfinder was in Beta did I get into RPGs. My GM was playing Pathfinder and so that's what I played. I did play two games of 3.5 (one joke game where I was playing a Tauren fighter with like 14 others who went to Hell to help one of the lords of Hell, I think we ended up blessing an entire level of it) and one was a ridiculously short Castle Ravenloft game where one player shamlessly metagamed and ruined the whole thing for all of us. I think he killed Strahd in the first session.

Since then I've looked into 4e, Hero and have played Dark Heresy, but so far, Pathfinder seems perfect for me.

Dark Archive

I found out about Pathfinder from a different gaming group that I would sometimes play with when my main group was on a break (both groups playing D&D 3.5), and a friend in that other group was filling out a survey about the release of 4th edition on the WoTC website, filling out the "other comments" section with "if I wanted to play World of Warcraft I would do that, for now me and most people I know are waiting for the release of Pathfinder", I asked him about it and he filled me in and brought up the Paizo website.

The rest, is pretty obvious to fill in, I guess.

Shadow Lodge

I was playing a 3.5 campaign with some friends, and the DM eventually asked us if we wanted to transition to Pathfinder (then in it's playtest form). I had never heard of it, but the rest of the group seemed amiable to it, so I began to research it. I've been hooked ever since. (It also didn't hurt that that seemed to cut down on the house rules enormously, as it seems the DM had pulled most of his house rules FROM the PFRPG playtest...they were still quite expansive, but not quite as bad.)


I first heard about Pathfinder through a friend during the early stages of work on the PFRPG. At the time I had a very brief look at the Paizo website, but forgot about it soon afterwards. My friend had been fairly negative about it and I myself was quite happy with 3.5 and also enjoyed 4E, so wasn't in the market for a new fantasy RPG at the time.

Some time later however my FLGS got in a selection of AP issues and they were all such pretty books that they just drew me in. Despite being horrendously overpriced (at this game store that is, not the AP line itself) I walked away with Children of the Void. When I discovered that the quality of the writing matched the wonderful presentation I was hooked and have kept up with what Paizo have been doing ever since.


In an effort to get the exclusive wizard on black dragon mini, I subscribed to Dragon after having not had a subscription for over a year. I only got a couple of issues before canceling it, but it left my email in their system. When they announced the Alpha play-test, I got it in my in box and went from there. I even had Kinko's print me out the entire Alpha 2 all of a week before Alpha 3 came out, and then I printed out that one and tried to actually participate in the playtest. Didn't work out very well - my groups apparently play much slower than others, and that was a tricky time to be finding a group. Downloaded the Beta, bought the book (which I've had signed by WAR), and played 2nd Darkness.

I'm really here more for the rulebooks than Golarion. I've been running Kingmaker, but I'm typically not much of a prepublished module fan.

Sovereign Court

When I started looking for back issues of dragon magazine. It was in a article saying that the new distrubtor of the magazines and and some web comics I liked that were coming out with books I could find great stuff there. They were right. Its sad really. I loved the metal miniatures and the brief time they had them and the wizard stores. If only they had run them right and not been so closed off to the gaming community. They had computers for gamers, but the games played had to be WOTC games. Dont get me wrong I love ICEwind dale and BG2, but diablo was great as well. I'm a gamer damn it. Thats what turned me off. Everytime they did something great and new they smothered it. Too much rules lawyering. Now you have 20 small companies with all the great writers and support staff fighting for scraps. It just went boom. Pathfinder/Paizo is a breath of fresh air. They do not whoop on the little guy and let things grow. Look at poor Palladium and Green Ronin. Great stuff and wonderful systems/take on old ones. Should have been the TSR way........the D&D way of old. When gaming was at its prime. When AD&D was top notch, 1st edtion lovers did not mind the upstart much and Vampire never was :)

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