New Pathfinder is here! And while my love for Pathfinder Classic is still burning hot, my enthusiasm for Second Edition is approaching supernova. And after a week of scouring the 640-page trove of goodies, I found myself realizing that a complete analysis of the system, including an attempt to pinpoint why I’m so excited to sit down and roll some plastic, is going to require a more scholarly approach. And thus I humbly present the first of what I hope is an accurate and fruitful analysis of what makes this new edition so special.
In the past decade, Pathfinder has managed to hold firm to the precident set by Dungeons & Dragons and its level-based character progression. Many other Roleplaying Games have gone the route of Character Points, allowing players to pick and choose what abilities they know, at the risk of characters becoming hyper-specialized.… Read the rest