Yesterday, news broke that Paizo is preparing to unleash the second edition of Pathfinder onto the world!
While I had no prior knowledge of the impending new edition, I had suspected that one would be along shortly. Pathfinder has been around for a decade or so—which is a cracking innings in the industry for a game edition—and I’ve been vaguely planning for such an eventuality for several years.
(Keen-eyed readers of our Pathfinder books might have spotted a reduction in the amount of crunch in our books in favour of flavour over the last few years; this was partly in response to patron’s feedback our [Patreon patrons are awesome] and partly an attempt on my part to “edition proof” many of our books).
It’s too soon to say what the new edition means for Raging Swan Press. The company started exclusively publishing products for Pathfinder, but we now have 5e compatible and System Neutral ranges. I hope and plan to—obviously—continue publishing Pathfinder compatible materials after the new edition releases (in August 2019).
Some of the details of the new edition have me cautiously optimistic. Some do not.
Things I like:
- Rebalanced magic items (assuming they mean a reduced reliance on magic items and not new and exciting ways to pimp your character to the nth degree)
- Easier to play (but then who is going to claim their new game is harder to play!)
- New background system (if it actually promotes role-playing and is not merely a vehicle for gaining more abilities)
- The various modes (combat, exploration and encounter) of play; they seem like a good way to segment sessions
Things I don’t like:
- Goblin PCs (except in all-goblin games) because when a goblin enters a standard village or town they aren’t exactly going to be welcomed with open arms
- Alchemists as a core class (I’ve never understood the point of this class)
- 10th-level spells (because wish isn’t powerful enough…’I cast chain wish!”)
I’ll be playtesting the new edition—and I foresee a lot of reading in my future. That said, until we get sight of the new rules we are in the territory of “hurry up and wait.” I for one will be keeping an eye on Paizo.com for more information—hopefully we’ll get actual crunchy details and not marketing hype.
What Do You Think?