Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ten Thousand Gamers Can't Be Wrong

Last week, more than 10,000 gamers made the trip to Paizo.com to download the first free Alpha rules release for the Pathfinder RPG. Were you one of them? If you were, then you already know that Paizo's fan-favourite d20 RPG tie-in series of Adventure Path Modules, miniatures and GameMastery tie-in products will soon graduate from Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 RPG rules system -- and move into brand-new d20 "3.75" territory with a consolidated bunch of rules that will, over the next year's worth of open playtesting sessions, take on recommendations from d20 RPGers all over the world... finally making this system a truly open gaming license. Paizo must be very pleased with the initial reaction to this announcement -- gamers flooded their main website to check out the Alpha release, and their messageboards are alive with thoughtful suggestions.

As for me, I'm just glad that the d20 books I purchased while WOTC's OGL was the RPG system of popular choice won't be forever pinned to the slightly wonky, seemingly under-playtested 3.5 rules -- I'll have the option to tackle The World's Largest Dungeon or the Warlords of the Accorlands RPG series using a system polished by d20 gamers who know the weaknesses and the strengths of the game better than anyone. How could that be a bad thing?

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