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Pathfinder RPG

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For the last few months, I have been steadily playing a campaign of Pathfinder, basically Dungeons and Dragons v3.75, online using regular forum software.

As a kid I was obsessed with RPGs, but never found enough people to play with and only ever played a few short adventures, so this is a nice way to catch up on what I missed. I’m playing a ranger, the class I always wanted to play and he’s turning out the way I always wanted.

Our DM is superb. I get the impression that he’s a frustrated novelist and this game is his creative outlet. I was invited to join the campaign half way through and I thought I would find it difficult to catch up with the action, but I was quickly hooked and spend the best part of a weekend following the story. It reads like a disjointed fantasy novel.

Some choice excerpts:

It’s been very enjoyable. I wonder if forums would work for more avant-garde RPGs?


Update at the request of Simpike

This is basically a PBEM, but using a forum instead of an inbox. It’s superb, but it puts a huge load on the DM. Our DM must spend hours writing the updates and resolving the combats. He even programmed an application to help him sort out the combats. The result is worth it. It’s exciting when your backs are against the wall. We had a character die, so it’s not like he’s making things too easy.

We use a dice rolling website to resolve dice rolls. It requires honesty and it’s often down, but it works.

It’d be difficult to use an iPhone to play. Reading the character sheets requires a lot of screen space. I often have to consult the online rules too. We do have PDF character sheets too, which might make iPhone play possible.

Apart from that, just read the threads to get a feel for it. It’s obvious how it works, but it is a lot of work for the DM.

Written by Iain

January 2nd, 2010 at 11:48 pm

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  1. That sounds really cool.

    I dabbled a bit in RPGs when I was younger but, like you, struggled to find anyone willing to play. It was mostly pedestrian stuff (Tunnels and Trolls) but still fun. Recently I’ve had a renewed interest in the genre as “Game on! with Cody and John” [podcast] often talk about pathfinder and shattered earth.

    So how does it work in the forum? do you all agree a time to be logged on and play for an hour or so – or is it more like pbem ?
    Can it be done via a mobile? (eg an iPhone).

    I’d be interested in a slightly fuller post with some more details :-)
    Yeah, I know, I could read the FAQ.

    Steerpike

    3 Jan 10 at 11:33

  2. Update above. :)

    Iain

    3 Jan 10 at 18:38

  3. Pete uses his iphone to read updates and I use my HTC hd. It’s possible if the screen is big enough. Would probably get annoying for regular use though.

    Michael

    4 Jan 10 at 10:46

  4. I think that this would work just as well, if not better, with some of the more avant-garde RPGs. Ones that use alternatives to dice (cards, coloured stones, Jenga blocks) might be more tricky though, perhaps impossible.

    John H

    4 Jan 10 at 10:47

  5. consider my appetite well and truly whetted

    investigating the possibilities of jumping in somewhere :-)

    Steerpike

    5 Jan 10 at 22:28

  6. I am a long time rpg player since the late 70’s. I played many rpg games thu the years but just recently found Pathfinder. Since 4th ED is so terrible and not woth my time. I am now creating an entire world based on this system as well as converting old characters that ive made for the last 30 years to it as well. I hope that this will incourage others to try this system and may have as much fun with it as i am.

    Tigger

    9 Jul 10 at 21:39

  7. Good for you Tigger. It’s a great system.

    Iain

    10 Jul 10 at 00:02

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