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Paizo Announces Pathfinder Second Edition for Summer 2018

Paizo Announces Pathfinder Second Edition for Summer 2018

In March of 2008, Paizo Publishing made a risky move. They stepped away from their role supporting Dungeons & Dragons and publish their own version of the rules they were well-known for creating supplements and adventures. Pathfinder started out as a refinement of D&D’s 3.5 edition but soon became a juggernaut within the industry as players embraced the changes and resisted making the leap to 4th edition. Pathfinder’s popularity rivaled Dungeons & Dragons for many years and, for a time, surpassed it. Today, 10 years after the original announcement, Paizo announced what some thought might never happen: the second edition of their flagship game.

On August 2nd, 2018, Paizo will launch free PDF versions of the documents players around the world can use to test the next edition of Pathfinder. The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook offers 400 pages of new rules for fans to play, push and stress test. The accompanying adventure, Doomsday Dawn, features encounters and adventures for all levels of the game, allowing for low-level and high-level testing of new characters and rules.

Paizo looks to preview bits and pieces of the game leading up to the release of the playtest documents on their blog, with an overall goal of streamlining play while still offering the customization and tactical gameplay fans love.  The basics still seem the same—players choose their class, their ancestry (the new terminology for races) and their background to customize their character. The classic character classes from the original core book and the alchemist will be included in the playtest rules. Characters will still have plenty of choices to make when they level up, whether new feats for martial characters or new spells for magic user characters.

On the other side of the GM screen, the rules have also been streamlined to make designing monsters on the fly easier. Revamps to traps and environmental hazards are on deck, while magic items, which play a central role to the improvement of Pathfinder characters, will continue to be central to the experience.

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Players who want physical copies of the playtest materials will be able to purchase them if they like. They can order copies of Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Doomsday Dawn and, of course, a two-pack of Paizo’s excellent Flip-Mats from local stores or their own website up to May 1st. They will also have limited quantities for sale at their Gen Con booth which, coincidentally, happens to take place from August 2nd to August 5th in Indianapolis this year. These are the only opportunities to get physical copies of the playtest materials. Once the window closes, no physical copies will be offered in the future, at least until the official rules drop.

Pathfinder changed the tabletop RPG landscape over the past decade. It helped RPGs take the first steps into digital publishing and presence online, while also showing how a modern organized play program could work. The new edition looks to lead the way into the future of Pathfinder, when all will be revealed in August at Gen Con 2018.

What do you think? Are you excited about the new edition? Tell us in the comments!

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