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Pathfinder 2nd Edition

Complexity vs. Depth -- A Look Inside Pathfinder 2nd Edition
One of the biggest tabletop RPG releases of the decade, Pathfinder 2nd Edition launches today at Gen Con. Many of us have playtested it, others have watched streams and podcasts, but this is the big day. Here are my thoughts on the new iteration of this classic game. I'm assuming here that you're basically familiar with either Pathfinder 1E or D&D 5E. BackgroundBefore I start this look at the Pathfinder 2nd Edition core rulebook, let me explain my background so that you can contextualize it. I was a big fan of D&D 3E and 3.5 back in the early 2000s and ran two multi-year campaigns with that ruleset (one being Age of Worms from Paizo). When the D&D 4E/Pathfinder edition war happened, I ran one long 4E campaign (our own War of the Burning Sky adventure path). After that, I played through the Kingmaker AP for Pathfinder as a player, ran a couple of D&D 5E storylines (loved Strahd!), and I've run about half the Pathfinder 2E playtest but having received my pre-ordered copy of the materials after they were on store shelves, struggled to keep up with the pace and eventually bowed out. Going in to this: I was a fan of the 3.x ruleset, but felt a little left behind after a while with PF1 in terms of system mastery, rules boat, and setting lore. I didn't get on super-well with the playtest, so I was slightly wary as I opened this book. On the other hand, I do enjoy a bit of crunch in my games. A new jumping on point, you say? Let's take a look! OverviewThere are two important concepts to keep in mind when looking at this game: the difference between complexity and depth. I'd like to quickly define them as I use them, just in case your definitions are different. To me, complexity arises from multiple subsystems or different rules, or complicated rules. Depth, on the other hand, resides in the options and available customization. These two things can exist independently, and for me a game works best when it has low complexity but high depth. The short version of...
 
News Digest for the Week of September 12
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Previews of Eberron and reviews of Descent into Avernus, a free Pathfinder 2e adventure, a preview of the lizardfolk ancestry, a new Carnival Row RPG from the show’s creator, and more!
Free Pathfinder 2e Introductory Adventure from Paizo
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Paizo released a free downloadable demo adventure for Pathfinder 2nd Edition called Torment and Legacy.
RPG Crowdfunding News – Tenebria, Adrenaline, Eryphir, and more
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Between September 20th to 26th, ten RPG, and RPG-related, Kickstarters end. Compared to recent weeks, that’s a notable decrease. However, this is not the start of a trend. Instead, it’s the result of Gen Con week and its impact on RPG Kickstarter launches (when many of the crowdfundings that would have ended this week likely would have begun).
Lizardfolk: New Ancestry from Lost Omens Character Guide
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Paizo released the next in their previews of the new Pathfinder 2nd Edition ancestries to appear in the Lost Omens Character Guide: Lizardfolk.
News Digest for the Week of September 5
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Another ancestry previewed for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, the table of contents and miniatures for Descent Into Avernus for D&D, Chuck Tingle breaks into roleplaying games, and more!
Paizo Update: Cult of Cinders, Tomorrow Must Burn, Fate of the Fifth, and More!
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Hello again my darling Paizo fans! The air has turned crisp, the sky is blue, the leaves are darkening, and it’s time for yet another PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! We’ve recovered from the lengthy review of Pathfinder second edition just in time to catch up on August and September release announcements, which are (checks notes) mostly Pathfinder first edition! I kid, I kid – there’s some Starfinder in...
News Digest for the Week of August 29
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Shadowrun Sixth World Core Rulebook released, cover art and details for the Pathfinder 2e Bestiary 2 announced, D&D goes Pop! and more!
Podcast #63 BEST in Class of the Pathfinder 2e BESTiary
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This week, Morrus and Peter talk about the best of everything in the Pathfinder 2nd Edition Bestiary. In the news, more about the new Dungeons & Dragons Eberron sourcebook, Shadowrun Sixth World Edition Core Rulebook released, Patreon suspends “creator” for posting pirated DM’s Guild books, the most common D&D party composition, and more! Plus a brand new sketch!
PF2 TRAILseeker: New Skill Uses!
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It's a new edition for Pathfinder—and our second article in this new run of TRAILseeker, the weekly e-zine where we publish Pathfinder-compatible material thanks to the support of our lovely Patreons!
News Digest for the Week of August 15
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New D&D products, new Pathfinder products, Wil Wheaton sues Geek & Sundry, big license announcement from Green Ronin, Gen Con convention growth, and a lot, lot more!
Complexity vs. Depth -- A Look Inside Pathfinder 2nd Edition
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One of the biggest tabletop RPG releases of the decade, Pathfinder 2nd Edition launches today at Gen Con. Many of us have playtested it, others have watched streams and podcasts, but this is the big day. Here are my thoughts on the new iteration of this classic game. I'm assuming here that you're basically familiar with either Pathfinder 1E or D&D 5E.
Thursday Is Pathfinder 2E Day Here On EN World
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Tomorrow (Thursday, August 1st) is Pathfinder 2nd Edition's big release day, and it will be Pathfinder 2E day right here at EN World, too. Here are our plans for reviews, podcasts, and supplemental support!
Paizocon 2019 Tickets Available
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Paizocon, the official convention of Paizo and all things Pathfinder, returns for it’s 11th year from May 24-27 next year in Seattle, US. Badges are now available. Click on the image below!

Meet Pathfinder 2's Cleric; Plus Spellcasting Basics!

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On the Paizo comments a lot of people are annoyed that classes get less than PF1, less class features and have to pay feats to get them back. The counter argument is that you get those feats instead of class features, just meaning you can chose how you want your class - rather than stuck with what is written. The same applies to races/ancestries. Either argument aside it does seem that all...

Let's Look At Alchemy In Pathfinder 2!

Take A Look At Pathfinder 2's Revamped Magic System!

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This blog post got me hyped! Everything in here looks awesome, especially the formatting of the spells, which is very nostalgic for me as a 4e fan.

Pathfinder 2nd Edition Game Trade Media Playtest Video

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Thanks. Some of these look quite good. I like the idea of taking an action to take advantage of cover. I do hope they try to keep numerical fiddliness out of the system in favour of more options in play like blocking and taking cover.

Fighter Class Preview For Pathfinder 2nd Edition!

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There is precious little as to what a fighter can do *outside* of combat...

From 7 Action Types To Pathfinder 2's New 3 Action Economy

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The second attack is at minus five. The 3 action economy cleans things up but may cause some other problems, like players constantly asking if something is an action or not. Think I'd have to give it a whirl before deciding if it's a worthwhile change.
The Pathfinder 2 Barometer! Vote your initial hot take!
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Pathfinder fans! What's your initial takeaway gut reaction to the news of Pathfinder 2? Vote in the poll (if you are using a platform which doesn't show the poll, find it here).

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