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    D&D 5E Is 5e really that different?

    Really? Interesting. I suppose we could go bullet by bullet and I'm sure we could find things that I would concede. But not much. When you specifically use the term chassis, with regard to 4E, I certainly think of +level as a design fundamental. Bounded accuracy has its issues (IMO) but it...
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    D&D 5E Is 5e really that different?

    I like 5E less and less as time goes by. But I still think it is a good game. And I very strongly agree with the sentiments that it is the greatest version of D&D ever. Other versions are better for me personally. But 5E is head and shoulders above everything else in the mission of...
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    Pathfinder 2E Is It Time for PF2 "Essentials"?

    the latest Orr report doesn't agree.
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    Pathfinder 2E Is It Time for PF2 "Essentials"?

    The gatekeeping claims are 100% BS. To the contrary, people complaining about PF2E want it to appeal to MORE people.
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    Pathfinder 2E Is It Time for PF2 "Essentials"?

    I think this is always true. And triply so on the internet. However, the reverse applies as well. People will insist that the thing they like is perfect "as is" and no amount of evidence will change that. I think PF2E failed to learn from 4E when it went all-in on a math-balance first...
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    Pathfinder 2E Release Day Second Edition Amazon Sales Rank

    Ultimately that's the thing. There are lots of different things that can be discussed. I see the question at hand to be "is PF2E the crowd-pleaser fan base growing system that it certainly could have been?" I perceive the answer as a clear no. That isn't a knock on anyone who loves it. But...
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    Pathfinder 2E Pathfinder 2E Errata 2E

    In entirely constructive: people who don't like a game can't ruin the game. Just think about it. You not liking what they say is understandable. But the people who like the game still like the game and the people who don't still don't. Confusing your personal annoyance with impact on the...
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    Pathfinder 2E Pathfinder 2E Errata 2E

    and here comes the blame game....
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    Pathfinder 2E Regarding the complexity of Pathfinder 2

    I don't think it would be productive to drag this thread into this dead horse beating. It is more than fair to claim that without the massive leg up that 4E received by virtue of simply being D&D, it would have not shown up meaningfuly in the ranks of "every single RPG". So judging it in...
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    Pathfinder 2E Regarding the complexity of Pathfinder 2

    You are referencing the 2009 PF? Not sure I follow how there as much on that front between 3X and the original PF. And I never have heard anyone express that point either. Over and over I've heard that a fair number of 3X fans were unhappy that PH codified things as even more implicitly...
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    Pathfinder 2E Regarding the complexity of Pathfinder 2

    OK noted. You quoted games "careening out of control" and said that was exactly it, with italics. So I took you to mean just that. If you don't have those problems, then rules whose sole purpose is to solve those problems add zero value while creating unneeded constraints. Different game...
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    Pathfinder 2E Regarding the complexity of Pathfinder 2

    IME the completely open ended narrative nature of RPGs is such that mechanical controls which replace DM judgement virtually always end up doing more harm than good. In the abstract I 100% agree that a seemless support for the DM is good. And less rules are way better than more rules, as long...
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    Pathfinder 2E Regarding the complexity of Pathfinder 2

    Well, PF was, by their own marketing "3.5 Thrives". I think it is much more appropriate to compare PF2E to 4E on this front. And that is specifically "As a reaction (or over reaction) to the complaints against 3X". I would put them in the same ballpark, but IMO, WotC did a much worse job...
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    Pathfinder 2E Regarding the complexity of Pathfinder 2

    Not sure if you and I are coming from the same place, but this statement very much applies to me. The character's background as a blacksmith is a narrative concept. The character being a priest of the god of blacksmiths is a narrative concept. Narrative concepts are not the first priority of...
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