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Last post 07-02-2011 6:48 AM by dballing. 13 replies.
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  • 06-24-2011 10:34 AM

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    Would you play Pathfinder?

    Nascrag never really officially made a decision on D+D 3.5 vs. Pathfinder.  Pathfinder has many enthusiastic supporters while D+D 3.5 has many...apathetic supporters.  Hmmm, I'm not saying that right.  It just seems that inertia drives this decision more than anything.  Also, I think there is some concern that it could affect our attendance numbers if we weren't listed in the catalog under "Dungeons and Dragons".  Frankly, we are roleplaying heavy and rules-light in any case, so the difference is nominal.

     

    But that's just background.  The question is more general.  If you are a D+D player, do you even look in the Pathfinder section?  Are Pathfinder events even under consideration?  How about the reverse?  Pathfinder players, do you look for D+D?  Or is D+D = D+D 4.0 in your minds?

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    Pathfinder is the only D&D type system that I play any more. It brought me back to gaming after a ten year lay over.  I have attended Gencon over the last four years, and will be there this year.  I have never entered a Nascrag event, but I do like the concept.  I would love to try if it was under the Pathfinder rules, but I have no plans to learn nuances the original 3.5 system. 

    I generally try to play in several society events during the con.  

     

     

     

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  • 06-24-2011 8:13 PM In reply to

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    Pathfinder is a great system and it's what I exclusively play.

    Having said that, the last NASCRAG event I played, it didn't really matter what rules system we used, I don't think we had a single combat.

    Personally, I'd just stick with D&D 3.5 unless there are more players playing Pathfinder now. When I searched for NASCRAG, I typed in "NASCRAG", I didn't search in D&D specifically.

    This question can probably only be answered by your long time loyal players (and the numbers between PF and D&D).

  • 06-24-2011 8:16 PM In reply to

    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    I play in a weekly D&D 3.5 game and a monthly Pathfinder game.  However, I only look for Pathfinder games at Gen Con.  While I can easily move between the two game systems, I feel Pathfinder is superior.  I really only play the 3.5 because the GM had never played Pathfinder.   

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

     Pathfinder has been matching Wizards 4.0 in quarterly sales for about a year.  There are almost certainly more people actively playing Pathfinder than 3.5 these days.

     I would suggest posting a similiar inquiry on the Paizo forums, and perhaps some place like 3.5 Private Sanctuary.

     

     

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

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     Pathfinder has been matching Wizards 4.0 in quarterly sales for about a year.  There are almost certainly more people actively playing Pathfinder than 3.5 these days.

     I would suggest posting a similiar inquiry on the Paizo forums, and perhaps some place like 3.5 Private Sanctuary.

    Having Dm'ed both Pathfinder and before that DnD 3.5 I think its a mute point which system you use if NASCRAG is using rules lite as it were. Both systems are very well done, and neither chosen or changed should impact NASCRAG.

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    NASCRAG uses rules? I thought it was closer to the Amber Diceless System. Someone told me once that if you get into combat at NASCRAG, you screwed up. Also, I was told you get docked points if you pull out a rule book. Both point to 'don't worry about the system'. If nothing else, drop the gaming system completely and just list it under NASCRAG and be done with it.

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  • 06-27-2011 12:24 AM In reply to

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    Our homegroup currently plays Piazo's Kingmaker adventure path, but we have a mixture of 3.5 and pathfinder rule.

    Yes, I would play pathfinder, but as always: use the rules you like and discard the ones you don't (and substitute them with your own) Big Smile

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    Our group has converted over to Pathfinder completely as far as D&D 3.5 goes.  We do play D&D 4th also.  Actually our group plays about any game.  In our groups mind, now D&D = Pathfinder and D&D 4th = W.O.W.   

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

     I tried D&D 4.0, and hated it, so I went back to 3.5.  I still enjoy it, but I've also just bought the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, so I'm going to be exploring that.  I've heard from too many enthusiastic people who love it to avoid it anymore.  I would play either!  

     

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    Having played in the NASCRAG games for the past decade and having played extensively both D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder, I believe that switching to Pathfinder would up the number of potential attendee's to NASCRAG. Pathfinder is a much more popular system for 3.5 and would really have no effect on the actual NASCRAG story, or make it more difficult to run or play. And any of the hardcore NASCRAG players are going to play no matter what, especially with such a minor switch to the game. Remember NASCRAG is about roleplaying and puzzles and fun, not the system it is based upon.
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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    I haven't really played Pathfinder, but also really haven't played D&D since the advanced version. That said we played NASCRAG a couple of years ago with no trouble. Don't really even remember rules even coming up. I do agree you broaden you appeal with the popularity of Pathfinder
  • 07-02-2011 3:54 AM In reply to

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    My group has played, and is actually currently playing a Pathfinder game. (Our current DM is actually running Rappan Athuk Reloaded using Pathfinder rules). To be honest, we have basically found that Pathfinder is 3.75e of D&D. It cleans up a lot of rules, and makes the game flow better. It can be as roleplaying or rules heavy as you want it to be, just like pretty much anything else out there. I'd say you can't lose with making the change.

     The other nice thing about Pathfinder is that if you're like me, and have a huge collection of 3.0 and 3.5 books, you can use them with Pathfinder without any really major editing. A few tweaks here and there, and your old stuff works just fine with the system.

  • 07-02-2011 6:48 AM In reply to

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    Re: Would you play Pathfinder?

    My suggestion to you would be to do what I did last year.

    At the end of every session, I polled my players with something like "The only 3.5 game I am involved in any more is this event. We've switched completely to Pathfinder at home. Would it change any of your opinions on attending if, next year, it was a Pathfinder game?" Don't let it devolve into a "which is better" conversation, just straight up "straw poll" type of thing.

    I had not a single person out of approx 50 players say that it'd be an issue. Obviously "my players are not your players" so you shouldn't just take their word for it, but that seems to be the easiest way to do it.

    Good luck!

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