I just finished off my lunch hour reading chapters one through eight of the new Pathfinder Core book. This part of the book took me through character creation, races, classes, skills, feats, equipment, basic rules, combat rules and the miscellaneous bits of rules that are required for any RPG. I must say that I am quite impressed so far. The wide selection of powers, abilities, feats, skills and combat maneuvers is grand. My group is about to start a Pathfinder game, so I haven’t played any of the rules just yet, but they appear to be balanced and well written.
Paizo’s goal was to take D&D 3.5 and clean it up. They did an admirable job of doing so, and I can’t wait to see the game in action. The many things that D&D 3.5 did almost right has been nailed down and spit polished by the Paizo crew. While reading the rules, I could see how they would play out on the battle board quite well. They were easy to read, easy to understand and appear to be easy to implement in the game without slowing things down. Sure, we’re going to have to look up Bull Rush the first time someone does that action, but it will only slow the game down slightly as the rules explain how the maneuver works in clear and concise text.
I’m not sure, as of yet, which race/class/feat/skill combination I’m going to play. I’m leaning towards a rogue/wizard multiclass character. However, this time around, I’m going to let everyone else choose their character setups and then I’ll “fill in the blanks” of the party. Once we get rolling with the game, I’ll let you know which route I go and how it works out.
So far, I think my favorite part of the book is the feats section. I can see the progression of the feats as they build on one another, and each one brings something unique and powerful to the game. There are so many options, I can see three fighters being in one party, and none of them having the same abilities if the players choose to build their characters properly.
Good job, Paizo! Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to see the Bestiary when it hits the shelves.
As I make my way through the rest of the book, I’ll let you know what I think. Expect part 2 of this review in a day or three.