Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pathfinder - Project Plan (Part 1)

As I mentioned in my last post some of our Sunday Night crew is looking to start a Friday Night game as well and after some discussion we have decided to play Pathfinder instead of DnD 4E. None of us has played Pathfinder before, but we do have extensive DnD 2E experience plus one of the players has played DnD 3.5, and who are we kidding, Pathfinder is really just non-4E-DnD under a different name, so we will be fine. At least two of us have the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, I have the Pathfinder Beginner Box and a copy of Pathfinder Bestiary 1, plus we have enough miniatures and what not that we should be ready to go.

The plan is that on our first night we will start with the basic's of character creation and then walk through the adventure that comes with the Beginner Box just to get everyone on to the same page. Again I am not really expecting any issues here, but we really are used to playing DnD 4E so I think it is important to do a level set before we go any farther. If we decide we do prefer DnD 4E then we can quickly shift before we get to far into a Pathfinder adventure.

I am further proposing that once we get past the initial discussions that we play the Rise of the Runelords adventure path. This was the first set of adventures that Pathfinder produced when they started about five years ago and they recently released a hardback cover anniversary edition of the entire adventure path. The new version includes errata as well as additional material. It is very well written and will provide a good challenge to the players. The characters all start at Level 1 and move up as appropriate throughout the series of adventures. Because we will have fewer players than our Sunday Night group I expect that play will advance a little quicker and we should be able to move through this at good speed.

Paizo does not have an official character creation tool for Pathfinder, but there are several different sites that do provide character creation tools for Pathfinder. The best one I found is Herolab from Lone Wold Development. They have a free version that supports Level 1-3 characters and includes the pre-generated characters that come with the Pathfinder Beginner Box. The tool lets you design and equip your basic level character as well storing the character for next time. The licensed version of the tool costs $29.99 allows you to install it on two different machines and additional licenses are available for $10.00 apiece, but let's cross that bridge when we get to it.

The last thing I wanted to discuss today is file sharing capabilities. There are maps and background material I would like to distribute to the players but sometimes these files can get large, plus I am not always comfortable shipping these things to work e-mail addresses. I would like to set-up a share folder in Google and provide access to each of the players and then the players can retrieve the files at their leisure. I am willing to discuss options, but I already have a Google Drive share set-up and I believe some of the players already have Google accounts.

We are scheduled to begin play on Friday, November 2, so expect to hear more details before then. I am also acknowledging that we are heading into the holiday season so we may be getting started at a bad time of the year, but I am looking forward to this.

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