Friday, July 10, 2015
That's a Lot of Tiny Boxes
+Rob Conley calls me up and says, "Hey Tim, you want to play Pathfinder? I'll use the Kingmaker adventure path from a few years back."
I thought, I've got a lot of the books, but never played it. Never player 3.5 for that matter. "Sure. But just so you know I own the Kingmaker series and know the first book fairly well."
The following night I grab my massive tome of the core rules and grab a character sheet from on-line. I print the character sheet and scratch my head. That's a lot of tiny boxes. I commence character creation. It said to roll 4d6. Okay, I think. A bit of a sissy way to roll, but I read the other methods, they seemed to be more, put in whatever score you want. I roll. I roll badly. Even with 4d6 I managed to have the first character to have three scores of 8, a 7 and a 6. My highest attribute was a 10. Fricking dice hate me.
I put that little cherub of a now NPC to the side and reroll. Okay, this time I am average an 11, 2 - 12s, 2 - 13s and a massive 14. Cool, I can work with that. Pick out a race. Keeping it simple, human. Picking a class, want something that I haven't played in a while. I kept my stats in a row, so the picks were some sort of spellcasting. I've played clerics a lot recently and just made a mage dude for 5th edition. Druid. Okay, haven't played on of those in a while.
Then I get to the adjustments for race, class, and begin building my skills. I got it. It took my a long time, but I got it. I'm still only partially done with my guy and I started him a day and a half ago. I forget who, but some smart man said "have fun playing Mathfinder". He is not wrong.
While I am interested in giving it a go. And while I haven't played one minute of Pathfinder or 3.5, I can tell there is going to be a lot of rule checking. Or a lot of, what does that do?, moments. I love the Pathfinder books look and use them as reference material, but it also makes me appreciate the simplicity of rulesets.
I believe most folks love the options in the 3.5 games and I used to also. I loved to make unique quirky characters, but there comes a time when the process of making a character begins to outweigh the actual playing of the character. I have my own level where that is reached and Pathfinder has already surpassed it. Still, I want to play the game. See how it goes. And besides, I'll be with a few goofball friends, playing heroes (maybe), talking in funny voices and rolling dice in between distracting conversations about latest movies or books.
If I am slinging dice and talking shit, it's all good.