Pathfinder Online

Posted by davidludwig
Nov 28 2012

This isn’t going to be my biggest “Other Web Wednesday” post, because I figure most of you already know what Kickstarter is and even for those who don’t it doesn’t take a lot of explanation. It’s a website where developers, creators and visionaries can request crowd funding for their projects, and the public, consumers and patrons can invest in things they value with limited risk and higher odds on reward.

But I’m not here to talk about Kickstarter. Instead I’m here to promote a specific project on it I value. Pathfinder Online.

For a little context, I like fantasy and role-playing and games–three separate things that go remarkably well together and have been highly successfully combined over the years in such forms as Dungeons & Dragons and an entire genre of video-games.

Now the presently small but incredibly awesome company Goblinworks is bringing their own special magic to that sweet combination. Pathfinder is another paper and pencil role-playing system similar to Dungeons & Dragons–in fact, when Dungeons & Dragons lost its way and a lot of fans (myself included) Paizo and Pathfinder picked up the pieces with their own glorious role-playing system.
In close cooperation with the people at Paizo, and exceptional deference to the fans of Pathfinder, Goblinworks has set out to bring the glory of Pathfinder to a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.

It doesn’t take long over on the Goblinworks blog to figure out their goal for Pathfinder Online is colossally ambitious–but with a successful Technology Demo under their belt the game has been green lit and will happen. Their Kickstarter drive is just to make it happen sooner and better–and of course get more fans/players involved in the game’s initial development.

More so than any other game I have personal experience with–and reminiscent of a sort of high fantasy Second Life if I understood what that game was correctly–Pathfinder Online seems set to be fundamentally defined by the players at every turn (which honestly I think is giving the lay public too much influence, but I was willing to put my money on being wrong about that).

I think it has a lot of potential, and if Goblinworks can meet the lofty objectives they have set for themselves–and their track record is already good–then this is definitely something any fantasy gamer should consider getting in on the ground floor of.

So get over to Pathfinder Online’s Kickstarter page and see how much you’d be willing to donate toward what could be the next big thing in fantasy gaming.

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