What is Pathfinder?
Pathfinder is one of the many different platforms that Dungeons and Dragons is played through. It is the formatting we will be using this year because of its ability to access The Pathfinder Society campaigns.
Why will we use Pathfinder Society?
Pathfinder Society is a campaign format that is played all around the world. This means that the characters we create and build in school can be used in other campaigns hosted in game shops, conventions, or with friends outside of school.
We will be playing individual scenarios from the pathfinder society campaign, these are usually scheduled to take about 4-5 hours. Because of our time constraints, these should take 2-3 weeks depending on the speed of the players and the game master (GM).
Individual scenarios are a good use of campaign space because it means that anyone can drop in and out of play (between the scenarios) depending on their availability. Game scenarios usually allow 3-6 players per campaign which means that we will have several tables participating in scenarios at once.
Game play will follow the guidelines of “The Guide to Pathfinder Society” which outline the special rules for fighting in Pathfinder Society so that everyone competes on a level playing field.
What is Pathfinder Society?
In game, the Pathfinder Society is an organization that exists in the world of Galarion. Their purpose is to explore and catalogue long lost secrets and artifacts from ruins around the world. Think Indiana Jones.
However, the organization is not just for the scholarly. Merchants, mercenaries, adventurers, and all other sorts find a home within the Society’s lodge. The core tenants of the society are Explore, Report, and Cooperate which we will encourage during play.
What if I want to be a Game Master (GM)?
Fantastic! It is my goal to have as many student led tables as possible, especially because I anticipate multiple tables being run each meeting.
GM’s also receive credit to their characters for leading a campaign so there is no penalty for taking the time to step up into a leadership position. In fact, GM’s who lead multiple campaigns will earn special abilities that they can use during game play later on like the ability to re-roll a dice once per game.
How do I keep track of my character and/or loot?
We will be keeping a pen and paper character sheet (which you are free to store in my room) to help track the minor occurrences during game play. However, we will also be registering our characters on the My Pathfinder Society page. This will give each student a Pathfinder Society Number so that GM’s can assign credit for each completed scenario.
You mentioned loot, how do I get it?!
At the end of each campaign, all characters will earn credits and/or gold depending on how many objectives they complete. Each campaign will have one main objective and one-two secret objectives for players to complete along with their faction goals. All characters can buy any piece of equipment offered after the game so there is no fighting over a specific item that two players may want from the campaign.
After three completed scenarios, whether they were played or GM’d, your character will go up a level.
What’s a faction?
Factions are specific groups that your character will choose to belong to. Factions have changed over the history of the game so there may be some mentioned in campaigns that you are not able to join.
Your faction leader will give you specific jobs to complete as part of your individual scenarios, doing so will earn you points in your faction and help your character advance.