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Nonchalant Thuggery: How to Fix the Pathfinder Rogue

There’s a general consensus on the Paizo message boards that the two classes with the most problems are the monk and the rogue. While the monk has received a lot of love through the addition of various archetypes and combat style feats, the rogue has been been left out in the cold. Part of this has to do with a dilution of the rogue’s role in a group. Why play a rogue, many ask, when...

WildStar Weflections: Pitfalls and Hurdles

WildStar is my most anticipated game of 2013. Although there are a number of MMOs on my radar, WildStar is the only one that seems to possess that magic combination of innovation and rock solid production value I look for. Still, I worry. WildStar isn’t special. It’s not going to be ushered down from the heavens on its launch date, heralded by a cherubic chorus of angels. The game is...

Five Pathfinder Society Encounters That Must Die

I’ve played a lot of Pathfinder Society. Maybe too much. Scratch that – definitely too much. Although the hours I’ve dedicated to navigating miniature plastic warriors across grid paper could have arguable been better spent on personal hygiene and flirtations with the opposite gender, my time in the world of Golarion has given me a keen insight into the conventions and tropes of...

Pathfinder Racial Archetypes

The Advanced Race Guide dropped last month, bringing a bag full of goodies to the Pathfinder roleplaying game. Asides from the obvious addition of new player races (including tieflings, aasimar, and tengu), the book introduced a slew of new racial archetypes. These archetypes are only available to single races, and many radically alter the base abilities of their corresponding class. Coupled with...

The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder

Editor’s Note: The Elephant in the Room is now available as a Full Rules Document and a HeroLab Mod. Thanks for your continued support and interest! By all metrics, Pathfinder is the most satisfying pen-and-paper game I’ve ever played. The class balance feels good, the math isn’t overwhelming, and the community support is outstanding. However, it suffers from one syndrome that haunts the...