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  • Creating a Character Using the Pathfinder Roleplaying System

    Normally it's neither. Pathfinder, which is a derivative of Dungeons & Dragons, is usually an in-person pen & paper role-playing game. Which is to say, the game is mostly played in the imaginations of the players (though it's common to also have a simple grid with miniatures to keep track of combat). The world is created by a Dungeon Master (who controls everything) and the players each create characters who they pretend to be. They can then interact with the world however they want by talking to each other and telling the DM what they want to do. It's a structured form of collaborative storytelling where you invent characters, go on adventures, solve problems, and hopefully have fun.And I should probably specify, generally you'll be using the same character for multiple "ses…

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    Normally it's neither. Pathfinder, which is a derivative of Dungeons & Dragons, is usually an in-person pen & paper role-playing game. Which is to say, the game is mostly played in the imaginations of the players (though it's common to also have a simple grid with miniatures to keep track of combat). The world is created by a Dungeon Master (who controls everything) and the players each create characters who they pretend to be. They can then interact with the world however they want by talking to each other and telling the DM what they want to do. It's a structured form of collaborative storytelling where you invent characters, go on adventures, solve problems, and hopefully have fun.And I should probably specify, generally you'll be using the same character for multiple "sessions" in a given "campaign" though the exact length and frequency varies significantly from group to group. For example, I've played in "one-shots" that were a single 4-hour session (and that character was never seen again), but I'm currently in a campaign that's been running on and off for 5 years with over 70 sessions (using the same character the entire time).Especially since quarantine, it's become increasingly common to play remotely (especially over video chat), for example using a platform like Roll20. I know that there are people who play via text chat or forum posts, but to my knowledge that's way less common.There's a very good argument to be made that the vast majority of RPG video games are inspired by D&D. Not just mechanically, for example: hit points, experience points and levels, character races and classes, the need to acquire personal possessions like armor and weapons, and the impetus to fight progressively fierce monsters. But also the general feel of customizing a character, interacting with the world, going on quests, and, ya know, "playing a role."D&D / Pathfinder is cool because you can do literally anything. You aren't limited by what a game designer programmed. And personally, I find the in person social interaction pretty awesome.This is a reasonably good intro (albeit features D&D v5 rather than Pathfinder v1) and is just 10 minutes long if you're interested:

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