As of today (March 27, 2018), the preorder for Paizo’s Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook became available. This limited-edition print version release for the second edition of the Pathfinder role-playing game to be released on August 2, 2018—in addition to free downloads of all Pathfinder Playtest products. This event ushers in a new era for the Pathfinder fantasy role-playing game first published in 2009, which extended and modified the revised Wizards of the Coast 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons game under the Open Game License.
The Open Game License forever changed the role-playing game market with an influx of third-party products published for use with D&D (and eventually other RPGs). The Pathfinder game rose above the rest, becoming its own game and property that would rival D&D. While Dungeons & Dragons is currently thriving with its own fifth edition, this marks the first time that the supplement-heavy Pathfinder is embarking toward a new edition—a second edition.
According to Paizo, the new Pathfinder Playtest is the first step on a path toward evolving the game toward a new edition. The best innovations and lessons learned over the past decade promises to guide the role-playing game forward in new and exciting directions. To stay on top of what’s new and what’s brewing with the Pathfinder Playtest, be sure to visit the Paizo Blog.
Now seems like the perfect time for this veteran RPGer of 40+ years to reacquaint himself with Pathfinder—having wandered from the path many years ago. I found it difficult to find my way back amid the many, many Pathfinder products (with rule variations and additions) published by an enthusiastic Paizo, and not to mention third-party publishers. Paizo has announced that the Pathfinder Playtest and Second Edition will be both published under the OGL. Also, Paizo will be offering a Compatibility License for Second Edition. This wizened writer of words already has some ideas percolating on the idea burner. It also seems fitting to embark on the launching of a new RPG website, or blog if you will…