The Daily Grind: Have you played Pathfinder Online?

    
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I’ve been looking into Pathfinder here lately, though I haven’t taken the early access plunge yet. Goblinworks has a 15-day free trial listed on its website, though, so maybe now is the time. Pathfinder’s got some interesting systems, and lead designer Lee Hammock was also lead designer on the criminally under-appreciated Fallen Earth, so there’s that.

Before I check it out, though, I figured I’d get the opinion of the MOP community. Have you played Pathfinder Online? If so, what did you think of it? If not, why not?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

EO_Lonegun Still has some of the best crafting in MMOs ever.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Vunak Ironically we’re still in the early 2000’s. 
I know what you mean though, but I agree, it’s kind of bulky to say “recently post-2005”, or “back in the double-aughts”.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Nope. “Early Access” gives me the willies. I’ll let those other kind people that P.T. Barnum had a saying for beta test Pathfinder Online for me.

droguul
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droguul

libertylion7 There are a few dozen people who pat the devs on the back and enable them to keep going down the train wreck path this game is on.

libertylion7
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libertylion7

And what really astounds me is the lack of reality that the devs have. 
Are they not paying attention to the feedback they are getting?  Its
like they are intent on making a game no one wants to play regardless of
what everyone is telling them.  Is it ego?  Is it someone’s wet dream
to make this exact game?  The blind ambition to continue down this path
and polish this turd is beyond me.

libertylion7
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libertylion7

I’m still stunned at how they even let them use the pathfinder IP for this thing.  Jack and squat are about all it has to do with the pathfinder rpg.

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Ahh by same stuff I thought you meant more than offline leveling and player driven economy in common. I also didn’t expect you to literally rattle off a dozen games… but I did think there would be more than two :P Thanks anyways.

tilles87
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tilles87

Pathfinder Online is a new record holder for me with the shortest MMO session after I wanted to delete a game.
Character creation starts with selecting race and looks. There aren’t too many options yet, which wouldn’t be a problem in early access if there was at least a single human male face that doesn’t look like a retard or a rapist. I didn’t check other races, but I’m convinced that PFO might be the first game to do something against the “sexy elf chick” stereotype since Mialee from D&D3e Player’s Handbook. Boy, that illustration still gives me a few weeks of erectile disfunction.
After selecting the least ugly face you arrive in an empty generic forest, and start reading boring texts, doing short kill quests, getting mauled by monsters, talking to bland NPCs, trying to wrap your head around the advancement system, etc… Oh yeah, there is pvp too, but for that you’d need to find other players which game seriously lacks.

One of my favorite parts of the game is combat, where animations, sounds, and the attacks’ effects live their own little lifes totally independent from each other. Advancement is level- and class-less, you spend your XP to buy feats, which you can combine as you wish. That sounds good on paper, but… I usually say that I hate talent trees, but I’m not judging them any more because but this game has a feat jungle with no visual help to make it at least a bit transparent. So if they managed to capture something from pen and paper Pathfinder it’s being bloated and hard to digest.
While PFO might have some other features other than being ridiculously boring and empty, the first hours weren’t enough to convince me that I want to do anything else besides clicking on the red X on the upper right corner. I feel pity for those who were ripped off during the Kickstarter and I can’t imagine if there’s really someone out there paying subscription for this.

Zipzopzippitybop
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Zipzopzippitybop

It is terrible.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

No.