Pathfinder Online moves into open enrollment and makes several updates

    
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Pathfinder Online moves into open enrollment and makes several updates

Since it’s been some time since we last took a peek at Pathfinder Online, we thought it would be a good idea to see how the sandbox MMORPG is doing. Over the course of 2019, the game has moved from its Early Enrollment phase to Open Enrollment, which according to its FAQ represents “the point where [Paizo] believe[s] the game is comparable to similar MMOs developed in an old-fashioned, opaque, ‘ship it when it’s done’ method.”

The shift to Open Enrollment (aka v1.0) switched the game’s subscription model from account-based to character-based, giving players the ability to select a character as active while the others stay in Free Trial mode. This business model shift also came with a reduction in its monthly subscription price to $5.

The game has been kicking out updates ever since, including a new Combat Alchemist role, the addition of over 50 rare raw materials and salvage items for a Home Sweet Home event, and most recently, an update full of bug fixes. In other words, it’s come a lot further along than we ever expected back when it collapsed way back in 2015. (You can check out the recap we did back in 2018 for the whole story.) Keep on truckin’, little Pathfinder Online.

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HolyAvengerOne

Free trial? Ah, why not. Hope I can survive the graphics.

Interestingly enough, the installer points to a “new player guide” that dates back to August 2015… Is this really still up to date?!

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Dro Gul

They really haven’t changed much in 5 years, it’s been on life support with 1 Dev I think

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Jeremy Barnes

I gave it a try..it is…rough. So rough that I can’t even see a path forward to where they get to a viable product.

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HolyAvengerOne

Heh, well, to them it sounds like they consider it at least _minimally_ viable… What did you think didn’t work well? What was rough?

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camren_rooke

It apparently has its followers and folks who love it but as someone who loves Pathfinder and desperately wants to play 2nd Edition with someone, ANYONE?, I just have no interest in this whatsoever.

It’s primarily PVP, it’s graphics are dated, there aren’t a ton of people playing it…

I really feel they missed the boat in not making their own online rpg hosting and making game. Sell adventures and art packs and the like. All this time and money could have been spent blowing roll20 and the like out of the water. Ok, maybe not Fantasy Grounds.

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HolyAvengerOne

Do you mean there’s no content to do in the absence of pvp? Just curious how long have you tried it for?

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Dro Gul

It’s a PvP game where you gain XP over time and they did not wipe characters for the last 5 years. Give me a break.

Since they are at launch now have they delivered the Kickstarter rewards?

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rk70534

I was wondering about it recently….

Nice to hear something about it, although not my cup of coffee (PvE MMO in Pathfinder universe could well be).

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Skor

This joke keeps getting retold. And it’s still not funny.

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laelgon

Good for them. I honestly kind of forgot about this one after the collapse, but nice to see them chugging along.

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Winter

I’m not sure how they turned something that is primarily a PvE group based RPG into something with full PvP… too bad I would have been on it in a hot minute if it had been PvE.

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Gamhuin

Ditto

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NeoWolf

While it remains a PvP based MMO, which makes ZERO context in terms of D&D OR the Pathfinder Kingmaker setting it is based on in the Riverlands it will remain of no interest to people.

I backed it, as I support Pathfinder and Paizo, but this game was NEVER what its backers wanted and still isn’t. Effectively a DoDo, which is tragic.

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HolyAvengerOne

DoDo?

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NeoWolf

An extinct bird. The Implication being the game is dead long before its time just like the DoDo.