Dungeons and Dragons VS Pathfinder

In my previous posts you may have noticed I often refer to Pathfinder instead of Dungeons and Dragons. This is because they are made by two different companies and are, while based on the same concepts, two different games. My gaming group originally played Dungeons and Dragons but over the years has moved to Pathfinder due to superior quality of their products. Here’s a bit of information about each of them, and my experiences playing.

Don’t worry, dragons exist in both games to fry you up when need be.

Dungeons and Dragons was created by Wizards of the Coast, and is one of the oldest pen and paper games in existence. This isn’t to say that the game is unchanged from its original form, far from it actually. The game has seen many, many revamps throughout the years, and the most recent is entitled 4th Edition. When I first played this game, my group were enjoyed 3.5 Edition, which was a long lasting edition that many still play today. Unfortunately, 3.5 had its bad points, and because 4th came out, there would be no more books released. Our group attempted to transfer to 4th when it came out, but sadly Wizards of the Coast decided to go into a new direction when creating 4th. Gone were the complicated, yet rewarding, rule system and vast ability to create exciting characters. In order to appeal to a larger crowd, Wizards made the game incredibly easy to play, and most of the characters came out as “cookie cutters” (ie: same as everyone else). They also tried to make Dungeons and Dragons more similar to World of Warcraft, a popular game at the time. Many fans were put off by their decision, and transferred to Pathfinder. In my opinion, while 4th wasn’t for my group, it is a good stepping stone for new players.How I picture a Wizard of the Coast

Pathfinder, made by Paizo, has recently beat Dungeons and Dragons in profit and is what my gaming group has chosen to use for our Sunday nights. While much of Pathfinder is based on the original Dungeons and Dragons, the product as a whole is vastly superior. While Wizards will make you pay $50 for a single book, or more, Pathfinder books are generally cheaper and have a great alternative option: pdfs. Paizo has embraced the new technology era, and players can purchase pdfs for a fraction of the cost, only $10. This allows for better portability and to appeal to more players who can’t shell out $50 every book release. I also prefer the artwork in Pathfinder books to Dungeons and Dragons ones, as the art style is more consistent and pleasant.

Troglodytes aren’t the best smelling of things to fight against, in any game.

Pathfinder also doesn’t have the issue of making far too many books with contradicting rules. Dungeons and Dragons made the mistake of producing too much new content too quickly, which led to a lot of mistakes and a generally inferior product. Pathfinder books are much larger for the amount you pay in comparison, and the mistakes are extremely few. Also, unlike Wizards, Paizo immediately posts errata for any mistakes they have made which can be downloaded at any time. Another thing that Pathfinder has going for it is their message boards. Often Dungeon Masters need help in creating an adventure or seeing what to do in a certain situation. The Pathfinder official message boards are trafficked not only by experienced players but the makers themselves to do official rulings on issues that are brought up. Some of the player suggestions even are used in future books if the creators deem them balanced and unique. Pathfinder even has playtesting for new additions to the game, having the average player try it out ahead of time and report back on their experience. The entire process feels more like their consumers have a role in the game’s development.

The sharing of ideas leads to great things.

Both games have their ups and downs, but I prefer Pathfinder far more to Dungeons and Dragons. Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder? And did you know their differences?




  1. getbananas Said:

    I had absolutely no idea that they were different games. I didn’t make the connection. I thought when you were referencing “Pathfinder” it was just another way of referencing D&D.

    I’m glad I know now. To me it makes obvious sense to go with Pathfinder rather then D&D because of the cost. We ARE in rough economic times. But I don’t play the game, maybe people who have started out playing D&D are just to involved to switch.

  2. I never knew they were two different games made by two different companies. I’m glad you took the time to differentiate between the two, it makes me understand the differences between the two now. I’ve never played either one of these games

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