Welp, I was wrong. With a few hours to go, the Pathfinder massively multiplayer online game (MMO) found its way to a million dollar Kickstarter goal. It’s amazing what goodwill can do for a company when it comes to raising money, as the average backer kicked in over $100 to see this sandbox game come to reality.
A few backers kicked in thousands of dollars (including one guy for $10,000) for the privilege of contributing to the game. Funny thing is, the MMO doesn’t even plan to play like Pathfinder, promising a classless system. Tabletop Pathfinder, based on 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons rules, is all about developing your character along optimal class lines. Past that, the game promises all the usual things for MMOs still in development: no grinding, meaningful crafting, incredible immersion, and all the rest. When the game goes online, it’s certain to have a dedicated fanbase, key to any successful MMO.
It’ll be years before the MMO is available for actual play (at least, if it’s going to be any good), but there are loads of other goodies promised to backers like miniatures and adventures that are certain to be available long before the computer game. I’m looking forward to a few of these when they appear on game store shelves.
I was hardly alone in underestimating the support for this project (see therpgsite), but I certainly wish them all the best, and will give the game a whirl when it comes out, someday.