I have been thinking about my son Ethan and his role-playing over the past few weeks. I have been really busy between work and school over the past month or so and he has been asking if we can play RuneQuest every weekend and I have not been able to oblige. RuneQuest is a great game too but it looks as though my order that I put in over six months ago is not going to get fulfilled so I will not have the book itself in hand and instead have to deal with the PDF which is not optimal. So I made the decision that for his fantasy games it may be time to move him on to another system for a new game.
Ethan played in the Dungeon Crawl Classics birthday bash that I had but I have other ideas of what to do with Dungeon Crawl Classics and they are not having a quiet game on weekends with my kids. So there are a few other systems that I could use. In the end though it looks like that it will be Pathfinder. I have got a huge hole in my life where all my Pathfinder games used to neatly sit but since the in-person group went to D&D my online group has also faltered a few times and I find myself getting only about a game a month. That plus the fact that I moved all my physical books back home means that it is a good choice for the system.
Not to mention all the Adventure Paths that I have gathering dust on the shelf! As well as modules that I have been accumulating from the subscription I had. So I am thinking that maybe I run the Mummy’s Mask, or perhaps the Dragon’s Demand and then Tears from a Bitter Manner. There are a number of options that will offer me my Pathfinder fix and keep my son and daughter busy for many weekends to come.
I told my son of this change a couple of days ago and he disappeared. I thought that I may have upset him because he was really enjoying the RuneQuest. But no, he reemerged five minutes later with a Pathfinder character sheet in hand. I had forgotten but his sister was going to run a Pathfinder game a couple of years before and we had all made characters up but it never eventuated! He had kept a hold of it, and even more surprisingly, knew where it was and he is excited to finally get a run at Pathfinder, which I am sure he feels is the “grown-up” game.
I am going to surprise him today because I took his character (a gnome illusionist named Manny Nanny) and fed him into Hero Lab so he can have a fresh character sheet complete with all of the spells listed out and the like. I also know that he will be super excited that Manny, who has been waiting (probably in a toy box) has finally got his chance to get dusted off and have a game! I present Manny below so you can all ooh and ahh in wonder at my son’s first Pathfinder character. Keep rolling!