Paizo has announced a new campaign mode for its Pathfinder Society Organized Play global roleplaying game campaign, which boasts 75,000 current players worldwide. The new Core Campaign will use the basic game found in the Pathfinder RPG: Core Rulebook and aims to to offer a simpler entry-point for new players by using a more streamlined gaming approach and limited scenario replay.
The Core Campaign will offer a more limited feature set than the standard Campaign and is structured to help familiarize newer players with the Pathfinder RPG system. Core Campaign players will only be allowed to use the core rulebook, Character Traits Web Enhancement, and Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Players will unlock treasures and rewards as they play and will have the option of transitioning their Core campaign character into the full Pathfinder Organized Play campaign at any time.
Both the Core and standard campaigns will use the same scenarios, modules, and other sanctioned adventure resources although characters are only allowed to be used in one campaign or the other, not both. Additionally, while characters from the Core campaign can move to the standard campaign, standard campaign characters are not allowed to be moved to or used with the Core campaign.
Players will be allowed to gain credit twice for each Organized Play scenario that they complete, once for the Core campaign and once for the standard campaign. Additionally, players will be able to gain credit for GM'ing each scenario once each per campaign.
The standard Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign, which is now in its seventh year, will continue in its current form along side the new Core campaign.
More information on the Pathfinder Society can be found here.
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