When Wizards of the Coast moved on to Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition
, I was certain that D&D 3.5e was doomed to a slow, painful death. I foresaw that publishers who were previously releasing products under the 3.5 SRD and OGL (Open Gaming License) would see their audience vaporize in favor of a new and shiny system. The 3.5e enthusiast, I thought, would be consigned to a play a stagnant system with a bookshelf full of books that weren't even remotely compatible with the newest version.
But, in March 2008, Paizo
made it their mission to keep the third edition alive, announcing their intention to create the Pathfinder RPG
that would expand on the SRD and OGL and would continue to be the official system for their now burgeoning Pathfinder Chronicles
and Adventure Path
products. To be honest, I wasn't certain how I felt about this at first. At first it seemed awkward—perhaps even blasphemous—for a company other than Wizards of the Coast to publish a core rulebook for Dungeons & Dragons, but then again, WotC wasn't the original publisher of D&D, either. So, a year and a half later, I am pleased to say that Paizo has really delivered.