Pathfinder Comics to arrive in 2012
Paizo Publishing and Dynamite Entertainment recently announced a collaborative initative to adapt the Pathfinder tabletop role-playing game into a comicbook.
Often referred to as "Dungeons & Dragons 3.75", Paizo’s Pathfinder is a modded version of the popular Dungeons & Dragons game system, published by Wizards of the Coast.
As you may recall, Pathfinder was made possible by WotC’s decision to publish D&D 3.0 and 3.5 on the basis of an open license system.
Many credit the development of Pathfinder, and its unexpected subsequent success for WotC’s decision to publish their newest version, 4.0, without the open license. If that’s the case, however, the damage has already been done.
Pathfinder’s sales are neck and neck with Dungeons & Dragons, with many long-time fans of the classic game choosing it over WotC’s latest offering, citing a core flexibility and simplicity of simulation that simply doesn’t exist in the older, rules-heavy format.
Like Dungeons & Dragons, there is no set story to Pathfinder, the players are expected to create the story as they play. Of course, Pathfinder does feature a world in which participants who don’t want to create their own world can still play, a fantasy adventure world with wizards and dragons and all the tropes of the genre. Presumably, the comic book story would take place in this world; no description of the story has yet been released.
"We are thrilled to be working with Dynamite on a new Pathfinder comic!" said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona.
"Dynamite's proven record with licensed properties and their ability to attract top creative talent to their books make them a natural fit for Pathfinder, and we can't wait to see how they explore the Pathfinder world."
"When we sat down and first started speaking with Paizo, the excitement that Erik had for Pathfinder was amazing, and the success he and his team have had is well earned," said Dynamite Publisher Nick Barrucci. "We're proud to be working with them to help bring Pathfinder to the comics market, and to bring our comics to their market. It's the best of both worlds. This is the start of a great working relationship."
No date has yet been announced for the first issue of Pathfinder, just that it will launch in 2012.