Bold steps are being taken to integrate table games and the digital world. Programs like Tabletop Simulator allow gamers to play their favorite board games with friends, regardless of the distance. Games like Madness mansions and Sentinels of the Multiverse use apps as part of the game or to iron out rule issues. The greatest role-playing game of all, Dungeons & Dragons, made getting into the game much easier thanks to D&D beyond.
“For years,” said Adam Bradford, director of development for Demiplane, “in my time with D&D beyond I wanted to offer that kind of support and it just wasn’t in the cards. I joined Demiplane with the vision that our founders Peter [Romenesko] and Travis [Frederick] was instead of trying to improve the game and make it better. This move towards creating a digital toolset made a lot of sense. When we started to think about games that we could support in this way, Scout was an easy choice.
Today, Demiplane, a leading digital platform for tabletop RPG fans, announced a multi-year license agreement with Paizo Inc. to create Pathfinder Nexus, the official digital toolset and playmate for the award-winning Pathfinder role-playing game. Pre-orders with early access to the new platform begin today, with release slated for early 2022.
“Pathfinder Nexus is the official digital toolset for Scout, in particular the Second edition“Bradford said.” We have entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with Paizo to provide this toolset and playmate. Ultimately, with Pathfinder Nexus, we’re going to provide high quality tools for a game that hasn’t had the same kind of support as something like Dungeons & Dragons appreciated in recent years.
Pathfinder second edition released in 2019 with rules that are quick to learn, easy to play, and have more customization options than ever before. In Scout, players take on the roles of custom-created characters to tell cooperative stories of limitless fantasy adventures and collaborative gameplay with friends. Pathfinder Nexus provides the game’s wealth of sources, character options and adventures in a convenient and easily accessible way, across all platforms and on any device gamers prefer to bring to the table.
“I saw with my own eyes how much this kind of digital medium can improve a game,” Bradford said. “Having this prior knowledge and understanding what it could do for Scout is a really exciting thing.
Pathfinder Nexus aims to improve every part of the game sessions, starting with researched tools like a game book, a digital player, a character generator, an interactive digital character sheet, as well as a play area with video chat where all the other tools are fully integrated.
The first feature available now is the Digital Reader, which allows players to quickly search the text of the game for rules and information. Other features are expected to be added to Early Access by the full 2022 launch, such as tooltips, annotations, and the ability to leave notes in book margins. Demiplane has a comprehensive roadmap for Pathfinder Nexus, with new features to improve the game planned for years to come. Additionally, Bradford hinted at a few more games in the works for the program.
“We also have the license for Star seeker,“Bradford said.” It’s something that’s on the roadmap that we want to achieve at some point. Everyone should keep an eye on Demiplane for the rest of this calendar year to see what we have. in store for the future and how the platform will evolve and develop.
Fans can also create an account to receive email updates on Pathfinder Nexus or join the discussion in the community forums at PathfinderNexus.com.