The data thus far is pretty hazy, but there’s a preliminary report on the Paizo boards (whose forum software, for the record, I hate with the heat of a thousand suns) that 2010 will see the Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Handbook, which would include four new base classes, described as cavalier, oracle, summoner and some type of alchemy class. The summoner’s concept, as far as I can tell, would be to build a customised monster of their own instead of spamming summon monster like the immediate fear goes.
Also, at this point, even the names are still subject to change.
There was also the interesting tidbit that the playtest will be open. In addition, there’s a quotation from the CEO Lisa Stevens to the effect that there will be three Pathfinder RPG rulebook releases per year, one of those a bestiary of some kind. Pathfinder RPG Bestiary II is slated for May 2010. The Advanced PHB would come out at Gen Con 2010.
The summoner sounds interesting. Hard to say anything about the rest, except that the oracle sounds a bit strange. Foretelling the future doesn’t sound like a job for a PC or even really viable in a D&D-style RPG, unless you want your campaign to look like Ticket to Ride. Well, they can probably figure something out.
The cavalier is another on I’m curious about, since I really dislike the concept of a PC class that’s tied to a creature that won’t fit in a dungeon. For this reason, I am very happy about the paladin’s divine bond in the new Pathfinder RPG. Now, the paladin can boost his sword instead of getting a pokémount. Then, if they were smart enough to change that, I doubt they’ll revisit the problem with another class. It could also be a relative of the knight from 3.5’s Player’s Handbook II, which is another class I dislike. It is also tied to its steed, and its core gimmick, the knight’s challenge, is an aggro control mechanic lifted from MMO’s that I feel has no place in a tabletop roleplaying game. Some sort of noble warrior who’s not married to his horse would be cool, though.
Of course, this is all based on some forum posts and may even turn out to be someone pulling a prank.
Well, we shall see. At least in a public playtest, I am able to get my voice heard, and I’m already running a pair of Pathfinder Adventure Paths (Rise of the Runelords and Legacy of Fire). The next sessions of both campaigns will include conversions to Pathfinder RPG, from 3.5 and the beta, respectively. I’ve been playing Star Wars Saga, running Pathfinder RPG Beta and both playing and running Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 all summer, and almost no session has gone by without me confusing rules from one game with another.