Can this just be used standalone with another game like Hero Kids without the bloated rules system of Pathfinder?

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Can this just be used standalone with another game like Hero Kids without the bloated rules system of Pathfinder?

Postby alanwescoat » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:51 am

I just started playing Hero Kids with my children and ran across Ponyfinder, which I thought they might find interesting, especially since there seems to be quite a few modules, and I need out-of-the-box adventures for them. I am experienced with all kinds of early role-playing games, including D.&D. (blue box), A.D.&D. (1st edition), Champions (2nd and 3rd editions), Gamma World (1st edition), Toon, Car Wars, etc. and wargames like Ogre, Battletech, and Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. I am not at all a fan of crunch, especially for playing a game with children. We just want to play, not slog through 400 pages of rules just to get started. I just took a look at the rules of the first edition of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook to find 400 pages of rules (of 577 pages), which is utterly outrageous. I have no idea why anyone would WANT that many rules, much less want to read them or look things up when forgotten. In fact, back when I used to play A.D.&D., the Dungeon Master's Guide, Player's Handbook, and Monster Manual combined had a page count lower than Pathfinder's first edition, and I think the typeface was slightly larger as well.

So my first question is pretty simple, as an experienced gamer with nearly four decades of role-playing experience, is Ponyfinder suitable for me to just buy without knowing Pathfinder, read for campaign setting, buy a module bundle, and just play them in a manner compatible with an ultra-simple R.P.G. like Hero Kids? The issue is a matter of work. How much work would that be? The closer to zero the better. I have neither the time nor the imagination remaining to create adventures, especially in this particular setting. I just want to role play with my kids every Friday night.

Also, there is another issue which might matter. I am not a brony. My kids like M.L.P.-F.I.M. I really do not care (though I find some of the spastic and overstimulating behavio(u)rs of the characters to be mildly annoying from time to time). The setting would be of interest to my children. I could make it work if the book establishes the setting on its own well enough, but I am absolutely NOT going to watch episodes of M.L.P.-F.I.M. in order to make it work.

So I guess the second question is pretty simple, too. Just how good is the book, really in terms of independently creating its own unique setting which is not actually M.L.P?

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Re: Can this just be used standalone with another game like Hero Kids without the bloated rules system of Pathfinder?

Postby David » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:03 am

Ponyfinder is an expansion, not a game in itself. It works with Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, and Pathfinder Second Edition. I suggest one of the latter two if you're dealing with a young player. DnD 5 is specially easy to get into and simple.

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Re: Can this just be used standalone with another game like Hero Kids without the bloated rules system of Pathfinder?

Postby David » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:03 am

Oops, realized I missed a part there. Ponyfinder _is_ its own setting, and does not require or even assume you've ever watched MLP at any point.


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