RPG Challenge, Day Seven
I have no interest in sparking off an edition war, so let me be clear that I am stating a personal preference, not making a claim for universal superiority.
Even if I decide the question is: “What is your favorite edition of all rpgs that you ever played, even if it’s the first edition of something that only has one?” the answer is still Pathfinder.
First, I have loved the progression of the d20 rules engine, and I am a fan of many of its games. I’ll happily play me some M&M, 13th Age, 5th Ed D&D, SpyCraft… but my favorite remains Pathfinder. It gives me the crunch level I want so different choices have a different impact on the reality of the game (as defined by the rules). It had customization and flexibility I want. It serves as a strong framework for many different styles of game, and it allows players and designers to focus on different areas. Such things are always compromises, and Pathfinder makes exactly the choices I want it to 90% of the time.
I am also a fan of the fans of the game, enjoy playing it with friends, love the enthusiasm of PFS volunteers, and like the company that makes it.
I might be biased, of course, but I was saying the same things 2 years ago, before I ended up simultaneously working for three companies that produce Pathfinder game material, including Paizo itself. :):D