Pathfinder announces official companion app from former D&D tools developer

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Long-term readers of this site (hi, we love you) may remember that back in November 2014 the official D&D 5E companion app, Dungeonscape, was abruptly cancelled without explanation.

All the parties involved refused (and to this day, continue to refuse) to talk about it, saying only that they were parting ways and that was that. Well, an announcement last week may have shed a bit more light on exactly what happend, because Dungeonscape‘s developer has popped up at Wizards of the Coast’s chief rivals Paizo as the creator of the newly-announced Pathfinder companion app.

The Playbook app will “allow players to roll up and manage characters, while Game Masters can purchase and prep adventures and campaigns in the award-winning world of Pathfinder.” It will feature “quick rules lookup, information sharing, stat tracking and more”, and is slated for release in the second quarter of this year.

You can read more about how the app will work and how it will integrate with Pathfinder at the official website here. It will be launching for iOS initially, but arriving on Android at a later date (TBA).

If I were a betting man, I would suggest that Trapdoor Technologies and Wizards of the Coast’s falling out came about as a result of Trapdoor realising they could scale their solution to multiple different roleplaying systems, and Wizards of the Coast wanting to lock it down instead. But I’m not a betting man, so instead we’ll just be emailing all the parties involved to try and get an interview. Stay tuned!

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