In all the release hullabaloo it’s easy to miss, but Paizo shows how committed they are to open gaming by putting the Pathfinder RPG System Reference Document (or PRD) up the very same day the game released!
Be warned, it’s really slooooooow right now ass hordes of people are paying their $10 to download the whole 500+ page PDF from the Paizo site. But if you’re just dying to see how Combat Maneuver Bonus is calculated in the final, it’s there in the Combat section!
To prioritize the extra work required to get this out “the day of” the RPG and PDF release (and Gen Con) is an amazing statement about their dedication to open gaming. Heck, many OGL games leave it to the fans to create the SRD, or do it months-to-years after they release the game. It’s great to see that Paizo doesn’t hold any archaic notions of how that will “inhibit their sales.” They are releasing a free SRD, a $10 PDF, and a $50 book on the same day; the first print run of the book is already sold out and a mob of people at Gen Con are surrounding a huge stack of books trying to get theirs. Congratulations to Paizo for understanding at a deep level that the open model is not “charity” or a detriment to sales, but in fact is a force multiplier that will bring you even more success!
Somebody give me a “Hell yeah!”