This is huge.
Paizo Publishing®, LLC today announced that Monte Cook, the co-creator of 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons and author of the 3.5 PHB and DMG as well as the PtolusTM campaign setting and the recent Book of Experimental MightTM, has joined the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game team as a Rules Consultant.
"This is going to be a lot of fun," said Monte Cook. "Pathfinder is a fresh spin on a rules system that I love and the guys at Paizo are great to work with. They produce nothing but the highest quality products."
"Monte Cook is a legend of third edition and of the Open Gaming movement," said Paizo's Publisher, Erik Mona. "He's also a great DM, and has the best mind for mechanics I've ever seen. To have one of the original third edition designers helping us with the Pathfinder RPG is like a dream come true. With Monte's involvement, I am certain that the future of the edition he helped to create will be very long and very fruitful."
"I am really excited to be working with Monte on this project," said Paizo's Lead Designer, Jason Bulmahn. "His advice has been a great help to the Pathfinder RPG. When it comes to rules design and knowledge of the 3.5 system, there is absolutely no one better."
Monte Cook is well known in both inside DnD and out. Monte Cook's World of Darkness is fan-freakin'-tastic! He is expert at flipping established concepts on their heads and delivering fresh, new interpretations. I have to tell you, it has been a long time since I have been excited about sword and sorcery games like Dungeons and Dragons. The guys at Paizo have me jazzed about Pathfinder.
The addition of Monte Cook to their team has moved me from curiousity concerning the upcoming Pathfinder RPG to definitely purchasing the Pathfinder RPG.
Monte Cook will also be contributing an introduction to the final Pathfinder Roleplaying Game hardcover, scheduled for an August 2009 release.