My son recently told me that he’d placed everybody’s favorite box — Doctor Who’s TARDIS — on the fictional planet of Golarion that was developed by Paizo for their Pathfinder role-playing game. If you’re not familiar with it, Pathfinder (3.75E) is one of the wildly popular successors to the original Dungeons & Dragons game system, which enables you to develop characters and settings to challenge players. I’ve always loved geography, cartography, etc, so when my son told me about Golarion I was fascinated despite the fact that the planet doesn’t, um, exist.
He did not allow specifically why he chose to add a TARDIS — or the TARDIS, if you will — to the Pathfinder world, and I didn’t ask for fear I’d stymy his creativity. For what it’s worth, I have tried to play Pathfinder, but I find its rules — skills, feats, AoAs, DCs — a tad overwhelming, particularly since I’m a buttondown-type (see: Raising Arizona). But he seemed to have the same enthusiasm about Golarion that he has had about Minecraft for the last 2,387 years. Also for what it’s worth I don’t “get” Minecraft either, but that’s okay; games are for fun. And he is having fun.
I did ask him, though, where on Golarion he placed the TARDIS. The setting has many earth-like analogs, and I was curious. His answer? “Dad, the TARDIS is everywhere!”
And isn’t that just like a kid? Obviously it’d be everywhere; it’s a time machine. In his mind, the entire surface of Golarion — and Earth, and Mars, and his Minecraft world — is covered with blue boxes, shoulder-to-shoulder. Kinda like dancing cheek-to-cheek, isn’t it?
Until next time, peace,
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