Pathfinder Domain Map

I’m reviewing my Polyhedral Pantheons material and building a deck of cards to help me actually apply the process a little more easily.  I wanted to automate the card layout and construction as much as possible, so I’ll be creating XSL-FO files (to be converted to PDF) from text data files.

I find that testing data can be done through close examination of the data files, but that’s tedious and error-prone.  If I can visualize the data somehow it is often much easier to spot gross errors.  Not spelling mistakes and the like so much as structural discontinuity.  For instance, I once had Doxygen build a function call map for my program and discovered that I was initializing some things twice, which would have caused a problem.  I was unlikely to ever find it through code examination unless I noticed the output was wrong and had to debug the program, here I had a picture in front of me going “you’re calling this two different ways, dummy”.

I built a graph showing all the domain relationships identified in the d20 PFSRD Domains list.  I left out the stand-alone domains, but thought this graph might be of interest, or at least mild curiosity, to others.

Pathfinder Domains and Subdomains

Pathfinder Domains and Subdomains

I’d like to see some more ‘star’ arrangements, domains with more subdomains, but it’s a start.

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14 Comments to "Pathfinder Domain Map"

  1. October 17, 2012 - 5:24 am | Permalink

    Speaking of structural discontinuity, “Storms” is floating around by itself there, should that be attached to “Air”? (Which leaves “Earth” as the only elemental domain with two subdomains hmm)

    It would’ve been nice if Pathfinder had used this opportunity to try and bridge the gap between Death/Repose, but as you previously mentioned the places where the subdomains overlap aren’t handled terribly well as it is in PF.

  2. David Lamb's Gravatar David Lamb
    October 20, 2012 - 7:50 am | Permalink

    I tried this comment a few days ago when there was some problem; it may be redundant now…

    Kudos on a very informative diagram. It look like a nice easy-to-view summary of PF domains. But I have a couple of comments.

    First, what software did you use to make it? The geek in my wants to know more.

    Second, all that disconnection cries out for some sort of rearrangement and editing to make more connections — I believe I pointed out that Language might be a subdomain of both Rune and Knowledge, for example.

    Third, It kinda looks like a mind map / concept map, doesn’t it? Those can have multiple kinds of connection, not just “subdomain of”. Not sure where to go with this year, but I hope it leads me to some thoughts that would simplify “subdomain” creation (can’t explicate why I think it’s plausible though — at first it might look like more link types make things more complex).

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