Pathfinder is, uh, Kinda Big

As mentioned in my last post, I’m gathering research material for Echelon. I’d been planning to mine Pathfinder for material, and since I had a couple weeks off just now I figured it would be a good time. I had no real idea how much there is out there. I hit the Pathfinder Reference Document(not the d20PFSRD, the one provided by Paizo) and a few third-party supplements, or series of supplements — some are individually kind of small documents, but as a series add up to a fair bit. According to MS Word, the various aggregation files contain:

Type Subtype

Pages

Words

Character Traits

23

8,222

Class Alchemist

72

18,008

Class Barbarian

51

16,333

Class Bard

57

20,813

Class Cavalier

36

13,493

Class Cleric

94

34,054

Class Druid

86

30,263

Class Fighter

47

13,534

Class Gunslinger

34

12,113

Class Inquistor

59

19,727

Class Magus

32

12,390

Class Monk

94

38,682

Class Ninja

12

4,610

Class NPC Classes

8

1,473

Class Oracle

84

38,361

Class Paladin

65

25,550

Class Prestige Classes

76

29,035

Class Ranger

42

15,596

Class Rogue

63

19,041

Class Samurai

21

7,983

Class Sorcerer

65

26,931

Class Summoner

51

19,938

Class Witch

36

14,643

Class Wizard

52

22,134

Equipment

72

29,096

Feats

69

114,675

License

14

5,752

Magic Items

201

91,656

Races

85

38,927

Spells 1001 Spells

465

182,183

Spells

593

226,130

Total  

2,779

1,151,346

This includes classes, archetypes (in the applicable class files), and class-specific things like domains, inquisitions, vows, oaths, rage powers, and so on. The page counts are a little dodgy because I am pretty liberal with whitespace; if two archetypes take only half a page each, they’ll each get a whole page (feats and spells aren’t so liberal… though it would make it easier to count them, I’ve got about 1400 and about 2400 of them respectively). However, more telling is that I’ve got somewhat over a million words. Even if 3% of that number is a line for each game entity identifying where I found it (“Source: Pathfinder Reference Document/Advanced Race Guide”), which it wouldn’t be, and 10% of that is simply numbers, which it probably wouldn’t be, this is still slightly more than a million words of game entities. That’s a lot to collect, organize, and consistently format. And I haven’t even started on monsters yet.

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