One thing that constantly hamstrings me with Pathfinder is that my memories and assumptions from 3.5 (which I haven't run since... 2008? 2007?) continue to trip me up, this time in the form of the experience table.
A stupid mistake, really. You'd think I would at least glance at the table, right?
Those CR/XP budgets were feeling awfully constricting, and the 10 encounters per level thing was also getting to me.
Oh, because there are actually far more than ten per level.
Level 2 is 2,000 exp, no 1,000.
Level 3 is 5,000, not 3,000.
I have leveled the party early twice, and the treasure level is all jacked up... and the game book explicitly states that treasure is factored into game balance.
Ugh. I feel like I can never get properly studied in Pathfinder... and when I feel like I have a solid grasp on it, something like this happens.
At this point, I think I'm going to let PCs keep whatever level they are and we'll just proceed normally... so they have a looooong walk to 4th level. I'd better get cozy with those CR 3 monsters...
...and devise an experience system for quest completion, solving challenges/puzzles, etc...
Fuckdamnshit. I am a perfectionist and when I screw up something like this it drives me half insane.
In lighter news, I've decided that Stars Without Number will be my convention game.
Gah. Time to go engage in some kind of OCD behavior for awhile.