So all my 3.x books are gone? They don't exist anymore? I dunno, they all seem to be right there. I don't need a 'supplement treadmill' to tell me whether or not I can use a game system. Frankly, a game is as dead as you the player want it to be. And for me, 3.x is still very much alive. I don't need anything new.
Just because new books are not being produced a dead game doesn't make it so. In fact, odds are everyone STILL interested in 3.x either ALREADY has the books (Not likely to get new players, not when 4e is the big monkey) or has access to the D20 SRD which is FREE and LEGAL at www.D20SRD.org
You are working on some incorrect assumptions, which Paizo wants you to believe. How else are the going to make any money? Now, don't get me wrong, I am not slamming Paizo. This is GOOD BUSINESS. It's how most companies make money. And if it works, more power to them, but at the same time I am going to explain why I, me, Christopher V. Brady doesn't like certain aspects of their marketing. You do NOT have to agree with me, nor do I expect you to.
And they are wrong. Everything that isn't product identity CAN be used in PF. Legally. WoTC cannot take back the D20 license. That means they can incorporate things like Book of Nine Swords, the various Complete series books, some parts of the various other non-setting books, and parts of those too. Just so long as they don't retype it word for word.
I also was in the PFRPG beta test, but when they didn't listen to most of us (And we were EXCEPTIONALLY polite. And we avoided the Fan wank in their forums... Dear God the bile thrown at us for having the GALL, the UNMITIGATED GALL of disagreeing with a couple of design choices... The early forums were not very nice...) we left. No point if having an Open Beta when no one actually responds and listens to E-Mails. Personally, I would have accepted if they actually responded to my GM's E-mails about certain changes and they said 'No' and maybe even explained them. Instead, we get silence. And a product that doesn't look like it's actually been tested and edited (Have they corrected Hideous Laughter yet? I have no idea if they did or not.) They 'nerfed' somethings but boosted others, to the point where it really doesn't change much. Just enough to kill backwards compatibility (Which for the record, would mean that the PHB would be required to use, instead of the PFRPG core.)
Now, here's the BIG THING. If YOU, and YOUR FRIENDS are HAPPY with Pathfinder, that's perfectly fine. All of this is MY opinion (Except for the Open License thing, Paizo really don't have their hands tied as they think they do when it comes to what they can add) and frankly isn't a quest, or a rampage or anything of the sort.
I wanted PFRPG to be MY D&D game. Sadly, it didn't turn out that way, because the problems I had (Which I found aren't only me, sadly) are not solved, and in some cases made worse.