I wanted to start a discussion on the power disparage in these iterations of the game. With how magic works and the exponential way on which it excels, I wanted to open up a discussion on ways that this could be curbed. Playing a purely melee character just isn't viable into the higher levels and I don't feel Pathfinder did much in the way of fixing this. Clerics and Wizards are just simply too awesome and can replicate anything that a melee character would do.
The Vancian magic system sort of paints you (the designer) into a corner and I'm not sure it is easily fixed without a complete revamp.