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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: GameMastery Guide Hardcover – July 6, 2010
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Baur is best known for his work on roleplaying games, including Planescape, Forgotten Realms, Al-Qadim, Dark*Matter, as well as adventure paths for Pathfinder. He is the author of the Midgard campaign settings, and the first contributor to the Kobold Guides to Game Design.
He enjoys Gothic architecture, Turkish candies, and Seattle coffee to an alarming degree.
Top Customer Reviews
The only complaint I have is the treasure tables. I was hoping for a quick treasure generator, something to come up with non-magic, non-gold piece treasure in detail - the old D&D 3.5 DMG had such tables, and I use them often. But this is a small concern, and easily overlooked.
This is an excellent resource material for any budding GM. Buy this now.
A veteran will likely find some of the GMG material "old story", while a newbie will never use some of the advice on more advanced world building topics, but this book is useful for both. The NPC gallery is alone worth the asking price, as are new rules for settlements (city statblocks that actually mean something more than telling you that 89.5% citizens are human).
Also, random tables. You can't have enough of these. And finally, the "words every DM should know" page is golden. Especially for non-native English speakers who can bump their Linguistics skill up by a rank just by learning all the words on that page.
Keep in mind that this is not a Game Master's guide (that is included in the Core book); it is a MASTERY GUIDE--or how to be a better DM.
One thing to be aware of: Paizo has different printings of their books. For example, the Core book is on the fourth printing. I think the Game Mastery is on the second printing. Anyway, if you buy an early printing of a book then there will be content and typographical errors in it.
Paizo is kind enough to provide free PDFs on their website to fix any mistakes that may be in the books in case you don't have the latest printing. Before you buy anything you should check Paizo's site see what printing the book is on. Unfortunately I could not find a way to verify what printing I would get from Amazon.
I purchased the Core, Advanced Players Guide, Game Mastery Guide, and Beastiary from Amazon. After I received the products I realized I had to update/fix the AP Guide and Game Mastery Guide. The other two were the latest printings. It was a pain. If you buy from Paizo you don't need to worry but it is more expensive. I highly suggest Amazon either shows the copyright page or identifies what printing you are purchasing so consumers don't' get stung, or at least are making informed decisions.
That inconvenience is why I took off one star, but it really is a five star book.
The campaign I ran this summer would have been far more successful had I had this resource to inspire me and it fleshes out the collection nicely.
Not to mention most of the artwork is on par with the core rulebook. Overall a nice package.
It's useful to have some things spelled out straight up for you though and noone would be 'hurt' by reading it. It's just a touch pricy for information you either pick up naturally or.... probably aren't going to pick up at all. :)
I like the book but I"m not sure it's ---needed---
I especially love the worksheets at the back for designing/running a campaign, keeping track of settlements and NPC development. Great tool for this new G.M. who had multiple pieces of notebook paper with notes all over for a new campaign I was designing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son says he has read it cover to cover already and it was his Christmas present. Very pleased.Published 28 days ago by P. J. Scott
I have been GMing for years before a 22 years lull and I am no back in the fray for my kids' sake.
I have seen a number of these "how to" guides, starting with the... Read more
Really like this book. Had a lot of useful tips, but I found it the most useful in that is was practical. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brianna
Great book for any fantasy RPG. The content is clear and concise, and it presents many useful tips and advise. I really like the random tables in this book, too.Published 5 months ago by Joaboo22
It's not that this book *isn't* useful.... it just hasn't been. I keep foreseeing a time when I need it, that time just hasn't *arrived* yet. Read morePublished 5 months ago by GameChick