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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Player's Guide Hardcover – July 19, 2016
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Next, this book almost doubles the list of available feats. Remember that scene in Lord of the Rings where Legolas is firing arrows at the orc horde and suddenly takes an arrow and stabs an enemy that gets too close, before loading that same arrow and firing again? There's a feat for that. Do you like casting acid arrow at that demon over yonder, but hate his unnaturally lucky spell resistance rolls? Take another stab at evil when your spell bounces off and hits the next nearby enemy!Read more ›
The class and racial options are primarily substitution-based. They work on the principal of swapping a power for another, in most cases. This feels a lot better to me than defining a new race that is marginally different and trying to shoehorn them into an existing campaign world, as WotC has done many times. As for the class options, the substitutions are usually a package. The Ranger is expanded by adding several new combat styles (which I love, by the way), for example. The cleric options are the addition of subdomains, which are easy to integrate becaus the existing domains each have 2-3 associated subdomains which swap domain powers. I've always loved the idea of customizing characters, and I feel this book really opens up possibilities.
The new classes are excellent. I admit that I am not crazy about the Alchemist, but the others are top-notch. The remaining additions are the Cavalier (a fighter-type with bardic powers, focusing on challenging single foes and inspiring friends), the Inquisitor (a deity-sworn hunter), the Summoner (class focused on summoning a pet; think World of Warcraft Warlock), the Oracle (a divination-themed spontaneous divine caster) and the Witch (a hex-throwing caster whose familiar is her living spellbook).Read more ›
Pathfinder seems to be taking an opposite approach from 3.5 D&D to some class balance issues; in 3.5, most of the base classes were terribly weak beyond the low levels, and there was no reason to not go into prestige classes as soon as possible. Pathfinder has significantly improved upon the base classes and toned down the prestige classes, to the point that in some cases there is little reason to take levels in a particular prestige class unless you just really like the flavor of it.
My most significant complaint is that some of the new options seem redundant. The oracle, for example, in terms of mechanics is very much like a cleric but just not as good. The flavor of the class is nice, sure, but flavor and mechanics can be kept separate; there's nothing stopping somebody from putting "cleric" on their character sheet but dressing up as and calling themselves an oracle in-game. Summoner has a similar problem in that it's just too similar to the basic wizard class; they have a fun, unique mechanic, but it seems like it could have easy been done as a prestige class for wizards instead.Read more ›
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The purchasing experience was fine. The book was in great shape and a good price and arrived quickly. The book itself, though, is practically useless. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This product helped bring my DM's game to life. Having the additional information helped me create a more well rounded character.Published 3 months ago by Carolen
This book is awesome. It adds to the already superb Pathfinder RPG by giving new options for players. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Davis
Arrived with a small dent along the bottom edge of the front cover. Hardly noticeable really.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Superb! Full of very relevant information, glad I bought it.Published 4 months ago by Randy L. Witham
Here we have a handy reference for people who enjoy Pathfinder RPG. People can get tired of running just another Fighter, Thief, Wizard, or Cleric. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Retired Coastie
I love opening new books, and Pathfinder was a nice easy way to get into tabletop RPGs.Published 5 months ago by Somsphet
Book was in good condition when I got it and it definitely is being used at last once a week.Published 5 months ago by Logan PC