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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box Game – January 28, 2014
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This compares very favorably to the D&D boxed sets; the '81 Moldavy magenta box, the '83 Mentzer red box, the '04 Tweet Basic Game box & the '06 Decker Basic Game box and the 2014 D&D Starter set. There is great value for the MSRP of $35. Included is a laminated rewritable double-sided 27"X30" play mat which is marked in 1" squares, a complete 7 piece set of polyhedral dice, a 64 page Player Guide, 96 page GM Guide, a 16 page Transition Guide to convert from the Beginner rules to the full Pathfinder RPG rules, 4 double sized single fold pre-generated player character sheets, 4 blank character sheets, 87 pre-scored monster & player pawns with 16 1" & 2 2" stands that are the same scale as the other Pathfinder pawn, paper mini, WizKid Pathfinder Battles miniatures, Reaper Pathfinder miniatures sets. All of the above items are in full color.
Paizo also hosts 7 free PDF downloads on the Pathfinder website paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/products/beginnerbox that includes more blank character sheets, 4 pre-generated player characters, an additional adventure, more character options, 4 mini-adventures, and an organized play Pathfinder Society Character Creation Guide. Paizo also hosts the full Pathfinder RPG rule set on paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/ which is legally mirrored on the Pathfinder SRD site d20pfsrd.com . For a retail buy-in of $35 this is an amazing value and that's not even considering compatible adventures that others make freely available on other websites.
Here is an addendum I wrote in response to a 2 star review that was given to this product because they felt it was of limited use due to the difficulty they had finding additional adventures and scenarios to use with the Beginner Box rules set.
Yes, there are not many adventures specifically made to be used directly with the Beginner Box rules set. Similar to the '77 D&D Basic Holmes blue set it's assumed that if one was interested enough in RPGs to want to continue playing that one would move to use the full rules. Though if one wants new adventures to use with the Beginner Box, the Paizo website has a page of products that are intended "For Beginners" : paizo.com/pathfinder/adventureFinder/beginnerBox . Zero One Games has a page of adventures that can be easily used : 0onegames.com/catalog/index.php?manufacturers_id=14 .
Beyond that a GM would have to adapt pre-existing low level D&D / Pathfinder / d20 / OSR (Old School Revival/Renaissance) material. Adventures for the '74 white box (also known as Original or 0 Edition) and Basic D&D or OSR games meant to emulate Original, 0 Edition and/or Basic D&D would be the easiest.
The TSR B(asic) Series : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dungeons_%26_Dragons_modules#B for D&D which are available at D&D Classics : dndclassics.com/browse.php?filters=0_0_44699 , specifically the B1-12 Basic Series [BUNDLE] : dndclassics.com/product/110946/B112-Basic-Series-BUNDLE?filters=0_0_44699 . B2 The Keep on the Borderlands is an excellent introductory module : dndclassics.com/product/17158/B2-The-Keep-on-the-Borderlands-Basic?it=1&filters=0_0_44699 .
The Basic Fantasy RPG has many adventures freely available : basicfantasy.org/downloads.html#sn_modules and print material from Lulu : lulu.com/spotlight/basicfantasy or here on Amazon.
The GM Tools & Aids of the Download page : d20swsrd.com/swords-and-wizardry-srd/downloads and the For the Referee page : d20swsrd.com/swords-and-wizardry-srd/for-the-referee of the d20 Swords & Wizardry SRD site.
Quick-Play Adventures page : swcompanion.wikidot.com/adventures on the Swords & Wizardry Companion site.
The Download page : swordsandwizardry.com/?page_id=18 of the Mythmere Games site for Swords & Wizardry.
The Labyrinth Lord Resources pages : mithrilandmages.com/blog/labyrinth-lord-resources/sortable-module-list/ , mithrilandmages.com/blog/2011/11/25/60-modules-and-settings-for-labyrinth-lord/ , mithrilandmages.com/blog/labyrinth-lord-resources/ on the Mithril & Mages site.
The List of Labyrinth Lord of Products : goblinoidgames.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1078 , especially the Beginning and Low Level Adventures sections on the Goblinoid Games forum.
The low level Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG modules : goodman-games.com/dccrpg.html .
The low level '70s & early '80s Judges Guild material : drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/31/Judges-Guild?filters=0_0_44827_0_0 .
The Searchers of the Unknown RPG Collection : http://www.retroroleplaying.com/content/searchers-unknown-rpg-collection and Searchers of the Unknown the Library : searchersoftheunknown.wordpress.com .
Microlite20 Adventure Compilation : systemreferencedocuments.org/index.php/templates/redsrddotorg/resources/systems/pennpaper/dnd3/theraven/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=134%3Amicrolite20 , Microlite74 : retroroleplaying.com/content/microlite74 , Microlite75 : retroroleplaying.com/content/microlite75 , Microlite78 : retroroleplaying.com/content/microlite78-first-edition-lite , Microlite81 : retroroleplaying.com/page/microlite81 , Microlite20 OSS : retroroleplaying.com/content/microlite20-oss-old-school-style , Advanced Microlite20 OSS : retroroleplaying.com/content/advanced-microlite20-oss , Tarnhelm's Terrible Tome : retroroleplaying.com/forum/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=18 .
Other low level adventures for the other Retro-Clones mentioned on the RetroRoleplaying site : retroroleplaying.com/content/retro-clones .
Low level advetures for Pathfinder : paizo.com/pathfinder/adventureFinder , drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?filters=0_2150_44235_0_0 and other d20 based systems : drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?filters=0_2150_44827_0_0 .
Web searching for the multitude of freely available Pathfinder, OSR and other d20 based low level adventures.
The Pathfinder Reference Document : paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/ , the d20 System Reference Document : d20srd.org/ and the Pen and Paper System Reference Documents : http://www.systemreferencedocuments.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=36&Itemid=103 .
Paizo has additional Flip-Mats : paizo.com/pathfinder/accessories/maps/flipmats & paizo.com/gameMastery/maps/flipMats , pawns : paizo.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Store.woa/wa/search?q=pawns&includeUnrated=true&what=products&f=brand%2FPathfinder+Pawns&includeUnavailable=true&sort=0 , paper minis : http://paizo.com/search?q=%22paper+minis%22&what=products&includeUnrated=true&includeUnavailable=true and Pathfinder Battles miniatures, paizo.com/pathfinderbattles/iconicHeroes & http://paizo.com/pathfinderbattles , that can be easily used with the Beginner Box .
Yes, I realize that it requires a lot of work on the GM's part; but the creative process is part of being a GM. There's enough pre-existing material available to last several lifetimes.
The least I can say about this $26.96 beginner box is that it comes with a map which would have cost us $13.99 alone ( http://www.amazon.com/Paizo-Publishing-Pathfinder-Flip-Mat-Basic/dp/1601255381/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429777359&sr=8-1&keywords=pathfinder+map .) You may find it more useful to have the non-beginner box map because the beginner box map is blank on one side, but a dungeon on the other instead of blank on both.
This box came with 90 pawns. The pawns are really wonderful. There is certainly enough of them to last for a long time. You can get about 300 CREATURE pawns for $32.72. ( http://www.amazon.com/Paizo-Publishing-Pathfinder-Pawns-Bestiary/dp/1601255616/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429777665&sr=8-1&keywords=bestiary+box .) Let's say that means that 90 pawns are worth $9.82. The thing is, you wouldn't have all the pawns you need if you just bought a bestiary pack. The beginner box is worth it's price alone because it comes with a well-rounded VARIETY of pawns. There are dozens of pawns that make for good Player Characters, as well as many standard, useful beasts and humonoids. Certainly cheaper than investing in miniature figures! The cardboard the pawns are made from are sturdy and good quality. The artwork on them is also wonderful.
The module is very light. It's a tunnel that forces the party to push through different encounters. I can see how this is playable for even people who have never played before... so well done, but not up to snuff for a full 32-page module.
And, hey, it has a set of polyhedral dice. They're basic, but you could say that's worth at least $3.
As for the "learn to play" aspect of it, I actually don't like it. It is so incomplete, I find it more confusing. I was excited about the character sheets because the colors looked wonderful, but they were sadly incomplete. The character sheets that come with the box don't even have a complete set of common skills available, or even a box for "other" skills. You are honestly better off using the resources online at D20pfsrd. I especially find the "Character Creation Outline" easy to follow online.
Overall, this is everything you need to start your campaign at home, and it's worth it even if you don't use all of the aspects of it (like us.)
I've included a picture of us playing. There is a lot of stuff in the picture that is not in the beginner box. I recommend http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YA7FS6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . My boyfriend also provided the pieces that lay on top of the map. You can see, however that the Beginner Box comes with a good quality map. All of the people who are playing with us are using the pawns to represent their characters.
In getting ready for our campaign, we bought a bunch of miniatures, but after looking at the box, I see that was really unnecessary. Everything you need is in the box.
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