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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook Hardcover – August 19, 2009
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* The Core Classes of Pathfinder *
Paizo put a lot of effort into spicing up all of the original 3.5e classes with new and exciting abilities. Many of the classes now have multiple paths that a player can follow to help make distinguish their character from the teeming masses of other adventurers of the same class. This is very reminiscent of what Fourth Edition did, and it is one of the things I really liked. You'll especially see this featured with the druid, cleric, paladin, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, and wizard classes.
I was also impressed by how much the game rewards the player who sticks it out and levels his character through all twenty levels of his core class. In the past, there has often been very little incentive (or sense in some cases) to do so. With Pathfinder, not only does your character receive an extra hitpoint or skill-point every level just for leveling in his favored class, but the game does an excellent job of providing all kinds of cool abilities at the highest levels.Read more ›
A solid sewn hardcover book with over 320 pages in full color. As usual, the artwork and layout is above and beyond. Paizo books have their unique art style, and it shows. There are several navigational aids, including indexes and CR tables. The book is a pleasure to look at and use.
The Pathfinder Bestiary offers circa 350 monsters for use in Pathfinder games. A quick glance at the index shows that the vast majority of monsters from 3.5 Monster Manual are here. Several are missing, be them either intellectual property of WotC (beholders, mind flayers, giths, displacer beasts, carrion crawlers, kuo-toa) or left out as particularly unpopular (tojanida, delver).
However, there are also monsters not found in the original MM - among others such fantasy classics as Cyclopi, Giant Slugs and Sea Serpents. A few classic D&D monsters, made open content via Tome of Horrors are here as well - Vegepygmies, Dark Creepers and Shadow Demons, to name a few.
Curiously, the fantasy classic Hippogrifs are missing, likely an oversight.
The monsters are presented in 1 page = 1 monster format, making the book far easier to use than the 3.5 MM. All the critters received a major refurbishing, with vital stats adjusted for the new rules.Read more ›
First the book itself comprises both Players Hand Book and GM Guide which makes a very big book. It's logically organized with a concise Table of Contents and Index so information should not be hard to find. There is some nice consistent art work but not so much that it distracts from the content.
One of Pathfinder's design goals was to make it compatible with 3.5E rules---so we can keep our extensive 3.5 Edition libraries with minimal conversion effort, in this it succeeds pretty well. Classes, skills, feats, spells, prestige classes are quick and easy to upgrade. Most monsters can be converted by just calculating Combat Maneuver Bonus (CMB) and Combat Maneuver Defense (CMD). Don't take my word for it, the Paizo website has a free 3.5 Conversion Guide PDF that covers simple guidelines for making most any kind of conversion.
The Core Classes have cool new options and seem very well balanced. I'm specially enamored with some of the new options for the wizard ( which has always been my favored class ).
The rules for skills and feats have been nicely streamlined.
Combat has been simplified with a new single mechanic which allows for clarified special attacks (grapple, disarm, trip, etc).
A reworked experience system allows for slow, medium, and fast character advancement (My players and I really like the ability to control and fine tune the tempo of a campaign).
With Pathfinder, rules for the 3.Read more ›
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I hesitated buying this book due to the price tag, but I'm glad I finally did. The book is very handy to have around during game play and contains a ton of information. Read morePublished 3 days ago by M. Jones
The book is good quality, but not a fan of the system. Kind of mathematically intensive and unbalanced at high and low levels.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really love the Pathfinder system. The customization of characters is really awesome!Published 13 days ago by Sergio
If you buy this and you don't know if you should do this:
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The person I bought this book for is very happy with it. So much so I have just gotten another one in the series for them.
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This book is well made and has all the desired content to start playing pathfinder.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
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