Greetings, and welcome to the Advanced Class Guide Playtest!
Next summer we will be releasing the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide, a meaty 256-page rulebook filled with new options for players of any class. In addition, the book also contains 10 brand new classes! In the design pit, we call these "hybrid classes" because each one takes elements from two existing base classes and blends them together to create a novel play experience. To make sure that these classes get rigorously testing and fit seamlessly into the Pathfinder experience, we're turning to you, the fans, to playtest them.
Starting today, you can download the Advanced Class Guide Playtest PDF right here at paizo.com. The PDF contains all 10 of the new classes, ready to become a part of your game, either as a player character or NPC. Give these classes a read, build a character or two, and use them in your game. Once you've had a chance to try them out, hop on to the playtest messageboards and let us know what you think. You'll find a bunch of other playtesters there, also giving feedback on the classes. Hop into the discussion and add your thoughts. The playtest will remain open until December 17th, 2013.
In addition, there will be a survey for each of the classes, allowing us to gain some basic information on your reactions to them. These will be available on Tuesday, November 24th, and remain open until the end of the playtest. You can even change your answers as the playtest progresses, but though on December 17th we'll close those surveys. Please share your input before then!
Finally, I want to take a moment to talk about the playtest process itself. Although we find all feedback useful, thoughts and comments based on actual play experience is by far the most valuable. Please try to fit these classes into your game, or even just run a few mock encounters. When posting to the playtest forums, look for existing threads on your topic before starting a new one—this will help us to better absorb and respond to feedback. While discussions can become heated, remember that every game is different and every poster is trying to make the game better for everyone. Be polite and respectful of the ideas others' posts.
That wraps it up for now. Expect blog posts with thoughts and updates each week throughout the playtest. Thanks for participating—now grab that PDF and start reading!