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The Noble Wild: An Animal Player’s Handbook for Fantasy Role-Playing Games (PFRPG)

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...and so, we tracked the evil necromancer Marrowglass through uncharted wilderness and over treacherous mountains, attempting to right the wrongs that were done in his name. We did bloody battle with his minions, losing not a few comrades along the way. We found his stronghold and stormed it in righteous fury. We clashed with the foul wizard in a battle that will live in song long after we fade from this world. We vanquished the villain through our might and our craft…
And then we ate him.

Welcome to the Noble Wild!

Take a look at fantasy adventure from a new perspective. Living secretly alongside the humans, elves, dwarves, and even orcs, Noble Animals are descended from god-touched bloodlines, capable of accomplishing amazing things. The Pathfinder edition of this Ennie Award-nominated book grants players and game-masters alike a new element to an ongoing campaign, or perhaps the foundation for an all-new campaign.

    Features of this “Animal Player’s Handbook” include:
  • More than 60 playable species of Noble Animal
  • Adjustments to basic character classes, skills, feats, and magic to allow for animal characters
  • A new Basic Class, the Greater Familiar
  • New prestige classes, from the Alpha to the Man-Eater to the War Mount
  • A new concept, Deeds, that gives characters the opportunity to acquire magical abilities by performing heroic actions and paying an experience point cost
  • Illustrations by dozens of artists, including Sharon Daugherty, Todd Diamond, Carter Dippold, Phil Kightlinger, Russell Prime, Ryan Rouse, George Sieretski, Geoff Weber, and Kira Woodmansee

Created by Lee Garvin, author of Control and the acclaimed Tales From the Floating Vagabond, this book introduces comprehensive rules for playing intelligent animals. It will appeal to everyone from groups that want to try all-animal or mixed animal-humanoid parties, to players who want to expand their animal companions and familiars, to gamemasters who wish to spring interesting and unexpected foes against their players.

The Noble Wild: Free Your Beast

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Product Discussion (38)

Does anyone actually have this book, and if so, what's it like? Myself I figure that I've simply got to get a copy sometime soon.

Andoran

I have this book/pdf. I love the game concepts in it. I have managed to convince my GM to allow me to run one of these characters in an adventure. I will be running a Noble Rat cleric of Zon Kurthon sporting a tiny sized spiked chain(which allows him to attack adjacent enemies as a tiny creature). I had to create a good backstory before I got approved, and she liked my character concept. There are a lot of neat ideas in this book, many of which allow your characters to overcome the shortcomings of an animal adventurer in a humanoid adventuring world.


Thanks for the answer, Shar Tahl. Hmm, then it's not for anthropomorphic critters? Pity about that; I would love to see someone do something about making anthro races for Pathfinder.

Still, it sounds good -- and I am seriously curious as to how you convinced your DM to allow you to run a rat cleric of Zon-Kuthon with an otherwise normal (?) PC group.

Andoran

Yeah, it's not so much like Redwall type creatures, but more extraordinary, intelligent animals. The book also details how every core class works with the animals and has about 10 prestige classes, new feats, new skills and sub-skills. It really has a lot of good content

Osirion

I had the good fortune of getting to help playtest these rules as they developed thanks to having plenty of blackmail material on the author. I will shamelessly boast that my very first character (rabbit barbarian whose name is a part of copywrited material elsewhere) was instrumental in inspiring the Larger Than Life deed tree, which helps animals with fixed Strength scores of 3 and less such as rabbits, rats, mice, and the like become potentially powerful fighter-types. This, plus the ability to pick up Boons from other animals (it's disturbing when the canary Paladin suddenly sprouts Elephant tusks) make them very viable (and amusing) front-line fighters. Since they suffer no penalties to Constitution, generally, they have the same number of hit points as larger races...

I've enjoyed playing my rabbit Barbarian, Tiger Paladin, and Condor Monk rather a lot. Very very crunchy supplement. Game balance can seem skewed at first wash, so GMs beware. Er, be aware.


Is there an errata for this product? The Noble Canines are more than a little confusing with regards to size increases and the stats for wolves are ridiculous (+8 Dex? really? not even Noble Cats get that).


R.A.Boettcher wrote:
Is there an errata for this product? The Noble Canines are more than a little confusing with regards to size increases and the stats for wolves are ridiculous (+8 Dex? really? not even Noble Cats get that).

Sorry guys, This got past us. If you replace the wolf's stat line with the following, you will get a much better result:

• -2 Strength, +6 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, -2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom.
Size: Small.
Size Threshold: 2nd Hit Die.
Natural Weapon: Bite (1d6).

Remember, these are the stats for a 1st level, size Small wolf, barely past a pup. when he gains his size threshold, he gains some Strength and Constitution, and loses some Dexterity.


Hey folks, If you are curious about The Noble Wild and will be at GenCon, make sure to stop by the Skirmisher booth, where I'll be running demo scenarios created just for the con!

Be sure to come by and say hi!

See you there,

Lee Garvin


I would be more inclined to buy this if the PDF came bundled with the book. I like a hard copy to read, but prefer to not have to carry around another book, computer problems make a PDF a risky investment IMO.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Daniel Moyer wrote:
I would be more inclined to buy this if the PDF came bundled with the book. I like a hard copy to read, but prefer to not have to carry around another book, computer problems make a PDF a risky investment IMO.

All PDFs purchased from Paizo.com can be downloaded for as long as the original publisher allows them to be available, which in most cases will be forever

Shadow Lodge

Okay, looking over the chart I made for the Advancement of a Noble Bunny Rage Prophet(because I can, that's why), I noticed the feat Size Substitution mentions the Noble Rabbit using it's Dexterity bonus for Jump checks... something that doesn't exist in Pathfinder.

Other than that, has anyone made(or wanted to make) a thread for strange Noble Wild characters? Much like the Rage Prophet mentions above...


Dragonborn3 wrote:
Okay, looking over the chart I made for the Advancement of a Noble Bunny Rage Prophet(because I can, that's why), I noticed the feat Size Substitution mentions the Noble Rabbit using it's Dexterity bonus for Jump checks... something that doesn't exist in Pathfinder.

This one is easy: apply your Dex to acrobatics checks ONLY when making those checks to jump. It's like having conditional modifiers to saves (such as +2 to will vs sleep effects or something like that). Jump as a skill doesn't exist, but you still make checks to jump. :)

Shadow Lodge

Foghammer wrote:
Dragonborn3 wrote:
Okay, looking over the chart I made for the Advancement of a Noble Bunny Rage Prophet(because I can, that's why), I noticed the feat Size Substitution mentions the Noble Rabbit using it's Dexterity bonus for Jump checks... something that doesn't exist in Pathfinder.
This one is easy: apply your Dex to acrobatics checks ONLY when making those checks to jump. It's like having conditional modifiers to saves (such as +2 to will vs sleep effects or something like that). Jump as a skill doesn't exist, but you still make checks to jump. :)

I know that, I was just pointing out that something was missed when they updated the book to Pathfinder.

*Watches Spirit Hopper, Rage Prophet Rabbit, hops into battle and rips apart an entire platoon of humans*

*Sniff*

His cousin in Caerbannog would be proud...

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Thanks for the answer, Shar Tahl. Hmm, then it's not for anthropomorphic critters? Pity about that; I would love to see someone do something about making anthro races for Pathfinder.

If you find anyone running 'Redwall', you may want to pick up a box of these then.


I have the 3.5 version of the PDF (that I've bought BTW), and how does the Pathfinder version deal with the "savage progression"-like races ? I am asking this since the 3.5 version used something akin of the Level Adjustment... which hasn't been used by Pathfinder [yet], so how does this version is compared to the previous one on that matter ?

Thanks in advance


Another question for people with a copy of this book: what's the page count?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Another question for people with a copy of this book: what's the page count?

168 pages.


Will there be a supplement released on how to do noble animals as classes from the APG? Granted most of the classes seem easy to convert but I wonder how to make a noble alchemist, (or if it is even possible). Thanks!

Shadow Lodge

If it helps, a Noble Alchemist could use the rules for Juju and the like for his Extracts and Mutagens. Eat a certain flea or tick and gain +2 Con. Don't know how it would work for bombs though.


good point on the fleas : ) well if it is a squirrel i suppose it could throw acorn bombs but not sure for other races.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Still hoping to get this. I kinda forgot till I seen this thread bumped up again. Maybe by the end of the month i can work it.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I want to buy this but won't unless there is a pdf/print combo offered. Not gonna spend that much to get them separately.

Shadow Lodge

Icarus Pherae wrote:
good point on the fleas : ) well if it is a squirrel i suppose it could throw acorn bombs but not sure for other races.

If you really want to disrespect your enemies.. play a monkey.

Taldor

I agree about needing to have a print/PDF combo price. I'm not opposed to an author getting paid for his work, but $42 to get both print and PDF is pretty out there. Publisher, make it happen.


Are we likely to see an update for this including classes from the APG? I would really like to see some official rulings on stuff like itches Hexes etc.

Osirion

I'd love to see an update of any kind in this series. The noble animals are so great!


For those that have this book, how well does it stand up now that it's been out for a few years?

Osirion

^^ I'd like to know too. For anyone that has this book, how has it lasted a few years? Is everything still good? How does it work with the new classes from APG?
& another further question I'll ask in the forums..


Eric Hinkle wrote:
Thanks for the answer, Shar Tahl. Hmm, then it's not for anthropomorphic critters? Pity about that; I would love to see someone do something about making anthro races for Pathfinder.

There already is. See 'Fursona—The Definitive Guide to Creating Anthropomorphic Characters', available for download from this site.


I picked up a copy of this book a while back in the second-hand rack at my local FLGS. Reading it, some things seem to work fairly well, but there's also a decent amount of 3.5isms remaining in the text. Has the PDF been updated/revised since the print version was produced, or is this still in a 3/4 PFRPG, 1/4 3.5 -like state?

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

I've sent a message off to the publisher to help answer your questions. :)


Thanks Liz.


A question in case the developer ever happens to stop by. Do Noble Animals live longer than normal animals of their species or do they have the same life expectancy? The entry for the Noble Tortoise seems to indicate that Noble Animals have an extended lifespan over the normal animal versions.


I have a post at http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2pbca?Refactoring-Noble-Wild where I'm thinking through a refactoring of The Noble Wild more for the Pathfinder campaign setting. I will do that there and not here.


No print copies huh...

Grand Lodge

Can i use it for pathfinder society games?


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'm faily sure PFS allows almost no 3PP content. A spell or ability or two in total.


I got this book in PDF, and I wonder about it. I see a hi-res version in the "root" directory, with the date 01-14-2010 in the file names. There's a sub-directory called "9onbf" which contains a hi-res AND low-res version, with the date 02-16-2010 in the titles. Is there a reason there are two hi-res versions in there? Is there a difference between the "root" and "9onbf" versions? What does "9onbf" mean?

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