Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Pathfinder Society Field Guide (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Pathfinder Society Field Guide (PFRPG)
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The Pathfinder Society is an eccentric organization of adventurers, explorers, and scholars with agents spread across Golarion and beyond. While members are expected to be fairly self-sufficient, the organization’s leadership knows that those equipped with the knowledge and gear to face the challenges of the job are most likely to survive to bring back priceless treasures and to fill the Pathfinder Chronicles with tales of their daring exploits. The Pathfinder Society Field Guide breaks down what it means to be a Pathfinder and gives players and GMs tools to build characters and campaigns around the illustrious organization. In addition, all content within this book is 100% legal for use in the world-spanning Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign.

    Within this 64-page book, Pathfinders will find:
  • An overview of Absalom, City at the Center of the World, where the Pathfinder Society keeps its headquarters
  • Details on 10 factions within the Pathfinder Society, and the benefits available to those agents loyal to each
  • New archetypes for Pathfinders of all three branches of the organization: the Scrolls, the Spells, and the Swords
  • A complete field guide covering threats to Pathfinder agents, as well as suggestions on building PCs prepared to face them
  • Rules for day jobs and professions, property, followers, and other ways to customize your character
  • A system for turning characters’ fame and prestige into valuable in-game rewards
  • Dozens of new spells, magic items, specialized adventuring tools, and more!

The Pathfinder Society Field Guide is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

by Erik Mona, Mark Moreland, Russ Taylor, and Larry Wilhelm

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-305-7

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Many of the factions included in this book no longer exist, the rest have changed such that much of the content is now nonsensical.

For example the Andoran Faction is now Liberty's Edge, disconnected from the Andoran government, so it doesn't seem appropriate that fame and prestige can earn you Andoran military ranks.

It would be great to see this updated.

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Product- Pathfinder Campaign Setting Pathfinder Society Field Guide
System- Pathfinder RPG
Producer- Paizo
Price- ~$20
TL;DR- A great intro to the society! 93%

Basics- Welcome Pathfinder! This book is a large summary of the Pathfinder Society for the uninitiated. This book is primarily written for those who play in Paizo's living campaign Pathfinder Society (PFS). The book starts with the standard stuff any PFS GM would need like day job rolls and how to spend prestige. Then the book discusses Absalom in-depth describing the history and geography of the place. After Absalom itself, the book introduces each of the factions in the Pathfinder Society giving each one new ways to spend prestige. Next the book introduces the three main branches of the Pathfinders, Scrolls, Spells, and Swords, providing new character options in each. The book ends with a long discussion of opponents of the society and items for Pathfinders to purchase to overcome this obstacles.

Story or Fluff- This book is full of Pathfinder fluff. I picked this one up to learn more as a GM, but honestly, if you want a deep introduction to the society, this is the book you need to read. Each faction and division of the society gets a detailed write up. The book even goes in depth on tricks to handle problems Pathfinders may find on their missions. This might have made the book drag on a bit, but for players who haven't been in the system as long, this may save their lives! 4.5/5

Mechanics or Crunch- While this is primarily a setting book since its in the campaign setting line, this book does have lots of character options. The prestige options alone are worth the price of admission! The extra archetypes, feats, and items, all make this a worthwhile book for any serious Pathfinder player. 5/5

Execution- Paizo knows how to make a geat book. While I felt the book was a bit long, it didn't drag to read as the text had lots of brakes to keep my eyes from glazing over. Well done art also breaks up the text well. I thought it was a bit long, but honestly it's not long in a terrible way as it keeps with the other books in the setting line. 4.5/5

Summary- This is a well done book. It's a bit long as one of the largest sections is a section most experienced players will skim over as they know how to make a character survive most of the horrors out there. Based on the amount of story in this book alone, the average PFS player needs this book to know much more about the society and its background. The new mechanics of how to spend prestige really help make that count more in your games. I'm honestly more excited to play some PFS than I was before this book, so that makes this book awesome in my opinion! 93%

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Well, this book ads some flavor and some material which can be found in other books, but it is nicely summed up here. If you already have a lot of source books, than take a first glimpse before you grab it. If you start from core only, this book is nice.

Why i only give 2 Stars?
Because this book is ment to replace seeker of secrets, but it refers to seeker of secrets in some parts! So what? If you want a book to replace another, than do it properly and include all material. Especialy, since this one is also replacing seeker of secrets as core assumption in society play.
If you want to get rid of stuff from the former Version it is OK, but then stop referring to it!

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Why is this required for Pathfinder Society Play?

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I just purchased this product (from a local game store), and frankly, I'm extremely disappointed. As I'm not the first person to note, the majority of information in here either is included in the free Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, unimportant filler, or a - slight - expansion on something in the Free Guide, that should have been included with it.

Frankly, I wouldn't have purchased this at all, except it's listed as being required for play in Pathfinder Society. The end result is that it feels less like a supplement, and more like a 20 dollar fee to play in Pathfinder Society. Frankly, I think I would have rather just been charged the 20 bucks; at least then I would have known exactly what I was paying for.

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