Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Player Character Folio

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Player Character Folio

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Create characters of legend and organize your most epic adventures with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Player Character Folio. This deluxe character record covers absolutely everything you need to know about your Pathfinder hero, with an innovative layout that means your character's most important details are always at your fingertips!

This sturdy folder's 16 character-defining pages include:

  • Expanded space for your hero's ability scores, feats, and class features
  • Space to track familiars, animal companions, cohorts, and other allies
  • A diagram to help fill every magic item slot
  • Space to track your character's goals and history
  • A complete record of your hero's special achievements
  • Dozens of quick reference charts
  • Folder-flaps to hold handouts and other documents
  • ... and much, much more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-445-0

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscription.

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Print version is glorious, PDF version not so much

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I own both the print version of the folio and recently got the PDF version in the Humble Bundle.

The printed version is fantastic, but be sure that you have the right expectations! This is not your super-efficient condensed sheet to have ready in a fast-paced action-packed game.

This booklet, in time, will become the chronicle of your PC. It will record their successes and failures and accompany them throughout their entire adventuring career until it is time to retire. Years later, you will pull the Folio from your gaming shelf, browse through the pages and smile at the memories of an amazing campaign its contents conjure.

So yes, some of the mechanical information is a bit all over the place. But the Folio more than makes up for it with all the little details that are usually cut for space.

If you like details, keeping statistics, and being thorough, this Folio is the best you can get for your character in print. Five stars!

The PDF version, however, is a different beast. Maybe I am using the wrong (Acrobat) reader or it's some sort of security thing but for whatever reason you cannot fill out any boxes of the PDF. So all the PDF is really good for is printing copies of it. If you do that, however, you miss out on the production values of the print edition and if you take those away, I think there are better options out there. This brings the rating of the PDF down to three stars.

So because we have to give both versions a single rating, I give it the average of both: 4 stars.


Couple of quirks...

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I typically refuse to write out Pathfinder character sheets because there is too much hidden math to keep track of during character creation and leveling up. The folio is a huge improvement towards making a character easy to edit as well as read. At the price, I hesitate to buy a folio for every character, but there are definitely niches where having a folio is very useful.

However, I did bump into a couple of significant (imo) quirks:

* The pouches aren't quite big enough to hold 8.5"x11" paper. Probably need to take 1/8" off the left and right sides in order to get them to fit. Unless you have a paper cutter, good luck keeping a log of what's happened.

* The "Spellbook" page barely holds enough spells for a stock sorcerer with no bonus spells. If the pouches were actually big enough, I'd just create more spellbook pages and stuff them in the pouch.

* I did not feel like I could really use either of the Animal Companion or Familiar/Follower/Mount sections for logging a sorcerer's familiar.

EDIT: I docked a star because these quirks are really getting to me. Fun fact, a custom-printed cover for this would be $30 from Kinko's.


great Player Character folio for a long in-depth played frequently character

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his is a great Player Character folio for a long in depth played frequently character. And since you can make copies for your other PC's it's not so bad price wise either.

Yes of course the basic Character sheets can be found and downloaded easily. But these will help you put more roleplaying depth into your character.

And as a side bonus, by having it you can get one free re-roll in a Pathfinder Society game, per night.


absurd waste of money

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An absurd waste of money with very little value for multiple characters. Only good if you want the reroll in PFS play. Ps this should not give you a reroll in pfs play. Should have more than one use.


Overly Complicated and PDF = No Reroll PFS

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This is character sheet stretched over 14 pages. It seems they just padded a free resource with enough superfluous pages to justify selling it.

The electronic copy with your name and paizo's mark on it doesn't qualify for a PFS reroll. Their reasoning being that they believe the colorful, shiny cover is what makes people buy the product. I've never met anyone who has actually used this as intended.


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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Just announced! The cover image is a mockup; the actual product will feature an all-new cover image by Wayne Reynolds.


How many of these deluxe character sheets does the product come with?

Shadow Lodge

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Oooh, SHINY!


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This looks quite cool! Also like the Reynolds art tidbit!

I notice this is part of the RPG line subscription. Will there be a pdf version available then?

Silver Crusade

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Oooh Shiny.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

It's a single 16-page record. There will be a PDF edition.


So, it's intended to be photocopied, and not a pad?

Silver Crusade

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Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
So, it's intended to be photocopied, and not a pad?

That, or printed out from the PDF.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
So, it's intended to be photocopied, and not a pad?

It's not a pad. It's 16 pages, saddlestiched (bookbinder talk for stapled) into a booklet; the cover has a foldout and two pockets to store stuff. You *could* photocopy it (or print the PDF version), but it's a nice enough package that I think most people are just going to want to buy one for each character they run.


Vic Wertz wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
So, it's intended to be photocopied, and not a pad?
It's not a pad. It's 16 pages, saddlestiched (bookbinder talk for stapled) into a booklet; the cover has a foldout and two pockets to store stuff. You *could* photocopy it (or print the PDF version), but it's a nice enough package that I think most people are just going to want to buy one for each character they run.

Not me. They're ten bucks a pop, and I change characters a LOT. I'll probably end up photocopying or printing a PDF.

Silver Crusade

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I've got my charsheet needs covered by HeroLab, but having offishul Pathfinder record-my-deaths page sounds rad.


I do my character sheets by hand. I sometimes use online generators (not subscription based, though) for some of the math, but that's it for tools.

Dark Archive

Neat cover image. But 16 pages for a character sheet? I can't think of enough to take up that many pages. Honestly curious what is going to be on all of them.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
...most people are just going to want to buy one for each character they run.
Not me. They're ten bucks a pop, and I change characters a LOT. I'll probably end up photocopying or printing a PDF.

I think you're already aware that you rarely fit the "most people" category. :-)


Vic Wertz wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
...most people are just going to want to buy one for each character they run.
Not me. They're ten bucks a pop, and I change characters a LOT. I'll probably end up photocopying or printing a PDF.
I think you're already aware that you rarely fit the "most people" category. :-)

Weirdness has it's benefits.

*runs off to finish blending Eberron and Ravenloft flavor together*


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Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
I do my character sheets by hand. I sometimes use online generators (not subscription based, though) for some of the math, but that's it for tools.

Just for clarity's sake, Hero Lab is not subscription-based.


Joana wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
I do my character sheets by hand. I sometimes use online generators (not subscription based, though) for some of the math, but that's it for tools.
Just for clarity's sake, Hero Lab is not subscription-based.

I thought you had to buy the updates.

I use too many house rules for it to work, anyway. That's why I do things by hand.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Just announced! The cover image is a mockup; the actual product will feature an all-new cover image by Wayne Reynolds.

I'm curious whether you considered placing this within the Player Companion subscription instead of the rules line?

No doubt it's partly the price leading to my impression, but it seems to me it would fit more neatly there.

Grand Lodge

Steve Geddes wrote:

I'm curious whether you considered placing this within the Player Companion subscription instead of the rules line?

No doubt it's partly the price leading to my impression, but it seems to me it would fit more neatly there.

Player Companion is setting specific (Golarion), this looks to be non-setting specific...


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Oh yeah. That makes sense, I guess.


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Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
Joana wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
I do my character sheets by hand. I sometimes use online generators (not subscription based, though) for some of the math, but that's it for tools.
Just for clarity's sake, Hero Lab is not subscription-based.
I thought you had to buy the updates.

To me, "subscription-based" means you pay a monthly fee for access, like DDI or some online games. Hero Lab pricing is "content-based," meaning you buy the content in each book (or set of books) past Core separately but then never have to pay for it again.

Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
I use too many house rules for it to work, anyway. That's why I do things by hand.

Regardless, it doesn't sound like a product that would be useful to you. I just wanted to clarify because people have been confused by its pricing structure in the past, thinking they have to pay for a new license yearly to continue using it, for example, which would be "subscription-based." :)


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a 16-page character sheet,
could be useful,

Does it include a spell list with page references?

Liberty's Edge

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Azure_Zero wrote:

a 16-page character sheet,

could be useful,

Does it include a spell list with page references?

I would buy the pdf just for that.

Lantern Lodge

It's a real shame it's not going to be ready until July...
Since the recent news about PFS leveling, I'd think you'd
have a solid enough market share to want to put it out MUCH
sooner than just befor GENCON


I think this sounds fantastic and I'm thrilled to see it. That said, $10 PER CHARACTER is more than I can spare. I would be all over a PDF so that I could get continued use out of it though. If that makes me "cheap," then take it up with the wife.

Liberty's Edge

I'm very excited for this I have used the "Complete Character Folio" (PFRPG) by Gamer Ingenuity a few times and have found that it adds a sense of weight to every character I play. I end up really fleshing out the details. My favorite features of the Complete Character Folio were the spaces for familiars or cohorts and the 20 level plan in the back. I also liked the quick status references and folder pockets. I hope this meets that in terms of quality and unlike the competition I hope it is in color.

So in short is it in color; does it have pockets?


@Laschoni: Vic Wertz mentioned there are pockets earlier in the thread.

General:
Much depends on the style of game. In games where the PCs routinely die, $10 will likely be seen as too much to invest in a character with a lifespan of single-digit levels.

More interesting to me is how this will be handled in HeroLab. A new output format to match the folio style would be nice. It would be similar to photocopying the printed sheets or printing the PDF.

Sczarni

While I doubt I'll get this for all my characters, I do think I'd like to try out this Folio at least once.

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Any thought to making the pdf version digitally fillable?

Scarab Sages

It would be worth it if it was PFS legal... <wink/> <wink/>

Silver Crusade

My current character sheet is just over 50 pages. 16 pages is not going to be enough!


Chubbs McGee wrote:
My current character sheet is just over 50 pages. 16 pages is not going to be enough!

Can you PM this to me? I am... intrigued.

Silver Crusade

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Nothing to be really intrigued about unfortunately. I just add everything that is relevant to my character on to my character sheet. So, it includes a description, my stat block, the rules as relevant to my character, equipment tables, equipment descriptions, spell descriptions, cohort and followers etc.

Basically, it saves me time writing carrying a bunch of books around, its all there on my sheet. I am not even the worst at my table for it, there is another player who even outshines me when it comes to the Character Bible!

My character is now 13th-level (gunslinger 1/rogue 2/wizard 10) and there is plenty of notes included for our campaign (Curse of the Crimson Throne) as well. In the end all my character sheets tend to become something like a campaign chronicle.

Dark Archive

I second the fillable pdf version.
That would be awesome on a mobile device.


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Fillable PDF - even better: saveable fillable PDF

Dark Archive

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LoreKeeper wrote:

Fillable PDF - even better: saveable fillable PDF

is there a way to convert to a Stat Block?

Dark Archive

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I'm assuming that, like most Paizo products, this is going to be awesome. If that is indeed the case, it would be awesome if you guys let the Hero Lab guys create a custom output that mimics this...


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

This sounds useful, I will get it.


I'm glad they're making this into a PDF format as well; instead of just a print version.

I don't switch characters often, but some of my players rotate every few months; as do their characters.

My entire gaming group didn't want to buy Gamer Ingenuity's Folio over the lack of PDF support. Which is a shame, as I love making sure 3PP's stay in business. But hey... it's 2012; you can't be short sighted in a competitive market.

You get my cash Paizo. Probably lots more of it before July though. :P


hehe i have adobe acrobat extended. I can save my form fillable auto calculating sheets :P interesting idea since i have been meaning to go to staples to buy some blank books to write down stuff in. now just to have a steady source of income before june rolls around...


I'm actually thinking this will be pretty cool.

I've never used a character folio before but I've eyed a few of them back during 3.5e. This would be less useful to me if I weren't getting the PDF too (subscriber benefit) but $9.99 for the paper copy plus the PDF, I think it will be worth it. I can use the paper copy as a template and probably end up printing specific pages as I need them. I don't like to read PDFs so I use the hardback/dead tree version as a catalog for what I want to print for my game resource binder.


Is this going to include a folder or something for me to store PFS chronicle sheets? I very well may order more than one if that's the case.


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Chris Nehren wrote:
Is this going to include a folder or something for me to store PFS chronicle sheets? I very well may order more than one if that's the case.

From earlier in the thread:

Vic Wertz wrote:
the cover has a foldout and two pockets to store stuff.


Arg. I knew I saw that before. Should've read all the comments instead of using the browser search. Yeah, I'll definitely want to pick up some of these for my PFS characters. Thank you!

Dark Archive

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I'll probably only buy one physical copy. Ten dollars is too much for me to buy more than one. I'll just print the pdf as needed.


I still remember the Ultimate Character record portfolio from mongoose...one of my favorite character sheets actually...Shame I am using Hero Lab for all of my character creation these days, still, I'll probably end up with at least one of these for the shelf.


I absolutely love these. For every AP, I write up a one page history/background with a picture, as I feel it helps flesh out your persona, not just for yourself, but for your group. It adds so much more to the game by allowing your DM a more in depth understanding of the character your portraying and how it fits into his or her campaign. For gaming groups that have made this mandatory, I've had a richer game experience. Looking forward to trying this product out for my current and future characters.

Scarab Sages

I hope it's not made of the same glossy paper as regular Paizo products, because I doubt you can safely use an eraser with them.

The price is really out there, $10 for a character sheet? Free RPG Day products have the same page count and a much more reasonable price.


Joana wrote:
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
I do my character sheets by hand. I sometimes use online generators (not subscription based, though) for some of the math, but that's it for tools.
Just for clarity's sake, Hero Lab is not subscription-based.

I love the hero lab character generator for pathfinder rpg. I cannot seem to get the lore warden class however.

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