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Pathfinder Player Companion: Varisia, Birthplace of Legends (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Player Companion: Varisia, Birthplace of Legends (PFRPG)

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Begin an adventure like no other in Varisia, a land of ancient mysteries and fantastic danger. Within this book you’ll find countless player-friendly possibilities as you explore one of the most richly detailed corners of the Pathfinder campaign setting. Will you indulge fortune as a Varisian wanderer, retake your tribal lands as a fierce Shoanti barbarian, uncover the secrets of a lost arcane empire, or fight to protect your peaceful home from dark magic and fierce monsters? The choices are endless, but you'll find the ones that are right for you with this primer to an entire realm of adventure.

Varisia, Birthplace of Legends presents a player-focused overview of the land, people, magic, and mysteries of the region of Varisia, one of the best-loved and most explored frontiers of the Pathfinder campaign setting. Every Pathfinder Player Companion includes new options and tools for every Pathfinder RPG player.

    These are just a few of the features you’ll find inside this book:
  • A bold new format with new features, revealing more exciting topics, options, and inspirations every time you turn the page.
  • A look into the lives of Varisia’s native peoples, the proud tribal Shoanti and far-traveling Varisians, with new ways to play members of both cultures.
  • New archetypes, feats, equipment, and traits to make characters a part of Varisia, plus many that link to Adventure Paths set in the region, like Rise of the Runelords.
  • A player-friendly map of Varisia, featuring major settlements, distances between locations, and hints at adventure sites to explore.
  • A player’s guide for the Shattered Star Adventure Path, giving players everything they need to know to create characters ready to face this deadly new campaign.

Written by F. Wesley Schneider, Amber E. Scott, Tork Shaw, James L. Sutter, and Jerome Virnich

Each monthly 32-page Pathfinder Player Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume’s theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for all types of characters, as well as traits to better anchor the player to the campaign. This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-453-5

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Player Companion Subscription.

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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Simong wrote:
- What are the mechanics for a paladin obtaining a hippogriff mount?

Same as most other classes, hop on and go for it! The write-up on hippogriffs in Bestiary 2 has a bit on how they function as mounts. Divine bond doesn't factor into this too terribly much (except that you still get an awesome steed in your off hours, which is still pretty clutch for any reputable hero of Korvosa), but shining knight is going to assure that you're one of the best horsemen (bird-horsemen?) in the sky!

Hope that helps!

Is this option still valid?

Would that also be a viable "template" for Paladin and Cavalier Archetypes?

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I'm so happy that this book feels more like a primer for players (taking into account their attention span of oh look a butterfly!) and not a "DM Book Lite".

And that the line between Companions and Campaign Setting line isn't as blurry as it used to be.

And that faith/combat/magic/social is done away with.

Great job, Herr Schneider!


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I;m not sure who to send this to, but the shoanti map on the inside front cover, the legend only shows 6 of the quah's territories....unless the Hawk and Wind clans have the same territory?

Cheliax

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

They both use the same color green which I imagine is a mistake. But if you look there is a line running between them splitting that in two following the river in the middle. My guess is that's the territory boundary and the color on one of them is just wrong.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

I'm loving the new layout. AMAZING!!

My players will love it as it will help some of the newer ones to focus on role playing aspects during character creation, and the older ones to get additional information to help them flesh out characters.

When I think you can't possibly impress me anymore you seem to find a way.

Kudos.

Paizo Employee Developer

CaroRose wrote:
I;m not sure who to send this to, but the shoanti map on the inside front cover, the legend only shows 6 of the quah's territories....unless the Hawk and Wind clans have the same territory?

Whoops! Yeah, as Dark_Mistress said, the Wind and Hawk clan accidentally shared the same color and line type in the map, but their territories can be identified by the line running along the river between them.

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

CaroRose wrote:
I;m not sure who to send this to, but the shoanti map on the inside front cover, the legend only shows 6 of the quah's territories....unless the Hawk and Wind clans have the same territory?

Damned if you're not right. You can see the boarder for it running up the Chavali river, but the Hawk Clan's color overlapped it totally. There's supposed to be bars denoting that the Wind Clan's territory falls entirely within the Hawk Clan's territory. So, that green is all the Hawk Clan, but that left section is also the Wind Clan

Now that I'm looking hyper close, there's a few other messy lines I'm not digging on here. Let me see if I can get those sorted out here, as I'd love to do another Player Companion "preview" in the coming weeks and a problem-shot version of this map would be great.

Good eye CaroRose! Hope you see those boarders so any future Wind Clan Shoanti you make don't get into any territorial disputes!

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

Gorbacz wrote:

I'm so happy that this book feels more like a primer for players (taking into account their attention span of oh look a butterfly!) and not a "DM Book Lite".

And that the line between Companions and Campaign Setting line isn't as blurry as it used to be.

Glad you're digging it man! That was really a huge goal of this whole refresh. While you'll still see battle and magic sections every now and then, I want this format to remain hype flexible, so if it doesn't make sense to talk about something, we wont!


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Aha! I see the line now. I was distracted by my initial reading and the little paizo junkie on my shoulder going SQWEEEE!

This is going to be the #1 Player Companion for our gaming group. I love Varisia! I also love the new layout. I think there will be something for everyone in our group to love.

....If any Shoanti get into border disputes, we'll send the Spire Clan in to calm things down.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
CaroRose wrote:
the shoanti map

Oh my.

Also, Hawk Clan for life.


Am I mistaken....or are PDF release dates nornally on Wednesdays ?

The sixteenth is a Thursday ?

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

nighttree wrote:

Am I mistaken....or are PDF release dates nornally on Wednesdays ?

The sixteenth is a Thursday ?

Not sure of the specifics of when the powers that be release PDFs and what now, but if things are different than normal, it's likely because Gen Con starts next Thursday and our August products are meant to debut there.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Release are normally on Wednesdays, yes, but we're tying all releases for GenCon Thursday (next week).


Liz Courts wrote:
Release are normally on Wednesdays, yes, but we're tying all releases for GenCon Thursday (next week).

Sure....make me wait one more day.

I think I'm going to pee myself :P


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

(Eyes empty inbox. Sighs.)

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
nighttree wrote:
Sure....make me wait one more day.

Or you could, you know, subscribe to the line. *opens PDF of Varisia, Birthplace of Legends* ;)


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Not all subscribers have our PDFs yet.... *sniff*


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Yep, stuck in "Order Pending" Hell myself. No PDFs until the order is shipped, so I have... nothing. And everything I have coming looks so great...

Obviously, this is some new form of torture designed to test the limits of our brand loyalty. ;)

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Awesome job Paizo staff! I really like most of the book. The tribal and caravan maps (with distances!) are both very nice. Also the inclusion of more traits is always nice and there are so many more new ones to choose from.

The Thunder and Fang feat just seems a little strong for a feat. Granted it is restricted to just the earth breaker and klar, but the feat tax is more than worth it. Hardest choice for making my Shattered Star Shoanti fighter will be the difficult choice between nontraditional native or serpent runner trait...


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Great looking book, love the maps, especially the "In World" centre spread, and the caravan routes.

I'm curious how dangerous some of those are, especially the Sklarkar route that looks like it heads straight into the Hold of Belkzen. (OK, looking at the map again it's just that one I'd have some trepidation following :) )

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Oni_NZ wrote:

Great looking book, love the maps, especially the "In World" centre spread, and the caravan routes.

I'm curious how dangerous some of those are, especially the Sklarkar route that looks like it heads straight into the Hold of Belkzen. (OK, looking at the map again it's just that one I'd have some trepidation following :) )

Some of those routes are very dangerous indeed. Not all Varisian caravans are populated by low-level folks.


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Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Great review, gorbacz. Spot on, in my view (though I remain agnostic on Wes's sexy beastiness...)

Shadow Lodge

My friend had this and just had to show me... all I have to say is WOW! THIS is what a Player Companion should be! Caravan routes, distance tables, full centerfold, guides for different types of characters... Sweet baby Schneider this makes me want to pick up another subscription. So polished. So complete. MAKE MOAR!

Cheliax

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A 1-star review because someone is mad about a slight delay in the product? Fascinating.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Ravenmantle wrote:
A 1-star review because someone is mad about a slight delay in the product? Fascinating.

Yup. It's not a review of the product, but of Paizo. Should probably be removed.


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Joseph Wilson wrote:
Ravenmantle wrote:
A 1-star review because someone is mad about a slight delay in the product? Fascinating.
Yup. It's not a review of the product, but of Paizo. Should probably be removed.

Question is how do you flag a review?


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Joseph Wilson wrote:
Ravenmantle wrote:
A 1-star review because someone is mad about a slight delay in the product? Fascinating.
Yup. It's not a review of the product, but of Paizo. Should probably be removed.

I concur. Not to mention this is a fantastic product.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Joseph Wilson wrote:
Ravenmantle wrote:
A 1-star review because someone is mad about a slight delay in the product? Fascinating.
Yup. It's not a review of the product, but of Paizo. Should probably be removed.

Let's all give this product the 5-star rewiev it deserve to make that 1-star review irrelevant!

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

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Azure_Zero wrote:
Joseph Wilson wrote:
Ravenmantle wrote:
A 1-star review because someone is mad about a slight delay in the product? Fascinating.
Yup. It's not a review of the product, but of Paizo. Should probably be removed.
Question is how do you flag a review?

If you see a review that you see as concerning, sending an email to webmaster@paizo.com or a PM to a moderator works. We don't take down reviews often enough to have a flagging system for them at the moment.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Pawns Subscriber

OK. The usual "begging for free stuff" here:

The book just arrived in the mail today, and has that absolutely BEAUTIFUL 2-page map of Varisia. I want to blow it up, print it, frame it, and hang it on the wall of our gaming room. I love love LOVE it!

But I'm not a subscriber so I didn't get the PDF.

Waaaaaaaaaah!

Any chance you might make that map available to those of us who just appreciate ancient maps and want to print it for our walls?


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I'm hoping it will make the shattered star map folio.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

It's been confirmed in multiple places, including the Shattered Star Map Folio product page and page 2 of this very book (Varisia player companion) that the map in question will be in the Shattered Star Map Folio. :-)


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I set a low bar with hoping, then. But yay. :)


I think what annoys me the most about 1-star reviews or misplaced negativity in general is when the person complains about absolutely asinine points and then claims to "know a little" about the industry or the subject and that's why they're right. This really peeves me.

Really, buddy? You know a little about this sort of thing and so you claim that if there's a delay it should only be for the print version? Wow. This proves you know nothing at all. Well done.


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I'm more astonished at someone admitting they don't actually own the product in a review for it.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
The Block Knight wrote:

I think what annoys me the most about 1-star reviews or misplaced negativity in general is when the person complains about absolutely asinine points and then claims to "know a little" about the industry or the subject and that's why they're right. This really peeves me.

Really, buddy? You know a little about this sort of thing and so you claim that if there's a delay it should only be for the print version? Wow. This proves you know nothing at all. Well done.

Reviews even themselves out (I actually find five star reviews in which the reviewer cites a list of minor flaws to be more annoying, for some reason).

.
Reviews like this tend to look a little silly and almost forlorn after a little while (when they're surrounded by four/five star reviews). It's not like anyone browsing the site in six months and weighing up whether to buy it is going to decide not to because it came out a week late.

(There's quite an amusing review of the CRB which was posted shortly after it came out. Someone claimed to have casually paged through the book at his FLGS out of morbid curiousity - yet was somehow able to reach the conclusion that PF had fixed none of 3.5's flaws. Reviewing a book of that size from reading it in the shop shows some pretty astonishing speed-reading, in my opinion. :p)

Cheliax

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Mechalibur wrote:
I'm more astonished at someone admitting they don't actually own the product in a review for it.

This is the internet, all you need is a self inflated ego, a computer and a internet connection. Then you too can post reviews about any and everything, regardless if you have read it, own it or even know what it is. As a bonus you can post rude obnoxious posts in forum in a way that would get you punched in the head in real life, done with a holier than thou attitude complete fanatical faith in what you say is true and anyone that disagrees with you. Obviously isn't smart enough to boil water, if they was, obviously they would agree with you. All done from the safety and comfort of your own home. Call now for more information. :)

Silver Crusade

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Dark_Mistress wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
I'm more astonished at someone admitting they don't actually own the product in a review for it.
This is the internet, all you need is a self inflated ego, a computer and a internet connection. Then you too can post reviews about any and everything, regardless if you have read it, own it or even know what it is. As a bonus you can post rude obnoxious posts in forum in a way that would get you punched in the head in real life, done with a holier than thou attitude complete fanatical faith in what you say is true and anyone that disagrees with you. Obviously isn't smart enough to boil water, if they was, obviously they would agree with you. All done from the safety and comfort of your own home. Call now for more information. :)

Paizo Forum Counter-Trolling Battalion Represent! Let me at 'em!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
I'm more astonished at someone admitting they don't actually own the product in a review for it.
This is the internet, all you need is a self inflated ego, a computer and a internet connection. Then you too can post reviews about any and everything, regardless if you have read it, own it or even know what it is. As a bonus you can post rude obnoxious posts in forum in a way that would get you punched in the head in real life, done with a holier than thou attitude complete fanatical faith in what you say is true and anyone that disagrees with you. Obviously isn't smart enough to boil water, if they was, obviously they would agree with you. All done from the safety and comfort of your own home. Call now for more information. :)

I am yours mistress, use me as you will.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

This is a very very good book and everyone that made it should feel good.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Elorebaen wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Mechalibur wrote:
I'm more astonished at someone admitting they don't actually own the product in a review for it.
This is the internet, all you need is a self inflated ego, a computer and a internet connection. Then you too can post reviews about any and everything, regardless if you have read it, own it or even know what it is. As a bonus you can post rude obnoxious posts in forum in a way that would get you punched in the head in real life, done with a holier than thou attitude complete fanatical faith in what you say is true and anyone that disagrees with you. Obviously isn't smart enough to boil water, if they was, obviously they would agree with you. All done from the safety and comfort of your own home. Call now for more information. :)
I am yours mistress, use me as you will.

Don't you wish ...


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I'm loving the new format as well, but there seems to be an image gaff on page 31 of the PDF: the Gray Maiden is terribly pixelated, the image behind her feet is crisp as anything, so it's just her. Is anyone else seeing this?

The same image in the hard copy is fine, however.

Silver Crusade

Tramarius wrote:

I'm loving the new format as well, but there seems to be an image gaff on page 31 of the PDF: the Gray Maiden is terribly pixelated, the image behind her feet is crisp as anything, so it's just her. Is anyone else seeing this?

The same image in the hard copy is fine, however.

Don't have the PDF yet, but have you tried re-downloading it? It may be corrupt.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

My copy is pixelated too. Though I didn't actually notice til you pointed it out.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

I noticed... I thought they just didn't want to give away the cover art from Shattered Skull #2 before it came out.


Anything on Nolanders?


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber
chavamana wrote:
I noticed... I thought they just didn't want to give away the cover art from Shattered Skull #2 before it came out.

Shattered Skull? Don't you mean Stars & Shackles?


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

:)

Shattered Skull... finding the pieces of the artifact Crystal Skull and putting it together :)

... that is totally what I get for posting when I'm half asleep.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Pixellated art is never intentional! I've notified the tech team--should have that fixed for you soon. Thanks for letting us know!

Cheliax

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

The new format is awesome. Please keep up the good work guys!!

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