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New Paths #2: The Expanded Shaman (PFRPG) PDF

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The Spontaneous Druid

It's odd that the mystic druid must prepare spells ahead of time—so now he doesn't! The shaman is a nature and spirit-focussed spontaneous caster, with otherworldly new abilities and an animal spirit guide.

Welcome to The Expanded Shaman, a base class for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game that was first presented in Kobold Quarterly #21.

The removal of prepared spells makes this a more mystical and freeform nature-based caster, and the new powers and expanded wildshape and totem abilities mean that the Shaman is both flexible and powerful. Marvel at the new spirit dance, improved wildshape powers, and totem secrets, which grant additional powers beyond the ken of mere druids.

The Expanded Shaman includes much new material beyond the original magazine version, such as three new archetypes for the elemental shaman, primal shifter, and witch doctor, plus new feats and spells specific to the Shaman that make them masters of the spirit world and an expanded list of animal spirit guides. The Expanded Shaman includes a full 20-level character progression plus tracking sheets for animal spirit companion and wildshape forms.

Be a spontaneous Shaman! Get The Expanded Shaman today!

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Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

A big hurray to Marc for championing the idea of the spontaneous druid. I was skeptical at first, but this has become one of my favorite new classes.

Nice work, Mr. Radle!

Cheliax

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

Very neat, going in the side cart.

Andoran

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Very neat, going in the side cart.

Love to hear what you think once you've had a chance to digest it DM!


This one looks and sounds like it ought to be good. I love the spell-less ranger, and this sounds like something equally interesting.


Best wishes! This is my favourite 3PP class, and I love seeing it more and more expanded!
And thanks for taking in my suggestions (in that thread a while ago)!


HELL YES STAG GUIDE! More love for antlered animals! Now that they're on the rise, we need to see some bear/deer hybrids. Give me bears with antlers and my game will be complete from now til forever.

Until I want something else. ;) Anyway...

I love the archetypes! The primal shifter will be of particular interest to my girlfriend who would rather spend her character's time in animal form than anything else. The witch doctor looks like an amazing healer, and the shaman was already crazy good at that (if they focused on it). This option gives the druid a hard run for its money with my group (spontaneous casters are always more popular with my group). The spell-less ranger is already a new favorite.

I didn't notice any additions to the Totem Secrets, which was a little sad, but the elemental companions were a nice bandaid for that hurt.

Awesome work, as always.


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I was a bit underwhelmed by the Shaman originally, probably due to the serious grassroots hype it got, but Foghammer's post brings up a few things that interest me, so... One more purchase for you!

Andoran

Foghammer wrote:
HELL YES STAG GUIDE! More love for antlered animals!

Glad to oblige! :)

Foghammer wrote:

I love the archetypes! The primal shifter will be of particular interest to my girlfriend who would rather spend her character's time in animal form than anything else. The witch doctor looks like an amazing healer, and the shaman was already crazy good at that (if they focused on it). This option gives the druid a hard run for its money with my group (spontaneous casters are always more popular with my group). The spell-less ranger is already a new favorite.

Thanks! I'm really happy with how the archetypes turned out. The Witch Doctor is indeed an excellent healer, among other things. The Elemental Shaman is fun if you love flinging elemental spells and wildshaping into elementals ... and of course having an elemental for a spirit guide:) And, as you point out, if you prefer wildshaping over spell casting, the Primal Shifter is for you!

In fact, our group will soon be starting the Rise of the Runelords Anniversary AP and I'm leaning toward playing a Primal Shifter Shaman ...

Foghammer wrote:

I didn't notice any additions to the Totem Secrets, which was a little sad, but the elemental companions were a nice bandaid for that hurt.

Awesome work, as always.

Actually, there are new Totem Secrets, although admittedly I think only like one or two.

Really glad you like the Shaman (and the Spell-less Ranger :)

I also wanted to mention that the Wildshape Character Sheet included should be of use to standard Druids as well as Shaman. You can fill out a sheet for each wildshape form you tend to shift into - that way you are sure to have all the adjustments, improvements and abilities gained for each form at your finger tips!


Marc Radle wrote:
Actually, there are new Totem Secrets, although admittedly I think only like one or two.

Ah, I found one [of them]: Trance. Interesting addition... I'm interested in seeing how this could be used with crafting items, or rather what effect it might have, since it refers to int-based skills rather than knowledge skills.

The wild shape character sheet is also a nice touch; I had been filling out separate pages for the g/f's druid.


Dumb question time; my favorite parts of the druid as a class is wildshaping and the animal companion, with the new to Pathfinder specialization in summon nature's ally coming in a close second. How does the shaman do with these ideas, compared to the druid?


The shaman's spirit guide is somewhat less of a combatant than the druid's animal companion, but is more intelligent and in some ways like a familiar. They also get some unique qualities.

Wildshaping is very, very similar. One of the shaman's archetypes enhances it.

The summon is trickier, because being a spontaneous caster, there's no prepared spell to drop in place of summoning. You'll have to select that spell as one of your spells known in order to cast it.

Overall, I must say that I prefer the shaman to the druid, but again that my bias against prepared casters talking.


Hey Marc.. I am happy to see that your class has been expanded. I love seeing the new things that you bring out each time we play, and I look forward to getting this PDF.


Foghammer wrote:

The shaman's spirit guide is somewhat less of a combatant than the druid's animal companion, but is more intelligent and in some ways like a familiar. They also get some unique qualities.

Wildshaping is very, very similar. One of the shaman's archetypes enhances it.

The summon is trickier, because being a spontaneous caster, there's no prepared spell to drop in place of summoning. You'll have to select that spell as one of your spells known in order to cast it.

Overall, I must say that I prefer the shaman to the druid, but again that my bias against prepared casters talking.

Thank you, Foghammer.

Andoran

Foghammer wrote:

The shaman's spirit guide is somewhat less of a combatant than the druid's animal companion, but is more intelligent and in some ways like a familiar. They also get some unique qualities.

Wildshaping is very, very similar. One of the shaman's archetypes enhances it.

The summon is trickier, because being a spontaneous caster, there's no prepared spell to drop in place of summoning. You'll have to select that spell as one of your spells known in order to cast it.

Overall, I must say that I prefer the shaman to the druid, but again that my bias against prepared casters talking.

I'd say that's pretty spot on!

I would like to point out however that if you choose the right animal spirit guide, you still can easily end up with a very strong combat oriented companion!

Andoran

Although it came out back when the shaman first came out in Kobold Quarterly 21, this design blog still provides lots of info of the idea behind the class:

Designing the Shaman :)

Cheliax

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

Which was one of the better KQ articles. :)

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Nice review over at the Examiner says:

Michael Holland wrote:
Once again Kobold Press has broadened the horizons of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game with new base class material... a good price for the amount of material in this product.

Andoran

Very nice! :)


And reviewed here, on DTRPG and sent to GMS magazine. I really hope we'll get more dance/spirit guide/talents in some form!

Andoran

As always, thanks for taking the time to review this End!

I did want to point out that this PDF does, in fact, have rather extensive bookmarks. Maybe you didn't have your coffee yet when you were looking this over?:)


Double checked, my pdf does not have bookmarks. And I re-dled it from DTRPG - still no bookmarks, so no, not coffee-lack induced gripe here... O_o Weird...

Andoran

Hmmm ... very strange ....

The PDF absolutely has bookmarks. Sounds like this needs looked into ...

End, I just sent you a quick PM ...

Andoran

I just sent Liz a PM to see if the PDF Paizo has contains the bookmarks. We'll get to the bottom of this yet!


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Marc Radle wrote:
I just sent Liz a PM to see if the PDF Paizo has contains the bookmarks. We'll get to the bottom of this yet!

The Paizo PDF has bookmarks. Nice work btw, thanks.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Doubly confirmed, the Paizo PDF has bookmarks.

The reviewer copies on DTRPG did not, but they were not 100% done when they went out for review.


Yeah, but the DTRPG-copies still don't have bookmarks - I re-dled the file. Or is there a distinction between the regular and the reviewer files? Oo

Andoran

Hmmm ... curiouser and curiouser :)

I think Wolfgang is looking into what might have transpired at DTRPG, although with GenCon on the horizon, it might be a few days 'til we hear ...

Good news is the PDF available here on Paizo DOES have the bookmarks! :)


Indeed! Another reason I usually buy my pdfs here. ^^

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

I downloaded the DT file and the bookmarks are all there.

It may be that I failed to update the reviewer version, but usually the update is automatic. But yes, it's a fine idea to buy PDFs at Paizo or the Kobold store.


Updated my reviews here and on DTRPG with +0.5 stars to reflect the added bookmarks. :)

Andoran

Endzeitgeist wrote:
Updated my reviews here and on DTRPG with +0.5 stars to reflect the added bookmarks. :)

Much appreciated sir!

4.5 stars works for me :)

Andoran

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:

A big hurray to Marc for championing the idea of the spontaneous druid. I was skeptical at first, but this has become one of my favorite new classes.

Nice work, Mr. Radle!

Wow, somehow I missed that comment!

Coming from the esteemed Mr. Baur, that is high praise indeed!!!

I'm actually in the process of rolling up a shaman using the primal shifter archetype for our soon-to-begin Rise of the Runelords game ... I can't wait to play him!

Andoran

Just saw that the Expanded Shaman was in the Top Ten Dowloads from Other Companies list!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who has dowloaded this so far!

And if you haven't downloaded it yet ... what are you waiting for? ;)

Shadow Lodge

Marc Radle wrote:
And if you haven't downloaded it yet ... what are you waiting for? ;)

For someone to point out that it existed >_> Thanks to Liz and Wolfgang for pointing me here after spotting a request for a spont-caster Druid mixed in with a bunch of stuff on a Cleric-related thread =)

Andoran

Orthos wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
And if you haven't downloaded it yet ... what are you waiting for? ;)
For someone to point out that it existed >_> Thanks to Liz and Wolfgang for pointing me here after spotting a request for a spont-caster Druid mixed in with a bunch of stuff on a Cleric-related thread =)

The important thing is you're here now! :)

I'd love to hear what you think once you've had a chance to dig in ... maybe even a review if you feel so inclined :)

Andoran

Wow! The Expanded Shaman is on Paizo's Top Ten Dowloads from Other Companies list for the second week in a row :)

Thanks so much to everyone who has purchased this!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Marc, I'll just say that I was editing some new spells for KQ23 and the issue came up whether they should be listed as "Sha 3" or "Shaman 3" in the spell stat block.

Just saying, it's got a following.


I loved the Spell-Less Ranger a LOT, though I am not one of those who loves one over the other. It all depends on the concept I'm going with. Sometimes having Ranger spells fits, other times not so much.

If the Shaman is even 1/2 as good, I will love this class as well. I have been looking for a good, solid Shaman to come close to the class as found in World of Warcraft. Perhaps this will suffice?


Review posted here, RPGNow, and NerdTrek.

An excellent treatment for the Shaman, although I would have liked to have seen more non-combat choices for the Spirit Guide, but that is strictly a personal opinion on that one.

A worthy successor to the Spell Less Ranger Marc, well done!


Nice review, KTFish/, as always! Rather interesting that the bookmarks don't show for you - they did for me after I re-dled. o_o


Thanks Endz...am planning a night of reviewing, need to catch up.

Yeah, the bookmark thing had me baffled, but I have no doubt in time it'll be resolved. Not to shabby a review yourself there by the way :)

Andoran

Thanks so much for the 4.5 out of 5 KTFish! I'm really glad you like it :)

@Monkeygod - I think the Expanded Shaman will indeed fill your need for a good, solid Shaman class! I'd love to hear your thoughts once you've checked the class out ... perhaps even a review:) Oh, and thanks so much for the nice words regarding the Spell-less Ranger!

@Wolfgang - interesting ...

Andoran

New review up over at the Tower of the Lonely GM

"I loved it! It’s amazingly easily to use, to integrate in any game and it doesn’t conflict with any cosmology ... it plays like other Core and Base Classes. In other words: it feels like something Paizo would have written. Do I need to say more?

Check out the full review Here :)

Andoran

Aaaaand here’s another one :)

Roleplayers Chronicle
“Kobold Press has done a great job of summoning the shaman as a character class for Pathfinder”

Full Review

Andoran

A very cool new shaman archetype by Margherita Tramontano over at

KoboldQuarterly.com

Check it out!


I'm blushing, Marc^^ Waiting your comments on the other three...


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

Hey, congrats Margherita!

Andoran

Bardess wrote:
Waiting your comments on the other three...

Really looking forward to checking them! :)

Andoran

Another new shaman archetype over at KoboldQuarterly.com

Pop over and check it out!

New Shaman Archetype

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