Get the most out of your heritage with the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Race Guide! Embrace your inner monster by playing one of 30 iconic races from mythology and gaming history, or build an entirely new race of your own. If classic races are more your style, go beyond the stereotypes for elves, dwarves, and the other core races with new options and equipment to help you stand out from the crowd.
The Pathfinder RPG Advanced Race Guide is a bold new companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. This imaginative tabletop game builds on more than 10 years of
system development and an Open Playtest featuring more than 50,000 gamers to create a cutting-edge RPG experience that brings the all-time best-selling set of fantasy rules into
the new millennium.
The 256-page Pathfinder RPG Advanced Race Guide includes:
New rules and options to help you customize all seven of the classic core races, including new racial traits, racial
subtypes, and racial archetypes.
30 exotic races, from mischievous goblins and reptilian kobolds to crow-headed tengus and deadly drow, each with complete rules for use as player characters, plus archetypes, alternate racial traits, and other options for maximum customization.
A complete and balanced system for creating an unlimited number of new races, mixing and matching powers and abilities to form characters and cultures specific to your campaign.
Tons of new race-specific equipment, feats, spells, and magic items for each of the races detailed!
so you're supposed to start off easy, right? go by the book, go by the campaign setting they give you. just stick to the six core races, and don't go overboard trying to invent stuff, right? well, I didn't exactly do that. I created a whole world from scratch, messed with the core qualities of numerous races, core races or otherwise, and on top of that, invented a pantheon and mythos which is completely incompatible with Golarion's. this is the first game I will ever GM. to be frank, I'm in trouble.
with that context, this book is a godsend, and I'm glad to have the freedom and ease of use this guide gives me. having a game world populated with multiple monstrous races (most of them completely reimagined), I needed to have a way to make sure the stats reflected the people. it breaks immersion to have a race with traits that quite clearly do not make sense for them. something that always bothered me with the core material is how race was treated: I found it restricted, stereotypical. clearly, the Pathfinder race system needs a little diversity, especially if your campaign isn't actually set in Golarion.
one clear example of the usefulness of this guide for worldbuilding and racial diversity is the Gnome trait "hatred". see, the rules state that the Gnomes have a deep-seated hatred of goblinoid and reptilian races, but in my campaign, Gnomes and Goblins hail from different corners of the universe, and logically, shouldn't even be aware of the other's existence. it simply wouldn't make sense for me to have a gnome character that's trained against a race they've never seen before in their life. thank god this guide has other plausible gnome traits that I can replace that problematic one with one with. not even to mention how the Ifrits, Oreads, Sylphs, and Undines had filled a gaping hole in my mythos. (though I was dissappointed to find that the Kobolds were still utter weaklings)
in another spur of greatness, I can already tell that my players, by now fairly intoxicated on the freedom I've given them, are going to love these new options. I can already see one of them deciding they want to go with one of the very comprehensive and imaginative archetypes, or choosing catfolk or kitsune instead of elf or goblin. the best part is, this book is so easy to figure out, so I am perfectly able to give them this freedom without puzzling over the rules for a month (like I embarrassingly did with the core rulebook).
trust me. if you're the kind of Game Master that doesn't like playing by the rules, and likes to do your own thing lore wise (like create a complete departure from the default setting), then this book is almost a necessity for you. for anyone else who likes the idea of monstrous PCs, you'll love this one.
I really love this book. I've always enjoyed making new races and this book allows me to balance them out really well. There are many options and a variety of new races.
The biggest downside is that there aren't enough options. There are things that I've wanted to add to a race but it wasn't listed and I had to guess at cost. I realize that there are so many options out there, however, an "errata" or web edition with additional features might be nice.
This suppliment, while not vital, certainly returns your money's worth. With over thirty races covered, hundreds of ways to customize characters, and tons of new feats, spells, and magic items, it's a great way to spark the creative juices. Fixing Drow Noble "Innate" abilities makes it worth the cover price all by itself. Check out my full review Advanced Race Guide
Presented well with poor Race Builder and lacking options
Races and options within the Core, Featured, and Uncommon races are well presented and edited. Gives options and makes specific Archetypes easier with alot of builds and racial options to help you along the way.
The Racial Build options are listed adequately and easily presented. Not every race presented in the book is in the Core & Expanded Race Examples listing, as well as some more uncommon blocks as in Gnoll, Ogre, and Centaur is barely represented with unfilled stat blocks. The Examples and other stat block has misrepresented traits and poorly calculated totals, leaving to much page flipping and headaches.
The amount of options that are presented is adequate, but not inclusive of what has come before, for example Improved Low Light Vision or other basic traits.
Not a bad book by any means. Great for players, a bit of a headache for DMs who enjoy balancing races and abilities.