Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Combat (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Combat (PFRPG)
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A World of Battle!

From the brink of the Worldwound, where demonic hordes lay siege to the mortal realm, to the battlefields of Mendev and Nirmathas, where soldiers distinguish themselves as heroes of ideals, battle is a common part of life in the Inner Sea region. Whether practiced by virtuous crusaders, fierce gladiators, or daring scoundrels, skill with a blade and knowledge of when to use it can mean the difference between life and death. The secrets of battle might not be etched on altars or scribed in spellbooks, but they’re just as diverse and powerful as any magic—and just as available for bold heroes to claim!

Inner Sea Combat explores the role of combat in this vast and varied region. Within this book you’ll find:

  • A who’s who of the Inner Sea region’s deadliest martial masters.
  • Details on four types of martial training grounds—dojos, gladiatorial arenas, thieves’ guilds, and war colleges—along with rules for joining and honing one’s skills within such organizations.
  • Rules for several types of specialized or variant combat, including the secrets of the legendary Aldori swordlords, fighting styles particular to Golarion’s many faiths, gladiatorial combat, mastering monstrous mounts, and using technology in combat.
  • Two new cavalier orders—the order of the beast and the order of the guard—along with new context for each knightly order.
  • More than a dozen new archetypes for all manner of brave battlers, including the gun scavenger, the monk of the seven forms, the Shoanti burn rider, and the Tanglebriar demonslayer.
  • Two new prestige classes—the Pure Legion enforcer and the Ulfen Guard.
  • Dozens of new magic items guaranteed to protect combatants through the most brutal battles and transform even novices into masters of war.

Inner Sea Combat is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting but can easily be used in any fantasy game.

Written by Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, John Compton, and Thurston Hillman.
Cover Art by Yu Cheng Hong.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-598-3

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Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Inner Sea Combat

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Product-Pathfinder Campaign Setting-Inner Sea Combat
Producer- Paizo
Price- $20
TL; DR- A little long to keep me entertained. 77%

Basics- MORTAL COMBAT! Inner Sea Combat focuses on marital characters and how to build these characters and their world into your Pathfinder Game. The book starts by discussing nations and their interactions with martial characters. Next, the book adds feats and a discussion on how specialized martial characters function within the rules of Pathfinder. After specialization, the book moves to schools/guilds and rules to operate these in Pathfinder. From schools, the books present new prestige classes and archetypes for classes from barbarian to the rogue. The last section of the book focuses on magic items that specialized characters from this book might need.

Mechanics or Crunch-This books adds a bunch of ideas for a GM to add to his/her game, but the ideas are not ground breaking awesome that you would expect for hidden techniques grown on the mountain top monasteries of the world. The book adds lost arts that are the talk of many a hushed conversation, but when you look over the options, they might fit will in just a player line book. Also, the book adds schools and guilds. I don't hate the mechanics behind these, but I think the numbers are off. I think the DCs are too high and will likely make life very hard for anyone who wants to go after a school and not get kicked out. Some of the options are well done, but it's more diamonds in the rough then a constant flow. I did like the items that were added to this book. 3/5

Fluff or Story- I liked this the most in this book. The story provides lots of ideas for a GM to add to his/her game. I didn't like the distribution of focus in the world, though. There isn't much love for the pirates of the Shackles in terms of schools or options as well as a few other key areas. But, what is there are options it's well done. 4.5/5

Execution-I think this book suffers from a "textbook problem." This book has a few too many sections of just text that make the book less fun to read. It's not hard to read, but it does tend to drag on a bit. The book does have some nice new art to help make reading a bit easier, but the format makes things feel long. The text is not bad, just a bit of a drag. 4/5

Summary-I didn't hate this book, but it's not one of my favorites. The mechanics and the textbook nature of the 64 page format are just a little bit off making this book slightly drag on a bit. I would have preferred this to be a few shorter 32 page books focusing on monks, fighters, or some other class. I did like the story that this book adds to the world. Also, knowing who the best of the best fighters are can give the characters goals for whom to fight later. It's not a bad book, but just a bit long to keep me completely interested all the way through. 77%

Good, flavourful new options

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Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen.

One of the things I like best about a book like Inner Sea Combat is that it’s much easier to see immediate uses for the new options contained within. Pathfinder is a game with a lot of options—far more than most people can easily keep track of. While generic books like Ultimate Combat may contain many interesting abilities, they can quickly get lost in the deluge as they don’t have a context to make them stand out. But with the world-specific flavour that Inner Sea Combat offers, its options are instantly more recognizable. They make both the characters and the world more interesting. There are several things in here that I already want to introduce to my own games, and any game book that fills me with ideas is a good book, in my opinion.