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Is it feasible to DM a PF game with only the core book and SRD?


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I'd like to run an adventure path.


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Then I'd suggest getting the adventure path too. =^.^=

Joking aside, yes it is quite feasible. I've done it.


Sure. Just make some notes if you come across new features.


yes honestly you dont even need srd


That is more than enough.

Shadow Lodge

I'd wager there are people who do it with only the SRD.


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It's the core book, everything you need. Personally, I like having a hard copy of the Bestiary, but you don't need it.


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Core Book isn't always enough, like if you encounter a monster that's only in Bestiary 2 or something. (The stats are *not* always reproduced)

That being said, it's all in the SRD.


Hiya

Mechalibur wrote:

Core Book isn't always enough, like if you encounter a monster that's only in Bestiary 2 or something. (The stats are *not* always reproduced)

That being said, it's all in the SRD.

And that being said, you don't actually even need a Bestiary...just use the time honored DM skill of "MSU" (make stuff up). :)

^_^

Paul L. Ming


LOL. SRD only I want the books I have a few of the pdf files but they are harder to look stuff up in.

Sczarni

LOL. I didn't even know the SRD existed. I was running with just the Core and the Beasty 1. Glad I came here and was pointed to the SRD though. It helps a bit... but no, its not needed to have fun. You can have fun with just a ball. You don't need a bat. Though it does allow for definite game changes.


Yep.

In fact, just the PRD will do.

But the books are gorgeous and more fun to read.


If you're running an AP I'd suggest getting the bestiaries that it references as well. You'll save a lot of time and frustration by having the book at the table over having to wait for the SRD to load webpages.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

I merged the threads on this topic.


wargamer wrote:
If you're running an AP I'd suggest getting the bestiaries that it references as well. You'll save a lot of time and frustration by having the book at the table over having to wait for the SRD to load webpages.

Not to take away Paizo's sales, but you could just print off the monsters you expect to use.

OTOH, I really like having pictures to show the players. The Bestiaries are nice.


Pre-PF I hated the idea of playing with a laptop at the table, but honestly now the SRD/PRD is pretty much the *only* thing I ever use except for campaign setting specific stuff. It's too convenient not to with the search bar and all.

Grand Lodge

Yup, that's all you need, although I'd honestly keep the APG around too, but Im biased mainly because most of my favorite stuff comes out of there. But yeah, its super feasible.


SRD?

Sorry, I'm new here.


System Reference Document. The old D&D 3.5 on-line rules.

Core rulebook and PRD are plenty good enough. It's what I use.


I would recommend having laptops in the players' hands as well. You want them to be able to look up spells and skills and various specific rules on other peoples' turn to make combat smoother. The GM in my group (currently me but not always) usually does not have the core rulebook in his hands.


The PRD has the entire ultimate line, the GMG and all three bestiarys, so yes. You can run with as little or as many rules as you like without having to worry about being confused by any new content in the APs.


I played for a few adventures a while back with only the core book but that was almsot two years ago now. It did work fine.


I pretty much only use the PRD. The books are their for when I play.

It's weird. I only want the PRD for GMing, but I want a hard book I can sit back and enjoy when I play.


It works more than fine... With some groups it is even a BETTER way than owning umpteen books, as having too many races and classes can sometimes limit peoples imagination rather than firing it....

The key is to remember that in RPGs, the limit is your imagination , not necessarily what the flavour test (or even the "rules") say.

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