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I've been playing Pathfinder for over two years now and am loving it. I've bought most of the books, and have a lot of gaming supplies already, but I know that there is always room to improve on my game. I've seen a lot of different DMing styles, and a lot of groups using a wide assortment of different things to help their game. I wanted to start a discussion about what products from Paizo, be they Pathfinder specific or GameMastery, etc, could your group not do without. I'm sorta hoping it'll guide me to my next purchase to improve my game.

I'm not talking about the Campaign Setting, core books, Ultimate guides, etc, as I know these are all solid and can make a huge impact on the type of game some groups experience. I'm talking about the lesser known or advertized products.

For my group, I know we'd be up a creek if it weren't for our wet erase battlemat from Chessex. But almost equally so the Combat Pad and Critical Hit/Fumble decks. I also bought a full set of the Spell Templates, but haven't once pulled them out and used them during a game.

Also, are there any Player Companion products (i.e. Faiths of Purity, etc) that have made a significant impact in your group?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Are your games set in Golarion?


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

My games are typically one of the adventure paths, yes, though we occasionally play a home brew for a few months for a change of pace. The only three adventure paths we've not run yet as a group are the most recent two and Council of Thieves.


Not sure of what specific products I'd want to see added, but in general for games as crunchy as Pathfinder anything that makes the DM's job easier is a good thing. Paizo already has the adventure area covered well. But other items to reduce adventure and encounter prep time or allow for more on-the-fly items.

They could use more sample NPCs/Villains, either like in Gamemastery Guide or card form.

I can imagine a wide array of possibilities for PC/tablet electronic tools that could benefit any game.

L


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

The faiths books although great (and i do recommend them) i wouldn't call them must have books, unless you are having the paladin issue quite often, then the faiths of purity (or corruption for antipaladin) is quite mandatory.


I WANT A PATHFINDER SPEC. EDT. LEATHERBOUND RULEBOOK!.

WHY DONT THE PAIZO PEOPLE START A KICKSTARTER; FOR A SPECIAL EDITION LEATHERBOUND PATHFINDER RULEBOOK.

JUST LIKE THEY DID FOR D&D 3.5.

Shadow Lodge

Core Rulebook
Bestiary 1
Bestiary 2
Bestiary 3
Tome of Horrors Complete
Advanced Player's Guide

Grand Lodge

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

I used to be a huge fan of he Chessex maps, until I discovered the original tact-tiles at MidSouthCon a few years back. Dry erase boards are so much nicer!

Then I discovered the Flip-Mats at GenCon. I won't ever go back to a wet erase map again.

TL;DR: Ditch the Chessex map and get some Flip-Mats.

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2015

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

If your group goes for third-party content, we make the best stuff.

Dark Archive

Hero Lab is well worth the money if you take the time to get familiar with the program. Use it as a GM to keep track of buffs and Initiative order, among other things. As a player you can build and 'validate' PC's quickly. Invaluable at my game table.

Star Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
martryn wrote:

I've been playing Pathfinder for over two years now and am loving it. I've bought most of the books, and have a lot of gaming supplies already, but I know that there is always room to improve on my game. I've seen a lot of different DMing styles, and a lot of groups using a wide assortment of different things to help their game. I wanted to start a discussion about what products from Paizo, be they Pathfinder specific or GameMastery, etc, could your group not do without. I'm sorta hoping it'll guide me to my next purchase to improve my game.

I'm not talking about the Campaign Setting, core books, Ultimate guides, etc, as I know these are all solid and can make a huge impact on the type of game some groups experience. I'm talking about the lesser known or advertized products.

While I cannot call them "must-haves" I REALLY like the GameMastery Condition Cards as they are extremely useful and I love that it's four sets so you can hand out to multiple players. I want to get the Buff deck as well, for similar reasons. I enjoy the crit and fumble decks, though I don't consider them necessary.

I also like a lot of the flip mats and map packs and subscribed for awhile before I realized I had more than I knew what to do with. Again I wouldn't say must-haves but they're extremely well designed and if you at least have a way to organize them so the one you need is in easy reach, they can save a lot of time.

My one "must have" at this point is not a Paizo product, but the Combat Manager program by Kyle Olson. Having that running on my laptop makes running combats and looking up certain rules makes things go infinitely faster and easier that I wouldn't do without if at all possible.

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For my group, I know we'd be up a creek if it weren't for our wet erase battlemat from Chessex. But almost equally so the Combat Pad and Critical Hit/Fumble decks. I also bought a full set of the Spell Templates, but haven't once pulled them out and used them during a game.

I like the idea of the spell templates, but I'd rather buy some cheap rod and make some myself than spend the big bucks for them.

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Also, are there any Player Companion products (i.e. Faiths of Purity, etc) that have made a significant impact in your group?

I don't use them myself as a rule, although I did pick up the Adventurer's Armory. I imagine after Ultimate Equipment comes out, though, that will be my equipment go to book for extra stuff.

Star Voter 2015

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I need an Artificer class, Pathfinder style. Not a prestige class but a full 20 levels of Artificer goodness. A guy can dream can't he?

Silver Crusade

Argyele Blackmoor wrote:

I WANT A PATHFINDER SPEC. EDT. LEATHERBOUND RULEBOOK!.

WHY DONT THE PAIZO PEOPLE START A KICKSTARTER; FOR A SPECIAL EDITION LEATHERBOUND PATHFINDER RULEBOOK.

JUST LIKE THEY DID FOR D&D 3.5.

You mean, like my collector 1st edition rulebook ?

Liberty's Edge

Condition cards
Buff cards
Critical Hit cards
Critical Fumble cards

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015

BUY ALL OF THE THINGS!!!

Seriously though, I really enjoy the Critial Hit Deck. Makes combat a lot more interesting.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Aaron Scott 139 wrote:
I need an Artificer class, Pathfinder style. Not a prestige class but a full 20 levels of Artificer goodness. A guy can dream can't he?

Go to Pathfinderdb.org. You'll find 3 there, and another at the D20pfsrd.org site. Out of those four you should find something that works for you. If you use the fourth, you should probably buy the product it comes from.

Liberty's Edge

HeroLab and d20Pro...My group has been using our laptops for character tracking for years now, and we just recently started using HeroLab and d20Pro while playing at my place. It makes a HUGE difference not having to lug all the books, battlemats, flip mats, minis, etc, etc all over the place.

d20Pro is simple to use, and once you get the hang of inputting maps, the game becomes a snap. Use the Fog of War to keep your players from seeing anything you don't want them to see. Also, the software keeps track of EVERYTHING...

Also, if you can't all get together in the same location, it's a snap to set up a game at a time of your choosing. Use a voice chat program, and it's nearly as good as sitting together in the same room.

Finally, if you don't all want to invest in those two programs, you can buy one Judge License for d20 pro (which comes with 2 guest slots), one player can log-in with the Judge's Player License, and then you only need player Licenses for the rest of the group. Split the cost among everyone and it isn't too bad. Also, you can all chip in for HeroLab and just build characters on one PC. Then you export into d20Pro and GO.

If you just want hard-copy products, I recommend the Critical Hit and Miss decks (we also use those...as Android apps)!

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