One of the projects that I've come to call my own during my time at Paizo is our Pathfinder Reference Document (or PRD for short). This project has been passed around and improved by different folks over the years, including our System Administrator Lissa Guillet, who was responsible for past incarnations of our global indices features. I'm proud to say that the formation of our Community team means that we now have Liz Courts championing for more useful improvements and features for GMs and players alike. Her first new feature, the Bestiary Index is ready for you to use in your own games!
I've always been a big proponent of using technology to make your game run smoother, and so I put some of my old class skills to use. As some of you may have noticed during our latest update, some portions of the PRD got a bit of an improvement—most specifically the Bestiary and Spell List Indexes. More than just an alphabetical listing now, the new Bestiary Index now allows you to sort by Challenge Rating (including highlighting CRs based on the calculated APL), creature type and subtype, climate and terrain, size, and also a quick way to find companions, character races, cohorts, and familiars. (I also threw in the Template Index as well.) For the Spell List Index, there was a lot of data corrections (not to mention that the bloodrager and shaman spell lists are now completely listed), and there's now an option to filter your results by a spell's school.
I'm not done hammering out some improvements to help you find the information you need to run your game or select options for your character—I'm just getting started! Keep your eyes out for a few other "free-tures" in our coming updates!
Happy gaming, and may your next crit confirm!
Our next round of PRD updates will include both Pathfinder Unchained and Occult Adventures. And as always, if you find any issues or have ideas for the Pathfinder Reference Document, let us know here!
Community & Digital Content Director