I've been scouring the rulebook and message boards for an answer and couldn't find one, at least not directly. If this has been asked before, please point me to the correct thread.
In 3.5, the skill points given out for starting characters was inflated over the normal second level ((Int + 4) * 4 versus Int + 4). I have not found anything special for new characters in Pathfinder. Does that mean that starting skill points are the normal leveling skill points?
I did catch the rule about the maximum skill ranks being the number of hit dice. I also caught the one about taking a rank in a class skill automatically gives you a 3 point kicker.
So again, the question: do starting characters get a special total in skill ranks?