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I'm just going to say, this is one of my favorite books of LO behind Mwaangi Expanse (we love you Anadi!). Ill just list what I love the most about it.

1. The shops: They are memorable, unique, and best of all, can be plopped into just about any location with a quick change of ownership. This book is great for anyone looking for ready to roll NPCs and gear. From a plant that sells rings to a chic clothing boutique there's so much to play with in this book.

2. Poppets: I wasn't sure at first but really its a fun ancestry that if played correctly could lead to some seriously entertaining games. Clockwork, ghosts, and childrens wishes? Sounds like one hell of a good time.

3. The wholesomeness: While I love myself a good drama or adventure story there so many wholesome characters in this book, like the home for wayward familiars, the gnome who wants to extend the happiness to people undergoing bleaching, the half orc mechanic that wants to help fix your machine and your heart, and the ice queen with a soft spot for trans people. Most of the time in these books its like every single NPC is secretly working for a dark organization or under the thrall of vile monster and its nice to see so many people who just enjoy their jobs and owning shops in the weirdest place in the world.

4. Gear: There is great gear in this book, a lot of weird but a lot of useful stuff as well. Each shop has gear themed to what it sells. A ton of potential all around from magic food to new weapon runes. Even a decent wooden shield for those defense minded druids out there. My favorite item by far is the wig of holding and I can see myself being an alchemist chucking bombs out of my hair.

5.Inclusivity: I missed out on what I assume was a torrent of negative comments about this book but I want to say that this is by far one of my favorite parts of this book. The rules for wheelchairs, visual and audio aides, and prosthesis are amazing and implemented in a way that make it extremely accessible for adventurers. I WANT my players to be able to see themselves as heroes in PF without it being a penalty. Additionally, the LGBT content is wonderful. I never thought I would ever see someone like me represented in a mainstream TTRPG product, and in a positive light too! I was overjoyed to see that there was a lot of trans characters in this book and they weren't portrayed as weird or unnatural, just people living their lives. It was odd at first but then I thought...if you wanted to find your true self you would head to the city at the center of the world to find answers.

Overall, I highly recommend this book for any DM and if you are a player that likes flavorful gear and living toy ancestries this is for you.

PS: I almost forgot the wrestler, HOW WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO BE A LUCHADORE?


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keftiu wrote:

The lore.

From the outside looking in for most of 1e, Pathfinder seemed like Yet Another D&D Setting, albeit one that sometimes reveled in pushing the envelope for edginess beyond what WotC would ever touch. I finally hopped aboard with the transition to 2e, and am now a big Golarion lore nerd! The pivot to a more nuanced and inclusive house style is a huge appeal, and large swathes of the setting are actually really, really compelling - though I’m never going to like Golarion goblins.

I'll agree, they have really made the setting their own and while I really really disliked PF1 (I had a bad time DMing 3.5) this has been a complete turn around for me in terms of well....everything! Mechanics are fresh and tight while still allowing depth, lots of options, etc. The biggest thing for ME however is the act of being inclusive without making a big deal out of it (looking at you WotC), which makes me feel like I am welcome in this game. The art shows people of all colors regardless of theme and location. There are places that aren't just fantasy Africa, they have a unique identity that is respectful of the source material. The fact that when casually reading about NPCs in the beginner box and its supplements you come across gay couples and nonbinary folk is amazing, plus there was a main class character that is trans (shaman if I recall)! Im loving the openness of the game itself and its something I have NEVER encountered in an RPG product.


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Shirren_Human_Expert wrote:
thank you! That makes a lot of sense now. I've never heard to them referred to as wave casters so I was very confused! I'll file them under warlock in the DnD part of my brain while I figure out how to do PF2

They're really not Warlock. Warlock is the thing that PF2 doesn't have yet, but that I (and at least a few others) are eagerly awaiting - a primary caster who's not heavily tied to daily slots. They're a lot closer to half-casters, like the Paladin or Ranger. Actually, the 5e paladin with its whole smite schtick is in many ways parallel to the magus - fightery, but not as fightery as the fighter, and makes up the difference by burning a limited pool of spell slots to buff their attacks for burst damage.

The Magus is cooler, and their mechanics are more interesting, but that's PF2 for you.

I have so much to learn! This game rocks


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I really really really want to see a new setting book. Mwangi Expanse was such a cool book. My #1 hope is something about Tian Xia, its a setting ripe to get an expansion and one that could really do with cleaning up on the cultural end. Alternatively I would also love to see something with Arcadia since its such a fun and odd fantasy setting. No need for classes, just lots of fun new Heritages and lore lore lore!


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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:

Drow have issues due to their backstory and history (as related via AP and PF1 lore) as a coded dog-whistle for bigots. Almost always evil, bodily horror/control issues, skin pigmentation, etc

always evil and skin aside, what on earth is mutilation and body horror a dog whistle for?
Ablism and shaming of those whose bodies don't conform to the normative standard, mostly. Also lifestyles that involve altering their bodies, such as tattoo enthusiasts, or those who have tattooing or similar bodily modification as part of their culture.

Not to mention the "traditional" idea of Drow being matriarchal and inherently bad because of it (oh noes, the men aren't allowed to be vote because they're men!) fulfilling a boogeyman role for misogynists.


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As a huge fan of the Anadi I would like to see more monstrous races that just want to be friends with everyone. Its easy to be edgy and grim but something genuinely heartwarming like Spider people that want to give big hugs is something I want more of. We can still have Golarion be a perilous place full of adventure but at least we can have a happy go lucky ancestry of people that want to make it a better place.

Also I want to run a game where every player is a shapeshifter or "half-something" (ie halfelves who wear cowls or tieflings who cover up their horns) type ancestry and all of them are pretending to be humans and ALL players think that the other players do not know their secret. It would be hilarious. "why hello fellow human, I also like cheese and putting things in my mouthflaps" So we need more shapeshifter type ancestries.


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please do some PDFs on sale (Crazy right?) I have a cart with like 14 old 1E pathfinder society adventures I need for "research" ie idea stealing purposes.


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I'd love to see a return in some form of my favorite class from 4th edition DnD, the Avenger! It was essentially a holy rogue. Basically its a lightly armored 2h wielder that had some nifty holy tricks up their sleeves and light healing. Its very close to the monk but I can see it really differentiated with spells.


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The Raven Black wrote:
AoN

I'll assume they're a newbie (like me!) so they may not know the shorthand for the Archive of Nethys, which has tons of monster stats, feats, and info but lacking the....finesse of a book (Im a librarian so I'm biased).

Follow this link, its a great resource for starting GMs and veterans alike. https://2e.aonprd.com/


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Hi! Im a long time DM, albeit a rusty one, of games like DnD and I am just DYING to play some sort of game of PF2 set in Tian Xia (I've recently discovered a love of Xianxia and Wuxia content). The setting seems so rich and varied with a ton of untapped potential (please give it the Mwangi Expanse treatment!).

I've gotten hold of the Dragon Empires Primer and Gazetteer (the primer is sadly redundant) and I was wondering which of the adventure paths would be a good place to mine for information about making adventures in the Dragon Empires? I have no interest in actually playing the adventures themselves I just want a decent amount of information to help me make the setting work and have some life to it. It seems like Jade Regent 4-6 would be a good start as well as Fist of the Ruby Phoenix but I'm not quite ready to drop money on books that aren't going to give me setting information. Im new to the AP system so I am not sure how much content is in any given book.

What would you suggest?


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Minkai now has baseball in my new headcanon. Theres nothing at all in any official publication about it but I'm making this mine.

Each daimyo can have his personal team and instead of engaging in battle when someone is slighted they have baseball games. Winner retains his honor. This is a relic of the Dragon Empire when it would have been disruptive to have factions fighting each other for no particular reason. Each team captain can be a retired Samurai. This would also provide a welcome diversion to the populace who are unhappy with the state of politics in their nation.


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I'll take the Mwangi Expanse treatment for Tian Xia please! Ive been dying to get a fleshing out of that regions thats also culturally appropriate. Theres so much potential in that setting to do so much! Wuxia, Xianxia, and splash of Kurasawa would be so much fun.


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PossibleCabbage wrote:
I want as much information on spider friends as I can get.

More spider friends is best.

I'd love to run a game where everyone is Anadi but thinks everyone else is human, leading to some very awkward and fun roleplaying full of friendship and caring (also if there was ONE human they would probably just be freaking out the whole time)


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And here I thought someone was referring to me with this title *ba dum tiss*

I can easily see them trying to give the players a cleaner baseline to work with and then if you so choose you can add in such things yourself (really you can ALWAYS do this, no one at Paizo is forcing you to play it like this). It integrates well into their focus on consent based gaming. They provide you with the clean family friendly version and based on your group you are allowed to Saucy it up to your liking.


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Im a brand new customer here and I recently started buying A LOT of products this summer (like....all the Starfinder books and a chunk of PF2e) when I heard all the good things about this company "appearing" to be this extra inclusive and queer friendly place well before it was popular. Honestly it seemed like a dream come true for my little queer trans heart to have an RPG that wanted ME as a customer and represented it in their content. I used to have an indifferent attitude to pathfinder because of my bad experiences GMing 3.5 DnD (I was one of the weirdos that liked 4th, don't judge me!) but the content and inclusivity of the writers seemed like a pretty solid choice to me, plus they were high quality to boot! I've been playing TTRPGs since my adolescence in the early 90s and I wanted a company that was looking forward in its development instead of being locked into nostalgia and cultural stagnation and Paizo fit the bill.

For example...

Pathfinder 2e decided to take evil out of races, talks about pronouns and even preventing triggering people during game play! Starfinder's starter characters are gay and NPCs use they/them! Heck even their official starfinder game on youtube had pronouns listed! Their art features lots of people of color! It was co-founded by a woman! So how can this company be....like this?

I only found out about this last week. I don't know what to think really and I am highly dismayed. It looks like the majority of the people who work there are pretty cool and its a management problem and I can see why a lot of people are crushed by this (me included), especially after investing hundreds of dollars into products. I don't want to reward a company that is doing bad things to their employees. But I also don't want to punish those amazing inclusive and queer friendly employees either, as I thoroughly enjoy their products. So what now? I haven't had a single game in yet and theres so much I want to do despite the sour taste in my mouth.

Could you please stop being evil Paizo? I want you to have my money.


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keftiu wrote:
GameDesignerDM wrote:

I would absolutely love an Adventure Path set entirely in Tian Xia that is a full 1-10 (or 1-13, or whatever) that has big wuxia adventure vibes and maybe hits places like Quain, the Wall of Heaven, Shokoro, and Goka. Maybe something dealing with stuff related to Lung Wa? Something cool like that.

And, of course, I'm one of the many clamoring for a Jalmeray or Impossible Kingdoms AP.

We have two Impossible Lands APs coming! One in Alkenstar, one in Geb.

I'm loudly seconding another AP in Tian Xia... not just because it would probably mean we have playable Samsarans.

Im going to second this, I/m new to pathfinder and Tian Xia seems like such a cool location and I demand more of it!