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Here there be monsters!

What is a hero without monsters to vanquish? This 328-page book presents hundreds of different creatures for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this tome you'll find fire-breathing dragons and blood-drinking vampires, vile demons and shapechanging werewolves, sadistic goblins and lumbering giants, and so much more! Yet not all the creatures in this book are enemies, for some can serve lucky heroes as allies or advisors, be they summoned angels or capricious nymphs. And it doesn't stop there—with full rules for advancing monsters, adapting monsters to different roles, and designing your own unique creations, you'll never be without a band of hideous minions again!

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary is the must-have companion volume to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. This imaginative tabletop game builds upon more than 10 years of system development and an Open Playtest featuring more than 50,000 gamers to create a cutting-edge RPG experience that brings the all-time best-selling set of fantasy rules into the new millennium.

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary includes:

  • More than 350 different monsters
  • Dozens of monstrous variants to modify creatures and keep players on their toes
  • Numerous lists of monsters to aid in navigation, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
  • Extensive rules for creating effective and balanced monsters
  • Rules for advancing monsters by hit dice, template, or class level
  • Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks, defenses, and qualities like breath weapons, damage reduction, and regeneration
  • More than a dozen feats tailored especially for monsters
  • Suggestions for monstrous cohorts
  • Two dozen additional animal companions
  • More than a dozen different wandering monster encounter tables
  • ... and much, much more!

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Without Opponents, Combat Sure Wouldn't Be Much Fun!

5/5

Bestiaries are Pathfinder's version of the D&D Monster Manuals: reference books containing descriptions and stat-blocks for hundreds of new creatures for PCs to battle, bother, or befriend. They're not designed to be read cover to cover, but that's exactly what I did for this review. The Bestiary weighs in at 327 pages and contains (according to the back-cover) over 350 different monsters arranged in alphabetical order.

The book starts with a two-page Introduction, and it's actually worth reading because it explains what the (28!) different categories of information in a creature's stat block mean. It also introduces the the "Monster Icons" scheme, wherein each monster receives three different icons to visually denote its creature type, terrain, and climate. I like the idea of the icons, but I find them too small and similar to be useful, and I'm not interested in flipping back to page 5 too figure out what they mean. I'm happy just reading the corresponding entries in the stat block.

For monsters, we start with Aasimar on page 7 and run through until Zombie on page 289. This is what the book is all about, but it's a challenging thing to review as my notes are full of bits of scattered remarks about dozens of different monsters. As I can't figure out a coherent way to synthesize them, I'm going to take the unusual tack of just including them as a sort of impressionistic picture of what's in the book. Skim to the bottom for more of the review.

"A"

--aboleths are a lot tougher than CR might indicate!

--Not officially Golarion, but flavour in entries generally compatible

--backdoor cosmology with angels stuff

--really good write-up of Solar Angels

--Army Ant Swarms are pretty nasty!

--like archons--I've never really seen them used outside of summoning, when no RP is involved

--azatas: CG celestials

Bs

--cool how barghests become greater!

--bebiliths: wow, awesome art for an awesome creature!

--bugbear artwork is weird, but fascinating bit on "The Nature of Goblinoid Evil"

Cs

--creepy Choker

--good mixture of animals and various types of monsters

--a lot of classic ones, but some new ones (like chuul) as well

--like history of cyclops and flash of insight power

Ds

--dark folk and dark stalkers?!?! humanoid subtype with language--never heard of them...

--demons! Good, engaging, clear explanation

--don't argue with a balor demon!

--great stories for demons--quasit familiars taking master's souls!

--devils! emphasis on hierarchy

--a good variety of tough foes, with lots of HP and resistances

--great writeup of lemure devils

--fantastic artwork all the way through!

--Devourers are pretty nasty for their CR!

--too many dinosaurs!

--dragons! stat blocks are so long, there's very little description

--driders and drow: underused

E

--elementals

F

--familiar (no idea that was here!)

--froghemoth--really?

G

--gelatinous cubes are really dangerous!

--genies

--love Shaitan genie art

--ghosts: emphasis on story-based customization, 2 page spread

--Giants!

--fun gibbering mouthers artwork

--goblins

--golems

Hs

--half- templates

--occasionally the titles aren't the most intuitive: "Herd animal, bison" for example

--need full stats for combat-trained horses

Is

--intellect devourer--WTF!

Ks

--kytons are cool/creepy

Ls

--lamia artwork is regrettable

--lich: gotta have 'em!

--linnorms are nasty, especially curses and poison!

--lycanthrope template

Ms

--medusas, minotaurs, mimics--all the classics!

--mummy rot sure is nasty!

Ns

-- nagas look dumb

--neothelids are intriguing! need more

--nymphs have cool boons

Os

--Oni need better explanation

Ps

--good amount of player detail for pegasi

Rs

--rakhasa: a lot of potential in the right campaign

--retrievers are scary

--rust monsters!

Ss

--sea hag artwork is great! (and evil eye comatose ability!)

--shadows can be quite more lethal than CR

--touch ACs are so low because of artificial natural armor bonuses, making Alchemists and Gunslingers especially powerful

--shoggoths arent very scary for CR19

--skum have surprisingly interesting write-up

--giant slugs too goofy

Ts

--tarrasque: bad pic, underwhelming

--troglodyte pic is great!

Us

Vs

--vampires: elaborate template

--vargouille's kiss is nasty

Ws

Xs

--xills are awesome!

Zs

--zombie pic is hilarious

Hm, that was embarrassing. Sorry!

After the monster entries are a series of appendices, and these definitely add value to the book.

Appendix 1 is Monster Creation, and it offers a very thorough and clear guide to monster creation. There are a *lot* of moving parts to creating balanced monsters in Pathfinder, so this will take some time until you get the hang of it. Appendix 2 is Monster Advancement, and this is another important part of the book because it shows GMs how to adjust creatures in the book to make them more or less powerful by adding simple templates (like "Giant" or "Young") and by adding racial hit dice or class levels. Appendix 3 is the section of the book I use more than any other, and it's indispensable: Universal Monster Rules. In order to save space and avoid repetition in stat blocks, common monster abilities are fleshed out here: everything from Darkvision to Damage Reduction to Incorporeal and more. Only very, very experienced GMs should try to run creatures just from the stat blocks without remembering to double-check what their monster abilities do, precisely, in the Universal Monster Rules. The same appendix also contains creature Types and Subtypes, which are like packages of basic information that all creatures of a particular category, such as demons or animals, share. Again, this is to save space in stat blocks. Appendix 4 is very short, and provides some advice on Monsters as PCs. I've never used it. Appendix 5 is Monster Feats, though some PCs may actually legitimately use some of them like Craft Construct. If you notice that a monster has a feat you can't find in the Core Rulebook, that's probably because it's listed here. Appendices 6 and 7 list Monster Cohorts (for the Leadership feat) and Animal Companions (for druids and rangers), respectively. Appendices 8-12 are indexes that help a GM who is looking for monsters of a particular type, CR, terrain, etc. Really useful information that most people who just use online databases probably never realized was available. Finally, Appendix 14 contains Encounter Tables broken up by terrain. These include average CRs for an each table, but I still think it'd be foolish to actually roll on them: in a Hill/Mountain, region, for example, your PCs could run into CR 3 orcs or CR 12 fire giants. A party that is challenged by the former would be curb-stomped by the latter. Good random encounter table design needs to have a narrow range of CRs before they become feasible.

I'm not a huge monster guy like some people, but I definitely enjoyed reading the Bestiary and I learned a lot about the core monsters of the setting. I know there are five later books that expand the selection far more, but much of what I see in APs and PFS still draws from this book. Along with the Core Rulebook, it's safe to say that the Bestiary was one of the releases that helped to solidify Paizo's reputation as a company that publishes the highest calibre of RPG books in terms of writing quality, artwork, design, and layout. It's not indispensable since there are multiple websites that present the same information, but for ease of use (and the joy of skimming), the Bestiary is one of those books that every GM should have.


It all starts here babee

5/5

One only two books you require to jump in and play Pathfinder, it is the essential meat in the gaming stew. As important and the core rulebook is, it is nothing with out this work.

Expanded and tweaked off the OGL 3.x material, its cleaner, better organized and tweaked for the Pathfinder rules. Every hero needs a foe, every damsel in distress needs a captor, and every GM needs a source of badies to keep the group on their toes. You will find it all here, between these pages is years of destruction and mayhem.

No matter if you playing Pathfinders own setting, one of your own design and creation, or another publishers material, this is the must have companion to your CRB.


They need more monsters

5/5

not as useful as the advanced raced guide for the monsters you could play as it does have a lot. i own this and well do my best to keep it hidden from my players. they keep trying to make them fight dragons... they are lvl 5


great reference book

5/5

This book has all the monsters you would need on a starting campaine


The standard by which all monster products will be judged by.

5/5

By now, there are several Bestiaries out in print, but when this book first came out you arguably needed to own it to play the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Was it worth the purchase? Decide for yourself!

Crunch
When we talk about a book's crunch, we're looking at its game rules, mechanics, and similar stats. As a monster book, the Bestiary is 99% crunch, and for Paizo's first real Bestiary, it is absolutely fantastic. There isn't a whole lot you can really say about monster stat blocks; they work perfectly and there aren't any monsters that feel ridiculous for their challenge rating (CR). The book also includes several new races that are appropriate for player characters; in this book, we have aasimars, the tieflings, and drow, as well as the applicable but seldom appropriate deurgar, drow noble, and svirfneblin. The book stays true to the rules of its predecessors; when you look at a drow, you recognize it as a drow from previous games. Because of the significant power up that the core races received these classically "OP" races aren't very far out of line with your traditional player characrers, and as a result we don't see the Level Adjustment system in Pathfinder. If you're unfamiliar with the term, in older editions of Dungeons and Dragons, some races were deemed so powerful that you had to actually forgo class levels in order to be a member of the race. For example, if you wanted to play a drow, you had a LA of +1, meaning that your race counted as 1 class level when determining your party's level. This either meant you were more powerful than your friends or (and more commonly) your GM had you start at a lower level to compensate. And believe me, it is not fun to be a sorcerer of an LA race because of how far behind your party is! The racial benefits seldom made up for the loss of character levels and it was a pretty terrible mechanic all around, so good riddance.

Although the book's theme is classic monsters, Paizo manages to add its own spin on fantasy games by including weird and amazing monsters. A perfect example is the froghemoth, which is basically a giant aberrant frog-monster. As a huge Lovecraft fan, I was ecstatic to see monsters like the shoggoth creep up in Pathfinder as well. For a first Bestiary, the spread of monsters is well-chosen and you could definitely run a game with only this book if you really wanted to.

What probably amounts to the best change of all, in my opinion, is the changes to the rules for building your own monsters. These rules are difficult to comprehend and enact in other games, but the Paizo team does an excellent job of laying out step-by-step every detail in crafting your own monsters by including handy charts and tables. For a game that knew it wasn't launching with much material and that it wanted to be backwards-compatible with older products, it was a very wise choice to streamline monster-making as much as they did and its probably the best reason to keep a copy of Bestiary I in your library alongside future monster tomes. 5 /5 Stars.

Flavor
When we talk about a product's flavor, we're talking about its fiction content, its style, and its overall feel. This section is always very opinionated, because even though I whole-heartily enjoy Lovecraft and his works, there are those who don't like their minds thrust into insanity and the mere sight of a shoggoth or whatnot. When you read the Bestiary, the one thing that becomes very clear is that there simply is not much room for flavor. Most monsters get a paragraph and a half of descriptive text and a beautiful picture, but that's about it. Honestly, however, that's all this product needs. The monsters that are detailed are classic monsters, so the information provided about them tends to be enough that classic gamers can recognize the creature for what it is and new players can get a sense of wonder and learn enough about the monster to be on the same page with the veterans. The art is fabulous in this book and supplements the descriptions perfectly, even when the monster concept is weird text-wise a beautiful illustration helps to sell it to you personally.

The elephant in the room is that Pathfinder wants to have its own identity as much as it wants to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. This means that every so often the Paizo team completely re-imagines and redefines the traits of a specific monster. Usually this happens to a relatively unknown or under used monster (we'll talk more about this in Bestiary III), but there is one monster in particular that is relatively well-known and got the Paizo makeover in a big way. That monster, which has become Paizo's mascot of sorts, is the goblin. To give a little bit of background, traditionally goblins have admittedly lacked character; they were little more than evil halflings in most settings. Paizo's very first adventure path, Rise of the Runelords, shook this up by drastically changing the image of the goblin; they were now psychotic savages who were obsessed with fire and scared of dogs and horses. They sang Children of the Corn style songs about death and murder and often filled a role as comic relief in many of the adventures they have been featured in while simultaneously managing to inspire fear and terror in many a party. In my experience, you either love or you hate the new look of goblins. Many classic gamers that I've played with deplore the "new" goblin if only for the art design; big heads, small bodies. Honestly, however, it doesn't bother me much; my gaming generation includes Warcraft's techno-suicidal goblins and Warhammer's hordes of insane, suicidal goblins; next to those, Paizo's take on the goblin fits in rather nicely.

For being limited to several paragraphs of text per monster, the Bestiary gives you everything you'd expect and more flavor-wised. Its a book of monsters that feel threatening and believable; there's nothing too dumb or too far out there unless you're a hard-core medieval traditionalist. 5 /5 Stars.

Texture
When we talk about a book's texture, we're talking about its grammar and layout, among other things. As someone who has actually sat down to try and write a bestiary, let's be clear that if there's one thing I get, its that stat blocks are HARD. They're hard to format, they're hard to standardize, they're even hard to spell check because of the sheer amount of text that a book like the Bestiary has. All of its complex jargon, half of it made of surreal naming conventions. With all this mind, if there's one place that the Bestiary is amazing, its the texture. There is almost no errors of any kind in this document. Perfect grammar. Perfect spelling conventions. Perfect formatting. Everything is perfect.

As you can see in the picture I included, the Bestiary breaks from traditional monster books in that it limits one monster page, with only a few exceptions (mostly animals and familiars). There is extreme attention to detail in the text placement, and its very impressive that the book manages to be as descriptive as it is with as little space as it has; almost every monster is illustrated, after all, so not only are you juggling stat blocks, but you're also juggling them with text descriptions and illustrations. This book is a marvel of editing and layout and nothing less. 5 /5 Stars.

Final Score & Thoughts
Crunch: 5 / 5
Flavor: 5 / 5
Texture: 5 / 5
Final Score: 5 / 5

This book does everything right. It is the shining star by which all monster-based products should be judged. For a first attempt, Paizo smashes their monster book out of the park, past all expectations. It makes me excited to start looking at the future Bestiary products.


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Liberty's Edge

Brian E. Harris wrote:

Did I miss a promise somewhere that we'd have these books or PDFs before the release date?

I think it's great that things show up early, but to actually EXPECT them early because it's happened in the past?

Interestingly, the email that I received letting me know that my subscription copy was shipping says this:

Quote:
Note: The PDF for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (OGL) Hardcover will not be available until October 21.

I'm having a hard time understanding the anger here...

If anyone should be angry, I should. Paizo lied to me. They told me the PDF wouldn't be available until October 21.

My email says nothing about the 21st. That is the regular release date so yea maybe you should be mad since you were lied to.....or what ever.

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:
Cat-thulhu wrote:
...being in the US doesn't make you a higher priority subscriber does it?

Yes and no. Remember how I said that the automated queue is optimized based on how similar your package is to other people? Well, that includes shipping method and destination, and since we have more domestic subscribers than international subscribers, and larger groups tend to be handled first, domestic mailing groups tend to be processed before international groups, at least when it comes to parcels containing the same set of items.

That is to say, odds are good that domestic superscribers with no unusual items are probably going to be processed shortly before international superscribers with no unusual items, but international superscribers with no unusual items may be processed before domestic Chronicles-only subscribers with no unusual items. It's a complicated system, but it's *usually* pretty efficient.

thenorthman wrote:
...another suggesting perhaps for the subscriptions is to have an option for things to ship with your Core stuff

We only offer the option to hold for monthly shipments or monthly subscriptions—which right now means the Pathfinder Adventure Path. If we offered "Hold for Pathfinder RPG," nobody would get anything for several months between the screen and the GM Guide. And options like "hold for monthly shipment unless an RPG product arrives first" would complicate a *lot* of things, and I believe, increase the likelihood of problems.

Brian E. Harris wrote:

Interestingly, the email that I received letting me know that my subscription copy was shipping says this:

wrote:


Note: The PDF for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (OGL) Hardcover will not be available until October 21.

Hmm. We did delay the Core Rulebook PDF for the street date, but not the Bestiary. Sounds like Gary left some old code in there. I'll have him look into it.

DitheringFool wrote:
...I fall into the "nonstandard order bucket" since I have a
...

I do thank you for your time answering and clarifying on the weekend. DO not get me wrong I do appreciate everything that you guys do.

It would be nice to have known that the stuff was being held up because of other things in the shipment. I would of broke up those things and asked if they could just wait until Novembers shipment.

I guess I'll just be looking at my shipping options. DO not want to do the never wait for anything because I get a good discount from my local game store and could just get things as they come in there with a discount. And actually do not have to pay for shipping if I went that route. Yet you guys have said / mentioned that the subscribers do pay an important role in your production run and what not so am going that route to help a business I like. For sure the game store gets enough other business form me. IN fact I had worked there briefly as a second job over a Alaska Dividend through Christmas time while I was going to school and well the boss loved me because I spent more money there during this time frame than I made working there.

At any rate I think what set me off was that people were emailed saying that "here is what was going on, so what would you like us to do". Granted it came out later that this email was sent to specific people for specific reason that I didn't fall into.

It is also an unfortunate situation because I have been "selling" your subscription to some friends saying how great it was and etc. and then this happened. Think they were close to signing up but not now...oh well.

Sean


thenorthman wrote:

Isn't it one in ten people will actually complain about something if it is convenient to do so.

So there is probably quite a few more than you see posting in the boards.

Sean

I didn't mean to suggest there were few people affected by this issue. Just that some complaints seem to imply that Paizo has greater powers than they actually have and that several suggestions about what Paizo should have done are impossible for them to actually do in a reasonable manner.

I would suggest that the way Paizo handles the "Don't hold anything" works for 90% of situtations (when the schedules are roughly accurate and such) and 90% of orders in those situation are still being processed in the "best" manner possible given to Paizo and customers.

There is room for improvement, but right now, this seems to be much more akin to blaming Paizo for the heavy snow causing delivery delays. That they likely could find ways to prepare for this in the future, but from what I can tell of Paizo's comments, the suggestions of immediate reparations are just not feasible.

Liberty's Edge

If I order from Paizo The Beastary now that its in stock, how soon before it ships due to all the preorders going out first?

Liberty's Edge

Blazej wrote:
thenorthman wrote:

Isn't it one in ten people will actually complain about something if it is convenient to do so.

So there is probably quite a few more than you see posting in the boards.

Sean

I didn't mean to suggest there were few people affected by this issue. Just that some complaints seem to imply that Paizo has greater powers than they actually have and that several suggestions about what Paizo should have done are impossible for them to actually do in a reasonable manner.

I would suggest that the way Paizo handles the "Don't hold anything" works for 90% of situtations (when the schedules are roughly accurate and such) and 90% of orders in those situation are still being processed in the "best" manner possible given to Paizo and customers.

There is room for improvement, but right now, this seems to be much more akin to blaming Paizo for the heavy snow causing delivery delays. That they likely could find ways to prepare for this in the future, but from what I can tell of Paizo's comments, the suggestions of immediate reparations are just not feasible.

You mean they are not to blame for snow delays?!?!?!

They are so god like in everything else that they do! AP, Chronicles, Core RPG....

:O)

Sean


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Chris Ballard wrote:
Zaister wrote:
So this comes out before the Rulebook. Interesting. How very first edition :)
The core rulebook came out 2 months ago.

You do realize that I wrote this LONG ago when the books were first announced?


CapeCodRPGer wrote:
If I order from Paizo The Beastary now that its in stock, how soon before it ships due to all the preorders going out first?

CCRPGer:

Spoiler:
Hey, not to go off tangent, but are you physically on Cape Cod? I live in Sandwich, and I am always happy to see someone from the Cape who roleplays. If you are interested in discussing any type of meatspace game I can be reached at spamreef[at]hotmail[dot]com

Silver Crusade

thank you for the 9.99 pdf price!!!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

DitheringFool wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
DitheringFool wrote:
...I fall into the "nonstandard order bucket" since I have a subscription copy and an extra...so I expect to be somewhere is the second batch.
I should clarify that the two queues don't run sequentially—they can begin simultaneously, but the automated queue finishes much faster than the manual queue. Thus, folks at the front of the manual queue may actually be processed before folks at the back of the automated queue.
I'm a mathematician by training and a software developer by trade - this kind of complexity makes me giggle like a little girl

The scary thing is that I've only touched upon the true complexity of the system. Honestly, I don't think even Gary could fully describe how we prioritize orders in the manual queue without dissecting the code for half an hour.

Silver Crusade

Just got mine in the mail yesterday...very nice product!

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
The scary thing is that I've only touched upon the true complexity of the system. Honestly, I don't think even Gary could fully describe how we prioritize orders in the manual queue without dissecting the code for half an hour.

in the industry we call that programming for job security :)


DitheringFool wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
The scary thing is that I've only touched upon the true complexity of the system. Honestly, I don't think even Gary could fully describe how we prioritize orders in the manual queue without dissecting the code for half an hour.
in the industry we call that programming for job security :)

Is Gary's code documented and fully annotated? :)

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

woot I got my Bestiary today!!!! oh wait... that is a sears catalog...DOH!


Chris Ballard wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Shisumo wrote:
...July?
So this comes out before the Rulebook. Interesting. How very first edition :)
The core rulebook came out 2 months ago.

You replied to a couple messages that were posted ages ago... probably close to a year old (I'm too lazy to look). July was the originally scheduled release date for the Bestiary.

Liberty's Edge

I just want to say that I, too, am disappointed by not having my Bestiary - but that's just because I'm so excited to finally get my hands on it. In every service industry, things happen beyond the control of the "face" people, and it is those people who invariably take the flak for it afterward.

Paizo has kept me in some of the best gaming supplements I have ever found. I can hold out for another few days.

Paizo Employee Senior Software Developer

Vic Wertz wrote:
Hmm. We did delay the Core Rulebook PDF for the street date, but not the Bestiary. Sounds like Gary left some old code in there. I'll have him look into it.

Vic is correct. The PDF for the Bestiary is available to subscribers as soon as you receive your shipping email. You can disregard the 21st date.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

They're awake in Seattle. Hooray! Now pack my book please!

Can'twaitcan'twaitcan'twaitmuchlonger! I may explode soon!


I would just like to say thanks to the people at Paizo for being so helpful. It seems to me that the fact that they take time to answer so many questions here and be helpful actually backfires because people just complain more.

I know we're all hard core nerds here people, but just relax and read some of the items you already have on your shelves. I know I have not read more than 50% of what I have already bought and received!

I myself am waiting for the Bestiary for a campaign I just started, but another week or two of conversions isn't going to kill me.


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Dark Archive

carborundum wrote:

They're awake in Seattle. Hooray! Now pack my book please!

Can'twaitcan'twaitcan'twaitmuchlonger! I may explode soon!

Actually you will have to wait till they close out and actually ship out the packages at around 5PM Pacific Time. So you may have a few hours to go before the pdf is unlocked.


Groetus wrote:
I would just like to say thanks to the people at Paizo for being so helpful. It seems to me that the fact that they take time to answer so many questions here and be helpful actually backfires because people just complain more.

I agree... and time spend answering these questions again and again is also (probably) time that paizo people can't spend sending the actual packages we are waiting for...

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

Then I'll just hold my breath til it ships. That'll teach them!


If no one ever points out a deficiency, or issue, then nothing is ever done about it, and it continues to happen. My order specifically states "Never Hold Anything". I understand that Paizo sent out an email to those subscribers like me that have multiple subscriptions, and that very option. I never received the email, as many others on here have stated. If the email had been sent there would be no long post.

I agree Paizo has outstanding customer service. I am not posting this to complain, it is constructive criticism, to help them eliminate an issue. (Well maybe I'm complaining a little, as I want the book in the worst way). Lisa posted that she was going to check and find out if the email went out, and if not why and resolve it. I can live with that. I still haven't had my book shipped.


i lie in my bed
totally still
my eyes wide open
i'm in rapture
i don't believe this...

did i get my book?!? no, i'm listening to sugarcubes to pass the time

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

I should change my name to mud :-)

I checked my bank account every morning, today there seemed ... seemed... to be enough on my credit card to cover the shipment. So I finally get an email from customer service and I think "Hooray!"

Then I read it and see there's insufficient funds. Maybe Aberzombie isn't the only victim of this conspiracy!

Luckily my girlfriend's card had more room on it :-) Now I'll wait politely until they can release my order. Hopefully by the time I wake up.


Got my copy. Very happy about this.

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Mikhaila Burnett 313 wrote:
Got my copy. Very happy about this.

Your physical copy or pdf?


In Holland we're still waiting untill the joyieus moment when my gameshop receives the copies so I can get mine... sob


Aristarco Giuliano Rivalta wrote:
In Holland we're still waiting untill the joyieus moment when my gameshop receives the copies so I can get mine... sob

You think you're sad. I'm a subscriber, and still haven't had mine shipped.

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scranford wrote:
Aristarco Giuliano Rivalta wrote:
In Holland we're still waiting untill the joyieus moment when my gameshop receives the copies so I can get mine... sob
You think you're sad. I'm a subscriber, and still haven't had mine shipped.

Ditto!


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Just got mine this afternoon (3 O'clock eastern US time). So hopefully yours are coming soon.

Edit: To be clear, I just got my PDF, not hard copy.

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scranford wrote:
Aristarco Giuliano Rivalta wrote:
In Holland we're still waiting untill the joyieus moment when my gameshop receives the copies so I can get mine... sob
You think you're sad. I'm a subscriber, and still haven't had mine shipped.

At this rate Holland will probably get the physical copies before we get our pdfs.

So I think to occupy my time I will re-stat the Nixie from the Bonus Bestiary to reflect the powers of the Skum, which I will then re-stat into the legendary Kuo-Toa.

Horse + Medium Fire Elemental = Nightmare.

The Dire Tiger/Allip from the preview/bonus bestiary will now work as a Displacer Beast. The Greater Shadow + Stirge both from preview II to become used to create the stat block for a Shadow Demon and the Zombie from the first preview stated up and modified to help build both Lich and Vampire stat blocks.

I might even just use one modified set of zombie stats for both the lich and vampire and not tell my players the difference.

Now I just need to combine a few of the creatures from the 2 free previews/bonus bestiary to get the stats working for a Ginormous Fiendish Gelatinous Cube.
I'm thinking of cross combining the stats of a Elder Water elemental (prev II), a Ghoul (prev II), Bearded Devil (prev II) and the Zombie (prev I) to get the thing up to PFRPG speed.
Let me know what you guys think.


I have yet to get a shipping e-mail, and as can be seen, I too am a subscriber.

So I hope to see it soon!

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WOOT just found out my closest FLGS is getting it in on friday. I'll have it then.


PDF? Today it says.


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Yep. I was kinda hoping to get the subscriber PDF before it went on general sale. *kicks at the annoyingly delayed items in my subscriptions*


Sorry for this dummy question but is there a date for the physical version for the Bestiary ? I want to mean, OK the pdf is available today, but what about the hardcover ?


*checks e-mail*

Ah, well. Tomorrow's another day.

*waits*

*waits some more* :-)


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The Bestiary has an Add to Cart button at the top of the page, so it looks to me like you can order it right now if you want to. It's just the PDF that's still not out for public sale.


Paul Ryan wrote:
The Bestiary has an Add to Cart button at the top of the page, so it looks to me like you can order it right now if you want to.

It seems Ok for me but the strange thing is that the shop where I buy all my Paizo product doesn't know when they're going to receive the hardcover Bestiary (in France).


woop!

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Thanks for the excellent price tag for the PDF. Highly appreciated by us poor oversea customers.

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YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
couldnt wait for my hard copy to get to flgs, so just bought pdf. its downloading right now. my druid will be so happy! got to go now.


Auxmaulous wrote:
Mikhaila Burnett 313 wrote:
Got my copy. Very happy about this.
Your physical copy or pdf?

Physical. *does a happy dance*

I'm in the East Bay in NorCal FWIW.

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Oh well... I've my dead tree KQ to tide me over. Needs more OGL content though.

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Paul Ryan wrote:
Yep. I was kinda hoping to get the subscriber PDF before it went on general sale. *kicks at the annoyingly delayed items in my subscriptions*

Same boat here, and it is a bit disheartening. However, I'm sure the Bestiary PDF will be available to us loyal subscribers very soon! ***crosses fingers, toes, and tentacles***


Paul Ryan wrote:
Yep. I was kinda hoping to get the subscriber PDF before it went on general sale. *kicks at the annoyingly delayed items in my subscriptions*

Yeah, seriously.

I'm pretty patient when it comes to stuff like this and usually as long as I get my PDF copy I can wait until I get the physical one in my hand. But non-subscribers can download the PDF today and if I hit my LGS and the physical copy is on the shelf before I get access to my PDF I'm gonna be really annoyed.

But whatever as long as I get it before my November Items ship. I dont want to be hit with a HUGE frickin bill all at once because Paizo ships my stuff late. THAT might drive me over the edge.


James:

I noticed that while Angels, Devils, Demons, Giants, Dragons, and some other groups of monsters were clustered together that Hags got spread out through-out the beastiary. Given that hags are often encountered as a covey comprised of each of the 3 variants, I would think that they would have been grouped together to reduce page-flipping and improve ease of reference.

What was the reasoning behind spreading them out as opposed to grouping them, particularly when it seems like attention was given to grouping other related monsters?


Just d/l pdf, waiting for the strat to get a hard copy in.

Looks great!

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