Pathfinder Companion: Dwarves of Golarion (PFRPG)

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Born ages ago in lightless caverns, the dwarves surged upward in pursuit of a divine prophecy, driving the feral orcs before them until they reached the surface world in the fabled Quest for Sky. Now established with their own lands and customs, the dwarves work their forges, sing songs of legendary heroes, brew signature beers, and wage war against evil humanoids and hideous monsters.

    Inside this Pathfinder Companion you’ll find:
  • Details on the dwarves of Golarion—where they live, what they eat, how they dress, and their ideas about work and war.
  • New combat feats for dwarven fighting styles.
  • History of the dwarven people.
  • Descriptions of the Five Kings Mountains, the oldest and most stable dwarven homeland.
  • Obscure magic of the dwarven gods.
  • Spells for ancestral communication, warding, and surviving the Darklands.
  • New character traits.
  • Game stats for three dwarf NPCs, suitable for hirelings or cohorts.

Written by David Eitelbach, Russ Taylor, JD Wiker, Keri Wiker, and Hank Woon

Each bimonthly 32-page Pathfinder Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume’s theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for social, magic, religious, and combat-focused characters, as well as a persona section detailing helpful NPCs and traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-204-3

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Dwarves!!!

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These aren't your progenitor's Dwarves, these are Golarion Dwarves! While fairly traditional in places the Dwarves of Golarion outlined in this fine book are a lively and well-written bunch. Several different subcultures are provided, along with an incredibly rich backstory for the world since before the Quest for Sky. The content is superlative as always. A new weapon, some feats and a lot of social and cultural information. Highly recommended!


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Gossamer72 wrote:
when is this gonna ship?

According to the online schedule, it is in stock now, and thus is probably in the queue for subscribers.


I got my PDF today in fact..!

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Mine shipped today. Yay!

Sczarni

I just got it right now. My first PDF from my first Paizo subscription yay.


I will be honest, this is the first time thus far that I am left completely underwhelmed and unimpressed by a Pathfinder manual, purely talking about layout and illustration. I have just browsed it quickly because the new adventure path issue completely got my attention but the artwork I have seen looks almost amateurish. Hopefully it will raise the level with content, I will definitely go through it with proper attention. On a side note, even "Infernal Syndrome" has its share of (please forgive me the term) mediocre illustrations from what I have seen. I wouldn't mind if I was not used to spectacular works like those in Legacy of Fire (or even the previous issues of Council btw).


Any date for the PDF availability ?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Seldriss wrote:
Any date for the PDF availability ?

January 13.


25 days until I can find out what the Dwarven traits are? Crap in a hat!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Beek Gwenders of Croodle wrote:
I will be honest, this is the first time thus far that I am left completely underwhelmed and unimpressed by a Pathfinder manual, purely talking about layout and illustration. I have just browsed it quickly because the new adventure path issue completely got my attention but the artwork I have seen looks almost amateurish. Hopefully it will raise the level with content, I will definitely go through it with proper attention. On a side note, even "Infernal Syndrome" has its share of (please forgive me the term) mediocre illustrations from what I have seen. I wouldn't mind if I was not used to spectacular works like those in Legacy of Fire (or even the previous issues of Council btw).

Didn't worry much about the art myself, but the text is frakking awesome. I've never thought much about playing a dwarf, but this has me interested.

Light years ahead of elves of Golarion in my opinion.


Matthew Morris wrote:
Beek Gwenders of Croodle wrote:
I will be honest, this is the first time thus far that I am left completely underwhelmed and unimpressed by a Pathfinder manual, purely talking about layout and illustration. I have just browsed it quickly because the new adventure path issue completely got my attention but the artwork I have seen looks almost amateurish. Hopefully it will raise the level with content, I will definitely go through it with proper attention. On a side note, even "Infernal Syndrome" has its share of (please forgive me the term) mediocre illustrations from what I have seen. I wouldn't mind if I was not used to spectacular works like those in Legacy of Fire (or even the previous issues of Council btw).

Didn't worry much about the art myself, but the text is frakking awesome. I've never thought much about playing a dwarf, but this has me interested.

Light years ahead of elves of Golarion in my opinion.

Speaking of Elves of Golarion, are there any plans to re-do that book to match up with the recent release of the PF RPG Manual?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Chronocypher wrote:
Speaking of Elves of Golarion, are there any plans to re-do that book to match up with the recent release of the PF RPG Manual?

Not currently. Maybe if we sell out and have to reprint, but that day is a LONG way away.


James Jacobs wrote:
Chronocypher wrote:
Speaking of Elves of Golarion, are there any plans to re-do that book to match up with the recent release of the PF RPG Manual?
Not currently. Maybe if we sell out and have to reprint, but that day is a LONG way away.

Then perhaps an errata to the book with the necessary subsequent changes. For instance, the removal of the Creation Domain in the PFRPG Core Rule book kinda puts a damper on people who play Elvish Clerics who wish to Worship Findeladlara. This drops her worshippers from 5 domain choices to 4.

Contributor

Consider that an incentive to not worship a minor weirdo elfgoddess. ;)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

You can use the 3.5 Domain for now, no problem. I hope that APG will have new/redone domains that address the issue (Scalykind domain, I am looking at you).

And disregard SKR, he's a rambling grumpy bald elf-hater goblin with uncouth mouth and lack of respect for any kind of beauty. ;)

Contributor

Reh!

Dark Archive

Gorbacz wrote:
And disregard SKR, he's a rambling grumpy bald elf-hater goblin with uncouth mouth and lack of respect for any kind of beauty. ;)

And he has an imaginary girlfriend... har har! ;P

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Asgetrion wrote:
And he has an imaginary girlfriend... har har! ;P

She's Canadian!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Imaginary Canadian erinyes girlfriend...


Gorbacz wrote:
Imaginary Canadian erinyes girlfriend...

What's wrong with an erinyes girlfriend? Though I prefer rakshasas myself; she can read your mind and become literally anything you desire... ahem. We were talking about the dwarves of Golarion, weren't we? Does anyone have the book yet, and if so, how does it stack up?

Scarab Sages

Just got my "Dwarves of Golarion" book in the mail at work today! Truly, it is a Festivus miracle!!!

Dark Archive

Eric Hinkle wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Imaginary Canadian erinyes girlfriend...
What's wrong with an erinyes girlfriend? Though I prefer rakshasas myself; she can read your mind and become literally anything you desire... ahem. We were talking about the dwarves of Golarion, weren't we? Does anyone have the book yet, and if so, how does it stack up?

Absolutely NOTHING! I should know, since I have several Erinyes... er, assistants. I can even get *you* one... you only need to sign this contr...parchment with uhm, your blood (and don't bother with the fine print)! ;)


Got my hard copy in the mail Monday, loved everything but was very very disappointed not to see a Dwarven Prestige Class either the Dwarven Defender reworked, or somethig new. Any plans for that as a web supplement or in the future?

Contributor

You'll be seeing something that looks much like the DD in an upcoming book.

Dark Archive

I'm glad to see this come out and was very glad to get it as part of my subscription! I'd unfortunately also have to admit this is the first Paizo product in the Pathfinder line (AP/Module/Companion/Chronicles) whose cover art just didn't "Wow" me, grab me by the throat or anything.

Not that it's bad or anything; it just didn't look up to the usual high standards I've come to expect after previous books.

Fortunately, the inside pretty much makes up for it!


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
You'll be seeing something that looks much like the DD in an upcoming book.

Thanks Sean looking forward to it. It wouldnt have anything to do with the Hasqal (sorry for the spelling, no book handy) would it?

Shadow Lodge

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Mine arrived with water damage at the spine on the bottom. Some of the pages stuck together a little and I had to cut them apart with a knife, carefully, to minimize the damage. It wasn't done in transit because it came in the same box as three other products, which were pristine. Somehow, somewhere before it was packaged, this one got wet. Anyone else have this problem?

FYI, I've been a subscriber of various products for some time and this is the first issue I've had at all with anything, so apart from this I still say kudos to Paizo.

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
You'll be seeing something that looks much like the DD in an upcoming book.

APG? :)

BTW, will you guys be doing a conversion of the Archmage PrC? It's one of my favorites, and I was sad that it wasn't part of the core rules...


Asgetrion wrote:
BTW, will you guys be doing a conversion of the Archmage PrC? It's one of my favorites, and I was sad that it wasn't part of the core rules...

I think the Archmage is called the Wizard now.

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Taliesin Hoyle wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
BTW, will you guys be doing a conversion of the Archmage PrC? It's one of my favorites, and I was sad that it wasn't part of the core rules...
I think the Archmage is called the Wizard now.

How about the High Arcana abilities? A bunch of those seem to be still missing from my copy of the rules... ;)

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

kwixson wrote:

Mine arrived with water damage at the spine on the bottom. Some of the pages stuck together a little and I had to cut them apart with a knife, carefully, to minimize the damage. It wasn't done in transit because it came in the same box as three other products, which were pristine. Somehow, somewhere before it was packaged, this one got wet. Anyone else have this problem?

FYI, I've been a subscriber of various products for some time and this is the first issue I've had at all with anything, so apart from this I still say kudos to Paizo.

I've added a replacement for Dwarves of Golarion which will ship with your next subscription shipment.

thanks,
sara marie

Shadow Lodge

Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Sara Marie wrote:


I've added a replacement for Dwarves of Golarion which will ship with your next subscription shipment.

thanks,
sara marie

Paizo rocks. You rock. Thank you! Take note, folks. Paizo does right by their subscribers.


Any in Uk or EU got the print book for this yet?

I like me some dwarves and it just seemingly never wants to come out overhere?

Cheers
EB

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yup, received my copy a few days ago, and I live in Denmark.


Is this a worthwhile purchase for my FR game, or is the book too setting specific?

Sczarni

There is almost no setting specific flavor on the mechanics part of the book (feats, spells). Some Traits make reference to locations and gods, but those are easily altered (specially in FR where there is lots of space and gods).
Alsoa lot of the fluff of the book is about dwarvenkind in general (i specially liked the kind of breakdown of every racial trait).
Hope this helps

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

Bitter Thorn wrote:
Is this a worthwhile purchase for my FR game, or is the book too setting specific?

I run a completely non-Golarian campaign, and this book is great. Add this to that awesome Uvandir article in Kobold Quarterly recently, and you've got a great set of stuff for modern dwarves and a dwarven 'elder race'.


Asgetrion wrote:

How about the High Arcana abilities?

A bunch of those seem to be still missing from my copy of the rules... ;)

I seem to remember a certain chap by the name of Buhlman commenting on multiple occasions that such abilities will in fact be seen in future Paizo products, in the particular form starting with an F and ending with a T. I'd expect 'em in the APG.

Dark Archive

Random question;

In the text, the ruins of a city named Saggorak are mentioned a fair bit, and, from the text under the cities of Larrad (p 13) and Kolvar (p 14), appears to be in that general area, but the city/ruin doesn't appear on the map on the inside back cover.

I could probably just toss it near Mount Mist, but is there another location intended for it?


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Question -- Will there be a PF version of Elves of Golarion? Or is the OGL one it?

Thanks.

Contributor

The-Last-Rogue wrote:
Question -- Will there be a PF version of Elves of Golarion? Or is the OGL one it?

We're busy enough with our current books that we really don't have time to go back and update our 3.5 books to Pathfinder, especially as Pathfinder is designed to be backwards-compatible with 3.5. Also, we're not even done going through the core races yet (half-orcs and halflings are upcoming books), so we probably wouldn't revisit elves in a new book until we had covered all the core races.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber
Asgetrion wrote:
Taliesin Hoyle wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
BTW, will you guys be doing a conversion of the Archmage PrC? It's one of my favorites, and I was sad that it wasn't part of the core rules...
I think the Archmage is called the Wizard now.
How about the High Arcana abilities? A bunch of those seem to be still missing from my copy of the rules... ;)

I miss that PrC too! head over to Pathfinder #41's page and voice support for it being in the Nethys article, please.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Did Kykar get cut, and any chance of it being in the blog? All I see is the pop count, making it the 4th largest city, plus a spot on the map with my pdf search.

Contributor

Looks like the designer cut it (and Davarn) because his turnover was running long (he probably meant to trim it down, not cut it entirely). Here's what he sent me in response to your question:

Davarn and Kykar
Two of the Five Kings' newer cities, Davarn and Kykar grew from simple mining settlements into major travel and trade hubs over the last two thousand years. The older of the two, Kykar, is by far the more prominent, due to its high-traffic position on the underground highway between the southwestern mountains and Highhelm. This choice location makes Kykar a bustling commercial city, where all manner of goods (from both the Five Kings Mountains and the surface world) can be bought and sold-and the merchant guilds of Kykar are earning money hand over fist from their somewhat oppressive trade tariffs.
At slightly less than a quarter of Kykar's population, Davarn is nonetheless an important hub, as the nearest permanent settlement to two major mines—Bodgrin's Deep and the Iron Run (both iron mines)—and their miners travel to Davarn to spend their appreciable wages in the numerous gambling houses and breweries. As a result, of all of the Five Kings' cities, Davarn is the most plagued by crime. The most lucrative businesses are all owned and operated by a loose organization of dwarf criminals known locally as the "Three Princes": Garik Sledgeheart, Muldrim the Pick, and the bloodthirsty half-dragon Krek, who pays down-on-their-luck miners to duel each other to the death in pit fights—many of which are fixed.

Liberty's Edge

Any news on when this will be available in print again?

Webstore Gninja Minion

We don't have plans to reprint this at this time.


How about... now? Are there any plans to reprint this ever, or do we have a followup book?

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
MiniMajik wrote:
How about... now? Are there any plans to reprint this ever, or do we have a followup book?

The followup book in question is Inner Sea Races (and to a lesser extent, Inner Sea Gods). None of the game material from this book was reprinted, however; nor are any reprints likely to occur.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. ^_^

Dark Archive

When do we get a "Campaign Setting: Five Kings Mountains" to go together with the "King of all Dwarves" AP where everyone plays a dwarf?

Ah, i must have dozed off.

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