Pathfinder Player Companion: Halflings of Golarion (PFRPG)

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Since the birth of modern fantasy fiction, halflings have been the incongruous, pint-sized adventurers at the center of it all, constantly overlooked and dismissed by their enemies, only to end up overcoming all odds. Nowhere is this more true than in the Pathfinder campaign setting, where plucky and courageous halflings do their best to integrate into the societies of larger races, where they’re frequently preyed upon by slavers and malicious employers. Yet despite such adversity, halflings maintain a notoriously positive outlook and an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time. Those who disregard halflings based on their size do so at their peril, for you never know when that smiling servant might slip your coins into his pocket—or his knife into your back. Put some hair on your toes with this new Pathfinder Player Companion.

    Inside this book, you’ll find:
  • Details on the halflings of Golarion—their physical and mental traits, style of dress, famous curiosity and opportunistic luck, and more
  • An overview of halfling culture, including a history of halflings on Golarion, their traditions and coming-of-age rituals, and relations with other races
  • Descriptions of major halfling settlements and communities, and how they differ from nation to nation
  • Halfling religion, crafts, weapons, and other tools and disciplines that help keep them safe, plus an overview of the Bellflower Network, an underground organization working to free halfling slaves everywhere
  • New types of sling ammunition designed specifically to help take down larger foes, as well as new sling-related feats
  • The Halfling Opportunist prestige class, perfect for stealthy characters of all sorts
  • New halfling-specific traits for characters of any background
  • Rules for sacred keepsakes that aid in divine casting, halfling jinxes capable of infuriating and incapacitating foes, and more!

This Pathfinder Player Companion is set in the Pathfinder campaign setting and works best with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or the 3.5 version of the world’s oldest fantasy roleplaying game, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

Written by Hal MacLean and Amber E. Scott

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 traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-278-4

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Wow.

5/5

This book exceeded my expectations by a good margin.

Fluff in the book is good, you have a good idea of where the halflings 'fit' in Golarion and if you are trying to build a character there are a lot of hooks to bring a lot of characters alive.

Crunch wise the jinx racial ability is great and the feats that go along with it are awesome, something for nearly every class. The racial traits are better thought out than most and do an excellent job with fleshing out the race.

This is my favorite of the race Companion books and one of the best RP supplement books I've read.


I read it straight through and loved every bit!

5/5

I've always been enamored by halflings, and they're my favorite race to play in almost every setting I've been lucky enough to be stuck in, so I guess you could say I've read quite a bit about them. But despite this, HoG presented a lot of information that kept me interested and engaged from cover to cover. The writing is excellent, and the authors packed so much Golarion flavor into these pint-sizers that everything felt fresh and wonderful (though this may be in part due to my lack of familiarity with Golarion beyond the two novels). Overall, this has been the most enjoyable halfling-related read I've had since The Hobbit.


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I suck at reviews, but let me say this.

I want to play a halfling now. The last time I said that, was Eberron.

Liberty's Edge

Allow me to say this..
*ahem*
HALFLING HALFLING JOY JOY, HALFLING HALFLING JOY JOY(you get the idea)

Grand Lodge

Is that Ronnie James 1/2-ling in Chap 5?

Shadow Lodge

Love the Jinxes, Love the traits, Love the flavor. The prestige class doesn't excite me but most don't. Amazing supplement.

Still concocting my review but this is by far the best race supplement yet. (Though I don't have the dwarf one).

Shadow Lodge

Wolfthulhu wrote:
So, was the obviously Dio inspired halfling on pg. 26 as requested or is that artistic interpretation? Either way I think it's awesome! A nice nod to a great musician (R.I.P.).

Nod? He just added hairy feet and pointed ears to this picture.

Pretty awesome.

Contributor

That is totally Dio...reincarnated as a halfling bard with jinx magic. \m/


Wolfthulhu wrote:
So, was the obviously Dio inspired halfling on pg. 26 as requested or is that artistic interpretation? Either way I think it's awesome! A nice nod to a great musician (R.I.P.).

As you and I and several others discussed earlier, that halfling is practically an exact replica of this photo; there can be no denial what you say is true. When I saw that this afternoon, I was like HORRY SHEET, is that an easter egg?

But I'm with you - an honorable tribute to one of the icons who understands completely our obsessions of dungeons, dragons, goblins, rainbows, evil women, etc.

EDIT: Just saw Liz's post above mine confirming it. Who's the artist for that? I'd like to publicly thank him.

\mXm/

EDIT #2: PLEASE PLEASE MAKE HIM AN AVATAR AND MAKE SURE THE HORNS WITH THE GREEN BALL LIGHT IS IN THE PHOTO WITH THE FACE. MUST. HAVE. THIS. YES I AM SHOUTING. Hehehehe


So first Lem looks like Robert Plant, and now we have a Dio halfling. Halflings are the most awesome PC race in Golarion. ;)

Shadow Lodge

KnightErrantJR wrote:
So first Lem looks like Robert Plant, and now we have a Dio halfling. Halflings are the most awesome PC race in Golarion. ;)

maybe there's a Jimmy Hendrix halfling floating around too...


0gre wrote:
maybe there's a Jimmy Hendrix halfling floating around too...

Who knew when he was asking "are you experienced" that he was trying to figure out what level someone was . . .

Contributor

For clarification, I don't know if the art order for Halfling Dio was written up that way...but I want to find out! :D

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Liz Courts wrote:
For clarification, I don't know if the art order for Halfling Dio was written up that way...but I want to find out! :D

We wouldn't do that. There's a line between being inspired by something and ripping it off, and I feel that this artist has crossed it, potentially putting Paizo at risk. If we'd known about it, we'd have rejected it.

Aspiring artists out there—this sort of thing is unprofessional: at best, it's merely uncreative, and at worst, it's actionable.

The Exchange

Vic Wertz wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
For clarification, I don't know if the art order for Halfling Dio was written up that way...but I want to find out! :D

We wouldn't do that. There's a line between being inspired by something and ripping it off, and I feel that this artist has crossed it, potentially putting Paizo at risk. If we'd known about it, we'd have rejected it.

Aspiring artists out there—this sort of thing is unprofessional: at best, it's merely uncreative, and at worst, it's actionable.

Oh... I guess that makes sense.

Hope I didn't get anybody in trouble. :-/


I want to know since the gnome, orcs, dwarves books did not intriggue me to purchase them( NOt seen the human one on the game store yet).

so will this book make me want to purchase it??

I can't look at it to decide....


Reviews say "yes." ;)


Wolfthulhu wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
For clarification, I don't know if the art order for Halfling Dio was written up that way...but I want to find out! :D

We wouldn't do that. There's a line between being inspired by something and ripping it off, and I feel that this artist has crossed it, potentially putting Paizo at risk. If we'd known about it, we'd have rejected it.

Aspiring artists out there—this sort of thing is unprofessional: at best, it's merely uncreative, and at worst, it's actionable.

Oh... I guess that makes sense.

Hope I didn't get anybody in trouble. :-/

Me either. I still think it's an awesome tribute nonetheless regardless of whether or not it was intentional. RJD was a good natured spirit; if he were alive I seriously doubt he'd be offended. It is easily my favorite Paizo illo at the moment.


Heine Stick wrote:
Reviews say "yes." ;)

is that actual reviews, or magic 8 balls??

Scarab Sages

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Scarab Sages

Wolfthulhu wrote:
So, was the obviously Dio inspired halfling on pg. 26 as requested or is that artistic interpretation? Either way I think it's awesome! A nice nod to a great musician (R.I.P.).

It's very apt, given it's on the section for Jinxing.

If you've ever heard Dio talk about 'the horns', he often said it was something he picked up from his grandmother, as a warding sign she did.

Scarab Sages

Dragon78 wrote:
Nice cover, love the fact that every pic of this iconic bard performing is causing sickness and pain to his listeners.

Does Lem come from a coastal village of indomitable barbarians, situated between the Chelaxian garrisons of Laudanum, Compendium, Totorum and Aquarium?

Silver Crusade

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Snorter wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Nice cover, love the fact that every pic of this iconic bard performing is causing sickness and pain to his listeners.
Does Lem come from a coastal village of indomitable barbarians, situated between the Chelaxian garrisons of Laudanum, Compendium, Totorum and Aquarium?

ROFLMAO. Cacofonix forever !

Scarab Sages

If we want to continue this theme, we need the iconics to get new wardrobes (winged helmet for Lini, white robes and red cloak for Ezren), and Harsk to get some blue-and-white striped pants.

"Don't mind him. He fell in the grumpy potion when he was a baby.".

Silver Crusade

Urizen wrote:
Wolfthulhu wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
For clarification, I don't know if the art order for Halfling Dio was written up that way...but I want to find out! :D

We wouldn't do that. There's a line between being inspired by something and ripping it off, and I feel that this artist has crossed it, potentially putting Paizo at risk. If we'd known about it, we'd have rejected it.

Aspiring artists out there—this sort of thing is unprofessional: at best, it's merely uncreative, and at worst, it's actionable.

Oh... I guess that makes sense.

Hope I didn't get anybody in trouble. :-/

Me either. I still think it's an awesome tribute nonetheless regardless of whether or not it was intentional. RJD was a good natured spirit; if he were alive I seriously doubt he'd be offended. It is easily my favorite Paizo illo at the moment.

Mark me down as another that hopes no one is in trouble over it(artist or Paizo). It certainly put a big smile on my face when I realized what I was looking at. A friend identified him right off the bat.(said friend is also playing a Summoner patterned after Ozzy Osbourne. No points for guess what his Eidolon is named.)

Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing a Holy Diver prestige class turning up somewhere either.

Scarab Sages

Mikaze wrote:
Mark me down as another that hopes no one is in trouble over it(artist or Paizo). It certainly put a big smile on my face when I realized what I was looking at. A friend identified him right off the bat.(said friend is also playing a Summoner patterned after Ozzy Osbourne. No points for guess what his Eidolon is named.)

Mr Crowley?

Sweet Leaf?
Miracle Man?
Mr Tinkertrain?
Supernaut?
Spiral Architect?

Silver Crusade

Snorter wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Mark me down as another that hopes no one is in trouble over it(artist or Paizo). It certainly put a big smile on my face when I realized what I was looking at. A friend identified him right off the bat.(said friend is also playing a Summoner patterned after Ozzy Osbourne. No points for guess what his Eidolon is named.)

Mr Crowley?

Sweet Leaf?
Miracle Man?
Mr Tinkertrain?
Supernaut?
Spiral Architect?

SHAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNN!! (Succubus-esque Eidolon, on top of looking devilish, she plays the fiddle!)

Scarab Sages

Mikaze wrote:
Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing a Holy Diver prestige class turning up somewhere either.

Prerequisites:

BAB +4
Ability to cast divine spells of level 2 or greater.
Skills: Swim 3 ranks, Knowledge (nature) 3 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 3 ranks.
Special: Must have 'been out too long in the midnight sea'.

Silver Crusade

Snorter wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing a Holy Diver prestige class turning up somewhere either.

Prerequisites:

BAB +4
Ability to cast divine spells of level 2 or greater.
Skills: Swim 3 ranks, Knowledge (nature) 3 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 3 ranks.
Special: Must have 'been out too long in the midnight sea'.

Saved. Something is getting done with this.


Urizen wrote:
Finally, last but not the least!

Not last. Humans of Golarion still hasn't been released yet.


Fnipernackle wrote:
Urizen wrote:
Finally, last but not the least!
Not last. Humans of Golarion still hasn't been released yet.

Touche! =)

Shadow Lodge

Urizen wrote:
Finally, last but not the least!

I don't know, halflings are the smallest of the races.

Scarab Sages

Snorter wrote:
Holy Diver prestige class prerequisites
Mikaze wrote:
Saved. Something is getting done with this.

Glad you liked it; please mail me if you do a full write-up.

Dark Archive

Mikaze wrote:
Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing a Holy Diver prestige class turning up somewhere either.

[Dio-inspired gaming tangent] In a superhero game, I once played a character that pretended to be one of the failed Cadmus clones of Superman, whose ability to absorb sunlight to fuel his powers was out of control, and would result in his bursting into flames (and possibly explode like an atom bomb, he said) if he spent more than a few moments in direct sunlight.

Natch, he was secretly a vampire, inspired by Sunset Superman, one of my favorite Dio songs. [/tangent]


Gorbacz wrote:
Snorter wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Nice cover, love the fact that every pic of this iconic bard performing is causing sickness and pain to his listeners.
Does Lem come from a coastal village of indomitable barbarians, situated between the Chelaxian garrisons of Laudanum, Compendium, Totorum and Aquarium?
ROFLMAO. Cacofonix forever !

I'd say that Asterix would make a much better halfling myself. He's almost as tall as one, after all.


Vic Wertz wrote:

We wouldn't do that. There's a line between being inspired by something and ripping it off, and I feel that this artist has crossed it, potentially putting Paizo at risk. If we'd known about it, we'd have rejected it.

Aspiring artists out there—this sort of thing is unprofessional: at best, it's merely uncreative, and at worst, it's actionable.

Vic,

Don't feel that way. A part of me died too when RJD died. Seeing that Dio inspired halfling gave me some closure that I was missing. When I hear or play a Dio song, it won't hurt anymore but I will think of this halfling and Ronnie's music and smile.

This is a good thing.

--Ray.


derek_cleric wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

We wouldn't do that. There's a line between being inspired by something and ripping it off, and I feel that this artist has crossed it, potentially putting Paizo at risk. If we'd known about it, we'd have rejected it.

Aspiring artists out there—this sort of thing is unprofessional: at best, it's merely uncreative, and at worst, it's actionable.

Vic,

Don't feel that way. A part of me died too when RJD died. Seeing that Dio inspired halfling gave me some closure that I was missing. When I hear or play a Dio song, it won't hurt anymore but I will think of this halfling and Ronnie's music and smile.

This is a good thing.

--Ray.

I can understand Vic's reaction from a business POV for a couple of different reasons as he has already stated. But I agree with you on this. Which has made this my favorite racial book released thus far. \mXm/


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Fnipernackle wrote:
Urizen wrote:
Finally, last but not the least!
Not last. Humans of Golarion still hasn't been released yet.

And Goblins of Golarion as well.


Urizen wrote:
I can understand Vic's reaction from a business POV for a couple of different reasons as he has already stated. But I agree with you on this. Which has made this my favorite racial book released thus far. \mXm/

Thanks for agreeing with me Urizen. I too understand Vic's position. He's right. I only wish that no harm come to the artist for this. I'm certain that Dio's music touched him too.

--Ray.

Grand Lodge

Funny story: Since the summer I turned 16 (almost 10 years ago) when I played my first real game of 2e D&D, I've played a halfling named Dio. Had never heard of RJD then, infact it wasn't until years later when I did. Still waiting on a paycheck to pick up this book though, can't wait to see the art everyone is talking about!


Have it (see my tags?), but have only skimmed it.

Anything in their on/for Halfling Outriders?

Shadow Lodge

Uninvited Ghost wrote:

Have it (see my tags?), but have only skimmed it.

Anything in their on/for Halfling Outriders?

Outriders are not a big part of the book... or even mentioned? I don't recall seeing them.


Uninvited Ghost wrote:

Have it (see my tags?), but have only skimmed it.

Anything in their on/for Halfling Outriders?

NO halfling outrider is also wotc IP, for PAizo to do one; it would have to be completely different mode on the PRC or as a racial Arch type rebuild for the Cavalier.


Steelfiredragon wrote:
Uninvited Ghost wrote:

Have it (see my tags?), but have only skimmed it.

Anything in their on/for Halfling Outriders?

NO halfling outrider is also wotc IP, for PAizo to do one; it would have to be completely different mode on the PRC or as a racial Arch type rebuild for the Cavalier.

I was using it as short hand for mounted (usually on a riding dog) halflings.

Shadow Lodge

Uninvited Ghost wrote:
Steelfiredragon wrote:
Uninvited Ghost wrote:

Have it (see my tags?), but have only skimmed it.

Anything in their on/for Halfling Outriders?

NO halfling outrider is also wotc IP, for PAizo to do one; it would have to be completely different mode on the PRC or as a racial Arch type rebuild for the Cavalier.

I was using it as short hand for mounted (usually on a riding dog) halflings.

That's kind of what I figured. That was the one thing that was kind of left out.

Liberty's Edge

But then, there is the variant Racial trait Outrider in the APG ;-)

Also, you now have feats to get all full-attacker with slings (and double-slings), which goes nicely with a Halfling mounted combattant

Shouldn't the Opportunist (great idea and execution, BTW) have the Halfling Luck racial trait as a prerequisite ?

After all, the Exceptionnaly Lucky ability strenghtens it. So what about those slips who do not have that trait (say, Jinxes for example) ?

Does it grant them the luck bonus ?

What about a jinx Opportunist ? Would the increase apply to his jinx ability instead ?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I really wish that another development pass had been made on the halfling jinxes. There is so much room for interpretation/abuse (plus a couple of errors).

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