So, what's the first point of reference? It seems to have a lot of information that the Guide to Organized Play doesn't have. (The Guide, for example, has very little information on factions; for example, I have no idea what prestige/fame options are available for each faction.)
The book seems to be out of print as well, which would be pretty unfortunate if there's no newer source for the information within. Yes, I could get the PDF, but I'm a sucker for a well-crafted print book. PDFs just don't do it for me.
Edit: After rechecking, I see that the Guide for Organized Play references the Field Guide repeatedly on just such subjects. So the Field Guide does still appear to be the first point of reference for a great many things.
Hopefully Paizo will make another print run so as to facilitate more new PFS recruits who prefer books to PDFs (and don't want to pay twice for both formats).
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We currently have no plans to reprint this book in its existing format. That isn't to say that content from this book wouldn't be reprinted in another format. Last summer, we released Pathfinder Player Companion: Pathfinder Society Primer, which provides newer Pathfinder Society themed content, but doesn't reprint content from this book (just as the Field Guide didn't reprint material from Seekers of the Secrets from 2 years prior).
Now, that said, we have just published a hardcover Campaign Setting book containing a large amount of previously released content in the form of Inner Sea Gods, it's not out of the question that we'd reprint this material in a future book. But such a book isn't currently on the schedule or even in the works, still if it's something you'd like to see, posts such as this are a good way of letting us know.
Well, I for one would love to see all of the information printed in one good hard book. Say all of the information from the Primer, the Field Guide and the Seekers of Secrets all put together in one comprehensive report on the Pathfinder Society. I too like to have the printed versions of things and as it stands I have to purchase three books to get the information to run PFS sessions. The fact that two of them are not in print anymore adds to my frustration.
I was hunting for a P1 version of the Absalom city stat block, and finally found it in this sourcebook (p. 5).
Then I received a slight shock. The 3.5 version of Absalom's stat block (Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Absalom, p. 3) sets the city's GP Limit (price of the most expensive items available for sale) at 250,000 gp. That's good enough for the acquisition of even expensive items like various magical staves and rings, which is a suitable quality for a city that is such a central hub of world trade, etc.
The P1 sets the Base Value (same function as 3.5's GP Limit) at a measly 25,600 gp. That's roughly just a tenth of the previous value. :o
E.T.A. Also, the 3.5 Assets value dropped from 3,798,750,000 gp to P1's Purchase Limit of 170,000 gp. Did everyone get a whole lot poorer?
At this point, an adventuring party is better off buying stuff in Riddleport (Base Value 30,400), although the Purchase Limit there is only 100,000 gp and available Spellcasting is 8th level (as opposed to Absalom's 9th level).
Now I'm wondering what Katapesh's P1 city stat block looks like ... Anyone know where I can find it?