Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Race Guide (OGL)

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Get the most out of your heritage with the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Race Guide! Embrace your inner monster by playing one of 30 iconic races from mythology and gaming history, or build an entirely new race of your own. If classic races are more your style, go beyond the stereotypes for elves, dwarves, and the other core races with new options and equipment to help you stand out from the crowd.

The Pathfinder RPG Advanced Race Guide is a bold new companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. This imaginative tabletop game builds on 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 256-page Pathfinder RPG Advanced Race Guide includes:

  • New rules and options to help you customize all seven of the classic core races, including new racial traits, racial subtypes, and racial archetypes.
  • 30 exotic races, from mischievous goblins and reptilian kobolds to crow-headed tengus and deadly drow, each with complete rules for use as player characters, plus archetypes, alternate racial traits, and other options for maximum customization.
  • A complete and balanced system for creating an unlimited number of new races, mixing and matching powers and abilities to form characters and cultures specific to your campaign.
  • Tons of new race-specific equipment, feats, spells, and magic items for each of the races detailed!
  • ... and much, much more!

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Probably one of my favorites...

5/5

All the new races and traits and feats and racial magic items really helped me flesh out my campaign world. The addition of being able to make your own race made me sing soprano. Excellent, excellent book for those who want to play a race that's completely outta the ordinary. Part of the reason I got this book is because in the core rulebook it says something like this: "only for more experienced GMs, having players play odd races can be rewarding and fun, but you have to be careful" etc. but doesn't give you a glimpse of the races or explain how they might effect a campaign world a certain way. Using this book, you can experience what it would be like to play a rare (and really cool) race. Being an Oread is awesome and probably one of the most exciting and fun experiences in my gaming career.

Awesome product, Paizo!


Too campaign-specific

2/5

The book is focused heavily around the PFRPG "host" campaign, with no clear instructions on how to extrapolate for other campaigns (we use the 3.0 Forgotten Realms setting). So in the end, most of this book is filler and not really very useful. Even the second printing tied the book more closely with the "home team" setting.

What little can be gleaned from the book is helpful, but it's not worth the hardcover price if your campaign is something other than the generic one sponsored by Pathfinder. I wonder why it is, that almost every "host" campaign seems like a patchwork quilt of several others, with most of the interesting stuff left out?


The ARG is how the ACG should of been

5/5

The Race Guide is how the Advanced Class Guide should have been set up- with clear rules and customization options to create your own class. Great book for players and GM's ready to venture out into some custom races.


Hit the sweet spot

5/5

I don't quite know what it is but this is one of my favorite Paizo products to date. Maybe it's the way the book is organized with each race with its own section. Maybe it's the swappable racial traits akin to class archetypes. Maybe it's the artwork, showing two to three examples of each race to demonstrate the variety within each species. Maybe it's the archetypes, favored class bonus options, notes on society and appearance, spells, feats. It just felt like icing on the cake to include a race builder at the end.


Exactly What my Campaign Needed

5/5

please excuse any typos.

so you're supposed to start off easy, right? go by the book, go by the campaign setting they give you. just stick to the six core races, and don't go overboard trying to invent stuff, right? well, I didn't exactly do that. I created a whole world from scratch, messed with the core qualities of numerous races, core races or otherwise, and on top of that, invented a pantheon and mythos which is completely incompatible with Golarion's. this is the first game I will ever GM. to be frank, I'm in trouble.

with that context, this book is a godsend, and I'm glad to have the freedom and ease of use this guide gives me. having a game world populated with multiple monstrous races (most of them completely reimagined), I needed to have a way to make sure the stats reflected the people. it breaks immersion to have a race with traits that quite clearly do not make sense for them. something that always bothered me with the core material is how race was treated: I found it restricted, stereotypical. clearly, the Pathfinder race system needs a little diversity, especially if your campaign isn't actually set in Golarion.

one clear example of the usefulness of this guide for worldbuilding and racial diversity is the Gnome trait "hatred". see, the rules state that the Gnomes have a deep-seated hatred of goblinoid and reptilian races, but in my campaign, Gnomes and Goblins hail from different corners of the universe, and logically, shouldn't even be aware of the other's existence. it simply wouldn't make sense for me to have a gnome character that's trained against a race they've never seen before in their life. thank god this guide has other plausible gnome traits that I can replace that problematic one with one with. not even to mention how the Ifrits, Oreads, Sylphs, and Undines had filled a gaping hole in my mythos. (though I was dissappointed to find that the Kobolds were still utter weaklings)

in another spur of greatness, I can already tell that my players, by now fairly intoxicated on the freedom I've given them, are going to love these new options. I can already see one of them deciding they want to go with one of the very comprehensive and imaginative archetypes, or choosing catfolk or kitsune instead of elf or goblin. the best part is, this book is so easy to figure out, so I am perfectly able to give them this freedom without puzzling over the rules for a month (like I embarrassingly did with the core rulebook).

trust me. if you're the kind of Game Master that doesn't like playing by the rules, and likes to do your own thing lore wise (like create a complete departure from the default setting), then this book is almost a necessity for you. for anyone else who likes the idea of monstrous PCs, you'll love this one.


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yes, dragonborn are WoTC IP


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They wouldn't necessarily needs wings, and remember that Krynnish Draconians sometimes had wings. Draconians would be doable as a name since it is too broad a concept to copryright and exists in numerous IPs without conflict. Steer clear of too many similiarities with D&D Dragonborn in terms of history and society should and a humanoid Dragon race should run into no problems.


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
I hope to see more kitsune and halfling love!
Personally I wouldn't want to see any graphic kitsune and halfling love, I mean my god think of what their off spring would look like.

"And that's where Pugwampis came from!"


The book will have a section for creating your own races so making a Dragon based race will not be that hard. As for an "official" Dragonborn like race well who knows if/when Paizo might do something like that in a future product.


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2goth4U wrote:

Odd...

Advanced Player's Guide
but...
Advanced Race Guide
not...
Advanced Race's Guide ?

I'm confused by this post.


3.5 Dragonborn would be fine..have a silver-skinned draconian species.


What we can't have hot white/platinum haired woman with dragon's blood and immunity to fire;)

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Dark_Mistress wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
I hope to see more kitsune and halfling love!
Personally I wouldn't want to see any graphic kitsune and halfling love, I mean my god think of what their off spring would look like.

"Oh whatever they look like, they'll be loved."

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Todd Stewart wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
I hope to see more kitsune and halfling love!
Personally I wouldn't want to see any graphic kitsune and halfling love, I mean my god think of what their off spring would look like.
"Oh whatever they look like, they'll be loved."

Isn't that kid from Inyuasha the son of a kitsune and a halfling?


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
I hope to see more kitsune and halfling love!
Personally I wouldn't want to see any graphic kitsune and halfling love, I mean my god think of what their off spring would look like.
"Oh whatever they look like, they'll be loved."
Isn't that kid from Inyuasha the son of a kitsune and a halfling?

IRON REAVER SOUL STEALER!!!!!!!!

no.. the kid was a kitsune.


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Shalafi2412 wrote:
I hope to see more kitsune and halfling love!
Personally I wouldn't want to see any graphic kitsune and halfling love, I mean my god think of what their off spring would look like.

Foxes?

And I'm still not real certain how catfolk, ratfolk, and lizardfolk are ok, but a race of dragonfolk is somehow protected. I mean, WotC did a pretty crappy job with the dragonborn in 4.0 anyway. Lots of room for Paizo to rename, rebrand, and reimagine.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Is it June 20th yet? This is an excruciating wait for me. When I'm not working or adding finishing touches to this summers campaign (waiting for the last 2 friends to roll back into town next week), this book is always sitting at the edge of my mind, taunting me with promises or new racial options and archetypes and information which is all EXACTLY what I've been wanting.

God I wish I could just use cryogenics to skip to when the book comes out T_T

Silver Crusade

This book is simultaneously the one I'm most excited about and the one I'm most worried about.

Hoping:

That the orcs chapter has the flavor and support for non-evil orcs that Orcs of Golarion didn't.

That the Race Builder is been greatly expanded and allowed to be all it can be, free of setting presumptions. I really want to be able to build my homebrew's races with it.

That dwarves and other such races with "race hatred" features have alternate options to switch those out. (Alternate options that aren't just "hate this other race instead".


This is defenitly the book I am most excited about for this year.


This book has made me want to play both a druid and an elf, two things that have never happened at the same time with me.


Will this book have material for Distant Worlds? Like pc races perhaps?


doubleplusgood wrote:
Will this book have material for Distant Worlds? Like pc races perhaps?

Someone said the Lashunta race will be in the upcoming Monsters of the Inner Sea book. Don't know about the rest though.


It would not matter as the Race builder will be able to handle that with ease. This book is high on my list this year.


I wonder if there will be a feat that allows for outsider wings for aasimar and tieflings.


Azure_Zero wrote:
yes, dragonborn are WoTC IP

Well the name can't be, otherwise Bethesda would be having problems right now.

And I don't think it would be a copyright problem if there was to be a different Dragon descended race of humanoids.

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Threeshades wrote:
Azure_Zero wrote:
yes, dragonborn are WoTC IP

Well the name can't be, otherwise Bethesda would be having problems right now.

And I don't think it would be a copyright problem if there was to be a different Dragon descended race of humanoids.

The word, dragonborn, probably cannot be copyrighted.

The concept of humanoid-shaped dragons probably could be, as Bethesda does not infringe on that. (Skyrim's dragonborn are just dragon-blooded; they don't look like dragons at all.)

I'm not sure if I want to see Dragonborn, personally. I liked them in 3.5 but since I personally think that the nagaji race from Dragon Empires is kind of, well, silly, I'm not sure if I can look at humanoid reptiles in the same way again.


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2goth4U wrote:

Odd...

Advanced Player's Guide
but...
Advanced Race Guide
not...
Advanced Race's Guide ?

The difference is that the Player's Guide is for the player. It guides the player, it's the player's guide.

The Advanced Race Guide is not a guide for the race, but a guide to races, hence Race Guide. It's also for the player (and of course the GM) but guides through races specifically.

Same as for example with a traveller's guide and a hotel guide. Both are guiding a traveller but one does so specifically through hotels.


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Threeshades wrote:
Azure_Zero wrote:
yes, dragonborn are WoTC IP

Well the name can't be, otherwise Bethesda would be having problems right now.

And I don't think it would be a copyright problem if there was to be a different Dragon descended race of humanoids.

The word, dragonborn, probably cannot be copyrighted.

The concept of humanoid-shaped dragons probably could be, as Bethesda does not infringe on that. (Skyrim's dragonborn are just dragon-blooded; they don't look like dragons at all.)

I'm not sure if I want to see Dragonborn, personally. I liked them in 3.5 but since I personally think that the nagaji race from Dragon Empires is kind of, well, silly, I'm not sure if I can look at humanoid reptiles in the same way again.

Unless your character is Argonian :p

I'm pretty sure that whatever the extent of the copyright on the DnD dragonborn race is, it can easily be worked around. If not I need to completely rethink a fantasy universe I came up with for a comic idea.


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Threeshades wrote:
Azure_Zero wrote:
yes, dragonborn are WoTC IP

Well the name can't be, otherwise Bethesda would be having problems right now.

And I don't think it would be a copyright problem if there was to be a different Dragon descended race of humanoids.

The word, dragonborn, probably cannot be copyrighted.

The concept of humanoid-shaped dragons probably could be, as Bethesda does not infringe on that. (Skyrim's dragonborn are just dragon-blooded; they don't look like dragons at all.)

Really anything can be copyrighted if you happen to get the right person processing your claim. The question is can that copyright be held up in court? For a while George A. Romero had a copyright on the word zombie. I don't think he ever took anyone to court over it, but the fact is he could have. Winning would be the question though. Today it would never hold up in court as with all the zombie stuff nowadays it's pretty clear he's not defended it.

Another example is a certain roleplaying company copyrighted the name of a religion when they created a power within their game based partially upon that religion's beliefs. When some members of the religion wanted to publish a newsletter nationally they were told "Sorry, that word is copyright" and it went to court, the roleplaying company won the lawsuit and the religion lost the rights to their name (at least in print). I will not mention any details, as this isn't the place for it, but my point in mentioning it is that Paizo is probably just being careful when it comes to making a dragonborn like race, and the best way to be careful is to avoid it entirely unless/until they are sure they don't infringe on WotC's IP, especially with how they are so intrinsically tied to WotC with the OGL and yet have now become their primary competitor.

Liberty's Edge

AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:


Another example is a certain roleplaying company copyrighted the name of a religion when they created a power within their game based partially upon that religion's beliefs. When some members of the religion wanted to publish a newsletter nationally they were told "Sorry, that word is copyright" and it went to court, the roleplaying company won the lawsuit and the religion lost the rights to their name (at least in print).

I would like to read an article on what you mention here. Could you PM me some names.


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I hope they have a racial ability to glide(like a flying squirel) in the races creation section.

Grand Lodge

Dragon78 wrote:
I hope they have a racial ability to glide(like a flying squirel) in the races creation section.

That reminds me of the cool Yazirian racilal ability from Star Frontiers :-)

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2goth4U wrote:

Odd...

Advanced Player's Guide
but...
Advanced Race Guide
not...
Advanced Race's Guide ?

...

Advanced Player's Guide is a book for players.

Advanced Race Guide is a book about races.

There is a subtle but very significant difference.

Silver Crusade

Michael Brock wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I hope they have a racial ability to glide(like a flying squirel) in the races creation section.
That reminds me of the cool Yazirian racilal ability from Star Frontiers :-)

Ooh I'd slay a dragon to see Paizo do a Star Frontiers esque RPG!

*GASP*


Are there any other abilities people hope will be in the race creation chapter?

I can think of a few more myself.
slimey skin
limited telepathy
blindsense 5-10'radius
quills/spikey skin
shell(like a turtle)
pollen
pheromones
empathy
pouch(kangaroo)

Hopefully the dragon and magical beast types were added.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Threeshades wrote:
2goth4U wrote:

Odd...

Advanced Player's Guide
but...
Advanced Race Guide
not...
Advanced Race's Guide ?

The difference is that the Player's Guide is for the player. It guides the player, it's the player's guide.

The Advanced Race Guide is not a guide for the race, but a guide to races, hence Race Guide. It's also for the player (and of course the GM) but guides through races specifically.

Same as for example with a traveller's guide and a hotel guide. Both are guiding a traveller but one does so specifically through hotels.

Also, "Advanced Races Guide" sounds uncomfortably like "Advanced Racist's Guide."

Liberty's Edge

Is it still set for a June or July release?

Contributor

Product Schedule says mid-June.

Silver Crusade

Vic Wertz wrote:
Also, "Advanced Races Guide" sounds uncomfortably like "Advanced Racist's Guide."

And that would just get even more awkward when you try to explain what the original idea for the title was to someone mishearing the current one. ;)

Silver Crusade

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Dragon78 wrote:

Are there any other abilities people hope will be in the race creation chapter?

I can think of a few more myself.
slimey skin
limited telepathy
blindsense 5-10'radius
quills/spikey skin
shell(like a turtle)
pollen
pheromones
empathy
pouch(kangaroo)

Hopefully the dragon and magical beast types were added.

Limited telepathy would be very nice for some race concepts. It makes it an easier fit for one mine than SLA: read thoughts at the very least.

Also, some way to represent four armed races while maintaining balance. There has to be a way to get that aesthetic without tripping into the pitfalls everyone brings up whenever four-armed races are proposed. And without bloating the RP beyond the Standard Race limit.

Also, half-serpentine body-type support. Cecaelia-type body support. Etc.


Yeah I hope for serentine lower body would be nice but was never a fan of anyone playing a race with multiple arms.

Dark Archive

Any word yet on when subscribers will start to receive their .pdfs? The paper book is just two weeks away, yeah?


Mikaze wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

Are there any other abilities people hope will be in the race creation chapter?

I can think of a few more myself.
slimey skin
limited telepathy
blindsense 5-10'radius
quills/spikey skin
shell(like a turtle)
pollen
pheromones
empathy
pouch(kangaroo)

Hopefully the dragon and magical beast types were added.

Limited telepathy would be very nice for some race concepts. It makes it an easier fit for one mine than SLA: read thoughts at the very least.

Also, some way to represent four armed races while maintaining balance. There has to be a way to get that aesthetic without tripping into the pitfalls everyone brings up whenever four-armed races are proposed. And without bloating the RP beyond the Standard Race limit.

Also, half-serpentine body-type support. Cecaelia-type body support. Etc.

All of these things I desire.

Dark Archive

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Garden Tool wrote:
Any word yet on when subscribers will start to receive their .pdfs? The paper book is just two weeks away, yeah?

On my subscriptions page, it's mentioned that my next subscription package (which includes the Advanced Race Guide) should ship on June 15. Since we get our PDFs when subscriptions packages ship, I think it's relatively safe to say that we can expect it at some point during that week. Of course, Paizo likely won't commit to a solid date for several reasons, one of them being that the book's still on its way to their warehouse and lots of interesting things can happen to a shipment during that journey.


Is there a list of the races that will be covered in this book?

Scarab Sages

Dansun wrote:
Is there a list of the races that will be covered in this book?

Good question. I think a list would be a great preview to sell the book! :-D


Liz Courts wrote:
Product Schedule says mid-June.

Not that it matters much, but Amazon screwed up the release dates, which is why I can't preorder the book via amazon.de. ò_ó

Set release date on Amazon.com, .fr, and .de is 18 April for some reason. Only the UK site as a more or less correct date (1st of June). And yes, I already submitted a correction. Just wanted to vent.


AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:


Really anything can be copyrighted if you happen to get the right person processing your claim. The question is can that copyright be held up in court? For a while George A. Romero had a copyright on the word zombie. I don't think he ever took anyone to court over it, but the fact is he could have. Winning would be the question though. Today it would never hold up in court as with all the zombie stuff nowadays it's pretty clear he's not defended it.

Another example is a certain roleplaying company copyrighted the name of a religion when they created a power within their game based partially upon that religion's beliefs. When some members of the religion wanted to publish a newsletter nationally they were told "Sorry, that word is copyright" and it went to court, the roleplaying company won the lawsuit and the religion lost the rights to their name (at least in print). I will not mention any details, as this isn't the place for it, but my point in mentioning it is that Paizo is probably just being careful when it comes to making a dragonborn like race, and the best way to be careful is to avoid it entirely unless/until they are sure they don't infringe on WotC's IP, especially with how they are so intrinsically tied to WotC with the OGL and yet have now become their primary competitor.

Yeah, but White Wolf sues everybody so that is not really a fair story. ;)


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Chapter 1
Dwarf
Elf
Gnome
Half-Elf
Half-Orc
Halfling
Human

Chapter 2
Aasimar
Catfolk
Dhampir
Drow
Fetchling
Goblin
Hobgoblin
Ifrit
Kobold
Orc
Oread
Ratfolk
Sylph
Tengu
Tiefling
Undine

Chapter 3
Changling
Duegar
Gillmen
Grippli
Kitsune
Merfolk
Nagaji
Samsarans
Strix
Suli
Svirnfneblin
Vanara
Vishkanya
Wayang

Chapter 4
Race creation

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It'll be interesting to see if they bother to try and handle Noble Drow characters. And how they're going to handle Svirnfneblin, for that matter. Both are relatively high-powered.


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AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:
For a while George A. Romero had a copyright on the word zombie.

I'm fairly certain this isn't true, as a note.


I hope we see another book like this one for whatever other races that Paizo has in future products.


So what is the official release date?

Dark Archive

for non subscribers it is June 20th. For subscribers the web page says they will place a hold on the money on the 8th so means they following week subscribers will get access to the PDF's. So likely around the end of the week or beginning of the following week, likely some time between the 11th and 15th.

Dark Archive

No preview, today? :' (

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