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!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-390-3

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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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sow as them the races that will be in this book??


I am the GM of a large group and my group REALLY wants new races. So if you could send this to me via wishlist, that would be awesome. Thanks!


If you want to know what races will be in the book I posted this info on the page right before this one. Now if your asking how many I would say at least 37 not including what examples are in the race creation chapter.


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Dragon78 wrote:

Hobgoblin

Awesome, most of our group is playing Hobgoblins.

My question is, what are they going to have in the book for the listed races (including this one)? Will it just be a rehash of what is in the Bestiaries, or is this list the one that will receive additional feats, spells, abilities, etc.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Hobbun wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

Hobgoblin

Awesome, most of our group is playing Hobgoblins.

My question is, what are they going to have in the book for the listed races (including this one)? Will it just be a rehash of what is in the Bestiaries, or is this list the one that will receive additional feats, spells, abilities, etc.

Those in Chapter 1 (the core races) have 10 pages each, Chapter 2 have 6 and chapter 3 have 2


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Ok, so it has 6 pages then. But then again, I wonder what will consist of those 6 pages. Extra racial feats, spells, abilities, etc? I’m assuming part of those pages will have some flavor text, as well.

Dark Archive

I want this book so hard.

Subscribers should start to receive their pdf copies any day now, I think? They usually get their copies "a week or two" in advance, yeah?

Dark Archive

Garden Tool wrote:

I want this book so hard.

Subscribers should start to receive their pdf copies any day now, I think? They usually get their copies "a week or two" in advance, yeah?

I haven't got my email saying it will be shipping soon. It is normally about 5 days after that are so that they do start shipping. So I would say subscribers should start getting PDF's most likely sometime next week. I know it has notes on the subscription page that the emails will go out (the ones letting you know the order is final but not yet shipped) I think it said the 7th or 8th.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

My subscription page says it will ship by June 15th.

So you are right, will probably be next week. Early next week is my guess.

Dark Archive

Hobbun wrote:

My subscription page says it will ship by June 15th.

So you are right, will probably be next week. Early next week is my guess.

Yep but it also says

Payment method authorized: Thursday

Which is the 7th which is what I was referring to in my previous post.


I hope the shipping starts Thursday then.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

So, to clarify, what day is it we receive our PDFs? The day the payment method is authorized?

Dark Archive

Nah that is the day the emails go out saying it will ship next week. But they sometimes if memory serves ships sooner than the second date by a day or two or later from time to time. So sometime next week. :)


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Which is what I agreed with originally.

We were looking around the same date, just figured it out differently than one another.

Dark Archive

Yes I was merely pointing out the date I was talking about. Mostly cause I have found that one to be more accurate of the two dates.

Web Product Manager

Hobbun wrote:
So, to clarify, what day is it we receive our PDFs? The day the payment method is authorized?

PDFs are added to your account once your subscription shipment actually ships (when your payment method is actually charged and your products are on their way to you) in our system. What order in the shipping process your order comes up is a bit more complicated, but generally we try to get all shipments out in the same week.


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Ok, thanks Chris. :)

Order of shipping should be end of alphabet to beginning.

Spoiler:
I'm W.

Dark Archive

Spoiler:
Sweet! I'm a "W," too. : D


Spoiler:
I am a "T"

Contributor

I'm an "A."

... what? I'm not going to hide it. I already told James Jacobs that I wanted to start an "Alliteration Name" club with him in his Ask James Jacobs thread.

Plus its in my user name already. >.>

Silver Crusade

Is the book cover shown on the product page what they're going with? If so, let me be the next person to elaborate:

Question: So this book is about creating and viewing all sorts of fantastic race options?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Like creatures with multiple arms and from various backgrounds and planets?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Just about anything my imagination can come up with?

Answer: Yes.

Question: And yet the cover depicts the iconic dwarf ranger and elf rogue at the fore-front, with a nameless tengu cleric playing second banana in the back, surrounded by what appears to be run-of-the-mill kobolds?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is the collective entity known as Paizo marketing susceptible to harm?

Answer: Yes.

Response: I've no further questions.


Volkspanzer wrote:


Question: So this book is about creating and viewing all sorts of fantastic race options?

Answer: Yes.

You answered wrong. It's primarily to support the existing races. Like dwarves. And elves. And tengu. And kobolds too.

The race creation guidelines are a small portion of this book, compared to the options for pre-existing races.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Cheapy wrote:
Volkspanzer wrote:


Question: So this book is about creating and viewing all sorts of fantastic race options?

Answer: Yes.

You answered wrong. It's primarily to support the existing races. Like dwarves. And elves. And tengu. And kobolds too.

The race creation guidelines are a small portion of this book, compared to the options for pre-existing races.

Yup.

I've got a copy of the book here. Looking at it...

The chapter on how to create your own race is on pages 212–239. So about 28 pages of the 256 page book is about that... the remaining 90% of the book or so is exactly what the cover promises—more about elves and tengus and dwarves and kobolds and other already-established races, from aasimar to wayang.

AKA: It's an accurately-themed cover.

Paizo Employee Senior Software Developer

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Volkspanzer wrote:

Question: Is the collective entity known as Paizo marketing susceptible to harm?

Answer: Yes.

I guess this is supposed to be funny or something, but it reads like you're wishing harm upon Paizo employees, and that's really not cool.

Dark Archive

It was obviously a pretty harmless statement. No need to sinister-ize it. However, if I can get a copy of my .pdf file right now, I can guarantee the Paizo marketing staff complete protection from Volkspanzer and his associates for the forseeable future.

Your move, Teter.

Spoiler:
EDIT: But seriously, I want that .pdf.

Silver Crusade

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"Volkspanzer" sounds suspicously like those noisy things that drove over my grandpa's garden in 1939, you might want to exercise caution.

Contributor

Gorbacz wrote:
"Volkspanzer" sounds suspicously like those noisy things that drove over my grandpa's garden in 1939, you might want to exercise caution.

I need to get out more, because I somehow read that as "Volkspanker". I don't know what that even might be, but it's probably not legal in my state. XD

But for folks waiting for the book, it's pretty damn spiffy :)

Dark Archive

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I want it so much.

This is actually something I'd always wanted WotC to do, back in the days of 3.5. Every new sourcebook would introduce some new race or class (the Monster Manuals were full of them) that would never see a scrap of product support again.

Every sourcebook succeeding it was all "elves and dwarves, fighters and wizards" again. I love the continuity in Paizo's Pathfinder products.


Well, can't argue with a response such as that. I apologize for my previous remark.

Silver Crusade

Gorstair wrote:
Well, can't argue with a response such as that. I apologize for my previous remark.

Whoops, wrong account. But all the same, I apologize for my griping.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

One of my friends got a copy of the Advanced Race Guide for participating in a local convention (lucky timing) and let me flip through it a bit.

I just want to let you guys know the book is as awesome as you hope*.

Hopefully my copy will be in my grubby paws shortly... or at least the PDF!

*:
Yeah, I'm biased as crazy!

But you won't be disappointed

Shadow Lodge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 8

Dennis Baker wrote:

One of my friends got a copy of the Advanced Race Guide for participating in a local convention (lucky timing) and let me flip through it a bit.

I just want to let you guys know the book is as awesome as you hope*.

Hopefully my copy will be in my grubby paws shortly... or at least the PDF!

** spoiler omitted **

GAH! SO ENVIOUS!

*brain a'splode*

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
Dennis Baker wrote:

One of my friends got a copy of the Advanced Race Guide for participating in a local convention (lucky timing) and let me flip through it a bit.

I just want to let you guys know the book is as awesome as you hope*.

Hopefully my copy will be in my grubby paws shortly... or at least the PDF!

** spoiler omitted **

GAH! SO ENVIOUS!

*brain a'splode*

Same here naturally. Also biased. Anxious to see how the drow, Suli, and Vishkanya turned out.


I can't wait to see the kobolds and goblins :-D


I can't wait to see the Catfolk, Aasimar, Gripli, Dhampir, Merfolk, and Kitsune. Well those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Liberty's Edge

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I can't wait to see what they do with Humans in this Book

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I usually groan at optional chapters (Words of Power I am oh so looking at you), but if the Race Builder System allows me to reverse-engineer Dark Sun races it will be worth every cent.

Dark Archive

Yeah, I'll be using it to create "official" Pathfinder warforged, shifters, kalashar, and (the Eberronian versions of) changelings.

Jon Brazer Enterprises

James Jacobs wrote:
the remaining 90%

I believe you mean 89.1%. *Sorry for being a stickler on math*


Dennis Baker, what convention did your friend go to to get the book? and was the event he was in to win it?


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Garden Tool wrote:
Yeah, I'll be using it to create "official" Pathfinder warforged, shifters, kalashar, and (the Eberronian versions of) changelings.

Spoiler:
You might not have to do the last one... if you can wait for Wayfinder #7.

Humans are definitely going to be the odd one out, considering this book is world-neutral and humans are supposed to be the most generic of all the races.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Dragon78 - It was KublaCon. I'm not sure what the specifics were beyond that as I didn't go.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Gorbacz wrote:
I usually groan at optional chapters (Words of Power I am oh so looking at you), but if the Race Builder System allows me to reverse-engineer Dark Sun races it will be worth every cent.

Those are my favorite rules that I never get to use, Gorbie. Be nice to the Words of Power.


So by shipping soon, are we looking at next week? The week after? ;)

Contributor

We should start shipping next week.


Liz Courts wrote:
We should start shipping next week.

Awesome! Thanks Liz :)


Garden Tool wrote:
Yeah, I'll be using it to create "official" Pathfinder warforged, shifters, kalashar, and (the Eberronian versions of) changelings.

Will you, now?


Garden Tool wrote:
Yeah, I'll be using it to create "official" Pathfinder warforged, shifters, kalashar, and (the Eberronian versions of) changelings.

It's only official, if it's made as content by Paizo (assembly included).


Azure_Zero wrote:
Garden Tool wrote:
Yeah, I'll be using it to create "official" Pathfinder warforged, shifters, kalashar, and (the Eberronian versions of) changelings.
It's only official, if it's made as content by Paizo (assembly included).

Hence why he put official in quotes, I assume.

At least re-creating those races using these rules is as "official" as we will ever get. At least the intent of balance will be there, using rules created by Paizo itself.
I'm sure it won't be legal in PFS, but then again... the same people that want to play in Eberron couldn't care less.

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