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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Advanced Race Guide - Love it

4/5

I really love this book. I've always enjoyed making new races and this book allows me to balance them out really well. There are many options and a variety of new races.

The biggest downside is that there aren't enough options. There are things that I've wanted to add to a race but it wasn't listed and I had to guess at cost. I realize that there are so many options out there, however, an "errata" or web edition with additional features might be nice.

Thanks for a great product, Paizo!

Toni D.


a guide, for races!!

4/5

good book at all, it has evrything you need, and things you dont!!

its good book, short, but you dont need more

Maybe in the future, the paizo crew may give us some companion for the race builder with more options for all!!

and in one future, maybe we can see some class builder, just like the race builder!!


Step Out of Your Skin, and Into Someone Else's: Advanced Race Guide

5/5

This suppliment, while not vital, certainly returns your money's worth. With over thirty races covered, hundreds of ways to customize characters, and tons of new feats, spells, and magic items, it's a great way to spark the creative juices. Fixing Drow Noble "Innate" abilities makes it worth the cover price all by itself. Check out my full review Advanced Race Guide


Presented well with poor Race Builder and lacking options

3/5

Races and options within the Core, Featured, and Uncommon races are well presented and edited. Gives options and makes specific Archetypes easier with alot of builds and racial options to help you along the way.

The Racial Build options are listed adequately and easily presented. Not every race presented in the book is in the Core & Expanded Race Examples listing, as well as some more uncommon blocks as in Gnoll, Ogre, and Centaur is barely represented with unfilled stat blocks. The Examples and other stat block has misrepresented traits and poorly calculated totals, leaving to much page flipping and headaches.

The amount of options that are presented is adequate, but not inclusive of what has come before, for example Improved Low Light Vision or other basic traits.

Not a bad book by any means. Great for players, a bit of a headache for DMs who enjoy balancing races and abilities.

~3.5 Stars, actually.


Variety, Depth, and Some New Ideas

5/5

I mostly got Advanced Race Guide in order to have a single book with all the information pertaining to both the basic races and those not-so-basic but still typical choices, such as goblins and aasimar. All that is perfectly excecuted and with quite more depth than I was anticipating.

I was pleasantly surprised to see some unique and original ideas, however, and the book ended up having far more races available than I originally expected.

The races included are:

7 Core Races: This get the deepest treatment, and include Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Halflings, Gnomes, Hal-Orcs, Half-Elves.

16 Featured Races: Though not as detailed as the Core Races, they have a lot of stuff going on, including unique spells and special equipment. They include the Aasimar, Catfolk, Dhampirs, Drow, Fetchlings, Goblins, Hobgoblins, Ifrits, Kobolds, Oreads, Ratfolk, Sylphs, Tengu, Tieflings, and Undines.

14 Uncommon Races: Less detailed than above, but with enough information to be worth it. They include the Changelings, Duergar, Gillmen, Grippli, Kitsune, Merfolk, Nagaji, Samsarans, Strix, Suli-Jann, Svirfneblin, Vanaras, Vishkanyas, and Wayangs.

11 Additional Races: These are presented mostly as examples of the Race Builder, and consist of nothing more than a short explanation and the basic rules to use them as characters, being mostly monstrous creatures that probably won't fit in most campaigns. They include the Centaurs, Drider, Gargoyles, Gnoll, Lizardfolk, Ogres, Cathlain, Kasatha, Trox, Wyrwood, and Wyvaran.

So 256 pages dedicated to 48 races, their background, magic, gear, feats, and archetypes, as well as a pretty powerful Race Builder to make those not included.

I say well worth the money.


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No Problem


Erik Mona wrote:

You should read the description. Every playable race in the entire game will be in this book.

Plus new ones you can make from scratch.

I hope we'll also get ways to 'translate' races from 3rd party products into being Pathfinder-legal. I like some of them, even if a few seem overly powerful.

Really this does look like something I'll vastly enjoy. Thank you, Paizo.


>>Lastly, the Advanced Race Guide includes an extensive section that allows players and GMs to build their own custom races, either to emulate more powerful creatures that already exist in the game or to create wholly original characters unique to their campaign.<<

Really liking this part. I enjoy creating my own worlds with different races. Just as an example, I have one world with a race of halfling sized mouse people. Another with a pterodactyly like race. And so on, etc etc blah blah.

And while I think I can create pretty balanced races on my own simply using the ones that already exist in the CRB as a guide, it's awesome to finally have an "extensive" section of advice and guidance from professionals who've been doing this as a living for a long time.

So yeah. Definitely buying this. :D

Dark Archive

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I am looking forward to the playtest announcement. I really want to get my hands on that stuff.


David Fryer wrote:
I am looking forward to the playtest announcement. I really want to get my hands on that stuff.

Can't wait to see the Dhampir stuff.


David Fryer wrote:
I am looking forward to the playtest announcement. I really want to get my hands on that stuff.

Same here

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
David Fryer wrote:
I am looking forward to the playtest announcement. I really want to get my hands on that stuff.

I don't see this as a product that they would playtest, It is more like an Bestiary type product, which they don't playtest.

Liberty's Edge

Don't they already have some of these races in the bestiaries, like the drow and grippli? Am I missing something?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
David Fryer wrote:
I am looking forward to the playtest announcement. I really want to get my hands on that stuff.
I don't see this as a product that they would playtest, It is more like an Bestiary type product, which they don't playtest.

last line of the current description says the race building rules will be the next major open playtest.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Tessius wrote:


last line of the current description says the race building rules will be the next major open playtest.

See what happens when I don't read the last line!


PeevedNixie wrote:
Don't they already have some of these races in the bestiaries, like the drow and grippli? Am I missing something?

Its for racial options for those races

Dark Archive

Dragnmoon wrote:
Tessius wrote:


last line of the current description says the race building rules will be the next major open playtest.

See what happens when I don't read the last line!

:)

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
Tessius wrote:


last line of the current description says the race building rules will be the next major open playtest.

See what happens when I don't read the last line!

Eh..I was scrolling up from the posts. I didn't read the first umpteen lines of the description :)

Liberty's Edge

Azure_Zero wrote:
PeevedNixie wrote:
Don't they already have some of these races in the bestiaries, like the drow and grippli? Am I missing something?
Its for racial options for those races

OK. Thanks!

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

A post was removed. "Firsting" is not a habit we want to encourage.


PeevedNixie wrote:
Azure_Zero wrote:


Its for racial options for those races
OK. Thanks!

A wish list is being compiled in the "Advanced Race Guide" Wish List thread

Read and enjoy peoples thoughts on their wishes


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Ross Byers wrote:
A post was removed. "Firsting" is not a habit we want to encourage.

Boy I so read that wrong at fist.

Scarab Sages

I can't wait for this book!!
I have never been someone that dips outside the "core 7" races (I've only played elves, sometimes half elves & humans) but I cannot wait for more racial archetypes!
I am also way excited for mermaid options. Can they shapeshift to legs now, making them playable outside an aquatic game? We will have to see! (There are always the aquatic nymphs to use instead.)

Anyway, I saw the cover in my email notice for this announcement (if that is the cover. It's different from this mockup, which is from the Core book I believe) & love it.

Excited about elves & mermaids especially, but overall just psyched for this.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

KaeYoss wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
A post was removed. "Firsting" is not a habit we want to encourage.
Boy I so read that wrong at fist.

You are not alone.

And now I'm wondering if that was an intentional typo :)


Will this product include material from the "Pathfinder Companion: <Race> of Golarion" products?


Travis Heldibridle wrote:
Will this product include material from the "Pathfinder Companion: <Race> of Golarion" products?

It's a possibility.

A wish list is being compiled in the "Advanced Race Guide" Wish List thread

If you wish it, it may come true.


I believe we have tons of options for the "core" races. I really want to see more options for the other races like the elemental touched races, the dhampyrs, etc. Then this book will be worth my money :D

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Travis Heldibridle wrote:
Will this product include material from the "Pathfinder Companion: <Race> of Golarion" products?

I think its probable that we'll see some updated versions of stuff from the 3.5 racial companions, but I doubt we'll see anything from the newer ones.

Dark Archive

CapeCodRPGer wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
CapeCodRPGer wrote:

So this has 64 pages less the the just announced Beastary 3. But both retail for $39.99.

Should'nt it be less?

Who said it was 64 pages? Since it is a hardback book I imagine it will be at least 200 pages.
The Beastary 3 is 320 pages, the Advanced Race Guide 256 pages. 64 pages LESS then the Beastary 3. But both retail for the same price.

Ah ok my mistake, I misread what you said, sorry. Teach me from posting at nearly 5am my time.

As for why. Well other than art, I am not sure the cost of producing and printing a book of those sizes would be much different. Plus as someone else said I imagine they will print fewer as likely less will buy it.

Dark Archive

KaeYoss wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
A post was removed. "Firsting" is not a habit we want to encourage.
Boy I so read that wrong at fist.

You wasn't the only one. :)

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
A post was removed. "Firsting" is not a habit we want to encourage.
Boy I so read that wrong at fist.
You wasn't the only one. :)

Ditto :)

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Society Subscriber
Erik Mona wrote:

They're called races in the game, so the word "race" is going to be in the title of the book.

In fact, the title of the book is going to be "Advanced Race Guide".

Given that EVERY SINGLE PC-appropriate race will be included in this book, they all get to be "advanced" races together.

Does that mean that a black dragon or an aboleth or something might get offended because it is not "advanced"?

Probably.

So be it. I am not afraid of them, because they are imaginary.

I'm imaginary? Hmmmm....

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dark_Mistress wrote:
CapeCodRPGer wrote:
The Beastary 3 is 320 pages, the Advanced Race Guide 256 pages. 64 pages LESS then the Beastary 3. But both retail for the same price.

Ah ok my mistake, I misread what you said, sorry. Teach me from posting at nearly 5am my time.

As for why. Well other than art, I am not sure the cost of producing and printing a book of those sizes would be much different. Plus as someone else said I imagine they will print fewer as likely less will buy it.

Well, we could charge $44.99 for the Bestiary 3 if you'd prefer.

I'm only half kidding. In theory, anything could be priced at any amount, but there's a much smaller number of potential price points that actually make sense for consumer products due to perceived distinction. That is, most purchasers don't see a lot of difference between, say, $40.00 and $44.99, but, to many people, $45 "feels" noticeably more expensive. (In lower price tiers, increments smaller than $5 have perceived distinction, and in higher price tiers, the increment can be much larger.)

Realistically, then, the price points that make sense in that range are $34.99, $39.99, and $44.99.

$34.99 is too cheap given our cost of goods even for the 256-pagers, and $44.99 is too expensive given our cost of goods even for the 320-pager (because higher prices can mean lower sales). $39.99 gives us an acceptable margin on both (though obviously a slightly lower margin on the larger book).


I'm definitely interested :) And glad it's a year away ... far too many other PF books to get before it ;)


Sketchpad wrote:
I'm definitely interested :) And glad it's a year away ... far too many other PF books to get before it ;)

So true

Scarab Sages

I'm thrilled to bitses! :-D

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns Subscriber

I am so happy to see this book as i loved the Races books of 3.5. I am glad I just got my Roleplaying Subscription and cannot wait for the Bestiary 3 and this little lovely!! Thank you guys ever so much for this.

...now maybe a Kingdom Building/ Stronghold HC would be fantastic!!


Finally. The Aasimar gets some love. I just hope they have a lifespan as long as the half-elf.


PeevedNixie wrote:
Azure_Zero wrote:
PeevedNixie wrote:
Don't they already have some of these races in the bestiaries, like the drow and grippli? Am I missing something?
Its for racial options for those races
OK. Thanks!

I think the guidelines found in the bestiaries for these races, however, lend themselves to a playable PC:

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/rules-for-monsters/monsters-as-pcs

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golem101 wrote:

OK, it had to happen.

Not interested. Also, would be a sad panda if supporting cast NPCs of exotic races would become suddenly more frequent than the current rare/thematically appropriate (eg. tieflings in CoT) as a consequence.

+1

But this being a non Golarion specific book I doubt there will be a sudden rise of non basic races in the Golarion specific stuff. At least I hope not. And I pretty much do not allow any of the non basic races in my game unless there is a really good reason for a player to be playing one.

Regardless I will buy it through my subscription as I do own all of the Piazo3.5 and Pathfiner materials.

Silver Crusade

We need some kind of dragon race! No not lizard folk. Dragons are completely different from reptiles.


Triga wrote:
We need some kind of dragon race! No not lizard folk. Dragons are completely different from reptiles.

The return of the Draconic template anyone

or we could just have a Dragon-touched race.

Put it in the "Advanced Race Guide" Wish List

Contributor

I've already put this in the wish list, but I'd like to see a playable construct race. I wouldn't mind if it had some kind of LA, I just want to a construct. Perhaps playable clockworks?

Sovereign Court

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Triga wrote:
We need some kind of dragon race!

You've already got kobolds.


What are the odds that the "spotlight" races will be playable in PFS?

Magic 8-Ball Says, "signs point to yes."

Stupid 8-ball!

Tries again, "better not tell you now"


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Kyle Baird wrote:
What are the odds that the "spotlight" races will be playable in PFS?

I hope there's a race powered by gunpowder that shoots bullets out of its eyes. I'm gonna make mine a magus.


Long wait but worth it for some monstrous humanoid playable races.

Must buy. 'Nuff Said.

Sovereign Court Raging Swan Press

Twin Dragons wrote:
David Fryer wrote:
I am looking forward to the playtest announcement. I really want to get my hands on that stuff.
Can't wait to see the Dhampir stuff.

Landon Bellavia is working on a dhampir supplement for Raging Swan which is designed as a player options type product. If you are after dhampir stuff, you should definitely check it out! It should be out in a couple of months.


What no Thundarians?


gbonehead wrote:
KaeYoss wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
A post was removed. "Firsting" is not a habit we want to encourage.
Boy I so read that wrong at fist.

You are not alone.

And now I'm wondering if that was an intentional typo :)

Ha ha ha!

Travis Heldibridle wrote:
Will this product include material from the "Pathfinder Companion: <Race> of Golarion" products?

This isn't about Golarion, so I guess not. Except maybe a few traits.


I wonder if a playtest of the Advanced Race Guide will allow us to test out some of the new racial options paizo is cooking up.


I hope the heritor feat hierarchy, I proposed in the first post gets considered.


Corrected:

I hope the heritor feat hierarchy, I proposed in the first post of the Advanced Races Guide Wish list thread gets considered.

Grand Lodge

Also I want to see the ubue, or some other playable large sized and/or powerful build like race like the Goliath


Critzible wrote:

Also I want to see the ubue, or some other playable large sized and/or powerful build like race like the Goliath

I personally think Powerful Build is too powerful to be a Racial Trait. I don't like it on the Half-Giant (Dreamscarred Press) and I wouldn't like it on any other race.

Now, a feat that granted Powerful Build, that I could get behind.

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