It's here! :)
It's strange, but I kind of see the release of the Player's Guide as the opening overture for each AP. It's the announcement: Now we begin!
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Oh, ow with the ice spike. Also:
Let's remember not to post spoilers from the other Reign Of Winter threads or product descriptions!
Given the flurry of discussion, a lot of us have kind of taken details of this AP for granted, but we should try to keep the player's guide thread spoiler free!
I mean seriously. Can you imagine playing through this AP without any idea of what exactly was coming? :)
I posted it in the blog, but this might be a better place for it:
Ideal Party of Four:
Gretel - Female Human Winter Witch
Hansel - Male Human Witch Hunter Inquisitor of Sarenrae
Big Jock - Gnome Titan Mauler Barbarian
Wee Jock - Gnome Prankster
Five person Party:
Medium Jock - Gnome Experimental Gunsmith Gunslinger
Six Person Party:
Not-Quite-As-Big-As-Medium-Jock-But-Not-Quite-As-Wee-As-Wee-Jock Jock: Gnome Arctic Druid.
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I've been looking forward to this Player's Guide, but after reading it I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it. Compared to all the other Player's Guides we have from the former AP's, this one doesn't fool around with nice but somewhat vague descriptions - which is refreshing.
However, I have to wonder how many GM's complained about spoilers to Paizo for the first paragraph to happen? I can't recall any former Guides to be that much of a spoiler to any major point of the respective AP... also, giving the players options necessitates some information what these options are about/for, no? Just because the AP is titled "Reign of Winter" and the name Baba Yaga is thrown around doesn't give the whole plot away, at least not any more than "Rise of the Runelords" told you that some ancient dudes were about to come back, or how "Kingmaker" indictated that you wouldn't be a dingy commoner forever. Maybe its just me.
I am a little sad to see that there isn't any race and class advice. I can see that stuff about races is difficult to pull off when the guide tells you outright you will go to a a lot of exotic places, but not even classes? This was always cool for new players or if someone was totally lost about what to play (and it didn't stop the Jade Regent PG to include such information).
The Cold Weather Primer is cool (pun intended), I'm sure it replaces what might have been a new mechanic or subsystem in other Player's Guides. Nice to see that some of the lesser-used Core Rules are being put to use. Bonus points for inclusion of Winter Witch archetype and PrC, and cold weather equipment.
Hooray! Glad its out, can't wait to play this one.
Regarding the no-spoiler section, I think it was unnecessary. The player's guides never gave anything away that the players SHOULD'T know, and neither does this one. Even very detailed guides, like Carrion Crown and Jade Regent, helped give an idea of what was coming without spoiling anything secret. I'd have rather seen that space filled with information Heldren, what the PC's likely know at the beginning of the adventure, or cold weather survival tips.
I miss the guides that gave information specific to races and classes, those had the best value in my opinion. I'm not going to complain about a free product, especially when they're as good as this, but that format always appealed to me the most.
Still, really excited to see how this one goes, I've been brainstorming characters all day! :D
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Just printed out a copy of my PDF to review prior to starting up this campaign, and on the copyright page I notice that it says 'Printed in China'. No it wasn't! I just printed it myself, and it was never released by Paizo in printed form! :P