Pathfinder Player Companion: Quests & Campaigns (PFRPG)

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All great characters are made even greater by the adventures they undertake, and yours is no exception! Pathfinder Player Companion: Quests & Campaigns takes your adventurer from zero to hero, providing all manner of tools to aid in the creation and development of your character’s own legend. From tables to aid in character creation to feats that point your newly forged champion toward even greater power, this volume offers countless sources of inspiration to prepare you for new and amazing adventures.

Quests & Campaigns presents an in-depth discussion and exploration of new player options to help firmly root your character in the world of Golarion and establish her own legend, whether she’s adventuring in ancient ruins, waging war against a rival kingdom, or operating her own tavern! Each Pathfinder Player Companion includes new options and tools for every Pathfinder RPG player.

Inside this book, you’ll find:

  • Random character generation tables to help you create an adventurer who’s sure to become a legendary figure in Golarion lore!
  • New story feats to inspire epic quests and bestow great powers upon those who complete their adventures.
  • Dozens of new traits to further invest your character in the world of Golarion and make sure that his first adventure isn’t his last.
  • The all-new divine ceremony spell, which allows clerics to officiate at weddings, celebrations of birth, and dozens of other rituals and rites.
  • New magic items, spells, and feats for characters using the rules from Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Campaign, from arcana that teleports your business to magical swords designed to slay your own treacherous kin.
This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

Written by Amanda Harmon and David N. Ross.
Cover Art by Kieran Yanner.

Each monthly 32-page Pathfinder Player Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume’s theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for all types of characters, as well as traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-513-6

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Great for Ultimate Campaign

4/5

Some drawbacks and new lore feats. Clerics see a lot of love. A lot of this material is way to improve your character's back story and lore, which will benefit players who don't run ultimate campaign as well as players who do.


Useful companion to Ultimate Campaign

4/5

Read my full review on my blog.

Quests & Campaigns is a very handy companion book to Ultimate Campaign. However, I should note that it will be of minimal use to people who don’t own or use Ultimate Campaign. While there is some material that doesn’t rely on the systems in Ultimate Campaign, many of the new feats, spells, and magic items in the book specifically affect things from the downtime, kingdom building, or mass combat rules. Those who use Ultimate Campaign, though, will find Quests & Campaigns an excellent companion.


New feats, new traits - and a new feeling of disappointment

3/5

Yes, there are new feats. Yes, there are new traits. Yes, there are new spells. To build your empire, to rule an army, to repair one's home.
That's what you find when looking behind the "new player options to help firmly root your character in the world of Golarion and establish her own legend".
Q&C basically feels like an extension to Ultimate Campaign, and if you know that, and if that's what you want, you get it. But if you aren't using the big building-your-kindom part from UC you surely don't need this book.
You get
- New feats (for those kingdom building stuff), as well as
- new story feats,
- new traits, some are really nice,
- new drawbacks (so-so),
- new how-to-repair-or-move-my-kingdom spells,
- the ceremony (I still don't know whether I like it or not) and
- some new magic items.

I expected more stuff usable every day, but if you like kingdom building and you liked UC, this is nice. If you didn't, it's not. Maybe I just read this information over, but for the first time, I got disappointed by a Paizo product. But well, I've got enough other paizo stuff to be excited about (-:


Feels like a long teaser for Ultimate Campaign

3/5

I like a lot of what is in this book, but in the end, it feels like a sneak peak into what you would get if you purchased Ultimate Campaign (which I don't have). This is the first time that I felt that one Pathfinder product was written primarily to sell another particular Pathfinder product and in that respect I was disappointed.

While it has successfully gotten me excited about the larger book, I feel that Quests and Campaigns is hit or miss and doesn't stand up well on its own. I like the story feats (which takes up 10 pages) and the drawbacks, which are like the flaws from the 3.5 book Unearthed Arcana but set at the trait level (i.e., take a drawback and you can pick a 3rd trait). But some of the book is ho hum (4 more pages of traits - don't we have enough already?) and other parts are not going to make total sense to those who don't have the book, especially the feats and the 2-page-long spell ceremony.

If you're a GM, this is going to be insufficient unless you also have Ultimate Campaign. If you're a player, much of the book is going to be useless, unless you are playing in a game where you know your GM is using some of the optional rule systems (many of which do sound interesting) in the book. And while it's probably not a surprise to anyone, it's worth pointing out that very little of this book is legal for Pathfinder Society play. In sum, Quests & Campaigns by itself is limited in its usefulness for a large chunk of the Pathfinder player base.


Quests & Campaigns

5/5

Having just purchased Ultimate Campaign a week ago, I can safely say that this books is, in all the best ways, a collection of tools, ideas, tables, and bonus rules that got trimmed from the (very well done) Ult. Campaign. My players are just entering into a point in their campaign where they are building structures, training a revolutionary group, and uncovering lots about their own character's backstories, so both books are going to come in very handy. I can suggest Q&C for any player looking to randomize character creation, generate interesting backstories for NPCs or introductory PCs, focus on artifact hunting (questing?), or worldbuilding in-between skirmishes. Quests & Campaigns directly compliments Ultimate Campaign and will be treated like the younger sibling to that book.

Bonus Surprise!: Reintroduction of Drawbacks (aka "Flaws"), something I've included as a house rule for some time now, and a very helpful Background Generator that I'm sure will see quite a bit of use!


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When will this be available from my FNGS?


goldomark wrote:

What does that ceremony spell do?

It givesa +2 luck bonus against divorce checks? *rim shot*

It provides a boon based on one of four possible ceremonies (Funeral, Holiday Fete, Marriage, and Naming). In addition, the cleric can create additional ceremonies based on his domains.

Dark Archive

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

When will this be available from my FNGS?

The release date is the same as the PDF (June 26th). It's possible that your store might take longer than that to get it though.


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Heine Stick wrote:
goldomark wrote:

What does that ceremony spell do?

It givesa +2 luck bonus against divorce checks? *rim shot*

It provides a boon based on one of four possible ceremonies (Funeral, Holiday Fete, Marriage, and Naming). In addition, the cleric can create additional ceremonies based on his domains.

This will sound odd, but I'm assuming that various marriage rituals differ from deity to deity. Which kinda makes me wonder, what, say weddings look like when performed by the darker faiths like Zon-Kuthon, Urgathoa, or Lamashtu. What? I have a perverse curiosity.


Who is the cover artist please? :)


Patrick Kropp wrote:

Who is the cover artist please? :)

Kieran Yanner.

If you use Facebook and haven't already done so, I suggest "liking" the Pathfinder Art Facebook page.


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Love the content, but did I miss the discussion on the paper stock changing? The Kobold PG and this arrived at that same time, but the printing stock is completely different. I like the new stock and hope it helps keep the interior images from printing too darkly.

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WampaX wrote:
Love the content, but did I miss the discussion on the paper stock changing? The Kobold PG and this arrived at that same time, but the printing stock is completely different. I like the new stock and hope it helps keep the interior images from printing too darkly.

In order to ensure this book was printed in a timely manner, we sent it to a Canadian printer rather than our usual one in China. That's why the paper stock for the cover is different.


Hmmm, Blessed Story Feat and no comment from Mikaze yet! I thought for sure that would be right up his alley, =) Love the book so far!

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
goldomark wrote:

What does that ceremony spell do?

It givesa +2 luck bonus against divorce checks? *rim shot*

It provides a boon based on one of four possible ceremonies (Funeral, Holiday Fete, Marriage, and Naming). In addition, the cleric can create additional ceremonies based on his domains.
This will sound odd, but I'm assuming that various marriage rituals differ from deity to deity. Which kinda makes me wonder, what, say weddings look like when performed by the darker faiths like Zon-Kuthon, Urgathoa, or Lamashtu. What? I have a perverse curiosity.

Just my 2 copper, but...

I'd personally expect Lamashtu's to be sexualized and to involve sacrifices by a bride in the hopes that the goddess would bless her womb with many goddess-touched offspring. This deity seems like the sort to encourage a woman to take multiple husbands, presuming she bothers with such a long-term alliance.

A marriage performed in the name of Zon-Kuthon or Urgathoa seems to me likely to be a relatively simple or improvised affair, since these deities don't really seem to have much divine interest in marriage. The big, ritualized, significantly sacred/profane marriages seem likely to be found only among faiths revolving around love, marriage, fertility, or contracts, and outside of places where religion is restricted (such as Nidal), I'd expect people to most often be married by a priest of such a deity as Abadar, Asmodeus (especially political marriages), Erastil, Gozreh, Lamashtu (as mentioned above), Pharasma (especially if there is a pregnant bride or a bride who desires many successful pregnancies), Sarenrae (especially marriages formalizing relationships built on an exceptional degree of honesty/forgiveness), or Shelyn (especially those who marry for love despite any trouble it causes).

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
MythMage wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
goldomark wrote:

What does that ceremony spell do?

It givesa +2 luck bonus against divorce checks? *rim shot*

It provides a boon based on one of four possible ceremonies (Funeral, Holiday Fete, Marriage, and Naming). In addition, the cleric can create additional ceremonies based on his domains.
This will sound odd, but I'm assuming that various marriage rituals differ from deity to deity. Which kinda makes me wonder, what, say weddings look like when performed by the darker faiths like Zon-Kuthon, Urgathoa, or Lamashtu. What? I have a perverse curiosity.

Just my 2 copper, but...

I'd personally expect Lamashtu's to be sexualized and to involve sacrifices by a bride in the hopes that the goddess would bless her womb with many goddess-touched offspring. This deity seems like the sort to encourage a woman to take multiple husbands, presuming she bothers with such a long-term alliance.

A marriage performed in the name of Zon-Kuthon or Urgathoa seems to me likely to be a relatively simple or improvised affair, since these deities don't really seem to have much divine interest in marriage. The big, ritualized, significantly sacred/profane marriages seem likely to be found only among faiths revolving around love, marriage, fertility, or contracts, and outside of places where religion is restricted (such as Nidal), I'd expect people to most often be married by a priest of such a deity as Abadar, Asmodeus (especially political marriages), Erastil, Gozreh, Lamashtu (as mentioned above), Pharasma (especially if there is a pregnant bride or a bride who desires many successful pregnancies), Sarenrae (especially marriages formalizing relationships built on an exceptional degree of honesty/forgiveness), or Shelyn (especially those who marry for love despite any trouble it causes).

The wedding might be a minor affair for Urgathoa, but the reception will be quite the party...


MythMage wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
goldomark wrote:

What does that ceremony spell do?

It givesa +2 luck bonus against divorce checks? *rim shot*

It provides a boon based on one of four possible ceremonies (Funeral, Holiday Fete, Marriage, and Naming). In addition, the cleric can create additional ceremonies based on his domains.
This will sound odd, but I'm assuming that various marriage rituals differ from deity to deity. Which kinda makes me wonder, what, say weddings look like when performed by the darker faiths like Zon-Kuthon, Urgathoa, or Lamashtu. What? I have a perverse curiosity.

Just my 2 copper, but...

I'd personally expect Lamashtu's to be sexualized and to involve sacrifices by a bride in the hopes that the goddess would bless her womb with many goddess-touched offspring. This deity seems like the sort to encourage a woman to take multiple husbands, presuming she bothers with such a long-term alliance.

A marriage performed in the name of Zon-Kuthon or Urgathoa seems to me likely to be a relatively simple or improvised affair, since these deities don't really seem to have much divine interest in marriage. The big, ritualized, significantly sacred/profane marriages seem likely to be found only among faiths revolving around love, marriage, fertility, or contracts, and outside of places where religion is restricted (such as Nidal), I'd expect people to most often be married by a priest of such a deity as Abadar, Asmodeus (especially political marriages), Erastil, Gozreh, Lamashtu (as mentioned above), Pharasma (especially if there is a pregnant bride or a bride who desires many successful pregnancies), Sarenrae (especially marriages formalizing relationships built on an exceptional degree of honesty/forgiveness), or Shelyn (especially those who marry for love despite any trouble it causes).

My own take on an Urgathoan wedding is that you'll have a hard time telling the difference between that and a funeral. Mostly because they're very often the same thing, especially when the bride or groom is an undead. I think there was a comment to that effect in the article covering Urgathoa's faith that described how many of her priestesses have 'harems' of zombified former husbands.

And of course that's not even touching the reception, when the celebrants shamble out into the streets and drag back the first mortal they meet to join in the buffet.


I am excited about the divine ceremony spell.

Silver Crusade

Swashbucklersdc wrote:
Hmmm, Blessed Story Feat and no comment from Mikaze yet! I thought for sure that would be right up his alley, =) Love the book so far!

Just read it. (a lot came out this month!) I really love that redemptive angle it takes. :)

Admittedly a bit harder for, say, a half-orc barbarian or a tiefling paladin to take, but it's still something that can be shot for by those characters.


Love this alongside Ultimate Campaign, but it creates great woes...Stronghold Story Feat or Dynasty Founder Story Feat in my RotRL Campaign for my rogue...the decisions, the decisions, =)


Question regarding the Precocious Youth feat ?

It references the "young age catagory" ???

I have never seen a "young age catagory" introduced anywhere....did I miss something ?


nighttree wrote:

Question regarding the Precocious Youth feat ?

It references the "young age catagory" ???

I have never seen a "young age catagory" introduced anywhere....did I miss something ?

Look in Ultimate Campaign, it's there.


Azure_Zero wrote:


Look in Ultimate Campaign, it's there.

I'm really learning not to trust the search feature on the PDF's....:(

Thanks Azure.

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Superscriber

I love the goblin versions of Seoni and Valeros on the inside covers. The Valeros one even gets the pose from the Core rulebook spot-on. Does anybody know if the goblin Seoni is a reference to a particular picture somewhere? Also, are there other goblin iconics in other books that I've missed?


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Enlight_Bystand wrote:
MythMage wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
goldomark wrote:

What does that ceremony spell do?

It givesa +2 luck bonus against divorce checks? *rim shot*

It provides a boon based on one of four possible ceremonies (Funeral, Holiday Fete, Marriage, and Naming). In addition, the cleric can create additional ceremonies based on his domains.
This will sound odd, but I'm assuming that various marriage rituals differ from deity to deity. Which kinda makes me wonder, what, say weddings look like when performed by the darker faiths like Zon-Kuthon, Urgathoa, or Lamashtu. What? I have a perverse curiosity.

Just my 2 copper, but...

I'd personally expect Lamashtu's to be sexualized and to involve sacrifices by a bride in the hopes that the goddess would bless her womb with many goddess-touched offspring. This deity seems like the sort to encourage a woman to take multiple husbands, presuming she bothers with such a long-term alliance.

A marriage performed in the name of Zon-Kuthon or Urgathoa seems to me likely to be a relatively simple or improvised affair, since these deities don't really seem to have much divine interest in marriage. The big, ritualized, significantly sacred/profane marriages seem likely to be found only among faiths revolving around love, marriage, fertility, or contracts, and outside of places where religion is restricted (such as Nidal), I'd expect people to most often be married by a priest of such a deity as Abadar, Asmodeus (especially political marriages), Erastil, Gozreh, Lamashtu (as mentioned above), Pharasma (especially if there is a pregnant bride or a bride who desires many successful pregnancies), Sarenrae (especially marriages formalizing relationships built on an exceptional degree of honesty/forgiveness), or Shelyn (especially those who marry for love despite any trouble it causes).

The wedding might be a minor affair for Urgathoa, but the reception will be quite the party...

Your Grace, I feel I've been remiss in my duties. I've given you meat and wine and music, but I haven’t shown you the hospitality you deserve. My King has married and I owe my new Queen a wedding gift.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I was just going through my collection and notice that the cover for Quests & Campaigns is not as glossy as my other books.

Is this the same for everyone, or is mine a print error?


RedXian wrote:

I was just going through my collection and notice that the cover for Quests & Campaigns is not as glossy as my other books.

Is this the same for everyone, or is mine a print error?

No, mine's that way too. I think they explained it elsewhere in the thread that they used a different printer for this one?

Oh, and I want to say that I love the new kingdom-ruling and generalship feats, as well as the hints on various sorts of quests PCs can engage in for the sake of their story feats.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Eric Hinkle wrote:
RedXian wrote:

I was just going through my collection and notice that the cover for Quests & Campaigns is not as glossy as my other books.

Is this the same for everyone, or is mine a print error?

No, mine's that way too. I think they explained it elsewhere in the thread that they used a different printer for this one?

Oh, and I want to say that I love the new kingdom-ruling and generalship feats, as well as the hints on various sorts of quests PCs can engage in for the sake of their story feats.

It wasn't a different printer per se, rather the printer used a different stock of paper.


Different printer, Canadian instead of Chinese, for time reasons. (At least that's what was said).


rknop wrote:
I love the goblin versions of Seoni and Valeros on the inside covers. The Valeros one even gets the pose from the Core rulebook spot-on. Does anybody know if the goblin Seoni is a reference to a particular picture somewhere? Also, are there other goblin iconics in other books that I've missed?

I was under the impression that the 'Goblin Seoni' was also intended to be a riff on the iconic pose from the RotRL cover & CRB. However, nope, no other iconics 'Goblinified' to my knowledge.

I'm a bit upset. I was really hoping those two would be available as avatars & for a while the Goblin Seoni was...
but now I can't find either of them in the available pictures.

epic sad face :C

Paizo Employee Developer

Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:

I'm a bit upset. I was really hoping those two would be available as avatars & for a while the Goblin Seoni was...

but now I can't find either of them in the available pictures.

epic sad face :C

Was it? New Paizo.com avatars usually come out twice a year or so in big bundles, and I don't think this book has been out long enough to have been included in the latest pack. I'm almost certain this one and the Valeros goblin will make the cut during the next update. :]

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Belle Mythix wrote:
Different printer, Canadian instead of Chinese, for time reasons. (At least that's what was said).

This is correct.


Patrick Renie wrote:
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:

I'm a bit upset. I was really hoping those two would be available as avatars & for a while the Goblin Seoni was...

but now I can't find either of them in the available pictures.

epic sad face :C

Was it? New Paizo.com avatars usually come out twice a year or so in big bundles, and I don't think this book has been out long enough to have been included in the latest pack. I'm almost certain this one and the Valeros goblin will make the cut during the next update. :]

They were put up but disappeared, and avatars get updated more often now, ask Chris Lambertz.


Patrick Renie wrote:
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:

I'm a bit upset. I was really hoping those two would be available as avatars & for a while the Goblin Seoni was...

but now I can't find either of them in the available pictures.

epic sad face :C

Was it? New Paizo.com avatars usually come out twice a year or so in big bundles, and I don't think this book has been out long enough to have been included in the latest pack. I'm almost certain this one and the Valeros goblin will make the cut during the next update. :]

Actually, the last couple of months the web team has been stellar & updated avatars monthly.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

In fact several new ones just went up today from July and August products :)

Paizo Employee Developer

Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
Patrick Renie wrote:
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:

I'm a bit upset. I was really hoping those two would be available as avatars & for a while the Goblin Seoni was...

but now I can't find either of them in the available pictures.

epic sad face :C

Was it? New Paizo.com avatars usually come out twice a year or so in big bundles, and I don't think this book has been out long enough to have been included in the latest pack. I'm almost certain this one and the Valeros goblin will make the cut during the next update. :]
Actually, the last couple of months the web team has been stellar & updated avatars monthly.

Ah, shame on this ungulate for stepping on the web team's toes then!


Cori Marie wrote:
In fact several new ones just went up today from July and August products :)

REeeeaaALLY?!


Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
Cori Marie wrote:
In fact several new ones just went up today from July and August products :)
REeeeaaALLY?!

dot this

Sovereign Court

Just got the book today at my FLGS and am pretty happy with it over-all.

The author of the trait Devoted Healer however might be shocked to know that:

PRD wrote:
Treating deadly wounds takes 1 hour of work.

Just something I noticed. Now we have a trait that requires you to throw someone into 20 hours of surgery to get use out of.


In the back of the book, in the "Random Faction" table, there is no entry for 61-65%... it jumps from "52-60 Mendevian Crusaders" to "66-70 Ninth Battalion"

Shadow Lodge

Student of Philosophy trait is in this book, use int instead of cha for most diplomacy/bluff checks.

I only play PFS, not sure if the remainder of the feats/spells/items/etc are worth buying the book?

Most of the reviews say "it's like Ultimate Campaign", but I bought Ultimate Campaign only for the retraining rules and the above-mentioned extras, and wasn't terribly impressed with what it had to offer. And I get the impression this is Ultimate Campaign Lite !


Avatar-1 wrote:

Student of Philosophy trait is in this book, use int instead of cha for most diplomacy/bluff checks.

I only play PFS, not sure if the remainder of the feats/spells/items/etc are worth buying the book?

Most of the reviews say "it's like Ultimate Campaign", but I bought Ultimate Campaign only for the retraining rules and the above-mentioned extras, and wasn't terribly impressed with what it had to offer. And I get the impression this is Ultimate Campaign Lite !

I wouldn't call it UCa lite. It's more that all the Hardcover Rules books are 'setting Neutral'. This book focuses on 'fine tuning' the information in UCa to be specific to Golarion. It has at least five pages of new traits, two pages of new drawbacks & several new feats, including new story feats, as well as feats and spells which are specifically focused on utilizing the downtime & kingdom rules. Granted, from what you say, I doubt you will get as much utility from this as someone like myself, who doesn't really play PFS.

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