Pathfinder Player Companion: The Harrow Handbook (PFRPG)

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It’s in the Cards!

Pierce the veil of mystery surrounding the occult symbolism of the harrow! Steeped in ancient tradition, harrow decks have been used for centuries to foretell the future, perform magical feats, send coded messages and warnings, and manipulate fate. Divine your fortune, learn games of skill and chance, summon allies, curse enemies, or even build a character based on harrow archetypes as you delve into the lore and secrets of the cards.

Pathfinder Player Companion: Harrow Handbook presents a player-focused overview of the history, fortune-telling practices, and non-divinatory uses of the harrow deck, including ways to incorporate harrowing into your character’s background and skills. Every Pathfinder Player Companion includes new options and tools for every Pathfinder RPG player. These are just a few of the features you’ll find inside this book:

  • New archetypes, building types, equipment, feats, spells, and traits to help you incorporate the mystic secrets of the harrow into your characters and campaigns.
  • A guide to the lost harrow cards that sometimes appear unexpectedly in harrow decks, or are discovered in ancient tombs and lost hoards.
  • A new system for generating character backgrounds and motivations using the harrow deck, with associated traits.
  • Instructions for performing a harrow reading, and information on alternate harrow spreads used in telling fortunes.
  • Rules for games that use the harrow cards and are played everywhere from upper-class card parlors in Cheliax to underground gambling dens in Absalom.

This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

Written by Crystal Frasier, Will McCardell, and David Schwartz
Cover Art by Tyler Walpole

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-650-8

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Great product for Harrow fans

*****

If you like the harrow or even own a Harrow deck this is a must have.


Something for Everyone!

*****

archtypes, feats, more archtypes. More card spreads

I love the ultimate campaign for the story seeds and this book adds more! with the deck I already have! (but don't worry, you can use dice, playing cards or tarot cards to the same effect for anything you use the Harrow for)

As it turns out, the artist Kyle Hunter has a story (he wrote) associated with every card. He created all the characters himself, he named them himself. Which is why they all tie together in thei chaotic way. And why the art was not changed for the Deluxe cards (and the first cards which I also own because I love the Harrow)

Some of these stories are in this book. One card for each suit. I wish I could have more and I'm hoping there will be more slipped into future books and lore related to the harrow.

Maybe even more hints on the "lost suit" (mentioned in this book) in the future.

In short, ifyou like the Harrow, in whole or in part, and you want to add it to your game and/or your character then you want this book. Every class, any random background. Especially if the deck is a prop in your game (as dice or cards). There is a picture of every card on the inside cover, especially helpful for those not getting the deck itself.

Happy Gaming!


One of my FAVS!!

*****

This book is without a doubt one of my absolute favorite books from Paizo. When I got it, I tore through it, as I love the Harrow concept and couldn't wait to read this book, cover to cover.

Not only are there a lot of really cool mechanical options, but the 6 "chapters" focused on each of the symbols in a Harrow deck are awesome. Each one gives a really nice description of what a person who feels a connection or is guided by a particular suit might be like, giving lots of ideas for great role-playing moments.

Its an fantastic book, and if I could give it more than 5 stars, I totally would!!


One of the best

*****

Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen.

The Harrow Handbook is the perfect example of how to mix “crunch” with “fluff”. Apart from the brief aberration that is the order of the hammer and a few combat feats, every option in the book has story value as well as mechanical value. This book adds life to the campaign setting in a way many other Player Companion books fail to, by developing something that is uniquely Golarion. This book is overflowing with flavour and I absolutely love it as a result. It is, without doubt, one of the best books in the entire Player Companion line and will be seeing a lot of use in my campaigns.


good stuff

*****

Quality merchandise! Lots and lots and LOTS of options. I love it.


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Webstore Gninja Minion

Announced! Product image is a mockup and subject to change.

Liberty's Edge

Hmm. Interesting.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Can't wait. This will be nice for my fortune teller in my Rise of the Runelords game. :)

Contributor

So this might be the Year of the Demon, but May is the Month of the Harrower, hm?

Liberty's Edge

I foresee this getting a lot of attention in our Carrion Crown game. Looks like I'm waiting until May to run The Harrowing.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Of course you realize that by my getting this through my subscriptions, I'll likely have to get the new deluxe card set.

*Shakes Fist* Darn you, Paizo! Darn you to Heck! :)


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Nice!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Squueeee!!


Love.


Hmm... Kind of on the fence with this one. It could be really cool if done right. I'll buy it regardless, but I'll wait to pass judgement after I have given it a thorough read.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Interesting.


WHOOOHOO!!

I actually have a PC in the works that is all about the Harrow Deck, and plans on becoming a Harrower.

This book is going to be AWESOME for him.


We have to wait til MAY??? *sigh*


Rather pleased, indeed, I am.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Why the interest in Harrow all of a sudden?

There is an old Dragon article from the "astrological" and portents issue telling how to use Three Dragon Ante deck in character gen, including making stats. I loved this article. More like this, please.

Webstore Gninja Minion

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I wrote up an article on how to use the Harrow Deck for character generation in Wayfinder #5. :)


It would be really awesome if there was an archetype for the Sorc, Wiz, or maybe Witch, though I would really, really love it if there was a Sorc archetype.

Dark Archive

This is something I have been waiting for every since the old Ravenloft deck came out. Huge task to pull of well but I have faith and how cool would it be if you do.

Silver Crusade

Monkeygod wrote:
It would be really awesome if there was an archetype for the Sorc, Wiz, or maybe Witch, though I would really, really love it if there was a Sorc archetype.

I was always a fan of the flavor of the Harrower prestige class, but rarely find myself in games that go to a high enough level to really get very far into it, so some sort of archetypes would be something i'd love to see as well.

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

I'm very excited for this!

Webstore Gninja Minion

Updated product image and description!


So this is a much updated version of the Pathfinder Chronicles Harrow Divination Book?

I definitely want this!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

"A guide to the lost harrow cards that sometimes appear unexpectedly in harrow decks..."

Like, say..."the prince of wolves"? :D


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sounds interesting. I wonder if there is any sort of alternative "card magic" aside from divinations and such in this? Something along the lines of using cards as an alternative scroll or the like.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Hey look, it is Gambit of the X-men;)


Dragon78 wrote:
Hey look, it is Gambit of the X-men;)

Maybe this book will have some more things to go along with Deadly Dealer.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

ZanThrax wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Hey look, it is Gambit of the X-men;)
Maybe this book will have some more things to go along with Deadly Dealer.

I would SO love for that feat to be legal in PFS Daredevil or Archeologist bard with Deadly Dealer...


ZanThrax wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Hey look, it is Gambit of the X-men;)
Maybe this book will have some more things to go along with Deadly Dealer.

Have you looked at the cover...?


Yeah, the guy that Dragon78 is talking about on the cover is clearly using the Deadly Dealer feat.


Gambit!

Contributor

New building types? Like Kingdom Building? Nifty.

Is the "Harrow character building" bit based on your rules system, Liz?

Webstore Gninja Minion

Alexander Augunas wrote:

New building types? Like Kingdom Building? Nifty.

Is the "Harrow character building" bit based on your rules system, Liz?

No idea!


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If that's Gambit, would the woman be Tarot? :)

Dark Archive

Matthew Morris wrote:
ZanThrax wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Hey look, it is Gambit of the X-men;)
Maybe this book will have some more things to go along with Deadly Dealer.
I would SO love for that feat to be legal in PFS Daredevil or Archeologist bard with Deadly Dealer...

Yeah, but you've got to take some levels of ninja so you get Ki Charge for it to really work... Possibly staff magus as well...

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

What bums me out about this product is the relentlessly anti-harrow stance that PFS has taken throughout its existence. Since that's basically all of my tabletop gaming these days, that makes me kinda sad (PbP is not the right medium for harrow stuff at all).

Shadow Lodge

Shisumo wrote:
What bums me out about this product is the relentlessly anti-harrow stance that PFS has taken throughout its existence. Since that's basically all of my tabletop gaming these days, that makes me kinda sad (PbP is not the right medium for harrow stuff at all).

This. I wouldn't be surprised if nothing in this book is pfs legal.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

I am curious why has the PFS banned everything connected to the Harrow?

Shadow Lodge

John Kretzer wrote:
I am curious why has the PFS banned everything connected to the Harrow?

My understanding is that it is easier to cheat with cards then with dice, and additionally I believe it might have something to do with certain real world religious views towards tarot.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

Gary and Christopher are doing some repair work in the code that generates shipping labels. There may be a few customers that see shipping notices this afternoon as they do final testing to make sure things work. If you see a shipping email, your packages won't leave until Monday at the very earliest.

Because 99.9% of subscribers will not start to see shipping notices until next week, I would ask that anyone who does, be considerate and discreet about the contents/spoilers from the books if you choose to look at your PDFs (for subscribers who get free PDFs when their book ships), until next week when the bulk of subscriptions will be shipped.

cheers!
sara marie


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Soon...
I can't wait....to loan this to my friend who is running "Curse Of The Crimson Throne" for me. :-)

Dark Archive

So this is a really good book. I love the player options and if you combine a card caster and a staff magus on a magus you totally have gambit.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
brad2411 wrote:
So this is a really good book. I love the player options and if you combine a card caster and a staff magus on a magus you totally have gambit.

What are the archetypes man?! Spill for those of us that have to wait!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Sara Marie wrote:

Gary and Christopher are doing some repair work in the code that generates shipping labels. There may be a few customers that see shipping notices this afternoon as they do final testing to make sure things work. If you see a shipping email, your packages won't leave until Monday at the very earliest.

Because 99.9% of subscribers will not start to see shipping notices until next week, I would ask that anyone who does, be considerate and discreet about the contents/spoilers from the books if you choose to look at your PDFs (for subscribers who get free PDFs when their book ships), until next week when the bulk of subscriptions will be shipped.

cheers!
sara marie

How long have you been busy posting this in all the product threads?^^

Cheeers too!

Dark Archive

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doc the grey wrote:
brad2411 wrote:
So this is a really good book. I love the player options and if you combine a card caster and a staff magus on a magus you totally have gambit.
What are the archetypes man?! Spill for those of us that have to wait!

Harrow Warden (Monk Archtype)

Cartomancer (Witch)
Order of the Hammer
Suit Seeker (Inquisitor)
Card Caster (Magus)
Story Summoner (Summoner)
And a Harrow Bloodline for Sorcerers


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brad2411 wrote:
Story Summoner (Summoner)

...

Meeps quietly into a corner.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
brad2411 wrote:
Story Summoner (Summoner)

...

Meeps quietly into a corner.

Yeah my girlfriend will get a kick out of that if it is half as cool as it sounds.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
brad2411 wrote:
doc the grey wrote:
brad2411 wrote:
So this is a really good book. I love the player options and if you combine a card caster and a staff magus on a magus you totally have gambit.
What are the archetypes man?! Spill for those of us that have to wait!

Harrow Warden (Monk Archtype)

Cartomancer (Witch)
Order of the Hammer
Suit Seeker (Inquisitor)
Card Caster (Magus)
Story Summoner (Summoner)
And a Harrow Bloodline for Sorcerers

Care to elaborate on the witch, cavalier order, and the story summoner?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Dylos wrote:
This. I wouldn't be surprised if nothing in this book is pfs legal.

Nothing wrong with that. I don't think Pathfinder source books should need to be written with PFS legality in mind. Unless, of course, the book is directly concerned with the Pathfinder Society. I'm betting most of the people who play Pathfinder don't care about the PFS, and the game should not be restricted for these players just for the sake of PFS legality.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

the four things interesting me are the....

1.Card Caster, and does it stack with the staff Magus archetype?
2.Harrowed bloodline, spill the beans what does it do?
3.Story Summoner, details?
4.Cartomancer, what type of abilities does it give?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I am interested in the...

1)Harrow Bloodline
2)Story Summoner
3)Cartomancer
4)Card Caster

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