Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Technology Guide (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Technology Guide (PFRPG)
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Ray Guns and Rocket Packs!

It’s one thing to face a dragon armed with a longsword and a suit of magic plate mail, but what if you had an atom gun and powered armor? How many zombies could you blow up with a rocket launcher? What happens if you’re standing next to a graviton reactor when it explodes? All of these questions and more are answered within the pages of the Technology Guide—an invaluable manual of items, hazards, and character options for use in science-fantasy settings like Golarion’s Numeria, land of savagery and super-science!

Within this book, you’ll find:

  • Rules for dozens of new technological items, including weapons, armor, force fields, hologram generators, grenades, cybernetic implants, nanotech devices, remote controls for robots, and more!
  • New feats, spells, and archetypes for technologically savvy characters, along with rules for how your skills interact with super-science.
  • Extraordinarily powerful scientific items and artifacts, such as extinction wave devices, powered armor, and nuclear reactors!
  • The technomancer prestige class, which allows you to use magic to command robots and power your technology .
  • Rules for artificial intelligences, the effects of the passage of time on technological items, the dangers of radiation, the seven skymetals of Numeria, technological traps, and more!

The Technology Guide is a must-have for GMs running the Iron Gods Adventure Path or anyone looking to introduce super-science into any Pathfinder adventure or campaign setting.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-672-0

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paper quality is bad

4/5

Nice book with a lot of sci-fi items,, something like Wizardry in Golarion .. I woud like to give this book 5/5, but I cant. Reason why I cant do like that is simple, the quality of paper is just terrible. Paper Quality of Paizo books is going down, what is sad .. for me 4/5


Essential for Adding Tech to Pathfinder

4/5

Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen.

The Technology Guide provides gamemasters with the information and items they need to add technology into their fantasy games. It's not particularly exciting or innovative, but that's not really its point. Instead, it forms the necessary baseline for other books to build upon, much like the Core Rulebook provides the baseline rules for the entire game. If you want technology in your games, it's a book you really can't do without.


Meh

2/5

There are some interesting items in here but having sci-fi with magic breaks the immersion for me.


Pretty damn cool

4/5

I picked up this as a pdf because it looked interesting, and I was not disappointed. I used it to write an adventure (crashed UFO in a fantasy setting), and it led to the most fun I have ever had running a game. It would be useful if it had suggestions for other books containing some of the referenced monsters (such as certain types of monsters which I found on the pfsrd), but all in all it does exactly as promised.


Yes. Get it.

5/5

If you have any interest at all in genre fusion in your adventuring, this book is a must buy.


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Is that the Iconic Gunslinger on the cover? Awesome.


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Insain Dragoon wrote:
Is that the Iconic Gunslinger on the cover? Awesome.

Commander Lirianne Shepard.


I'm super happy about this book. Only problem is, I'm positive I won't be able to get enough. I really wish there could have been enough meat to do a nice hardcover.


I don't think it's a matter of there not being enough meat, necessarily.

I don't see Paizo doing a hardcover for something like tech unless they've tested the waters first.

The Technology Guide is going to be a testing tool in that regard as it allows Paizo to gauge our interest in technology as an aspect of our Pathfinder gaming.

Dark Archive

jimibones83 wrote:
I'm super happy about this book. Only problem is, I'm positive I won't be able to get enough. I really wish there could have been enough meat to do a nice hardcover.

There is mrs tech in the Iron Gods AP to !


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Looks like I could run a Phantasy Star campaign with this! Can't wait.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Every single volume of Iron Gods adds 1–2 more pages of technological items, or more, to the mix, along with lots of other technological dangers and monsters and traps and more. If folks really like the rules, who knows where we can go from there?

I wouldn't call "Technology Guide" a testing tool though. That would have been books like "Dungeons of Golarion" or "Inner Sea Bestiary," where we first started testing technological devices and monsters and the like. The Technology Guide may only be 64 pages... but it's a full-on book that we wouldn't have done (and likewise, Iron Gods is a 6 part technology-based campaign we wouldn't have done) if those previous testing tools hadn't proven there was an interest.


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And how glad I am that there was an interest.


James Jacobs wrote:
I wouldn't call "Technology Guide" a testing tool though. That would have been books like "Dungeons of Golarion" or "Inner Sea Bestiary," where we first started testing technological devices and monsters and the like. The Technology Guide may only be 64 pages... but it's a full-on book that we wouldn't have done (and likewise, Iron Gods is a 6 part technology-based campaign we wouldn't have done) if those previous testing tools hadn't proven there was an interest.

I stand corrected. :)


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I'm curious. Will there be sections on what technological devices are appropriate for what PC levels? Would, say, a laser gun be too powerful for level 1 players?

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Odraude wrote:
I'm curious. Will there be sections on what technological devices are appropriate for what PC levels? Would, say, a laser gun be too powerful for level 1 players?

I'd guess only in the way you can determine the appropriate level for a magic item for your party - based on it's price within the wealth by level guidelines.

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Tech items work the same way as magic items for determining what's appropriate for level by use of gp value.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Tech items work the same way as magic items for determining what's appropriate for level by use of gp value.

I've actually never quite used gp price as a guideline for magic items available at a level. I'm guessing that it can't be more than half the player's WBL?


EDIT: separated the above post into two, as the other could be justifiably removed by mods, for which I apologize if it is deemed offensive.

Also, Tri, I'm really sorry I missed you this summer! I forgot to PM you: I think I just plain suck.

My family and I just got back from Disney, like, two days ago (on Friday). I don't know if you were there, but I'd been hoping to meet you and your wife!

:/

I'm sorry, man.

... that said, our little guy had a blast! If you get the chance, I highly recommend the 'Disney's Art of Animation' resort hotel (expensive as it was, it was paid for by my wife's parents, which was amazing of them), as it pretty solidly rocks, from my recent experience.

Shadow Lodge

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Edit: I was not there TL, but my wife did stay in the Art of Animation hotel. Sorry you missed her!

Demoyn wrote:
The bottom line is that if even 30 or 40% of the people dislike something, there's nothing to be gained by putting it in the campaign.

Nothing except the enjoyment of the 60 or 70% of the people that like it.


TOZ wrote:
Edit: I was not there TL, but my wife did stay in the Art of Animation hotel. Sorry you missed her!

Tears. I have them. I can't believe I missed the chance to talk about you behind your back with greet someone you know your wife!

Give greetings, peace, blessings, and I hope things are going smoothly for you and your family. I'm sorry you didn't get to be there, but I hope she had a great time! :D


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The store I patronize is very much in favor of Pathfinder. I have expressed an interest in the whole Iron Gods AP. Aug 14 will come and go and I will have my copy and be happy. Iron Gods is something I have been waiting for since the first Inner Sea book gave me a look at the region.


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Kodyax wrote:
The store I patronize is very much in favor of Pathfinder. I have expressed an interest in the whole Iron Gods AP. Aug 14 will come and go and I will have my copy and be happy. Iron Gods is something I have been waiting for since the first Inner Sea book gave me a look at the region.

Good to hear. Hope you enjoy it man! Although whenever I see patronize, I imagine someone being really sarcastic to a store ;)

Amazing how one word can have two opposite meanings :D


Odraude wrote:
Kodyax wrote:
The store I patronize is very much in favor of Pathfinder. I have expressed an interest in the whole Iron Gods AP. Aug 14 will come and go and I will have my copy and be happy. Iron Gods is something I have been waiting for since the first Inner Sea book gave me a look at the region.

Good to hear. Hope you enjoy it man! Although whenever I see patronize, I imagine someone being really sarcastic to a store ;)

Amazing how one word can have two opposite meanings :D

Glad I'm not the only one who read it that way at first :P

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