New Beginnings: Alternate Character Creation Methods (PFRPG)

New Beginnings: Alternate Character Creation Methods (PFRPG)

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Start Your Campaign Off Right!

Character creation is the very foundation of the game, not just because it’s the very first thing you do when you sit down to play, but also because the way that you make your character also helps to set the tone for the entire game. You’re probably familiar with the long (and passionate) debates that can arise between die-rolling and point-buy methods of character creation, and odds are, you’ve tried both. But this book is here to show you that those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to crafting a character.

New Beginnings: Alternate Character Creation Methods presents three new and radical methods of character creation, as well as five additional “mini” methods of character creation. Each of these methods is designed to facilitate different styles of play, and allows you to start your campaign off on the right note

  • Career character creation allows you to begin playing right away, by allowing you to play out (in broad brushstrokes) your character’s life before the beginning of the campaign. The choices you make and the results of your rolls determine not just your character’s ability scores, but also his starting weapon proficiencies and class skills. Not only does this method provide you with a creative starting point for your character’s background and personality, but it also provides the opportunity to create characters that wouldn’t ordinarily be possible, such as a sorcerer with Diplomacy as a class skill, or a rogue who is proficient with greataxes.
  • Prototype character creation is designed for those who want a quick start to the game. You choose from a list of pre-existing prototypes, which determine your starting class and ability scores, and also influence your starting skills and feats. While the main benefit to this method is speed, it also provides you with one or two unique special abilities based on the prototype you choose.
  • Tarot character creation disguises ability score generation within a tarot card reading, distributing ability score points based on the draw of the cards, and providing you with some strong and flavorful suggestions about your character’s past and personality.
  • Five additional dice-based character creation methods, which tweak existing character creation methods and turn them more into mini-games, which challenge you to create the best character you can.

Whatever your play style, there’s a character creation method here that’s intended for you. Start your next character off right, with an innovative new approach to character creation.

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Necromancers of the Northwest have some pretty hit or miss releases for me, which is a shame because when they are a hit its a pretty big hit and they tend to sneak past my notice. I haven't looked at this product yet (I'm kind of saving money for Christmas hauls.) but the very concept makes me think that this is going to be a hit for me.

I bought this product today for the tarot character creation. I may be missing something, but the Major Arcana is completely missing from the tables for History cards and the Nurture card. This is despite Empress card being used as the example card in the History section. Am I missing this somewhere in the book or is it just not there?


There appears to have been an error with the tables for tarot character creation. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! We will have an updated version with the complete tables available as soon as possible, likely sometime this weekend.

The update has been made, and should be available to you. We apologize for any inconvenience.

I found an error on Table 1-13: Magical Adept Training. One of the Weapon Proficiencies is listed in the table as "short blades", but that is not one of the Proficiency Categories defined later in the document. What should it be?

Thanks for this great product!

Short blades was renamed to light blades. Apparently we failed to update all the instances of it. Please use light blades, instead. We apologize for any confusion.

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is there a reason this isn't in my downloads page after purchasing the combo?

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christos gurd wrote:
is there a reason this isn't in my downloads page after purchasing the combo?

Hi Christos,

Since we do not finalize charges for items until they are processed for shipping, PDFs that are purchased as part of a print/pdf bundle are automatically granted to your account at the time that the physical component of the order is shipped. If a PDF is purchased separately, it is fulfilled as soon as the order is successfully submitted.

Hopefully this was helpful! Please let me know if there are any further questions or concerns that you may have.


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