Pathfinder Player Companion: Spymaster's Handbook (PFRPG)

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Gain the upper hand over your opponents by learning the deep, dark secrets they wish to keep hidden with Pathfinder Player Companion: Spymaster's Handbook. This manual of espionage gives you the tools to disguise your true loyalties, broker illicit information, and attempt stratagems of subterfuge that can change the outcome of an encounter before swords are even drawn!

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • Exciting additions to the vigilante class, including the agathiel, Bellflower harvester, and teisatsu archetypes, as well as new social and vigilante talents.
  • Scheming abilities for characters of any class, including backgrounds, story feats, spy-themed magic items, and espionage spells.
  • A multitude of cunning new options, including alternate uses for skills and a system for buying and selling information.

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

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-844-1

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(Almost) A One Class Book

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If you like the Vigilante, this is a great book. If you are not a fan, then this book has little to offer. This is especially true if you are not in an Ultimate Intrigue based game. I really like this book, but I feel the need to knock off a star because it is a little too specialized.


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Dark Archive

I want something for Drow in this.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Sweet.


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Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Is this the Player Companion follow up to Ultimate Intrigue!? It sounds like it!
Darn you, Paizo! I subscribed because of Arcane Anthology and Blood of Shadows and thought I could cancel after that...no, you had to bring in Magic Tactics Toolbox and now this! Cannot save money with you producing must-have items like this.


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Fourshadow wrote:

Is this the Player Companion follow up to Ultimate Intrigue!? It sounds like it!

Darn you, Paizo! I subscribed because of Arcane Anthology and Blood of Shadows and thought I could cancel after that...no, you had to bring in Magic Tactics Toolbox and now this! Cannot save money with you producing must-have items like this.

Paizo and Steam are having confronted charisma rolls to decide who dominate my wallet.


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Hey Owen here are some 3.5 Pathfinder materials that have not been updated to Pathfinder RPG that are relevant to this topic that I would enjoy seeing updated. However, there is a chance some of this might be included in ultimate intrigue.

Magic Items
Gossip Glass: Taldor, Echoes of Glory
Missive Stone: Taldor, Echoes of Glory
Third Eye: Escape From Old Korvosa
Bloodlink: Endless Night
Raucous Canard: Taldor, Echoes of Glory
Elixir of Shadewalking: A History of Ashes
Costume Bureau: Taldor, Echoes of Glory

Spells
Codespeak: Second Darkness Player’s Guide
Hidden Knowledge: Second Darkness Player’s Guide
Impede Speech: Second Darkness Player’s Guide
Detect the Faithful: Taldor, Echoes of Glory

Equipment: Weapons/Clothing
Bolt, Drow Poison: The Armageddon Echo
False Jewelry: Rise of the Runelords Player’s Guide

Feats
Sniper Shot: Pathfinder Campaign Setting
Sneaky Vagabond: Taldor, Echoes of Glory
Experienced Vagabond: Taldor, Echoes of Glory
Shingle Runner: Curse of the Crimson Throne Player’s Guide
Master of Disguise: The End of Eternity (not to be confused with the Rogue Talent of the same name)
Lost in the Crowd: Osirion, Land of the Pharaohs
Conceal Scent: Osirion, Land of the Pharaohs

Traits
Carefully Hidden: Taldor, Echoes of Glory
The City Protects: Legacy of Fire Player’s Guide


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I like the art, though I am sure it is only temporary.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Darn. I think that would be an excellent cover.


Spy themed characters are great, O am looking forward to see what this book is filled with.


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It sounds like Ninjas have not received a large amount of love in Ultimate Intrigue. I'm crossing my fingers for some Ninja love here, Owen!

Dark Archive

Yes o-o Ninjas need at least one token archetype so I can play second one without feeling like "This is breaking my 'Only play each class/archetype once'" pfs code xD

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I like how Alric is caught alone in his social identity on this cover. Nice!


I mostly like the fact we see flying Medusas. Medusi? Something like that.

Dark Archive

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
I mostly like the fact we see flying Medusas. Medusi? Something like that.

Medusas or Medusae.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Yeah, it is a nice cover.


The cover is showing a little more outright action than I would have thought for a espionage centered book.


This cover reminds me of the Distant Shores cover that was the entire reason I decided to buy that book.


Kvantum wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
I mostly like the fact we see flying Medusas. Medusi? Something like that.
Medusas or Medusae.

Thanks for that clarification Kvantum.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

More then likely he failed his bluff check that he is a medusa;)


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Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Buying and Selling information rules?! Fantastic.

That art is fantastic as well! Medusae are always a welcome subject of art focus, IMO.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

They are very easy on the eyes, especially considering they are supposed to be so horrible to look upon as to turn you to stone;)

Liberty's Edge

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Alexander Augunas wrote:
I like how Alric is caught alone in his social identity on this cover. Nice!

If he kills everyone it doesn't matter. No witnesses, and your cover stays intact. :)

Not that you should kill random innocents to preserve your cover, but the only people around being enemy combatants lets him go to town without worrying too much. Which leads me to believe those Medusae are in for an unpleasant surprise.


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Dragon78 wrote:
They are very easy on the eyes, especially considering they are supposed to be so horrible to look upon as to turn you to stone;)

Why would we look if it wasn't pleasant to do so?! That's how they get you.

A Bellflower vigilante archetype?! Any chance of an Andoren or Twilight Talon archetype some time?!


Not sure what Agathiel is (it may be something campaign set specific, I'm not thoroughly versed in Golarion lore yet), but Teiatsu (or similar translates to scout in a couple of Asian languages. So maybe a ninja like archetype?

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jedi8187 wrote:
Not sure what Agathiel is (it may be something campaign set specific, I'm not thoroughly versed in Golarion lore yet), but Teiatsu (or similar translates to scout in a couple of Asian languages. So maybe a ninja like archetype?

Agathiel might be something agathion-related, which would make sense for Andoran.

From the sounds of things, we'll have a ninja archetype. Thanks for the translation! ^_^


No problem, as a super hero fan the vigilante really rings with me. I want to know it all.
I kind of hope you're right on Agathiel, I have a strange fondness for agathion.


What a lovely cover!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Any chance this book will have any kineticist, sorcerer, and/or oracle love?


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Dragon78 wrote:
Any chance this book will have any kineticist, sorcerer, and/or oracle love?

Again?! If the class lends itself to being a spymaster, I think you already have your answer. If not, then no. On the other hand, it does say 'scheming abilities for any class'.


I love the cover!


You had me at "alternate new uses for skills." Finally.

And new intrigue-themed spells and new vigilante goodies is always nice. Those Ruse spells are a lot of fun, especially for us GMs! :D


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Looks like I will wait to see what is in this book before I might but it.


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
Dragon78 wrote:
Looks like I will wait to see what is in this book before I might but it.

Ok, though will you "buy" it?! ;P


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

It depends on what is in the book and how much I really want it.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Looking forward to this!

The cover looks quite nice, although I suspect the "flying" medusa of using some form of costume glue. Under normal circumstances there's no way that that kind of movement doesn't shift that sort of décolletage.


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Bellona wrote:

Looking forward to this!

The cover looks quite nice, although I suspect the "flying" medusa of using some form of costume glue. Under normal circumstances there's no way that that kind of movement doesn't shift that sort of décolletage.

Fantasy=suspension of disbelief. And have you not heard of artistic license?!


Hey, Owen, just putting this out there:

I made a Brawler guide years ago and I haven't had to update the archetype section ever since.


Xethik wrote:
It sounds like Ninjas have not received a large amount of love in Ultimate Intrigue. I'm crossing my fingers for some Ninja love here, Owen!

QFT!!


Paizo is really going for it with the Vigilante class!


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Harleequin wrote:
Xethik wrote:
It sounds like Ninjas have not received a large amount of love in Ultimate Intrigue. I'm crossing my fingers for some Ninja love here, Owen!
QFT!!

It sounds like they got some love in Inner Sea Intrigue, though. So not too much of a worry.


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A multitude of cunning new options, including alternate uses for skills...

This is the part I'm most excited about!

While spellcasters get more and more options as new spells come out, and martials get new options as more and more combat feats (and stamina tricks) come out, skill-focused characters (already weak to begin with) have seen little increase in what they can do with skills. And so the relative value of skills (relative to the value of feats and spells) started low, and has been on a downwards trajectory since then.

(Some options, like skill-unlocks, have helped a bit. But even these require feat-investment, doing little to boost the value of skills in and of themselves.)

But periodically adding new uses for skills sounds like a great way to help the value of skills keep-up with the rest of the game. So I'm really happy to see this addition. And I hope it becomes a regular feature in companion releases from now on!


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It's probably too late to make requests, but the skill-use I'd most like to see introduced is one that allows characters and monsters with high Stealth scores able to quietly dispatch lookouts, or guards.

(The text of the Silent Dispatch talent and Quiet Death feats in Ultimate Intrigue suggest that:

Spoiler:
--Without this talent/feat, if you attack someone (even if they're unaware of you, and you drop them in a single round, or even with a single blow), the DC for anyone hearing is -10. Not (Stealth check-10), but -10 period, regardless of how many ranks of Stealth you have.

--With this talent, if you attack someone who is unaware of your presence, the DC for hearing your attack is (Stealth check-5).

Speaking as a DM, this is a frustrating nerf to a lot of stealthy monsters who don't have at least 2 levels of vigilante or 10 levels of rogue. Want a vampire with a 7 levels of aristocrat and a base Stealth bonus of +25 stealthily take out the guards in the citadel the PCs are guarding? According to the implicit ruling here, that's impossible! Want a spectre to manifest and quietly eliminate those on watch? According to the implicit ruling here, can't be done!

And that makes it much harder to set up natural plot points which involve creatures doing precisely these kinds of things.

What would be great is to have an explicit skill option (even if flagged as an optional rule) which allows characters and monsters to use the stealth skill to quietly dispatch things.)


Fourshadow wrote:
Bellona wrote:

Looking forward to this!

The cover looks quite nice, although I suspect the "flying" medusa of using some form of costume glue. Under normal circumstances there's no way that that kind of movement doesn't shift that sort of décolletage.

Fantasy=suspension of disbelief. And have you not heard of artistic license?!

Suspend disbelief. Not 'hang it by the neck until dead'. <snicker>

Regardless, awesome art!


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Have the confirmations for this book started yet, or do we have an estimate on it? I'm chomping at the bit for this book.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

They don't even have a June subscription thread up yet.


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Pretty certain those won't start until middle of next week. I too and pretty excited about this one.
Lately, I've been excited by most all the PC titles...they really have improved overall. I would really like to know what is coming after October...

Dark Archive

What is the content table for this?

Anything for Drow in it?

Thx.


Marco,

Give it time. I'm pretty sure they'll post something when they get it.

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