Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Beast (PFRPG)

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Embrace the Beast Within!

Anthropomorphic animal races have been a staple of fantasy gaming for decades, and Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Beast presents all the tools you need to play members of some the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game's most iconic bestial races. Packed full of character options for members of all classes, as well as some that members of other races can adopt, Blood of the Beast is sure to spice up any campaign!

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • New class archetypes including the tengu jinx witch, the catfolk serendipity shaman, the grippli war painter, and the vanaran fortune-finder.
  • Exciting new feats to accentuate beast-blooded races' inherent abilities, such as ratfolk's swarming ability and kitsune's shapechanging trickery.
  • Dozens of new spells, alternate racial traits, and favored class bonuses to customize characters of all stripes.

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: 978-1-60125-901-1

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Aside from the Fan Boy/Girl factor, . . .

1/5

I really don't understand why this book got such good reviews. I was very hesitant to buy this one from the start. Both because past experiences with cramming in far too many things into one book have led to, well predictable results and the very, very thin theme of the focus here.

This is probably the first product I outright want my monies back. But probably worst of all is that this book probably kills any possibility that the few races involved here I actually do want a Player's Guide for are likely to never get a good one now.

It's pretty much as I feared, far, far, far too little on anything I'm interested in, except I'm struggling to actually find a single thing I find interesting, good, or something I'd use. Just too forced, and the actual goal seems to be to make sure a few snowflake things get in the game rather than focusing on each of the races, and it shows which of the race options where favored and which got options because they had to get something.


A lot of fun ideas to build around

5/5

Blood of the Beast does just what a Player Companion should, in my opinion, do: it provides a large number of options that would be interesting to incorporate into a character or build a character around.


Such beauty in being the beast

5/5

A great book that offers nice alternative new options for the animal-like races and even some that can be used by other races too.

While most of the options are restricted to the exclusive races for PFS play, you could probably go wild with a homebrew setting.

The art in the book is beautiful as well, having at least 2 pictures of each race to represent how they look like.


Better than I anticipated

5/5

I was ready for this book to be average. I was wrong. SO MANY OPTIONS! Feats, Traits, Archetypes, Spells. This book really delivers on the mechanical side.

The artwork, layout, and flavor text are all great too, especially the in the Nagaji and Kitsune sections.


Surprised and Impressed

5/5

I'll preface this by saying that I'm not a huge fan of the beast races to start with. I like Catfolk, but overall I'm not particularly keen on the rest of these races.

This is by far the best Blood of the ____ books. Solid crunch from start to finish, with countless options. The Prowler at World's End, Fiend Keeper, Courser, Naga bloodlines, and Ancestor Eidolon really catch my attention, and everything else leaves me pleasantly surprised and intrigued.

There are a few hints to more lore-based information, and not as much as I would personally like, frankly. The feats also didn't particularly impress me, but I could be willing to look past this.

Overall, a very solid book that left me surprised by the quality content.


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Rysky wrote:
Shaun wrote:
Please recant on this cover art! I must say, whenever a GM says "I only allow core races in my campaign.", this cover is basically the image running through his head. This is not going to do a good job selling people on the coolness of these PC options.
Adventurers are allowed to be whimsical.

Yeah. If didn't have whimsy, what kind of adventures would we be? Zack Snyder maybe? Or Alan Moore?


Hmmm, Tengu Jinx Witch. Has there been anything in a Paizo product suggesting that a Jinx is different from a Hex?

I hope that there is an alternate racial trait for kitsune that trades out the bite attack (somehow). I have yet to run a kitsune that has actually hit with one of those, lol.

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Matrix Dragon wrote:

Hmmm, Tengu Jinx Witch. Has there been anything in a Paizo product suggesting that a Jinx is different from a Hex?

Halfling Jinx, from Halflings of Golarion. (I allow Tengu to take that as a house-rule, or to swap out swordtrained for Halfling Luck, since either fits them thematically.)


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It's nice to see some positive, whimsical, and brightly colored artwork...even if catfolk didn't make the cover.


Dragon,

Maybe next time they'll get more catfolk.


Yes, maybe someday.

At least I will only have to wait a couple more weeks for this one.


Set wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:

Hmmm, Tengu Jinx Witch. Has there been anything in a Paizo product suggesting that a Jinx is different from a Hex?

Halfling Jinx, from Halflings of Golarion. (I allow Tengu to take that as a house-rule, or to swap out swordtrained for Halfling Luck, since either fits them thematically.)

Ahh! I remember that now. I didn't pay much attention to those rules because I don't play halflings. It will be interesting to see if Tengu use the same rules as halflings for this.

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Rysky wrote:
But boobs are okay?

So this is bit late reply, but my lack of complaint doesn't mean I'm okay with that :D

I'm pretty skeptical that even if common furry fodder mammals had evolved as sapient that they'd be bipedal just because humans are, but even in that case I doubt bipedal fox would be same as humanoid/anthropomorphic/whatever fox. Like, seriously, why would canine resemble a primate that much?

So yes, I find boobs on bipedal non primate mammals kinda dumb, but humanoid/anthro animals are already dumb, just like how dwarves/elves/halflings are dumb "Sure these races look like humans, but they don't have any common origin". So I don't have strong opinion on that.

That said, I find boobs on reptiles/birds/whatever sort of offensively stupid biology wise because those animals don't even nurse their young so they don't have even excuse for them :P That is also why I find hair thing dumb, which I admit is silly considering that IS part of making them "human like".

So yeah, ultimately I suppose I draw lines on weird places? xP


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It's worth noting that reptilian- and avian-looking races may actually nurse their young despite their appearance. I mean, clearly they're not actually avians or reptiles since that would involve reptiles having their limbs attached differently, for example...or at least they're so different from other avians or reptiles that anything could be possible. They might even be primates that just wound up with some convergent evolution that makes them resemble other species. Though, realistically (a hilarious choice of term given the context, I know), it's probably magic or gods or something along those lines...just not sure if they were originally avians or reptiles made to look like humanoids, or humanoids made to look like avians or reptiles.

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Luthorne wrote:
It's worth noting that reptilian- and avian-looking races may actually nurse their young despite their appearance. I mean, clearly they're not actually avians or reptiles since that would involve reptiles having their limbs attached differently, for example...or at least they're so different from other avians or reptiles that anything could be possible. They might even be primates that just wound up with some convergent evolution that makes them resemble other species. Though, realistically (a hilarious choice of term given the context, I know), it's probably magic or gods or something along those lines...just not sure if they were originally avians or reptiles made to look like humanoids, or humanoids made to look like avians or reptiles.

Edit: And this is the point where I read your post again and realize I read it wrong because I was busy editing my last post xD I mean, I thought you were referring to how some real life reptialians and avians take care of their young, but you did mean that kind of nursing with fictional races.

My comment on that that everything is sure possible when wizards and gods are involved :P


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CorvusMask wrote:
Luthorne wrote:
It's worth noting that reptilian- and avian-looking races may actually nurse their young despite their appearance. I mean, clearly they're not actually avians or reptiles since that would involve reptiles having their limbs attached differently, for example...or at least they're so different from other avians or reptiles that anything could be possible. They might even be primates that just wound up with some convergent evolution that makes them resemble other species. Though, realistically (a hilarious choice of term given the context, I know), it's probably magic or gods or something along those lines...just not sure if they were originally avians or reptiles made to look like humanoids, or humanoids made to look like avians or reptiles.

Edit: And this is the point where I read your post again and realize I read it wrong because I was busy editing my last post xD I mean, I thought you were referring to how some real life reptialians and avians take care of their young, but you did mean that kind of nursing with fictional races.

My comment on that that everything is sure possible when wizards and gods are involved :P

Yeah, purely fiction...I mean, there are some reptiles that engage in viviparous reproduction, but that's a long ways from actually having mammary glands, which is pretty unique to mammals, though there are some creatures that do similar things, such as the discus fish, which feeds their young from a secretion their skin produces, but that's not really the same...

I was mostly just saying that despite feathers or scales, I tend to think most races where the females have breasts should probably be considered mammals despite a superficial resemblance to lizards or birds. Not that I wouldn't be happy to see more variation when it comes to males, female, or even a few races that use asexual reproduction or sequential hermaphroditism or even epitoky...but it seems unlikely.


*SIGH* I really don't want to get into this discussion, but I'm going to point out that Kitsune have some very specific Japanese/Asian legends that they are based on. They are not simply anthropomorphic foxes. Japanese kitsune were spirits and shapechangers, and some of them took the form of women specifically to manipulate human men.

Yes, Pathfinder kitsune are different from "Earth" kitsune. However, it would still be very odd if female kitsune didn't look extremely "feminine" in their humanoid forms.

Soooo, can we go back to discussing the content of the book rather than the art and other weirdness? Lol XD


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Matrix Dragon wrote:

*SIGH* I really don't want to get into this discussion, but I'm going to point out that Kitsune have some very specific Japanese/Asian legends that they are based on. They are not simply anthropomorphic foxes. Japanese kitsune were spirits and shapechangers, and some of them took the form of women specifically to manipulate human men.

Yes, Pathfinder kitsune are different from "Earth" kitsune. However, it would still be very odd if female kitsune didn't look extremely "feminine" in their humanoid forms.

Soooo, can we go back to discussing the content of the book rather than the art and other weirdness? Lol XD

Kitsune aren't birds or reptiles either, so we probably weren't really talking about them. Though I'd also note that kitsune have two humanoid forms; in their human forms, obviously they would appear like a human female if they happened to be female (or have Realistic Likeness), but they don't necessarily have to in their natural forms. Which they didn't in myth, albeit because their true form was not humanoid, unlike Pathfinder's version. But that ship has long since sailed...and, as I said, we were talking about birds and reptiles, not foxes.

And hey, if you have the contents of the book to discuss, feel free to share some tidbits...I know I don't! There's not a whole lot to go on yet, though I'm certainly looking forward to see what the final product will offer.

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Matrix Dragon wrote:

*SIGH* I really don't want to get into this discussion, but I'm going to point out that Kitsune have some very specific Japanese/Asian legends that they are based on. They are not simply anthropomorphic foxes. Japanese kitsune were spirits and shapechangers, and some of them took the form of women specifically to manipulate human men.

Yes, Pathfinder kitsune are different from "Earth" kitsune. However, it would still be very odd if female kitsune didn't look extremely "feminine" in their humanoid forms.

Soooo, can we go back to discussing the content of the book rather than the art and other weirdness? Lol XD

Yeah agreeing with Luthorne here, we were talking about non mammals :P I already noted I don't give a crap about giving mammaries to humanoid mammals. And even if we weren't, in case of Kitsune, the mythological one weren't furries. Its like difference between Tengu and mythological tengu(adapted as oni possessed version of tengus xP)


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I just mentioned the kitsune because it seemed like the cover was how this entire conversation got started ;)

Truthfully, I have the ulterior motive of trying to find some way to steer this discussion in the direction that would be less likely to set off content filters at work, lol.


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I just hope this book delivers some game mechanics I can use.


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I'm just loving the cover!


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I'm really looking forward to the favored class bonuses. One of the major issues with the uncommon races is that they barely have any favored class bonuses to choose from, while the core races basically have favored class bonuses for *everything*.

Here's hoping that there is something for Kitsune Mesmerists! ;)


I can't wait to see everyone's favorite class for kineticist.


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I for one welcome our whimsical furry overlords and their peculiar mammary glands.


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I just welcome the chance to see what Alex Augunas does with this book.

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
I just welcome the chance to see what Alex Augunas does with this book.

While I did more than *just* kitsune, I'm far from the only person who worked on Blood of the Beast. If I remember right, two races I worked on are pretty obvious. One race is one that people seem to want me to do. And the last is one people won't expect to have been me.

But yeah, I'm excited. I've been messaging Owen silly messages once or twice a week about loosing my cool over how close we are now! Just a few more weeks....


Lets guise what that other race is, mine is the Nagaji.


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I'm guessing grippli, myself.


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Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)


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Dragon78 wrote:
It's nice to see some positive, whimsical, and brightly colored artwork...even if catfolk didn't make the cover.

The catfolk is depicted on the back cover pouncing on dancing lights. (probably Not True)


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Matrix Dragon wrote:
Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)

If you make him break his NDA, then he won't get to write for Paizo anymore, so yes, you'd shift immediately and fully to Chaotic Evil. ;)


Ser Humpty Dumpty, Paladin wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)
If you make him break his NDA, then he won't get to write for Paizo anymore, so yes, you'd shift immediately and fully to Chaotic Evil. ;)

Oh, the goal wouldn't be to get him to break his NDA. It would be just to drive him crazy ;)


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Matrix Dragon wrote:
Ser Humpty Dumpty, Paladin wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)
If you make him break his NDA, then he won't get to write for Paizo anymore, so yes, you'd shift immediately and fully to Chaotic Evil. ;)
Oh, the goal wouldn't be to get him to break his NDA. It would be just to drive him crazy ;)

Torture is definitely evil. ;)


I am looking toward the information in the book. The cover kinda reminds me of the old Saturday morning cartoon advertisments that came in old comic books.

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Matrix Dragon wrote:
Ser Humpty Dumpty, Paladin wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)
If you make him break his NDA, then he won't get to write for Paizo anymore, so yes, you'd shift immediately and fully to Chaotic Evil. ;)
Oh, the goal wouldn't be to get him to break his NDA. It would be just to drive him crazy ;)

I have been sitting on this four MONTHS now. You. Shall. Not. Break. Me.


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Matrix Dragon wrote:
Ser Humpty Dumpty, Paladin wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)
If you make him break his NDA, then he won't get to write for Paizo anymore, so yes, you'd shift immediately and fully to Chaotic Evil. ;)
Oh, the goal wouldn't be to get him to break his NDA. It would be just to drive him crazy ;)
I have been sitting on this four MONTHS now. You. Shall. Not. Break. Me.

Not even for a Scooby Snack?

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Ser Humpty Dumpty, Paladin wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)
If you make him break his NDA, then he won't get to write for Paizo anymore, so yes, you'd shift immediately and fully to Chaotic Evil. ;)
Oh, the goal wouldn't be to get him to break his NDA. It would be just to drive him crazy ;)
I have been sitting on this four MONTHS now. You. Shall. Not. Break. Me.
Not even for a Scooby Snack?

Why would I eat a dog treat? That's gross.


Well, you are a fox....


Hunt, I would actually like to see that art if it existed;)


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Ser Humpty Dumpty, Paladin wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:
Would my alignment shift towards evil if I decided to make a game out of saying things that might trigger Alex's desire to talk about the contents of this book? ;)
If you make him break his NDA, then he won't get to write for Paizo anymore, so yes, you'd shift immediately and fully to Chaotic Evil. ;)
Oh, the goal wouldn't be to get him to break his NDA. It would be just to drive him crazy ;)
I have been sitting on this four MONTHS now. You. Shall. Not. Break. Me.
Not even for a Scooby Snack?
Why would I eat a dog treat? That's gross.

How about a Bendy Brew?


If we go by the Japanese Kitsune legends, then the best method would be to either bribe Alex with fried tofu or steal his Kitsune Star Ball. ;)


I'm still looking forward to whatever this book holds as Alex is a great guy; kitsune are cool, and generally speaking, I like the Player Companion's Line.


Matrix Dragon wrote:

I'm really looking forward to the favored class bonuses. One of the major issues with the uncommon races is that they barely have any favored class bonuses to choose from, while the core races basically have favored class bonuses for *everything*.

Here's hoping that there is something for Kitsune Mesmerists! ;)

Hope Kitsune gets a Summoner one, given the most famous Kitsune tale has Kitsune blood produce a summoner.


deuxhero wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:

I'm really looking forward to the favored class bonuses. One of the major issues with the uncommon races is that they barely have any favored class bonuses to choose from, while the core races basically have favored class bonuses for *everything*.

Here's hoping that there is something for Kitsune Mesmerists! ;)

Hope Kitsune gets a Summoner one, given the most famous Kitsune tale has Kitsune blood produce a summoner.

We must have very different ideas what the most famous tale is. A Google search doesn't seem to back you up, since "Kitsune blood" brings up a bunch of fanfic first.


QuidEst wrote:
deuxhero wrote:
Matrix Dragon wrote:

I'm really looking forward to the favored class bonuses. One of the major issues with the uncommon races is that they barely have any favored class bonuses to choose from, while the core races basically have favored class bonuses for *everything*.

Here's hoping that there is something for Kitsune Mesmerists! ;)

Hope Kitsune gets a Summoner one, given the most famous Kitsune tale has Kitsune blood produce a summoner.
We must have very different ideas what the most famous tale is. A Google search doesn't seem to back you up, since "Kitsune blood" brings up a bunch of fanfic first.

Perhaps I am presumptuous, but I believe the original poster was referring to the legendary Japanese sorcerer Abe no Seimei, who was the son of a human man and a Kitsune.


Thanks! I misinterpreted what he said as being literal spilled blood, and was not finding anything. *tosses it onto the reading list*

I'm only familiar with the short tales like The Fox Wife.


Huh, I've heard of Abe no Seimei multiple times and I knew that he had strong magical abilities because he was a Half-Kitsune. However, I didn't realize he had summoning abilities. Interesting.

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I dub this book We Be Muppets.


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{Fry squints at the "Great & Snarkyful TOZ", sips tea}


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The Tengu in this book's cover art looks really cute. I think the book should be called "Blood of the Cute Fuzzy Things" based on the art alone.

I'm also just imagining the little tengu at home cutting the top of his beak when mom comes in to scold him. "Moooom, I wanna be a cool ninja!"

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MOVED TO NOVEMBER 16th!


Marco Massoudi wrote:
MOVED TO NOVEMBER 16th!

Aww, no birthday "Blood of" book for me. 'S all right, though. Still have Horror Realms.


I am not happy about the move of release because now it is being released at the same time of another product in the same line that I don't want. So I ether take the hit and get both, wich I can't afford, or I do not buy ether of them.


Dragon78 wrote:
I am not happy about the move of release because now it is being released at the same time of another product in the same line that I don't want. So I ether take the hit and get both, wich I can't afford, or I do not buy ether of them.

Or go with a regular purchase of the PDF when it comes out. Saves you shipping and a bit of money on top of that while still supporting content you like.

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