Pathfinder Lost Omens: Pathfinder Society Guide

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The Pathfinder Society is a globe-trotting organization of adventurers, scholars, and warriors all dedicated to exploration, collecting lost knowledge and treasure, and sharing it with the world. Lost Omens: Pathfinder Society Guide details everything players and GMs need to know about the Pathfinder Society, from the basics of membership, to the Society's various factions, to the various lodges littered throughout the Inner Sea region. This book is the go-to source for the history and lore of the Pathfinder Society and features new rules content including new equipment, wayfinders, and support for Pathfinder-related archetypes! A useful book in its own right, this helpful volume is a must-have for participants in Paizo's massive Pathfinder Society worldwide organized play campaign, and a great way to get involved in the international campaign!

Written by: Kate Baker, James Case, John Compton, Vanessa Hoskins, Mike Kimmel, Ron Lundeen, Dennis Muldoon, kieran t. newton, Michael Sayre, Clark Valentine, Tonya Woldridge, and Linda Zayas-Palmer

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-278-5

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I like the book, but I have nitpicks

4/5

So oki, this is both wonderful book for detailing lot of before undetailed venture captain and lodges while also working as recap book for events of 10 years of 1e society as well. It introduces new plot hooks we might see featured in 2e scenarios and we learn canonical outcome of some scenarios that haven't gotten sequels yet.

My main nitpick here is big omissions(such as Shattered Star being completely ignored despite you playing as pathfinders in that ap with Sheila Heidmarch being your quest giver, sooo you'd think Heidmarch's lodge's article would mention it due to what happens in Magnimar in that AP as result of Pathfinder actions.*), we still not learning fate of some Pathfinders(did Ospray ever got rescued from moon), some forgotten details are still forgotten (decemvirate member with "eyeless, red leather mask" appears to be forgotten as none of masks pictured have their design), some info appears to be error(text seems to confuse Conference Z secret think thank with Korholm Agenda secret conspiracy) and some feats being bit unclear or needing rework.**

*(Would have been cool opportunity to learn how pathfinder operation in ruins of azlant is going or have cameo/reference to abandoned lodge from council of thieves or learn how society's involvement in serpent's skull with eando kline being rescued. I can understand not all aps with some pathfinder involvement being referred to, but I'm kinda sad that aps with major pathfinder presence didn't get expanded upon either..)

**Watch and Learn feat has that its' prequisite giving you better version of its effect(since pathfinder agent dedication allows you to add your level to untrained skills)

But yeah, Lodge articles are wonderful and so is getting updates on lot of old faces :) It is worth getting for expansion on schools, lodges and new factions if you are interested in Pathfinder Society stuff


Another excellent addition to the Lost Omens line!

5/5

Got my digital copy of Lost Omens: Pathfinder Society Guide today and did my first pass. Verdict? I *love it*.

The stories, background, and lore bits are wonderful and full of flavor and the mechanical options are varied and exciting. I put this down with ten times as many character ideas in my head, thanks Paizo!

However, I am sad to report that while there is artwork of a pistol, there is no pew pew item available, and I believe every PFS Rogue is gonna have a deck of cards moving forward!


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Announced for October! Product image and description are not final and may be subject to change.


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Re current cover art: Really nice painting! Very evocative of the tomb raiding/archaeological adventurer concept of the Pathfinder Society.

The only part of it that bothers me is that I always thought Koriah had a really high Perception...

;)


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Probably gonna be a skip from me, unless it has a lot of Lodges detailed gacross the setting (like those in the Mwangi Expanse and Tian Xia). The Society has just never hooked me.


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Meh... not really high on my list of must haves. I'll reserve judgement until I read it though.

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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keftiu wrote:
Probably gonna be a skip from me, unless it has a lot of Lodges detailed gacross the setting (like those in the Mwangi Expanse and Tian Xia). The Society has just never hooked me.

It does, in fact, detail at least one brand new lodge in the Mwangi Expanse, and a major lodge in Tian Xia, as well as discussing Pathfinders of note from the edges of the Inner Sea and beyond. There may be other items on that vein you might be interested in.

It's also got some mechanics I'm super excited about that'll be useful for a wide array of characters of all types and traditions.

Obviously I have a certain professional bias, but I'd encourage you to check it out when it becomes available.


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Does it say anything about that Druma lodge I have heard so much about? ;)

Dark Archive

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Oh hey that character from shattered star whose name I forgot :D

Nice to see them again!


Loving the covers for the Lost Omens series.

But... I'm not really into the society. Maybe this book can change my mind?


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Oh, it's Koriah!

Wayfinders

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This sounds nice.

Liberty's Edge

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Awesome cover!
The Society isn't my thing, but I Hope this means the other factions Will also ver their own books

Grand Lodge

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Definitely a must have for me as a Society player. I just love the global aspect of our organization. Having the capability to play my characters in our universal campaign anywhere we gather is one of the best things about playing Pathfinder. That's what drew me to Pathfinder in the first place.


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Can this art be final? its actually really wonderful

I'm ok with this, so long as it has enough mechanics in it- I enjoy reading and collecting the lore books, but my games take place in a home made setting fairly different from Golarion, so I'm mostly looting them for mechanics, so I love a good balance.

Though man, I can't wait to see more ancestries, even the APG doesn't have Kitsune, since I know they were considered for the LOCG, hopefully they're not too far off in the Lost Omens guide.

Grand Lodge

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I can't wait for this!

Silver Crusade

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Yay! Koriah!


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Rysky wrote:
Yay! Koriah!

It does look like Koriah. Plus one for this to be final art


Artwork is not usually a big deal for me, and I have no idea who Koriah is. But, wow! That is an amazing cover!

Silver Crusade

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Let's talk about the DRUMA LODGE.


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Looks like fun!

If they change anything on the cover I bet it's how she's holding her sword.

Sovereign Court

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Love the cover art and looking forward to this one!

Liberty's Edge

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Loving it :D

Liberty's Edge

So, I think this is more referring to the Organization in the World of Golarion that you don't need to play PFS to have a character be a member of. As well as mechanics around some new things (as they have done in these world books so far) to use.

But it probably some nice tie-ins to the Org Play items for lore and reasons they are going to send us off to die horribly.

Also, yeah, really loving the art on these books so far.

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Exactly! It definitely will tie into Organized Play and be a great boon for players and GMs that are part of the Organized Play campaign. However, we've designed this book for use by all groups. This book is perfect for players who don't play in Organized Play but still want to learn about and play characters who are part of the Pathfinder Society. It's also meant to be the go-to resource for GMs who wish to include the Pathfinder Society in their games without having to learn the ins and outs of Organized Play.

It will definitely have some connections to the Organized Play campaign that regulars will be able to spot and be full of fun easter eggs for those in the now, but still functions as a valuable tool even without that kind of "insider knowledge."


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Very cool!

Not a PFS player but I love the organizations in Golarion. Depending on how the Absalom book works, this might be the fourth Lost Omens book to feature archetype options for Pathfinders. I suppose it's pretty timely with the Absalom-centric AP going at the same time!

I know there has been a significant abundance of Mwangi material compared to a lot of regions in the setting, but I'm still crossing fingers for a Magaambyan University book some time.


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Gisher wrote:
Artwork is not usually a big deal for me, and I have no idea who Koriah is. But, wow! That is an amazing cover!

Koriah Azmeren, one of the most famous contemporary field agents in the Pathfinder Society. Her deeds are chronicled in a recent volume of the (in-game) Pathfinder Chronicles. She was also involved in two adventure paths, namely first in Shattered Star and later in Return of the Runelords, where she is a member of Magnimar's Sihedron Council.

I like that in this picture she actually looks like a real person and much less cartoony than in previous artwork.

Grand Lodge

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Loving the art in the Lot Omen's line so far and this cover does not disappoint. This a great concept and looking forward to another good read. Here is hoping that other organizations get books too; like the Aspis Consortium maybe or just criminal organizations general :)

Silver Crusade

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The artwork for this product line really hits the spot for me ^^

Scarab Sages

This looks great. We run a home game that's not PFS, but I think this will add a lot of cool lore to our games. I'm looking forward to it.

Silver Crusade

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Happenstancely I'm reminded of a review of the First Edition Society Guide, it might be best to put up a disclaimer saying you do not need to purchase this book to play PFS, and have a link to the actual PFS guide site :3

Shadow Lodge

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Good plan to send an elf in when all those ghouls are around.

Silver Crusade

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Ye!

Ghoul: meh!

Koriah: shoo

Ghoul: MEH! *poke*

Koriah: quit it

Ghoul: ... meh? *poke* *poke*

Koriah: *picks up the treasure and leaves*

Dark Archive

Very excited for more Pathfinder Society lore and options for characters who are members of/adjacent to the society. NOT excited about the inevitable Society play pitch, and potential Society play exclusive content.


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GM1 wrote:
Very excited for more Pathfinder Society lore and options for characters who are members of/adjacent to the society. NOT excited about the inevitable Society play pitch, and potential Society play exclusive content.

You expect a chunk of this book to be unusable at non-PFS tables? That would be a bit disappointing, I agree.

Silver Crusade

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What makes you think that will be a thing, also, what makes you think that would be a thing that would be even the slightest bit enforceable?

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I think GM1 is saying they expect a chunk of the book's play to be usable in Organized Play exclusively, not that there will be content that is excluded from Organized Play.


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Alexander Augunas wrote:
I think GM1 is saying they expect a chunk of the book's play to be usable in Organized Play exclusively, not that there will be content that is excluded from Organized Play.

How could that possibly be enforced? What would keep a home game GM from using that content?

Silver Crusade

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CrystalSeas wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
I think GM1 is saying they expect a chunk of the book's play to be usable in Organized Play exclusively, not that there will be content that is excluded from Organized Play.
How could that possibly be enforced? What would keep a home game GM from using that content?

As CrystalSeas pointed out, that’s what I’m asking.


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CrystalSeas wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
I think GM1 is saying they expect a chunk of the book's play to be usable in Organized Play exclusively, not that there will be content that is excluded from Organized Play.
How could that possibly be enforced? What would keep a home game GM from using that content?

We would.

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*readies action to burst through the door and force people to not use PFS options in a non-PFS game*

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As of the last time I checked (and Luis and Eleanor are the developers on this, not me, so there could be something I'm not aware of) there's no organized play exclusive materials in here, other than like a sidebar for how to join organized play.

There are, however, quite a few mechanics that members of the in-world Pathfinder Society will get instant access to (which is automatically inclusive of all organized play characters since they're automatically part of the Pathfinder Society), and other mechanics we'll have already set access conditions for that characters who've been playing in org play have already met (such as meeting or training with a particular NPC associated with the Society). The book is very rich in both lore and mechanics, and it's focused on the in-world Pathfinder Society. For organized play participants that means lots of background on what your character likely went through to become a Pathfinder and cool insights into a bunch of Golarion's Pathfinders (many of whom they'll recognize from the adventures they've played in), and for those who don't participate in org play it's a trove of locations, NPCs, magic items, feats, plot hooks, etc. to flesh out their game world.

I'm also not entirely sure there is such a thing as organized play exclusive content :P
I was grabbing scenarios and giving out boons to my players before I actually started participating in organized play, just because the 4-hour adventure design matched my group's playstyle and the boons were cool little reminders of what they did last week. In the new season we've even brought in new monsters and feats on Chronicle sheets, and most of those are currently available to all GMs and players on Archives of Nethys.


maybe there will be a lorewarden type option.


I'm a bit more excited about this book after PaizoCon Online. It's needless to say that the Society is the main organization of the setting, so it'll be cool to know more about it and how it's tied to the Inner Sea many figures and organizations.

Speaking of organizations, and although the book following this one has already been announced and is covering ancestries, I hope for a book covering the main organizations of the setting next year. Many of them were introduced in the CRB and mentioned in the World Guide, but I'm eager to see a book like Adventurer's Guide in Second Edition.


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The Gaming Police wrote:
CrystalSeas wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
I think GM1 is saying they expect a chunk of the book's play to be usable in Organized Play exclusively, not that there will be content that is excluded from Organized Play.
How could that possibly be enforced? What would keep a home game GM from using that content?
We would.

As my gaming group always says, "If you see the Gaming Police, run the other way! They are no smurfing fun!"


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Had to miss the panel on this today. Anyone get some good teasers or tidbits about it?

Grand Lodge

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I am excited for this book. I am such a lore nerd, and I'll be fascinated by what my fellows wrote about the society!

Hmm

Dark Archive

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Really hoping Osprey makes return ;D

Also hyped for rest 9 Decemvirate masks being finally illustrated! I really have always wanted to see picture of decemvirate from Moonscar and pfs scenarios where they make minor cameos xD


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Koriah would appear to be left-handed.


Will there be anything in this book usable by characters who aren't at all a part of the pathfinder society?


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KaiBlob1 wrote:
Will there be anything in this book usable by characters who aren't at all a part of the pathfinder society?

Yes. But I cannot find the GenCon panel where Luis discussed it. :)


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KaiBlob1 wrote:
Will there be anything in this book usable by characters who aren't at all a part of the pathfinder society?

I imagine if your character isn't connected in any way in game to the Pathfinder Society, this will be of not incredible tons of use. Maybe some items or something that can come available to general characters, dunno?

If you're asking about whether or not this book will have value to players who don't participate in Society play, then yes. Luis Loza answered pretty affirmatively in this regard earlier in this discussion. :)

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