Pathfinder Beginner Box

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Pathfinder Beginner Box

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Take the first step into an amazing world of fantasy adventure! The Pathfinder Beginner Box contains everything you need to learn how to play the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, including rules to create your own fantasy hero and tools to make your own amazing stories.

Will you be a courageous fighter, charging headfirst into battle, or a sly rogue, moving quietly to strike at foes from the shadows? Maybe you will be a knowledgeable wizard, wielding incredible arcane spells or a wise and pious cleric, using the power of your deity to shape the world for the better. It is all up to you!

Inside you will find a rich toolbox, filled with everything you need to get started, including rules for character generation, an introductory adventure, guidelines to build your own campaign, character sheets, a full-color map, character pawns, and dice. This deluxe box set is the ideal introduction to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, leading the way to a lifetime of adventure!

The Pathfinder Beginner Box includes:

  • An 80-page Hero's Handbook, including rules for character generation, a solo adventure, skills, spells, and equipment.
  • A 96-page Game Master's Handbook, containing an introductory adventure, over 20 pages of monsters, rules for building your own adventure, and magic items.
  • Four premade characters so you can jump right into the action and four blank character sheets if you want to make your own hero.
  • Over 100 character and monster pawns to use on the full-color double-sided adventure map.
  • Four game reference cards to help players remember their actions.
  • A complete set of polyhedral dice, including a d20, d12, d10, d8, d6, and d4. (Available to purchase separately here!)

ISBN: 978-1-64078-284-6



Note: Due to the special nature of this product, the Pathfinder Beginner Box is not included in any of our subscriptions.

The adventure in the Pathfinder Beginner Box, "Menace Under Otari," is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (761 kb PDF).

Other Resources: This product is also available on the following platforms:

Hero Lab Online
Fantasy Grounds Virtual Tabletop
Foundry Virtual Tabletop
Roll20 Virtual Tabletop
SoundSet on Syrinscape
Archives of Nethys

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Really fun dungeon crawl

5/5


Actually tops the 1E beginner box

5/5

Context: I own the 2E Beginner Box in both PDF and print (where it truly shines).

The good: This box really offers unparalleled value for money in terms of the physical components. Everything you need to play is here. I especially liked the fact that six player reference cards were included, making them useful for games that include more than the four included pregens. Also noteworthy is the selection of pawns, which makes an ideal supplement to the Bestiary Box with respect to additional low-level baddies. The included adventure also seems well-crafted. Finally, I love that -- unlike the 1E beginner box -- the rules are fully compatible with the "full-fat" game. These factors combine to make the package compelling, even for established players.

The bad: Providing a flip-mat with one blank side would have better supported homebrew adventures, possibly extending the utility of the box. Speaking of the included flip-mat, the squares are -- like the Star-Finder basic flip map -- a bit too large. Not a huge deal, as this map probably won't be mixed and matched with other maps/tiles, but seeing this continue to happen years down the road is unfortunate.

The ugly: The D4 is numbered wrong? :P

(*****)


Menace Under Otari - Solid!

5/5

This review is just for the adventure portion included in the box. Menace Under Otari, as a classic dungeon crawl, is XP-thick, and I like this, as a feature of this product; you get to level in the adventure, and fight the final fight as 2nd level. That's a win in my book for the players. Diplomacy-based PCs may feel less useful in this adventure, but luckily all PF2E classes have pretty good balance and are able to contribute. If playing with 4 players, I'd recommend rewarding each hero a hero point per hour of play, or at the very least every two hours. With so many die rolls, those will come in handy.

Without giving too much away, the adventure has a good mix of different difficulty-level combats, some terrain challenges, and a puzzle. All of this is great for teaching the game.

If you plan to orient players to Otari and its locations and NPCs (say as a non-Pathfinder Society adventure, or to start the beginning of a campaign), I would definitely allow 5 hours for each session, so 10 hours for both parts. I GM'ed it in one go, and in retrospect, would've broken it into two sessions. If running it in one go 10 hours would allow you to take some breaks throughout, if just to break up the slog through the dungeon.

If running this online, I'd insist player come early for characters and training, unless they are good at figuring out VTTs, and experienced PF2E players. One other thing. Ask players to have their 2nd level choices decided before game time, as the game assumes that you will level before the end fight.

Overall, I'd love to play this particular adventure, because I like dungeon crawls, the tactical challenge they present, and this is, imho, a great beginner adventure. That said, the sanctioning document is very liberal with interpretation on how to run it, think "campaign mode", so I allowed any class/ancestry combos, but not rare backgrounds. Also, I had 5 players, only scaled up a few fights. 4 players may take a bit shorter than 10 hours.

Enjoy this fine product!


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Captain Morgan wrote:

Can anyone tell me exactly how many bases are included in the beginner's box? I'm gonna be bringing the box to a family vacation but would rather wait to unwrap it for packing purposes. I'm gonna have 7 players (I know, I know, too many)and will have scaled up encounters to match and want to make sure I pack extra bases if I need them. I didn't spot a specific number listed and I couldn't quite make out a count from the official unboxing vid, but it looked like too few.

13 plastic pawn bases including a large base. Have fun and thanks for introducing Pathfinder to 7 players!


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
TheBigBlueFrog wrote:

Is there an errata document for the Beginner Box?

Also, is a second printing anywhere on the horizon?

Errata will be published on this site when a second printing is complete. I have no timeline to share. But I can tell you that I’m trying to promote sales as fast as I can. ;)

I’m confused on the current policy regarding this, Aaron.

With the Advanced Player’s Guide errata were released even though the first printing was still being sold. When I queried it I was told that the “we only release errata when a new printing is available” policy had changed with the release of PF2 (and that the linkage between the CRB was coincidental).

Here though it sounds like it is being adhered to with the beginner box. i wonder if you’d be able to ask around and/or link me to what the current position is? I’d appreciate it, if so.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
TheBigBlueFrog wrote:

Is there an errata document for the Beginner Box?

Also, is a second printing anywhere on the horizon?

Errata will be published on this site when a second printing is complete. I have no timeline to share. But I can tell you that I’m trying to promote sales as fast as I can. ;)

I’m confused on the current policy regarding this, Aaron.

With the Advanced Player’s Guide errata were released even though the first printing was still being sold. When I queried it I was told that the “we only release errata when a new printing is available” policy had changed with the release of PF2 (and that the linkage between the CRB was coincidental).

Here though it sounds like it is being adhered to with the beginner box. i wonder if you’d be able to ask around and/or link me to what the current position is? I’d appreciate it, if so.

I'll see what I can find out.


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Thanks. I really appreciate that.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

Steve Geddes wrote:
Thanks. I really appreciate that.

We continue to publish errata, driven by reprints, and occasionally find capacity to publish early, but without a schedule. Is there something we can help you with?


Pathfinder Maps, Starfinder Maps Subscriber
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
Thanks. I really appreciate that.
We continue to publish errata, driven by reprints, and occasionally find capacity to publish early, but without a schedule. Is there something we can help you with?

Cheers, Aaron.

I've posted about it in the tech and paizo general forums before. I'll go resurrect those threads rather than clog up the Beginner Box thread.

Thanks as always for your help. :)


Isn't this page's product image out-of-date? The placeholder image displays a red box, but I thought the actual product is a green box.

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Syri wrote:
Isn't this page's product image out-of-date? The placeholder image displays a red box, but I thought the actual product is a green box.

Yes.


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Katina Davis wrote:
Hey folks, sorry for the oversight but the Beginner Box pregenerated characters are now available in our Community Use Package! You can find and add them to your downloads here.

Can we get this link listed under the product description so it is easier to find? Thanks!

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