Pathfinder Dark Archive

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From the fringes, the unknown beckons. Pathfinder Dark Archive contains secrets that any player or GM can use to reveal the paranormal lurking in their Pathfinder games! This spine-tinglingly secretive 224-page hardcover rulebook presents two new character classes perfect for delving into the unexplained: Unleash the untold power of your mind as the psychic or leverage supernatural secrets and mystic implements as the thaumaturge!

Beyond these new classes, eight secret case files each provide player options, GM tools, and lore into a different paranormal topic, including:

  • Strange cryptids glimpsed in the night, gear to track them, and the powers you might gain by surviving an encounter with one
  • Cults and esoteric belief, with apocryphal divine magic and the secret of becoming a living vessel for an eldritch being
  • Temporal anomalies, with archetypes that skim along the surface of time and a new mystery for oracles unbound from causality

Each file concludes with a short adventure to immerse players in the paranormal, spanning across Golarion—play all eight to uncover the inexplicable phenomena of the Age of Lost Omens!

Written by: James Case, Mikhail Rekun, Mark Seifter, Rigby Bendele, Logan Bonner, Dan Cascone, Jessica Catalan, Banana Chan, Kay Hashimoto, Sen.H.H.S., Patrick Hurley, Joshua Kim, Avi Kool, Daniel Kwan, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Liane Merciel, Jacob W. Michaels, Andrew Mullen, Quinn Murphy, K. Tessa Newton, Patrick Renie, Michael Sayre, Shay Snow, Alex Speidel, Solomon St. John, Geoffrey Suthers, Ruvaid Virk, Jabari Weathers, and Isis Wozniakowska

[Additional Web Content spoiler - click to reveal]

The following pages were distributed online after the release of Dark Archive for readers to decipher themselves. You can find them here:

[Solution to Additional Web Content - click to reveal]

The Lost Pages were discovered to lead to the following file:

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-443-7

The adventures contained within this rulebook, the "Dark Archive Case Files," are sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running these Adventures and Chronicle Sheets are available as a free download (923 KB PDF).



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Cool concepts, twists, themes, bad layout for the adventure

4/5

Really enjoy the classes added in the book, and I think the structure the case files is quite charming. The crytpid feats really fire the neurons in my brain, and I'm glad odd things like mindscapes and the mirror chapter are included. I'm a fan of SCP so reading the incident reports at the end of each chapter was nice.

I've already been in a game where the Aftermath abilities were used, and they are quite fun! The Deviant system as well has some fun mechanics and I'd love to see more Deviant abilities in future books.

The biggest problem imo is that if you're reading through the book like normal, it is extremely annoying to avoid spoilers related to the included adventure. The layout of each file being [Content, Adventure, Short Stories] is awful, I'd at least swap the location of the short stories and the adventure.

Not to mention, you can barely do anything with the maps they give you in the book, as they are so low quality it's bound to look ugly in any Virtual Tabletop. I'm not quite sure why they're even included, they're too small to be usable.

If they do include adventures in future rulebooks, I hope they have them in a big section at the end of the book, and hope that the maps could be included in some other format.


A Must have!

5/5

A great book with wonderful classes, interesting character options, and some short flavorful adventures to sprinkle into any campaign. My one compliant is it isn't any longer.


Badly organized, worth it if you want to play psychic/thaumaturge

2/5

I imagine most people who like this book like it for the classes: the psychic (an Int or Cha-based occult caster that can empower cantrips) or thaumaturge (a mostly martial class that takes advantage of foe's weaknesses). The classes are interesting, and it's nice to have another occult caster, but neither really inspired me to create a new character.

The rest of the book is a confusing amalgamation of player options. There are a handful of interesting backgrounds scattered among the sporadic Incident Reports, but they aren't listed in the table of contents or index. At least the page numbers for all the items are collected in the index, but they felt somewhat repetitive. There are also 9 archetypes (some of them incredibly situational), some new spells and occult skill feats, a versatile heritage for duplicates (actually quite cool), and options for witches and oracles.

For the GM, this book doesn't offer much. There are a few NPC templates and new hazards, and some interesting ways of rewarding players. The 8 adventures are so short and mixed in with the PC sections that I'd assume any player with access to the book would accidentally read spoilers. If Paizo is going to insist on writing most of its lore and GM advice in-character now, this book does strike a good balance of actually providing content instead of ramblings. Still, there isn't really enough space to do each of the 8 topics justice.

It's sad to be giving another Pathfinder 2E product a bad review. I love the system and need to go back to write reviews for the products I did enjoy.


The new benchmark for Paizo releases

5/5

Dark Archive is easily the best Pathfinder Second Edition book to date.

Setting aside the Psychic and Thaumaturge -- two unique, flavorful, and highly-customizable classes that would be enough to hang any release's hat on -- DA is full of personality and great ideas to enrich your game with the strange and occult.

The framework, that the book is a collection of casefiles from the titular Dark Archive organization, holds the content together very well. Unique items and character options will be preceded by a page of interviews or case notes from archivists that uncovered it. The prose itself is just fun to read, on top of providing interesting mechanical content.

And bookmarking each section is a fun mini-adventure that showcases the idea. What better way to teach players and GMs about the new cryptid mechanics than to give them a cryptid to seek out? Though you might have trouble weaving one full campaign from these adventures, they're provided in a way that is easy to weave into an existing campaign.

There really isn't much more to say. This is the standard by which all future PF2e books should be judged. I can't recommend it highly enough.


Lots of phenomenal stuff

5/5

The Psychic was one of two classes I most wanted back in 2e, and so I'm delighted that it's not only here so soon, but that it's far and away my favorite caster class in the game! The amount of room for customization in it (and its fellow, the Thaumaturge) are an absolute blast, showing a clear step forward in class design. I can only hope the eventual Inquisitor and Shaman revisits are similarly excellent.

Everything else is a lot of fun. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how exciting the Arcadian and Tian casefiles are.


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My question is "how quickly will Pathbuilder and HeroLab Online get these two new classes implemented?" :-)


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I can't imagine much later than two weeks into August? I just got my pending notice in my email ♥️

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RiverMesa wrote:
RiverMesa wrote:

Not to do marketing's job for them, but I figured people might want to see:

The Rules Lawyer's Pacts & Curses preview
Really Dicey's Dark Archive overview+James Case interview (not much new aside from a fun piece of art)

Missed my edit window, but worth noting is that Rules Lawyer's video also previews the full table of contents, showing some additional things in the case files (plus a list of all the Incident Reports) - like cryptid feats in Cryptids (separate from aftermath feats), the Alter Ego archetype in Mirrors & Imposters, Curse Maelstrom archetype in Pacts & Curses (which gets a deep dive in the video), and the Sleepwalker archetype in Mindscapes.

These sound so good.

Like I did not even know I needed those before you mentioned them.

ME WANT !!!

Great Marketing job BTW ;-)


PDF available Jul 27

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Ed Reppert wrote:
My question is "how quickly will Pathbuilder and HeroLab Online get these two new classes implemented?" :-)

Paizo does not work directly with Pathbuilder. HeroLab Online has access to our material ahead of time. I’ll get an eta.

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Preview the section on mirrors with Roll 4 Initiative.


Aaron Shanks wrote:
Preview the section on mirrors with Roll 4 Initiative.

Now reflection heritage is partly shown.


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It begins. The pdfs from subscription arrive soon! Very excited, hope I get mine early.


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I'm so hyped for this book! I can finally play my weird monster hunter PC I've been meanin'to use with Thaumaturge!


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Rules Lawyer Did a Video on the Psychic

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Pathfinder's Dark Archive Preview: A Deeper Look Into Cults and the Weird Side of Fantasy TTRPGs from Comicbook.com.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Enjoy the final Pathfinder Dark Archive exclusive preview, "Psychic Duels In The Theater of The Mind–Previewing Paizo’s ‘Dark Archive’" from Comicon!


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

So…anyone get their pdf today?


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LizardMage wrote:
So…anyone get their pdf today?

I didn't yet, but it's still fairly early in the day.


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LizardMage wrote:
So…anyone get their pdf today?

No one has said anything on here or Reddit, and it's a quarter to 5 Paizo time...

My guess is not today.


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Real sadness hours.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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But wait there’s one more Pathfinder Dark Archive preview! Get a glimpse inside Secret Societies from Really Dicey!


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My book shipped~! The art in here is so good!


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BlaireWisteria wrote:
My book shipped~! The art in here is so good!

Any new backgrounds?


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15 more days! I'm so excited for this book!


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LizardMage wrote:
BlaireWisteria wrote:
My book shipped~! The art in here is so good!
Any new backgrounds?

Yes,

Spoiler:
there is one related to a criminal instinct, and another about a reborn soul. Possibly more but those I recall off the top of my head.


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No pdf yet today, but I did get "The Indian Cooking Course" and "An Invitation to Indian Cooking" from Amazon so I guess those will tide me over. :-)


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Niche question for those with the book - can you tell me a little about the Land of Second Souls case file? It’s been bouncing around in my head since the name first showed on the Arcadia map in Guns & Gears.


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keftiu wrote:
Niche question for those with the book - can you tell me a little about the Land of Second Souls case file? It’s been bouncing around in my head since the name first showed on the Arcadia map in Guns & Gears.

Spoiler:
The Land of Second Souls has the reborn background I mentioned, specifically "Reborn Soul". You get two Lores instead of the usual one, which you and your GM pick based on your previous life; you gain a free lore increase to one of these at 3rd, 7th, and 15th. The GM can give you a +1 circumstance bonus on relevant skill checks but failure stupefies you.

The case report deals with Raven’s Call, Tomalán, Arcadia.
I won't reveal the tidbits of the story presented, but the Land of Second Souls unsurprisingly deals with reborn souls. Not everyone comes back in the same way, but it sounds like everyone gets a second (but no further) chances. Psychopomps in the area seem to have no problem with the cycle here, so Pharasma seems to have no misgivings with the unique situation yet the monitors frequent the area.
After a second death, it seems as though people move on as anyone else would.


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Xethik wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Niche question for those with the book - can you tell me a little about the Land of Second Souls case file? It’s been bouncing around in my head since the name first showed on the Arcadia map in Guns & Gears.
** spoiler omitted **

That’s fascinating - I really appreciate you sharing! Fingers crossed we get to see a little more of Tomalán in the future.

Dark Archive

When will this book be available at my flgc?


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Ectar wrote:
When will this book be available at my flgc?

According to the July thread in the Announcement forum, the street date for all July subscription products is Wednesday, July 27th.


One question, I believe that even if I bought the PDF today, I would only receive it on the 27th, ok. But how do I get access before that date? Is there a pre-sale period? Grateful.


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LordeAlvenaharr wrote:
One question, I believe that even if I bought the PDF today, I would only receive it on the 27th, ok. But how do I get access before that date? Is there a pre-sale period? Grateful.

You do the subscription plan for Rulebooks. You get both products and when your book ships you get the pdf. Sometimes early sometimes street date. Depends where you are on the shipping list that release

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And from the office of expectation management, sometimes after street date. Subscribing is a guarantee that you are going to get a free PDF with your physical copy, not a guarantee that you're going to get it early.


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This is shaping up to be my favorite rulebook yet - I love everything I've seen so far, and am deeply satisfied with the power level and design of pretty much everything! (though mindsmith is a little disappointing on that front).


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LordeAlvenaharr wrote:
One question, I believe that even if I bought the PDF today, I would only receive it on the 27th, ok. But how do I get access before that date? Is there a pre-sale period? Grateful.

If you check, you should see that you can't buy the PDF today. PDFs go on sale on the street date. If you are a subscriber, you get the PDF when they slap that shipping label on the box containing your order and count it as shipped.


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An interesting note: the Tree of Rebirth in Tomalán and the now-dormant Kumaru Tree in Xopatl both seem to be giant Arcadian trees as magical infrastructure. I wonder if we'll see more?

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keftiu wrote:
An interesting note: the Tree of Rebirth in Tomalán and the now-dormant Kumaru Tree in Xopatl both seem to be giant Arcadian trees as magical infrastructure. I wonder if we'll see more?

And now I wonder if there is any link with the ultra predator of dragons who is reawakening and had something about trees too IIRC.

Not to mention Stranger Things makes trees look really disquieting. Maybe OOTS' Durkon was right about the evil of trees all along.


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I heard that the mindsmith has a ranged option. Can someone tell me more (especially what level it comes in)?

Dark Archive

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CrypticSplicer wrote:
I heard that the mindsmith has a ranged option. Can someone tell me more (especially what level it comes in)?

There is an 8th level feat that allows you to make ranged strikes with your weapon.


John R. wrote:
CrypticSplicer wrote:
I heard that the mindsmith has a ranged option. Can someone tell me more (especially what level it comes in)?
There is an 8th level feat that allows you to make ranged strikes with your weapon.

That sounds like a very interesting archetype.


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Got my pdf, still waiting on physical book. So far, really impressed with how much the psychic has been reworked/refined from the playtest, and the effort put into the rest of the book really shows, with great art and great story. The only bit of rule weirdness is the rule for what is essentially the pyro/cryokinetic 'school', as you have to bounce between fire and cold damage/resistance every ability, and it overwrites the damage type. We're gonna need some errata or FAQ here, because it leads to questions with both one of their cantrips (it gives resistance to both fire and cold), and one of the school spells (As written, you get Resistance to Cold and Weakness to Cold from the spell). Overall though, does a much better job of being the 'cantrip based spellcaster' class.

The layout of the book overall is kind of weird, but I don't hate it. It starts with the classes, then each chapter is based around a theme, so you have character options mixed with DM stuff for each chapter. It's going to make finding stuff for reference a bit more difficult, but it makes the book a lot more interesting to read cover to cover, as well as for a DM looking for ideas.


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Sounds similar to the way Secrets of Magic is laid out.


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Ugh. The wait for this is killing me. I'm on the subscription, but it hasn't shipped yet. I think maybe because of the Blood Lords AP, which is in the order as well.

I neeeeeeeeeeed. D:
Lol


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Ly'ualdre wrote:

Ugh. The wait for this is killing me. I'm on the subscription, but it hasn't shipped yet. I think maybe because of the Blood Lords AP, which is in the order as well.

I neeeeeeeeeeed. D:
Lol

Hang in there buddy, I'm in the same boat! I'm hoping I get mine either today or tomorrow, I'm on vacation Wed-Fri and would love to read this during that window!


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xNellynelx wrote:
Ly'ualdre wrote:

Ugh. The wait for this is killing me. I'm on the subscription, but it hasn't shipped yet. I think maybe because of the Blood Lords AP, which is in the order as well.

I neeeeeeeeeeed. D:
Lol

Hang in there buddy, I'm in the same boat! I'm hoping I get mine either today or tomorrow, I'm on vacation Wed-Fri and would love to read this during that window!

May our watches swiftly be ended!


Watched all the preview snippets and I am super hyped for this one! This bodes well I think and looks pretty phenomenal!


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Grankless wrote:
This is shaping up to be my favorite rulebook yet - I love everything I've seen so far, and am deeply satisfied with the power level and design of pretty much everything! (though mindsmith is a little disappointing on that front).

That's sort of a shame to hear, with how much of a letdown Soulforger was I was really really looking forward to mindsmith.


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Why does the Thaumaturge continue the same error we've seen in previous classes where their weapon expertise and mastery class features don't include unarmed proficiency? That was errata'd on the core classes far too long ago for this to happen again.


VestOfHolding wrote:
Why does the Thaumaturge continue the same error we've seen in previous classes where their weapon expertise and mastery class features don't include unarmed proficiency? That was errata'd on the core classes far too long ago for this to happen again.

Did they make the same error with the Psychic?


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Woo hoo! One week from now I should be downloading the pdf!


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Gisher wrote:
VestOfHolding wrote:
Why does the Thaumaturge continue the same error we've seen in previous classes where their weapon expertise and mastery class features don't include unarmed proficiency? That was errata'd on the core classes far too long ago for this to happen again.
Did they make the same error with the Psychic?

Psychic has unarmed proficiency properly.

Dark Archive

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Does anyone know if we should expect any delays for international shipping?

Street date is in a week and my subscription copy hasn’t been shipped yet. Given that it normally takes around 10 days to get to me, looks like mind will arrive after actual release.


Any high level option for Reflection Heritage?

Like, getting more than one Heritage or some sort of parma fly speed...

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