A few months ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing The Monster Codex for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, a nice compendium of beasties that will cause every Character they meet to quake in their boots. Now, the fine folks at Paizo have released a new guide to help flesh out these Characters and bring them to life. The PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: STRATEGY GUIDE is a Must Have for new players, but vets to the game might want to snag this one as well. A perfect companion to the Core Rulebook, this tome will also be a welcome addition for both GMs and players alike.
If you are not familiar with the PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: STRATEGY GUIDE, here is the book’s synopsis courtesy of Paizo Publishing:
Unlock the secrets of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game! Learn to improve your play and master the game with the Pathfinder RPG: Strategy Guide! This user-friendly, step-by-step, illustrated strategy guide offers invaluable advice on how to create a character – from the formation of a concept to selecting the best options to breath life into them. This comprehensive guide also includes rules for advancing your character from humble beginnings to the heights of power.
This book is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to make their characters “meatier”. Not in the sense of beefing them up physically, but for making them more realistic. The guide gives insight on basic character construction and then takes the reader step-by-step to how they can make their creations more powerful. Those players who are already familiar with RPGs will probably want to bypass this first section, but the information is valuable nonetheless.
Veteran players will definitely want to visit the Playing the Game section, however. Regardless of how many months or years you’ve been traipsing through the Pathfinder world, chances are you don’t know everything. This section of the book breaks down basic gameplay and then looks at more advanced options.
One of my favorite aspects of this guide is the Tips for Better Gaming section. It’s fairly easy to sit down, roll up a character, and then jump into a game…but it’s another thing entirely if you make it a group effort and work together. This Tips section gives vital information on how to make the most of your gaming experience and how to make the journey fun for all.
The PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME: STRATEGY GUIDE is another welcome addition to the Paizo gaming platform, and I recommend giving it a look. It is available now.