Pathfinder Second Edition: The Bestiaries

Pathfinder Second Edition: The Bestiaries

In the second of my Pathfinder Second Edition reviews, I’ll be taking a deeper look into the three volumes that fuel gamemasters with monsters to beset upon their players, for all adventuring parties need foes to vanquish. The bestiary series is where you get your demons and dragons, your angels and aboleths (renamed alghollthus for Second Edition). The first Second Edition Bestiary is 334 pages of monster stats with about another 20 pages of supplemental rules, glossaries, and indexes. The second and third books in the series clock in at an additional 319 pages each. (more…)

Pathfinder Second Edition: The Bestiaries

Pathfinder Second Edition: Secrets of Magic

Two things are immediately noticeable about Secrets of Magic. The first is that it is an absolutely gorgeous book. From the front cover’s beautiful bordering and flashy Wayne Reynolds painting to the interior’s ornate pages and wonderful evocative artwork, this may well be one of the best-looking books Paizo has ever published. The second thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t match the rest of the line. Secrets of Magic is part of the Pathfinder Second Edition rulebook line, which until this volume had just been books that had been published in the first edition of the game as well. The six books that were released before Secrets of Magic all have uniform covers with tan and brown trade dress, and tabs on the front cover denoting Second Edition and the back cover denoting “Rulebook.” Secrets of Magic, however, has a navy blue trade dress, and instead of tabs, the Second Edition and “Rulebook” notations are worked better into the overall trade dress to fit the feel of the book. (more…)

Pathfinder Second Edition: The Bestiaries

Pathfinder Second Edition: Core Rulebook

As of right now, there are six Pathfinder Second Edition rulebooks. The rulebooks in Paizo’s product lines are the backbones of the rulesets. These are the books that are most necessary to run a game. Truly, the two you need the most are the Core Rulebook and the first Bestiary. These are the bases on which to start building out your game; every other book in the line just adds more options to enhance things. While I feel like many of the changes that Paizo has made to the Core Rulebook are great revisions to a system I already loved, I’m happy to dive into just what makes this new edition worth looking into. (more…)

Pathfinder Second Edition: The Bestiaries

Pathfinder Second Edition: How Did We Get Here?

I’ve been playing tabletop RPGs for a long, long time. I started in the 1990s with DC Heroes by Mayfair Games (because of course I did) and pretty quickly moved into Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. But I didn’t get big into games until Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition came out in 2000. That’s when I really began to pore through rulebooks, both core and supplemental, and when I began to explore campaign settings. While I learned a lot about Faerûn and the Forgotten Realms, my heart truly belonged to Krynn and Dragonlance. (more…)