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Pathfinder RPG resources for a beginner

EliminationElimination Registered User regular
My girlfriend has expressed great interest in "D&D" though I suggested Pathfinder as from what I have been told from friends and read around the net, it's basically the same but better ruleset, and it seems very popular. Sooo....

I ordered in the big hardcover Core Rulebook off Amazon, and am picking up the Beginners Box from my local shop. We are starting from scratch, we have no resources (Except a ton of mini's from Talisman I guess?). My question is, what are some good resources for someone who doesn't have any of the stuff and is totally new? Things like maybe some free ( or paid.) low level module's or mini (the cardboard pawns are my preference since they are cheap/easy for NPC's.) character gen software? Good web sites? Must-have supplies or items for regular play? We are going to be a group but all of us are basically new to this. I will be DMing mostly since I love to write so once I learn it a bit i expect that i'll be writing a few adventure modules myself, but I am not above buying some official ones or whatever if they are a good buy.

Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated !

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  • BlarghyBlarghy Registered User regular
    The nice thing about Pathfinder is that you can absolutely play for free until you get a better idea of what works for you. Our group played with only using the online SRD for a couple years with no physical books.

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  • ThundyrkatzThundyrkatz Registered User regular
    There is a great website with loads of free stuff that you can use

    http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/gettingStarted.html

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    Seeing as how I've been getting into GMing Pathfinder games myself, here's what I've been recommend:

    Bestiary, as many volumes as you can afford. These may be $40 each, but they're full of wonderful creatures and the like, from the common to the obscure. I doubt you'd need the Bestiary Box, which is just minis of the monsters, but they're $40 each and you already have a lot of minis.

    If you've got at least three players, you may as well just form a group under the Paizo Organized Play campaign, better known as the Pathfinder Society. Adventures are tailored to level tiers and only cost four bucks each online, but there are some free ones out there, too. In other words, if you game twice a month, and you drop forty bucks on adventures, you're good to go for maybe six, seven months with all the free stuff out there- not to mention you can take your characters on the road to conventions and the like and use them there.

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  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    Nice I saw some of the beastiary books wasn't sure what they really did. Girlfriend made her first character ever tonight an elf rogue, she already loves it hah

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  • DecomposeyDecomposey Registered User regular
    A Beastiary is like opening a wikipedia page on a monster and learning everything you need to know to use that monster as a GM listed in alphebetical order. Or just to read about because you wonder how many languages a Unicorn speaks. Want the party to fight a dragon? It's stats, abilities, and tactics can be found by going to the D section and finding the dragon you want. Want a Skeleton? Turn to the skeleton page under S. Same for Zombie, Ghost, etc.

    The most commonly recognized monsters are in Beastiary 1 (your dragons, devils, demons, skeletons, werewolves, your standard fantasy monsters), in Beastiary 2 they branch out into less quickly recognized or specialized beasts (dullahans, poltergeists, bunyips, Jabberwoki), Beastiary 3 has losts of general monsters and more cultural specific monsters (Oni, Asura, Div, Rakshasha, Imperial Dragons), and Beastiary 4 has general monsters and Lovecraftian horros (Cthlulhu, Dagon, Color Out Of Space, Xi-go, Elder Things).

    Really if you are just starting out, you only need the Core Rulebook to play, and maybe Beastiary 1 if you are going to GM. Modules and all other books are optional. But they are FUN to look through.

    If you check http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/ as mentioned above you will find the content of almost every rulebook (the most recent aren't up yet) that you can look through at your leisure.

    Before following any advice, opinions, or thoughts I may have expressed in the above post, be warned: I found Keven Costners "Waterworld" to be a very entertaining film.
  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    Anyone have a good online shops that ship to Canada? I love the cardboard pawns the beginner box gives me but the extra beastiary ones and such are hard to find

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  • Vater5BVater5B Registered User regular
    Starlit Citadel is in Vancouver and they have quite a selection from what I gather.

    Honestly, the Beginner Box has enough content to keep you going for several sessions on its own. My group started out with just it and got in a good six sessions of play before we started incorporating more resources into our game. You might want to tear into that before you buy too much else.

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  • gjaustingjaustin Registered User regular
    Having recently started playing Pathfinder myself, the following things have helped

    http://www.d20pfsrd.com/ - An excellent reference site
    http://charactersheets.minotaur.cc/ - The best character sheets I found

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  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    gjaustin wrote: »
    Having recently started playing Pathfinder myself, the following things have helped

    http://www.d20pfsrd.com/ - An excellent reference site
    http://charactersheets.minotaur.cc/ - The best character sheets I found

    Those character sheets look great !

    PSN: PA_Elimination 3DS: 4399-2012-1711 Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/id/TheElimination/
  • EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    gjaustin wrote: »
    Having recently started playing Pathfinder myself, the following things have helped

    http://www.d20pfsrd.com/ - An excellent reference site
    http://charactersheets.minotaur.cc/ - The best character sheets I found

    Those character sheets look great !

    PSN: PA_Elimination 3DS: 4399-2012-1711 Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/id/TheElimination/
  • amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    I've been in an ongoing Pathfinder campaign for the last year or so. I hadn't really played much since college (D&D 3.5 and older stuff) so I was a little rusty. You've already got your bases covered with the core rulebook and beginner box. I actually ran the beginner box for my wife who had never played tabletop and managed to make it through as a first time GM without much trouble so it's really easy to pick up and run with.

    In addition to what you've already got, I can't recommend this enough.

    www.wolflair.com/hero_lab

    It's got a free trial and it's only $30 for the paid version. You can purchase modules for additional games but Pathfinder is one of the ones that's included with it. It takes all the paperwork out of character creation and lets you print off perfect character sheets that list all your skills and attributes so there's no confusion at the table.

    I love that software.


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  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    I'm currently running an online game, and participating in another player's game, via Roll20 (http://roll20.net/ ) which offers pretty awesome support if face to face isn't something your group can always manage. I've found the games go faster and players are more engaged online as dierolls/saves/spells can be instant via macros and you can do greater items with fog of war than if players are self-mapping with graph paper. It's also free (with greater storage and additional DM tricks with payment).

    Our group is scattered across the country though, so even with skype it's not quite the same as a table in the kitchen. Still, take a look.

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