Optimize your character with helpful tips from Paizo.
Pathfinder, the successful offshoot of Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, has grown into quite the powerhouse RPG. Paizo Publishing releases source material and new core books regularly. All of it introducing more and more options to customize your character or campaign. So much so that it can be a little daunting to consider how best to optimize your Bard (you are playing a Bard, right?).
Help arrives next month in the form of the official Pathfinder Strategy Guide. The long-awaited book is meant to assist players narrow their focus, more easily choose a path for their character, and better understand some of the more fiddly rules in Pathfinder.
Paizo offered up a list of the 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were in the Pathfinder Strategy Guide (here). I’ve included the list below, though the article goes into each in more detail.
- Character Quiz
- Class-Specific Intro to Spellcasting
- Tactical Advice for Combat
- Overviews of Non-Combat Roleplaying Situations
- How to Start Running Your Own Game
- Character Sheet Help
- Beginner’s Guide to Reading Spell Descriptions and Other Mechanics Text
- Detailed Instructions for Leveling Up
- Pointers Toward Further Exploration on Nearly Every Page
Having played Pathfinder for years, my first thought on a Strategy Guide was to spit out my milk in disgust. (I always have a glass of milk handy so I can spit some out in disgust.) But, if I’m honest, Pathfinder has grown into a sprawling mess of options that are difficult to keep a handle on. The Strategy Guide may actually be a great thing for even longtime Pathfinder fans.
At some point, you just want to get out there and play, instead of digging through a dozen books looking for the best upgrade path. This should help streamline things.
The Pathfinder Stategy Guide is expected to release in March. You getting it?