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Paizo Publishing

Game system(s): Pathfinder RPG,
Genre: Fantasy,

Tue 11 October 2011
Jason Bulmahn, James Jacobs, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Sean K. Reynolds,
Boxed set
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UPC: 978-1-60125-630-0


Fun with stats: The Gold ENnie award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box is ranked #16 out of 57 products with 10 or more reviews, placing it in the 74% percentile. It is rated 13.8 points higher than the overall average product rating of 76.7%. With 13 reviews, this is the #39 most reviewed product.

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Take your first step into an exciting world of fantasy adventure with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box! Within you'll find simple rules for creating and customizing your own hero, as well as a robust system for running your character through challenging adventures and deadly battles against villainous monsters like goblins and dragons! Will you master weapons and magic to become a courageous fighter, a wise cleric, a witty rogue, or a brilliant wizard? All the details of your character are yours to control. The only limit it your imagination!

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box is packed with everything you need to get started with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, an imaginative tabletop fantasy adventure game for 2-5 players. Tons of monsters, challenges, and advice give gamers the tools to create their own worlds and adventures, providing countless hours of gaming excitement. With streamlined rules and a focus on action-packed heroic adventure, this deluxe boxed set is the ideal introduction to the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and the best starting point for a lifetime of pulse-pounding adventure!
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    5 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    The box is super-sturdy. The materials are well organized and colorful. The presentation is easy to work through for new players (including my 10 year old). And there's plenty of room for building and playing homemade adventures.

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    5 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    This takes a somewhat complicated rules system (the PF core rules) and simplifies & streamlines it to it's absolute basics. Great for kids, beginners, or those of use who want a "lighter" version of 3.5/Pathfinder.

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    4 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    Arguably the most significant RPG product of the last 5-10 years or so. It was this game, more than anything else, that upset the apple cart in the whole D&D/Pathfinder race. The major criticism of the Pathfinder Core rules were a lack of accessibility to new or casual gamers, being as it was written as a massively comprehensive 500+ page book. The Beginner Box broke the game down to its essence and created a simpler game which remained complete in and of itself, but still compatible with the full game. If you wanted more options - you simply opted in for the core - but there was no need to. As such, it was a step above the cheaper, but flimsier D&D Essentials Box set released earlier and meant there was no barrier towards Paizos rising ascension in the market. Personally, I didnt like the art and really wasnt that keen on the board-based gameplay. The recent supply of D&D 5th Starter set AND free Basic rules for download may have allowed Wizards to finally catch up.but for a moment, Paizo were king with this game. Respected, but not for me.

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    5 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    I'm not terribly familiar with Pathfinder. I've played only a handful of times and it really isn't my favorite roleplaying game. However, this box set is absolutely wonderful. It's the best Beginner's Box I've bought thus far in my short (five year) gaming career. The design, functionality, and amount of material are superior to everything else out there. The adventure is fun, the pre-gen characters detailed, and the rule books are very easy to read and understand. If you're looking for a good "bang-for-buck" ratio, this starter set fits the bill.

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    4 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    In creating this, Paizo pretty much defined what a beginner box should be. It comes with plenty of content - a couple of books, pawns, dice, character sheets, and a flip-mat. It's a perfect introductory gift, though it may be a tad pricey for an impulse purchase. If you have the core rulebooks, and already know how to play, you don't gain anything by picking this up; but if you're looking for your gateway product, this is right up there.

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    2 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    You have to be impressed with Paizo. This set is huge, heavy and loaded with all sorts of good stuff. Well constructed box, awesome artwork, slick books, very colorful and well played out. I found both books, the GM and Player's handbooks to be helpful and enjoyable even just o look at. The dice, maps, and extra goodies all made this an impressive package. I bought this to introduce my kids and spouse to the game as well as to better acquaint myself with the game. The Core Rulebook which I bought first was just too dense and complicated for me to figure the game out. I bought this three days later and hoped it would help. Turns out it did and it didn't. In fact the idea of this even being needed should have been a clue to me that Pathfinder and I would have a troubled relationship. IF a beginner's/intro game/box is required I might have to say that your game is probably too complex for most people or too expensive. Now for what I got in this box I feel the price was good, I actually got mine for $17 brand new! What a steal.The information in the guides came out confusing and incomplete to me. They certainly streamlined the game compared to the Core Rulebook, yet they too still did not translate to the actual game itself. What!?! The game abruptly leaves you and I felt like I just barely scratched the surface. It has almost no replay value beyond that initial use. So after all much it feels pretty worthless. For this to be complete you have to download the extra PDFs from the Paizo website. You can get a few extra adventures, a kids friendly guide (called a Kids Track), a Beginner's Guide Transition and Core Rulebook Translation Guide are also obtainable. Someone told me that these actually come in the new edition of the Box Set? I cannot say for sure, as I had to download mine.So there is extra stuff out there to make it a better box set, but it is incomplete and the rules require translation and more transition guidance. Ouch! I would give this a 2 stars, but it is still average if not better than average in comparison to what is out there. My kids liked the game, but I even had to make house rules for this one to work and be enjoyable. My spouse unfortunately was completely turned off to the game, due to the complexity and uncertainty of the rules. Even with the system simplified down it just stinks. I judge this not just on the content (because they produce a gorgeous product), but on the game system, which I believe this product is designed to introduce us to. So despite wanting to give this an average rating I am going to give it a poor rating.

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    5 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    An excellent starter set for new RPG players and DMs. The components are excellent with a flip battle-mat (one side of which is the included adventure dungeon - the other being blank), dice, players book, GM book, sample character sheets, and character and monster pawns. The rules are a stripped down version of the standard game (for example, there are no attacks of opportunity rules) and presented in an easy to follow format ideal for beginners and younger players. The rules allow you to create characters and advance them through to level 5. The inclusion of character/monster pawns was a great idea and allows beginners to have miniatures for their games. I've been tempted at times to use the pawns in my regular Pathfinder campaigns instead of regular miniatures. The only con I found is that the included adventure is somewhat short meaning a new GM might have to take the plunge into dungeon design sooner than they would like. Paizo has some additional Beginner Box adventures available on their web site plus there are some suggestions within the GM book on how to to continue the adventure. Overall an excellent product for newcomers to the hobby.

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    5 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    Though I'm not a fan of the Pathfinder system itself, Paizo did a fantastic job putting this introductory game together, and if you want a stand-alone introduction to fantasy roleplaying it's a toss-up between this and the D&D 5E Starter Set.The box has everything a new player needs to start playing with a group - a solo "choose your own adventure," four beautifully illustrated premade characters, rules for making your own characters, a nicely illustrated dry-erase battle map, some fancy stand-up tokens to represent characters and monsters, and a set of dice. The introductory adventure is fairly basic without a deep plot, but there is plenty of guidance on making your own adventure and rules to do just about anything you'd like up to level 5. This set essentially has two major advantages: a new group of players can pick it up and start playing within 20 minutes, and it has enough material for quite a few game sessions without buying anything else. Finally, there is an extra class (the Barbarian), several mini-adventures, and some other nice downloadable bits and bobs on the Paizo website for this product.

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    5 out of 5 rating for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box

    For anyone who enjoys a solid book in hand with lots of other products to choose from, the Beginner Box is a great entry point. Moving on from there to the other Paizo books is simple enough, and theres simply no denying that the artwork and production value in all of these products is top-notcha great way to have the books themselves help deepen player immersion in the game world.

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