Saturday, January 2, 2016

Pathfinder: People of the Stars

My recent purchase of Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition has resurrected my love for Pathfinder. New Year's Eve I stopped by Dungeon Dwellers, the game store in my home town, and decided to pick something up. Since my friends are doing a Pathfinder Spelljammer game, I decided to pick People of the Stars.

The Basics: People of the Stars is a full-color 32 page Pathfinder setting book. The retail price is 12.99. The book is a player focused look at the other planets of the Pathfinder setting. The book has four new races, feats, archetypes, equipment, spells, magic items, and traits.

The Good: The four races are interesting. The nanite using androids and four-armed kasathas are my favorites. Each of the races has it's own class archetype. The brief planet sidebars give a good overview of the planets (at least from a player's perspective) and the traits associated with each are cool. The book discusses non-evil PC's that worship the Dark Tapestry (Elder and Outer Gods), which was unexpected and cool. I like the inclusion of simple gravity rules. This lets players know what to expect when traveling to different planets.

The Bad: This is also a very specialized book. It's definitely not for everyone. I assume most GM's won't allow most of this material in a typical Pathfinder game. Also, while this is fantasy in space material, it is not actually Spelljammer. It never makes that claim of course, but as a lifelong D&D player, my assumption is it would be something similar. While there is mention of a few space ships, none are detailed or really discussed.

Final Thoughts: I really liked this book. It's different and I dig that. I've ordered the GM book Distant Worlds and will discuss it once I get it and have had a chance to read through it.

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