Part humanoid, part swarm; nearly undead, yet literally squirming with life—the worm that walks is literally a walking contradiction. It’s also one of the standout monsters of the Bestiary 2, instantly recognizable as it perfectly straddles the line between fantasy and true horror.
Anyone know about it? It’s like DnD, except it’s a bit different… well, I don’t know that for sure, actually. All I know is that it’s a tabletop game that I’d really like to play. Is there anyone out there with a group that might want to play with a newbie? Well, I don’t have the core rulebooks or…
I think I heard of this game once…
Hi! I’m Wes Schneider, I’m one of the creators of the Pathfinder RPG, the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, and the Editor-in-Chief at Paizo Publishing. Getting into a game like Pathfinder can be a bit daunting—we totally know—so we’ve tried to give new players a ton of options to help them get into game!
Depending on your interest and comfort level, let me suggest a few different ways to learn more.
Learn at Your Own Pace: To help with that, we created the Pathfinder Beginner Box. This IS NOT: a dumbed down version or just for kids. It walks you through the basics of Pathfinder, gives you something to play either alone or in groups, and lets you set your own pace. Then it points you where to go next. There’s a ton of free expansions and add-ons to it if you like what you see. If you want to check out one thing to start you on your path, I’d suggest this.
Meet Other Players: If you want to go out into the world and learn how to play, the Paizo Retail Locator has an ever expanding list of physical game stores that carry our products. Chances are there’s a shop near you. Additionally, many of these locations and/or conventions that happen in your area likely run Pathfinder Society events. Pathfinder Society is our program that helps gamers get together all over the world to roleplay. This program IS NOT for the hardest of the hardcore, it’s for everyone! If you don’t know how to play, stop by and ask to talk to the event organizer (the Venture Captain or Venture Lieutenant; maybe wearing a green polo shirt) and ask them any questions you have. (Heck, tell them I sent you!) They’re there to help out new players and teach them how to get involved in the game. I know groups can be intimidating for a lot of people, but these are gamers just like you and generally some of the most awesome folks in the world. (And if they’re not or you have a less than awesome experience, start a new thread right here, let us know, and we’ll make it right!) Even if there’s not a game store near you, you can hunt down other Pathfinder Society events running near you with the Pathfinder Society Event Tracker.
Watch Others Play: If you want to see what some Pathfinder games look like, it’s easy to be a fly on the wall these days. Twitch TV has a lot of users that film and broadcast their Pathfinder games. Want to see how some (not all, but some) folks play? Pop your head in on their games! I haven’t seen a ton of these, but @distractedelf is good people and runs a channel that’s a great place to start watching! GrumpyGM is also the page of one of our more active Pathfinder Society Venture Captains. Lots of good stuff!
Hardcore Rules Overload: Want to read thousands of pages of rules? (I don’t recommend it, but some folks really like text books.) We put the vast majority of the rulebooks from our hardcovers online for free. You might enjoy checking out some of these. It can be a lot to slog through and you’ll never need more than you want, but it’s a good way to get a feel for the possibilities out there. (And never spend a cent!)
Hardcore Setting Overload: Want to know everything there is to know about Golarion, the world of the Pathfinder RPG? Pathfinder Wiki is an indispensable repository of wisdom about Pathfinder adventures, products, stories, and the game’s living canon. Check it out, you’re sure to find something that gets the creative juices flowing!
Ask Other Players: You’ve already done this by asking on here and it looks like you’re getting tons of great advice. If you want to get thoughts from tons of other Pathfinder players, check out the messageboards at Paizo.com. Even if you’re not playing with the Beginner Box, a lot of folks new to the game have already asked questions and got great answers on the Beginner Box board. See what they were wondering and what other players and designers of the game suggested. Or you can actually get into online games on the Play-by-Post boards, which can be a ton of fun! There’s a ton of options, but if you get overwhelmed or have a question you don’t see an answer to, just post in general discussion and we’ll do our best to help you find what works for you.
Okay, that’s already a ton of reading—hope it’s not too overwhelming. But thanks for asking about Pathfinder and, if you have any immediate question, don’t hesitate to give a yell!
You are an absolute urban apex-predator, a true cryptid capable of vanishing at a whim into the cracks of a city’s mysterious & murderous underbelly — and then emerging soundlessly once more to hunt, rule or commune with faceless spirits — as you deem fit.