I received my Pathfinder Beginner Box in the mail today and I think "Holy Shi!t" sums it up pretty well ;) This is a box of gaming goodness. Yes, I might be an OSR heretic for saying this, but Paizo has done the hobby on a whole a ton of good with this treasure chest. This is an excellent starter for a person or group that is looking to get into RPGs.
First things first. The box itself is nice and deep and sturdy. Box alone blows away the D&D 4e Starter Set. Then you open the box, and the components put the nail in the coffin of the 4e Start Set. Paizo does it again.
64 page Hero's Handbook, 96 page GM's Guide, dice, over 80 full color pawns (stand-up cardboard cutouts with stands), 4 pregens, 4 blank character sheets and a large, markable battle map. It's a heavy, complete box.
The layout of the books looks like everything is set up to help out starting players. More importantly, you can level up to 5th level before needing to move on to the full game.
I'll need to spend some time with it before I can give a proper review, but color me impressed so far.
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