Paizo has released their new Pathfinder Unchained book for their beloved Pathfinder RPG. Unchained takes what you knows about Pathfinder and updates it. After years of working with the system, the designers felt things could use a bit of work. So they’ve taken several core classes and monsters and took them back to the drawing table and now present them anew. With new balances to just about every aspect of the game, from classes to combat to monster creation and spell casting (and other aspects that don’t have a “c” in them), Unchained is sort of the “3.5” of the system.
From the website:
Get ready to shake up your game! Within these pages, the designers of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game unleash their wildest ideas, and nothing is safe. From totally revised fundamentals like core classes and monster design to brand-new systems for expanding the way you play, this book offers fresh ideas while still blending with the existing system. With Pathfinder Unchained, you become the game designer!
Pathfinder Unchained is an indispensable companion to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook. This imaginative tabletop game builds upon more than 15 years of system development and an Open Playtest featuring more than 50,000 gamers to create a cutting-edge RPG experience that brings the all-time best-selling set of fantasy rules into a new era.
Pathfinder Unchained includes:
-New versions of the barbarian, monk, rogue, and summoner classes, all revised to make them more balanced and easier to play.
-New skill options for both those who want more skills to fill out their characters’ backgrounds and those seeking streamlined systems for speed and simplicity.
-Changes to how combat works, from a revised action system to an exhaustive list of combat tricks that draw upon your character’s stamina.
-Magic items that power up with you throughout your career—and ways to maintain variety while still letting players choose the “best” magic items.
-Simplified monster creation rules for making new creatures on the fly.
-Exotic material components ready to supercharge your spellcasting.
-New takes on alignment, multiclassing, iterative attacks, wounds, diseases and poisons, and item creation.
-AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!