The Pathfinder Beginner Box is a boxed set from Paizo aimed squarely at new players. Does it accomplish this goal? Read on, dear websurfer!
What You Get
The Beginner Box, obviously, comes in a box. But, you get more than just a rulebook or two. Oh, no, this thing is packed with goodies. So, what exactly comes in the box? The first thing you see is a “Welcome to a World of Adventure” sheet of paper that gives you the basic welcome to the game, laying down a little info and where to go first to begin your experience.
There are two rulebooks in the box; a 64-page Hero’s Handbook for players and a 96-page Game Master’s Guide for GMs. While I’ll go into more detail on these books in a bit, I’ll say here that the production value of these two softcover books is extremely slick and the products are very, very attractive and pleasing to the eye. The art within is often reproduced from other Pathfinder products and, as such, is very nice and attractive artwork. The pages are slick, and the books don’t feel fragile in the least. Again, I’ll go into more detail, but you might be surprised at the amount of information that is packed into these books; I know I was!
To get you started, the box also comes with four character sheets. These go extremely well with the Hero’s Handbook as each section on the sheet a letter designation, which goes along with the different sections in the Hero’s Handbook. Additionally, down the side of the sheet is a handy series of icons show such handy things as what the different die types look like and whether a spell targets friends, enemies or is standard magic. Again, this goes along nicely with the way spells are shown in the Hero’s Handbook. Like the rest of the box, the character sheets are of high quality and are graphically attractive. They are not on thin pieces of paper, either; the paper the sheets are printed on are a heavy grade paper, not quite card stock but not standard paper either.