Dear DovahQueen: As someone new to Pathfinder, what are some good sources for learning the lore…

Dear DovahQueen: As someone new to Pathfinder, what are some good sources for learning the lore/background of the game? What are some “beginner’s tips” to help me get started? — The Indomitable Katy Bear

Dear Indomitable: The first and best place to learn the lore and background of your game is from is your Game Master (or Dungeon Master). Every game is unique to that GM, and while many take place in Pathfinder’s world of Golarian, many others do not. Reading every Paizo publication isn’t going to help you better understand the lore if your story takes place on Nirn, in Middle Earth, or among asteroid colonies in Aethera. Often times, your GM will run a world that they lovingly crafted for you, and sometimes, “DennyHawk” can be just as deep and engrossing as “GreyHawk”.

As for beginner’s tips? Be as imaginative as you possibly can be, and allow your GM to mold your indomitable creativity to better suit the story that you and your group will share. Fret not about the rules and systems and all that jazz; when it comes time to throw the die, announce what think of what your character would in the present situation and allow your GM to show you which die you need for that.

More important than anything though, have fun!

Loren Sieg

Loren has been writing and playing in tabletop RPGs for over 15 years. As both a GM and player, she pours heart and soul into producing new content and helping shape the way tabletops are experienced. She's worked with companies including Paizo Inc., Legendary Games, Swords for Hire, and Encounter Table Publishing to publish material for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Dear DovahQueen began early in 2016, and Loren has been helping GMs and players fully realize their stories and game concepts ever since. When she's not knee-deep in characters sheets and critical hits, she can likely be found studying Biology at Indiana University and/or doing research on different types of marine life.

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