Last Updated: September 20, 2023
The Pathfinder Beginner Box includes a great single-player adventure which you can play completely by yourself, and which touches on some of the basic concepts of Pathfinder’s rules. Naturally, I was unhappy with this solo adventure and wrote my own. If you’re new to Pathfinder, check this out:
Trouble at The Tonesvale Fair – A solo adventure for players new to Pathfinder
Learning a new roleplaying game is hard, especially if this is your first time roleplaying. This guide is intended to be a comprehensive but simple introduction to the rules of Pathfinder. The rules of Pathfinder are complex, so take your time reading this guide. If you have questions, ask your fellow players or email me.
This section is frequently changing. Not because the rules are changing (not much at least), but because I am constantly attempting to find better ways to explain the intricacies of the rules without making them overly complex. If any parts of this section are confusing, missing, incorrect, or just generally bad, the core rulebook is always the first place you should go to learn the rules.
- What is a Role Playing Game?
- What is Pathfinder?
- Ability Scores
- Example of Play
- Appendix 1: Game Glossary – Rules Terms
- Appendix 2: Player Glossary – Terms used by players
- Guided Solo Adventure
Beyond the Rules
Now that you knows the rules, it’s a good idea to have a more conceptual understanding of Pathfinder and DnD-style games. Check out my collection of Player Resources articles for a collection of articles and resources which may help you at the table.