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The Cheliax companion didn't really convince me,
This review is from: Pathfinder Companion: Cheliax, Empire of Devils (Paperback)Cheliax, Empire of Devils was my first foray into a Pathfinder Companion Subscription with Paizo - and it would have been a shame if I had stopped after this one. So what's wrong with it - and to whom would I suggest the companion series?
First of all - the companion series are 32 pages softcover. I was aware of the low page count and actually saw it as something positive as it is short enough to read cover to cover while having a busy work life. But knowing it's 32 pages and getting a very, very thin booklet without even a spine is something different. Especially when the last page is advertisement for the next companion and open game license. For comparison - the very early D&D 3.0 add-ons like Sword and Fist have 96 pages. My advice for first time Pathfinder Companion buyers - have a look at the series at a shop - and if you convince yourself this is fine - don't hesitate.
So one star lost due to wrong expectations. What else:
You get 13 pages background on Cheliax. 2 pages on Egrorian, 2 on Westcrown, 2 on Social and Adventure Traits, 4 on magic, two on religion, two on combat and three for NPCs.
One more star lost as in my view as I spotted a few small bits here and there that don't add up. An example - Westcrown starts with - many have lived in the city Aroden was to come ... This was at least 70 years ago and in a city with 88% human population - how many ordinary people are still alive who were witness. Somewhere else a huge prison area was described in the text and I didn't find it on the map.
Therefore if you really are into Cheliax - go for it. If you want to start with a companion - rather go for one of the more generic ones - like Dwarves of Golarion - and if you like them - come back. If you want Cheliax to find out more about factions of Pathfinder Society - wait for the faction guide out as a chronicle later in 2010.