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Silver Winner of Best Rules in the 2012 ENnie Awards Lorefinder Silver Winner

Where Mystery Meets Adventure...

Lorefinder puts you in the role of a brave adventurer in search of forbidden secrets and lost treasures. Uncover strange cults, solve baffling murders, or delve into the deepest dungeons and face their denizens – and, if you are both clever and lucky, return to tell the tale. Your fate is in your hands!

Lorefinder merges the action-oriented fantasy rules of The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game with the streamlined investigative focus of Robin D Law’s GUMSHOE (The Esoterrorists, Trail of Cthulhu, Ashen Stars). Bad luck might get you killed, but it won’t stop you finding the information you need to move ahead.

For GMs, there are concise, well-honed guidelines on creating mysteries for The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

The Lorefinder supplement contains:

  • An adaptation of the GUMSHOE investigative rules for fantasy adventuring
  • Character creation and conversion guidelines for use with Pathfinder
  • Drives to bring you into the heart of the adventure
  • New skills, spells and feats
  • Guides for designing mysteries and campaigns
  • At Slaughter Field, a sample Lorefinder scenario

Lorefinder will forever change the way you run The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

See the complete reviews to date here

Read an interview with Gareth here.

Download a PDF of the 2-page character sheet.

 Do I recommend the book? Yes, absolutely! The brief book provides an excellent paradigm for regulating information in a fantasy RPG. Even if you follow that paradigm within the core Pathfinder rules (with skill checks), GUMSHOE is an excellent model and will enrich your game. The advice on divinations and “clues” in combat are also excellent.


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Jeremy Z February 27, 2023 6:58 am UTC
Is this compatible with Pathfinder 2E?
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Pelgrane P March 08, 2023 3:50 pm UTC
Hi Jeremy. The author has confirmed they don't actually know, as they hadn't looked at how Pathfinder 2e handles skills. They've taken a look for you and think it will work; you might need to do a bit of juggling as the skill list has changed, but the core concept still works.
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Samuel T October 10, 2016 8:44 pm UTC
Would this be suitable to use with the 2012 edition of the Iron Kingdoms Rpg by Privateer Press?
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Pelgrane P October 11, 2016 1:26 pm UTC
Hey Samuel, it's not specifically designed to be used with it, but it's easily adaptable to do so.
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Sebastian C September 28, 2016 6:13 pm UTC
I simply love this book. Please do an updated edition of it. Totally awesome.
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Amelia M August 04, 2016 2:12 pm UTC
I don't understand why druids don't get Medicine as an investigative skill. They have both heal as a class skill and healing magic, which is what the conversion guide for other classes suggests.
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Pelgrane P August 15, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Hey Amelia, we've checked with Gareth, and he says there's no good reason why they shouldn't, and is irritated by his past self missing this - sorry! If we do a second edition, we'll revise this.
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