... That said, PF:K is best learned by playing it. You can consult various online guides if you really want to, but I would recommend avoiding those until a second playthrough unless you are really struggling. This GOG forum and the Steam forum have a lot of character build advice, for example.
Thanks for this (and OP for asking the question). I was sort of in the same boat - when I played Baldur's Gate / Infinity Engine games I sort of had an idea of D&D rulesets - I've been putting this one off / been a bit intimidated by it because while I know Pathfinder is based on D&D I'm not sure if I'll "miss" important stuff.
Sort of a related question - if I don't want to consult a character build list (this kind of kills the fun of discovery for me) should I feel okay rolling my own character? Is there any way I can totally "bork" someone?
I do sort of like to push Min / Max, but I'm not total OCD about it. Also, I don't know much about subclasses in Pathfinder so I'll probably be making a character literally as I go through the first menu.
What should I look out for to avoid making a terrible character? What should I really keep in mind that I might otherwise miss?