(Courtesy of Ryan Dancey on the Paizo Forums)
Continuing my series on how to rapidly increase a Role to 8 ranks, here's the Rogue info. As before I used a developer (dev) command to give myself a lot of XP. That was the only dev command I used. I did not buy anything from any auction house.
I did the Tutorial and slotted the Tutorial Feats.
I got a Short Bow from the Short Bow supplier at the Thieves Guild.
The Rogue Role focuses on Rogue Kit Implement, Power, Stealth, Hit Points and Reflex Bonus, plus a little Perception. I took levels in those as necessary to advance the Rogue Roles. Occasionally I also took Base Attack Bonus Feats as required.
I killed 250 units of anything that moved with the Short Bow to get 15 Subterfuge points. Along the way I spent XP on Rogue Role Feats. That got me to Rogue 5.
I also got Heavy Armor Proficiency and Swashbuckler, slotted Swashbuckler, and equipped Hide & Steel Banded (from loot) as soon as I got some. This made the killin' much easier.
I got a Short Sword as loot, and switched to the Short Sword. I killed 100 units of anything that moved with the Short Sword to get 10 Subterfuge Points (total of 25). That got me to Rogue 7.
Killin' things took less than 3 hours.
At that point I needed 11 Con to complete the build. I trained Bow Weapon Proficiency, and 9 Short Bow Feats. Then I trained Ranged Attack Bonus 1, and trained the 9 Feats to Rank 2. Trained Ranged Attack Bonus 2, and trained the 9 Feats to Rank 3.
I trained Light Blade Weapon Proficiency, and 8 Short Sword Feats. Then I trained Light Melee Attack Bonus 1, trained the 8 Feats to Rank 2, trained Light Melee Attack Bonus 2, trained the 8 Feats to Rank 3.
Trained Base Attack Bonus 3, trained Stealth 8, and had Rogue 8.
Overall I killed 350 monsters or NPCs.
Hit Points: 560 Dex: 11
Will: 50 Reflex: 46 Fortitude: 50
324 copper pieces recovered as loot.
6 Recipes including two +1 and +3 Steel Plate (UNGH!)
I also got the very first Spell I have ever recovered as loot. Bless.