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PathfinderTales

The Redemption Engine Sample Chapter

In The Redemption Engine, extraplanar investigator Salim Ghadafar is back at it again, only this time he's tasked with tracking down murdered sinners who fail to show up in Hell. In order to do so, the former priest-hunter will need to descend into the anarchic city of Kaer Maga, following a trail that ranges from Hell’s iron cities to the gates of Heaven itself. Along the way, he’ll be aided by a host of otherworldly creatures, a streetwise teenager, and two warriors of the mysterious Iridian Fold. But when the missing souls are the scum of the earth, and the victims devils themselves, can anyone really be trusted?

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Tags: Eric Belisle James Sutter Pathfinder Tales

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods Hardcover (PFRPG)

Inner Sea Gods: Divine Servitors

Well, we've previously looked at the art, deities, and character options featured in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods, and now it's time to summon up our final preview blog—a look at the 40 divine servitors available to the faithful of the core deities via a number of calling spells.


Tags: Ben Wootten Diana Martinez Emeliano Petrozzi Gods and Magic Pathfinder Campaign Setting

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Enter Golarion with the Heroes of Magnimar Contest

In Dynamite Entertainment's Pathfinder: City of Secrets comic, the iconic Pathfinder heroes venture to the bustling city of Magnimar to join the Pathfinder Society adventurer's guild and battle the forces of darkness. But familiar heroes like Valeros, Seoni, Harsk, and Ezren are only a few of the brave adventurers flocking to the City of Monuments—and now we're giving YOUR heroes a chance to add their name to the heroic ranks! The deadline for this contest is quickly approaching, so if you want your hero to trod the same comic panels as Paizo's finest, take a a look at our submission information sooner rather than later!



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Want More Adventure Card Game? We've Got That.

Attendees at this year's GAMA Trade Show and PAX East conventions got a sneak peak at some Pathfinder Adventure Card Game goodness that Paizo's got planned for later this year. Though the final details are still being worked out, I want to share the basic concepts with our loyal blog readers.


Tags: Maichol Quinto Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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JamesSutter

Author Interview: James L. Sutter

James L. Sutter is the Managing Editor for Paizo Publishing and a co-creator of the Pathfinder campaign setting. In addition to campaign setting books like Distant Worlds and City of Strangers, he is the author of the novels Death's Heretic and The Redemption Engine, the former of which was ranked #3 on Barnes & Noble's list of the Best Fantasy Releases of 2011, as well as declared a finalist for both the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel and an Origins Award. He's published short stories in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the #1 Amazon bestseller Machine of Death, and edited the anthology Before They Were Giants which pairs the first published short stories of speculative fiction luminaries with new interviews and writing advice from the authors themselves.


Tags: James Sutter Pathfinder Tales

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PathfinderTales

Dune Runner

Jasilia tried to go back down the ladder, but it was too late. The giant skeleton on the wall top—crowned with a royal blue khepresh, holding a jewel-encrusted scepter of pure gold, and dressed like the pharaoh himself—reached out a massive bony hand and grabbed her by the wrist.

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Tags: Christopher Paul Carey Damon Westenhofer Pathfinder Tales

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods Hardcover (PFRPG)

Inner Sea Gods: Character Options

Well, we've previously looked at the art and the deities featured in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods, and now it's time to look at some of the new character options presented in the book.


Tags: Alejandro Rojas Diana Martinez Gods and Magic Ivan Dixon Pathfinder Campaign Setting

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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Au Revoir!

Next week I'm off to the great nation of France to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our partners at Black Book Editions, who publish Pathfinder in French. I'll be taking a little vacation at the end of the trip, so the Pathfinder Battles Preview will go on a two-week hiatus following today's preview. I usually try to post these updates from the road, but this time I'm going to let vacation be vacation. I hope to come back to finish out the last few Reign of Winter figures, and that should coincide with some previews (and heck, an announcement!) for the next set.


Tags: Miniatures Pathfinder Battles Reign of Winter

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Let No Savior Go Unpunished

Heading into the fifth adventure in the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, we've already saved Sandpoint (again), discovered and solved some disturbing problems with a variety of giants (hill, stone, -kin, undead, etc), cornered and defeated a pair of lamia cleric twins what seemed like a dozen times, and met the stone giant necromancer Mokmurian (and hopefully taken his club)! Looking around the ancient library lair, you find important-looking references to a lost storehouse of Thassilonian magic known as the Runeforge.


Tags: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Rise of the Runelords

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PathfinderTales

Dune Runner

With a cry, Nekhtep kicked his heels into the camel's sides and swung the beast toward the ghastly soldier on their left, charging down the dune's face. The move seemed to take the skeletal thing by surprise. Moldering flesh hanging in loose patches from its skull, the creature raised a longsword only to see the weapon driven out of its hands by a powerful blow from Nekhtep's khopesh. The Risen Guard's next swing lopped off the unliving soldier's head, which rolled down the dune's side, leaving behind shreds of rotting skin on the baking sand.

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Tags: Christopher Paul Carey Damon Westenhofer Pathfinder Tales

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods Hardcover (PFRPG)

Inner Sea Gods: Deities

The release of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting hardcover, Inner Sea Gods, is fast approaching, and that means it's time for some previews. The art team already did a preview of some of the amazing illustrations to grace this 336-page tome, so I'll talk a bit more about the words that accompany the book's incredible art.


Tags: Ben Wootten Cheng Hong Gods and Magic Mark Molnar Pathfinder Campaign Setting Yuriy Georgiev

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Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Legends: A Visual Companion

Right after the debut Pathfinder Legends full-cast audio drama was released, my wife and I got stuck in an unexpected traffic snarl (which shouldn't have been too surprising, living in Seattle, and all). To kill the time, I put on the CD, and my wife—Shelyn bless her—obliged me by listening. It didn't take very long before she was getting into the story and following closely. There were a few instances when she made me pause playback, however, so that I could explain what certain locations, creatures, and characters looked like. It hit me then that not everyone listening to Pathfinder Legends may play Pathfinder or be familiar with some of the fantasy tropes that those of us who've been playing D&D or variants thereof for decades can sometimes take for granted. One of the reasons the audio drama is so captivating is that it doesn't include a lot of exposition dumps or narration, meaning some of the physical descriptions one might expect in a novel or RPG experience just aren't there.


Tags: Andrew Hou Eric Belisle Eva Widermann Maichol Quinto Noah Bradley Rise of the Runelords

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PaizoCon2014

Submit Your PaizoCon 2014 Events!

Are you interested in running an event at PaizoCon 2014? In just a few short months gamers, fans and industry professionals will be gathering for the seventh PaizoCon, July 4th, 5th and 6th! We're busy preparing event schedules and trying to figure out how to cram as much gaming goodness into 3 short days and it's time now to put out the call for events from Paizo Community members!


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Ch-ch-ch-changes

Before we get to today's Reign of Winter miniature reveals, I want to focus on a couple of important general changes to the Pathfinder Battles line that will begin with this set, both in terms of the number of figures per set and in terms of the subscription benefits offered to ongoing Pathfinder Battles Case Subscription.


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GameMastery Module D0: Hollow's Last Hope (OGL)

Mysteries of the Past and Future!

It's almost that time of year again, the best day of the year to be a gamer: Free RPG Day! You might have already heard about what we have in store for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, but that's far from all. In the annual tradition of giving you an exciting new adventure to actually play on Free RPG Day, this year's quest is Pathfinder Module: Risen from the Sands, an expedition into the deep deserts of Osirion, written by the director of the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path, Rob McCreary. This foray into a perilous pyramid parallels the mysteries and ancient dangers of the new Mummy's Mask Adventure Path*. Here's the gist:


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PathfinderTales

Dune Runner

Nekhtep looked down at Jasilia as they stood in the shadow of the great dune, his expression puzzled. "How could you know where they've taken Ojan? And who's 'they'?"

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Tags: Christopher Paul Carey Damon Westenhofer Pathfinder Tales

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Adventure Card Game Developments, and a Goblin Scalawag

We've got three new people to introduce to you today. Two are real, and one is a vicious killer. Can you tell which is which?


Tags: Ben Wootten Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull & Shackles

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Have You Seen Me?

The Grand Lodge has been positively humming with rumors that some of the Society’s infamous rivals are once again on the loose. Initiates have busied themselves printing fliers to alert agents that danger is afoot. Can you identify any of the faces in this rogues gallery?


Tags: Jakub Adam Witowski Pathfinder Society

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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: One More Tri

In my Las Vegas-fueled GAMA Trade Show enthusiasm of last week, I somehow missed the fact that the upcoming Reign of Winter set includes at least three more alien creatures from the frigid world of Triaxus, as featured in the fifth Reign of Winter Adventure Path adventure, The Frozen Stars. Check out last week’s preview blog for a sense of some of my original trepidation about including “furry elves” in the miniatures set.


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A Sound of Goblins

When I was writing "Burnt Offerings," I was focused mostly on the daunting task of setting up an adventure that would not only present goblins as monsters you love to hate, but also to launch an entire new product line. I was focused on how to make the adventure simultaneously introduce the world to a new world while at the same time feeling old-school enough that it felt nostalgic and familiar and comfortable. I wanted readers of the first Adventure Path installment to enjoy the innovations, but to feel more than ever that this was the same game they've enjoyed playing for years.


Tags: Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Legends Rise of the Runelords

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PathfinderTales

Dune Runner

Searing heat and abrasive, sand-laden winds burned the exposed patches of skin around Jasilia's stylized brass goggles. She slipped a hand beneath her tightly drawn burnoose and adjusted the scarf around raw cheeks, her other hand thrust up under the half-buried opening of the tomb's great stone lip so the wailing winds wouldn't sweep her away.

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Tags: Christopher Paul Carey Damon Westenhofer Pathfinder Tales

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #85: Fires of Creation (Iron Gods 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

Iron Gods Roll Call

I've been wanting to do the Iron Gods Adventure Path for a long time, but it's not all that easy to just roll out a campaign that makes significant use of mountains of items and armor and weapons and creatures and hazards that the game doesn't yet have rules for. I'm talking, of course, about lasers and robots and radiation and gravity suits and nuclear resonators and atom guns and neurocams and K-lances and heavy weapon harnesses and robojacks and thoracic nanite chambers and graviton generators and more. What are all those things? I'm afraid you'll all need to wait a few more months to find out.


Tags: Iron Gods Pathfinder Adventure Path Rodrigo Vega

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Pathfinder of the Month: Thursty

The Pathfinder community is rapidly growing, reaching numbers in the hundreds of thousands, spread all over this great wide world. Each month, we ask a member of our community to tell us a little bit about themselves. We'll feature players, hobby shops, and anyone else helping to make Team Pathfinder awesome!


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Tri, Tri Again

This week was the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas, where about 350 of the top hobby games retailers in the world gathered with game manufacturers to discuss new products, new organized play initiatives, and the gaming business in general. Over the last several years, GTS has gotten more and more healthy, reflecting a revitalized hobby game retail environment. It's always great to meet face-to-face with retailers, and this week a lot of the discussion focused on Pathfinder Battles and the upcoming Reign of Winter set.


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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods Hardcover (PFRPG)

Art Blog: Inner Sea Gods

Welcome to the first monthly blog post directly from the art department. This first preview is for Inner Sea Gods coming out soon. Enjoy!


Tags: Jorge Fares Maichol Quinto Roberto Pitturru Yu Cheng Hong

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PathfinderTales

Winter's Wolves

Jendara moved through the dense forest, following Irlu as the tracker floated through the bracken and brush. Jendara was an able tracker; the dark-haired Blackraven made her look like a novice. Despite the hill giant's size and ungainly burden—Lugh stood six and a half feet tall—the creature had left little spoor. It might be huge and ungainly, but the giant clearly knew the woods.

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Tags: Ian Llanas Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction Wendy N. Wagner

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Pathfinder Player Companion: People of the Sands (PFRPG)

A Visitor's Guide to Osirion

"Welcome, travelers, to the ancient land of Osirion, where the countless ages are preserved beneath the sand, awaiting your exploration. Please use the following promotional illustrations as a reference when deciding to brave our welcoming and accommodating land."


Tags: Bryan Sola Lindsey Wakefield Mummy's Mask Osirion Tim Kings-Lynne Yong Yi Lee

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Tell Me About Your "Paladin"

When it comes to creating characters, I think we all have at least one stereotype, habit, or guilty pleasure that we fall back on. Perhaps you love playing two-handed melee bruisers, or maybe you can't stop designing oracles. I've known my share of folks who would repeatedly build idealized versions of themselves as well as those who are hard-pressed to leave the house with an Armor Class below 20 at 1st-level.



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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: When Animals Attack

We've already previewed several animals from the upcoming Reign of Winter set of prepainted Pathfinder Battles figures. We've seen a Falcon, a Goat, an Owl, a Fox, and more, making Reign of Winter the most animal-friendly set of figures we've produced today.


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Warmest Wishes and Fondest Farewells to Sean K Reynolds

Today marks Sean K Reynolds's last day as a member of Paizo's design team, as he leaves us for new adventures in the East. Sean's been an invaluable member of the Paizo crew since 2008, lending his experience, insights, innovations, and insanity to hundreds of products, as well as being a key contributor to the Pathfinder RPG's most major successes. While we'll all certainly be seeing plenty more of Sean on the message boards and in future Paizo products, for those of us used to seeing him everyday today's exciting but also a little sad. So, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some of our favorite Sean memories and wish him all the best in what comes next.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #80: Empty Graves (Mummy’s Mask 2 of 6) (PFRPG)

The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Osirion

Since the Age of Destiny, the people of Osirion have worshiped their own local gods, in addition to those deities venerated throughout the Inner Sea region. The popularity of these Ancient Osirian gods has waxed and waned over the centuries, but they remain a part of the history of Osirion’s land and people, and with the restoration of native Osirian rule, interest in these ancient divinities has been rekindled.


Tags: Ekaterina Burmak Johan Grenier Mummy's Mask Pathfinder Adventure Path Rob McCreary

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PathfinderTales

Winter's Wolves

The hill giant stepped over the smashed remains of the trees. It wore a vest and skirt made of filthy hides, and a necklace of raccoon skulls dangled between its two drooping and half-covered breasts. Its hair hung in clumpy strands the color of dirt, damp and clinging to its jowled cheeks.

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Tags: Ian Llanas Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction Wendy N. Wagner

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RPGSuperstar2014

Victoria Jaczko Wins RPG Superstar 2014!

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2014 RPG Superstar contest. After 4 months, more than 1000 submissions, and nearly half a million votes, game designer Victoria Jaczko is 2014's RPG Superstar! Paizo will publish Jaczko's winning Pathfinder Module pitch, The Daughters of Fury, set to release November 2014.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures (OGL)

Mythender in Golarion

One of the great things about working at Paizo is the after-work gaming culture. Sure, there are home games, but there are also one-shot rounds of RPGs that I might not have tried otherwise. What's more, they're run by GMs who are passionate about sharing their latest non-Pathfinder discoveries. A little more than a month ago, Paizo editor Ryan Macklin decided to run a game of Mythender, a roleplaying game about killing gods. That's right, the characters are Mythenders, powerful heroes that straddle the line between mortality and the divine in their quest to rid the world of all Myths. The game's website describes it in better and greater detail, but suffice it to say it's an intense, action-packed experience that involves handfuls of dice, encourages over-the-top descriptions, and is well suited to heavy metal background music.


Tags: Eric Belisle John Compton Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Ryan Macklin

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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: In from the Cold (War)

I'm writing this Friday morning sitting in gate B1 of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, waiting for a flight that will take me to Austin. While I'm in town I will be spending a lot of time hatching plans with Brandon Hodge, one of my favorite Pathfinder authors. Brandon is the mad genius who brought us the fan-favorite Rasputin Must Die! in the fifth volume of the Reign of Winter Adventure Path.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path: Mummy's Mask Player's Guide (PFRPG) PDF

Mummy's Mask Player's Guide

In short time, brave postal carriers and miles of copper wire will be bringing the first volume of the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path to subscribers (and later—the world!) While your GM waits for Pathfinder Adventure Path #79: The Half-Dead City the first volume and you wait to start your campaign, check out the Mummy's Mask Player's Guide and start getting some ideas about the characters you and your fellow players want to play. This guide talks about ways to get the party together, and provides players with some background on Osirion, especially the city of Wati where the adventure begins. The guide also gives some tips and advice on the best class and race options for your characters in this campaign. Of course, no Adventure Path Player's Guide would be complete without an array of exciting campaign traits. (For those that are devoted, make sure to tune in to this blog a week from today to get a sneak peek of the gods of Ancient Osirion.)


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PathfinderTales

Winter's Wolves

Jendara dropped onto a fallen log and eyed her companion. "Are you ready to give up?"

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RPGSuperstar2014

Superstar 2014: Vote For Your Superstar!

Now it's time for you, the voters, to pick the next RPG Superstar! Each voter gets one vote. The voting ends Monday, March 10th, at 2 PM Pacific time. The ultimate winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 11th.


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News about Gen Con 2014 and Official Call for Gen Con 2014 Volunteers

For Gen Con 2013, I advised last year that we planned to make it the biggest and best Gen Con yet. And it certainly was. We scheduled 1,400 tables of Pathfinder Society over the four days. We showed the world our GM 101 and GM 201 workshops, Kid's Beginner & Advanced Tracks, and Beginner Box Introductions, Parts 1 and 2. Gen Con was definitely a success and Paizo's biggest showing in history. But we can make it bigger and better!


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Short Blog, Big Dragon

WOW! Today has been so crazy busy here at the Paizo offices that I only now realized that I needed to write a preview blog for the Reign of Winter set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted fantasy miniatures! The set is scheduled for a May release, and since time is short and our web team certainly wants to get out of here before Midnight, I'm going to keep today's preview short and very, very sweet by giving you your first good look at the set's limited edition "case incentive" figure: the Gargantuan White Dragon!


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PathfinderTales

Skinwalkers Sample Chapter

In Skinwalkers, Wendy N. Wagner returns to chronicle the further adventures of Jendara, who was first introduced in the web fiction story "Mother Bears." As a young woman, Jendara left the cold northern isles of the Ironbound Archipelago for fame and fortune on a pirate ship, only to return home to find her family slain by raiders. Now, many years later, she's forsaken her buccaneer ways and sails the islands in search of a simpler life, hoping to raise her young son in peace. When a strange clan of shapeshifters begins pillaging the islands, however, the past comes crashing back, and there's no choice for Jendara but to take up her axe and help the islanders defend all that they hold dear...


Tags: Eric Belisle Pathfinder Tales Wendy N. Wagner

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RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4 Teaser Trailer

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Where RPG Superstars do battle...



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One Year, Lots of Help

Tomorrow marks my first full year at Paizo, and the 365 days have been busy ones. By my count that's 22 scenarios (Mark Moreland developed #4-20), one updated exclusive scenario, 2 specials, five quests, sanctioning notes for 25 Adventure Path volumes, sanctioning notes for two modules, GM 201, and a rather scary number of boons developed so far. Of course, a lot of that sanctioning and boon writing would have been a lot tougher had it not been for a growing cast of volunteers who help out behind the scenes. I’d like to thank everyone who has provided inspiration and feedback both on and off the messageboards.


Tags: John Compton Mathias Zamecki Pathfinder Society

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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Player Proxies

As we keep marching toward the May release of the Reign of Winter set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic figures, I want to take a little break from the usual parade of monsters and creepy creatures to focus on four figures that work great to model player characters, even if that was not their original intent.


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Pathfinder Tales: Skinwalkers

Skinwalking

With the release of her much-requested Pathfinder Tales novel Skinwalkers swiftly approaching, we thought we'd give Wendy N. Wagner a chance to talk about the book's genesis. Take it away, Wendy!


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PathfinderTales

Hunter's Folly

At the warning cry, Aberny looked back and noticed the crude frame of branches that propped a large rock pile above the tunnel they'd emerged from. Even as he did, a scrabble of talons alerted him just before the beast burst upward, jaws snapping every which way. It clamped onto the ledge with one claw and swept the other out.

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RPGSuperstar2014

Superstar 2014: Top 4 Revealed!

Paizo Publishing today announced the Top 4 for RPG Superstar! Judges John Compton, Crystal Frasier, and Rob Lazzaretti gave their critiques on the 16 locations, encounters, and maps submitted for Round 3, and the 4 entries which received the most votes from the public advance to become the Top 4!


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Meet Steve Geddes, Pathfinder of the Month!

Steve Geddes is an incredible community builder, always offering constructive and insightful feedback to those in need. He engages the Paizo community, both fan and staff alike with a humble and helpful demeanor, and even sent us a motivational poster that is proudly on display in our warehouse.


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: A Monster Miscellany

Winter continues its cruel embrace across the United States this week (well, just about everywhere but here in balmy Seattle, that is), and our Reign of Winter miniature reveals for May's Pathfinder Battles set just keep on coming!


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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Fortress of the Stone Giants (Rise of the Runelords Adventure Deck 4)

Like a Rolling Stone...

Having run into some friendly rangers, not-so-friendly rangers, downright unfriendly rangers, and even an ex-ranger in the Hook Mountains, the party heads back down from the mountain peak to the bucolic coastal city of Sandpoint for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Just one problem: all the stone giants.


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PathfinderTales

Hunter's Folly

The trio hiked along the base of a scraggly knoll under the midday sun. Tali had at least stopped complaining about the dirt soiling her dress, and now joined Aberny in eyeing the skies for any sign of their foe. Ralynn kept an easy, if steady, pace ahead, one blade always out as he scanned the wild brush and every dip and curve of the earth in case the chimera crouched in wait.

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Tags: Glen Osterberger Josh Vogt Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction

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RPGSuperstar2014

Superstar 2014: Round 3 Voting!

Voting is now open for the encounter round of RPG Superstar 2014. This is where the competition gets fierce--only four competitors from our Top 16 get to advance to the final round, and your votes determine who those lucky and talented four are!


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GM Rewards

Season 5 is nearly halfway done. That means we've posted faction head letters (stickied) in the Faction Talk section of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play messageboard. We'll also be sending out the email update to registered Pathfinder Society players as an additional heads-up, and we're frequently exploring other ways to get the word out.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #79: The Half-Dead City (Mummy’s Mask 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

The Mum(my) Also Rises

March kicks off the new Pathfinder Adventure Path: Mummy's Mask! Mummify your desktop with these spiffy new wallpapers, courtesy of your Paizo art department.


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Happy 40th, D&D

With the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons hitting in the past week, it has made me wax nostalgic for the tales of my gaming past. Thinking back to the beginning, to my first D&D game, it is amazing to see what an impact it has made on my life.


Tags: Auntie Lisa's Story Hour

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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Short and Sweet

It's been a crazy busy week here at Paizo, so in deference to my overloaded schedule I hope you'll forgive a relatively brief set of previews this week. These figures are from May's Reign of Winter> set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted fantasy miniatures.


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Pathfinder Player Companion: Bastards of Golarion (PFRPG)

Best of Both Worlds

Some of Golarion's greatest heroes hail from not one world but two, caught between dueling cultures and impulses, and it's your turn to become one of them! Bastards of Golarion is due out soon, and this is one Player Companion you won't want to miss. Here are five reasons why:


Tags: Elves Ian Llanas Locations Michael Rookard Orcs Pathfinder Player Companion Races Ralph Horsley

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PathfinderTales

Hunter's Folly

Aberny gaped at the body for a moment, blood staining the earth at his feet. Then the scene around the campfire snatched his stare away.

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Superstar 2014: Top 16 Revealed!

Paizo Publishing today announced the Top 16 for RPG Superstar! Judges Liz Courts, Lee Hammock, and Patrick Renie gave their critiques on the 32 monsters submitted for Round 1, and the 16 monsters who received the most votes from the public advance to become the Top 16!


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Mid-Season Faction Updates

As quickly as they receive them, clerks in the Grand Lodge of Absalom are processing the reports from field agents across the Inner Sea. Overall, the results are very promising, and Society leadership agrees that despite the outbreak of the Firth Mendevian Crusade, plans to travel to Jormurdun are proceeding smoothly.


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Ice, Ice Baby!

As we here in Seattle gear up for what we hope (and expect) will be a fantastic Super Bowl victory for our heroes on the Seattle Seahawks this weekend, the weather has taken a slight turn for the better. It's a bit difficult to believe, but I can actually see sunlight outside my office. But all it takes is another cold day, and we'll be back into the dreariness of winter in Washington state, where the line between rain-slicked highways and icy death-slides is only a few cold degrees.


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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Wrath of the Righteous Poster Map Folio

Mapping the Abyss

Among the three maps in the Wrath of the Righteous Poster Map Folio is a player-oriented, illustrated map of the Abyss. It is a thing of beauty and I think Ben Wootten really outdid himself with this map. Anyone who's picked up the last few Poster Map Folios have undoubtedly seen Ben's illustrated maps for the Shackles, Varisia, and Irrisen, but this one goes above and beyond.


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PathfinderTales

Hunter's Folly

Aberny chuckled at the sight of the gnome squaring off with the half-elf, paintbrush crossed with a short sword. The campfire cast the dueling partners into bronze-and-shadow relief. Ralynn glowered down his sword, while Tali glared back up at him, both as riled as if one had slandered the other's parentage.

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RPGSuperstar2014

Superstar 2014: Round 2 Voting!

Voting is now open for the monster round of RPG Superstar 2014. For the first time in forever, the public gets to vote on a selection of 32 monsters submitted by amateur game designers!


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Official Call for PaizoCon 2014 Volunteers

For PaizoCon 2014, we plan to make this bigger than last year! I am scheduling 210 tables of Pathfinder Society over three days. We will be offering all season five scenarios multiple times, including the debut of the final four scenarios for season five. We will also be debuting a playtest of one of the Season 6 Gen Con Specials on Friday night. This is similar to the multi-table special that will be run as one of the Gen Con specials, but like last year, there will be changes made to polish the adventure for its final publication. Finally, we be offering the GM 101 and GM 201 sessions again. It should be an awesome time.


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The Battles of Marathon: The Pathfinder ACG at BoardGameGeek.Con

A few weeks ago, most of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game development team landed in Dallas with a mission: to play all 30 sessions of the Rise of the Runelords campaign by the end of BoardGameGeek.Con. That meant six sessions a day for five days, playing adventures we hadn't opened since the playtests in February. For us, it was a trip down memory lane.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #78: City of Locusts (Wrath of the Righteous 6 of 6) (PFRPG)

How I Got to Destroy Avistan

Actually, I didn't destroy it. Your PCs did. Blame them.


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Pathfinder Battles Preview: Behind the Scenes

In the comments thread to last week's Pathfinder Battles preview, user Pigraven asked several questions about the Pathfinder Battles product line that might be good fodder for a blog. The community thought that would be a good idea, and so do I. So in addition to posting three more figures from the upcoming Reign of Winter set of prepainted plastic gaming figures this evening, I thought I'd also go through Pigraven's questions and provide some quick answers.


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Worldbuilders Charity Auction

If there's anything that we Paizonians have learned over the years, it's the value of community. The Paizo community has been the backbone of our business and the emotional core of our company since the beginning—the thing that carried us through the rough patches of magazine transitions and edition changes, into this awesome place we are now. But that's only one small part of what this community does. On the other side, it's been amazing to watch our fans and friends interact with each other—helping people through health crises, natural disasters, and the everyday problems we all have to face. We talk a lot about how proud we are of our products, but helping foster one of the friendliest messageboards on the internet? That's a pretty big deal, too.


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PathfinderTales

The Cloak of Belonging

Mortil spun only just in time to let loose a spell. Colors ravaged Gull's eyes, and he felt dizzy, as if a full drunken night were compressed into one heartbeat.

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Superstar 2014: Top 32 Revealed!

Paizo Publishing today announced the finalists for RPG Superstar, the largest open-call tabletop roleplaying game design contest in history. The paizo.com community cast over half a million votes to sort the best gamer-submitted wondrous items using the rules from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, available in stores and in electronic form at paizo.com. Judges Judy Bauer, Patrick Renie, and Russ Morrissey selected the best 32 items from the highest-voted wondrous items. The Top 32 wondrous items are now on display at paizo.com, complete with judge commentary. Gamers are invited to contribute their own comments to the entries.


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Winter is Coming

We've previewed all of the figures in the Wrath of the Righteous set, which officially releases next week! As a special treat this week, I want to show off three figures from the NEXT set, Reign of Winter, which is currently slated for a May 14 release.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #78: City of Locusts (Wrath of the Righteous 6 of 6) (PFRPG)

This is the End

This month the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path goes out with an epic bang. Throughout the course of this Adventure Path, the PCs rose to become some of the greatest heroes Golarion has seen. Will their mythic power be enough to finally seal the Worldwound or will the forces of the Abyss gain a greater control over the world? Tune in to Pathfinder Adventure Path #78: City of Locusts and see how Wrath of the Righteous ends.


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PathfinderTales

The Cloak of Belonging

Old Cassomir was like a stately anchorage of petrified ships, and in the case of Madame Velm's domain, one strewn with harbor lights.

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Superstar 2014: Round 1 Voting is Closed!

And with the flipping of an electronic switch, voting is closed for Round 1 of RPG Superstar 2014!


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #48: Shadows of Gallowspire (Carrion Crown 6 of 6) (PFRPG)

Ancient Evil, New Opportunities

Seattle is rather far north by my reckoning, even though its proximity to the ocean keeps the temperature quite reasonable. It's certainly northerly enough to have some gloriously long days in summer as well as some long, dark, sunless nights in the winter. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? That's right. Vampires.


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Last of the Righteous

We've only got two more minis to reveal for this month's Wrath of the Righteous set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted miniatures. Before I show off photos, however, I need to make an important update to the set's actual release date. Due to inclement weather across virtually the entire country last week, we've had to delay the official release of the Wrath of the Righteous set to January 22. So update your calendars (and your expectations) for this new release date, please.


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So You Want to Work at a Game Company?

So You Want to Work at a Game Company? Thursday, January 9, 2014 Think you have what it takes to work for the company that publishes the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game? Roll for initiative as Paizo is hiring for several open positions! Now going into its 12th year, Paizo is growing again and we have openings in several departments. We're looking to find the best and brightest to join a superstar staff. ... Four positions are currently open and accepting resumes and you can view each job listing...

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PathfinderTales

The Cloak of Belonging

Gentlemen adventurers needed to mind their steps, especially on roofs. Gull discovered that hard lesson—as well as that cold, wet, and muddy lesson—when he slipped off the mist-slick summit of Skua Croon's Curiosity Shop and toppled into the mud.

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Superstar 2014: Don't Fear the Reaper

Superstar 2014: Don't Fear the Reaper Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Hello, gamers, and welcome back to RPG Superstar 2014! ... We've had a week of public voting for the Round 1 wondrous item submissions, and now we have enough data to evaluate which are the least popular items in the submission pool. In order to help focus the voters on evaluating the better items, today we culled many of the the lowest-ranked items. For your information: So far we've had nearly 200,000 votes cast.; The culled...

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Booncraft

The first project I ever did for Pathfinder Society Organized Play as a volunteer—really the start of my career—was creating boons, and by the time Paizo hired me, I had written about 100 boons for the campaign. Booncraft lost little of its magic when I took on the role of developer, and I continue to use boon-writing as a way of enabling volunteers to contribute to the campaign and, perhaps as importantly, as a means of testing out new and aspiring authors. I've had numerous folks ask me what goes into writing a boon, what makes a good boon, and how one goes about getting me to publish a boon. Let me start with good qualities.


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: The Last of the Evil Horde

We're about two weeks from the official release date of the Wrath of the Righteous set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic figures, which means our previews for this set will soon come to an end. This week we focus on the final six figures in the 55-mini set, leaving next week for a final, triumphant look at the demon lord Deskari, the case-incentive limited edition promotional figure for this set.


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Pathfinder of the Month

The Pathfinder community is rapidly growing, reaching numbers in the hundreds of thousands, spread all over this great wide world. We thought it would be nice to get to know each other a little better in a new monthly blog called Pathfinder of the Month. Each month, we'll ask a member of our community to tell us a little bit about themselves. We'll feature players, hobby shops, and anyone else helping to make Team Pathfinder awesome.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #77: Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth (Wrath of the Righteous 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

Beyond the Labyrinth

Last time we talked about the adventure in Pathfinder #77: Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, so this time around on the blog I’m going to share a bit about some of the other features.


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RPGSuperstar2014

Superstar 2014: R1 Submissions are Closed, Public Voting is Open!

Hello, gamers, and welcome back to RPG Superstar 2014! I'm Sean K Reynolds, host of this year's RPG Superstar competition, designer at Paizo, and a judge for the previous four RPG Superstar competitions.


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PathfinderTales

The Cloak of Belonging

The clank and whir of infernal machinery called Gideon Gull back from the music of the spheres. At first he thought the din was dragging him down to Hell, but in a way it was worse. He woke up on the Dog's Teeth.

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Superstar 2014: Last-Minute Advice for Round 1

Hello, gamers, and welcome again to RPG Superstar 2014! I'm Sean K Reynolds, host of this year's RPG Superstar competition, designer at Paizo, and a judge for the previous four RPG Superstar competitions.


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Meet Our New Editorial Interns!

The editorial team is excited to announce our two new interns, Austin Bridges and Kate Sprague.


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Good Girls, Bad Guys (?)

I've been threatening to reveal a few more "good guys" from January's Wrath of the Righteous set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted figures, and now that I'm sitting here in the Minneapolis airport about to fly back to Seattle from my holiday vacation, it appears that there are somewhat fewer heroes in this set than my memory had earlier suggested. As in, there's only two more.


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Meet the Iconics: Balazar

To join in all the gift giving going on today, here's a belated present for the season. Happy holidays from all of us here at Paizo Publishing!


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Exciting Holiday tax Forms!

With Crystalhue upon us, everyone is eager eager to sing, dance, and tell secrets to the Zonzon to air our our grievances for the coming year. But this time of year is also important for financial reasons, and as you begin gathering your receipts and calculating your deductions, we here at the office have decided that it's the perfect time to offer a sneak-peak at our upcoming Pathfinder-branded W2 forms!


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It's a Christmas Massacre!

December's Pathfinder Adventure Card Game release is The Hook Mountain Massacre, the third Rise of the Runelords Adventure Deck. In this chapter of the story, the stalwart heroes are asked to investigate Fort Rannick, a ranger outpost near Hook Mountain. Fort Rannick is home to the Order of the Black Arrows, a cadre of rangers that have kept the local ogre problem at bay for decades, but now the outpost is ominously silent.


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Pathfinder Campaign Cards: Wardens of the Reborn Forge

Quest Cards

The relatively new Campaign Cards sets from the Pathfinder Cards line include quest cards, which tie directly into the corresponding adventure. So far we've seen Pathfinder Cards: The Dragon's Demand Campaign Cards, which tied in to Pathfinder Module: The Dragon's Demand, and Pathfinder Cards: Wardens of the Reborn Forge Campaign Cards to complement Wardens of the Reborn Forge. We're also going to have sets for the upcoming RPG Superstar module Tears at Bitter Manor, and the hardcovers super dungeon The Emerald Spire!


Tags: Matthew Starbuck Pathfinder Cards Pathfinder Modules

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And a Joyous Crystalhue to All!

On the shortest day of the year in Golarion, goodly folk celebrate Crystalhue with small gifts and rainbow imagery in honor of Shelyn. So to celebrate not only Crystalhue but also wrapping up work on Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Gods, I’ve made a small present for you all—Shelyn’s symbol charted up for needlepoint and also as a mittens pattern! Enjoy, and please share images if you try it out!


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Arise, Agents of Evil!

We're getting closer and closer to the mid-January release of the Wrath of the Righteous set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted fantasy miniatures, and already the agents of evil gather with sinister designs on your player characters!


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #77: Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth (Wrath of the Righteous 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

Lost in the Labyrinth

This month's volume of the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path comes from the mighty Wolfgang Baur! Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth pits the heroes of Kenabres against more demonic forces as they journey once again into the Abyss. This time the PCs take the fight against Baphomet's cultists to their front door as they siege the Ivory Labyrinth to rescue the herald of Iomedae. At this point in the Adventure Path, the PCs are going to the highest level that we've ever had in a volume of the Pathfinder Adventure Path, and this adventure shows it with its encounters. If you're playing in this campaign, good luck. If you're running this campaign, keep your hyena-like laughter to a minimum—that's just rubbing salt in the wound. I'll leave you with a few pieces of art to whet your appetite until you can get your hands on Pathfinder #77: Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth!


Tags: Maichol Quinto Pathfinder Adventure Path Roberto Pitturru Wrath of the Righteous

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Pathfinder Tales: Skinwalkers

The Fury of the North

Due to the holiday madness, your regularly scheduled web fiction—Chris Willrich's adventures of Gideon the bard, star of The Dagger of Trust—has been postponed for two weeks, but I couldn't pass up the chance to talk about Pathfinder Tales. Specifically, I want to show off the cover art for Wendy N. Wagner's book Skinwalkers, which comes out in late February.


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RPGSuperstar2014

RPG Superstar 2014: Week 1 Advice

So far after a full week since the Round 1 submission period started, we have about 200 wondrous items in the hopper, which is about on par for previous years. Given that we usually have a surge of entries at the start and end of the Round 1 open call, I expect we'll have about as many wondrous items this year as we did last year. Here's some quick advice for everyone who hasn't submitted an item yet.


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Playtest Closing Thoughts

Has it really been four weeks already? The playtest of the new classes set to debut in the Advanced Class Guide is drawing to a close. Today at 5:00 PM Pacific time, the boards and surveys will be closed, marking the end of one of our more successful playtests. It's been a wild ride for us here on the design team and the classes have seen marked improvement from their initial designs. For that, we have you to thank.


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Digging Deep, Branching Out

Part of what initially attracted me to Pathfinder Society Organized Play was the archaeological background, which resonated with my academic training and love of traveling abroad. Playing scenarios that explored ancient structures, visited dig sites, or required the PCs to understand a foreign culture made me really get what the Pathfinder Society was all about, so when I began writing support material as a volunteer—in particular the convention boons for Season 4—I made sure to highlight some of the archaeological feel in boons such as Expedition Manager.


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Pathfinder #12 Preview: Draconic Dining at its Best!

Black Fang is back for this week's release of Pathfinder #12, and now adventurer is on the menu! Will the black dragon gorge on sweet, sweet player characters? Or will the Pathfinders inflict some mythic-tier indigestion?


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PFBattles

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Did I Mention There Are Demons?

We're about a month away from the official January release date of the Wrath of the Righteous set of 55 prepainted Pathfinder Battles miniatures, and I've got to tell you—I am starting to get seriously psyched. This week WizKids stopped by the Paizo offices to deliver the first brick of sealed boosters for the Wrath of the Righteous set, and I'm happy to say that the quality on the final figures is phenomenal.