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PaizoCon 2016

The Paizo staff are at PaizoCon 2016 from May 27 through May 30!
Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates during the show, or track #paizocon.

We will return to the office on Tuesday, May 31.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #107: Scourge of the Godclaw (Hell's Vengeance 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

Hell of a Time

With this month's release of Pathfinder Adventure Path #106: For Queen & Empire, the Hell's Vengeance Adventure Path is heading toward its thrilling conclusion! Will the knights of the Glorious Reclamation succeed in their crusade to reclaim Cheliax in the name of Iomedae, or will the villainous Thrune agents defeat the upstart rebellion and secure the rule of the Thrice-Damned House of Thrune? Let's take a brief glimpse at what's to come.

Tags: Alexander Deruchenko Alexandur Alexandrov Bryan Sola David Alvarez Hell's Vengeance Pathfinder Adventure Path

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Goblins Fight!

A Wild PaizoCon Appears!

PaizoCon attendees will get the opportunity to play Season of the Runelords all the way up through Adventure 3: Into the Mountain and will even get a sneak peek at Adventure 4: Abjurant Halls of Envy. I just wrote the mechanics for a scenario currently called "Look! A Monkey!" which I expect to be the start of a long and extended death-glare aimed in my direction by you, the fans. Just remember that you're the ones who went into something called the Abjurant Halls of Envy, and complaints can be delivered directly to me. I'm the one who looks like Mike Selinker.

Tags: Adventure Card Guild Community Conventions Litos Lopez Rodriguez PaizoCon PaizoCon 2016 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Society

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PaizoCon Brings Out the Best

Convention season for us is a lot like hosting a large gathering of family and friends for a major holiday: preparing way more dishes than usual, aiming for more spectacular fare than we would otherwise cook, and fretting about whether great-aunt Matilda will critique how we made the pie crust. From dicing the first onion to the moment where everyone sits down and takes the first bite of food, there’s always the question of whether everything turned out just right. Sometimes, though, you can just tell that everything’s fallen into place before even seeing your guests’ expressions. In my extended analogy, while Tonya, Todd Morgan, and Bob Jonquet have handled our seating arrangements and sending out invitations, I think my co-chefs Linda, Thurston Hillman, and Jason Keeley can agree that the menu this year turned out great.

Tags: Dion Harris Javier Charro Marko Horvatin PaizoCon Pathfinder Society

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Big Guns

Friday brings the smell of fresh plastic wafting on the winds, a sure sign that it’s time again to preview some digital sculpts for October’s Deadly Foes set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted miniatures! As we prep for PaizoCon next weekend, we’re heading into a big week for Paizo, so I wanted to take the time to focus on a couple of “big” miniatures in the set—namely two of my favorites!

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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Musings on a Theme: Volunteerism

In my position as Organized Play Coordinator, I work with many of Paizo's volunteers. A large number of them are in the Pathfinder Society, serving as venture officers and event organizers. They spend hours of their free time planning games, teaching new players, and finding GMs. Others aren't in Pathfinder Society, but help out in other ways—attending shows and demoing Paizo's products to business partners and fans alike, spending hours compiling prep tools for games and sharing with other GMs, being a beacon of support on our messageboards. All of these volunteers strengthen our community, and without them our jobs would be much harder.

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Simply the Quest

When I joined Obsidian Entertainment last year, because of my background as a tabletop game designer, I was asked if I wanted to work with the Pathfinder Adventures team. Even though it meant having to work with Mike Selinker—Hi, Mike!—it sounded like an awful lot of fun to go back to my card game roots for a bit and, frankly, I flat-out love the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. So I said yes—of course I'd love to see what cool things we could bring to the game on the electronic side that simply aren't possible in the physical space.

Tags: Obsidian Entertainment Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Adventures

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OPC Log—16 Desnus 4716

There is no way to do everything at Gen Con by myself; there are just too many tasks and too many places to be. So every year a team of Lead Volunteers is named to help out. While I coordinate things between Gen Con and PFS, they do the same for all the volunteers. Months before the convention starts, just weeks after Gen Con 2015 ended, they started talking about Gen Con 2016. Through months of planning, generating schedules, corresponding with volunteers, compiling lists of supplies, they work closely with me to deliver a quality show. They arrive at Gen Con early and help me set up the Sagamore. Setup is a HUGE endeavor, involving unpacking pallets, building shelving, assembling table stands, folding papers, stuffing envelopes, sorting shirts... an almost endless list of tasks that all need to occur before Wednesday afternoon when our volunteers arrive. After four days of very little sleep, they help tear down the Sagamore, disassembling everything we built days before, packing up the pallets, rolling banners, and compiling a list of GM feedback. Only when everything is torn down and ready to return to Seattle do they take a breather and stop thinking Gen Con 2016. Then, a few weeks later, they review the feedback, read through the many post-Gen Con forum threads, and start thinking about Gen Con 50. The amount of time these volunteers spend putting the show together is immense and I cannot say thank you enough to them for all they do!

Tags: Community Contests Conventions Gen Con Gen Con 2016 Pathfinder Society

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The Devils in the Details

Once upon a time, October's Deadly Foes set of prepainted plastic miniatures from the Pathfinder Battles line had a much heavier focus on fiends vs. celestials, with a huge emphasis on the devils of Hell. Probably too much of an emphasis, if I'm being completely honest. Eventually we toned down some of the diabolical content and replaced it with other creatures to give the set a more general appeal, but some of that infernal impetus still remains, and there are PLENTY of devils left in Deadly Foes.

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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Gen Con, Baby!

We've got tons of material on tap for organized play fans at this year's show. First, the known info: Season of the Runelords, our third season of the Adventure Card Guild, wraps up in August 2016, and avid players will be able to triumphantly complete the season in the Sagamore ballroom. You'll be able to play any or all of the scenarios in SotRu at the show, and we'll even keep a copy or two of Season of the Righteous and Season of the Shackles tucked away for folks who want to catch up or try some new adventures.

Tags: Adventure Card Guild Community Conventions Gen Con Gen Con 2016 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Society

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OPC Log—9 Desnus 4716

Last Friday, the Gen Con event listings launched! With all the offerings available, searching the catalog can be daunting. So the team put together some highlights to aid in planning. From 8:00 AM on Thursday until 2:00 PM on Sunday, the Sagamore Ballroom will ring with the sounds of dice, combat, and Venture-Captain briefs.

Tags: Community Conventions Gen Con Pathfinder Society

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Good Guys!

Last week we revealed a couple of bad guys from October's Deadly Foes set of Pathfinder Battles miniatures, so it seemed only fitting that this week we tip the celestial scales back in favor of good! Only this time, because the Sun is shining in Seattle and I'm ready to leave work behind for a relaxing weekend, I want to OVER-tip the scales, so as a special Spring bonus I'm going to reveal three "good" minis today!

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #108: Hell Comes to Westcrown (Hell's Vengeance 6 of 6) (PFRPG)

Meet the Villains—Nyctessa

The Hell's Vengeance Adventure Path is here, and it's time to reveal the final iconic villain for Paizo's first Adventure Path for evil characters! Today we present the iconic necromancer, Nyctessa. Pathfinder Adventure Path #108: Hell Comes to Westcrown will contain Nyctessa's full stat block. You can also download the Hell's Vengeance Player's Guide, which contains all of the new iconic villains for use as pregenerated characters!

Tags: Hell's Vengeance Iconics Meet the Iconics Nyctessa Pathfinder Adventure Path Wayne Reynolds

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Help Paizo Reclaim the Gauntlet!

Two years ago, the brave forces of Paizo took the field of battle, fighting off skilled foes sent by other game companies from around Seattle to claim the Gauntlet, a fabled prize of glory and power. When the dust settled, we were victorious. The Gauntlet was ours!

Tags: Charity Community Paizo

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Intrigue (PFRPG)

Do Not Underestimate the Sneakiness!

Working on Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Intrigue brought out our inner deviousness—this book has so many ways to inject a little craftiness into your Golarion games, especially for players and GMs who are using the recently released Ultimate Intrigue. Now that Inner Sea Intrigue is about to hit the streets, we thought we’d show you some of our favorite toys from the book!

Tags: Konstantin Vavilov Pathfinder Campaign Setting Roberto Pitturru Ultimate Intrigue

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Inquisitor

Nobody Expects the... Oh, Wait—You *Are* Expecting the Inquisitor Deck Preview?

I'm back with a peek at the May Class Deck release, the Inquisitor Class Deck. The iconic inquisitor, Imrijka, is a bad-ass half-orc with a heart of gold who debuted in the Wrath of the Righteous Base Set. She's lethal with a bow and, as a melange of ranger and cleric, Imrijka takes pleasure in smiting the unfaithful from a distance.

Tags: Class Decks Inquisitors Mattias Fahlberg Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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OPC Log—2 Desnus 4716

In a previous blog, John introduced the Pathfinder Society PaizoCon events, including some one of a kind adventures, out of retirement scenarios, and panels. Last week, our Customer Service team posted the Event Schedulde, and I urge everyone who is going to PaizoCon to take a look and sign up quickly with your lottery preferences. Don't procrastinate—lottery selections end on May 9th!

Tags: Community Conventions Gen Con PaizoCon PaizoCon 2016 Pathfinder Society

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Bad Guys!

Up first this week is the Technic League Captain, a villainous lout from the barbaric land of Numeria, where the remnants of a huge spaceship that crashed long ago still fuel the people with weird liquids and technological debris. Our friend the Technic League Captain, culled from the pages of the Inner Sea World Guide, has made that technology work for him in the form of a cool futuristic sword. Is it a ghost touch weapon? A brilliant energy blade? You decide! The Technic League Captain is a Medium, rare figure.

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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PaizoCon 2016 Event Schedule is Live Now!

With nearly 300 events over 4 days, including exclusive lottery games, seminars, panels, and one-of-a-kind workshops, PaizoCon 2016 has something for nearly every gamer to get excited about! With third-party publisher debuts, freelancing workshops, and panels featuring our Special Guests, the show will be a great way for attendees to connect to the larger Paizo and Pathfinder community. We'll also be hosting the annual PaizoCon Banquet Saturday night, and unveiling this year's Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Special, Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-98: Serpents' Ire.

Tags: Community Conventions PaizoCon PaizoCon 2016
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The Mechanics Behind the Comics

The final issue of Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain releases today, written by yours truly and drawn by the illustrious Sean Izaakse! Can Pathfinder's most heroic and villainous iconics overcome their differences long enough to defeat the demonic Castellan? Will Ezren teach Seltyiel the true value of friendship? Will Oloch and Valeros finally kiss? There's only one way to find out, and it's hitting your local comics shop as we speak!

Tags: Hollow Mountain Pathfinder Comics

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Obsidian Tells a Tale

When Obsidian Entertainment and Paizo started talking about Pathfinder Adventures, I was most excited about the prospect of bringing the story of Rise of the Runelords to life. A little background: I started at Obsidian in 2007 working on Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, and one of the first things I did was join a group of coworkers playing Rise of the Runelords. The story stuck with me. And when I started playing "Burnt Offerings" in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, it all came flooding back. I loved the way Mike Selinker, Chad Brown, and all of the designers at Lone Shark Games used the mechanics of the cards to tell a story. Local Heroes stood out to me right away, as did Foul Misgivings later. Since story has always been a priority at Obsidian, I knew that we could bring the theme and drama of the Adventure Path to the forefront of the digital version.

Tags: Obsidian Entertainment Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Adventures Rise of the Runelords

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First Taste of Seeker Play

Spring is in full swing in Seattle, causing the mercury to rise, dousing Redmond with pollen, and sending many of us into allergic conniptions. I hadn't planned it this way, but this is perfect timing to talk about what Paizo's backyard and this month's scenarios have in common: heat and flowers. That is to say we're traveling to Thuvia! This year the shipment of the legendary sun orchid elixir—a tonic capable of restoring one's youth—travels to Pashow for the first time in five years, and the city desperately needs the proceeds of their sale. Of course, the shipment needs to arrive safely to avert financial ruin and civil unrest, and the city needs outside help to ensure nothing befalls this lifeline.

Tags: Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios Sebastian Rodriguez

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Good Bad Dogs

It’s been a long week of hard work and hard business travel (ok, fun business travel), so at the end of the day here on Friday, the thing I’m most looking forward to doing is heading home and hanging out with my dog. I got my first pet—a wonderfully chubby pug named Tiny—about 5 years ago. Before that I didn’t really understand compassion. While I always (sort of) enjoyed hanging out with my friends’ dogs, I never knew why people liked them so much. Then I got one of my own, my heart melted, and I guess you could say I’m a better man than I ever was before.

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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A Visitor's Guide to PaizoCon 2016

PaizoCon 2016 is just a little over a month away, and we're all busy making preparations for our favorite convention of the year. Whether you're a first-time visitor to the Seattle area, or a PaizoCon veteran, here's a few things to do in the area before, during, and after the convention!

Tags: Community Conventions PaizoCon PaizoCon 2016

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Heaven Unleashed (PFRPG)

Knockin' on Heaven's Door

In celebration of the release of Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Heaven Unleashed, I wanted to take a moment as one of the biggest fans of Heaven on the Paizo development staff to reveal a never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes peek at how exactly we went about building the great mountain of Heaven!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Bard

Class Decks by the Score

Yesterday, we sent our printer Cartamundi four more Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Class Decks, bringing our total of class decks to 20. With such an auspicious number in the books, I thought it'd be nice to look back on our designs—even though you've only seen 13 of them to date. So this is both a review and a preview.

Tags: Class Decks Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Races (PFRPG)

Pathfinder Society at PaizoCon 2016

PaizoCon 2016 is fast approaching, and we're expecting the sign-ups and lottery to go up in the near future. I know a bunch of you are wondering how to allot your lottery priorities, so let me help by tempting you with even more fun options. After all, we love making PaizoCon special by running unique games and providing other great content to make your trip to Seattle as fun as possible.

Tags: Community Contests Conventions Damien Mammoliti PaizoCon Pathfinder Society

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Winged Warriors (Big and Small)

Hard to believe it's already Friday, which also means it's already time for another sneak peek at new minis from the upcoming Deadly Foes set of prepainted plastic Pathfinder Battles gaming figures from our friends at WizKids! This week I've decided to focus on two winged figures, one quite small, and the other very large! Let's take to the air and see what all the fuss is about!

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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Goblins Invade—Critical Role Pathfinder Stream!

If you follow Paizo on any of our social media outlets (Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter), you might have heard this exciting new, in the lead up to International Tabletop Day, Critical Role (of Geek & Sundry) will be live-streaming their own Pathfinder game!

Tags: Community Syrinscape

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Pathfinder Player Companion: Armor Master's Handbook (PFRPG)

Let Me Be Your Armor, Let Me Be Your Shield

The reason the best offense is a good defense is the undefended die, which tends to end any effort at offense. The life of adventurers, crusaders, and champions of any cause is filled with dangers and enemies. Hammers seek to crush heads, spears seek to pierce flesh. Unless you've mastered some esoteric fighting style likely to allow you to dodge crossbow bolts, or have the skill (and time) to defend yourself with spells, you need armor. And anything you depend on to save your life is worth learning to master.

Tags: Alahazra Manuel Castanon Merisiel Pathfinder Player Companion Valeros

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Pathfinder Adventure Path: Curse of the Crimson Throne (PFRPG) Hardcover

The Queen Returns—New Pathfinder Products Announced!

All around the Paizo office the return of the sun and leaves and greenery are a reminder of upcoming trips and conventions (including PaizoCon 2016, May 27-30!) ahead this spring and summer. This time of the year is one that the Paizo staff, fans, and our community really look forward to—getting to meet many of you face-to-face, game together, and the announcements of Pathfinder products to come that we've been keeping under our hats!

Tags: Conventions Curse of the Crimson Throne PaizoCon Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Wayne Reynolds

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Inquisitor

Pawn Parade, PaizoCon Preview, and (P)Art (P)Spoilers!

How's everybody doing? Sitting down with your Barbarian, Oracle, and Alchemist Class Decks and getting blown up by goblins in Season of the Runelords? Well, keep sitting down, 'cause I've got lots of goodies to share. But before I do, go and vote in the PACG accessory contest!

Tags: Adventure Card Guild Class Decks Conventions Felipe Escobar Jorge Fares Kent Hamilton PaizoCon Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Pawns

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OPC Log—11 Gozren 4716

This weekend volunteers and Paizo staff came together to run Pathfinder Society events in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom. Except for the early morning hours, we consistently filled our tables and worked hard to get games going quickly. Some of our attendees enjoyed the Adventure Card Game so much they came back the next day to play through the Season of the Runelords Adventure 1. Several other groups went directly from our tables to on-site retailers and bought the Rise of the Runelords Base Set with the intent to start playing back home.

Tags: Adventure Card Guild Community Contests Conventions Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Society

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #107: Scourge of the Godclaw (Hell's Vengeance 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

Meet the Villains—Urgraz

The Hell's Vengeance Adventure Path is here, and it's time to reveal the next iconic villain for Paizo's first Adventure Path for evil characters! Today we present the iconic antipaladin, Urgraz. Check out Pathfinder Adventure Path #107: Scourge of the Godclaw for Urgraz's full stat block, and download the Hell's Vengeance Player's Guide, which contains all of the new iconic villains for use as pregenerated characters!

Tags: Hell's Vengeance Iconics Meet the Iconics Pathfinder Adventure Path Urgraz Wayne Reynolds

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Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight

Behind the Book—Hellknight

If you've been following the novels for a while (and if you aren't, you can subscribe right here and stop missing out), you probably know Liane best from Nightglass and Nightblade. Through the adventures of Isiem and his companions, Liane did more than anyone to establish the dark yet terrifyingly realistic flavor of Nidal's society, as well as much of our understanding of the winged strix. I make no secret of my admiration for the work she's done fleshing out that part of our world, so when she proposed turning her attention to Cheliax and the Hellknights, I knew that I could trust her to bring some of the most important pieces of our campaign setting to life.

Tags: Liane Merciel Pathfinder Tales Roberto Pitturru

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Alchemist

Alchemist Class Deck Preview

Since we've already had someone make the case for Damiel as the best character ever, we're skipping right to the Alchemist Class Deck preview this week. This deck is the brainchild of Lone Shark designers Liz Spain and Paul Peterson (and if you know them, you are now probably a little afraid and a lot excited). Let's get to it.

Tags: Alchemists Class Decks Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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OPC Log—4 Gozren 4716

Almost thirteen years have passed since my last trip to Las Vegas, and those memories focus on spending time at the Excalibur, playing the carnival games with my husband and son. March saw my return to the City of Lights. This time, I traveled the north Strip, with my days full of retailer presentations and working the Paizo booth at the GAMA Trade Show. Hail and well met to all the retailers I met! For those I didn't get the change to meet, drop me a line at if you have questions or comments about Pathfinder Society. Each evening offered opportunities to eat in some fine restaurants and chat with business partners and other attendees. I explored some gorgeous buildings, taking in the opulence and extravagance. The trip ended all too soon, but I wasn't filled with post-convention blues, as I traveled on to Florida for some vacation time with my family. I enjoyed myself and recharged my batteries in preparation for convention season.

Tags: Conventions Pathfinder Society

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Two for the Road

I'm leaving for a much-needed vacation to the ruined ancient cities of Mexico in about an hour, so I'm going to make this week's Pathfinder Battles preview short and sweet. The sun is shining, I've got packing to do, and this is no time to be at work.

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight

Hellknight Sample Chapter

In Hellknight, dive deeper than ever before into the brutal organization of warriors and spellcasters dedicated to maintaining law and order at any cost. For devil-blooded Jheraal, a veteran Hellknight investigator, even the harshest methods are justified if it means building a better world for her daughter. Yet things get personal when a serial killer starts targeting hellspawn like Jheraal and her child, somehow magically removing their hearts and trapping the victims in a state halfway between life and death. With other Hellknights implicated in the crime, Jheraal has no choice but to join forces with a noble paladin and a dangerously cunning diabolist to defeat an ancient enemy for whom even death is no deterrent...

Tags: Jason Rainville Liane Merciel Pathfinder Tales

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

I have stared into the Abyss, and found it blinking back at me (it was a qlippoth). It is time to share the results of our design challenge contest, in which I tasked you, our fans, to take our iconics to the darker side of the alignment chart!

Tags: Community Design Challenge Druids Gnomes Hell's Vengeance Lini Pathfinder Adventure Path

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Rise of the Runelords Base Set

Looking Back on Four Years of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Last week, a bunch of us attended the GAMA Trade Show, the hobby game industry's annual spring showcase event. I did a few interviews there, including this one from noted Pathfinder ACG fan Eric Summerer of the Dice Tower, where I lead off with some information on Mummy's Mask, Goblins Fight!, and Goblins Burn! before launching into other stuff Lone Shark Games is doing.

Tags: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Wayne Reynolds

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Escape from Dangerous Realms

The spring equinox recently passed, marking the northern hemisphere’s transition from dreary winter weather to warmer days. Of course in Seattle, winter’s departure means that instead of raining every other day, it has been raining almost every day. Fortunately, there are two new scenarios that you can enjoy with pleasant company as we banish the wintry doldrums and help the Pathfinders’ allies escape their own dangerous predicaments.

Tags: Kenneth Camaro Pathfinder Society Sean Macdonald

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The Clear Choice

This week I’ve got two figures from October’s Deadly Foes, the next set of prepainted plastic Pathfinder Battles gaming figures! This week’s choices allow me to show off figures tied to one of my favorite features—clear plastic.

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue (PFRPG)

War of the Words

As a GM, one of the things I love about the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it allows you to play out any story you can imagine in the fantasy world within. But when those stories have fewer physical combats and more scheming, infiltration, persuasion, and other types of intrigue, the rules don’t have your back as solidly as they do for combat, so a GM, like me, who ran lots of those plots had to do a lot of improvisation. In Ultimate Intrigue, we present both subsystems and advice for players and GMs alike to sink their teeth into an intrigue game and all sorts of fun challenges they might find therein.

Tags: Nicholas Gregory Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Ultimate Intrigue

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Faiths (PFRPG)

Spreading the Good Word of the Inner Sea!

By now, Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Faiths has shipped out to friendly local game stores and subscriber inboxes everywhere, giving you details on some of the lesser-known gods of the Inner Sea—and a couple of them really bug me!

Tags: Firat Solhan Kiki Moch Rizky Leonardo Borazio Pathfinder Campaign Setting Ralph Horsley Shen Fei Will O'Brien

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More Iconic Promos!

We’re just laying down the final versions of the Mummy’s Mask promo cards this week, which reminds me that we have more promos to talk about! Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Set #6 has just been released, complete with an extra miniature and an extra promo card. (See? Don’t say we never gave you nothin’.)

Tags: Free RPG Day Iconic Heroes Licensed Products Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Adventures Pathfinder Battles

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Pathfinder Module: Daughters of Fury (PFRPG)

It Pays to Read

While co-managing an organized play campaign that touches upon nearly everything that Paizo publishes in one way or another, Linda and I spend a lot of our off-time reading, catching up on the latest publications, and thinking about how to incorporate them in the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. Today, we bring you more sanctioned content for your enjoyment both at and away from the gaming table!

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News from the GAMA Trade Show!

Greetings, everyone! I'm writing to you today from the floor of the GAMA Trade Show, the game industry's annual convocation of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in lovely Las Vegas, Nevada. GAMA is not only a great chance to meet up with industry friends and business partners, but it's also a great place to pick up exciting news from the attending publishers. This year, Paizo and Pathfinder are no different! You've probably also seen the news about our new paperback Pathfinder RPG Pocket Editions of the Core Rulebook and Bestiary, as well as the exciting announcement of September's Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover Adventure Path. You may not have seen the great news about Pathfinder miniatures, however, so I wanted to carve out some time from my busy convention schedule to bring you up to speed.

Tags: Deadly Foes Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue (PFRPG)

Tools of Mischief

The Brilliant Planner feat lets you make a fund that you can use to pull out the item or resource you need in a particular situation, which can be pretty useful in clutch situations. The fighter gains several new combat feats that enhance his bravery (both against all mind-affecting effects and against social attacks like feint and demoralize) and even allow him to share his bravery with nearby allies. Legendary influence lets mediums choose one feat for each legend and accept influence to gain the feat they chose when they channel that legend (so you can pick things that only help you with one legend, like Selective Channel for hierophant, which has channel, Arcane Armor Training for archmage, and so on). Feats like Subtle Enchantments are great for manipulating others (in this case, it makes it harder to notice the target is enchanted with Sense Motive and gives a 50% that a target who succeeds on the save doesn't notice it had to make a Will save). The three new styles are Fox Style, which lets high-Int characters master feinting, dirty tricks, and the like, Owl Style allows martial characters to use their fighting skill to maneuver around the battlefield fluidly, and Street Style lets urban characters create combo attacks using the environment around them. And that's just a few of the feats you'll find in the book!

Tags: Jaime Martinez Mark Molnar Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Roberto Pitturru Ultimate Intrigue

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Faiths (PFRPG)

Your Faith is Rewarded!

Faith and religion are ubiquitous in Golarion, and some of the world's most fascinating divinities have also historically been its most mysterious. With the recent release of Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Faiths, though, we're drawing back the curtains shrouding 15 of the Inner Sea region's lesser-known deities. From Milani, the valiant Everbloom, to Brigh, the enigmatic Whisper in the Bronze, to Zyphus, the Grim Harvestman, this divine goody bag is filled with lore and tools for faithful characters. Now, let's reveal some of its secrets!

Tags: Firat Solhan Jon Neimeister Jose Parodi Kiki Moch Rizky Pathfinder Campaign Setting

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Class Deck: Oracle

Magic and Mystery—Oracle Class Deck Preview

In the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the oracle is a divine spellcaster driven by devotion to an ideal rather than to a particular deity. The specific source of an oracle's abilities is a mystery, and each oracle is burdened with a curse of some kind, for power has a price. When we designed the first version of Alahazra the Oracle for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, we found ourselves drawn to the idea of prophecy and foresight. That idea carried through into the new character designs for the Oracle Class Deck.

Tags: Class Decks Oracles Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide (PFRPG)

Calling All Seekers!

The Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild has produced a huge number of great adventures over the years, but few can compare to series Eyes of the Ten, a four-part extravaganza of high-level play and dire revelations about the Society and its enemies. Just ask any veteran of the campaign. When Eyes of the Ten survivors meet up at conventions, they excitedly swap stories of "Here's how we handled this faction mission," "We saved that NPC by doing this," and "Yeah, that monster nearly ended us—twice." A lot of that excitement comes from the powerful story and wild destinations, but a big share of the exhilaration comes from something we do all too rarely in Pathfinder Society: play high-level characters. In fact, nearly 5 years have passed since the last installment of Eyes of the Ten released. In that time the campaign has included a few higher-level opportunities in interactive specials and sanctioned high-level printed adventures, but the organized play program hasn't really published more high-level content that it can call its own.

Tags: Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios

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A HUGE Announcement: Deadly Foes!

I'm thrilled to announce that the next set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic gaming figures will be Deadly Foes! Deadly Foes is a 45-figure "full" Pathfinder Battles set with 6 pieces of bonus "dungeon dressing" randomly inserted into standard 4-piece booster boxes. The set's general theme allows for a huge variety of high-utility monsters and allies, with a focus on key creatures we've not yet produced and some exciting new surprises.

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue (PFRPG)

That Warm Glow of Terrors from Beyond Space and Time—New Pathfinder Products Announced!

Our March 2016 releases are ready to go on an adventure to your game table, and we'll be doing some damage to our sanity this fall—check out our round up of all our new and announced products!

Tags: Ben Wootten Mark Molnar Pathfinder Campaign Setting Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Intrigue

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue (PFRPG)

The Most Intriguing Classes

The new class in Ultimate Intrigue is the vigilante. An upstanding member of society by day and adventurer by night, the vigilante has two different identities which can even have different alignments. Unless someone discovers that the two identities are the same, divinations like scrying only work when the vigilante is in the form the diviner is trying to scry. Each vigilante chooses to be either a stalker, focusing on sneaking up on foes and punishing them before the foe notices the stalker is there, or the avenger, focusing on giving foes a more straightforward beatdown and gaining a full base attack bonus. The vigilante class is extremely modular, with a talent option at every level, switching off between social talents that give him an edge in social situations and other intrigue hijinks out of combat, and vigilante talents, which generally provide powerful combat options that he can use in either identity, though it might give him away if people see him using them in his social identity.

Tags: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Pathfinder RPG Tomasz Chistowski Ultimate Intrigue Vigilante

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Obsidian Gets Difficult

A couple of weeks ago, we debuted Pathfinder Adventures on the Obsidian Plays Twitch Stream. Viewers got to see a new feature that many card game players have been begging for: adjustable difficulty. Now you can play in several modes: Normal, Heroic, and Legendary Difficulty, with or without permanent character death. To kick things off, I played Black Fang's Dungeon on Legendary Difficulty with 6 characters. Even though I've played Black Fang literally hundreds of times at this point, I still sweat bullets in this, my favorite play mode.

Tags: Licensed Products Obsidian Entertainment Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Adventures

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OPC Log—8 Pharast 4716

Last Friday marked two important occasions for many gamers—International GM's Day and the anniversary of the passing of game designer Gary Gygax. I began to reflect on my first games and how much they shaped my gaming experience, where I thought about the experiences that encourage players to return to the table. I would love to hear of your first encounters with the world of gaming and what made them so memorable—leave your stories in the comments!

Tags: Contests Conventions Pathfinder Society

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Goblins Invade Geek Nation!

Last Friday I had the pleasure of invading the radio studio of 99.9 KISW ("The Rock of Seattle") to introduce members of their morning show crew to Pathfinder. A staple of the rock radio scene since I was a kid, radio host BJ Shea now also runs a podcast called Geek Nation along with longtime co-hosts the Reverend Enfuego, Vicky Barcelona, and more.

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue (PFRPG)

Meet the Iconics—Aric

Introducing Ultimate Intrigue's newest iconic character, Aric the vigilante. Be sure you also meet the Red Raven, his masked guise and alter ego.

Tags: Aric Meet the Iconics Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Vigilante Wayne Reynolds

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #106: For Queen & Empire (Hell's Vengeance 4 of 6) (PFRPG)

Meet the Villains—Zelhara

The Hell's Vengeance Adventure Path is here, and it's time to reveal the next iconic villain for Paizo's first Adventure Path for evil characters! Today we present the iconic torturer, Zelhara. Check out Pathfinder Adventure Path #106: For Queen & Empire for Zelhara's full stat block, and download the new Hell's Vengeance Player's Guide, which contains all of the new iconic villains for use as pregenerated characters!

Tags: Hell's Vengeance Iconics Meet the Iconics Pathfinder Adventure Path Wayne Reynolds Zelhara

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Skull & Shackles Base Set

Cartmanbeck's Best Character Ever—Alahazra

Alahazra, the iconic oracle, made her first Adventure Card Game appearance in the Skull & Shackles Base Set. She may look weak at first, with her paltry d4s for Strength and Dexterity, but she sees things that others can't, and uses that information to beat down on enemies, acquire cards, and close locations like a boss. You see, S&S Alahazra has a d12 for her Charisma, and she also uses that for her Divine checks. This means that when it's time to cast an offensive spell, she's often going to deal a ton of damage, especially with her final power giving her an extra +2 on all spells that have the Attack trait. She also has a great chance of recharging her spells with that high Divine check... but even when she fails a recharge check, she gets to trade any discarded card with the Divine trait for any other one (so a blessing for a spell, perhaps?) at the end of her turn.

Tags: Alahazra Class Decks Oracles Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull & Shackles

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: GameMastery Guide (OGL)

Am I Evil? (Yes, I Am.)

What makes a villain? You get to answer that question in our latest Design Challenge, featuring our most well-known characters: our Iconic heroes.

Tags: Community Design Challenge Eva Widermann Hell's Vengeance Pathfinder Adventure Path

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PaizoCon 2016 Call for Volunteers!

Usually, I use the blog around the first of the month to announce GMs achieving their 5th star, changes in the Venture-Officer team, and the newest Campaign Service Coin recipients. I'm going to postpone that blog for now, to discuss something near and dear to many people's heart:

Tags: Conventions PaizoCon Pathfinder Society

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Intrigue (PFRPG)

Meet the Iconics—The Red Raven

Ho there, stranger! If you're lookin' for shelter on a cold night like tonight, you could do a lot better than that cursed Ledinthorp estate you were prowling 'round. Come 'long. My daughters married and moved out ages ago—means we got a spare bed for a traveler who doesn't know how to stay out of trouble when there're Gray Gardeners keeping the peace.

Tags: Meet the Iconics Pathfinder Roleplaying Game The Red Raven Vigilante Wayne Reynolds

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Pathfinder Adventure Path: Hell's Vengeance Player's Guide PDF

Give 'Em Hell

An order of Iomedaean knights called the Glorious Reclamation is stirring things up in Cheliax and House Thrune needs your help fighting them in the Hell's Vengeance Adventure Path—the first Adventure Path specifically for evil characters.

Tags: Bryan Sola Firat Solhan Hell's Vengeance Pathfinder Adventure Path Roberto Pitturru

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Paizo Launches Twitch Charity Marathon: LIVE NOW!

The Paizo staff is livestreaming Pathfinder RPG games ALL DAY today to celebrate the launch of Paizo's Twitch channel! At the same time, we've partnered with Humble Bundle to offer more than $350 of digital Pathfinder RPG products at a "pay what you want" price. You can join the livestream directly at the new Paizo Twitch channel and check out the Humble Bundle to grab some Pathfinder PDFs and support Extra Life, a charity benefiting children's health.

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Pathfinder Adventures—Maybe the Coolest Collection of Ones and Zeros Ever

Last week on Reddit, I alluded to our Pathfinder Adventure Card Game design team helping Obsidian Entertainment with its upcoming Pathfinder Adventures game. If you haven't heard, it's a digital port of PACG, but with a whole lot of new bells and whistles.

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