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PaizoCon2015

It's Alive—The PaizoCon 2015 Event Schedule is Here!

Clocking in at over 275 events over 4 days, PaizoCon 2015 looks like it's going to be our biggest and best ever! You'll get the opportunity to participate in exclusive lottery games, seminars, panels, and one-of-a-kind workshops throughout the weekend. We also will be debuting two Pathfinder Society Specials (Seige of the Serpents and Serpents Rise), and kicking off the Season of the Righteous for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild.


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PFBattles

GOLEMANIA!

This week I'm revealing two amazing figures from June's Dungeons Deep set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic figures. The idea behind this set is to present high-utility figures based around a rough "dungeon" theme. This allows us to include whatever figures we want to, rather than attempting to adapt a specific adventure or Adventure Path. That's resulted in a few "dealer's choice" selections, letting us pick whatever we want for no reason other than "we think it looks cool."


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Pathfinder Unchained (OGL)

Magic Items Unchained

We’ve all been there. We’ve faced the sad crossroads when we realized that our favorite magic item just wasn’t cutting it, and we couldn’t justify keeping it instead of equipping the new and shinier item the party just found instead. But what about the blacksmith who becomes a hero fighting with her father’s sword? Or the halfling who found a strange item early in his career that turned out to be more than it seemed? That’s where the scaling magic items from Pathfinder Unchained come in. These items scale as you level, allowing them to be an important part of your character (these sorts of items are called wonders) or a small and handy tool throughout your career (these are called baubles) or something in between. The math is all worked out to allow GMs to use a few different systems for the advancement, including automatic advancement (in which case, it’s recommended to dole out less treasure if you want to keep the party at about the same power level) or advancement using rituals and gold (the easier method for someone running a published adventure). Scaling items have starting and ending levels for scaling, so I’ve included two of the most wondrous of the wonders: wonders that scale all the way up to 20th level!


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A Look at Obsidian's Adventure Card Game

I have the distinct pleasure to be part of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game digital team at Obsidian Entertainment! We are progressing towards an initial release this year starting with the Rise of the Runelords Base Set.


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The Tax Man Cometh!

Hold fast adventurers! You may have earned your bounties chasing down bandits, or by slaying ferocious predators threatening farmers, but those roads you travel upon and the cities you spend your gold in require upkeep. Open up your money purses and remember—this is for the good of us all! It's time for a bit of lighthearted tax season fun!


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Announcing the Season of the Righteous

We hope you're enjoying the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild's "Season 0" trial run, Season of the Shackles. All six adventures will be available for purchase as of April 15, and we'll soon be making a Season of the Shackles deck available for purchase as a print-on-demand product at DriveThruCards.com. That deck will feature all the new cards we created for the season, so you won't have to use proxy cards if you don't want to. The Adventure Path loot reward Councilor's Ring will also be available at DriveThruCards.com at the same time.


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Faction Journal Cards

You may recall that back in November we first announced the idea of Faction Journal Cards, a new way to contribute to your faction's goals while also being able to experience the fun of factions in any adventure—even sanctioned Modules and Adventure Paths. Mike and I have both released some spoilers since then, showing off bits and pieces of the Silver Crusade's card to illustrate how the cards work.


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PFBattles

Two from the Codex

We've already revealed a ton of cool monsters and dungeon dressing from June's Dungeons Deep set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic miniatures, and there are more to come in the weeks between now and the set's release. But Dungeons Deep has more than just creepy crawlies, and this week I'd like to focus on two figures from the set that are drawn from the fantastic art in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: NPC Codex.


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PaizoCon 2015 Events Preview

We're just about ready to release the PaizoCon schedule, hopefully early-mid next week, and I've been getting super excited reading all the fantastic event descriptions as I've been working them into the schedule. While the full schedule isn't quite ready to be released yet, I thought you might like a sneak peek at some of the fantastic programming planned for PaizoCon 2015.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Pathfinder Unchained (OGL)

Unchained Skills and Feats

If classes are the main chassis of a character, skills and feats are its nuts and bolts. When they let us designers loose in Pathfinder Unchained, it's only natural that we wanted to play around with how the nuts and bolts attach, and even try changing the shapes of those nuts and bolts entirely! In Chapters 2 and 3 of Pathfinder Unchained, there are not only several daring subsystems that play with feats, there so many different options for restructuring skills that it's easy to lose yourself in all the possibilities. I've gathered some of the coolest tidbits from all those options to share with you today!


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The Origins of Origins

Of the many pleasant surprises we at Paizo have run into since Pathfinder's inception, one of the biggest remains the popularity of our iconic characters. Perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised—after all, when Wayne Reynolds is doing the art, it's hard to not fall in love with whoever's getting painted. But when you get right down to it, the iconics were created to be tools. (And one might argue that some of them still are—we're looking at you, Alain!) The whole reason for their existence was to keep us from having to explain to each new artist what made a ranger a ranger and a rogue a rogue—we could just hold up Merisiel and say “draw her.” But people started asking questions about the backstories, and before long we were writing Meet the Iconics blogs and seeding little bits of iconic fiction in the hardcover chapter introductions. Yet we held off on doing more, always feeling like the time wasn't yet right.


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PathfinderTales

The Gem

The crocodile's jaws looked as big as Jiri. Its huge tail pushed it with the flooded river's current, angling toward the drift of brush that Jiri clung to. It would slam into that loose pile of logs and knock Jiri, Fumo, and Boro into the water.

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Wrath of the Righteous: The Demons Are in the Details

Greetings and welcome to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous preview blog. I'm Paul Peterson, and I'll be your host as we delve into the depths of this demonic set. We've got a lot to cover here, and I'm going to reveal everything about this powerhouse set!


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Represent Your Cause!

At the beginning of the Year of the Sky Key (Season 6), most of the factions underwent significant changes as their philosophies evolved and those with national ties distanced themselves from their homelands. New faction symbols followed, and in anticipation of the upcoming Faction Journal Cards, the Pathfinder Society team commissioned new symbols for each of the seven current factions. It is my pleasure to share the new art with you today.


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Giantslayer Marathon: Part 1!

Not too long after we announced the Giantslayer Adventure Path, Wes was contacted by a group of maniacs who had plans to run marathon sessions of the Adventure Path and do a full and thorough report. Since I work on the Adventure Paths, I took over coordinating with those hardcore gamers, and I'm happy to be able to present the first of six reports we'll feature here on the blog.


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PFBattles

Things That Should Not Be

We love H. P. Lovecraft. The old gentleman not only wrote some of the most chilling and flat-out awesome horror stories of the Twentieth Century, but he also knew how to get his monster on. Fantasy author China Miéville, one of my personal favorite modern writers, was one of the first to point out to me that fantasy fiction monsters could basically be divided into pre-Lovecraft and post-Lovecraft, and my own obsession with reading early Twentieth Century genre stuff suggests he has a point. Before Lovecraft, monsters in fiction were usually giant animals, human-animal hybrids, or basically animals with multiple limbs. A few writers, like Edgar Rice Burroughs, mixed things up enough to invent awesome stuff like plant men with mouths on the palms of their hands, but for the most part you were looking at a field of giant animals.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Pathfinder Unchained (OGL)

Time to Break Your Chains!

Over a year ago, I went to talk to Erik about a book idea I had. The pitch was simple: "Let us do a book filled with whatever crazy ideas we have floating around in our heads". He said "no". I said, "Wait though, allow me to explain, our crazy ideas might make the game better." He said "tell me more", and Pathfinder Unchained was born.


Tags: Balazar Barbarians Iconics Michael J. Penn Monks Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Rogues Summoners

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Welcome Amanda Hamon Kunz!

The most-welcome invasion of new Paizonians continues! You've already meet Linda and Crystal, but today long-time freelancer Amanda Hamon Kunz joins us as our newest assistant developer!


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Wrath and Other Sins: How We Chose the Next Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Set

Hello! Wrath of the Righteous marks the third Adventure Path for our humble little Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and we are just pleased as punch that you would pony up your hard-earned nickels to—


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Shax's House of Pain!

PaizoCon 2013 was a special occasion—and not only because it was my first as a Paizo employee. It was also the playtest run of Pathfinder Society Special #5-00: Siege of the Diamond City by the esteemed Thurston Hillman (Thursty as we often call him), and the two of us had an opportunity to hang out in the hotel bar for several hours afterward. At first we spoke about entirely professional matters, such as how the playtest went, what changes we would make, and the screams of players whose characters foolishly attacked the [REDACTED]. As I have learned is typical of our conversations, we gradually meandered into the realm of theorycrafting, humorous hypotheticals, and madness.


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Welcome Julie Iaccarino!

As any good secret society knows, a cult just isn't a cult without a regular influx of fresh me... er... dangerously motivated new team members. As such, I am pleased to announce the newest member of Paizo's technology team Julie Iaccarino! Julie amazed us with her technical savvy, enthusiastic personality, and daunting knowledge of gaming essentials.


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PathfinderTales

A Pirate's Life

Award-winning author Chris A. Jackson talks about writing his latest Pathfinder Tales novel, Pirate's Promise, and how living full-time aboard a 45-foot sailboat in the Caribbean inspires his tales of love, espionage, and high-seas adventure:


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PathfinderTales

The Gem

Outside, the children of Thirty Trees laughed and their parents talked, monkeys chattered in the canopy and birds sang to the morning sun. But inside the little house that Jiri shared with Oza, the only sound that mattered was the muted clicks of the clay pots her teacher was packing into his bag.

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Parade of Tributes: Wrath of the Righteous Characters

Today we're going to talk about the character line-up for the next Pathfinder Adventure Card Game release, Wrath of the Righteous. As usual, each character in the set will have a premium character playmat created by our friends at Ultra•PRO. Mats will be available in two packs: one containing the 7 characters from the Wrath of the Righteous Base Set, and one containing the 4 characters from the Character Add-On Deck.


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Remembering Mike McArtor

Yesterday brought the sad news that our old colleague, Mike McArtor, had passed away. Mike joined the Paizo staff back in the "magazine days," as an editor on Dragon Magazine. He was a mainstay of office campaigns, a pillar of our editorial operation, and once the magazines went away, Mike was one of the earliest architects of Pathfinder and the world of Golarion. He left Paizo in 2008, on the eve of the Core Rulebook launch, but his creative legacy remains an important part of the DNA of the Pathfinder world. His positive attitude and welcoming friendliness, I hope, also helped to shape the DNA of Paizo itself. We're a much larger, much different company than we were in those now nearly mythical magazine days, but we like to think Mike's spirit hung around and continued to influence the company years after he left.


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RPGSuperstar2015

This Year the Winner is Bringing the Axe!

The winner of RPG Superstar 2015 is Monica Marlowe! She will be writing an adventure for our Pathfinder Modules using her winning adventure pitch for Down the Blighted Path, which will release next January!


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The Plot Thickens

Earlier in the year, I posted a lengthy update regarding the Faction Journal Cards we announced at the end of 2014. I encourage you to check out that blog if you didn't have a chance to read it before. As many of you likely recall, these cards are a new way for the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign to address factions, including faction goals that can apply to a wide range of adventures and allow the PC to earn up to three faction-specific rewards over the course of a season. Over the past week, Linda Zayas-Palmer and I have put in a lot of work on these cards.


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Runelords in Uganda

We first featured the Butterfly Project last April in the Paizo Blog, and are excited to present this update from the director of the project, Ben Parkinson, about this Ugandan Pathfinder group.


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Welcome Jason Keeley!

In the last week, you may have noticed Wes introducing two new developers here on this blog. Sadly, this has led the editorial team to the only logical conclusion: the developers must be bolstering their forces in preparation for an assault across the cube wall, in which they'll attempt to annex editor space. I can assure you, however, that the editors aren't about to go down without a fight, which is why we've hired a brand new word-warrior: editor Jason Keeley!


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PathfinderTales

Firesoul Sample Chapter

Firesoul is a tale of Jiri, who was found as an infant in the ashes of her village and taken in by a neighboring shaman to be trained as a powerful jungle druid. When Aspis Consortium mercenaries release an ancient evil that burns her adopted home to the ground, Jiri must gather a group of her own to uncover the secrets of a lost nation and stop the fire spirit—and the greedy treasure hunters trying to leash it for their own ends—before it lays waste to the entire Mwangi Expanse.


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We've Got Class, And We Know It

You've asked, so we've answered! Last August, we released seven Class Decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. These decks provide new characters and boons that can be added to any PACG Adventure Path, and they're your gateway to the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Organized Play program. You've made it clear that you want more, and we're happy to oblige.


Tags: Class Decks Mariusz Gandzel Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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RPGSuperstar2015

What Time Is It?

It's adventure pitch time! It's been a long, strange road, but the last round of RPG Superstar 2015 is finally open to voting and participants can see the adventure pitches of our Top 4 contestants! One of those contestants is going to earn the voter's confidence and support, and go on to write their adventure pitch into a full adventure for the Pathfinder Modules line!


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The England GM Team Marches on its Stomach

Every once in awhile, I receive a neat story from the field that I think others might be interested in. Stories that provide insight into how Pathfinder Society is played or how communities work together to bond are very interesting reads—whether that be playing a game in the middle of the desert or what gamers in Turkey are like.


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PFBattles

Deeper into the Dungeon

We're just a few days away from next week's GAMA Trade Show, where I intend to show off about half of June's Dungeons Deep set for our Pathfinder Battles line of prepainted plastic gaming figures. In preparation for that, WizKids sent us a very early production set of the figures, and I've got to say, I'm absolutely THRILLED with how this set has turned out!


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So, How Do I Use Syrinscape in my Pathfinder Game?

You're playing Pathfinder on game night, and you're ready to add Syrinscape's custom-made Pathfinder Adventure Path SoundPacks to the session. Simply follow these step-by-step instructions for bringing epic sound to your gaming table.


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Strategy Guide Art Preview!

With the Strategy Guide shipping out to players at long last, it’s time to take a look at a few pieces of the fantastic art contained within its pages.


Tags: Bryan Sola David Alvarez Maichol Quinto Mark Molnar Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Tim Kings-Lynne

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PathfinderTales

Diamond in the Rough

"He's resting, although not comfortably," Chakori said. She'd taken Anandi into the foyer outside Ravi's room, although they left the door cracked open. "I've done what I can for him. The rest he's going to have to do on his own."

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Choose Your Own Adventure—How to Make Cards for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Before I get into this week's blog, let me tell you the best thing that happened to me at a fantastic PAX East. Through designer Chad Brown, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game fan Jim Wnorowski contacted me at the con about helping with his wedding proposal to his girlfriend, Sarah. As I came out of my Tabletop Deathmatch panel, Jim flagged me down. He "introduced himself," and then introduced me to Sarah, a self-proclaimed fan of my games. Jim then asked me if I had any promo cards.


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They Still Appreciate My Mastery Of Fire

We've got a few new faces in the editorial pit these days. One you've already met and a few we'll introduce soon, but we couldn't hope to pull off all our upcoming schemes without inviting back at least one familiar soul.


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New Scenarios on the Horizon

This year both PaizoCon and Gen Con happen earlier in the year, and that means planning those conventions' adventures takes place even earlier on my end. As Mike and I have noted in several blog posts in early 2015, there are many Special events in addition to the full cast of scenarios. Now that we've finalized our plans for the Pathfinder Society Organized Play convention season and added product pages to , I would like to formally introduce you to our Special event schedule and the rest of Season 6, the Year of the Sky Key:


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PFBattles

Short But Sweet!

With ToyFair behind us and the hobby game industry's annual GAMA Trade Show only about a week away, things here at Preview Central are busier than a four-armed girallon in a handshaking contest. Expect a few more trade show photos to leak at GAMA, but until then, I wanted to show off a digital sculpt of two figures I'm very excited for in June's Dungeons Deep set.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Strategy Guide (OGL)

Character Building in the Strategy Guide

In anticipation of its impending release, here's a quick walkthrough of how the Strategy Guide helps players build characters:


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Welcome Linda Zayas-Palmer!

We're thrilled to announce the newest addition to the Pathfinder development team: Linda Zayas-Palmer! Linda blew us away with the development, design and editing chops she demonstrated on our blind test for the position. She also chose a nosoi psychopomp for her avatar, proving we chose well.


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PathfinderTales

Diamond in the Rough

An hour's walk took them to a small cave along the rocky shoreline, one exposed by the low tide and grown brown and slippery with algae. Anandi followed Ravi inside, careful of his footing. "Well?" he asked, impatient.

Instead of answering, Ravi curled his hand around the back of Anandi's neck and pulled him close. The kiss tasted of wine and pesh. Anandi let it last longer than he should have, surprised by how much he liked feeling the firm body pressed against his. Gently, Anandi pushed him back. "Is this your price?"

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RPGSuperstar2015

The Final Four!

Behold, our four finalists! They have navigated the surprise of creating a new category of magic item, diligently labored to create stand-alone maps, wrought creatures of the Darklands, and braved the travails of creating new and interesting encounters! Hundreds began this exhausting and arduous path, and now four have proven themselves the best of the year. As a benefit of being among the last group of finalists, each of our final four will have the opportunity to write for Paizo—Pathfinder Society Scenarios for the three runners-up, and an adventure for our Pathfinder Modules line for this year's RPG Superstar.


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I Made You a Wereshark But it Eated You

Welcome to the final blog of Skull & Shackles! Yay! You did it! You made it to the final adventure, Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell's Heart, and it's basically the best thing since sliced bread. Scratch that, I don't really like bread... it's the best thing since Grumpy Cat. Yeah, it's really that good.


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Familiar Places, Strange Faces

This is the time of year when I put the finishing touches on the Gen Con line-up, whose array of scenarios this year is looking positively stunning. If you haven't taken a look, check out last week's blog for a hint of what is to come. Also, I hear there are still a few volunteer slots left, so be sure to read that blog more closely and contact Mike Brock if you are interested in being a GM at this massive convention.


Tags: Marek Medej Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios Year of the Sky Key

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PFBattles

ToyFair (Part 2)

I've been in the office only 5 days since returning from my ToyFair trip, but that time has gone by like a flash. When I think back to my time at ToyFair, it seems like only yesterday that I was checking out the latest action figures, playsets, statues, and other cool stuff on display. And I'm especially pleased that this year, we had a nice display of Pathfinder items to show off at the show, as well.


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Community Card Creator and Errata Decks

Paizo and DriveThruCards have been cooking up a couple of delicacies for the Adventure Card Game connoisseur. Steve Wieck of DriveThruCards has details below!


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PathfinderTales

Diamond in the Rough

At sunset, Anandi returned to the captain's villa where a few silver coins to the doorkeeper saw him inside. The party had already begun, made lively by the musicians and acrobats in the ballroom. The human man seated in the chair covered in velvet and gold filigree was obviously the captain. A thick brown beard trailed down his chest, resting lightly on the blue brocade coat studded with golden buttons and trim. The jeweled goblet in his hand was already filled with wine and a servant stood by with a bottle at the ready.

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RPGSuperstar2015

Encounters in the Darklands

Voting for Round 4 has begun! You can now go check out the RPG Superstar Top 8's entries and vote for your favorites. This round will determine our Top 4, who will submit their own adventure pitches for the final round. The ultimate winner and RPG Superstar will be determined out of these Top 4, who will earn a contract to write their own adventure for our Pathfinder Modules line!


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Gen Con 2015 News and Official Call for Volunteers!

I was advised last year that we needed to plan to make Gen Con 2014 the biggest and best yet. And it certainly was! We scheduled 1,500 tables of Pathfinder Society during the convention. We showed the world our Kid's Beginner & Advanced Tracks, as well as the Pathfinder Beginner Box Introductions, Parts 1 and 2. We debuted the Silverhex Chronicles Quests. We hosted more than 20 seminars. And we launched the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild! Gen Con was definitely a success and Paizo's biggest showing in history. But we can make it bigger and better this year!


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PFBattles

ToyFair (Part 1)

Last weekend I was in New York City for ToyFair, the annual trade show for the toy business that sees hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of buyers (but no kids!) gather for four days of meetings, buying sprees, and other assorted activities. Paizo had a nice display of our gaming stuff at the Diamond booth, as Diamond distributes our books and games into bookstores and comic shops. Diamond's sister company, Diamond Select Toys, makes a number of Pathfinder toys, including Pathfinder Minimates and an incredibly cool vinyl goblin bank, which comes out late next month.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Strategy Guide (OGL)

10 Things You Didn't Know Were in the Strategy Guide

There have been a lot of questions and speculation on the messageboards about what's going to be in the upcoming Strategy Guide, but now that it's set to (finally!) hit shelves next month, you'll get to see for yourself. In anticipation of its debut, allow me to present a sneak peek into 10 different features I bet you didn't know were in this book.


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PathfinderTales

Diamond in the Rough

No sane person would leave Jalmeray to venture to the small, lawless island of Veedesha, which lay just off the coast, but Anandi had business there on behalf of the thakur.

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Introducing: Ekkie!

This year's Free RPG Day is Saturday, June 20, and the card game team has whipped up something special for those of you who like free stuff. Introducing... Ekkie!


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RPGSuperstar2015

Announcing RPG Superstar 2015's Top 8!

This is an important milestone for the RPG Superstar contest. Making it to the Top 8 is a major achievement. The quality at this point is so high we actually disallow the Top 8 from entering future contests. These contestants have overcome some of the most difficult and unexpected challenges we've ever had in this contest, and for three rounds now have overcome everything we've thrown at them. My sincere congratulations to the Top 8, listed here with their winning monster entries.


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Learning Exotic Spells

The Pathfinder Society team recently introduced the Core Campaign, an additional way to participate in Pathfinder Society that makes it more approachable while also opening up hundreds of new ways to play for credit. As you may have seen last week, when Mike and I added the essential Inner Sea World Guide languages to the list of those a PC can learn in the Core Campaign, we're listening to your questions about this new option and providing essential clarifications. In addition to these blogs, I recommend checking out the Core Campaign forum.


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PFBattles

ToyFair Eve

I just landed in New York City in advance of ToyFair, the annual toy business trade show that launches tomorrow. While Paizo does not have a booth at the show (yet!), it's become an invaluable stop for me to catch up with some of our licensing partners, including the fine folks at WizKids, who manufacture the Pathfinder Battles line. I've got it on good authority that WizKids will have an entire production-run set of Dungeons Deep on hand for their display, and I hope to snap a few key photos to show off what some of the figures look like in hand. Next week's blog will, I hope, feature some images of upcoming Pathfinder Battles figures, and perhaps some additional surprises as well!


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Pathfinder Toys from Diamond Select!

One of the most fun aspects of Pathfinder is the endless variety of character types one meets in the world of Golarion. Different classes, races, species—even different definitions of "alive"—have brought us a diverse array of faces, both heroic and demonic, that populate every adventure. While still in its early stages, the Pathfinder Minimates toy line from Diamond Select Toys already has a line-up that runs the gamut of character types, and allows you to customize each one, to boot.


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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes (PFRPG)

Let Slip the Orcs of War!

It seems like forever ago we sent Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes off to the printer. So long ago did we ship it, in fact, that I was caught woefully unaware when those little digital orcs we sent across the sea to be printed returned, all grown up and hungry for my blood. I managed to divert their attack to the warehouse, whose border abuts my office, avoiding the worst of the onslaught. I understand they've successfully divided the horde into small, easy-to-defeat single members and sent them off to our noble subscriber allies. To aid you in your orc-slaying efforts, I present a glimpse at some of the horrors that await you. Study them well, and always check your mail with sword drawn until the Belkzen threat has been quelled.


Tags: Brynn Metheney Caio Maciel Monteiro Orcs Pathfinder Campaign Setting Wayne England

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S(More) Story of the Season of the Shackles

Hello, Pathfinders! The inaugural season of the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild marches on, and I thought you might like an update on how the pirate PCs are progressing.


Tags: Adventure Card Guild Bryan Sola Miniatures Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Battles Season of the Shackles

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Superstar Monsters Revealed!

We just unveiled the Round 3 entries of the Top 16 RPG Superstar contestants, making them available for everyone to check out and vote on! These competitors have gone through some of the toughest challenges we've ever had in this contest, including having the first round undergo a major rules change with no advance warning, making a full-page map in just three days, and now having to create a Bestiary-style Golarion monster native to Nar-Voth, including a physical description, stat block, and general monster description, in 550 to 600 words.


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No Hablo Shoanti

The Pathfinder Society Organized Play team recently introduced the Core Campaign, an additional way to participate in Pathfinder Society that makes it more approachable while also opening up hundreds of new ways to play for credit.


Tags: Pathfinder Campaign Setting Pathfinder Society Rayph Beisner

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How Syrinscape Brought the Red Dragon Roaring to Life

Reckon you've got the growl to make the perfect Pathfinder Red Dragon? Have you got the depth in your voice, the rattle in your throat, the fire in your breath? No, me neither. Now, imagine you had to create a Red Dragon in all its airborne, fiery fury. That's what I had to do, and it was awesome fun! My family surely thought I was out of my head as I growled and roared into my studio microphone. Thank goodness for the modern digital wizardry I was able to employ, turning my little voice into the coolest, most epically massive Dragon roars you could imagine.


Tags: Music Rise of the Runelords

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PaizoCon2015

Submit Your PaizoCon 2015 Events!

PaizoCon 2015 is coming up fast! From Friday, May 22nd to Monday, May 25th, we'll be running games, workshops, seminars, with and for you, our fellow gamers, fans, and industry professionals. In addition to the event lineup by the Paizo staff and Organized Play, we've opened up submissions for events from other publishers and PaizoCon attendees.


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Endless Chest

I'm still on vacation in Hawaii, but that seems like a rotten reason to deprive you of previews from the upcoming Dungeons Deep set for Pathfinder Battles. As I've mentioned in previous blogs, Dungeons Deep features a new type of figure we're calling dungeon dressing—props and "stuff" beyond creatures to help you flesh out your tabletop combats. We've previously revealed a Sarcophagus, Bubbling Cauldron, and Burning Brazier.


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Editing Pathfinder: Origins

Pathfinder: Origins ships monthly February through July from Dynamite, and is available right here on Paizo.com. Each issue will contain a new playable map/poster, as with prior issues. We can't wait to hear what you think of it. And come back later to find out what we have planned after Origins!


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PathfinderTales

The Patch Man

"So where do we go?" Blit pulled the hood of his cloak over his head. He wasn't used to being out at sunset. He felt exposed.

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Tags: Adam Heine Kuba Witowski The Patch Man Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction

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Season of the Shackles Updates

Hello, Pathfinders. I hope the Price of Infamy Adventure Deck is treating you well? And by "treating you well," I of course mean thoroughly beating you up before you battle back and achieve exciting victory.


Tags: Adventure Card Guild Miniatures Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Battles Season of the Shackles

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Official Call for PaizoCon 2015 Volunteers

For PaizoCon 2015, we plan to make Organized Play even bigger than last year! I am scheduling 210 tables of Pathfinder Society over four days. We will be offering all Season 6 scenarios available to date multiple times, including the debut of two new scenarios. In addition, we will be running scenarios in both the existing campaign mode, as well as the Core Campaign mode. There will multiple tables of both modes of play run in every slot.


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

Bring on the Giants!

In the next few weeks, subscribers will lead the charge in getting their hands on the first volume of the Giantslayer Adventure Path. To help get people ready for this exciting campaign, we’ve released the Giantslayer Player’s Guide. This free download provides a wealth of hints, tips, and advice to help players make the best decisions possible for their characters. In addition to this character advice, this guide includes information about the town of Trunau where the action begins, as well as a number of campaign traits perfectly suited to this Adventure Path.


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PathfinderTales

The Patch Man

Before Blit could reply, the worm-eaten door crashed open. An enormous green man with incisors the size of tent spikes ducked and stepped inside. Odim and two other Banshees walked in behind him. Gedrak carried nothing—he didn't really need to—but the other three held clubs and torches.


Tags: Adam Heine Kuba Witowski The Patch Man Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction

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Shiver Me Timbers, It's Cold in Here!

Ahoy, me hearties! It's been a while since I've written something for you scabrous dogs... since last year in fact! (That's my stupid New Year's joke, which is something I will try to refrain from doing for the rest of this blog. No promises, though.) Anyway, I'm super stoked about what's in adventure deck five—it's the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: The Price of Infamy Adventure Deck—so there will be none of my usual blah blah blah at the beginning of this post because the less I write here, the sooner we get to the sweet stuff. Onward to the Obligatory Shark Section!


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Introducing the Core Campaign

As the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign and the Pathfinder RPG itself has developed over the last several years, players have expressed increasing concerns about the availability of replay, new players being overwhelmed or overshadowed by over-optimized characters, Chronicle sheet rewards not having much meaning, and other concerns related to the sheer amount of information and options available to PFS players. With the help of our dedicated venture-captains, the team here at Paizo has developed a solution designed to solve all of these problems—and more. We call this solution the Core Campaign, a new mode of PFS play that utilizes all of the campaign's current scenarios and resources—only with a significantly lower barrier to entry. Here are some of the highlights:


Tags: Grafit Studio Jason Rainville Pathfinder Society

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #89: Palace of Fallen Stars (Iron Gods 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

Wrapping Up Iron Gods

The Iron Gods Adventure Path wraps up this month with Pathfinder Adventure Path #90: The Divinity Drive and the Giantslayer Adventure Path is set to launch next month with Pathfinder Adventure Path #91: Battle of Bloodmarch Hill, so to tie things off we'd like to share a few pieces of the excellent artwork that appeared throughout Iron Gods. Enjoy!


Tags: Brynn Metheney Dmitry Burmak Iron Gods J.P. Targete Kari Christensen Miguel Regodón Harkness Pathfinder Adventure Path Tatiana Vetrova

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PFBattles

You Guys, You Guys!!!

I just got out of the final paint master approval meeting for June's Dungeons Deep set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic miniatures, and my jaw still hasn't come up from the floor.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #91: Battle of Bloodmarch Hill (Giantslayer 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

The Giants Are Coming!

It's nearly February, which means it's almost time for the next Pathfinder Adventure Path, Giantslayer! And it all kicks off with Pathfinder Adventure Path #91: Battle of Bloodmarch Hill. Fans of the orc hold of Belkzen should get kick out of this first installment, which starts in the human town of Trunau in Belkzen, and while you'll see plenty of orcs at the beginning of this Adventure Path, we move into giantslaying territory pretty quickly. In fact, the PCs will have to face their first giant before the Battle of Bloodmarch Hill is finished!


Tags: Dmitry Burmak Ekaterina Burmak Giantslayer Maichol Quinto Miguel Regodon Harkness Pathfinder Adventure Path

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PathfinderTales

The Patch Man

Blit crept toward the body, fingering two vials which, when mixed, would create an explosive powerful enough to separate a person from their more important appendages.

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Tags: Adam Heine Kuba Witowski The Patch Man Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction

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RPGSuperstar2015

Top 32 Announced!

We are thrilled to announce the RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 finalists! The community has cast thousands of votes for the submitted magic items in our Open Call round and helped our judges, Liz Courts, Mark Seifter and myself narrow down the final entries. They are, in alphabetical order:


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PaizoCon2015

Announcing PaizoCon 2015—May 22-25!

Are you ready for PaizoCon? We are! Join us this year at PaizoCon 2015, where there will be 4 days of gaming, panels, workshops, costumes, and opportunities to be among the first to hear about future Paizo and Pathfinder projects. You'll be able to meet up with Paizo staff, community members and fans, as well as many authors, artists and designers from the gaming industry. This year we're also very proud to announce that our guests of honor will be Brandon Hodge and Jason A. Engle! You can learn more about them here.


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Writing a New Entry for Factions

There are many central features of the that have changed little if at all over the better part of a decade since it began. The amount earned by a Day Job and the item value threshold unlocked by having a certain amount of Fame remain the same, and I don’t believe a single word has changed in the Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play's entries about alignment and how to calculate one’s hit point total (with the exception of adding new classes to the list). Perhaps the most dramatic change over the years beyond the extraordinary growth in the list of venture-captains and venture-lieutenants is how the campaign has treated factions.


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Round 2 is Coming

As I suggested I might, I'm going to give you the general guidelines for the mysterious "Create a Map" round the Top 32 will face starting Tuesday. This isn't official (the official rules will be posted Tuesday), but it's not a trick either—this is just a casual discussion of what we're looking for, and what we expect.


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Here There Be Dragon!

Last week I revealed the next big set for Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep! The new set includes 51 figures, counting 6 pieces of "dungeon dressing" like the Bubbling Cauldron I revealed last week. That total also includes the amazing limited-edition case incentive figure for the set, the Gargantuan Red Dragon.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #86: Lords of Rust (Iron Gods 2 of 6) (PFRPG)

A Little Robotic Friend

The final volume of the Iron Gods Adventure Path, Pathfinder #90: The Divinity Drive, is soon to depart the spaceport... I mean, our warehouse. In this volume, the adventure reaches its exciting conclusion, and it also marks the finale of Amber E. Scott’s excellent story in the Pathfinder’s Journal.


Tags: Amber E. Scott Iron Gods Open Game License Pathfinder Adventure Path Rodrigo Vega

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PathfinderTales

The Patch Man

Seven silvers and a copper. Pesh, grit, and other drugs tossed like bread flour. One dead body, bled out on the floor of the abandoned hostel. Blit sighed. The Banshees hadn't even tried to hide this mess. They relied on him too much lately. Blit set down his pack and got to work.

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Tags: Adam Heine Kuba Witowski The Patch Man Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction

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Pathfinder Society in Israel and Mexico

It's time to offer you a blog from two of our Pathfinder Society lodges in different parts the world. With the soon-to-be-released Hebrew and Spanish versions of the Pathfinder rulebooks, organized play should see growing activity in both regions. With that impending growth, I asked our venture-captains to write a short summary of Pathfinder Society play in their region.


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PFBattles

New Year, New Set: Dungeons Deep!

Welcome back to the first 2015 installment of my weekly Publisher's Preview blog! As diligent readers know, I've been eager to share news of the next big Pathfinder Battles set with you, and I'm pleased to say that the day has finally arrived! The next full set of Pathfinder Battles figures will be Dungeons Deep, a 51-figure set inspired by the deadly dungeon dwellers of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game! The all-new set is expected to debut in June 2015.


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Pathfinder Pawns: Inner Sea Pawn Box

Invasion of the Pawn People!

Beware! A few days from now, an invasion of over 200 of the most notable denizens of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting will be flooding into game stores and subscribers' mailboxes. Cleverly hidden inside the Inner Sea Pawn Box like a modern-day, miniature Trojan Horse, these characters are set to assault game tables the world over. Check out the full list of included pawns, as well as a preview of several of the new pieces of art ordered for the set!


Tags: Alberto Dal Lago Chenthooran Nambiarooran Konstantinos Skenteridis Mariusz Gandzel Pathfinder Campaign Setting Pathfinder Pawns Ramon Puasa Jr. Subroto Bhaumik

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I Got Some Cards. Wanna See 'Em?

Today we'll talk about some cards that are exclusive to the new Iconic Heroes miniatures sets that hit stores at the end of this month, and a tasty new mechanic that comes along with them. Shiny!


Tags: Miniatures Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Pathfinder Battles

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Incremental Changes

Back in November, the Pathfinder Society team met for a marathon meeting to discuss campaign changes that would improve the organized play campaign by making it easier to prepare, run, and play scenarios. Rather than unleash a huge number of changes all at once, I have been introducing these changes gradually over the course of several months, and the recent December scenarios are a good way to check in and observe the progress toward these goals.


Tags: Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Monster Codex (OGL)

2014 Art Review

As we close out 2014, I wanted to end on a high note and give you one last year-end blog. I went to our Managing Art Director Sarah Robinson and Senior Art Director Andrew Vallas to get some help rounding up some favorite illustrations from the past year. Seeing how great their selections were, I also asked various members of our editorial team to pick a few of their own favorites to add. So here are some of our best illustrations from 2014!


Tags: Ekaterina Burmak Eric Belisle Igor Grechanyi Jason Rainville Johan Grenier Kerem Beyit Kiki Moch Rizky Maichol Quinto Matias Tapia Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Campaign Setting Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Player Companion Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Pathfinder Tales Ralph Horsley Subroto Bhaumik Tim Kings-Lynne Wayne Reynolds Yu Cheng Hong

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New Scenarios for a New Year

With the exception a few summer conventions releases, scenarios traditionally come out on the last Wednesday of the month. This time that's December 31st, which probably makes these adventures feel less like the December 2014 scenarios and more like a capstone to an exciting year of Pathfinder Society Organized Play plus a wonderful ringing in of the new year—at least that's how I'm going to brand it. Both adventures start with time-honored, familiar concepts from 2014 and while pursuing new plots that make 2015 particularly worth celebrating.


Tags: Jason Pederson Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios


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