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RPGSuperstar2015

Keep Your Eyes on the Stars!

All of the Round 1 RPG Superstar 2015 entries are in! Go get voting and help us find our Top 32! If you have any questions about voting, check out our Voting FAQ, or email us at contest@paizo.com.


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Feast Your Eyes on the Island of Empty Eyes (and the Feast of Spoils)!

Once upon a time, there was a girl who had to write a blog. And she really didn't want to because she was sick and could only see out of one eye and because it was Thanksgiving morning. She turned on the parade (because that would help productivity, obvs) and things didn't get any better. Apparently "parade" now means listening to the hosts attempt to make witty banter in between random performances of Broadway songs. She had signed up for giant balloons and marching bands, not this random showcase of songs from Broadway shows that paid money to be featured. She had reached the point where she was a) angry at a parade and b) had not actually written more of her blog because she was TOO BUSY BEING ANGRY AT A PARADE. Great Googly Moogly! Just as she realized that the marching bands and balloons probably hadn't reached the witty banter station and the performances were just filler until then, the marching bands and balloons showed up. And she lived happily ever after and kindly elves wrote her blog for her.


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Keep Your Eyes on the Stars!

The deadline for Round 1 of RPG Superstar 2015 is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16 at 2:00 PM Pacific time! We've had a number of lively discussions and great advice, but in the end it’s all about the item. Don't miss the chance to be part of the Superstar experience, be sure to get your submission in well before the cut-off!


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Piracy on the Sanctioned Seas!

For many Pathfinder Society players, the end of the year is a time to reunite with friends and family—and get the old gaming group back together! If you haven't heard the news, there's a new Pathfinder Module at large: Plunder & Peril. Ready for some more tidings of good cheer? It's now sanctioned for Pathfinder Society Organized Play! You can download the Chronicle sheet from the product page or Additional Resources page.


Tags: Mariusz Gandzel Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Society

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PFBattles

Iconic Heroes Set #1 Final Photos (Part 2)!

We're just about a month away from the first release in our Iconic Heroes line of premium prepainted plastic figures. We've already shown the first in-hand photos of the finished figures for three of the figures in the set: Valeros, Seoni, and Sajan. This week we'll round out the set with looks at the final three figures.


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Get Ready to See Stars!

It's that time of year again, we're beginnig to announce details for the next RPG Superstar™ contest! Every year, Paizo holds an annual open-call RPG design competition to give the best and brightest aspiring game designers a chance to show the world their talent. This year, we're going to be shaking things up a bit.


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Tips for Holiday PACG-ing

Can you smell the season's tidings in the air? No, not the crisp-cold scent of pine logs in your neighbor's fireplace in the wintry morning breeze. It's the smell of fresh ink and cardstock. Welcome to that special time of year, boon and bane to gamers everywhere.


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End the Year on a High[-Level] Note!

In fact, this blog has been about a year in the making, ever since I took a copy of Paizo's second 64-page model with me over Thanksgiving break to begin working on that adventure's sanctioning document. It's been through about four revisions since then, each one not quite turning out as I had envisioned before other priorities put an end to my edits.


Tags: Dieter Miller Pathfinder Modules Pathfinder Society

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Promo-Ho-Ho!

We interrupt this regularly scheduled weekly Pathfinder Battles preview to deliver on something I've been promising for a while. We've finally managed to sort a bunch of our unused promotional repaint figures from 2013 and 2014, and I wanted to share them with you as soon as I could! All six are currently available for ordering exclusively on paizo.com. Like previous promo figures, these will not last forever. I think they make great "stocking stuffer" gifts for fellow gamers, so I wanted to get them up in time for the holidays (and because people keep reminding me I've been promising to do so for ages). We'll pick up with the Iconic Heroes Set #1 in-hand photo previews next week. For now, let's look at what Santa has in store in the promo department!


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Occult Society Revisited

Almost a week has passed since the Occult Adventures playtest closed, and I've heard very positive feedback from the Design Team about the playtest contributions of Pathfinder Society players. Thank you for participating in the playtest and helping us tweak the classes and make Occult Adventures the best Gen Con release yet. Note that as of the playtest's conclusion, creating characters using the playtest versions of the Occult Adventures classes is no longer legal; only those who unlocked the ability to play a psychic character can continue to use that PC before the book's publication and inclusion on the Additional Resources page.


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Last Call for Feedback!

Today is the last day of the Occult Adventures Playtest. If you have already contributed to the playtest, thank you so much. These classes will benefit from your care, comments, and dedication.


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Long Time, No See

Over the past year, I have polled people in person and through the Pathfinder Society blog about which rarely-visited locations they would like to see more. This month we're returning to locations left largely untouched over the past four years or more, and I couldn't be more excited about the destinations!


Tags: Daniel Dussault Marko Horvatin Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios

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Iconic Heroes Set #1 Final Photos!

It's a rainy Friday here in Washington state, but my spirits are high above the darkened clouds thanks to a very special package that arrived from our partners at WizKids this week. The simple cardboard box contained a single "final" version of Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Set #1, the first in a series of monthly non-random iconic character sets that hit stores in January 2015.


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Occult Adventures Playtest Coming to a Close

Greetings from the design team. I just wanted to take a moment to remind you that the Occult Adventures Playtest is coming to a close on Tuesday, November 25 at 2 PM Pacific time. At that time, the surveys will be closed and the boards will be locked.


Tags: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Wayne Reynolds

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Welcome Joe Homes!

Hi, I'm Joe Homes, the newest Paizo editor! I joined the editing crew quietly about 9 months ago as a contractor, but I'm really happy to be officially joining the team!


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Designing for the Adventure Card Game

Greetings! I'm Liz Spain, the newest game designer press-ganged to join the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game design team. It's electrifying to work with such an amazing team and get to play with adapting such a rich world. You might know me as the mad mastermind behind the steampunk exploration game, Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis, which hits wide release in January.


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Improvements Are A-Comin'

Over the past several months, there have been some growing concerns with Pathfinder Society Organized Play. As we would like to take action to correct the concerns instead of let them grow and fester, we reached out to all 395 Venture-Officers a month ago to receive their feedback on what was wrong with the campaign, what was good about the campaign, and what we could do to improve or correct things to make Pathfinder Society even more awesome. Even though there were some difficult opinions expressed, most were true and it caused us to take a hard look at the organized play program.


Tags: Factions Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Quests Pathfinder Society Scenarios Taylor Fischer

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Lost Coast Now Shipping!

The newest full set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic gaming figures is NOW SHIPPING from the paizo.com warehouse in advance of the set's formal November 19th release date. This is your first opportunity to enjoy the new Ongoing Case Subscription Benefits like 30% off cases, singles, and other Pathfinder Battles releases, as well as 75% off the limited-edition case incentive Shemhazian Demon figure.


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Occult Adventures Playtest Surveys

Greetings from the playtest team! First off, we want to thank you for all of the playtest feedback and thoughts you have provided thus far on the Occult Adventures Playtest. There have been over 6,000 posts so far and that number keeps growing. As we comb through all of your feedback, we want to announce a new way to give us your thoughts, the Occult Adventures Playtest survey.


Tags: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Wayne Reynolds

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Strategy Guide Update

The long-awaited Pathfinder RPG Strategy Guide hardcover arrived from out printer late last week, and we were disappointed to discover that the printer had bound all of the pages before the ink had fully dried, resulting in damage to the entire print run. We have discussed the issue with our printer, who apologized for the misprint and have agreed to replace the entire print run at their expense.


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Occult Society

As many of you know, about two weeks ago the Pathfinder Design Team began the playtest for Pathfinder RPG Occult Adventures, Paizo's upcoming hardcover book due out in the summer of 2015. I know a lot of you are already busy trying out the new classes in Pathfinder Society (there's a special Chronicle sheet available for download on the playtest's blog linked above), and in my conversations with the designers, they're thrilled to receive your feedback. In case you have tried out one of these six classes and not left feedback, why not do so now?


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One Last Look at the Lost Coast

With The Lost Coast set releasing in about a week and a half, things are really picking up on the Pathfinder Battles front. I've already showed off the entire The Lost Coast set in several of my recent Friday blogs. I've also revealed the first twelve figures in our upcoming Iconic Heroes Sets. The other figures for following sets are still in development, and will appear in this space when they are ready.


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Nightblade Sample Chapter

In Nightblade, Isiem is a fugitive, a former wizard-priest in the church of the dark god Zon-Kuthon who rebelled and left his old life behind to follow his conscience. Now, his unique heritage makes him perfect for a dangerous mission into an ancient dungeon, one said to hold a magical weapon capable of slaying demons and devils by the thousands. With allies ranging from a righteous paladin to the mercantile mercenaries of the Aspis Consortium, it’s up to Isiem to lead the expedition back into shadowed lands that are all too familiar...


Tags: Eric Belisle Liane Merciel Pathfinder Tales

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Writing Flavor Text for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Flavor text is a critical storytelling tool in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, but we don't have room for a lot of it. In an RPG book, you can pontificate for pages on the cleverness of your plot, but in a card game, you've got a few lines at best to say what you need to say. Thankfully, we've got a lot of brilliant writers. I write some of the game's flavor text, with much more written by Wes Schneider, Jessica Price, and Rob McCreary, among others. I'll talk about mine, and maybe some of the other folks will chime in down the road. Here are some principles I use.


Tags: Class Decks Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull & Shackles

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The Goblin: An Unexpected Journey

In a condo in Florida there lived a goblin. Not a nasty, dirty, wet condo, filled with strange substances in corners and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy condo with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a gamer condo, and that means Cheetos.


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Friday Publisher Preview: Second Look at Iconic Heroes Set #3

The happiest of Halloweens to all of you out there in Previewland! We're a little under three weeks from the November 19 release of The Lost Coast, the newest 45-figure Pathfinder Battles set. We've recently simplified our Pathfinder Battles Case Subscription, so if you want to make sure you don't miss a single figure setting up a subscription in the next week or so before we start shipping them is your best bet. I brought home a case of my own this week, and I'm really happy with how the set turned out. The giant Shemhazian Demon Case Incentive figure is fantastic, and the set includes lots of other favorites like Lamashtu cultists, Lamashtu herself, and the stupidest (and I mean that in a GREAT way) Hill Giant Chieftain ever created in prepainted plastic. I think you guys are really going to enjoy this one.


Tags: Balazar Iconics Imrijka Miniatures Pathfinder Battles

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A Glimpse Inside the Inner Sea Pawn Box

It's always an exciting day when an envelope arrives containing a monthly Paizo subscription. It's even better, however, when that envelope is replaced by a box. In the near future subscribers to the Pathfinder Pawns line will find in their mailboxes not only a box, but a box inside a box—the Inner Sea Pawn Box!


Tags: Eric Belisle Firat Solhan Konstantinos Skenteridis Pathfinder Pawns Subroto Bhaumik

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A Knightly Mission

Everything was black. Awareness crept back into Marra, and with that awareness came pain. Even before she dared to open her eyes, she felt it in her ribs every time she sucked in air. It took her a few moments before she realized that she could in fact breathe, that the pain was not so unbearable that it would kill her. She eased her eyes open, trying to make sense of the hazy blobs of color around her. It was green and brown with flecks of blue. As her vision cleared, she realized she was looking up at the tree cover and the clear sky beyond.

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Uncover the Truth: Occult Adventures Playtest!

The world is full of mysteries. Truths hidden in plain sight, obscured to further secret goals and nefarious agendas. Some dare to uncover these secrets, venturing into the shadow to learn about these strange forces, and now you can be one of them.


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Starting to Look a Little Spooky!

In the United States and many other countries throughout Europe and the Americas (and likely beyond), the transition between October and November is a time for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and other festivals that mix spiritual significance and macabre imagery. Having grown up loving Halloween—no surprise, I suppose, given my love of playing other characters in RPGs—I like to include a spooky scenario on the schedule in October whenever possible. This year, Tom Phillips returns with his third scenario: Pathfinder Society Scenario #6-06: Hall of the Flesh Eaters, a Tier 1-5 scenario that takes place on one of the Gloomspires, an array of ancient towers rising from the ocean west of the Eye of Abendego. This is a new feature of Tom's invention picked up from his 2012 Top 8 RPG Superstar submission (careful—there are some light spoilers in the link), and we at Paizo agreed it would be a great fit for Golarion. It's been fun giving Tom a lot of creative freedom to flesh out (har har) this location, and I know you're going to enjoy the creepy atmosphere and encounters.


Tags: Darren Ward Pathfinder Society Playtest Year of the Sky Key

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Friday Publisher Preview: Iconic Heroes Set 3 (Part 1)

Hard to believe it's Friday already, and time for another look at upcoming Pathfinder Battles miniatures!


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Signs and Portents

Old and forgotten.
Can you hear the echoes?
Can you see the signs,
unearthed in ancient tomes?
Lost to the ages,
torn from history.


Tags: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Playtest

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A Knightly Mission

Marra sat back in the saddle and pulled on the reins, bringing her horse to a stop. She slid her hand forward to rest on the saddle in what she hoped looked like a natural movement. The truth was she wanted to get her hand closer to the sword.

She looked up and saw two men stepping out from under the tree line, both holding loaded crossbows. They were dressed in leather, distinguishable as high quality even from this distance, and each wore an emblem of the knights of Lastwall over the left breast. Marra swallowed, trying to slow her pounding heart and hoping her voice wouldn't tremor and give away her nervousness.


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Bizarre Love Triangle Isn't Just a New Order Song Anymore

Ahoy, me hearties! It seems like only yesterday that I wrote a blog for you, but here I am again. In actuality it was three weeks ago, but I have an incredibly bad concept of time that has passed so I had to check. And if you don't believe me, you can check here.


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Open Call Thoughts

As I noted earlier this month, about three weeks ago I began really diving into the Open Call submissions and getting back to authors with feedback about their work. I'm more than halfway through the pile now, and so far it's been really productive. It looks like we might see Open Call authors showing up on the front covers of scenarios in a matter of months! I gather many of you are working on submissions now, and I'd like to share a few recommendations and tips that have come up frequently.


Tags: Open Call Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Quests

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Monster Mash

If you have not heard yet, the newest addition to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is hitting subscribers and game stores now. The Monster Codex is a mighty tome, filled with some of the most iconic foes in the game. Each of the 20 monster types appearing in this book has an expanded ecology, new rules, and 7 pages of new stat blocks across a range of CRs. Each one gives you plenty of ideas and awesome crunch to make these monsters the feature of an entire adventure or even a portion of your campaign, while saving you the time it takes to come up with the mountain of stats needed to make it happen.


Tags: Damien Mammoliti Goblins Jason Rainville Kobolds Monsters Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

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PathfinderTales

A Knightly Mission

Marra paused the work she was doing: attaching a new leather strap to the inside of the pauldron that wasn't frayed and was small enough to fit her arm. She looked at Eron through strands of dark hair that had managed to work free from the leather thong she used to tie it back. Sweat coated her face from the effort of working on the armor, but even though her muscles ached for relief, she couldn't keep the grin from her face.


Tags: Dylan Birtolo Jacob Walker A Knightly Mission Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction

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Four Tales, Ten Heroes

Last year the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign introduced a new system for sanctioning Pathfinder Tales novels. Rather than create a Chronicle sheet for each new book, we introduced the "Pathfinder Tales, Volume IV Chronicle sheet," so named because it represented the fourth distinct set of four Pathfinder Tales novels. This means a player only needs to print the Chronicle sheet once to enjoy the benefits of reading four books. As has always been the case, a player must bring a printed or digital (legally obtained and including a watermark indicating such) book to a sanctioned Pathfinder Society event to unlock a novel's Chronicle sheet boon.


Tags: Eric Belisle Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Tales

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Friday Publisher Preview: Improving the Iconics

I'm writing today's blog from Times Square in New York City, where I'm staying while taking in New York Comic Con. NYCC is one of my favorite events of the year. For starters, the convention is the second largest event of its kind, bringing in more than 100,000 fans from all over the world. The show floor is like a marketplace out of a geek's dreams, filled with action figures old and new, original comic art, wandering nerd culture celebrities, back issues, original art, you name it. It's like four Gen Cons smooshed together, with an artist's alley off to the side that fills a room that could host most conventions. There aren't, alas, a lot of tabletop (or even video) game companies exhibiting at the show yet, but the fandoms are very, very similar and of course there's a ton of crossover with gamers. For me it's a chance to visit with East Coast business partners like Dynamite, publishers of the Pathfinder Comics range, as well as most of our book business distribution partners.


Tags: Iconics The Lost Coast Miniatures Pathfinder Battles Sajan Seelah

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Ships Ahoy!

One book I've wanted to put out for as long as I've worked at Paizo has been a gazetteer of different ships one could find in the Inner Sea region. Because ships are mobile, a ship of any type can be found in just about any port, opening up nearly endless options for Game Masters.


Tags: Caio Maciel Monteiro Eric Belisle Pathfinder Campaign Setting Yama Ocre

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A Knightly Mission

Marra crept forward, easing her weight from her heel onto the flat of her foot, making sure that no branches snapped underneath her weight and betrayed her presence. She held her bow at her side, an arrow nocked in place and locked under her forefinger. It was too early to bring the weapon to bear; the distance was too great. She needed to be closer to make an accurate shot. In front of her, an elk reached down to rip up some grass with his teeth, blissfully unaware of her presence. The animal snorted and jerked its head up.

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Dispatches from the Front: Adventure Card Guild in the Wild

Last night, the Lone Shark crew and I headed to Uncle's Games in Bellevue for a soft launch of the Adventure Card Guild. Despite short notice, we had several people come out to play games with us, and we all got to sit down and play with fans.


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Update: Open Call!

With the recent release of The Silverhex Chronicles, I've been really excited about Quests. The short, fun adventures are easy to use as demos at conventions and game days, and now that we have a solid way to give Pathfinder Society Organized Play characters credit for playing them, I think they're going to get a lot of traction in the community. Several writers from the last batch of Quests came from the Open Call, and since I'm already excited about Quests, the last several days have been a great opportunity to read through more submissions. I've gone through a large swath of the Open Call's inbox, reviewed those submissions, and nearly finished sending out responses—including feedback—to those authors. I'll be reading through more in the coming weeks.


Tags: Open Call Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Quests Taylor Fischer

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Friday Publisher Preview: Iconic Heroes Paint Masters

I've already spoken at length about our plans for the monthly series of Iconic Heroes Boxed Sets that begin in January. I've mentioned that WizKids intends to produce these figures at the highest possible standards, with premium sculpts and paint jobs.


Tags: Iconic Heroes Lini The Lost Coast Miniatures Pathfinder Battles Seoni Valeros

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Confessions of a Recovering Paizo Blog Addict

When the Paizo Blog first started back in spring 2007, I was new to the Pathfinder fan community, and to be honest, Pathfinder wasn't even a thing. I rarely read it, because wasn't quite sure what the people who made my favorite magazines thought they were doing making D&D content that wasn't officially approved and licensed as canon and therefor allowable in my game (yeah, I was one of those gamers). I read the blog occasionally, but that was it.


Tags: Community Use Policy Iron Gods Johan Grenier Maichol Quinto Miguel Regodón Harkness Pathfinder Adventure Path Wallpapers Wayne Reynolds

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Illustrating Zernebeth

Tim Pratt originally created the Technic League captain Zernebeth for his Pathfinder Tales novels City of the Fallen Sky and Reign of Stars. Now she's going to be appearing as an NPC in Pathfinder Adventure Path #89: Palace of Fallen Stars, and Tim was kind enough to share his thoughts on what it feels like to see her get illustrated for the first time—twice!—and appear in an adventure.


Tags: Iron Gods Miguel Regodón Harkness Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Tales Tatiana Vetrova Tim Pratt

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Yo, Scurvy Dog, I Heard You Like Villains...

Yarrr! Pirate sounds and words! Yarrr! Dear readers, before we start looking at cards from Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 2: Raiders of the Fever Sea, I want to take a couple of moments to share some thoughts about the comments on my last blog. I'm sort of curmudgeonly for a woman in her twenties, so some of these thoughts may seem a bit harsh, but deep down, I'm actually a marshmallow. If I had more coffee in my system, all my thoughts would be rainbows and kittens, but alas, I'm out of java.


Tags: Daryl Mandryk Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull & Shackles Wallpapers

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Quests for All!

Pathfinder Society Organized Play serves many purposes, among them the opportunity for a group to sit down and play a short adventure. Most scenarios have a run-time of 4-5 hours, but even that can be a little too long for some people, schedules, and venues. Sometimes it's just a matter of finishing one game early and needing something quick to play to pass the time until the next convention slot begins. Over three years ago, the campaign introduced a solution: Quests. The first was "Ambush at Absalom," which appeared in Kobold Quarterly #17, followed a little over a year later by "Urge to Evolve" in the publication's final issue, #23. Since then, the campaign has produced several series of demos released at major conventions or as part of a major product release.


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Friday Publisher Preview: Catching Up

I was out sick last Friday, so we’ve fallen a bit behind on our scheduled previews of new figures from The Lost Coast set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic miniatures, which is set for a November release. I’ve got six figures to show off today, so let’s not waste time!


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Equip Yourself to Face the Lords of Rust!

It's almost time for Lords of Rust, the second installment in the Iron Gods Adventure Path, to hit the shelves. Prepare to fight the minions of the Iron Gods with these mittens—guaranteed to stave off tetanus and increase your Craft bonus! This pattern first debuted at PaizoCon as a giveaway for our annual Crafting Circle, and has since been tested and debugged. Enjoy, and please share your results!


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Armored

Sunlight dripped from a tiny window into her cell. Brea lay on her doublet atop the cold ground and tried to remember how many days had passed. Four? Seven? A dozen or more? She had seen no one, heard only the moans of distant neighbors, and received no nourishment of any kind. The dungeons of Deagan's Hold were not a place to keep prisoners for questioning or before a trial, but a place to forget they had ever existed.

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Tags: Dion Harris Pathfinder Tales Stephanie Lorée Web Fiction

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Secrets (and Setbacks) Revealed: Adventure Card Guild and Iconic Heroes Miniatures

Bad news, to me, is like mayonnaise—unpalatable on its own, but a mere unpleasant surprise when it sneaks into the middle of an otherwise delicious sandwich. So your mayo in this blog post can be found in the middle, surrounded by tasty fixins'.


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

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The Wait is Nearly Over

There's always a strange lull after Gen Con, whose middle-of-August dates mean the public sees that month's Pathfinder Society scenarios a few weeks early. Those extra weeks mean a longer wait between the August and September releases—more time in which to speculate about how the rest of the season will play out. This Wednesday, we'll see the first of the post-convention adventures.


Tags: Dark Archive Factions Liberty's Edge Pathfinder Society Scarab Sages Sovereign Court Teresa Guido Year of the Sky Key

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Friday Publisher Preview: Out Sick

Erik has been hit with some mighty fierce crud and is currently engaging in battle with the invading germs at home. In the meantime, you can check out the winners of this year's Gen Con Costume Contest in today's earlier blog. Be sure to stop by next Friday for more awesome Pathfinder Battles miniature previews!


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2014 Cosplay Contest Champions!

This years Gen Con cosplay turnout was the best we've seen yet, and its my great pleasure to announce this years contest winners!


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Honor the Hold!

The treacherous Hold of Belkzen is a savage place for outsiders as well as its own residents. We've said a lot about the region, but a lot of this information is scattered throughout different books and product lines. For those who are new to Belkzen or who just can't get enough of the orc nation, here's a brief breakdown of some of the most interesting aspects of this savage region as well as links to where you can find more information on these topics.


Tags: Caio Maciel Monteiro Orcs Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Campaign Setting Pathfinder Modules Roberto Pitturru

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Armored

The pyre burned for hours. Its flames seemed to lick the sky, and Brea turned her horse and troopers away from the carnage. They rode for home, though she wasn't sure what that meant anymore. Smoke rose behind them, a dark reminder of her lord's betrayal.

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Wrapping Up the Mummy's Mask

I know what you're thinking. "Another Mummy's Mask blog? We're totally in Iron Gods mode now! Show me robots, darn it!" And you're right. We released the final chapter of the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path a few months ago now, and this month are releasing the second chapter in its follow-up AP, Iron Gods. That's why now is the perfect time to release a bunch of art from Mummy's Mask. We now have the entire AP to go through in search of the best pieces of art to release to the public, either as potential desktop backgrounds, or to use in a publication or on a website using the Community Use Policy.


Tags: Damon Westenhofer Ekaterina Burmak Florian Stitz Jared Blando Johan Grenier Mummy's Mask Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Player Companion Vicky Yarova

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Year of the Sky Key Q&A

The start of the Year of the Sky Key has spawned many questions thanks to the faction changes, the release of the Advanced Class Guide, and the use of Technology Guide. In preparation for today's blog, I compiled my list of known questions, polled venture-officers about unanswered questions still at large on the messageboards, filtered out the ones that weren't specific to the organized play campaign (saved to pass along to their associated designers and developers), and wrote out answers and updates to everything that was left.


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Pathfinder Battles Preview: Iconics Rise Again!

This time we're going to take a look at the digital sculpts for Iconic Heroes Two, which is set for a February 2015 release. The set will contain five of Pathfinder's iconic characters, plus one associated creature. This is the second of several such sets to release monthly starting in January. Check out the preview of Iconic Heroes Set One I posted a few weeks back for a look at the first six figures. Iconic Heroes sets are "visible" sets, meaning you'll know exactly what figures are in each "fixed" set. They retail for $29.99. WizKids is making every effort to ensure that the figures receive "premium" sculpts and paint jobs.


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Clash With the Lords of Rust

As the release date for Pathfinder Adventure Path #86: "Lords of Rust" nears, I thought I'd share a few details on what readers can expect. I don't want to spoil too much about the adventure itself, so I'll mention that it takes place in a giant junkyard and the PCs have to navigate all sorts of dangers and complicated relationships between various gangs. It was also written by a maniac. Most people know him by his human name, Nicolas Logue.


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Armored

Farnick rode at her side, the squadron of troopers behind them. His head was cleanly shaved. No trace of stubble lined his chin. Brea's armor hung heavy on her shoulders, the gorget tight against her throat. All was as it should be.

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Gen Con 2014 Cosplay Contest!

This year has truly proven to be the biggest turn out yet for Pathfinder cosplay, with an exceptional cast of exception cosplayers. There are plenty of faces both familiar and new in this years participants, and it is my pleasure to introduce the fine folks that make up this years contest.


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Unleash the Krake... Undead!

In mere weeks the most vile undead masterminds of the Inner Sea region (and one that's actually pretty nice most of the time) will be released upon unsuspecting PCs everywhere. Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Undead Unleashed features 15 unique undead creatures ranging from CR 3 to CR 23, as well as maps of their lairs, details on their minions, histories, and current plans. While not exactly adventures, each lair provides enough information that a Game Master can easily build an adventure within. Each undead is designed to be modular enough that a trek through its lair can help a party bridge a gap between levels or fill a night when some members of a gaming group can't make it. At the same time, their rich backstories provide GMs with enough plot hooks and secret motivations to make even the CR 3 ghast villain the mastermind behind an entire adventure.


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Close Deeper into the Desert

Several months ago we sanctioned the first two volumes of the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path for Pathfinder Society Organized Play. To honor the final days of summer, the remaining four volumes are now sanctioned for organized play, including Pathfinder Adventure Path #81: "Shifting Sands", the source of this depiction of the Osirian city Tephu. Excited? Go fight some mummies—spoiler alert!


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The Legend of Erik: A Link Between Departments

I'm happy to announce that Erik Keith, who has been a pillar of the Customer Service team, is moving over and up into new and exciting things. At the beginning of September, Erik transitioned into his new role as Paizo's Software Test Engineer. I am both excited for him as he takes on this new role, and also a little sad that I will no longer get to work next to someone who has become not only someone I enjoy working with, but a friend as well. While Erik won't be directly assisting customers with their orders or issues, he will still be helping fans and the Paizo community, albeit in a more abstract manner. He will be using his extensive knowledge of our internal software to help the Tech Team test new code and features that will make our customers and our employees' experience better.


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The Literary Origins of Science Fiction in Fantasy Settings

With the release of Pathfinder Adventure Path #85: "The Fires of Creation",the first adventure in the Iron Gods Adventure Path, I thought it was worth taking a moment to talk about the literary origins of mixing science-fiction elements into fantasy settings.


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Armored

The tip of her longsword carved a channel along the beachhead of Lake Encarthan. She dragged the weapon, held it listlessly in her hand. Hers were dark, dirtied hands that knew the weight of good steel, the heft of a man's heart. She remembered a time when she was clean, though she could not recall the feeling of pristine boot soles, nor of a soul unstained.

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Iron Gods Resource Roundup

Many of you have already got your hands on Pathfinder Adventure Path #85: "The Fires of Creation," the first volume of the Iron Gods Adventure Path. Dedicated readers, eager fans, and other messageboard fanatics (you know who you are) have been clamoring for us to do something more with Numeria since the nation first appeared in the Campaign Setting, but adding in laser guns and robots isn't something you do without a considerable amount of preparation. So, to support the Iron Gods Adventure Path we went all out with a number of releases intended to fully flesh out the campaign and provide fun and interesting options for players and GMs alike.


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Friday Publisher Preview: Three for the Road! Friday, August 29, 2014...

I’m currently at Dragon Con in Atlanta with Jason Bulmahn, attacking the Southern Front while several Paizonians are defending the homeland at PAX Prime in Seattle. The last long weekend of the summer means conventions, conventions, conventions, so in the interest of making it to my next panel on time and letting the Paizo web team get to PAX, I’m going to keep things short and sweet this week.


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Calling All Miscreants and Malefactors!

Get ready to get evil with Pathfinder Player Companion: Champions of Corruption! The latest volume in the Player Companion line provides players and GMs alike with suggestions on how to take their Pathfinder game to the dark side without pushing it over the edge of fun. Rather than tantalize you with mere words, however, I figured I'd let for the pieces in this book of vileness speak for themselves. In addition to dozens of new character traits, feats, and much, much more, the following features (and their accompanying art) are just some of the all-new content you'll find in this spine-tingling Player Companion.


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Play Iron Gods, Read Iron Gods!

As someone who spends most of his time living in the Pathfinder campaign setting, I think one of the coolest things about the Pathfinder Tales novels is their ability to give players and GMs a deeper understanding of Golarion. As GMs, we may have read the sourcebook on a region, but the novels give us a chance to see that place through the eyes of the people who live there, to get the sights and smells in a more immediate and visceral fashion. As players, the novels are even more important, as they represent a chance to get that feel for an area without reading an adventure or sourcebook full of spoilers. That's one of the reasons we included the Pathfinder's Journal way back in Pathfinder Adventure Path #1—so that GMs could hand those pages to their players and say, "Here's a story about the place you're adventuring in." Now that we have the novels, I wouldn't think of starting a campaign in, say, Nidal without pointing my players toward Liane Merciel's Nightglass as inspirational reading.


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Catching Up

With Gen Con come and gone (see Mike Brock's blog updates and photos here, here, here, and here), and the tricky journey home a thing of the past, one might think that the Pathfinder Society production schedule would more relaxed. That's true relatively speaking, but we've still been busy catching up on Pathfinder Module and Pathfinder Adventure Path sanctioning. Emerald Spire's Chronicle sheets are nearing completion, and the remainder of Mummy's Mask is soon to follow.


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Pathfinder Battles Preview: Leapin' Lizards (Part 2)

Several months ago, among the earliest Lost Coast preview blogs, I revealed a few of the set's scaly denizens. This week we return from Gen Con with three more reptilian foes heading your way in November.


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It's a Brand New Day!

If you're a regular poster to the paizo.com messageboards, you may have noticed that we now have a link to our Community Guidelines in the reply box to each thread and private message. What is this change exactly? Well, we've aggregated a lot of feedback from our Website Feedback forum, email, and among our staff and these new guidelines are the result.


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Reign of Stars Sample Chapter

When the leader of the ruthless Technic League calls in a favor, the mild-mannered alchemist Alaeron has no choice but to face a life he thought he'd left behind long ago. Accompanied by his only friend, a street-savvy thief named Skiver, Alaeron must head north into Numeria, a land where brilliant and evil arcanists rule over the local barbarian tribes with technology looted from a crashed spaceship. Can Alaeron and Skiver survive long enough to unlock the secrets of the stars? Or will the backstabbing scientists of the Technic League make Alaeron's curiosity his own undoing?


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Guess whose flight got canceled!

13 happy campers, extending Gen Con into the Best Five Days in Gaming!


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Final PFS Numbers Count

We have our final tally of PFS RPG OP over the course of the four days at Gen Con.

Total tables - 1,476
Total seated players - 8,736
Total quest tables - 211
Total seated quest players - 842
Total new PFS numbers issued - 1,758

A huge thank you goes out to all HQ volunteers, VOs, GMs, and the player base. As I tell the VOs all the time, they are the best group of volunteers in the world and make my job much easier. Without the volunteers, we could not make PFS as awesome as it is. We have the best group of GMs and players as well. With the coordinated effort, we sat all real tickets among the 160 tables by nine minutes past the hour at the latest, and all generic tickets by 15 minutes past the hour.

I hope everyone had a fantastic time at Gen Con. Please feel free to provide feedback so we can improve next year's Gen Con experience. Finally, if you have any thank your or similar to pass on to the volunteers, please do so. They did a superior job and PFS went off with very few problems this year.


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Pathfinder Society Organized Play helps support the Gen Con charity

The 10 PFS boons that we donated for the Gen Con charity auction raised $3,830! Awesome job Pathfinders!


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The view of the PFS Gaming Hall after taking a potion of fly

This is what the PFS Gaming Hall at Gen Con looks like after taking a potion of fly.


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Hidden Treasures!

The Advanced Class Guide, Iron Gods 1/6: Fires of Creation, and the Technology Guide all sold out today, but we've scoured our booth and calculated how many subscription pick ups we have left and... We found a few more copies of each! We'll put them out first thing tomorrow (Sunday) morning and when they are gone... they're gone! (You can still order them from paizo.com or pick them up from your FLGS).


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Adventure Card Guild in action!

Pathfinders hunting for the treasure of Jemma Redclaw.


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Kyra!

Such a detailed and great cosplay!


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Arrr Mateys, Get Yer Free Button for Saturday

... Arrr Mateys, Get Yer Free Button for Saturday Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 06:56 AM Pacific Sara Marie ... Customer Service Dire Carebear Manager

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Fans' Choice for Best Publisher

Gold: Paizo (Thank you so much folks, we love y'all too!)

Silver: Evil Hat Productions


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ENnies for Best Product of the Year

So much hard work, time and talent has gone into all the nominated products, congratulations for well deserved ENnies to

Monte Cook Games for their Gold ENnie: Numenera

Evil Hat Productions for their silver Silver ENnie: Fate Core System


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Best Game ENnies Go To....

Congratulations to all the nominees and to the winners!

Gold: Fate Core System; Evil Hat Productions

Silver: Numenera; Monte Cook Games


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Gold ENnie for Best Supplement

Pathfinder Ultimate Campaign!

Silver goes to Fate System Toolkit


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Gold ENnie for Best Monster/Adversary

Pathfinder Bestiary 4!

Silver goes to Numenera: The Ninth World Bestiary


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ENnies for Best Miniature

Gold! Pathfinder Battles Wrath of the Righteous Case

Silver! Pathfinder Battles Wrath of the Righteous Gargantuan Demon Lord Deskari


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Gold ENnie for Best RPG Related Product

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Rise of the Runelords Base Set!


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We Be Excited!

James Jacobs thrilled about the Gold ENnie for We Be Goblins, Too!


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Gold ENnie for Best Free Product

We Be Goblins, Too!

(Silver goes to Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Quickstart)


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Gold ENnie for Best Cartography

Wrath of the Righteous Poster Map Folio!

(Silver goes to Numenera Corebook)


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Gold ENnie for Best Interior Art

Inner Sea Gods!

(Silver goes to Numenera Corebook)


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Gold ENnie for Best Cover Art!

Mythic Adventures!

(silver goes to Achtung! Cthulhu)


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Panorama of the Pathfinder Society Room

... Panorama of the Pathfinder Society Room Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 05:23 AM Pacific The Pathfinder Society Special is in full swing! ... Mike Brock ... Global Organized Play Coordinator

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Cosplay from Gen Con 2014!

... Cosplay from Gen Con 2014! Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 05:18 PM PacificAngela as Seoni, the iconic Sorcerer! ... James Sutter ... Managing Editor

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Friday's Button!

From the Advanced Class Guide our new iconic slayer!

He just wants to say hello!


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Gen Con 2014 PRD Update!

With the release of the new Iron Gods Adventure Path, we figured it would be a really cool idea to put the tools you need from the Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Technology Guide up on the Pathfinder Reference Document. Now that the books are in the hands of many gamers at home and at Gen Con, you can get started on planning your campaign by checking out the latest update to the PRD right now! While you're there, you may also notice that you can now access the content from the Bestiary 4. There are also some visual changes to help improve the experience for many who access the PRD from mobile devices like iPads, Android tablets, and various phones.


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Gen Con Thursday Button

Get your free button at the Paizo booth! Stop by each day to collect a new design.


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Archer makes a menacing goblin!

At least one young fan is making the most of waiting in line for the Paizo
booth.


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Quinn investigates the Paizo booth line!

Thus year the line to get into the Paizo booth runs around the outside of
the dealer hall instead of inside. The line starts just to left of the
entrance to Hall J. See you soon!


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The Paizo booth line

This year the line for entry into the Paizo booth ruins outside the dealer
hall. Get in line just to the left of the entry to Exhibit Hall J. We'll
see you soon!


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Ready for the First Wave!

... Ready for the First Wave! Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 06:07 AM Pacific Sara Marie ... Customer Service Dire Carebear Manager

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The Runelords will rise again.

Stop by booth 203 and proclaim your allegiance!


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Break time!

The booth crew takes a break and plots strategy for the next project to tackle!


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IT'S ALIIIIIIIIVE!

I'm pleased, proud, and exhausted to announce that the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Guide to Organized Play is now available for download! The card game team and our estimable Venture Officer community have put in many hours to bring this document to you, so we hope you enjoy it. We'll have printed copies available to read for those of you playing in the program at Gen Con, but for now, grab the PDF and get to reading!


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Guide 6.0 and Changes to Pathfinder Society Organized Play

With Gen Con just four days away, we wanted to release the new and improved Pathfinder Society Guide to Organized Play (version 6.0) today so everyone has an opportunity to review it and discuss it before Gen Con. With the help of the Venture-Captains and Venture-Lieutenants, we have added several much-needed changes that we think will improve your experiences in Pathfinder Society play.


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Getting in Character at Gen Con

As is yearly tradition, I'm happy to announce that Paizo's 7th annual Gen Con cosplay contest is nearly upon us! I'm always amazed to see what everyone is able to fabricate each year, and I know the rest of the staff absolutely adores seeing what everyone manages to surprise us with as well.


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Late to Class

Unfortunately, we've had some very bad news this week from our card printer. They had a problem with one of their presses, and many of the Class Decks they printed had to be destroyed. As a result, the retail release date for the Class Decks is moving from August 14 to September 3, and we won't be able to ship paizo.com preorders until shortly before that. And because you must have a Class Deck to participate in the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild, that means that retailers won't be able to launch the program until September 3.


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Friday Publisher Preview: Iconic Heroes Return!

Ever since our very first Pathfinder Battles release, Beginner Box Heroes, Pathfinder's iconic characters have been an important part of the product line. Each of our large sets has included at least one iconic character, and these heroes are often among the best-detailed figures of the bunch. They're also often the first to sell out, and command some of the craziest prices on the secondary market.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide (OGL)

Meet the Iconics: Adowyn

There’s always a need for a skilled hunter, someone who can track down a threat and put an end to it. And when a quarry is particularly dangerous or elusive, there’s only one hunter the people seek: Adowyn.


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The Usual Suspects: Class Decks Preview

Gather round, Pathfinders. I've got some secrets to share with you. It's the story of an unlikely group of adventurers whose journeys took them into the Eye of Abendego, out to the Worldwound, and beyond. How does the story end? Well, that's up to you to decide...


Tags: Adventure Card Guild Alex Tooth Class Decks Diana Martinez Eva Widermann Florian Stitz Jorge Fares Kostja Schleger Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Tim Kings-Lynne

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Queen Sacrifice by Steven Savile Chapter Four: A Burning Love Caron...

One of shadow men moved closer to the cage, pressing his face close to the bars. He stood directly in front of her, close enough to reach out and touch, his vile organs bright in the dim light, and inclined his head to one side. "I already have you. You have nothing to bargain with. Nothing I want that I don't already have."

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Iron Gods Player's Guide

Some people have been scrambling for this Adventure Path since before we ever announced it, and I'm happy to say that the Iron Gods Adventure Path is finally here! Next week GMs across the world will be reading Pathfinder Adventure Path #85: The Fires of Creation and prepping for an exciting campaign in Numeria—the savage land of super-science—thousands of players are dreaming up all the possible characters they can play in this Adventure Path.


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Advanced Class Guide Preview: Hunter

Alright guys, this is it! The Advanced Class Guide releases next week and this is the final rules preview blog, featuring the hunter. When describing the druid class to a new player, you would often say something "She casts nature spells, turns into animals, and has an animal pet if you want". For the ranger, it might be "He fights well against certain foes in certain terrains and eventually gets nature magic and an animal pet if you want". The hunter is a hybrid of the two, and she pushes the pet up in that list, "She casts nature magic spells and has an animal pet with all kinds of synergies." Those of you who were watching my little teasers know that there's a tweak to the hunter that, while small in terms of wordcount, I think will have major repercussions in making the hunter awesome.Flavorwise, you might have been able to pull off some of the hunter feel before with a ranger or druid character. In fact, this class was the one that was the hardest sell to me as a playtester, as the first playtest version felt like you could make an archetype of druid that traded out wild shape for the hunter abilities and it wouldn't be too out of line for an archetype. Perhaps an alternate class at most. Basically, she was a prepared Wisdom-based caster like the druid, with the druid's BAB and skill points, mostly druid weapons and armor plus bows, using the druid spell list but casting with the 6th-level spellcasting advancement of a magus. She got a bunch of teamwork feats that the companion automatically shared, which was pretty cool, and a feature called animal focus that gave her and her companion a choice from a menu of small but generally useful buffs as a swift action with very limited uses.


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Friday Publisher Preview: Feeling Iconic

As of this morning, we've officially crossed over into August, which means that Gen Con Indy is THIS MONTH. Please pardon me while I go curl up in a fetal position in the corner of my office and suck my thumb for a bit.


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A Tale of Two Covers

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide is only a few weeks from release, and we're all getting excited about what the book has to offer. Over the last several weeks, we've revealed a ton of details about the 10 classes in the book, from hints at their game details to a look at the backgrounds of the iconic characters that represent them in the book's art. Looking over the final hardcover here on my desk, I'm enormously proud of the work our team has put into it, and I'm grateful for the tireless efforts of our playtesters, who made the Advanced Class Guide shine with their diligent testing and commentary. We could not have done this book without you, and we're all really pleased with how it came together.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide (OGL)

Meet the Iconics: Shardra Geltl

Today we introduce the next of the new iconic characters from the Advanced Class Guide: Shardra the shaman. Shardra will also be a playable character in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous set due for release in February 2015.


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Think Different: A Look at Some Changes to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Apologies in advance, as this blog entry is going to get a bit arcane. No, I don't mean it's not rechargeable by a Divine spellcaster—I mean this article is meant for Pathfinder Adventure Card Game rules enthusiasts. I'm going to define the differences between the PACG rules a year ago and the ones we have now, possibly in excruciating detail. You've been warned.


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Queen Sacrifice by Steven Savile Chapter Three: The City Under No...

She didn't know what she'd expected to find down here—some rat-infested lair, a warren of caves with dripping stalactites, lichen smeared walls, maybe a subterranean river winding through the cavernous space, but not this. Not what looked like the foundations of... of what? She stared down at what looked like some monstrous outpost and for the first time since stepping into the darkness was truly terrified.

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Advanced Class Guide Preview: Shaman

For many years now, roleplaying games have used the term shaman to mean a lot of different things. Most often, the term is used to describe the spiritual leader of a primitive people or tribe. The shaman would commune with the spirits to beseech them for aid or guidance. The only problem with this was that it did not closely match any of the classes we have in the game. Until now.


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Year of the Sky Key Begins!

The expedition to Jormurdun has nearly concluded, and with it ends the Year of the Demon. However, the Pathfinder Society is on the cusp of making an exceptional find, catapulting us into the The Year of the Sky Key. With the season change, many factions are also finalizing their changes from extensions of national interests to independent entities with updated goals. A brief overview of each faction’s goals for Season 6 is included below, along with a link to the full text of each faction head’s letter on the messageboards.


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Please Support Paizo by Voting for the ENnies Today!

Every year, the ENnie Awards recognize the greatest achievements in tabletop gaming, and this year we're up for several important awards. A talented crew of judges chooses the nominations in each category, but the final awards are granted based on a popular vote. Please help Paizo's hard-working staff take home some awards this year by following the link at the bottom of his message and showing your support!


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Friday Publisher Preview: All Hail Lamashtu!

This evening the entire Paizo crew is headed to a local winery for our annual summer party, and everyone at the office right now is either diligently working nose-to-desk to finish that last bit of work before the weekend or goofing off counting down the hours until a bacchanal of all-you-can-drink wine. It's a tough life, folks, I have to tell you.


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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide (OGL)

Meet the Iconics: Zadim

Today we introduce the next of the new iconic characters from the Advanced Class Guide: Zadim the slayer.


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Gen Con 2014 Subscription Pick Up!

Gen Con 2014 is looming on the horizon and all of us at Paizo are going full steam ahead as we make preparations to ship out to sunny Indianapolis.


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Skull & Shackles: All Aboard for Adventure

Ahoy, maties! Ye be embarkin' on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles preview blog with me, developer Gaby Weidling! YARRR! Okay, seriously, enough with the pirate talk. I just can't keep that up for a whole post. A few of you might remember my Skull & Shackles announcement blog from a while back, and if you don't, you can find it here. I'm almost sorry for all the pirate puns I put in there. In that blog, I mentioned some cool stuff you should expect from this set, but I was pretty vague—partially because, well, you know, we didn't want to spoil all the surprises, and partially because we hadn't finished writing everything yet. But now is the time for some details and probably some more piratical puns.