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A Novel Approach to Creating the Pathfinder Tales Character Deck

The Pathfinder Tales Character Deck required the most research of any of the decks. The Pathfinder Tales line includes dozens of novels and short stories, and a veritable digital mountain of web fiction. At one point I had forty tabs and three ebooks open as I scoured through all of the Tales for our best cards. Surprisingly, in that immense field full of amazing options, the team picked three characters almost immediately.

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Seltyiel Shows Off His Magnificent New Magus Deck

Look, this may seem a little forward, but I noticed you alone in this solo game and you look like you could use some help getting through that blessings deck. Lucky for you, I'm here for you. I know what you need.

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide (OGL)

The New Wave of Character Decks

Hey Paizonians, Lone Shark has just turned over the files for the sixth wave of class decks—which are sometimes called character decks now, because we're having fun experimenting with new class-agnostic formats, but we can't stop calling them class decks, and this is a really long sentence now. Anyway, the Magus Class Deck, the Pathfinder Tales Character Deck, and Hell's Vengeance Character Deck 1, are all in Vic and Sonja's hands. Suffice it to say, we went a bit nuts on the new cards in these sets. Maybe a lot nuts.

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Pathfinder #12—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 6:

Hooked On Class Decks

By now you may have heard that we're restarting the class decks line in August. We took a break after the Summoner Class Deck to reassess the decks we wanted to make, making sure we could come up with fresh new concepts in the wake of our success with Goblins Fight! and Goblins Burn! We think we got there.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Summoner Class Deck

How to Summon the Party—Summoner Class Deck Preview

Need someone to find out if that door is trapped? Go tackle that sorcerer? Carry you quickly to town? Chill your wine? Whether you need a demon, elemental, phantom steed, or trusty eidolon, the summoner knows that every problem just requires the right selection of summon to solve. Some parties quibble over who heals, who melees, who deals with traps. The Summoner Class Deck shows that the Summoner is the party.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Warpriest Class Deck

Warpriest Class Deck Preview

It's time for a look at the upcoming Warpriest Class Deck. As the song reminds us, warpriests are good for absolutely everything. While we all know the iconic paladin Seelah is objectively the best character ever, what you might not know is that my favorite character is actually not Seelah, but rather Oloch. In fact, I love warpriests across the board. Let's meet some now!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Gunslinger Class Deck

Lock and Load!: The Gunslinger Class Deck Preview

Players who joined us last week at Gen Con had an early opportunity to play the Gunslinger, but for those who missed the mayhem, I’m here to deliver everything you need to know about the Gunslinger Class Deck.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Class Decks Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Suzanne Helmigh

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Goblin Fight! Class Deck

Goblins Cut and Goblins Fight!

Ever since we published Ranzak as the first promo character, goblin fever has surrounded the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. And now that we are almost ready to release two full goblin decks into the wild, we can take a moment to peel back the (literal) veil on Goblins Fight!

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Tags: Class Decks Goblins Marko Horvatin Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Witch Class Deck

Hexes and Foes!

It's Class Deck preview time again! Before we dive into the mysteries of the Witch, I want to note that the monthly parade of Class Deck releases will go on hiatus for a little while starting in November. We had originally intended to put Class Decks on hiatus during the six months that we're releasing Mummy's Mask, but production delays earlier in the year caused the Summoner Class Deck to slide into October alongside the Mummy's Mask Base Set and Character Add-On Deck. We're therefore starting the hiatus a month later than we had intended.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Inquisitor Class Deck

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

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

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Bard Class Deck

Class Decks by the Score

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

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Inquisitor Class Deck

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

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

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

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Alchemist Class Deck

Alchemist Class Deck Preview

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

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Oracle Class Deck

Magic and Mystery—Oracle Class Deck Preview

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

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Base Set

Cartmanbeck's Best Character Ever—Alahazra

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

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Barbarian Class Deck Preview

We are thrilled to finally release the Barbarian Class Deck! These arrived in the warehouse last week and will soon be winging their way to lucky Class Deck subscribers, so we're going to talk about what to expect when they land on your doorstep/FLGS-step.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Goblin Fight! Class Deck

A Little Comic Relief

We have been working hard on the soon-to-launch Season of the Runelords (we're previewing it this weekend at Winter Fantasy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and it's not too late to get in on that!) and we're trying something a little different this time.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Oracle Class Deck

Class Decks Update

I wanted to give you an update on the Class Decks distribution schedule, since it's gotten a little wonky. We hit some unfortunate delays in the product chain, such that our Druid Class Deck came out in December instead of October, and the Barbarian Class Deck is coming out in February instead of January. We're very sorry about the delays, but we think you'll be happy with the results. To keep your appetite whetted, I'll talk a little about characters from a range of upcoming Class Decks, as well as their associated Iconic Heroes promo cards.

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December Adventure Card Guild Updates

It was a long ride over heaps and hordes of demons (and probably more than a few brave crusaders), but Season of the Righteous is finally coming to its glorious end. Let's recap the story so far with a whole lot of spoilers:

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Druid Class Deck

Druid Class Deck Preview

In the wake of Paul's lovely but sadly ill-conceived Best Character Ever blog, I'm here to talk tree-huggers. Hippies. Lovers of the natural world. Two-thirds of them are even wearing clothes!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Character Add-On Deck

Paul's Best Character Ever: Lini

I’ve stood by as my fellow designers on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game have spoken their pieces on which character they believe to be the best ever and I’ve held my tongue. Why? Because, though I’ve known all along why they were wrong, I needed to bide my time. I needed to wait until all the pieces were in place, all the correct products produced and available to the fans... all the evidence available, so I could show definitively and without fear of serious rebuttal that the best character ever is Lini.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Alchemist Class Deck

We're Not Staying Mum(my) Any Longer

During PaizoCon 2015, we stood onstage with designer Liz Spain and revealed that the next Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Adventure Path would be Mummy's Mask. And we said that we'd be releasing it in February. As it turns out, we're right an even 50 percent of the time.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Monk Class Deck

"I Do Not Seek Answers, But Rather to Understand the Question"

Now, let’s talk monks. The design team loves to talk about what makes a monk a monk. Is it a desire for self-perfection and superior discipline? Ridiculous aerial gymnastics? The ability to punch something really, really hard? Nobody was willing to admit that one of these qualities was clearly more important than the other two, so we just used all three. Let’s meet the band!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Character Add-On Deck

Hawkmoon's Best Character Ever: Sajan

Now that most of the design team has told us about their favorite characters, we thought we'd invite PACG messageboards MVP Hawkmoon to tell us who his favorite character is.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Paladin Class Deck

You Must Be This Good to Ride This Dog

When people find out I've been to 31 consecutive Gen Cons in the Midwest, they're always gobsmacked. "Mike, you must be so lucky," they say in unison, "to get to go to such an awesome show year after year!" And I am. But every year, I am reminded that Gen Con has a dirty little secret: It's a germageddon. If you're not lucky, you can bring a nasty little bit of Gen Con back with you.

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Faith and the Sword—New Class Decks Headed Your Way!

We've got an exciting new announcement for you this week, but first, I want to talk about the characters from the new August release, the Paladin Class Deck. Meet the band:

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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.

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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.

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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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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...

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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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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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