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With a Blade in Your Hand and a Song in Your Heart

Syrinscape has recently announced that their first group of Paizo-licensed Soundpacks will follow the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path. To start, they have released the Burnt Offerings Soundpack, containing everything you will need to fill your players with dread and terror! Whether you're already playing the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, or planning how best to run this classic adventure, you'll find the perfect atmospheric setup in this Soundpack. It's stuffed full of audio goodness for use in any Pathfinder game—there are goblins, a town festival, catacombs, mercenaries, and even an evil priest!

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Free at Last, Free at Last, the Runelord of Greed is Free at Last!

Very soon, the final chapter of our year-long Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords will be hitting shelves, stores, and front steps. In Rise of the Runelords Adventure Deck 6: Spires of Xin-Shalast, our heroes have mastered the lore and magic of the Runeforge, and are now ready to take the battle to the ultimate force behind their troubles to date: an ancient master of magic, the Runelord of Greed, somehow returned from the long-lost Thassilonian Empire. Armed now with Runeforged Weapons, you need but find the secret redoubt of the Runelord, and you will be able to end his threat once and for all.

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Friday Publisher Preview: The Runes Shall Rise Again!

One of my favorite things about the "open" theme of November's The Lost Coast set of prepainted plastic Pathfinder Battles figures is that it allows me to do pretty much whatever I want. Unlike sets based on a specific Adventure Path, The Lost Coast does not require a certain number of Russian soldiers, or very specific and unusual monsters key to an important encounter in a campaign. The loose theme of "wilderness area in Varisia" is enough to play home to high-utility figures based on amazing drawings, with pretty much no other restrictions on what to include in the set.

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Let No Savior Go Unpunished

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

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Pathfinder Legends: A Visual Companion

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

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A Sound of Goblins

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

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

Like a Rolling Stone...

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

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It's a Christmas Massacre!

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

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Something Wicked Arrives Soon!

In addition to being constantly surrounded by a cadre of mindless undead, Zerren has picked up one of the favored tricks of the heroes: a mirror image effect! To top it off, the foul necromancer deals poison damage, neatly bypassing many forms of protection. All in all, we're hoping that Caizarlu is someone that you'll love to hate, and he's just the first of many. You'll also encounter ghosts, ghouls, ghasts, haunts, strange abominations, and more ghouls (more ghouls!) as you unravel the riddle of The Skinsaw Murders.

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The Better Part of Valeros: Brashness vs. Caution in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

For this installment of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game blog, game designer Mike Selinker and developer Gaby Weidling stake out positions on whether it's better to be brash or cautious in the game. We join them in mid-session.

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Don't Need Be No Sissy Bard, Get You Promo Goblin Card!

The release of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is just a few weeks off, bringing the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path to your game table in an entirely new way. Of course you can expect murderous cultists, inbred ogres, armies of giants, slithery seductresses, ancient dungeons, and all the rest of the deadly monsters and evil schemes that make Rise of the Runelords one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever. But I know what you're really waiting for: more goblins... and by extent, more goblin songs.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Preview: Upcoming Developments

As the August 15 release date, and the July 5—7 demos at PaizoCon approach, I've been given the opportunity to pull back the curtains and talk about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game a bit. As a developer for the game, I've spent much time and effort translating the Rise of the Runelords storyline and elements of the Pathfinder rules and campaign setting into a new medium. One of our biggest challenges was keeping the flavor of the world and of the RPG intact while keeping the card game fun, exciting, and respectful of the established traditions of Pathfinder.

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Return to the Runelords

My favorite part of the new Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords is the opportunity it gave us to revisit Rise of the Runelords in art form. There was only so much room for art in the original adventurers, and while we were able to order a bunch of new art for the Anniversary Edition of the book, there was still more that needed to be illustrated. This card game gave us a chance to right that wrong!

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The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Gets Ready to Fly!

As I write this, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (which I described in an earlier blog) is getting ready to go to the printer. We're incorporating the last bits of feedback from playtesters and developers, templating the cards for consistency and flavor, and rearranging the rulebook so that it's fun and easy to read. This is the end of the development process, the point where a game designer gets ready to bid farewell to his design as it walks out the door for a rich new life.

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Rise of the Runelords Deluxe Collector's Edition Unboxing!

The Rise of the Runelords Deluxe Collector's Edition pre-sale promotion has been extended! From now until Sunday, December 2nd at 11:59 PM Pacific Time, active Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscribers who order will receive a free PDF edition of this book when the print edition ships.

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Mike Selinker on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Mike Selinker on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Tuesday, October 30, 2012 So, there is an announcement on the Paizo blog about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game going into semi-open playtests. The collaborative deck-building game (which is neither completely collaborative nor completely deck-building, but work with me) is probably the best game system I've ever designed, and I'd like to tell you a little bit about it. ... The basic concept is this: It's a cooperative game for one to six...
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Playtest the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Playtest the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Friday, October 12, 2012 Paizo is pleased to report that in just a few short weeks, we're expecting to begin the playtest for next year's Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (known to some of you by the code name Project Swallowtail). Because playtesting a card game isn't quite as simple as letting everybody download a PDF, it's not going to be quite as open as our RPG playtests have been, but if you'd like to get involved, read on to find out how that...
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Pathfinder Battles Preview: Rise of the Runelords Round-Up

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Rise of the Runelords Round-Up Friday, July 27, 2012 We're still in the process of photographing the paint masters for the next Pathfinder Battles set, which ties into the Shattered Star Adventure Path. The first installment of that campaign debuts in just a few weeks at Gen Con Indy, where we'll also debut the Rise of the Runelords Pathfinder Battles set. ... While our cameras are clicking in anticipation of future blogs, I thought it was high time to reveal the...
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Pathfinder Battles Preview: Spirit of the Season

Pathfinder Battles Preview: Spirit of the Season Friday, July 20, 2012With the glories of PaizoCon behind us, the Paizo editorial department finds itself deep in the throes of that fabulous annual event called Gen Con Prep. The office is abuzz with the work of getting ready for the Big Show. All of Gen Con's big releases (Ultimate Equipment, the Bestiary Box, etc.) were finished long ago, of course, but there's still a ton of stuff to do before we can head to Indianapolis next month. We've...
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Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide

Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide Thursday, July 5, 2012With the imminent release of the new Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition (and its super-special Deluxe Collector's Edition), we've released a free Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide PDF! Within these pages, you'll find new traits for your characters, a thorough gazetteer of Varisia, and... well, why are we even talking about it? It's free—go download it already! James Sutter ... Senior Editor ...
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Pathfinder Tales: The Worldwound Gambit

New Books and Epubs!

New Books and Epubs! Wednesday, May 18, 2011It's an exciting day over here in the Pathfinder Tales department! Not only does today introduce the final chapter in Erik Mona's Two Pieces of Tarnished Silver (which you can read right here for free), but it's also the release date of two things that folks have been anxiously awaiting for a while now. ... Illustration by Daren Bader ... The first is Robin Laws' The Worldwound Gambit, a rollicking heist novel set in the demonic madness of the...
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Tags: Council of Thieves Curse of the Crimson Throne Daren Bader Dave Gross Elaine Cunningham James Sutter Jason Engle Legacy of Fire Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Tales Rise of the Runelords Robin D. Laws Second Darkness Web Fiction The Worldwound Gambit

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Burnt Offerings

... Burnt Offerings Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 02:11 PM PacificThe audience fills in for the final event at PaizoCon 2010: a video showing of Burnt Offerings on Stage. ... Ross Byers ... Assistant Software Developer
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Pathfinder #3—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 3:

Trollin' on the River

... Trollin' on the River Friday, February 19, 2010We've had the cover for Pathfinder Adventure Path #32: Rivers Run Red (written by our own Rob McCreary) up for sometime now, but it bears another mention, as this cover sees the climax of a long and interesting evolution. It's little surprise that we were only three months into the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path—and Pathfinder's life in general—when it came time to order art for our first troll. How to handle this got a...
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Dogslicer vs. Cantaloupe

... Dogslicer vs. Cantaloupe Tuesday, December 15, 2009James Jacobs came home from the Burnt Offerings play with his very own metal dogslicer prop. In the interest of science and general vengeance against hostile melons, we decided to test how effective this (unsharpened) dogslicer is. ... Behold, the innocent cantaloupe. It looks so happy! ... Behold, a hideous goblin. (Burnt Offerings goblin mask courtesy of Wes.) ... Chop! ... Midair chop! ... Dogslicer wins! Not bad for goblin...
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Da Vinci Arts Middle School ROCKS!

... Da Vinci Arts Middle School ROCKS! Wednesday, November 25, 2009So, last Saturday was one of the most surreal days of my life. Not because I spent it all in Portland, Oregon. Not because I watched Jason Bulmahn eat a doughnut that was topped with bacon. Not because I spent an hour in an arcade filled with all the best videogaming the '80s had to offer. And not because I had a hard time finding Lovecraft books that I didn't already have at Powell's World of Books. ... What made it surreal...
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: GameMastery Guide (OGL)

GameMastery Guide Cover!

... GameMastery Guide Cover! Monday, October 5, 2009 I may have mentioned this before, but the main villain of Pathfinder’s first Adventure Path, Karzoug, was no stranger to tormenting PCs. He was one of my homebrew campaign’s major recurring characters—a powerful wizard who served as the true menace behind the throne of an evil warlord. In my homebrew, Karzoug wielded a scythe and had already made the transition to lich and wasn’t as concerned with greed, but he was very much still the...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #27: What Lies in Dust (Council of Thieves 3 of 6) (PFRPG)

Hellknights Unleashed

... Hellknights Unleashed Wednesday, September 23, 2009 ... Illustration by Kevin Yan ... More than two years ago it fell to me to write the Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide, setting the stage for characters to take part in a world that was, at the time, painted not even in broad strokes but more in generally tossed bucket-sized splashes. Over time and through hundreds of thousands of words, though, what started as made-up names have transformed into some of the better-known characters,...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Rise of the Runelords Map Folio

Road Map to the Runelords

... Road Map to the Runelords Tuesday, January 29, 2008 In the office campaign, Erik Mona once tore a page out of the published adventure he was running because he grew too frustrated at having to flip back and forth from the page the map was on to the page where the various room encounters were described. Visions of frustrated Pathfinder readers doing the same prompted us to release the key maps from Rise of the Runelords in a stand-alone product—now you can run your party through the...
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More Magic of Thassilon

... More Magic of Thassilon Monday, Jaunary 28, 2008For Pathfinder #5, we asked a small army of authors to send us some spells and magic items that had a Thassilonian feel to them. As it turned out, we got about twice as many as we really had room to print. Rather than just cut the second half out and throw it away, we decided to cut the second half out and throw it into a free web enhancement for Pathfinder #5. Pictured here is just one of those items—a fragment of the Gluttonous Tome,...
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Pathfinder #6—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 6:

Words of Wisdom from "Two Toes"

... Words of Wisdom from Two Toes Monday, January 14, 2008 Back on November 14th, we had a sort of cryptic post here on the blog. Well, more of a warning, really: THE YETI IS COMING! Well, later this month, the yeti will arrive—just one of many dangers awaiting the PCs in Spires of Xin-Shalast, the final adventure in Rise of the Runelords. Pathfinder #6 also presents a short article that talks about other dangers that await any who dare explore the Kodar Mountains, one of Golarion's...
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Pathfinder #5—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 5:

Meet Freezemaw!

... Meet Freezemaw! Wednesday, January 9, 2008One of the early lessons I learned working on adventures for Dungeon was that RPG players have an extra level of demands when it comes to dragons. You can throw pretty much any other monster into an adventure without worry, but if you want to include a dragon, you'd best be sure said dragon has a history and personality. And honestly, the readers are right (as they often are). Dragons shouldn't be throwaway encounters. They shouldn't just wander...
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Happy New Year

... Happy New Year Tuesday, January 1, 2008And now, here we are in 2008! We've got a lot of exciting stuff planned for 2008, but there's just as much that's still evolving. Now's a great time to head on over to our messageboards and let us know what kind of products and adventures and blog posts you'd like to see from Paizo in the coming year. Who'd like to hear a Paizo Podcast? Is anyone interested in seeing a sequel to a particular GameMastery Module? Is there a market for Pathfinder...
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Pathfinder #6—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 6:

Pathfinder in 2008!

... Pathfinder in 2008! Monday, December 31, 2007Wow. Here we are at the end of 2007—I don't know about you, but it kind of snuck up on me. Things have been crazy busy here at Paizo over this last year, between the end of one era of monthly product and the beginning of another. Launching Pathfinder was great fun, but it was also a lot of work. Fortunately, Team Pathfinder has just about recovered from the triple duty of working on magazines, launching Pathfinder, and going to Gen Con—all just...
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Oh no! Otyugh!

Oh no! Otyugh! Monday, December 10, 2007Wayne Reynolds continues his streak of brilliant artwork for Pathfinder—this background for the cover of Pathfinder #7, the first installment in the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path, shows us that there are much worse things than alligators living in the sewers.... I particularly love the little details, like the inn's sign  or the Hellknight about to take the monster out singlehandedly before the iconics get the chance. Click on the image to...
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KARZOUG FHTAGN! Friday, November 30, 2007I've mentioned before my...

KARZOUG FHTAGN! Friday, November 30, 2007I've mentioned before my fondness for H. P. Lovecraft and his mythos of insane and malignant Great Old Ones, and starting in Pathfinder #4, the world of Golarion gets its first real taste of the Cthulhu Mythos—pictured here is a hound of Tindalos, one of the new monsters in this volume's bestiary. ... These strange time-traveling, soul-eating monstrosities were invented by Frank Belknap Long back in 1929 in his short story, The Hounds of...
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Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 4

Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 4 Wednesday, November 21, 2007Three Runelords have grabbed a deck of these cards using the powers of sin. With the Rise of the Runelords Item Card decks now hitting our warehouse and the holiday weekend before us, this week has an extra special prize, with an extra difficult question. Answer it correctly and get entered into a drawing to win a free deck of Rise of the Runelords Item Cards, shipped to you when the set releases... plus with this being the...
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Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 3

Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 3 Thursday, November 15, 2007Two Runelords have grabbed a deck of these cards using the powers of sin. I'll let you guess which ones. Will you be next? ... With the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path well underway in the pages of Pathfinder, and a special Item Card deck tied specifically to those adventures soon to be released, we here at Paizo Publishing have decided to give you a chance to score one of these great accessories. ... One question about...
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The Yeti is Coming!

The Yeti is Coming! Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 2

Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 2 Friday, November 9, 2007The first Runelord has grabbed a deck of these cards. Will you be next? ... With the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path well underway in the pages of Pathfinder, and a special Item Card deck tied specifically to those adventures soon to be released, we here at Paizo Publishing have decided to give you a chance to score one of these great accessories. ... One question about Pathfinder will be presented each week. Answer it...
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Downloadable Pathfinder #6 Background

Downloadable Pathfinder #6 Background Wednesday, November 7, 2007Your desktop icons will never know what hit them. Click the image above to download. ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder
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They're Huge!

They're Huge! Monday, November 5, 2007At this point, what more can really be said about Wayne Reynolds? I mean, after one awesome Pathfinder cover, we were excited. After two we were elated. But now here we are at Pathfinder #6, and they just keep getting better. Not only are the giants great, but it's the little things—the architecture of Xin-Shalast behind them, the totally original yet authentic-feeling swords—that really make this piece for me. Plus, if you look closely,...
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Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 1

Rise of the Item Card Contest, Part 1 Friday, November 2, 2007With the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path well underway in the pages of Pathfinder, and a special Item Card deck tied specifically to those adventures soon to be released, we here at Paizo Publishing have decided to give you a chance to score one of these great accessories. ... One question about Pathfinder will be presented each week. Answer it correctly and get entered into a drawing to win a free deck of Rise of the...
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How to Stage a Haunt

How to Stage a Haunt Monday, October 29, 2007With Halloween coming up, we thought it a good idea to look back to the Foxglove Manor chapter of Pathfinder #2 (which, incidentally, would work extremely well as a standalone haunted house romp for All Hallows' Eve) and explain a bit more about one of the spooky innovations introduced there. ... In The Skinsaw Murders, we present a new way to handle an old classic—haunts. The mechanic for haunts is cool because it allows us to present really...
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Pathfinder #3—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 3:

Beware the Mother of Oblivion!

Beware the Mother of Oblivion! Wednesday, October 24, 2007You've heard the legends, now witness the awesome glory of Black Magga! Read all about her interdimensional horror in this sample spread from Pathfinder #3's Bestiary section: 552 KB zip PDF. ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder ...
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Wayne Does It Again!

Wayne Does It Again! Monday, October 15, 2007Wayne Reynolds just delivered the cover painting for Pathfinder #5: Sins of the Saviors, and man, is it a doozy! Looks like Valeros has learned a valuable lesson about what it means to play meat-shield for the party when there's a dragon involved.... Click the image for a larger version. ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder
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Welcome to Riddleport!

Welcome to Riddleport! Wednesday, October 10, 2007By now, Pathfinder readers are getting to know Magnimar (detailed in Pathfinder #2). And when we launch the second Pathfinder Adventure Path, Curse of the Crimson Throne, there'll be all sorts of details on Korvosa. But what about Varisia's third city, Riddleport? While we do indeed have plans to eventually present Riddleport in greater detail, for the foreseeable future there's not going to be much about the notorious port town at...
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Free Pathfinder 2 Download Supplement!

Free Pathfinder 2 Download Supplement! Friday, October 5, 2007It's a fact: sometimes there's just too much good stuff to fit in a given volume of Pathfinder. While we here on the Paizo staff squeeze and condense as much as we can to make sure that each book is 100% concentrated awesome, print still has certain limitations... after all, sliced tree can only hold so much ink. That's why, from here on out, you can expect to see free supplement downloads to go along with specific volumes of...
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Bidding Adieu to Volume 2

Bidding Adieu to Volume 2 Wednesday, October 3, 2007So after what felt like years of waiting (it was more like weeks), we finally got in our office copies of Pathfinder #2 today! Which also means that we'll be shipping them out to subscribers and distributors very soon. I actually walked by a pallet of them down in the warehouse earlier today, and seeing SKINSAW MURDERS written on a stack of boxes as tall as me was strange. The Skinsaw Man came out of a game I ran back in college set in my...
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Kyle's Magnificent Menagerie

Kyle's Magnificent Menagerie Wednesday, September 5, 2007Some of you may have already noticed a striking stylistic similarity between the fun cartoon goblin illustrating Pathfinder #1's introduction and those strange little monsters that used to appear in Dungeon to illustrate the Dungeoncraft column and the table of contents. That's because both series are done by one of our favorite artists and creative minds, Downer creator Kyle Stanley Hunter. ... Much as he did in Dungeon, each month...
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Pathfinder #2 Art Show!

Pathfinder #2 Art Show! Tuesday, September 4, 2007Pathfinder #2 is off at the printer, which means it's time to give you all a sneak peak at some of the fabulous art we've got going into this volume. From the lamia matriarch to the skinsaw cultist with his fearsome war razor, we're really proud of the visual element of Pathfinder #2, and these are just a drop in the bucket when you consider how much art we have jam-packed into this book. Enjoy! ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder
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Pathfinder #4 Cover... and Desktop!

Pathfinder #4 Cover... and Desktop! Thursday, August 30, 2007In the past, each time we've shown off the cover to a new volume of Pathfinder, we've been immediately deluged with requests for it as a downloadable desktop background, which we inevitably put up a few days later. This time we figured: why wait? After all, there's a long weekend coming up, and we wouldn't want your monitor to have to go without new Wayne Reynolds art for all that time. So here it is: the cover to Pathfinder #4,...
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First Peek at Pathfinder #2

First Peek at Pathfinder #2 Wednesday, August 29, 2007With Pathfinder #2 currently on the proverbial slow boat from China, here's a sample spread from the bestiary to whet your appetite. Introducing: the boggard! Download the 528 KB zip PDF. ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder
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4th Edition

4th Edition Friday, August 24, 2007We're all back from Gen Con, and aside from the launch of Pathfinder and our new Planet Stories novel line, the hot news at the show was the announcement of Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, from Wizards of the Coast. Messageboards across the internet, from paizo.com to EN World and Wizards of the Coast's own site, are abuzz with discussion of what was revealed at the show, what changes are in store for our favorite game, and what the future may hold. ......
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PathfinderDesktop-Rogue

By Popular Request

By Popular Request Monday, August 20, 2007And now, by popular request... Pathfinder 3 wallpaper! ...
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Pathfinder #3—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 3:

Pathfinder 3 Cover

Pathfinder 3 Cover Wednesday, August 15, 2007We're currently in the middle of working on The Hook Mountain Massacre, the third volume of Pathfinder, but we just couldn't wait to show off the new cover, courtesy of fantasy art superstar Wayne Reynolds. We've already introduced Merisiel, our iconic elven rogue, in a previous blog post, but just take a look at those ogres! With those flat teeth and crazy jaws, something about them just screams Muppet gone wrong. As for how wrong... well, some of...
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Magnimar

Magnimar

Magnimar Friday, July 27, 2007Making its grand debut in Pathfinder #2, I hereby give you Magnimar—City of Monuments. ... 1The Irespan ... 2Alabaster District ... 3Marble District ... 4Bridgeward ... 5The Capital District ... 6Naos ... 7Vista ... 8Grand Arch ... 9The Arvensoar ... 10The Bazaar of Sails ... 11Dockway ... 12The Rubble ... 13Keystone ... 14The Marches ... 15Beacon's Point ... 16Rag's End ... 17Silver Shore ... 18Kyver's Islet ... 19Ordellia ... For a more detailed view,...
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Sean Signs On

Sean Signs On Thursday, July 12, 2007The Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide reveals the twenty core deities of our new campaign setting, including their alignments, portfolios, domains granted, and favored weapons—everything a player needs to know to create a cleric character. Yet there's much more to each of our deities than just this. ... Starting with Pathfinder #2, we'll be presenting detailed write-ups of all twenty core deities. Fans of the Core Beliefs articles that have been running...
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Pathfinder #1—Rise of the Runelords Chapter 1:

"Burnt Offerings" Ships to the Printer!

Burnt Offerings Ships to the Printer! Monday, June 25, 2007Now that the first volume of Pathfinder is out the door to the printer, take a few moments to check out this gorgeous sample spread (284KB PDF), pulled from one of the volume's supplementary pieces on ancient Thassilon. And remember—there are 94 more pages where these came from... ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder ...
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First Look at Pathfinder

First Look at Pathfinder Tuesday, June 19, 2007Pathfinder #1 and the Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide ship this week, and as such, we thought it a good time to unveil a sample spread from the guide. Presented here for your perusal are two pages full of new animals, local takes on the core classes, and a full chart detailing all of the core gods of our setting. So what are you waiting for? Click the image to download a full-size version and dig in! ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor,...
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The Sandpoint Devil

The Sandpoint Devil Wednesday, June 13, 2007The real world is a great resource for monsters. Many of the game's critters come from real-world myth and legend, but one venue that seems to have been largely ignored are cryptozoological accounts. I'm talking about Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, of course, but also about more obscure creatures like the hodag, Mokele-Mbembe, and the Yowie. And, of course, the Jersey Devil, the inspiration for one of Pathfinder's first new monsters. Rumors and...
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Sandpoint

Sandpoint

Sandpoint Friday, June 8, 2007Last week we showed you the map of Varisia, the region in which the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path takes place. This week, we're zooming in to focus on Sandpoint, the quaint fishing town that provides the backdrop for the first adventure in the path, Burnt Offerings. See if you can spot which street names and city features were snatched wholesale from Editor-in-Chief James Jacobs's childhood! ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder
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Humans of Varisia

Humans of Varisia Wednesday, June 6, 2007As mentioned in previous blog posts, the Varisian region contains three prominent human ethnicities: ... Chelaxian: Monument-haunted Magnimar and imperial-minded Korvosa vie for control of southern Varisia. In these cities and the numerous vassal settlements of each, the majority of the populace can trace their ancestry to the sharp-featured people of Cheliax. Those of Chelish descent possess dark hair and eyes contrasted by pale skin—along with...
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Varisia

Varisia Friday, June 1, 2007Presented here for the first time, in all its glory. We could say more—and believe me, we will—but for now we'd like to let Rob Lazzaretti's beautiful map speak for itself. To zoom in, click the image above. ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder
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Points Unknown

Points Unknown Wednesday, May 30, 2007Since we just got in some great rough sketches of notable Varisian landmarks courtesy of Andrew Hou, we thought we'd introduce you to some of Varisia's more infamous adventure sites. Presented below are but a few—look forward to more in the upcoming Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide. ... Bloodsworn Vale: A fey-haunted pass to southern lands which played an integral role in Varisia's break with the crumbling empire of Cheliax. Celwynvian: The...
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Founded on Murder!

Founded on Murder! Monday, May 21, 2007The foundation of a new town is not a matter to be taken lightly, nor one to be funded by one soul. Four powerful families from the city of Magnimar had designs on settling a region 50 miles to the northeast, and rather than work against each other, they consolidated their efforts and formed the Sandpoint Mercantile League. These four families, the Ameikos (glassmakers and jewelers), the Valdemars (shipbuilders and carpenters), the Scarnettis (loggers...
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The Late Unpleasantness

The Late Unpleasantness Thursday, May 17, 2007 Though he's too busy statting up Orcus and Iggwilv for Dungeon 149 to make a post himself, Pathfinder Editor-in-Chief James Jacobs thought you might be interested in a bit of Sandpoint lore he's been working on for Burnt Offerings: When Jervis Stoot made clear his intentions to build a home on the island just north of the Old Light, locals paid him no mind. Jervis had already garnered something of a reputation as an eccentric for his one-man...
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Weapons, Varisia-Style Wednesday, May 16, 2007Hot off the server come...

Weapons, Varisia-Style Wednesday, May 16, 2007Hot off the server come three of the latest Pathfinder sketches, this time for the Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide. See what Player's Guide author Wes Schneider has to say about each of them: ... Dog Slicer: A savage weapon created from castoff bits of sharpened waste metal, goblins named these small swords after the act for which they're most commonly employed. Holes drilled in the blade make them easier to heft by enthusiastic but...
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Mark of Sin

Mark of Sin Friday, May 11, 2007As you can see, I've just received the final go-ahead to reveal to everyone the rune designs that artist Jeff Carlisle has created to go along with our new system of sin magic, which we'll be introducing as a primary theme in the first Pathfinder campaign. Needless to say, they look fabulous and we're all pretty excited about them. Jeff and Senior Art Director Sean Glenn spent a lot of time working together to create this unique look, with Jeff pulling...
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Varisia: Players Welcome Wednesday, May 9, 2007One of the biggest...

Varisia: Players Welcome Wednesday, May 9, 2007One of the biggest challenges when starting a new campaign is getting your players invested in the world. Sure, you may have set up the adventure and prepared all your notes, memorized your maps and picked out accents for the various local NPCs the party will meet... but what about your players? They can't exactly read the same source material you are without tripping over spoilers, and sitting down for a three-hour lecture about the local...
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Pathfinder backgrounds Monday, April 30, 2007And now, by popular...

Pathfinder backgrounds Monday, April 30, 2007And now, by popular request... Pathfinder desktop backgrounds! While a desktop is obviously a totally different size than a book, and certain design elements are still being finalized, these three images are perhaps the best preview to date of what the first three Pathfinder covers (including the alternate cover for volume 1) will actually look like. So while you're waiting for Burnt Offerings to release, why not download one of these and throw it...
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Raising The Runelords or, How To Recover From a TPK and Make It Look...

Raising The Runelords or, How To Recover From a TPK and Make It Look Like You Planned It All Along Sunday, April 22, 2007Once upon a time, I was running one of my favorite adventures, White Plume Mountain, for my players. They messed up good, got split up, and ended up all being dominated by a certain vampire charged with guarding a certain hammer. Now, I didn't want to admit I had a TPK on my hands, so I took a cue form another favorite adventure, The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb, and introduced a...
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... Cover illustration for volume 2. Click to enlarge.What's...

... Cover illustration for volume 2. Click to enlarge.What's Pathfinder All About? Thursday, April 19, 2007By this time, you've probably heard all about Pathfinder, Paizo's brand-new Adventure Path series. (If you haven't, of course, you should drop whatever you're doing and go check out paizo.com/pathfinder.) Yet even now that you know what's going to be in Pathfinder, you're probably wondering what it's all about. The vision behind it. Where its heart's at. And to answer that, we've brought...
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