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Pathfinder Adventure Path #37: Souls for Smuggler's Shiv (Serpent's Skull 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

Meet the Castaways!

... Meet the Castaways! Monday, July 12, 2010With the first adventure in the Serpent's Skull Adventure Path, the PCs are shipwrecked on the notorious island of Smuggler's Shiv. But fortunately for the fragile 1st-level characters, they won't be alone against cannibals in the jungle, ghosts in the surf, dimorphodons in the sky, eurypterids in the tide pools, and mysterious bat-winged night monsters. Because they aren't the only ones lucky enough to be stranded on Smuggler's Shiv. ... Presented...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #31: Stolen Land (Kingmaker 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

WANTED?

... WANTED? Wednesday, May 5, 2010We try to mix up what we do on the inside covers of Pathfinder from Adventure Path to Adventure Path. Those interior pages are prime real estate, after all, what with being the first thing you see when you open the book, their extra sturdiness, and what not. There's precedent for leaving these pages blank or just putting in some design—like we sort of did in Rise of the Runelords—but that's boring. On the other hand, we could do what the Modules...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: NPC Guide (PFRPG)

NPC Guide Concept Preview

NPC Guide Concept Preview Monday, December 21, 2009Pathfinder Chronicles: NPC Guide has a lot of stat blocks—about 100, at this point in development. Most of the book is the first chapter, one page per NPC and generally one NPC per country in the Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting, each with a history and illustration. Here’s a little preview of some of these named PCs. ... Illustrations by Christopher Ocampo ... Krun Thuul of Belkzen, an orc military genius ... Brinian of Brevoy,...
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GameMastery Face Cards: Friends & Foes Deck

So... Are the Body Cards Coming Out Next Month?

... So... Are the Body Cards Coming Out Next Month? Thursday, December 10, 2009There's some nonsense about face cards coming out. On the one hand, I GM, and would find them very nice to have. On the other hand, my players tend to lump NPCs into two groups, one of which is rated R but not for violence, the other is dismemberable. They are motivated by things like money and loot, and if an old lady on a card asks them to get her cat out of a tree, they'll write hobo, no money, hope cat dies,...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #31: Stolen Land (Kingmaker 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

Long Live the King!

... Long Live the King! Monday, December 7, 2009So we're putting the final touches on the last volume of Council of Thieves as I write this post. Which also means that I'm finally starting to work on the next Adventure Path, Kingmaker. The authors have, of course, already been hard at work and we've already got four of the adventures in house in one shape or another—but the grisly process of development and editing can now start in earnest. ... And so I thought I'd show off some art...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Seekers of Secrets—A Guide to the Pathfinder Society (PFRPG)

Seekers of Secrets—Skyreach and Ambrus

... Illustration by Craig J. Spearing ... Seekers of Secrets—Skyreach and Ambrus Wednesday, September 30, 2009 ... Illustration by Kieran Yanner ... Time for another preview of Pathfinder Chronicles: Seekers of Secrets! ... Skyreach: This five-towered fortress, visible from miles away over Abaslom's skyline, is the heart of the Pathfinder Society. Here the Decemvirate rules and make its rare pronouncements beneath the enchanted skylights of the Great Hall in the central tower, and both...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Seekers of Secrets—A Guide to the Pathfinder Society (PFRPG)

At Long Last: Seekers of Secrets

... At Long Last: Seekers of Secrets Wednesday, September 2, 2009 ... Illustration by Craig J. Spearing ... Illustration by Kieran Yanner ... Pathfinder Chronicles: Seekers of Secrets was delayed a long time, probably because of several nasty curses brought on by too-curious chroniclers into forbidden lore. The book is finally out the door, which means it's time for some previews! This time it's an excerpt from one of the book's many biographies of notable Pathfinders and a hint about how...
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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook (OGL)

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Preview #14

... Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Preview #14 Wednesday, August 12, 2009The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook releases tomorrow at Gen Con and game stores around the country. Over the past 14 weeks, we have look at all of the core classes and one of the prestige classes that can be found in the book. We've taken a look at a host of feats, spells, and magic items, as well as a few other rules bits along the way. This week, we are investigating the most important rule in the game. Not...
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Pathfinder Companion: Qadira, Gateway to the East (PFRPG)

The Roof is on Fire!

... The Roof is on Fire! Friday, April 17, 2009You may have noticed a preponderance of previews lately on the Paizo blog. As exciting as it is to see new art and sneak peaks of things to come in Pathfinder, the number of previews in fact correlates directly with the amount of work we have to do here in the office. In short: things here at Paizo have been pretty crazy. With the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary just around the corner, the...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #22:

Snagged from the Vault: Genie Binder

... Snagged from the Vault: Genie Binder Tuesday, April 14, 2009From upcoming Pathfinder #22 we bring you the mighty genie binder, whose dark magic commands the awesome might of the djinn, depicted here by artist Kevin Yan... ... While any spellcaster capable of casting planar ally, planar binding, and binding spells can conjure and bind genies, the true genie binder is a spellcaster who has devoted his life to the pursuit of this practice. Most genie binders study the works of Sulesh the...
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Pathfinder Companion: Taldor, Echoes of Glory (OGL)

Roots & Beginnings: Taldor

... Illustrated by Christophe Swal ... Roots & Beginnings: Taldor Tuesday, March 24, 2009Next month, Pathfinder Companion: Taldor, Echoes of Glory will be hitting the bookshelves of game stores and subscribers everywhere. Hank and I had the opportunity to edit the book recently, and Taldor will definitely please those gamers that enjoy a little (or large) dose of Byzantine politics in their game. ... I spoke with Joshua J. Frost, the Events Manager for the Pathfinder Society and the author of...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #21:

The Pathfinder Wiki

... Artist: Eva Widermann ... The Pathfinder Wiki Tuesday, March 10, 2009Hello Paizonians! I would just like to take a moment to talk about, for those of you who are not already aware, the Pathfinder Wiki. The Pathfinder Wiki is a community project run by our forum's very own yoda8myhead, and to date has over 1,100 articles related to Golarion and various Pathfinder-related products. If you haven't had the pleasure, you should hop on over there and check it out. Or, if you're interested in...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh (OGL)

Snagged from the Vault: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh

... Snagged from the Vault: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh Friday, March 6, 2009Once again, fellow Paizonians, my colleague and I have managed to pilfer a spectacular sneak glimpse into the vault. Behold the Zephyr Guard, illustrated here by Jason Engle... ... Vadid and Nahk ... Preview Purloiners ... Though the Pactmasters are rarely seen outside their palace walls, they are keenly alert of all that transpires within Katapesh through their network of spies and active patrols of the...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Dark Markets—A Guide to Katapesh (OGL)

Katapesh Fashion Show

... Illustrations by Jason Engle Katapesh Fashion Show Monday, January 12, 2009One of the fun things about moving out of Varisia and into a new land for the Adventure Path is that the NPCs end up looking quite different. While generating art orders, I suspect we've spent days surfing the net looking for more and more exotic outfits and apparel to clothe our characters in. The upcoming Dark Markets: A Guide to Katapesh bears the fruit of those hours of Internet research—pictured here are...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Absalom (OGL)

All Aboard for Absalom!

All Aboard for Absalom! Monday, December 15, 2008Earlier this week, we got in our first bound copy of Guide to Absalom. In the hectic GO GO GO! mentality that is the Editorial Pit, we're often surprised when books we send out do what comes natural and show up in completed print form back at the office. It sounds funny, perhaps, but that's the way it is in crazy Paizo-land! ... Anyway, the book reminded me that we actually haven't shown off that much art from Guide to Absalom. This blog...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #19:

Legacy of Fire

Legacy of Fire Friday, December 5, 2008Although Second Darkness is only two-thirds of the way to being out on store shelves, we here at Paizo are already heading deep into the fourth Adventure Path. The cover art for the first installment, Pathfinder #19's Howl of the Carrion King, just came in, and while you can check out the actual cover over at the Paizo store, I thought it'd be cool to show off some of the new art here on its own! With Legacy of Fire, Jesper Ejsing joins the ranks of...
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Pathfinder #18—Second Darkness Chapter 6:

Eando's Final Bow

... Eando's Final Bow Wednesday, November 26, 2008When we first started the Pathfinder's Journal, back in Pathfinder #1, we really didn't know what it was going to be. Was it a travel guide? An in-character support article? A series of standalone short stories? ... By the time we reached Pathfinder #2, however, it was clear that what Pathfinder really needed was something different—a straight-up epic fantasy story with a familiar character who would give us fun world details, yes, but...
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Pathfinder #14—Second Darkness Chapter 2:

Planet Stories and Pathfinder: Together at Last

... illustration by Iker Serdar Yildiz ... Planet Stories and Pathfinder: Together at Last Tuesday, November 25, 2008Science fiction and fantasy. To much of the literate world, they're the same thing—they even get shelved in the same section at all but the most enlightened bookstores. Yet among those who enjoy these genres the most, the lines between the two are sharp and expansive (even if no two people agree on where that line is drawn). Many of the friends whose book recommendations...
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Duelist

Pathfinder RPG Prestige Classes

... Pathfinder RPG Prestige Classes Wednesday, October 22, 2008There were a fair number of rules that had to be cut from the Beta Playtest Edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Prestige classes were one of the unfortunate casualties. Fortunately, along with the magic of the Internet, we can release these rules to you for playtesting and review. This document will be available on Monday, October 27th from paizo.com, but in anticipation, we thought we might give you a sneak peak at one of...
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Pathfinder #15—Second Darkness Chapter 3:

Drow-chemy

... Drow-chemy Monday, September 8, 2008As the Second Darkness Adventure Path progresses, the PCs will become more and more familiar with the countless ways the drow have to inflict pain, suffering, and ruin. In Pathfinder #15, alchemy is added to the dark elves' arsenal, including alchemical ammunition for their ubiquitous hand crossbows. ... Acid Bolts: These metal bolts have a glass section in the middle, filled with acid. On a successful hit, they deal normal damage and 1d4 points of...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Gods & Magic (OGL)

Good Versus Evil

... Good Versus Evil Friday, August 22, 2008One of the most rewarding parts of seeing the upcoming Gods and Magic come together is seeing each of Golarion's core 20 deities illustrated. We've seen a few show up here and there in Pathfinder already, but in this book, it's all of them! Pictured here are two of our world's deities—sinister Asmodeus and indomitable Iomedae. James Jacobs ... Pathfinder Editor-in-Chief ...
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Pathfinder #13—Second Darkness Chapter 1:

Putting the Adventure in Your Hands

Putting the Adventure in Your Hands Wednesday, July 23, 2008Next month's Pathfinder marks more than just the launch of the Second Darkness Adventure Path, it also premieres a new addition to Pathfinder's pages with the first of our new Set Piece adventures! Eight-page adventures tied to that month's Adventure Path entry, Set Pieces present GMs with a host of options whether they're playing the ongoing Adventure Path, running their own games, or simply need an iconic location. Each Set Piece...
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Pathfinder Companion: Second Darkness (OGL)

Character Traits, Part II

... Character Traits, Part II Monday, July 21, 2008Back on June 23, I gave you a preview of the Character Traits system we're introducing in the Pathfinder Companion line. There, I'd mentioned that there were several different kinds of traits for you to mix and match—with a single trait roughly equaling half a feat in power, by picking to Character Traits your character effectively starts with a bonus feat that's tailored specifically to his or her background and personality. ... Today,...
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Pathfinder Companion: Second Darkness (OGL)

A Legacy of Lavender

A Legacy of Lavender Wednesday, July 9, 2008Next month, readers of Pathfinder #13 will meet Saul Vancaskerkin and Clegg Zincher, two scheming crime bosses from Varisia's famed pirate paradise, Riddleport. But the premiere entry in the Second Darkness Adventure Path isn't the first time the Vancaskerkin family and Boss Zincher (Pathfinder #14's cover boy), have shown up in Pathfinder. Would you believe that both received a nod all the way back in Pathfinder #1?! Turns out that the...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Campaign Setting (OGL)

Raising Hellknights!

Raising Hellknights! Monday, July 7, 2008A little over a year ago we started doing this thing called Pathfinder—you might have heard of it. Early on, we decided that its first volume would debut with a guide speaking directly to players, telling them a bit about the world we'd been cooking up. But honestly, at the time, we knew very little about said world. As James set to writing the premiere Pathfinder adventure, Burnt Offerings, I was tasked with drumming up that something for...
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Pathfinder Module W3: Flight of the Red Raven (OGL)

Exploring Paizo's Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Part 5

Exploring Paizo's Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Part 5 Thursday, June 19, 2008 We know that a pathfinder's loyalties are often split between the Society and the nation that birthed them. We ask only that you endeavor to keep your interests in discovery and exploration ahead of your country's interests. ... —Venture Captain Alissa Moldreserva ... In Part 1, we unveiled our first faction, Andoran, and spoke a little about the faction system we'll use in Pathfinder Society Organized...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Campaign Setting (OGL)

Off to Press!

... Off to Press! Wednesday, June 18, 2008So now that we sent all our Gen Con releases off to the printer (thanks to some pretty crazy hours worked last week), things seem weirdly calm and relaxed here at Paizo. Which is dangerous! We don’t want to fall behind again so soon after we just got caught up! ... For my part, much of the last month has been spent buried in Pathfinder’s Adventure Paths, so it was pretty exciting over the last week to finally come up for air (even if that was merely...
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Pathfinder #13—Second Darkness Chapter 1:

Meet the NPCS: Allevrah of Kyonin

... Meet the NPCS: Allevrah of Kyonin Monday, June 16, 2008For the first twelve installments of Pathfinder, we introduced our twelve iconic adventurers. With Second Darkness, our third Adventure Path, we're switching tactics. Since there's only 11 core classes (we kind of cheated with Seltyiel a little, making him our iconic multiclass character), starting with Pathfinder #13 our cover characters are instead iconic NPCs from the current adventure path or campaign. Of course, that means that...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Campaign Setting (OGL)

Exploring Paizo's Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Part 3

Exploring Paizo's Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Part 3 Thursday, June 12, 2008 As for your life and limb I make no promises, young novice. Rest assured that you shall never succumb to boredom and your exploits will be sung and scripted for the common folk to marvel. ... —Venture Captain Alissa Moldreserva ... In Part 1, we unveiled our first faction, Andoran, and spoke a little about the faction system we'll use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. In Part 2, we unveiled our...
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Pathfinder Companion: Second Darkness (OGL)

A Favorable Companion—Character Trait Design Philosophy

... A Favorable Companion Wednesday, June 11, 2008We're finishing up a whole bunch of great products this week, all of which will be available at Gen Con in a couple months. As most of you are probably keenly aware, we launch a whole new Adventure Path in August with the first 96-page chapter of Second Darkness. In addition, we provide the most comprehensive look at Golarion and the Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting with our expansive 256-page campaign setting hardcover. Not to be...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Campaign Setting (OGL)

Exploring Paizo's Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Part 2

Exploring Paizo's Pathfinder Society Organized Play, Part 2 Thursday, June 5, 2008 No barfly at the local tavern who blusters on about his adventures shall ever know the heart-pounding rush of facing down the winds of Abendego on the prow of a pirate king's ship, or the majesty of the dawning sun cresting the Sphinx's brow at Sothis. ... —Venture Captain Alissa Moldreserva ... In Part 1, we unveiled our first faction, Andoran, and spoke a little about the factions system we'll use in...
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Pathfinder #11—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 5:

Visiting Belkzen

... Visiting Belkzen Monday, June 2, 2008In Pathfinder #11, we journey into the hostile, orc-infested Hold of Belkzen. While the adventure “Skeletons of Scarwall” itself is primarily limited to one single ruin in this savage land, we also have a gazetteer of the Hold in case you want to do some sightseeing along the way. All manner of surprises and dangers await discovery therein—check out the following two sample locations excerpted from the article as examples! ... The Brimstone...
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Pathfinder #12—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 6:

Meet The Iconics: Seltyiel

Meet The Iconics: Seltyiel Monday, May 26, 2008Born from a dead mother amid screams and disgrace, this sickly half-elf would never have survived had he fallen into his stepfather's waiting arms. In a cruel trick of fate, his half-sister's tears stole the infant Seltyiel's chance for a mercifully short life. ... The bastard son of the duped Lady Phiaura Bhrostra and the brigand-sorcerer Lairsaph—the so-called Feign Prince of Cheliax's Whisperwood—Seltyiel was never meant to...
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Pathfinder #10—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 4:

Meet The Artists: Concept Art House

Meet The Artists: Concept Art House Monday, May 19, 2008So, it struck me that we haven't spent much time on this blog talking about art. We've shown off plenty of it, but remember, it all has to come from somewhere! Sometimes we go to specific artists to get illustrations for Pathfinder products, but we also work with several studios of artists as well. One of our favorites to work with is Concept Art House. ... Concept Art House is an international art studio/outsourcing company whose...
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Pathfinder #10—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 4:

The Cinderlander

... The Cinderlander Monday, May 12, 2008In A History of Ashes, you'll be introduced to a wide cast of misfits, troublemakers, heroes, anti-heroes, and outright villains. The complicated part? For many of these NPCs, which of those roles they'll end up playing will depend on how the PCs interact with them. One such character is the mysterious Cinderlander, a man whose family was slaughtered by the Shoanti, leaving him with nothing but a burning need for vengeance. He abandoned his former life...
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Pathfinder #13—Second Darkness Chapter 1:

Second Darkness

... Second Darkness Friday, May 2, 2008With Pathfinder #12, we'll have introduced our twelve core iconic characters, the heroes you'll see going up against the bad guys in all Pathinfder products. These iconics are basically meant to be stand-ins for your PCs, but once we hit our 11th one (Lini the gnome druid), we'd covered all of the core classes. Our 12th iconic will be our iconic multiclass character—a fighter/sorcerer (keep an eye for his debut on our blog in a few weeks), but...
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Pathfinder Module W3: Flight of the Red Raven (OGL)

Meet the Red Raven

... Meet the Red Raven Wednesday, April 23, 2008Last year, we ran a contest to determine who would write for us the module W3: Flight of the Red Raven. We received more than 150 entries. The eventual winner, frequent Dragon-contributor David Schwartz, handed over a great adventure. We look forward to working with David again in the future. ... Presented here is the Red Raven as he appears in the module, which will be available in May! ... Mike McArtor ... Editor ...
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PZOTGL3002-Lincoln

The Yetisburg Address

... The Yetisburg Address Tuesday, April 22, 2008A few appropriate remarks, spoken by President Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863, after a two-hour fusillade of yowling by the Right Abominable Statesman, Senator Everett OrYARRadoogOOch'ook!ook!: ... Four score and seven yetis ago, our fathers discovered on the northern fringes of this continent a new breed of soldier, conceived in the Belly of Hell, and dedicated to the proposition that not only men are created equal. ... Now we are engaged...
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Pathfinder #9—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 3:

The Red Mantis

... The Red Mantis Monday, April 21, 2008In Pathfinder #9, we officially introduce one of Golarion's most sinister villains—the order of assassins known as the Red Mantis. Clad in signature red and black armor, wielding serrated blades, and wearing magical mantis masks to enhance their sight and to strike fear into the hearts of their victims, the Red Mantis have long stalked the nights and nightmares of their prey. Dutiful and discreet, professional and deadly effective, these killers'...
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Pathfinder #11—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 5:

Meet the Iconics: Lini

... Meet the Iconics: Lini Monday, April 14, 2008In her many explorations and journeys, Lini encountered numerous large animal predators, with whom she seemed to possess a certain affinity. More than once, Lini's traveling companions or enclave came under threat from some great bear or razor-clawed cat, but with a series of soothing noises and precise motions Lini always tamed the beast and sent it on its way. ... Lini's success at calming animals came to an end one day when a snow leopard...
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Pathfinder #9—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 3:

Quarantine!

... Quarantine! Friday, April 11, 2008Queen Ileosa quarantines Old Korvosa! Bridges destroyed! People separated from their families! The shipments of supplies grind to a halt! Chaos ensues! Check out the great art that tracks the quarantine of Old Korvosa, from Pathfinder #9. ... Mike McArtor ... Editor ...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Gazetteer (OGL)

Andoran

... Andoran Thursday, April 10, 2008Andoran, the home of Darkmoon Vale and, by extension, Falcon's Hollow, was once a holding of Imperial Cheliax. With the death of Aroden and rise of Infernal Cheliax, Andoran broke away and became its own nation—one based on the rule of the people. The following information, pulled from the Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer, gives just a little look into Avistan's most powerful republic. ... Today, Andoran owes its power to a consortium of political...
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PZOTGL3002-Soldier

A Letter from the Front

... A Letter from the Front Tuesday, April 8, 2008Dearest Clarabelle, ... It's been passing long since last we embraced. After months of fighting in this damnable battle between the states, I fear I shall never hold you in my arms again. It's the Yetis, Clarabelle—they've torn off my arms at the shoulders. I write this hasty note to you with pen firmly in mouth. I trust my tears shall not disrupt the ink and that our love will carry me through the challenging months to come. ... In the...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Gazetteer (OGL)

The Proud Chelaxians

... The Proud Chelaxians Thursday, April 3, 2008The Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer contains all the common races you're used to—dwarves, elves, gnomes, halflings, the half-breeds, and humans. It also contains, however, numerous human ethnicities that exist across the Inner Sea region of Golarion. Among the most numerous of these ethnicities are the Chelaxians, a group descended from the ancient Azlanti themselves. The following quote appears in the Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer, in a...
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Pathfinder #10—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 4:

Meet the Iconics: Amiri

... Meet the Iconics: Amiri Monday, March 31, 2008 There are a million ways to die in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords. The natives of this brutal land are the nomadic Kellids, and they have made the best of this primal world. Amiri is one of these barbarians. Although she was blessed with a combination of independence and brawn, Amiri's childhood remained one of constant challenge. To the people of her tribe, the Six Bears, brawn and bravery were not ideal characteristics for a woman to have....
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GaryGygax

Gary Gygax: Remembered

... Gary Gygax: Remembered Tuesday, March 4, 2008The galley proofs for Gary Gygax's novel, The Samarkand Solution, are sitting on my desk right now, ready for the final check-off before we send the book to the printer. Sitting above my desk, packed into little cardboard sleeves, are dozens of copies of Dragon, the original RPG magazine for which Gygax served as publisher in its earliest days. Until recently, I served as publisher of that magazine, and it always made me proud to know I was...
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Pathfinder #9—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 3:

Meet the Iconics: Sajan

... Meet the Iconics: Sajan Monday, March 3rd, 2008Birthed to parents of the padaprajna caste of warriors in beautiful Vudra, Sajan Gadadvara and his twin sister Sajni learned to hold a temple sword before they could walk. Strict padaprajna discipline forged a tight bond between the twins, who spent even their infrequent times of rest together, practicing the latest martial techniques taught to them. On their twelfth birthday, the twins were forcefully separated: Sajan went to live with the...
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Pathfinder #8—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 2:

The Doctor is In

... The Doctor is In Monday, February 18, 2008 How sick would you have to be before you'd drink the tonic this man is offering you? ... In Pathfinder #8's Seven Days to the Grave, your characters get to find out. The cheery chap pictured here is one of the Queen's Physicians, part of Queen Ileosa's official response to the plague that strikes Korvosa in the second installment of the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path. Of course, we can't take full credit for the costume design for...
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Introducing Gaedren Lamm

... Introducing Gaedren Lamm Monday, February 4, 2008 See that wretched fellow over there? The creepy old man with the ratty clothes and the pet alligator? That would be Gaedren Lamm, one of the first villains your PCs will be facing in the new Pathfinder Adventure Path, Curse of the Crimson Throne. One part criminal mastermind (like Fagin from Oliver Twist), one part feeble but bitter and evil old man (like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons), and one part classic RPG guild master of thieves,...
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Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Korvosa (OGL)

The Sable Company

... The Sable Company Thursday, January 31, 2008 The Guide to Korvosa details Varisia's unofficial capital, a militaristic city tolerant of fiends but ever strict in its applications of law and punishment (especially the punishment). Three military branches protect the city from external and internal threats: the peacekeeping Korvosan Guard, the hard-hearted Hellknights of the Order of the Nail, and the elite hippogriff riders of the Sable Company. Here is just a taste of what the beloved...
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Pathfinder #7—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 1:

Meet the Iconics: Lem

... Meet the Iconics: Lem Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Although Lem was raised in the lap of luxury, his childhood was anything but comfortable. He had the unfortunate luck to be born into slavery, to a mother indentured to one of Cheliax's countless noble families. Lem was sold a half dozen times to different nobles before he reached the age of two. Such is the fate of most of Cheliax's halflings (often called slips by that nation's citizens). Halflings are much valued as slaves in Cheliax...
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GameMastery Module U2: Hangman's Noose (OGL)

Meet the Suspects: Part 2

... Meet the Suspects: Part 2 Thursday, January 3, 2008Last week, we introduced four of the eight suspects the PCs will have to investigate while they are trapped in a haunted courthouse with time running out. Here are the other four candidates for the Hangman's Noose: ... The Fool: Ebin Blithoddle is a peculiar gnome who dresses in motley and has a stupid joke and a bad pun for every occasion. Despite the fact that he couldn't make a hyena laugh, the poor old sod refuses to quit, dancing and...
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Pathfinder #7—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 1:

Long Live the Queen!

... Long Live the Queen! Friday, December 28, 2007Queen Ileosa Arabasti, the beautiful young wife of Korvosa's current monarch, isn't very popular among the nobles and citizens of her city. Not that she cares all that much about what those lesser fools think of her. Keeping the rabble happy is her husband's job, after all—Ileosa's got more important things on her mind. But what could those things be? ... Stay tuned in to Pathfinder, for as we begin our second Adventure Path, Curse of the...
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GameMastery Module U2: Hangman's Noose (OGL)

Quick Drop, Sudden Stop

... Quick Drop, Sudden Stop Thursday, December 27, 2007 Hangman's Noose is the first real murder mystery adventure set in the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting. As such, it includes a host of suspects, both charming and nefarious. And while each one might have had a hand in the mistrial that caused the haunting in this adventure, one of them truly deserves to hang. If your PCs can't uncover the culprit by dawn, their necks might hang in the murderer's place. Here are just a few of the...
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Meet the Iconics: Seelah

Meet the Iconics: Seelah Monday, December 17, 2007Although still viewed by many theologians and traditionalists as a newcomer to the world's faiths, Iomedae the Inheritor seems poised for greatness among the divine. Certainly her numerous orders of paladins have risen swiftly to take on the vaunted role of paragon in many societies. Evangelical in their exuberance to spread word of her wisdom, Iomedae's missionaries were pivotal in the defense during the fabled Siege of Solku. They sacrificed...
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Meet the Iconics: Harsk

Meet the Iconics: Harsk Tuesday, November 20, 2007Not all dwarves are meant for the mines. As a young dwarf, Harsk spent every spare moment outdoors under the wide skies of southeastern Varisia, particularly at night beneath the stars, where his keen vision made him a hunter without compare. While generally uninterested in his family's traditional smithing, he still inherited enough of their tinkering ability to construct his own crossbow, a heavy, highly accurate weapon that few others are...
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Meet the Iconics: Ezren

Meet the Iconics: Ezren Friday, October 26, 2007 For many adventurers, wanderlust strikes at a young age when minds are impressionable and the urge to escape the doldrums of homelife become too much to resist. In other cases, there's never a choice at all—being raised on the streets leaves few other options available for those who do not wish to become criminals. Rarest are those who come to adventuring late in life.This was Ezren's path to adventure. Born to a successful spice merchant...
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GameMastery Module U1: Gallery of Evil (OGL)

Meet the Competition

Meet the Competition Tuesday, October 16, 2007Welcome to Sothis, capital of the great desert nation of Osirion, gateway to the mysteries of the sands. Centuries ago, the legendary ancient pharaohs ruled over a nation of sorcerers and slaves with an iron fist, wielding godlike magical abilities unlike anything in the modern world. Now they are gone, and all that remains of their wonder and terror lies buried beneath the dunes, concealed in vast stone pyramids and protected by traps and curses...
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The Ivy District

The Ivy District Thursday, October 4, 2007GameMastery Module U1: Gallery of Evil takes place against the backdrop of the largest city in Golarion: Absalom. This burgeoning metropolis is filled to the brim with people from all walks of life across three continents. Easily the most cosmopolitan city in the world, Absalom must expect the unexpected. In the jaded manner common to many large cities, nothing really surprises them. ... While we intend to unveil more about our iconic major city over...
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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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Shadows Behind the Canvas

Shadows Behind the Canvas Friday, September 28, 2007In his years of studying magical art, the sinister Imron Gauthfallow has collected a number of unique pieces from across the continent. But when he looted a spectacular piece from the abandoned mansion of a dead elven scholar, he got more than he bargained for. When he unveiled the painting in his own gallery, he unwittingly released a shadowy lurker. ... These undead spirits of darkness were once the celebrated elven artisans. Betrayed by...
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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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Science in the Dungeon

Science in the Dungeon Tuesday, August 28, 2007If there's anything that the other editors and I butt heads about around here, it's the amount of science that should be present in our fantasy—or rather, the amount of science fiction. I make no bones about the fact that I'm a huge sci-fi fan, and if given my druthers I'll almost always err on the side of too much rather than too little. Which means that, given the overall traditional RPG fantasy feel of our campaign setting, it usually...
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Meet the Iconics: Kyra

Meet the Iconics: Kyra Monday, July 30, 2007The priests of Sarenrae lead double lives. Known to her faithful as the Dawnflower, the Healing Flame, and the Everlight, she teaches temperance and patience in all things. Compassion and peace are her greatest virtues, and if enemies of the faith can be redeemed, they should be. Yet there are those who have no interest in redemption, who glory in slaughter and death. From the remorseless evil of the undead and fiends to the cruelties born in the...
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Meet the Iconics: Merisiel

Meet the Iconics: Merisiel Monday, July 23, 2007The elves have a name for elven children unfortunate enough to be born and raised in human society—the Forlorn. In a few rare cases, these foundlings or orphaned elves find loving homes with humans, although the fact that, over the course of their childhood, one-time playmates become their effective guardians and foster parents results in a strangely skewed sense of the self. Most Forlorn aren't as fortunate—they live on the streets...
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The New Kids

The New Kids Friday, July 13, 2007 Readers who've had a chance to check out D1: Crown of the Kobold King have doubtless noticed the pre-generated characters at the back. But whereas Valeros and Seoni both had pictures... we didn't have illustrations for our human cleric of Sarenrae, Kyra, or our stabby short-tempered elven rogue, Merisiel. Look for each of these two to get their own Meet the Iconics entries in our blog in a few weeks, but for now, these awesome sketches from Wayne Reynolds...
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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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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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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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Meet the Iconics: Seoni Thursday, May 10, 2007Back by popular demand,...

Meet the Iconics: Seoni Thursday, May 10, 2007Back by popular demand, the second in our line of Wayne-Reynolds-designed iconic characters is the beautiful and mysterious sorceress Seoni. ... Unlike the barbarians-gone-native on the eastern plateau or the colonial Chelliaxian immigrants of the south, Seoni is a native Varisian, a nomadic race whose closest real-world cultural analogue is the Romani. Or at least, she's mostly Varisian—as might be apparent from her otherworldly grace,...
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Meet the Iconics: Valeros Monday, May 7, 2007One of the many lessons...

Meet the Iconics: Valeros Monday, May 7, 2007One of the many lessons we've learned in our tour with Dragon and Dungeon is that people like iconic characters. A lot. It seems like every day a new thread pops up on our messageboards wanting to know more about the ill-fated Abelard the paladin, the tiefling fighter, or James Jacobs's notorious Tyralandi Scrimm. As such, when we sat down to develop the iconics for Pathfinder, we knew going into it that what we came up with needed to be more than...
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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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    Attention To Detail: The Story Behind Pathfinder's...

    Attention To Detail: The Story Behind Pathfinder's Supporting Material Saturday, April 21, 2007When coming up with the format for Pathfinder, one of the biggest questions we faced as a team was, Okay, adventure path, check—but what else is going to be in there? While we knew that the adventure that is the heart of each volume would grab people, that only accounts for a bit over half of each book. Something that's hard to grasp until you're actually staring down the...
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