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GameMastery Guide Preview: It's Here!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Illustration by Andrew Hou

As I write this Cosmo is standing in our warehouse, shin deep in packing Styrofoam, yelling about "peanuts" to anyone who passes by. Such strangeness might be chalked up to the daunting nature of his task—though it is hard to tell with Cos—as he's surrounded by huge walls of boxes filled with books. Guides, of a sort. GameMastery Guides, even. Which he's helping to ship out right now. That's right, the GameMastery Guide is shipping at this very moment. Tomorrow at PaizoCon hundreds of gamers will pick up their copies of our newest hardcover, getting one of the world's first looks at this indispensable new arsenal for Pathfinder GMs. In the days and hours to follow, subscribers and game stores should also be receiving their copies (if they're not there already), so keep an eye on your mailboxes and store shelves. And if you don't have your copy spoken for already... well, I won't get into numbers, but you might want to speak up soon! They're on sale now, so the time is finally here!

With the wait being almost over I could close this out here... but that seems lame. But what's left to talk about? We've looked at the rules, the art, the crazy extra elements, the dozens of pregenerated NPCs, the hundreds of charts, the art again, and tons more. Well, how about we look at it all again—in a totally new way. Below is the complete index for the GameMastery Guide, listing every topic, every table, and every NPC in this giant. That's it. That's everything. The whole book. How's that for a preview?

So thanks to everyone for reading, commenting, and being so excited about one of this year's biggest releases. And if you haven't checked out the GameMastery Guides and my past previews already, just click on the "Game Mastering" tag below for a look back at what everybody's been talking about.

As for what's next, next week it's time for something completely different.

F. Wesley Schneider
Managing Editor

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Tags: Andrew Hou Dragons Game Mastering Goblins Kobolds Monsters Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Dark Archive

From adventurers to watch captains and everything in between

That is one sexy preview !

: D

Silver Crusade

Player Personalities: Glass Jaw.
Villains: Escape Kit.


Book not in downloads yet.

/target Cosmo
/send "Ship my book now, you misbegotten eyeless construct !"

Dark Archive

TPK appears to have its own section and falls on two pages. I just wonder if it tells how to work with it or... how to make sure it happens! >:-)

I love that you guys also indexed the tables and NPCs. Nice touch!

ooh... Space travel and Time travel. I didn't expect to see something like that. Very nice!

Dark Archive

don't forget that goblin in the dragon costume! im going to get myself one of those

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
ulgulanoth wrote:
don't forget that goblin in the dragon costume! im going to get myself one of those

I thought that was a kobold costume ... or hide.

Cosmo in the Blog wrote:


Well at least there is some historic pedigree in that statement.

Silver Crusade

Illusion of free choice.
Cheat sheet.
Things found on the Roadside.

Dark Archive

Undead Uprisings.
Resting in dungeons.
New hazards.


Mothman wrote:
I thought that was a kobold costume ... or hide.

I thought it was kobold hide too. On an unrelated note, where is Kobold Cleaver?


Dark Archive

Since my copy is still on its way, I think I will need to steal someone else's book...

Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

It''s... BEE-YOO-TEE-FULL!!! *twinkle*twinkle*

EDIT: BTW, this thread needs to be fixed so it shows up from the blog page link.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Oh I loved all the little goblins spread through. The dragon/goblin is just oen of them.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32

Warning: Grognard humor follows.

What, no Random Prostitute Table? What good is a GM guide with only one prostitute? :P

Argh, more taunting us with sneak peeks! :)

Also, along with an order for a plush Beaky the Unluckiest Owlbear, I'd also like a plush Goblin dressed up in a Dragon costume.

Okay, now I can add another goblin picture (making three now) to the list that would be perfect for my PbP character. Hurry up and add them to the avatar list, people! ;)

Grand Lodge

yeah that was really cute! Funny how them wicked goblins can be so darn lovable... before they eat your face off

so... goin through the index topics *I* find interesting...

disasters- lava bombs- wow they actually went there! a plumbers worst nightmare sure, but should we REALLY deal with that in a game?
extraterrestrials- please phone home, your mommy is worried about you
hazards- accursed pool sounds interesting
hazards- ROT GRUBS! I HATED those things in AD&D as a player!
mazes (and monsters- awful movie but good topic)
puzzles and riddles
space travel
steam power
time travel- Dr. Who?

Cultural Titles- back again... no more searching online!
Dragons Lair
Goblin Den
Unholy Temple
Wild Magic Effects
lol Things Found on the Roadside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and every one of the pregenerated NPC stats!

nope... nothing to keep me occupied at all... how lame and boring couldn't you guys put together something of interest! lol

thanks looks like FUN!

The Exchange

Pathfinder Modules Subscriber

Steam Power

Envisions a new steam punk campaign. :)

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

Gorbacz wrote:
Illusion of free choice.

Heh. This is one of my favorites, and the heart of the Game Master's art as far as I'm concerned.

Dark Archive

Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

Argh, more taunting us with sneak peeks! :)

Also, along with an order for a plush Beaky the Unluckiest Owlbear, I'd also like a plush Goblin dressed up in a Dragon costume.


scratch that... +11

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 32

Epic Meepo wrote:
What, no Random Prostitute Table? What good is a GM guide with only one prostitute? :P

You'll enjoy the prostitute NPC write-up.

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