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Paizo Annouces Japan Relief Auction

Thursday March 31, 2011

Yesterday we published on the blog the official "Meet the Iconics" for Nakayama Hayato, the iconic samurai from the city of Oda in distant Minkai. The son of the chief falconer and his wife, Hayato—whose name means "falcon"—quickly proved just as proficient with the dangerous birds as his father, emulating their proud and fierce natures. In time, Hayato grew to become a powerful warrior, rising to the position of head samurai of the Nakayama holdings. When his master's son died in a drunken duel at the age of twenty, Lord Nakayama began to look more and more to Hayato as a son, even allowing him to take the family name. Hayato no longer lives in Minkai but now makes his home in the Inner Sea region, upholding the samurai code he has sworn.

In yesterday's blog post we announced that, in partnership with Wayne Reynolds, Paizo would auction the original painting of Hayato, along with staff-signed Special Edition copies of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook and Pathfinder RPG Bestiary. These special edition copies of the rulebooks are limited to fewer than 100 copies each, and available only to Paizo staff members. But now, you can own a copy, too! With gilt pages and gold foil cover lettering, and signed by the entire Paizo staff and cover artist Wayne Reynolds, this collectible first printing merits a special place on your gaming bookshelf. All proceeds from the auctions will be donated to the Red Cross Society, an organization with extraordinary disaster response capabilities. It has mobilized eleven teams to heavily damaged communities in Japan to provide assessments and first aid and to supply emotional support and relief.

"All of us at Paizo have been devastated by the recent events in Japan, and when Wayne Reynolds contacted me with the idea to auction his original Pathfinder art, I knew this was a tangible way Paizo could help those impacted by the destruction," said CEO Lisa Stevens. "We're hoping to harness the power of our fans in an effort of goodwill to help those in need."

Hayato will appear in August 2011's Ultimate Combat, a 256-page hardcover reference that reveals the martial secrets of the Pathfinder RPG rules like never before. Hayato represents the samurai class, a warrior with more honor, dedication, and resolve than any other. Trained from an early age in the art of war and sworn to the service of a lord, the samurai holds a position of power and respect. In him, the common folk see honor and sacrifice. He is an honorable warrior, dedicated to the realm and the leaders that guide it.

To take part in this special charity auction please visit the Paizo eBay storefront and the Paizo website at paizo.com.

Hyrum Savage.
Marketing and Organized Play Manager

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I can't believe the auctions are set to ship to the United States only.

You're usually great at taking care of your international fan base, so I hope this is just an error. If it's not, well… it's sad.


Shipping only to the US? It says Free Shipping, but doesn't say about any international destinations.

Would it, perchance, be possible to get this shipped to other countries as well (doesn't have to be for free)?


I thought I'd set the auctions for international shipping as well.

Yes, we'll ship internationally for free.

Hyrum.

Liberty's Edge

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Kudos, Paizo. Thanks for the opportunity to get great stuff and help out with the relief efforts in some way.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Logged on to eBay for the first time in over a year. Some lucky SOB gonna get the beautiful art. I was hoping for a CRB, but prices going up quick.

EDIT: I guess I can try for a CRB and Bestiality book set.

Dark Archive

Class Act guys and gals.

Lisa please award the whole staff extra Hero Points the next time they level up.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Awesome gesture, Paizo!!

I hope these sell high!!

(btw love the gilded fonts on those covers, really stands out)


I really like this idea, unfortunately, I don't have the deep pockets needed to win one of these auctions. I wish there was a way small pocket people could get involved.

Idea #1: Raffle for one of the books. Each dollar donated it one ticket. Paizo staff picks a ticket at random and winner gets (fill in the blank) ... signed regular copy of Ultimate Magic or Inner Sea Guide.

Idea #2: Purchase any Paizo product on April #, and ___% will go to the red cross.

-Swiftbrook
Just My Thougths


Cool, but...

Any particular reason identical books are separate auctions? Listing them that way could end up leaving a significant amount of money on the table.

Oh, and...bid in. :)

Grand Lodge

Bid in. Hoping to win one of each book :)

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Michael Brock wrote:
Bid in. Hoping to win one of each book :)

You sir, are my new nemesis!

Liberty's Edge

Thank you, Paizo.

Off to add you to the appropriate pages on RPG Resource where industry fund-raising efforts are recorded, acknowledged and celebrated!


Spreading the word on my own Facebook page. Going to make an offer in a bit. Thanks Paizo for this amazing opportunity to help!

Scarab Sages

Geez! $780US for the Hayato artwork! This is awesome guys.

This is one of the reasons why I consider Paizo to be the best company in the world!

Silver Crusade

<3's all around you guys.

Dark Archive

Umm.... Hello, how is no one addressing that someone here wants to get his hands on a book about "Bestiality" *LeBlanc* (hinthinthint)

Funniest typo i have ever seen

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Swiftbrook wrote:
Idea #1: Raffle for one of the books. Each dollar donated it one ticket. Paizo staff picks a ticket at random and winner gets (fill in the blank) ... signed regular copy of Ultimate Magic or Inner Sea Guide.

I understand where you're coming from, and in theory, it's a great idea... but in practice, our lawyer discourages us from running internet contests that involve taking money, especially when the contest also involves luck.

Swiftbrook wrote:
Idea #2: Purchase any Paizo product on April #, and ___% will go to the red cross.

I'll draw Lisa's attention to that idea.


What medium is the painting in? It says original painting so I assume it is not a digital print.


Ganryu wrote:
What medium is the painting in? It says original painting so I assume it is not a digital print.

It's on an art board with the colors being, believe it or not, paints from Reaper Miniatures.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

I'll say this as someone who owns a few of Wayne's original art (the hunting horror crashing through a stained glass window from the d20 CoC book, the goblins from the cover of "Burnt Offerings," and Merisiel from the cover of "Hook Mountain Massacre)—his art looks MUCH more awesome in the original form than it does even in high-res scans. The amount of detail he gets in there is amazing. You'll be able to see the brush strokes and the actual buildup of paint on the board when you win this auction, whoever you might be.

Dark Archive

Well after 16 hours of holding pole position my top bid for the Iconic Samurai was brushed off ... still thinking of making another bid but its getting a tad rich for my blood.

This is a tax write off right ?

Dark Archive

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I'm conflicted on this. On one side, I want these items to go cheap to whoever wins the items. At the same time I want these to go high, so that there can be as much money to help with the relief efforts. If only there were a way to have both.


baron arem heshvaun wrote:

This is a tax write off right ?

You'll have to check with your tax professional, none of us have many ranks in Profession (Accountant). :D

Hyrum.

Dark Archive

Hyrum Savage wrote:


You'll have to check with your tax professional, none of us have many ranks in Profession (Accountant).

Shot him an email. Unfortunately he's on West Coast time like you fine folks. And he does not work Saturday. I should borrow some manacles from the Paizo offices.

Top bid for Samurai is just $1.12 above my final bid ... I think I have to get my feet wet in the bids again.

Dark Archive Contributor

Hey guys, this is super, super awesome! ^_^

Yay for Paizo and everyone bidding! \o/


Mike McArtor wrote:

Hey guys, this is super, super awesome! ^_^

Yay for Paizo and everyone bidding! \o/

Haven't I seen you somewhere before . . . ;)


Mike McArtor wrote:

Hey guys, this is super, super awesome! ^_^

Yay for Paizo and everyone bidding! \o/

Who are you again? ~grins~ Welcome back, MM.

Dark Archive

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Chris Ballard wrote:
I'm conflicted on this. On one side, I want these items to go cheap to whoever wins the items. At the same time I want these to go high, so that there can be as much money to help with the relief efforts. If only there were a way to have both.

No, I'm not gonna try screwing over anyone.

Dark Archive

Mike McArtor wrote:

Hey guys, this is super, super awesome! ^_^

Yay for Paizo and everyone bidding! \o/

Peeks at thread.

Falls off chair.

Peeks at thread again.

Falls off chair again.

Well hello Mike !


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game Subscriber
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
This is a tax write off right ?

My understanding of the eBay help page for this topic says "no, it's not."

Dark Archive

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How are the items going to be shipped?

Dark Archive

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Chris Ballard wrote:
How are the items going to be shipped?

Any idea?

Paizo Employee Chief Operating Officer, Web Store Manager

Chris Ballard wrote:
Chris Ballard wrote:
How are the items going to be shipped?
Any idea?

These will be shipped UPS Ground and with utmost care.

Dark Archive

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Jeff Alvarez wrote:
Chris Ballard wrote:
Chris Ballard wrote:
How are the items going to be shipped?
Any idea?
These will be shipped UPS Ground and with utmost care.

Ok, thank you.

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