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Plunder and Pillage!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Avast! We've stolen your weekly Advanced Race Guide* preview because the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path starts now! Download the free Skull & Shackles Player's Guide, full of ideas and advice to help create all sorts of scallywags, swashbucklers, and other seaworthy characters perfect for this piratical campaign. Also, look inside for a preview of some of the high-seas challenges and new subsystems you can expect to see featured in the most grog-guzzling, plank-walking, keelhauling Pathfinder Adventure Path to date.

If you haven't already made your mark and subscribed to Pathfinder Adventure Path for the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path, there's still time. But Pathfinder Adventure Path #55: "The Wormwood Mutiny" releases soon, so get onboard before this ship leaves port!

F. Wesley Schneider
Captaining Editor

*We'll give it back to later in the week... if ye be lucky. Yarr!

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YES!!!

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

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Joseph Wilson wrote:
YES!!!

That be all ye got? Wit that avatar to boot! Where be your pirate pride!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I was hoping for the ARG preview, or a Blood of Fiends preview.

sorry, but I am looking more forward to the ARG

Andoran

Time to unlock piratey goodness for Ovariep, goblin cleric of Zogmugot!


3 people marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

What no Advance Races preview, for this insult I should cancel my subscription. We haven't even gotten a real preview for the Advanced races book yet. We have three of the five blogs are things I could really care less about, I don't collect minitures anymore, I don't read the short stories, and I don't care much for pathfinder society play, so that only leaves two possible blogs of interest a week.


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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Joseph Wilson wrote:
YES!!!
That be all ye got? Wit that avatar to boot! Where be your pirate pride!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Excitement got the best of me barnacles!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

For folks complaining about the lack of ARG preview (and also, seriously?) are you just intentionally ignoring the last sentence of the blog?


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Dragon78 wrote:
What no Advance Races preview, for this insult I should cancel my subscription. We haven't even gotten a real preview for the Advanced races book yet. We have three of the five blogs are things I could really care less about, I don't collect minitures anymore, I don't read the short stories, and I don't care much for pathfinder society play, so that only leaves two possible blogs of interest a week.

I happen to agree with Dragon78

In fact I cancelled my subscription, a week or two ago.
Why? I don't like pirates, and sea battles

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

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Dragon78 wrote:
What no Advance Races preview, for this insult I should cancel my subscription. We haven't even gotten a real preview for the Advanced races book yet. We have three of the five blogs are things I could really care less about, I don't collect minitures anymore, I don't read the short stories, and I don't care much for pathfinder society play, so that only leaves two possible blogs of interest a week.

We've had a few tidbits about the ARG in the blog, but we're still a fair bit away from its release. However, if you have any suggestions or opinions you'd like to share about the blogs, please feel free to post in the Website Feedback forum.


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Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Well, everyone's tastes are different. I couldn't care less about another ARG preview, the book holds no interest for me. And this is finally another AP I look forward to after two APs I didn't care for. So, hooray!

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I don't play games, why is this blog continuously about some fantasy dice nerdy toys? I demand my money back!

;P


I'm sort of with Zaister on this one - if I have to choose between Golarion-stuff or rulebook-stuff, I prefer the setting stuff.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

"Another ARG preview" we can hardley say we had one yet let alone say "darn I wish they would stop". Besides APs do not need previews, you are ether going to buy them when you hear about them or not at all.


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Kajehase wrote:
I'm sort of with Zaister on this one - if I have to choose between Golarion-stuff or rulebook-stuff, I prefer the setting stuff.

"To each their own" - Unknown

I like both the rule books and the setting, but do tend more towards the rule books, and if a setting book contains game play content (feats, spells, archetypes etc) I give it a bit more value than a core rule book.


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Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Just paging through the guide and I may seem lowbrow for saying this but am I the only person who chuckled upon seeing that the weapon Hook hand has the Disarm special?

Cheliax

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There be thee rich bounty that has carried many a souls down to Davey Jones locker!! Avast ye scoundrels and hoist the colors to the four winds!!!

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

Dragon78 wrote:
What no Advance Races preview, for this insult I should cancel my subscription... etc.

You'll get plenty of ARG preview in the coming days and weeks, rest well assured. That product isn't intended for release for some time still, so don't worry, we'll make sure all of our babies get the requisite amount of love. A bit later this week even! (As noted.)

As for things being a bit different than you expected. Well. That's pirates for ya.

Yar.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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So, a pirate product shanghaied the blog today. Is anyone really surprised by that?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I be only surprised the Paizo Pirates didn't shanghai us all ta work in their sweatshop for naught but gruel and bread! Arrrh!


I started reading this and had to stop myself because I seriously don't want to lose interest in the Jade Reagent game that I just started running. You guys and gals do such a great job on these players guides.


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Dragon78 wrote:
"Another ARG preview" we can hardley say we had one yet let alone say "darn I wish they would stop". Besides APs do not need previews, you are ether going to buy them when you hear about them or not at all.

I am going to guess that it is because the ARG doesn't release for TWO MONTHS.


Jam412 wrote:
I started reading this and had to stop myself because I seriously don't want to lose interest in the Jade Reagent game that I just started running. You guys and gals do such a great job on these players guides.

+1

The carrion crown player's guide was just awesome, but Skull & Shackles Player's Guide is even more fantastic. I hope Paizo will release an updated players guide of Kingmaker to match these two guides!

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I was enjoying this and then saw the trait that lets you use a peg leg without penalty and was made completly happy. I can die now.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

I really like the Peg Legs and Eye Patches rules.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
I be only surprised the Paizo Pirates didn't shanghai us all ta work in their sweatshop for naught but gruel and bread! Arrrh!

Gruel and bread!? Not on my watch.

Spoiler:
It would be grits and pancakes. Cookies if you're good and swab the deck all proper-like.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns Subscriber

This is the first AP that I don't wanna read...I wanna play it, dammit!

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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Justin Franklin wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
"Another ARG preview" we can hardley say we had one yet let alone say "darn I wish they would stop". Besides APs do not need previews, you are ether going to buy them when you hear about them or not at all.
I am going to guess that it is because the ARG doesn't release for TWO MONTHS.

I'm guessing it has more to do with the fact that the acronym for the Advanced Race Guide sounds like something a pirate would say. "ARG!" Yes, it needs more "R's" and it might not actually need the "G"...but it's still rather ironic that it reads the same. No wonder the pirates commandeered the blog. The ARG practically summoned them!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'm really trying hard not to imagine how the guy who takes the Dockside Brawler trait sneaks brass knuckles into captivity with him.

...Visions of Christopher Walken giving young Bruce Willis his dad's watch back in Pulp Fiction are coming to mind...

Then again, they let the oracle keep her gold-plated hat and gown, so who knows....


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Maps Subscriber

YES! Finally! Good to see this getting some time in the blog. :)

And I know I'll get some ARRRRRRRRG blog later, so for me, it's double good.

Taldor

ARGGGGG An equal share of Grog to all me'harties

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Maraud and embezzle and even highjack.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We kindle and char and in flame and ignite.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we're really a fright.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

We're rascals and scoundrels, we're villians and knaves.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
We're devils and black sheep, we're really bad eggs.
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.

We're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.


Pathfinder Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

*loads flintlocke pistol*

You rapscallions have drawn your last breath!
Return the stolen Advanced Player's Guide preview, or taste the wrath of my cannons!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

This is a good a place as any to ask. There is art work of our favorite rogue on the mast of a ship with these pink winged creatures. What are they?

Paizo Employee Editor-in-Chief

brent norton wrote:
What are they?

A fine question that shall be answered in just a few short months. Stay tuned!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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brent norton wrote:
This is a good a place as any to ask. There is art work of our favorite rogue on the mast of a ship with these pink winged creatures. What are they?

Patience.

We'll show you someday soon!

VAMPIRE NINJAED.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes


I miss the multi-paragraph descriptions on what races are like in the setting of the AP.


I vote for Pillage !!!

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Chris Lambertz wrote:
We've had a few tidbits about the ARG in the blog, but we're still a fair bit away from its release. However, if you have any suggestions or opinions you'd like to share about the blogs, please feel free to post in the Website Feedback forum.

Done! :)


Anyone else having trouble printing the guide? I'm getting an error about no pages being selected. :(


It's hard to read the players guide. The bright colors at the tops and bottoms of the page obscure the print, even when zoomed in it's hard to see some words.

Andoran

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Drat, no Cabin Boy campaign trait =p


TechLee wrote:
Anyone else having trouble printing the guide? I'm getting an error about no pages being selected. :(

I had the same problem using Adobe. I switched to another pdf reader called Foxit, and had no problems.

Paizo Employee Paizo Glitterati Robot

Firstbourne wrote:
TechLee wrote:
Anyone else having trouble printing the guide? I'm getting an error about no pages being selected. :(
I had the same problem using Adobe. I switched to another pdf reader called Foxit, and had no problems.

We think we've narrowed down the problem. Once it's fixed, there will be an email telling you it has been updated.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
VAMPIRE NINJAED.

This reply is off-topic. Vampire Ninjas belong in the "Jade Regent" forum. :p


Ice Titan wrote:
I miss the multi-paragraph descriptions on what races are like in the setting of the AP.

+1

I wasn't feeling particularly inspired after reading this. The campaign traits seemed a little flat too. I guess with everyone being a pirate there's only so much you can do, but after the last several Player's Guides, this was a letdown to me.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I've got a big ARG post for you right here: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRG!

Stand fast, ye hearty bastards! Don't let the gutless scalawags deter ya from yer fate!


Devastation Bob wrote:
Ice Titan wrote:
I miss the multi-paragraph descriptions on what races are like in the setting of the AP.

+1

I wasn't feeling particularly inspired after reading this. The campaign traits seemed a little flat too. I guess with everyone being a pirate there's only so much you can do, but after the last several Player's Guides, this was a letdown to me.

^ this. Plus the artwork was... distracting. Cover : +, Buccaneer : +, the rest.... meh ! Especially the utterly silly ships. Or the even more absurd rules for upgrading ships... "p**p my float" anyone ?

"Movable deck" ? Was someone channeling too much 007 ?

And as for players : Most asked for more "tourist" information on Ilizmagorti or Port Peril. Nevermind the campaign traits really giving away the "starting twist" of the initial adventure.

underwhelming


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Devastation Bob wrote:
Ice Titan wrote:
I miss the multi-paragraph descriptions on what races are like in the setting of the AP.

+1

I wasn't feeling particularly inspired after reading this. The campaign traits seemed a little flat too. I guess with everyone being a pirate there's only so much you can do, but after the last several Player's Guides, this was a letdown to me.

Yeah, I really miss the more extensive description of races and classes in context. That was what always got my character creation juices flowing. Seeing all of that excellent material reduced to half of a page wasn't great. While I'm still very excited about this adventure path, the player's guide's focus on naval combat wasn't what I was looking for.

Andoran

Jeffrey Palmer wrote:
Yeah, I really miss the more extensive description of races and classes in context. That was what always got my character creation juices flowing. Seeing all of that excellent material reduced to half of a page wasn't great. While I'm still very excited about this adventure path, the player's guide's focus on naval combat wasn't what I was looking for.

Agreed. The AP looks awesome, and the Traits are very nice and thematic, but the Player's Guide as a whole feels really lacking without the per race/class breakdown on what's going on (which also almost always included some of the best hints for what the AP was actually gonna be like).

Especially since I think that would've been really useful for, say, Cavaliers and ahving a mount on shipboard. Or how many Dwarves there are in the Shackles. And so on and so forth.


vikingson wrote:
Nevermind the campaign traits really giving away the "starting twist" of the initial adventure.

Huh? The various design-talk about Skulls & Shackles have been pretty much entirely open about the first adventuring starting with the players already having been press-ganged onto a pirate ship from almost as far back as the first mention of this being a pirate adventure path. It's not so much a reveal as saving the GM the trouble of pointing it out.

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