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How About One More Ultimate Deck?

Monday, November 6, 2017

In last week's blog on designing the Ultimate Add-On Decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, we purposely failed to mention one big thing: We're not doing just four of them. June's Ultimate Equipment will be followed in July with the fifth Ultimate deck: Ultimate Wilderness.

Why'd we keep that a secret? Well, we needed a little more time after the first announcement to make sure we wanted to do this deck. After all, when we made the decision to do those decks, the Ultimate Wilderness for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game was still being written. We didn't know what the book would contain, what would be illustrated in it, or even who the iconic character would be. But then this happened:

The Ultimate series—it ain't over till it's Zova.

Hi, Zova! As you saw last week, Zova is the iconic shifter from Ultimate Wilderness. Note the claws. She's got the ability to alter various parts of her body to animal forms. That's a cool idea, but one which we didn't really have a mechanic for. That is, until we designed the Hunter Class Deck.

For the Hunter, we sprinkled the deck with a new cycle of spells called "aspects." We designed this cycle for characters who want to take on aspects of certain animals, characters like the Feral Hunter and Shifter. Take a look at Aspect of the Stag, a spell that has the Animal trait.

Just one aspect of the aspects.

In Ultimate Wilderness, we're not exactly going to sprinkle the deck with aspects. The appropriate verb might be "inundate," really. Because requesting the art for the dinosaur and monkey aspects just made us smile.

There are also so many cool non-humanoids in Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Wilderness. We're gonna have trouble choosing between these.

A koala, an archaeopteryx, and a snapping flytrap walk into a bar...

We're also doing some fun new things with blessings in these decks. In each of the five Ulitmate decks, we'll introduce a brand-new Basic blessing. If you're playing a home game, we encourage you to mix and match these with the blessings of the Gods, the Ancients, the Elements, Ascension, the Archdevils, and even the Gobs. Because Basic doesn't mean boring.

So... Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Intrigue, Ultimate Equipment, and now Ultimate Wilderness. That sounds like a great quintet. Bring on the Ultimates.

Mike Selinker
Adventure Card Game Lead Designer

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Tags: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Ultimate Decks Ultimate Wilderness

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

This sounds awesome. Really excited for the new ideas. (And the new puns.)


Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber

Amazing. The aspects spells and more Basic Blessings sound great. Can't wait to get my hands on these.


Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber

Excellent news!

Quote:
The Ultimate series—it ain't over till it's Zova.

As big a fan of puns as I am (sad, I know), this one really brought a smile to my face.


Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber

Cool!
I was wondering if Ultimate Wilderness would be a thing in PACG eventually, but that question is now answered before I could pose it. :)
Lots of things to look forward to in 2018!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Brother Tyler wrote:

Excellent news!

Quote:
The Ultimate series—it ain't over till it's Zova.
As big a fan of puns as I am (sad, I know), this one really brought a smile to my face.

Owwwww, awesome, but owwwwwww.


Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber

Yeah, but you've got to imagine it in Jimmy Durante's voice.

Lone Shark Games

Brother Tyler wrote:
Quote:
The Ultimate series—it ain't over till it's Zova.
As big a fan of puns as I am (sad, I know), this one really brought a smile to my face.

I am known for putting in more puns than Hayato do sometimes.


Pathfinder Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Yes! Unlike too many others, I like the Shifter! Good stuff, guys. Keep it coming!


Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber

Dumb question, but does this blog introduce a permanent shift of the schedule for the PACG blog to monday, or is this just an irregular update?

Lone Shark Games

Irregular; it would have ideally posted last Thursday. Just pretend that happened and the "last week" references will make more sense :)

Lone Shark Games

There was some sort of website outage on Thursday which delayed this blog until today and we forgot to update the wording.

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