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Digging Through Traps & Treasures

Monday, December 5, 2017

The long-awaited Pathfinder Pawns: Traps & Treasures Pawn Collection is here! Since this is the most experimental Pawn Collection we've done so far, I figured the best way to communicate what makes up this set is to use pictures along with my words. So, today I grabbed a set, along with some Flip-Mats, Map Packs, and some miniatures, to play around with.

In this first picture, a few adventurers check out a dungeon room where some statues stand in alcoves and an open tomb is in the center of the floor. A 5-foot square pit sits along one wall, while a trapdoor sits on the floor along another wall.

As they move through the dungeon, the adventurers find a crystal skull set atop a pillar in a room lit by a few candelabras.

Despite knowing that it's never a good idea to split the party, the rogue scouts ahead and gets ambushed by some goblins, only to find evidence of their last victim and reinforcement that goblins really like fire as the little buggers set off a fire flare.

Trying to catch up to his buddy, the barbarian cautiously looks at a puzzling rune glowing on the floor of the dungeon corridor.

And the rogue continues to get into trouble, but thanks to his training he's able to dodge out of the way of some floor spikes, a wall blade, and a big crack in the dungeon floor. I hope that guy makes it back to the party.

This doesn't look good. Those pools of blood in front of the evil altar make it look like the unfortunate rogue might have been sacrificed—or eaten—by these undead. At least they decorate their chapel with some nice columns and suits of armor.

(Not pictured because I only just now thought of it... When using some of the pawns for tables and altars, you could set them up on a couple of 6-sided dice to give some elevation.)

Remember those goblins? They decided to hike out to a farm to steal some pickles, but ended up getting into a pickle. Here they encounter a pile of bones surrounded by some vines, giving Reta the strong suspicion that there's an assassin vine nearby. Some mold grows near the haystack and a bear trap has been carelessly left in the grass. In the middle of the enclosure is a barrel next to a hole with some rubble. Who—or what—dug that hole, and were they going into or out of the ground? The real danger here is that snake swarm chasing them out of the fenced area. Run lil' goblins, run!

Lastly, the adventurers make it back home. The barbarian wipes his feet on the rug, while the rogue goes to sit at his cluttered desk (I have such a desk in my office, but I don't have a chest and some books and scrolls.) The neighboring room contains a clean desk (show off), a magic chest, and a lever. A scroll case sits against the wall in a nearby room.

These pawns can work well with Flip-Mats and Map Packs that already have furnishings. Since most furnishings already on the maps fit nicely in their squares, these pawns completely cover them up, adding versatility and reusability to your collection of maps.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing just some of the traps and treasures (and furniture and decorations) included in the Pathfinder Pawns: Traps & Treasures Pawn Collection. Grab a set today and bring your battles to life!

Adam Daigle
Managing Developer

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Doors. I wish it had some 1x2 doors. Sometimes, it's hard for my players to see where the doors are on a map. A standing door pawn would be great to show location... and could even be "turned" to indicate its opened or closed state. Maybe the next collection Pathfinder Pawns: Doors & Dungeon Dressing? Regardless, I'll probably pick this up... and I don't usually buy the pawn collections.

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*scribbles down "doors" on a sticky note*


Grand Lodge

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Yep, buying the hell out of this.

Dark Archive

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Thanks, Adam!

I agree on the doors pawns and would also like to suggest 1x2 fireplaces and 1x2 and 2x2 stairs, all to be laid flat on the floor.


-beds (1x2)
-book racks (2x2 stand-up)
-couch (1x2)
-grandfathers clock (1x2 stand-up)

Also please consider something like this for STARFINDER with:

-Airlock (1x2 stand-up)
-Computer console
-Escape Pods
-Hover bike
-Robotic crane
-Starship engine (2x2 flat)
-Starfighter (2x2 or 3x3 flat)
-Torpedo/Launcher (1x2)
-Turbo lift

Grand Lodge

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I don't suppose by any chance that on the flip side the pawns have the same image but without the label?

Scarab Sages

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Without the text, they can be used in multiple ways; the 'snakes' can be eels, worms, or the area of a black tentacles spell.

Similarly, a rectangular piece of stone could be an altar, the lid of a sarcophagus, or a slab set in the floor.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Got the PDF yesterday.
Flip side looks just the same.
They look great.


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Adam Daigle wrote:

*scribbles down "doors" on a sticky note*


If you do add door pawns in the future, I would recommend them having their own special bases. Typically doors don't occupy an entire square but instead are between two squares. I use the Litko doors found here, but the wide bases make standing a mini on either side awkward.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

If special bases are ever made, they should be a clear square with the slot on the side instead of the middle.

This looks amazing, beyond my expectations

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

This looks awesome! I think this will be the first pawn set that I plan on buying (I'm just one of those weird people who prefer minis to pawns most of the time). Well done, Paizo!

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I agree with CanisDirus. I prefer miniatures but the markers that lay flat on the map sound very useful. I'm adding this to my Christmas list and crossing my fingers. :) Good work!

Dark Archive

While i want creature pawns to have names & numbers on them, the standing pawns in this set don't have text and look much better than the flat pawns with text on them.

I totally agree on the decision that the standing ones don't need text but think that the flat pawns should have text on only one side if both sides show the same image.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

The only thing I don't like about these is the black background on the upright pawns.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Marco Massoudi wrote:

While i want creature pawns to have names & numbers on them, the standing pawns in this set don't have text and look much better than the flat pawns with text on them.

I totally agree on the decision that the standing ones don't need text but think that the flat pawns should have text on only one side if both sides show the same image.

The standing ones have text as well, but as is the case with other pawns (most of the time), the base covers up the text when the pawn is slotted into it.

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I browsed through my PDF last night and can confirm these are exceptional. A follow-up with more furniture varieties and dungeon dressings as GM Eazy-Earl suggested above, would be on my list of must haves, and Charles Scholz' idea of "side" bases is a good idea as well.

Dark Archive

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I cannot wait to get my hands on these (still waiting on my subscription). A couple of suggestions for potential future sets could be:

Low-Rise standing walls (Unworked, and Worked Stone; 1/2"- 1" high to still see the minis)

Tree Base tiles

Standing Portcullis'

Standing Windows


Torch markers

Merchant Tents

Stairs (Narrow, and Wide)

One other idea I had was to perhaps have a village pack that would help make the Low-Rise outer walls of various houses in the village. Just my 2cp.

These look awesome, definitely need a set or two and definitely hoping for more sets like it!

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I could consider grabbing this one. Pawns aren't my thing, been a minis guy for too long. But seeing how these work with map packs, flip mats and minis was a great idea. I'd suggest doing that more often with all 4 products in future blogs. :)

This brings back fond memories of Hero Quest ;)

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