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Monte Cook to Write Pathfinder RPG Adventure

"Curse of the Riven Sky" First Pathfinder RPG Design for Third Edition Co-Creator

Paizo Publishing today announced that leading fantasy RPG designer Monte Cook will write Curse of the Riven Sky, a new adventure for the popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The 32-page stand-alone adventure releases in July, 2010, and represents Cook’s first significant creative design work for the Pathfinder RPG. Cook previously served as one of the primary designers of the third edition of the world’s oldest roleplaying game, and his adventure designs have won him several industry awards, including the Gen Con/EN World "ENnie" for Best Adventure.

"I love working with the folks at Paizo," said Monte Cook. "We seem to see eye to eye on what’s right for the game, and what makes a great product. It’s a thrill for me to be able to create an adventure for the cool new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game."

Curse of the Riven Sky features a series of challenging wilderness and roleplaying encounters as the player characters face off against the machinations of treacherous giants and includes a foray into the floating fortress of a cloud giant wizard. Cook previously served as a design consultant for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, which is now entering its third printing after a smash-hit August 2009 release.

"I was lucky enough to play in Monte’s legendary Ptolus campaign," said Paizo Publisher Erik Mona. "Monte’s fundamental understanding of encounter design, strong sense of exciting fantasy, and immersive storytelling made his campaign an absolute joy, and I’m beyond thrilled to finally bring his exciting voice to the Pathfinder RPG experience."

Monte Cook has worked professionally in the game industry since 1988 for companies including Iron Crown Enterprises, TSR Inc., and Wizards of the Coast. He is a codesigner of Dungeons & Dragons® 3rd Edition and author of the Dungeon Master’s Guide. He has designed dozens of popular roleplaying books through his own company Malhavoc Press and also has authored miniatures games, novels, comic books, and short stories. His latest venture,, offers daily exploration of an enormous mega-dungeon with maps and encounters that can be used in any fantasy roleplaying game.

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Title: Pathfinder Module: Curse of the Riven Sky
Author: Monte Cook
ISBN: 978-1-60125-257-9
Product Code: PZO9526
Price: $13.99
Size: 8.5 x 11, 32 pages
Releases: July 2010

A wilderness adventure for 10th-level characters.

Gaming legend Monte Cook comes to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game with his first published adventure design in years! The heroes unearth an ancient ritual in a treasure hoard that promises power and fortune. The only trouble is, they need a wizard with giantish blood to help them complete it! Venturing to a forlorn cloud giant castle to gain the much-needed aid, the heroes become embroiled in giantish intrigue when they discover the wizard’s fortress under assault by hill giants! Will unraveling the giant wizard’s hidden past convince him to aid their cause, or will it simply bring misfortune, betrayal, and death?

Designed specifically for the new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules and written by gaming legend and Pathfinder RPG rules consultant Monte Cook, Curse of the Riven Sky spotlights wilderness adventuring, innovative roleplaying encounters, and problem solving, providing an unforgettable gaming experience.

Pathfinder Modules are 32-page, high-quality, full-color, adventures using the Open Game License to work with both the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the standard 3.5 fantasy RPG rules set. All Pathfinder Modules include four pre-made characters so players can jump right into the action, and full-color maps to enhance play.

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