Paizo Publishing announced today an eBay auction to raise funds to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami. At auction is an original painting of Paizo Publishing's iconic samuari, "Nakayama Hayato," by world-famous artist Wayne Reynolds. Other items being auctioned include staff-signed Special Edition versions of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook and Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, and available for sale at paizo.com are autographed copies of the sold-out 1st printing of the Core Rulebook.
"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 Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens. "We're hoping to harness the power of our fans in an effort of goodwill to help those in need."
The iconic samurai 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 learn more about Hayato's background and to see Wayne Reynolds's amazing artwork, please visit the Paizo blog at paizo.com/paizo/blog.
All proceeds from the auction 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.
To take part in this special event, please visit the Paizo eBay storefront at http://shop.ebay.com/paizopublishing/m.html or the Paizo website at paizo.com.
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