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We prefer that customers try to keep one paizo.com account. For organized play, you can create multiple characters on the same account.
Before I can answer the second part, are you asking about the current setup for Pathfinder Society RPG play, or are you asking about the future organized play program for the Adventure Card Game?
Er... this happens to be an unusual circumstance. Normally, you can subscribe to any line starting with either the most recent release or the next upcoming release, but this month, we have *two* current releases in that line: Inner Sea Gods and Inner Sea Combat. Even though they release the same day, our system considers Inner Sea Combat as the most recent, so you can't currently start a subscription with it. However, if you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask if they can set Inner Sea Gods as your starting volume, I think they can take care of you.
Class Decks will not automatically be shipped to subscribers, but PACG subscribers who preorder Class Decks will receive the standard PACG subscriber discount on them. (Preorders for the first 7 will be up in the not-too-distant future.)
"Each character... summons and encounters a random monster" means each character summons a random monster and then encounters it.
Also, can someone explain the point of the scenario rule (Pass a Wisdom or Divine 8 check or reset your hand and end your turn)? What other stuff are you going to do (outside of The Garrison having cards in it) after you permanently close a location? That's the only one you have to fight to close so using a character's power (like Seoni or Ezren on recharging spells) isn't an issue.
I must be misunderstanding your question. Let's say you explore and encounter a henchman, which you defeat, allowing you to close the location. Sure, because you're at a closed location, exploring again is unlikely to be an option, but there are many cards you could play or powers you can activate at that point. But in this scenario, if you fail that roll, you don't get to do any of those things—all you can do is reset your hand and end your turn.
What this is modeling is that you have encountered a monster, and you are summoning another monster to get between it and you. You aren't in this fight—you're standing back and watching. If the summoned monster wins the fight, you reap the benefits, and the summoned monster absorbs whatever bad things would happen before it goes away.
We do freelance contracts with writers and artists—and sometimes even designers—that do not require them to be local, but if you're a regular employee, you must work locally. Our experience is that that's a great policy.
The design job you are talking about is not an entry-level job, and not something that can be handled on a freelance basis. It's a hugely important full-time job that requires massive amounts of talent *and* experience, and it requires near-continuous interaction with our on-site staff.
Fighter deck cards will indicate that they came from the fighter deck (for example). So as long as you don't have two players of the same class at the table, sorting cards out afterward is easy.
In organized play, we will prefer to muster tables to avoid class duplication; in cases where that can't happen, players with the same character class will need to pay attention or take notes.
When we do write-on boxes on cards, like the character and role cards, they cannot have the usual varnish on them (if you look closely, you'll notice different gloss levels between characters and other cards). We therefore limit writable areas to cards that never get shuffled.
At Origins, we will have RotR demos (for new players—not really of value to those of you who know how to play) and an S&S demo scenario (of value to new and current players). We *may* have an ongoing RotR game for current players.
At Gen Con, we will have the above, and we will also be debuting our organized play program. Keep an eye on the Paizo blog for details about that.
Bringing your current character is not useful for any of these things.
Another big question is how to mix the cards into your APs. Are they intended to be mixed in with the cards that are already in S&S or RotR?
In home play, you can add the cards from these decks as usual, as soon as you reach the appropriate chapter.
In organized play... keep your eye on the Paizo blog!
In addition to the characters, the decks will contain a variety of cards useful for characters of that class—some from Runelords, some from S&S, and some designed especially for these decks. (Many of the ones from S&S will actually debut in these decks first, as the Adventure Decks they are drawn from won't have been released yet.)
And while you will need one of these decks to participate in the organized play program, they do function as general accessories for use with any Base Set.
We'll have more coming up in the Paizo blog soon, but I will tell you each character deck will focus on a single class, and includes 4 different characters of that class (and each of those characters will have two different roles, as usual). The fighter deck, for example, will include a new version of Valeros plus three other fighters that *aren't* human males, each with 2 all-new roles to choose from.
Don't have the reference, but I'm pretty sure that Vic has said numerous times that promo cards aren't normally going to be sold, re-released, or re-printed after the fact. They are nice, rare cards that make the game slightly more enjoyable, and they are a IMO a very good incentive to subscribe - you're guaranteed to get them. That's the deal, and it's been that way since the start of the product. It's clearly working for them, so I'm not sure what incentive they'd have to change it, barring solid proof that doing something different would be a better incentive...
Well, we don't plan on reprinting them, but we will likely have some of the original printing of some of the promos left at the end of the year. (More than that I cannot say just now!)
Nathaniel Gousset wrote:
I am a bit disappointed by the Velociraptor, can't help on other explore except the one he provide, not usefull if you dont draw a fight... A tiny bit too circumstancial to my taste.
Come now, my friend... it's set 5—surely you have some ways to figure out when monsters are a'comin'!
James Hebert wrote:
What are the chances of seeing a re-issue of sold out singles? The iconics are going for like $50 on ebay. It's giving me chest pains. Is the goal to make these collectibles or to give us something to game with?
While these are gaming minis first and foremost, we also recognize that there is a collectible aspect to them, and we want to preserve the investment that collectors have made. Which means we won't be taking a rare mini and making it common—at least, not in exactly the same form.
Normally, a good solution to this problem would be a repaint—issuing the same figure with a new paint job—but that really doesn't work for the iconics. People who don't have Seoni want "real" Seoni, not "weird blue dress Seoni."
This means we have to do *resculpts* to solve the problem. But sculpts (and new molds) are expensive, so WizKids needs to know that if they put out new versions of the iconics, they can sell enough of them to justify those high costs.
This is something that we're actively thinking about. We recognize that we need to get prepainted plastic minis of our iconic characters out there to more people, and I believe that we will have a solution in the near future. But it won't be reissuing existing figures.
Sins of the Saviors was originally published in 2007—how long a moratorium do we need?
Rosebud was his sled!
A future Pathfinder Battles set of all humanoid creatures.
So when we have a group of people saying "I want X and not Y" and another group saying "I want Y and not X", if we release a product that contains only X or only Y, we are guaranteed to lose part of the potential audience. But if we continue to release products that contain both X and Y, we know we will capture *some* of each of those groups, in addition to capturing the group that likes the mix of X and Y. In short, "all humanoids" is a much riskier proposition than the usual mix.
Vic Wertz wrote:
Subscriptions alone aren't accounting for the entire first printing, but the combination of subscriptions, paizo.com preorders, and initial retail orders are coming close to that. I can't make any guarantees about what Amazon might send you.
I can, though, tell you that the first shipment we sent to Diamond (the distributor Amazon buys from) contains only first printing decks, while the second shipment, which we have not yet sent, will likely contain only second printing decks.
I'd say we're "content" with the numbers, which is more than "disappointed" and less than "happy".