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He certainly makes my job easier!

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We're not telling you not to sleeve—I'm just pointing out that there are times when that will create problems that you will have to work around. For example, in the situation I described above, the person who has your card will need to unsleeve/resleeve it at the point it becomes a problem, and you'll need to remember that they did that.

Also, please remember that we're talking about edge cases here. When there is only one character of a given class at each table, tracking cards is easy: all of the cards that say "Skull & Shackles" at the top belong in the box, all of the cards that say "Fighter Class Deck" at the top belong to the person with the Fighter Class Deck, and so on. In that situation, nobody needs to keep track of anything during play. The only time it becomes an issue is if you have more than one person playing the same class, and even then, only when they give cards to other players.

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I will note that each publisher page has an RSS feed for "New Products." You can find it by going to that publisher's page (for example, Kobold Press) and looking at the bottom of the left column. (If you don't see one, that publisher probably hasn't released much lately.) And if you just want specific product lines from a company, the same thing applies—there's a separate "New Products" feed for each subsection.

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We do, yes.

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Paizo summer party tonight!

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Yep—Option 2 is correct. Better defeat that ghoul!

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colsartoris wrote:
That Magic 8-Ball working yet? *shakes ball, looks on bottom*
Magic 8 Ball wrote:
Signs point to yes

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I'll be frank: while we have often discussed third-party subscriptions, they simply raise too many potential customer service issues, as there are too many variables outside our control. Honestly, even offering subscriptions for licensed products (Pathfinder Battles, Pathfinder Comics, Pathfinder Legends) has been challenging. We're committed to continuing those, but don't look for us to expand beyond them anytime soon.

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The problem with sleeves is this: If I have sleeves and you don't (or you have different sleeves), and I give you a card, it's fine as long as it's in your hand, but if you end up discarding it and then having to manipulate a random card from your discard pile, you'll need to unsleeve/resleeve it to match yours. Or if you end up recharging it, that's even worse, as it will be very obvious exactly where it is in your deck.

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The two iconics in WizKids' Wrath of the Righetous minis set are Imrijka the Inquisitor and Alain the Cavalier (who comes in two versions—one mounted on his horse).

(I'm not confirming that either of them are in the PACG set, though!)

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Vic Wertz wrote:
But if you've been paying attention, you may be able to name 4 more.

...3 of which have already been made into minis from WizKids.

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pluvia33 wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
As far as the characters in Wrath, all I can tell you is that we have explicitly announced two so far: Zadim and Enora.
Crowe was explicitly announced, too! Though the February 2015 base set wasn't named as Wrath at the time.

You are correct, sir.

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The Iconics are the chief character illustrations for each of the major classes in the RPG. Once the Advanced Class Guide is released in August, there will be 31 of those. (Some people argue that the ninja and the samurai are technically "alternate classes", but either way, they have iconic characters.)

All of the classes in RotR, S&S, and Wrath Base Sets and Add-On Decks use iconics. Each of the Class Decks has 1 iconic and 3 non-iconics. And Ranzak is not an iconic.

So yes, that means all of the characters in the Base Sets and Add-On Decks for the first three APs either already have WizKids prepainted plastic minis, or will eventually.

As far as the characters in Wrath, all I can tell you is that we have explicitly announced two so far: Zadim and Enora. But if you've been paying attention, you may be able to name 4 more.

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We're going to do a very special foldout cover.

Unlike other foldouts, it won't give you two extra full pages—it'll just extend the width of the spine by an eighth of an inch so that we can fit "100" on it.

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The problem is that shippers want *all* of your business, so any discounts they might offer are based on volume. Which means if you pick multiple shippers, your volume gets split, so you get lower discounts for *all* your shipping methods, and everybody loses. (It's a lot like publishing too many campaign settings.)

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Re: the last two posts:

See next Wednesday's blog.

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1. We never told you how Hirgenzosk gets put into play.
2. Getting to close a location permanently is a privilege, not a right. :-)

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None of the Advanced Class Guide characters have minis yet, painted or unpainted. After all, they're from a book that doesn't even come out for another month. Reaper will begin bringing out unpainted metal minis of them in August—I think they have 4 of the 10 ready, with the rest coming soon. (Reaper has already done unpainted metals of all of the other iconics.)

WizKids prepainted plastic minis for the APG classes are going to take a bit longer, but all of our iconics will get done eventually.

At that moment, there are no minis scheduled in any format for the 3 non-iconic characters in each class deck.

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Gen Con begins August 14. We will begin shipping subscriptions around August 4. We have a lot of shipments this month, so we estimate competing subscription shipments around August 22.

Therefore, some subscribers who are are not picking up at Gen Con will get their product a bit before Gen Con, and some after.

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To be clear, you *can* have two people playing the same class—or even the same exact character—in the PFS Adventure Card Guild, but we recommend that you avoid it when possible.

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Nothing to announce on that point just yet.

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JBiggs78 wrote:
Safe to assume the other three promos will be OP related?

Not a safe assumption.

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pluvia33 wrote:
...what is the best way to get the July retailer packet to a small store that mostly works with special orders?

Tell them to ask their distributor for one.

pluvia33 wrote:
I'm glad Goblin Keelhaulin' is the convention promo since I can probably live without it, if it's anything like the playtest version. It can still be a fun and exciting card, though.

It's much milder than in the playtest. It's now a card that people might actually want to run into sometimes.

pluvia33 wrote:
Goblin Weidling is not on the Fleet card. Does that mean you can only use it temporarily when you seize it during a scenario? And a side note about the Fleet card, will there be a PDF version?

Promo ships all have classes, and as soon as you have checked any ships of that class on the fleet card, you may treat promo cards of that class as being checked off. And yes, there will be a PDF version of the Fleet card form.

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Ships and movement are actually pretty easy:

In scenarios where your ship is not anchored (=most scenarios):
• If it's your turn, you are commanding the ship.
• If you are at the same location as the commander, you are on the ship.
• If you are not at the same location as the commander, you are not on the ship.
• If you are on the ship and the commander moves, you can move with commander. (So following the statements above, if you move with the commander, you're still on the ship; if you stay behind, you're no longer on the ship.)

In a few scenarios, the ship is anchored at a specified location. In these scenarios:
• If you are at the location where the ship is anchored, you are on the ship. If it's your turn, you are commanding the ship.
• If you are not at the location where the ship is anchored, you are not on the ship.
• Anchored ships don't move, so if the commander moves, he is no longer commanding the ship (or even on it), and nobody gets to move with him.

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Sara Marie wrote:

It'll also be your first opportunity to get the Ranzak character for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game outside of Free RPG Day and PaizoCon. And we should have both the big PACG Adventure Mat and the Skull & Shackles character mats—and the Ranzak mat—for sale too.

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Fayries wrote:
If the level of abstraction is high enough to let the game keep the Rise of the Runelords' 13+ age recommandation, it will be fine for me.

The "13+" age notice doesn't have anything to do with thematic content—it's there because producing games for an audience that includes children under 13 triggers a bunch of legal stuff that we just don't need to deal with.

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LazarX wrote:
That really hasn't benefited WOTC that well, has it? It's been good for US, true, but not for WOTC's bottom line. That was part of the problem with 3rd edition for WOTC, people were buying other products, not Wizards'.

People keep missing one of the most brilliant aspects of the OGL (from Wizards' point of view). Before the OGL, all of the fantasy gaming publishers other than TSR created their own systems and published their own content for their own systems. If that had continued, all of those people you refer to who were buying other products wouldn't have been giving *any* money to Wizards... but *with* the OGL, they were very likely buying at least a Player's Handbook and probably a Dungeon Master's Guide from Wizards, if not also a Monster Manual. As long as Wizards had the best OGL rulebooks out there, all that third-party OGL content was *increasing* sales of their two or three most profitable products.

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All I can say right now is that our friends at Ultra PRO are already thinking of you.

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I don't believe there are currently pawns for the clerics other than Kyra.

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I'll be sending another email to retailers within a week or so.

Please tell your retailer to keep an eye out for an envelope labeled "Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Organized Play Announcement and Promo Cards." It should be arriving from their distributor along with Paizo's July releases.

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Svetgar wrote:
Really my only beef with the subscription is the outrageous shipping charges Paizo has. I hate being ripped off like that, but I tolerate it for the promo cards because even after the gouging, I still get them cheaper than Ebay.

Our shipping charges are based on actual cost. Feel free to prove that for yourself by going to postcalc.usps.com and asking it to calculate the shipping for a package from ZIP code 98052 to your own ZIP code. For the Base Set, you'll need to choose "Large Package" as the shape. The weight is 5 pounds even, and the package dimensions are 16 x 16 x 5. (Note that it cannot be sent via Media Mail.) Add $.95 to cover the cost of the box (ULINE S-15055) and $.23 to cover the cost of the Foam Corner Protectors we use to ensure your Base Set arrives in excellent condition. Your total will be very close to what we charge for shipping and handling, and may even be *higher* than we charge. If the difference is in our favor, it will be a small difference, and covers the "handling" portion of "shipping and handling" (which is to say those few cents go to pay the people that carefully handle your package).

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I have suspended this product pending discussion with the publisher.

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MightyJim wrote:
Zoltán Mészáros wrote:
KaosThunder wrote:
Thanks. That was the way we played it, but it just felt weird using a crowbar to dexteriously pick the lock. :)
Is it strange ? The Shopkeepers's Daughter also has the Obstacle trait...
I think that if you use a crowbar to defeat the Shopkeeper's Daughter, you should immediately have to summon and encounter an "angry shopkeeper" enemy...

In case it helps inspire homebrew flavor, Ven Vinder (an ally card) is the shopkeeper in question.

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The class decks are not designed for any specific AP, so both sides are general utility.

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Dragnmoon,

PFSACG scenarios should take about the same time to play as non-OP scenarios, but we recommend setting aside a 2-hour block—this allows time for setup before play and deck adjustments after play.

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dragonvan,

If your store is listed on our retailer locator, they were sent an email on Friday telling them about the program, and instructing them to update their listing, and—most importantly—checking the box that says they're interested in PFSACG Organized Play.

As for which class deck to preorder, there's no right answer—all of them are valid choices for PFSACG play. If you already know which one you want, let them know!

VCs, VLs and stores that have access to the scenarios can use them at conventions as well.

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Exo wrote:
Maybe there are other games, who have released printings that were simply not compatable with one another? If so please list them, that I will know never to invest in those games in the future. Thanks.

Magic: The Gathering is the first that comes to my mind...

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Again, anything that diminishes variety (like only doing one type of monster) is detrimental to a large set.

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You bring ALE to a wine tasting?!? You uncouth... ruffian! My delicate sensibilities shatter!

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The odds of seeing a large minis set that consists exclusively of NPC/PC types (or exclusively of monsters) is pretty low. If we did that, we'd lose sales to people who say they have too many PC/NPCs (or monsters) already. Large sets need some minis that appeal to everybody.

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Tels wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
I can assure you he had really good answers, though I can't really share most of them right now. But i will give you one: a couple of the classes that are not called out in the Classes chapter on the outline rely heavily on systems that are called out in other chapters.

Hypothetical clarification:

As in, the reason Fighter isn't listed as a class fix is maybe a chapter deals with fixing feats or something? Just as an example of what you mean?

I've said all I'm going to say for now!

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Changing that to a discard would drastically reduce the threat of dying in the game. Frankly, even burying it would be a pretty big change.

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
I'd imagine GenCon 2014 will be something similar. It looks like there will be one you can get for simply demoing the game (or asking nicely). The other you get if you buy S&S at GenCon.

Correct. And yes, we'll also have Ranzak for sale.

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The details will be in the PFSACG Guide to Organized Play, which will be released before Gen Con. (If you're familiar with how reporting works for PFSRPG, you'll find it will be very similar.)

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That's an accurate assessment of the situation.

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Sorting previous list by value:

-Bottle of fine wine from Ustalav (500 gp)
-Bottle of 4663-vintage wine from the Terverius Wineries of Southern Cheliax (300 gp)
-Mendevian icewine (250 gp)
-Century-old elven spirit wine (175 gp)
-Bottle of fine elven wine (65 gp)
-Bottle of fey wine (50 gp)
-Bottle of an excellent vintage of Corentyn red or white wine (50 gp)
-Bottle of Korvosan wine (20 gp)

Hmm. Sounds like Cheliax may be a place to seek out both value and quality, while Ustalav is where you go for overpriced pretentiousness (surprise!).

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Yep. 3 cards: "Basic," "Advanced," and "Staying in the Saddle" (mounting, dismounting, what happens when your mount falls in battle, etc.).

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When Jason pitched the outline for this book, my first comments were about the proposed list of classes, and mirror many of the comments seen here: Why A and B, but not C and D?

I can assure you he had really good answers, though I can't really share most of them right now. But i will give you one: a couple of the classes that are not called out in the Classes chapter on the outline rely heavily on systems that are called out in other chapters.

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Barachiel Shina wrote:
Makes me wonder what this very thread is for then? Just to simply say "Yay!" or "Nay!" to said product?

Talking in generic terms about what you might like to see here is fine. But if one person says "I want to see a new X", we can't have this thread turn into a debate about whether or not we need a new X, or exactly how broken X is or isn't. We have other places for that sort of discussion. Stay on target.

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Freehold DM wrote:

Hm.

This fills me with concern. I will check out the book and may do some switching, but like most gamers my age, im more interested in getting ideas from this book to use in the future as opposed to abandoning everything I know currently.

People who share your viewpoint are very much in mind here.

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