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GameMastery Chase Cards Deck (PFRPG)

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GameMastery Chase Cards Deck (PFRPG)
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Whether you're on the run or in hot pursuit, Chase Cards make hectic sprints about more than just movement speeds. This beautifully illustrated deck of 51 full-color cards gives you a new way to run chases and races in your Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventures. Each card presents an obstacle in one of three classic adventure settings—a bustling city, a tangled forest, or a deadly dungeon—challenging heroes to overcome or fall behind. Get in the race with Chase Cards and don’t get left in the dust.

By laying a line of these cards down on your table, you can track each character's progress through a path fraught with perils—along with all of the die rolls needed to avoid or navigate these unexpected dangers. Lay out a desperate pursuit through a crowded city, a dangerous race through hostile wilderness, and a nerve-wracking run through deadly ruins and abandoned buildings—or mix and match the cards to create a chase that moves through multiple regions!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-325-5

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Product Discussion (49)
Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber

Why when did this get added. This has a lot of potential.

Hmmm I'm going to have to renew my subscription. Be damn with any budget. Heck purchased the cards any ways that I missed.

But yea these look like they could be a lot of fun.

Sean


once again, a win. hopefully the card stock will be up to the chase.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Another set of cards I am interested in.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Phew, I'm glad I didn't spill all the beans then !

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber

I'm trying to figure out of this was something already in the works or if was based on an idea I pitched a few months back based on their chase rules.

I can see some of my write up details in the description or it could also be just something they had planed all along?

idea

Maybe both?

or not.


Auxmaulous wrote:

I'm trying to figure out of this was something already in the works or if was based on an idea I pitched a few months back based on their chase rules.

I can see some of my write up details in the description or it could also be just something they had planed all along?

idea

Maybe both?

or not.

Maybe they had already extracted the idea from your dreams before you pitched it. Just saying.

Osirion

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Cards, Maps Subscriber

Their whole idea of a chase started in the Crimson Throne adventure path where they had a chase set up with homemade cards and some rules for the chase. I am not sure if the rules changed or were expanded in the GMG because I have not read them in detail or compared them with the Crimson Throne rules but I am sure these have been in the works for a long time and I believe this has been discussed on the boards a long time ago...

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber
Shem wrote:
Their whole idea of a chase started in the Crimson Throne adventure path where they had a chase set up with homemade cards and some rules for the chase. I am not sure if the rules changed or were expanded in the GMG because I have not read them in detail or compared them with the Crimson Throne rules but I am sure these have been in the works for a long time and I believe this has been discussed on the boards a long time ago...

I'm not claiming its my idea - chase cards per se. On my sample card I listed multiple options (3 plus one alt each on each) chase card and also in my description I listed the option of stacking the deck to reflect environment transitions.

Not looking for a handout here, just some recognition for presenting and pitching the product version of one of their ideas.

Ah well....

Andoran

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

This looks like a very intriguing item - I will definately look for a review of it and see how well it could be used in 3.5 and 4e.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

I would chock it up to great minds think alike. :)


Sounds like another deck I'll need to get ;)


How did I miss this? I've loved the chase rules since Curse of the Crimson Throne and was very happy to see them included in the Gamemastery Guide. I've also been thinking about expanding the rules to other kinds of "skill challenges" like extended social encounters.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

This is intriguing.

-Skeld

Andoran

WANT!

And yes, that chase scene was fun back in CotCT. Laughed my alps off when one of my players reveled that she could turn into a demon and fly. She caught up with the (chassie?) only to be dazed by DAZE MONSTER. That did give the party enough time to tackle her before she escaped though...

Good times


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I can definitely see the possibility of an expansion deck or three with this.


An instant pre-order for me. I can see this being an extremely useful tool for building chases into encounters or adventures. After all, what good action movie doesn't have a chase of some kind.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I'll see how this goes, but personally I think the idea of chase "cards" and the whole chase flowchart thing breaks the third wall too much.

In any game where I run a chase, I intend to use map packs instead, since those reflect a lot better that you're still interacting with the real world - having the party be on a specific map pack tile will mess up the game less than doing away with all of that and putting a flowchart of chase cards on the table.

For example, I played in "The Midnight Mauler" this past weekend, and the way the judge ran it completely broke the party's immersion in what was going on, as it essentially turned into a Choose Your Own Adventure for the duration of the chase. "If you try to jump, go to page 42. If you decide to wade, go to page 17." Bleah.

In my opinion, part of this was due to the judge's unfamiliarity with the chase rules, but he did say that the recommendation was to lay out the flowchart on the game table and use that directly. However, I really don't like game mechanics introduced that make everything seem less realistic, and laying a bunch of cards on the table and turning a game into a flowchart seems like it will do just that.

That's one of my major beefs with measuring distances in "squares" instead of feet, and with 4e's giving every power some kind of random side effect that's virtually impossible to explain in a realistic way (and it's also why I don't like action points that give you an "extra turn").

I know full well it has to do with my personal style of play; I'm more of a simulationist, but as a result I'm resistant to things that force me to break the third wall - and the uber-abstract chase mechanic that I see being used seems to do just that.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I kind of felt the same way as you did about the chase mechanic which I used a few months ago for the first time in the COTC AP. Then two things happened:

The first is I prepped and actually used it and my players LOVED IT. I mean absolutely LOVED IT. So much so that at the end of our session yesterday at least a few full months after we ran the session that I used it in they were still talking about it and are looking forward to another chase.

The second is, a lot of us get caught up in our own prejudices and forget that, well it's a Role Playing Game, but it's still a GAME. Honestly, once I explained how the chase mechanics worked for that chase it became a fun experience. And honestly in an RPG, fun trumps realism any day of the week.

Personally, and this may not be the case for you, but I'm glad that I took the risk and stepped out of the box of my preconceived notions of a thing. I'm more likely to use something like this again.

I will add this though, my group uses mini's and mats on occasion, not for every combat, but for important or interesting ones. So I would say that if you use mini's and a mat it's a little easier of a transition to use something like this chase mechanic.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I don't know if this has been done; if not, whether it's too late to apply, but would it help if the cards were colour-coded by environment?
E.g. Urban, Forest, Swamp?

That way, the GM could be sure of finding hazards that fit the location, and not be hostage to an odd result?

Or does each card already contain a range of results, with the expectation that the GM will pick one or two and ignore the rest?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
ShinHakkaider wrote:

I kind of felt the same way as you did about the chase mechanic which I used a few months ago for the first time in the COTC AP. Then two things happened:

The first is I prepped and actually used it and my players LOVED IT. I mean absolutely LOVED IT. So much so that at the end of our session yesterday at least a few full months after we ran the session that I used it in they were still talking about it and are looking forward to another chase.

I just wasn't clear, I guess. I actually intend to use the chase mechanic, because I do like it, but I will never use the chase cards because they break the immersion.

I had a long discussion with two of my fellow players after the game we played; both, like me, GM more than they play, and both hated the chase mechanic as portrayed by that GM in that game. I tried, only partially successfully, to explain that the way that GM explained it, which was as a "metaphysical representation of the action" was actually incorrect - that chases were supposed to be based on real distances and relative speeds and stuff, though apparently the module does recommend laying out the flowchart on the table, which I do think is a mistake.

In any case, like so many things, I think it depends a lot on the quality of the GM and their understanding of the mechanic.

That's why I'll be using actual Map Pack cards, etc. - the chase represents real world locations, so why not represent it as such?

(In fact, this whole thing reminds me of the chase mechanic from Spycraft, which was a blast.)

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
gbonehead wrote:

I just wasn't clear, I guess. I actually intend to use the chase mechanic, because I do like it, but I will never use the chase cards because they break the immersion.

I had a long discussion with two of my fellow players after the game we played; both, like me, GM more than they play, and both hated the chase mechanic as portrayed by that GM in that game. I tried, only partially successfully, to explain that the way that GM explained it, which was as a "metaphysical representation of the action" was actually incorrect - that chases were supposed to be based on real distances and relative speeds and stuff, though apparently the module does recommend laying out the flowchart on the table, which I do think is a mistake.

So, for you, it's not the mechanics, as such ('Old man with wheelbarrow of fish; make DC10 Acrobatics check, or lose 20 feet of ground, fail by 5 or more and stink of haddock all day. Get followed home by 2d10 cats.'), but the act of laying the cards down for all to see that breaks the fourth wall?

If so, would that change if they stayed out of the players' sight, on the other side of the screen? As GMs, we're used to the fourth wall being a fragile construct at best.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Snorter wrote:
gbonehead wrote:
I just wasn't clear, I guess. I actually intend to use the chase mechanic, because I do like it, but I will never use the chase cards because they break the immersion.

So, for you, it's not the mechanics, as such ('Old man with wheelbarrow of fish; make DC10 Acrobatics check, or lose 20 feet of ground, fail by 5 or more and stink of haddock all day. Get followed home by 2d10 cats.'), but the act of laying the cards down for all to see that breaks the fourth wall?

If so, would that change if they stayed out of the players' sight, on the other side of the screen? As GMs, we're used to the fourth wall being a fragile construct at best.

It would absolutely change, just like saying "You see an orc with three levels of fighter" is different than saying "You see a particularly brawny orc, who gives you the impression that he's good with a sword." Especially since I would never actually say the game mechanics as portrayed above. I might say, for example, "Your way is blocked by an old man with a wheelbarrow of fish; he'll be out of your way in a round or two, but you think you might be able to jump it on the run without too much difficulty," and that last bit only as a nod to the chase mechanics - technically it's not necessary.

Just because the mechanics are there doesn't mean I want to read them like boxed text - I prefer to let the players choose their action and then adjudicate what they've chosen to do.

In this specific case, I would actually buy the PDF for it just so I could read the chase, but it's not available until 2012.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I get you; I'd always use a flavour description, over dry math formula.

A problem I sometimes find is in giving the players meaningful risk assessments; if I say "That looks a difficult climb.", am I speaking objectively? Or subjectively? To the whole party? Or to one player?

I will inevitably get a response like "Difficult for me?" (High-Int Rogue with skills to burn) "Or him?" (Strong guy, few skill points, in full-plate) "Or to an untrained peasant?" (No mods)

I have a choice of going round the table, trying to remember everybody's bonuses ("Well, you would probably find it easy, you would have trouble, you would....errr...did you cast Bull Strength on him?). Even that is unsatisfactory, since players have different tolerance for risk. My 'middling' could be someone else's 'easy', and a third person's 'hard'.
Or I can let slip the odd DC, so the players know what ball park they're in.

It's no skin off my nose; as GM, you shatter the fourth wall the moment you read or prep the adventure, but you learn to view the crunch and the fluff simultaneously, like staring at a Magic Eye 3D picture, and some players have learned to do the same.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The product image and description have been updated to reflect the finished product, and sample cards have been added.


Sample cards look awesome, this is must-have product to me!

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Aha!

I see they are colour-coded for environment, after all.
Great minds think alike.

The cover reminds me of the BECMI Rules Cyclopedia, because of the curve of the dragon's neck, despite the guy in the foreground being on foot.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

Cards look awesome. I'm buying them for sure...


I like these, though I hope the checked borders aren't there. I'd rather have something more... chasey. Keep in mind they'll be laid out for the group to see, and having something gaudy or what have you... meh. If it's in a row, and minis are being placed on each on every step of the way, they should look good for that. Granted, they'll have to fit a number of genres at once (ie: drow chases, city chases, forest chases, dungeon chases, etc.), so I don't know how they'd design that.

I'm guessing the checked borders are pre-print, I hope. I like how Pathfinder has stayed generally theatrical rather than showy in their design choices. It helps groups get into character, I think.

I like the Chase rules a lot, though. The idea of designing a game around encounters is a good bit of GMery; and I think this is like a sort of mini-boardgame that looks neat. It's already got me thinking...

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The images above show the final design.


These are really clever!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Dark Sasha wrote:
These are really clever!

+1


ShinHakkaider wrote:


(In fact, this whole thing reminds me of the chase mechanic from Spycraft, which was a blast.)

Thats the first thing I thought of when I saw this advertised. Looks neat though.

MD


Honestly I recently ran CotCT #1 and used the chase rules from it. I loved them, and wished I had a better looking setup so that they weren't so homely. I really like the premise of this product and the fact that it's so varied in terrain options. I cannot wait to pick it up. There are so many good card sets coming out lately I really want its staggering.

For those who don't want game rules items like this to break immersion, why not use them in your planning? "I want them to chase the barbarian through the jungle for 12 rounds before he gets away, random shuffling Okay these 12 cards are my chase" jots down mechanics as laid out on cards "OK time to add descriptors.."


Stewart Perkins wrote:
For those who don't want game rules items like this to break immersion, why not use them in your planning? "I want them to chase the barbarian through the jungle for 12 rounds before he gets away, random shuffling Okay these 12 cards are my chase" jots down mechanics as laid out on cards "OK time to add descriptors.."

This is how I would use them as it allows me to think up fluff before hand as I suck thinking under pressure. Also, this mechanic could be used for many other things as it is very similar to 4E's Skill Challenges.


Looks great!

Any chance of seeing this as a mobile App like the Critical Hit/Miss decks?

Cheliax

Just picked these up. They look great and I can't wait to use them in my games.

Quick question: Paizo hasn't announced a release for vehicle chase cards have they? Something like a ground/sea/air deck for ships, flying, chariots, and horseback riders?

Taldor

Who did the art?

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Any chance we can get blank versions of cards for the three major "locale types"? It would be nice to be able to add our own challenges to the deck.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Callous Jack wrote:
Who did the art?

Matt Dixon.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

My players LOVE these cards during a chase. Much better than the 3x5 cards I was using. Gives a nice visual to the obstacles.

Need more types of chases! And expand the selection of cards for the existing chases!

Hope they come out with an expanded line of these soon. That way we could shuffle all the urban cards (if there were enough to do that) together and get a random chase! Challenge for the player and DM if the NPCs roll too!

Kizan


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Maps Subscriber
GM Weynolt wrote:

Looks great!

Any chance of seeing this as a mobile App like the Critical Hit/Miss decks?

A chase app with in-app purchase of additional chase card sets and additional chase types! Maybe some custom card types!

Very cool idea!

Kizan

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

I just got mine.

Whoever came up with the "Shh, this is bat country!" text on Bat Swarm card deservers a hug or a kiss and a long, happy life.

Same goes for several other cards ("I saw a monkey do this once!"), but zem bats made me fall from the chair laughing.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

So, I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere, but the chase rules were tweaked in the instructions for these cards.

Chase rules from the Gamemastery Guide wrote:
A character who wants to attempt to move three cards during his turn can do so by taking a full-round action. That character must overcome both obstacles on the card he is leaving.
Chase rules from the Chase card deck wrote:
As a full-round action, a chase participant can attempt to move two cards forward. When doing so, he chooses two obstacles -- one on his starting card, and one on the next card -- and attempts checks against these obstacles as part of the full-round action.

This makes a lot more sense -- instead of simultaneously taking a slippery path around a pond and swimming across it and somehow teleporting across a crowded marketplace as a result, the PC either Swims or Acrobatics and then either, say, Intimidates or Overruns the crowd to end up at the same place. Is there any intention to errata the chase rules in general to match the cards?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I suspect that will probably happen in the next reprint of the GMG.


Ennie-Awards 2012:
Best Aid/Accessory
GameMastery Chase Cards (Paizo Publishing) *Silver Winner*

I wonder why Paizo doesn't promote his winners with these awards...

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

We created a whole category on our store to collect all of the past winners. :)


Used it last night to great avail, and on the fly. Good product, not always useful, but good when you need it.


Are these sanctioned for Pathfinder Society?

Cheliax

Has anyone used these in place of the obstacles for the chase scene in Edge of Anarchy (CotCT AP #7)?

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