Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Bard Class Deck

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Bring your troubadour to any tavern with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Bard Deck. Explore four different bard characters in this 109-card set, from Lem the magic researcher to Siwar the information broker. The Bard Deck features diverse new allies, weapons, spells, and other loot to take your character all the way through any Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Base Set or Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild organized play campaign. Play on!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-695-9

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Last Updated on 10/30/2014

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Let me just come out and say it: I don't play Bards in RPGs. I have no interest in playing Bards in RPGs. Never have, probably never will. So I wasn't expecting to enjoy playing the Bard in the ACG. When I got the S&S Base set, I 'took one for the team' and played Lem for utility & party balance. I didn't expect much. Boy was I wrong! Lem was oodles of fun, so much so that he became my go-to character whenever possible.

Then the Class Decks came out. I decided I would focus on just one, rather than my usual 'all over the place' style. So, torn between my love of playing Lem and my distaste for RPG Bards, I ordered the Bard Class Deck. How bad could it be? It would improve Lem, and came with some other characters as well. So I waited.

I was not disappointed. Not only did Lem improve, but the game as a whole did as well! The ACG is fun, but the Class Deck really improves things.

Pros:
Lem.
New items
New spells
New Allies

Cons: (and the reason this wasn't a 5 star review)
The other 3 Bards. Don't get me wrong- there's nothing wrong with them. But they just don't have Lem's versatility and charm. They're.... RPG Bards. And I don't play RPG Bards. But I'm sure a general Bard enthusiast would really enjoy them.

So, maybe it says something even stronger about the Bard Class Deck that I think so highly of it even without the other 3 characters. (In other words, I basically bought a Class Deck with 1 PC in it, since the other 3 I will likely never use- and I still feel like I got my money's worth.)


Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Now available for preorder.

It is not part of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game subscription, but PACG subscribers who order it will receive their subscriber discount on it.

(At least, they will once we fix it on Monday...)

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

From the NPC codex: Siwar is a human female, a courtesan, who use her day job to gain information to trade. Mechanically she's more to the caster end of the bard, for weapons she uses a returning dagger & whip.

Rules for the RPG here, the CR 11 (level 12) entry

Grand Lodge

Looks like the other two are Meliski the Gambler (male dwarf) and Esaye Polbele the Tribal Leader.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I was about to subscribe for the skulls and shackles and then noticed that all 7 addon character decks are showing an expected August date - ummm, my poor wallet won't stretch to a new base game, and 7 character addons in one month, and certainly not with the all my other subscriptions.

Are these likely to be stage released to subscribers, maybe one every alternate month or somesuch to spread the load?

At the moment, it looks very "ouchie". Sorry for asking, but I need to plan my finances in the months before Christmas and, at the moment, this apparent release schedule is discouraging me from signing up.

Just spotted the not a subscription comment of Vic's so I guess this changes to how long do you intend having these available so I can spread the cost myself?


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

They plan to have the class decks available or a long, long time (as long as sales are good). The class decks are used for the Organized Play and are intended to work with any Organized Play season. The first season of Organized Play will use the Skull and Shackles Base Set and Adventure Decks. When the second season of Organized Play starts, these class decks will still be used. So these will be kept in print essentially all the time. Paizo might add other class decks (Barbarian, Monk, etc), but they won't release a different Bard deck, at least not until they've covered all the other classes. Since each class deck is one set of cards, they will be easier to keep in print then an Adventure Path. So I fully expect these to just always stay in print as long as PACG exists, which is hopefully forever.

And yeah, the subscription is just the Skull and Shackles Base Set and Character Add-on Deck in August.

If you want to do Organized Play, you can buy just 1 class deck. That is all you'll need. See the blog post at the top of that first link for more info about Organized Play.

**On a related note, the class decks are also a great way to have lots of other choices for characters in any Adventure Path.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Yeah, I intend to get them all, just spreading them over a number of months (looks at Runelords completed box, hmmm, hope we can get some sort of character/add-on storage system >.<)

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


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Siwar...well, she is pretty :) I guess I'll carry some stuff around for her.

Grand Lodge

Vic -> I'm hoping UltraPro releases the Adventure case soon, my box is already bloated with all released sets sleeved (I had to toss the insert and now it just looks sad inside)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I doubt the Adventure Case will ship before the holidays— I have not yet approved a prototype.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Sheesh! Another $100+ from me. It's a good thing I stopped buying a certain card game from another company.

Sometimes it is hard to justify the expenses here. But, knowing that the character decks will be useful throughout the life of the game, not just this base set should have been highlighted in the descriptions, rather than hidden in the discussion.


Are any of the class decks available in Canada yet? By that I mean are people seeing them at their local game stores?


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Retail release date is now October 1, so no one should be seeing them in their local stores just yet.


Are there plans to make other character deck for example the Paladin?


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Yes. The plan is for 7 more classes in February 2015. Though no info yet on which ones exactly.

That probably depends to some extent on how these sell, but from what I've seen they seem to be selling well.


Vic Wertz wrote:

Now available for preorder.

It is not part of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game subscription, but PACG subscribers who order it will receive their subscriber discount on it.

(At least, they will once we fix it on Monday...)

Do subscribers no longer get the discount on these? Added it to my cart and it still showed the $19.99 price. Thanks in advance for the info!


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber
Tychofalc wrote:
Do subscribers no longer get the discount on these? Added it to my cart and it still showed the $19.99 price. Thanks in advance for the info!

They should. I put it in my cart and it shows $15.99. Are you a recent subscriber or have you been subscribing for a while? I know the discounts don't apply until you get your first subscription shipment.


They should. I put it in my cart and it shows $15.99. Are you a recent subscriber or have you been subscribing for a while? I know the discounts don't apply until you get your first subscription shipment.

Ah, gotcha. Yes I am a recent subscriber so I'll check back when my shipment arrives. On a side note Hawkmoon, as a long time lurker on the forums, thanks for all the info you've shared! :D

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