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What happened to Encounter Codex?


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Liberty's Edge

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I see that now Bestiary 6 has been announced and Encounter Codex is no longer listed. Has it been cancelled? Postponed? Status unclear, ask again later? :-)

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

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We're still working on it, but it turned out to be significantly more awesome and complex than we originally counted on, so we've shuffled the schedule around a little bit.

The book is currently in development, but we haven't slotted it onto the schedule officially yet.

There are still several high-profile Pathfinder projects for 2017 that have yet to be announced.


Do you mean The Villain Codex? Which is still there.

Liberty's Edge

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Erik Mona wrote:

We're still working on it, but it turned out to be significantly more awesome and complex than we originally counted on, so we've shuffled the schedule around a little bit.

The book is currently in development, but we haven't slotted it onto the schedule officially yet.

There are still several high-profile Pathfinder projects for 2017 that have yet to be announced.

Cool, thanks for the info!

Liberty's Edge

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Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:
Do you mean The Villain Codex? Which is still there.

Encounter Codex is a separate product that was announced at Paizo Con together with Villain Codex.


Ah. I missed that announcement. More bad news for my budget :)


Has this been pushed back to summer 2017 or later? As a new GM this book would be much more helpful than another Bestiary. I'm shocked this book wasn't developed earlier. Encounter building is most of the GM's work and involves much trial and error.

Silver Crusade

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Well, there's NPC Codex, Monster Codex and Villain Codex, so it's not like there isn't quite a lot pre-made encounter material out already.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Gorbacz wrote:
Well, there's NPC Codex, Monster Codex and Villain Codex, so it's not like there isn't quite a lot pre-made encounter material out already.

Those are NPC statblocks and not ready made encouter design though :(

Silver Crusade

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CorvusMask wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Well, there's NPC Codex, Monster Codex and Villain Codex, so it's not like there isn't quite a lot pre-made encounter material out already.
Those are NPC statblocks and not ready made encouter design though :(

But that's the most work-heavy part. Besides, the Villain Codex in particular has much more, with story hooks and encounter groups.

Of course, the more the merrier, so I can't wait until the Encounter Codex comes around.


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Also, check out Appendix 2 of the NPC Codex (Encounter Groups), and the end of each chapter of Monster Codex and Villain Codex.


Eh, this shouldn't affect me. I was just going to wait for the end-series compilation gift package and buy them all at reduced price anyway.

You know. The Codex Codex.


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Is this still under development? Or has it been shelved due to hecticness?


I want more codexes....

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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It will most likely take a different form than that described at PaizoCon, but we don't have anything more to say at this time—plans are still evolving.


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Evolving is reassuring. Reassessing would be a worry. :p
Thanks, Vic.

Dark Archive

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Ya know, I guess it speaks of how much I'm anticipating this book that its barely two months later since from that confirmation post that its still under development and I'm still worried it was canceled :'D


Codexes....

Liberty's Edge

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I fell in love with this book the moment I heard of it. It's my second favorite RPG line product (after Advanced Race Guide). I hope the concept doesn't evolve too far from what was previously announced, because that was what I fell in love with.


I am hopeful that we will see this eventually. I am glad that it is evolving. I'd rather see a fully developed product that expands the game rather than one that stopped short just to make a release.


Codices are, for me, just like the Bestiaries, a must have.

I was pretty curious to know what was this "Encounter Codex", and I hoped for it to be a book of monsters with class levels (like in Monster Codex) arranged by terrain - so we had pre-generated encounters for all sorts of scenarios.

I would love to see pre-generated encounters for the following terrains: Urban, Forest, Jungle, Swamp, Plain, Mountain, Cave, Underground, Ruins, Desert, Sea Surface, Underwater, and Arctic/Snow.

Dark Archive

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Just to note, today I was trying to figure out how to buff RotR's final boss fight from CR 22 encounter to CR 23 because players did everything they could get xp from and ended up on level 18. And because they did everything, they have tons of helpers from final dungeon and thats not including cohorts. So I was trying to figure out encounter designing rules only to figure out its basically "just calculate exp players get, thats your encounter CR"...

...So basically, I think guide book on designing encounters would be really helpful to me and any other newer gm :'D Or heck even just gms who have only run APs, if you only run ready made material then ye don't get opportunity to practice designing encounters yourself...

Just wanted to remind Paizo that this would really be awesome book


So, it's been about half a year since the last official word in this thread, which was that the project was "evolving."

I hadn't even heard about this until I came across this thread just now, but color me very interested. The Monster Codex is a favorite of mine, and a book that provides an array of encounters across all CRs would be a tremendous boon for the harried GM. That would be a book worth rolling pennies for.

So, where is the project now? Could we hope for something in 2018?

Dark Archive

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Still afraid that it has been quietly canceled <_< Still looking forward to this book


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

It might have been cancelled or it might come out sometime next year, only time will tell. It wasn't of any interest to me but I understand what it is like to be excited for something then it gets pushed back or cancelled all together.


I'd never heard of it until a couple days ago, but I would really love this book. I had just reached the point of feeling saturated with Pathfinder hardbacks...but I would make an exception for this one.

Any chance we could get an update from a Paizofolk?

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