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We Be Needing Role Cards!

A month ago, an unruly quartet of goblin heroes was unleashed on an unsuspecting populace. Yes, I said heroes. It turns out some goblins have learned the error of their ways—or, perhaps at least learned what many adventurers learn: you can steal and murder as much as you want, as long as it’s against “the bad guys.”



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Kingmaker Late Pledge Campaign

The Kingmaker Late Pledge campaign gives you one final opportunity to seize the Kingmaker Adventure Path and Companion Guide, as well as to pick up Add-On products that are exclusive to the campaign. From Hero Point tokens and Kingmaker-themed dice to the Kingdom Management Screen, this is your opportunity to make your Kingmaker campaign something truly memorable! The campaign runs through 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on September 30, so head over to KingmakerCampaign.com and lock in your pledge!



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Tales of Lost Omens: The Snare

“There. Yes. Those two.” Excitement, wet and thick, curdled Chemurr’s voice. She coughed and swallowed noisily, but she was too agitated to keep the phlegm worms from crawling back up. Her swollen fingers clenched around Gaiter’s arm. “Come, boy.”



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Starfinder Society: Ethical Anthropology

When I first participated in Pathfinder Society, one of the selling points was that the Society was a league of archaeologists—just like me! Granted, the Pathfinders are sword-swinging, spell-slinging scallywags who tend not to show much respect for their host cultures, all while endeavoring to find the most exciting treasures in pursuit of fame and public acclaim. Fortunately, that’s not how real archaeologists behave, right?



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Pathfinder Society Preview: Scrolls, Spells, and Swords

We're only a few short weeks away from Gen Con, the release of Pathfinder's Second Edition opening books, and the launch of the new Pathfinder Society campaign! Phew! In the coming weeks we'll be previewing scenarios, pregenerated characters, the Guide, but today we're going to talk about one of the final character creation elements. Character creation works in basically the same way as is described in the soon-to-be-released Pathfinder Core Rulebook: choose your ancestry, select a background, pick your class, and you're well on your way. These are the A(ncestry), B(ackground), C(lass)s of character design, and my colleagues Mark Seifter and Linda Zayas-Palmer will be on Know Direction at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST tonight to go through the character creation process.


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No Peace in the Darkness!

Things are really getting hot for the heroes in the Dawn of Flame Adventure Path. I had the pleasure to write the fourth adventure, The Blind City, available now! The heroes have acquired an ancient tablet that hints of strange technology and even stranger magic deeper inside the sun. The unusual expert capable of deciphering it speaks of Outer Gods, strange cults, and a prison of darkness hidden within the sun’s blazing light.

Things are really getting hot for the heroes in the Dawn of Flame Adventure Path. I had the pleasure to write the fourth adventure, The Blind City, available now! The heroes have acquired an ancient tablet that hints of strange technology and even stranger magic deeper inside the sun. The unusual expert capable of deciphering it speaks of Outer Gods, strange cults, and a prison of darkness hidden within the sun’s blazing light.



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Old Cheliax

In the history of Golarion, no empire has reached the heights of influence nor seen that influence ripped away by revolutionaries and anarchists than Cheliax—at least if modern accounts of Chelish history are to be believed. But in today’s Cheliax, ruled by Her Infernal Majestrix, Queen Abrogail II of the Thrice-Damned House of Thrune, the truth is malleable and is often altered to support the reigning regime rather than objective fact. From the outside, Cheliax appears as a failing state, whose territories have slipped through its fingers in the wake of decades of tyrannical rule by devil-worshipping nobles more concerned with their own power than the plight of their people, an empire in decline despite its own claims to the contrary.


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Adventure Marches On

You've created your character. You've tasted that first bite of toil and heroics, earned your first thousand Experience Points, and come back to town a hero. Is it time to hang up the sword, sidle into the local tavern, and get free drinks for years in return for spinning yarns of your youthful adventuring day?


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Homebrew Special: I Want My Mummy!

In the latest PACG Homebrew Special, our Online Venture-Captain Tyler Beck returns with a new Adventure Path for kobolds! Because more kobolds is good kobolds. —Mike


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Countdown to Pathfinder Second Edition

Hello! Allow me to introduce myself. I am Payton Smith, Paizo's new Social Media Producer. While I’ve only been here a few weeks, I’ve been working closely with the creative team to harness the excitement of Pathfinder Second Edition. The drive and passion I've seen to create a version of Pathfinder that is easier to learn, faster to play, and yet endlessly customizable is inspiring. It is now my privilege to share their enthusiasm with all of you on the official Paizo Twitch channel!


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Tales of Lost Omens: The World Expands

Hadizah stood stiffly between two other students—one a degenerate lizardfolk and the other a savage Ekujae elf—as their frail teacher Mawunyo gestured with a staff at the vine-covered towers, graceful arches, and broad towers of the Magaambya, greatest magical academy in all of the Mwangi Expanse, if not the world.


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Pathfinder Society Preview: Redeeming Playtest Points

Shortly after the first whispers of a new edition of Pathfinder first started circulating, we knew that organized play would play a major role in playtesting. While our team's quite experienced at designing adventures, we swiftly realized there was one thing we stood no chance at creating in 2018: fair rewards for a game whose final form could change dramatically and unpredictably based on playtest results (to say nothing of our wanting tons of Chronicle sheet feedback, so we couldn't even create long-term character records).


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New Rules, Unlimited Adventure

Last month, after countless hours combing thorough feedback and iterating improvements to design, Lone Shark released a revision to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: the Core Set. I’ve played every base set of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, so I can say that their hard work has paid off. The Core Set is still fundamentally the same game, but the play is smoother, more dynamic, and more exciting.


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The Mwangi Expanse

Since we first revealed the map of the Age of Lost Omens campaign setting, with its ten meta-regions and updated names for existing locations, fans have been asking for more information about the Mwangi Expanse. Well today I'm happy to be able to grant that wish, with a brief overview of how the setting's iconic jungle has evolved between editions!


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The Play's the Thing

Last week, we built a character together, so now let's talk about how the game plays!


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The Impossible Lands

When we were first dividing the nations of the Inner Sea region into the ten meta-regions that comprise the Age of Lost Omens campaign setting, one of the first ones we floated as a proof of concept was the Impossible Lands—the nations of Geb, Nex, and Jalmeray, and the magic blasted wilderness of the Mana Wastes. This is the "high magic" part of the core setting, where centuries of warfare between archmages shaped the land and imbued the local culture with magic unlike anywhere else on Golarion.


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Tales of Lost Omens: Bound for Glory

Ishaani walked through the bustling market in the shadow of her efreeti guardian, Shadqadir. "I don't like this. It's dangerous, dealing with... these matters... out in the open." She clutched the scroll case close to her chest, though it was already secured across her body on a leather strap and further sealed with magic.


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July Update— [REDACTED], Spotlights and Conventions!

Last week should have seen a preview of Pathfinder Society Scenario 10-22: Passing the Torch, Part 1: Who Wears the Mask. But when I reviewed developer Linda Zayas-Palmer’s words, I kept thinking about Avengers: Endgame spoilers and how I didn’t want to be "that person". So, I’m including her review here, with appropriate edits to keep us spoiler free.


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Experience Builds Character

Making a character in Pathfinder Second Edition is a process that most experienced gamers will find familiar, but wherever possible, we made changes to make the process more intuitive while still giving you a mountain of choices and flexibility. It all starts with imagining the character you want to play. Maybe you want to be a ferocious dwarven warrior who takes on the aspects of an animal in the heat of battle. Maybe you want to play a wise-cracking elven con artist who grew up on the streets, but now plays at being a member of high society. Or maybe you just want to make a mysterious wizard that loves to blow things up. Pathfinder gives you all the tools to make these characters and countless more! Even if you don't have a complete concept in mind, the steps of character creation in Pathfinder are there to help you make the big decisions and focus in on a character that you are excited to play.


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So Much to Play in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Society!

Hello everyone! It's your friendly cyber-neighborhood Venture Captain Tyler again, bringing you a quick discussion about the options that we have as players in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Society. (Note the new branding!). First I'll talk about the stunning number of characters you can choose from, and then I'll talk about the mindboggling amount of content there is to play through.


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Paizo Wishes Everyone a Happy Pride Month!

We want to wish all of our community a happy Pride month! As many of you know, during the month of June people across the world celebrate people in the LGBTQIA+ community being out and proud. The gaming community is full of wonderful queer folk who came to the hobby to find community with those that share their geeky interests and explore various identities through their characters and other characters who populate the worlds in which they play.



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The Sea's Vengeance

Devrin Arlos laughed and eyed the six Chelish warships closing in on them. They'd chased Nightwave all the way from the Arch of Aroden, along the coast of Rahadoum, and through the treacherous Jagged Reach. They weren't likely to give up now. Ahead loomed the Eye of Abendego.


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Paizo Advantage and Subscription Updates

It’s rare for Paizo to make changes to its subscription program, but with the release of Pathfinder Second Edition on the horizon, we’re taking this opportunity to make some improvements. Learn more inside!


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Pathfinder Society Factions Preview: Grand Archive and Vigilant Seal

In May, we introduced the concept of major and minor factions, as well as introduced the first of our new factions for the Second Edition campaign: the Horizon Hunters and Radiant Oath. Then at PaizoCon (and in a follow-up blog) we shared two more factions, including the Envoys’ Alliance and the Verdant Wheel. Today we introduce the last of our major factions!


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The High Seas

Sit right back and I'll tell a tale, a tale of a frightful trip that started in a tropic port and involved a fateful ship. Tighten your floatation devices, take a deep breath, and let's dive in to our tour of the High Seas meta-region of the Age of Lost Omens campaign setting!


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A First Look at Pathfinder Second Edition

The Second Edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is set to launch on August 1st, and in anticipation, we thought it was time to take a look at the game and give you a sense of what you can expect from the new version of the rules! Starting with this blog and continuing every week until release, we are going to be looking at different aspects of the game, from a broad overview to some of the finer details of character generation and adventure design. Taken together, these blogs should give you a head-start on learning the game and bringing it to your table!


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On Completing the Iconics in PACG

If you’ve picked up the brand new Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Core Set and the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path, you may have noticed we reached an important milestone: For the first time, every iconic hero developed by Paizo has now appeared in PACG. How we got here was quite a journey.


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Tales of Lost Omens: All That Glitters

Invisible and as silent as a church fart, Twilp Farfan slipped through the sparse midday crowds of Sothis's Malhitu Bazaar. Skulking in broad daylight always freaked the halfling out, but if he didn't stir up too much dust or bump into anyone, his passage would go unnoticed. Sothans tended to close up shop and nap in the blazing heat of the day, so there weren't many people about.


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June 2019 Starfinder Society Scenarios

This month, the Starfinder Society's second season, the "Year of a Thousand Bites" begins! These two release scenarios set the tone for our season, which ongoing Society fans might recognize as taking a bit of a tonal shift from the overarching stories we had been telling. Without telling too much about this upcoming year, it's safe to say that we'll be seeing fewer jinsul-related problems and more concerns to be addressed back in the Pact Worlds!


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The Golden Road

Last week we looked at the Eye of Dread region of Avistan, as described in the forthcoming Lost Omens World Guide, and boy was it gloomy! Let's change the scene for this week's look into the new state of the campaign setting in the era of Pathfinder Second Edition. What better locale to differentiate itself from mist-shrouded, undead-infested than the sunny deserts of the Golden Road?


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