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September 2018 Starfinder Society Releases

Thanks to the double release at the end of July, it's been awhile since we've previewed any new Starfinder Society scenarios. Luckily, we're just about a week out from the release of our two latest scenarios, so now is a perfect time for some sneak previews!


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Monasteries, Monuments, and Mysteries

Gen Con lands a little earlier each year, and while that ambitious publication schedule means there's tons of new material that arrives in early August, it means nearly two months before the next scenarios arrive in late September. The long wait is nearly over! The team's been working on a variety of Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild scenarios that highlight northwestern Avistan in dramatically different ways. Let's hear from the developers who worked on each one.


Tags: Dion Harris Organized Play Pathfinder Society Tom Ventre

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Welcome to Outpost Zed

No one said traveling to the Azlanti Star Empire would be easy. In fact, most everyone says the exact opposite. Imperialist and xenophobic, the Azlanti aren't going to take kindly to a handful of Pact Worlders showing up in their space to cause trouble and interfere with their grand plans. Luckily, as with any large empire, there are spaces on the fringes where the eyes of the conquerors don't always peer too closely.


Tags: Against the Aeon Throne David Franco Mirco Paganessi Starfinder Starfinder Adventure Path

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Kingmaker—Assembling the Perfect Party

One of the key elements of tabletop roleplaying games like Pathfinder is the collaborative storytelling that comes from a party of different characters all adventuring together. In many cases, the inter-party conflicts and dynamics of a campaign are as memorable as the overall plot like the villain and her motivations. In a single-player digital adaptation of such a game, capturing that same sense of disparate personalities is vital to making the final game feel like Pathfinder. The recently released Pathfinder: Kingmaker, from developers Owlcat Games emulated this cherished aspect of the genre perfectly with their wide array of supporting characters players can combine into the perfect team.


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Ancestry and Class Surveys

Creating a playtest process for a game as complicated as Pathfinder has been a challenge unto itself. While we knew that we needed robust play data from all of you, which took the form of Doomsday Dawn, we also wanted to grab wider-ranging feedback based on not only your experience at the table, but also your time spent reading the book, building characters, and dreaming up new adventures.


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Life on the Fringe!

Pathfinder Player Companion: Heroes From the Fringe is now available on bookshelves worldwide and on the digital bookshelves of paizo.com as a PDF. This exciting book lets us take a look beyond the typical groups and ethnicities you're used to seeing in our other books.


Tags: Alyssa McCarthy Pathfinder Player Companion Priscilla Kim

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Homebrew Special: Some Cubes to Die For

In this installment of Homebrew Special, we're graced by Darren Rigby, who might be the best calligrapher and font creator I've ever met. It doesn't surprise me that in his gaming life, his meticulous and creative spirit shines through. In the spirit of his home country's Canada geese, take a gander.—Mike


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Big Pathfinder/Starfinder Reference Document News!

As a fan and a community advocate, you grow attachments to things you wouldn't have ever imagined you would. One of the projects I've gotten the opportunity to make my mark on at Paizo is neatly nestled into that fan/community/design challenge niche: the Pathfinder Reference Document. As it became obvious in this last year of architecting and laying out the plans for the future of paizo.com, and as the time increased between that "last updated" date and our resources began to shift course, a problem arose that we needed to solve: how do we provide our community a free, up-to-date online version of the rules for our games? Well, I finally get to share the answer with you all!


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Revealing Secrets

This month, Pathfinder fans can get their hands on the adventure that kicks off the Return of the Runelords Adventure PathSecrets of Roderic's Cove! I asked on Twitter what folks would like to see in a blog about this adventure, and a number of people wanted to know more about the writing process and more behind the scenes things. So, here y'all go!


Tags: Ekaterina Burmak Nikolai Ostertag Pathfinder Adventure Path Return of the Runelords Valeria Lutfullina

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Kingmaker—Expanding on a Classic

In just two weeks, the first single-player isometric CRPG using the rules and world of Pathfinder will be released—Owlcat Games' Pathfinder: Kingmaker. It's been a long time coming, and we couldn't be more excited for the world at large to get to experience it!


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On the Road to Sombrefell Hall!

As of today, we turn our focus to Part 3 of Doomsday Dawn, "Affair at Sombrefell Hall," written by one of the many talented developers of the new edition of Pathfinder, Amanda Hamon Kunz.

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Positives and Negatives

Over the past few weeks, I've been spending some time talking to folks on the unofficial 2nd Ed Pathfinder Playtest group on Facebook. Mostly I've been listening to people's thoughts and anecdotes about the playtest, but I've also been answering a few rules questions and conversing about various subjects. Something that's come up a couple of times in that group and in other forums is how we, the folks at Paizo and especially the design team, respond to criticism.


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Announcing Pathfinder Battles: Ruins of Lastwall (and more Kingmaker previews)!

Last week, our partners at WizKids announced the next set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic miniatures: Ruins of Lastwall! Scheduled for an April 2019 release, Ruins of Lastwall is the last full set of Pathfinder Battles miniatures before the advent of Pathfinder Second Edition in August of next year. As such, it offers a great opportunity for us to fill in as many of the remaining gaps in the series from our iconic first edition sourcebooks, and the chance to tie in with one of the most highly anticipated adventure paths in the history of the game: Tyrant's Grasp.


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Core Principles: Injecting Story into the Pathfinder ACG

In the first installment of this blog series, I laid out the principles guiding our new incarnation of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. We aren't rebooting the game—everything will still work with everything else—but with the new Core Set, we're making significant improvements that we've been wanting to make for years. I will go through them one by one in the leadup to the game's intended launch at PaizoCon 2019.


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September Update—Gen Con Recap, Spotlights and Conventions!!

Per our post-con tradition, the team wrote paragraphs about the highlights of their Gen Con attendance. Some pesky goblins got in the wiring and disrupted our postings for a few weeks, which led to us not sharing our experiences. Even though we are a month past Gen Con, we wanted to take a moment and share what we thought of Gen Con 2018! For my part, one of my favorite things about Gen Con involves the building of the Sagamore. We start Monday morning with an empty room and by early Thursday morning turn it into one of the most happening locations at the convention. With over 1000 games running 24/7, the room never sleeps! Thank you to all the volunteers who make such an endeavor possible!!!! We couldn't do it without you and you enrich the Pathfinder Society/Starfinder Society with your contribution of energy and effort.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path #133: Secrets of Roderic's Cove (Return of the Runelords 1 of 6)

Get Ready to Fight Some Runelords!

The Return of the Runelords Player's Guide is here! Within, you'll find all the information you'll need to craft your character for this Adventure Path, including several unique campaign traits that will help tailor your character to the themes found in the campaign and... just maybe... set up some surprises for you along the way. In addition, the Player's Guide helps you choose which of your prior PCs, if any, who took part in Rise of the Runelords or Shattered Star might have roles to play in the background of the Return of the Runelords Adventure Path.


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Ongoing Changes

The playtest of the new version of Pathfinder is well underway, and with it comes a variety of changes to the game and how it works. There are a number of parts of the game that we're looking at for revision, but we want to get a bit more data in on them first. Signature skills, ancestry benefits, and multiclassing archetypes are all under review, and some of these systems might need additional testing before the playtest process is over. As we get closer, we'll let you know what changes you can expect to see.


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Return of the Runelords Begins!

I've been looking forward to working on the Return of the Runelords Adventure Path since the very start. As development on Rise of the Runelords wrapped up over ten years ago, we started a tradition that's lasted ever since—the inclusion of a tiny little message at the end of the sixth volume's legal text. In Rise of the Runelords, this message simply read, "The runelords will return." Likewise, in the sequel to Rise of the Runelords, the last volume of the Shattered Star Adventure Path teased, "Sorshen lives!"


Tags: Ekaterina Burmak Pathfinder Adventure Path Return of the Runelords

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A New Part Dawns!

Time flies when you're playtesting a new version of Pathfinder. It's been over three weeks since we got underway by encouraging everyone to play Part 1 of Doomsday Dawn. And play you did! The outpouring of survey responses from those who completed "The Lost Star" (Part 1) has truly been overwhelming. We've learned a lot about the game, but there's still so much to explore! That is why, today, we're moving our focus to Part 2 of Doomsday Dawn, titled "In Pale Mountain's Shadow."


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Order of the Amber Die—Doomsday Dawn Playtest, Part 1

You've heard their tales of marathon Adventure Path sessions, now the folks from the Order of the Amber Die are eagerly leaping into the Pathfinder Playtest. Below is the first report from their table as they play through the first portion of Doomsday Dawn! Beware spoilers if you intend on playing through this adventure!


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Rad Moon Rising

Among the first minis we previewed from the forthcoming Pathfinder Battles: Kingmaker set way back when we announced it in the spring was the werewolf, a staple of the fantasy and horror genres for ages. But that's not the only figure in the set with a tie to the moon.


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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Now that Gen Con is behind us, it's time to once again resume our weekly look at the next wave of Pathfinder Battles pre-painted plastic miniatures from WizKids, October's Kingmaker!


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Stars, Kudos, Conventions, and More!

So we've put a wrap on Gen Con 2018 and are already talking about 2019! Once again the Sagamore Ballroom rang to the sound of games, this time in three different systems - Pathfinder, Starfinder, and Pathfinder Playtest. We had a special during each evening slot, accompanied by awesome visual maps put together by Paizonian Andrew White. The presentation for Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-00: The Hao Jin Cataclysm by Mike Kimmel, featured the vocal talents of editor Jason Keely and customer service rep Sam Phelan blended together through the mastery of Ben Loomes of Syrinscape. I highly recommend checking it out!


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Decorate Your Dungeon

Last fall, we got experimental with a set of pawns and launched the Pathfinder Pawns: Traps & Treasures Pawn Collection. The experiment seemed to work, so when there was a spot on the schedule for another Pawn Collection, we decided to try another set of pawns that represented objects rather than creatures, and that set is here this month with the Pathfinder Pawns: Dungeon Decor Pawn Collection.


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Faction Focus: Second Seekers (Jadnura)

The Scoured Stars incident shaped the narrative at the launch of the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. That momentous—some say would say, catastrophic—event set the stage for the campaign's first season and the ongoing mystery of the Scoured Stars. With the recent unveiling of Starfinder Society #1-99: The Scoured Stars Invasion, we on the Organized Play team thought it was a great time to look back in history to before the campaign started. Specifically, let's learn of the First Seeker who first brought the Starfinder Society into the Scoured Stars: First Seeker Jadnura.


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Rule of Threes

The initial volume of the Against the Aeon Throne Adventure Path releases this month, marking several changes to the Starfinder Adventure Path format, some permanent, some more experimental. Firstly, as many of you know by now, Starfinder Adventure Path is becoming a monthly product! We'll be delivering new adventures, new articles, and new creatures to you every 30 days or so until someone makes us stop. Heck, it's worked pretty well for Pathfinder all these years, so I think we'll probably be fine. We have a lot of exciting campaigns and stories that we want to share with you, so we hope you'll join us for this journey among the stars.


Tags: Against the Aeon Throne David Melvin Mark Molnar Starfinder Starfinder Adventure Path

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Your First Adventure

Starting today, you're going to begin seeing some rules updates from the team to clarify or fix issues with the current draft of the playtest. Rather than focusing on typos or other small errors, we're going to try and keep the updates restricted to things that we think are problematic to the gameplay if left as-is. In the coming weeks, you might also see us replace entire subsystems of the game, if warranted by playtest feedback.


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With the Ultimate Wilderness Deck, Your Power Will Be Mushrooming

Yes, mushrooms! The fleshiest, most spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus you'll find in the moistest, least welcoming shadows of the forest. I get to tell you all about them, because I'm a fun guy. (See, if anyone else on my team had volunteered to do this blog, they could have stopped me from making that joke.) [Vic: So very, very tempted to delete that, but Erik Mona says not to stand between a man and his puns... much.]


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Starfinder Beginner Box Announced!

We have an important communications dispatch to issue here at Starfinder HQ: we're working on a Starfinder Beginner Box!


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Pathfinder Playtest Preorder Update

When Paizo was planning this year's Pathfinder Playtest, we expected to exceed our own ability to fulfill orders on a timely basis, so we decided to use Fulfillment by Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon's reports indicate that most customers will not be receiving their orders by tomorrow's release date.

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Playtesting the Game

Welcome to the Pathfinder Playtest! Along with all the other members of the Design Team and the rest of the Paizo staff, we'd like to thank you for your time, dedication, and enthusiasm. Without you, we could not hope to make the best possible version of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Your feedback, thoughts, concerns, and criticism are vital to our process—we literally can't do it without you!


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On Legacies

Crystal Frasier has left the building, but her legacy lives on! Legacies are a big focus of the War for the Crown Adventure Path, which comes to its stunning conclusion with Amber E. Scott's The Six-Legend Soul. Amber's adventure opens on a truly dire note:


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Invasions and Explorations

I'm very happy to announce that we have completed sanctioning for both the Ironfang Invasion and Ruins of Azlant Adventure Paths! Before saying anything further about these adventures, I'd like to thank my fellow developers Luis Loza and Eleanor Ferron for their assistance in doing the vast majority of the work on sanctioning Ironfang Invasion so that we could have it ready to go alongside Ruins of Azlant for a double-dose of new sanctioned content.


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Multiclassing and Archetypes

One of the trickiest parts of the rules is multiclassing. At its heart, multiclassing allows you to build almost any character you can envision, taking parts from multiple classes to build the perfect version of your character. Making these rules play well with the rest of the game, unfortunately, has always been a challenge. Concepts that really should work together just fell flat, leaving you with a character who could not perform at its level and keep pace with single class characters. This was especially the case for certain classes, like most spellcasters, that had a central class feature or features that you would fall sharply behind in if you weren't constantly progressing in that class.


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20180712-Preview

What's Your Armory Class?

While the hundreds upon hundreds of weapons, suits of armor, and items in Starfinder Armory, can technically exist in a vacuum (space joke!), none of them amount to much without a skilled user. The final portion of Armory is devoted to new class options, many of which help characters leverage their shiny new items to even better effect. Plus there's a new archetype that brings the Augmented, a growing cultural movement of self-modification, to any character who wants to hack their body to perfection.


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Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenarios

One of the advantages of this team's creating organized play scenarios for the better part of a decade (it surprises me that I can truthfully say that) is that we're now very familiar with how Pathfinder Society scenarios are laid out, how we word certain things, and countless other nuances. Introducing Starfinder Society gave us (especially Thurston Hillman) lots of opportunities to tweak our models to fit a new game system, and in many ways it prepared us for the changes we've made in Pathfinder's Second Edition.


Tags: Javier Charro Josef Kucera Kenneth Camaro Organized Play Pathfinder Playtest Pathfinder Society

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Born of Two Worlds

As some of you have no doubt noticed, we haven't said much about half-elves and half-orcs except to confirm that they'll be part of the Pathfinder Playtest. Of all of the ancestry choices in Pathfinder, these were two of the trickiest to design. With the way that the feats are structured, it would be easy enough to just list the feats from both parents (plus some unique options), but that quickly led to cherry-picking the best of both. Moreover, that approach didn't address the base statistics of the ancestry that are very important to overall balance, such as starting hit points and speed.


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Druid Class Preview

Druids are practitioners of primal magic, which blends vital essence (the essence of life, instinct, and faith) with material essence (the essence of matter and the natural world). Thus, primal traditions are rooted in an instinctual connection with and faith in the surrounding world: the cycle of day and night, the turning of the seasons, and the natural selection of predator and prey. Druids are the iconic primal spellcasters; they call upon the power of nature for magic through their deep faith, as opposed to primal sorcerers, who harness the power of fey or other natural creatures that flows through their blood to access the same sorts of primal energies.


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20180519-Preview

Order of the Amber Die—The Azlant Odyssey, Part 4

The folks from Order of the Amber Die are back again! Get ready to dive into adventure with a new report from their latest marathon session running through Pathfinder Adventure Path #124: City in the Deep! Be forewarned, though! There are spoilers aplenty in this report. (Maybe just look at the awesome pictures if you're playing through this.)


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Homebrew Special: Emerald Legacy

Now that Ultimate Combat and Ultimate Equipment are out and Hayato and Reiko are available as playable characters, Im finally ready to proudly present you my latest longtime project:
Emerald Legacy, a new homebrew AP for Skull & Shackles!


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Running the Game

As the Pathfinder Playtest begins, Game Masters will need to quickly get up to speed with the new rules. The Game Mastering chapter of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook is here to help you out! It covers the responsibilities of a GM, gives advice on running sessions, and teaches you how to adjudicate the rules of the game. Because this is a playtest, there aren't details about creating your own campaign or adventures, but rest assured, this information will appear in the Pathfinder Second Edition rulebook!


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Riddle Me This

Attendees of PaizoCon 2018 might have noticed something new and unusual in the program booklet: a page with a map of Varisia overlaid with a grid, accompanied by a challenge to seek out a packet of puzzles and solve the mystery of the virtuous sihedron.


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Gen Con 2018 Starfinder Society Releases!

There's a lot to talk about this blog, so we're just going to jump right into the exciting set of releases coming out in just a few weeks.


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Concluding Season 9, Heralding Season 10

Every year, the number of scenarios released for Gen Con is huge, especially since it typically combines all the scenarios for July and August at once. This year's been an exception insomuch as the number of scenarios is positively immense with 15 different adventures across four different campaigns: 6 Pathfinder Society scenarios, 4 Starfinder Society scenarios, 3 Pathfinder Society Playtest scenarios, and 2 Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild adventures! It's so much that we're breaking our preview blogs into three different posts.


Tags: Akim Kaliberda Benjamin Widdowson Hannah Boving Maja Djeke Marko Horvatin Organized Play Pathfinder Society Tom Ventre

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Putting the Powered Armor in Armory!

Powered armor—high-tech defensive suits that move under their own power rather than using the muscles of the wearer—have a long history in science-fantasy stories, dating all the way back to E.E. "Doc" Smith's 1937 Lensman novel Galactic Patrol (one reason the Lensman books appear in the Starfinder Core Rulebook's Inspirational Media list). The conceptually serve as armor, steed, and sometimes even weapon for super-advanced knight of high-tech settings, allowing a character to act as science-fantasy cavalry. There are five suits of powered armor in the Core Rulebook, which is just enough to give an idea of how such gear works in the game, but certainly isn't anywhere near enough to cover all your possible powered armor needs.


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Bard Class Preview

The bard—it's arguably the most iconic support character. For some reason, bards are often the butt of goofy jokes, even though they're powerful force multipliers who can contribute to just about every aspect of play. Bard is one of my favorite classes in Pathfinder, and it has some of the most exciting changes of any of the classes in the Pathfinder Playtest, but I'm going to start you with a big one first. Are you sitting down yet? OK, good:


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Common Ground

When it comes to using game rules to simulate a fantasy setting, one thing that's always been in the background in Pathfinder has been the idea that certain monsters, types of armor, and so on are more common in some areas than in others. For instance, Pathfinder First Edition's rules for the Knowledge skill rely on the fact that some monsters are more commonly known, though it doesn't really define which are which. Meanwhile, there are circumstances such as the spell Echean's excellent enclosure from Rival Guide where knowledge of a spell is closely guarded by its creator (in this case, an evil 20th-level wizard).


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A Haul of Arms

Psst! You look like a sapient species with some credits to spare, and that azimuth laser pistol of yours looks worn OUT. Why don't you take a look through this catalog of brand-new weaponry, and we'll find you a great weapon at an honest price.


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Pathfinder Society 3: Organized Playtest

The past few months have been busy for the organized play team, from many of us traveling to give fans sneak peaks of the Pathfinder Playtest to our developing a huge number of scenarios to launch at PaizoCon, Origins, and Gen Con (more on those Gen Con adventures in several upcoming preview blogs). We've also been discussing many of the features in a Second Edition Pathfinder Society campaign, as we introduced in our initial playtest blog as well as the blog that followed. We'll be getting into some of our ideas—including some possibilities for incentivizing special events without gating material—and takeaways from your feedback shortly after Gen Con.


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20180710-Preview

Dead Ahead

What's that looming heavy on the horizon like an ominous thundercloud? Why, it's none other than the sixth and final adventure of the Starfinder Adventure Path: Empire of Bones by Owen K.C. Stephens! Though your heroes have tangled with agents of the Corpse Fleet in past volumes, this particular adventure has more undead than you can shake a stick at!


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Sorcerer Class Preview

Their magical blood gives sorcerers their spellcasting power, and it's been a major part of the class since Pathfinder's inception. So for the Pathfinder Playtest, we're going all in: your character's bloodline determines her spell list!


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It’s a Trap!

Hazards are some of the most common challenges in Pathfinder, apart from monsters, and the most common hazards are traps. Most of the hazards in the Pathfinder Playtest are traps, but there are also environmental hazards like mold and quicksand, or even haunts. Rather than have different rules for each type of hazard, in the playtest, hazards all have a unified format, though how you might find them and deal with them can be quite different.


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Art of the Planes

In previous blogs, we've talked about some of the lore and game content in Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures, but since so many people have the book in their hands already and the forums are abuzz of what folks are discovering within, for this blog I wanted to show off some of the art.


Tags: Fabio Gorla Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Planar Adventures Setiawan Lie

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July Stars, Volunteers, Conventions & More!

Happy Independence Day to our players and volunteers in the US, happy “got rid of them” day to the United Kingdom community and a belated Happy Canada Day to our neighbors up north! The first whirlwind of convention is over and I'm taking a day to rest, relax, and enjoy friends and family. Thursday, I'll be back with my nose to the grindstone, working on all the tasks needed to bring the Sagamore Ballroom at Gen Con to life, planning out the last few bits of travel for 2018, and looking at plans for 2019 and beyond.


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Farewell to Crystal

A couple of weeks ago Crystal Frasier let me know that she'd be moving on from Paizo to focus on her freelancer career. I was terribly saddened by this news, but I can't say I was wholly surprised. Crystal is an excellent developer and writer, but she's also an amazing artist, illustrator, cartographer, and has been knocking it out of the park with her comics. However, don't fret too much, Crystal has told me that she still wants to write for us as a freelancer, so you'll still be getting her top-notch adventures, monsters, and articles on some of the things she loves. As we do here at Paizo when one of our greats departs, I've collected some heartfelt thoughts and well wishes from the staff to send Crystal off!


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Ranger Class Preview

Rangers have a long tradition in heroic adventure. Whether they're portrayed as lone striders keeping the edges of the wilderness free of the threats that lurch forth from the world's shadows, as hunters tracking down fugitives or beasts, or as skilled archers serving as a scouting force for a local lord or group of village elders, rangers have a special place in our fantastical imagination.


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Potency and Potions

Earlier this week, Logan gave you the skinny on Resonance and how it interacts with some iconic and all-new magic items. If you missed out on Logan's explanation of Resonance, you might want to take a look here before reading on, because we're going to come back to it at the end of the blog. You got how Resonance works? Good. Now forget about it, we're going to talk about weapons instead.


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Homebrew Special: The Deck of Many Dividers

Today's Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Homebrew Special blog is by Richard Noble (Brother Tyler), about a homebrew of a different kind. Richard wanted to organize his PACG cards, so he came up with some dividers and other tidbits to facilitate storage and gameplay.


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Reflections on Origins Game Faire!

My travels take me to many conventions during the year. I enjoy them all, mostly because I get a chance to meet our volunteers and fans. But Origins holds a special place in my heart. I had never attended Origins before joining the organized play team at Paizo, but I'm glad it is now a staple of my convention tour.


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Monsters from Beyond

Around here it's no secret that I like monsters. Some could say that monsters are one of the biggest reasons I have a desk in this office. Monsters are not only foes for player characters to fight in Pathfinder, they also help tell stories, particularly stories beyond mortal ability or understanding.


Tags: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Planar Adventures Setiawan Lie

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Trinkets and Treasures

Wayfinder. Bag of holding. Ring of the ram. Staff of power. Holy avenger. The magic items you find during your adventures become a part of your story and let you do things beyond the techniques you've mastered and the spells you know. So how do these essentials of the game work in the Pathfinder Playtest?


Tags: Pathfinder Playtest Wayne Reynolds

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Archetypes for All

Over the years, we have added a wide variety of new rules to Pathfinder First Edition, but none has been so well received as archetypes. It's no surprise that archetypes found such universal appeal. Allowing you to play a more specialized character, they let you play the character you want to play in a way that a single class often cannot support.


Tags: Pathfinder Playtest Wayne Reynolds

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Enter the Ninja

As I write this, I'm deeply wrapped up in design and development on the next major version of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—the new PACG Core Set and the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path. And while I'll be talking a lot about those in the weeks to come, this seemed like an appropriate time to look at the Ultimate decks, since in some ways they're both the oldest and the youngest PACG expansion material.


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Divine Intervention

When talking about the planes, you can't skip talking about the planes' most powerful entities. So we're going to chat about the gods for a little bit.


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New Scenarios: Renkroda Heartlove!!!

Whew! With Origins 2018 only days behind us, I wanted to take some time to talk about the scenarios that just had a pre-release at that event and will be coming out this month. Unlike most releases, this month consists of three new Starfinder Society products, although one of them is a unique event and isn't available for open play just yet.


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Of Seas and Sequels

This month's scenarios take us from the whirling waters near the Eye of Abendego to the ruined cyclops city of Kadoddi near Sargava, so let's take a look at what's in store!


Tags: Enrique Barajas Organized Play Pathfinder Society Pathfinder Society Scenarios Tidas Sidlauskas

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Infused With the Planes

In a previous blog, I spoke generally about some of number of player-facing rules elements found in Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures, giving rough numbers of different kinds of new mechanics for your characters.


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Starfinder Wins Origins Award!

The Origins Game Fair took place this past weekend, and we are happy to announce that Starfinder won the Fan Favorite Best Roleplaying Game award at the 2018 Origins Awards on Saturday, presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design.


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Monk Class Preview

Monks choose whether their key ability is Strength or Dexterity, which will determine the DC of some of their abilities. Their selection of initial proficiencies looks pretty different from most classes! First off, they have expert proficiency in all their saving throws. Monks aren't trained in any weapons, but they are trained in all unarmed attacks. They also get powerful fist, which increases the damage die of their fists and lets them make lethal strikes without penalty when using normally nonlethal unarmed attacks. Further, they're untrained in armor, but get graceful expertise at 1st level, which gives them expert proficiency in unarmored defense (everybody else is only trained).


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