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Delve of Doom Results!

   Delve of Doom Results! Friday, August 31, 2007Gen Con was a great show for Paizo, as usual, but this year had a new addition to our booth presence. It all started with a little contest around the office to determine who could design the most deadly dungeon chamber. While this idea was all well and good, we would need some test subjects to run through our gauntlet of pain, and thus the idea of running a delve at Gen Con was born. ... Using the fabulous Master Maze 3D dungeon...
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Pathfinder #4 Cover... and Desktop!

Pathfinder #4 Cover... and Desktop! Thursday, August 30, 2007In the past, each time we've shown off the cover to a new volume of Pathfinder, we've been immediately deluged with requests for it as a downloadable desktop background, which we inevitably put up a few days later. This time we figured: why wait? After all, there's a long weekend coming up, and we wouldn't want your monitor to have to go without new Wayne Reynolds art for all that time. So here it is: the cover to Pathfinder #4,...
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First Peek at Pathfinder #2

First Peek at Pathfinder #2 Wednesday, August 29, 2007With Pathfinder #2 currently on the proverbial slow boat from China, here's a sample spread from the bestiary to whet your appetite. Introducing: the boggard! Download the 528 KB zip PDF. ... James Sutter ... Assistant Editor, Pathfinder
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Science in the Dungeon

Science in the Dungeon Tuesday, August 28, 2007If there's anything that the other editors and I butt heads about around here, it's the amount of science that should be present in our fantasy—or rather, the amount of science fiction. I make no bones about the fact that I'm a huge sci-fi fan, and if given my druthers I'll almost always err on the side of too much rather than too little. Which means that, given the overall traditional RPG fantasy feel of our campaign setting, it usually...
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Delve-o-vision!

Delve-o-vision! Monday, August 27, 2007We'll have the scores for Paizo's Deadliest GenCon Delve Room contest up soon, but it's taking us some time to tabulate all the character deaths... it seems the majority of valiant PCs went down like field mice under a rotary mower. Until then, here's the first of several YouTube videos people took of fan favorite author and messageboard regular Nick Logue introducing delve players to his unique (and decidedly kinesthetic) brand of game mastering. ......
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4th Edition

4th Edition Friday, August 24, 2007We're all back from Gen Con, and aside from the launch of Pathfinder and our new Planet Stories novel line, the hot news at the show was the announcement of Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, from Wizards of the Coast. Messageboards across the internet, from paizo.com to EN World and Wizards of the Coast's own site, are abuzz with discussion of what was revealed at the show, what changes are in store for our favorite game, and what the future may hold. ......
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GameMastery Item Cards: Elements of Power Deck

Elemental Mysteries Conclusion

Elemental Mysteries Conclusion Thursday, August 23, 2007The new GameMastery Item Card set, Elements of Power, should be burning a path to your local store as we speak. As promised two weeks ago (sorry about the delay, Gen Con tends to get in the way of schedules), here is a complete set list for those of you hoping to delve into the mysteries of the elements. ... 01 Breastplate ... 02 Chain Shirt ... 03 Leather Suit ... 04 Platemail Barding ......
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Kaer Maga

Kaer Maga Wednesday, August 22, 2007Now that D2: Seven Swords of Sin is starting to make it out into people's hands, I'd like to talk a little bit about my favorite part of writing it: designing the city of Kaer Maga. ... Going into the project, there were two different ideas for where the adventure should be set. For me, it seemed to call for an urban setting, a crazy city where anything went and the law was sketchy at best. Publisher Erik Mona, however, was eager for Varisia to have an...
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By Popular Request

By Popular Request Monday, August 20, 2007And now, by popular request... Pathfinder 3 wallpaper! ...
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Gen Con Field Report Day 4

Gen Con Field Report Day 4 Sunday, August 19, 2007The end is upon us! ... Gen Con has come to a close and we're a bizarre blend of happy and sad to see it stop. We're happy to finally be off our feet and sipping cold drinks by the pool and sad to leave behind a throng of interesting and fun readers, fans, and gamers as we make our way back home tomorrow. ... Sunday is the day of last resort as attendees cram the show floor to buy everything that piqued their curiosity the days before. Our...
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Gen Con Field Report Day 3

Gen Con Field Report Day 3 Saturday, August 18, 2007Today was another hectic day in the booth! Saturday has the reputation as the busiest day of the con and today was no exception. Paizo's booth was buzzing with the news of our awards last night at the ENnies—we took home two gold medals for GameMastery Flip-Mat: Tavern (the second year in a row a Flip-Mat has won a gold ENnie) and the Savage Tide Player's Guide free download and our partner company, Open Mind Games, took home a...
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Gen Con Field Report Day Two

Gen Con Field Report Day Two Friday, August 17, 2007The second day of any four-day convention is typically referred to as the slow day. Retailers and manufacturers complain that nearly every year their business is down, the crowds are down, and Friday is generally a light day. Eager four-day attendees are typically seen swarming the Dealer Hall on Thursday to get the awesome Gen Con exclusives (such as Paizo's alternate Pathfinder #1 cover) and those folks are more inclined to game and rest...
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Gen Con Field Report Day One

Gen Con Field Report Day One Thursday, August 16, 2007Hello from Gen Con! ... It's broiler hot, the humidity makes you feel like you're walking through a warm pond, and the bodies are stacked so close in the hall when someone trips in aisle 14 the domino effects doesn't stop until aisle 37. ... And that's awesome! ... We're having one of our best first days at a con ever and it's in no small part due to the crush of Paizo readers and fans that have mobbed our booth to look at and purchase...
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Pathfinder Adventure Path #3: The Hook Mountain Massacre (Rise of the Runelords 3 of 6) (OGL)

Pathfinder 3 Cover

Pathfinder 3 Cover Wednesday, August 15, 2007We're currently in the middle of working on The Hook Mountain Massacre, the third volume of Pathfinder, but we just couldn't wait to show off the new cover, courtesy of fantasy art superstar Wayne Reynolds. We've already introduced Merisiel, our iconic elven rogue, in a previous blog post, but just take a look at those ogres! With those flat teeth and crazy jaws, something about them just screams Muppet gone wrong. As for how wrong... well, some of...
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GameMastery Module D2: Seven Swords of Sin (OGL)

From Delve to Dungeon

From Delve to Dungeon Tuesday, August 14, 2007If you're a regular reader of this blog, you likely already know about Paizo's delve event at this year's GenCon, in which convention attendees will have the chance to run through part of a deadly, trap-filled dungeon, potentially winning fabulous prizes. You also probably know that the delve is closely related to the new GameMastery Module we'll be releasing, D2: Seven Swords of Sin. But what most people don't know is exactly how one became the...
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Come to Gen Con!

Come to Gen Con! Monday, August 13, 2007Gen Con is always a big deal for us here at Paizo, but this year is even more momentous than most. With many people getting their first chance to pick up and check out copies of Pathfinder (with an alternate Gen Con-exclusive cover!), Seven Swords of Sin, Elements of Power Item Cards, and the first few books in the Planet Stories line (from such authors as Michael Moorcock, C. L. Moore, and Gen Con Guest of Honor Gary Gygax, who will be signing copies...
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You Got Your GameMastery Module in My Pathfinder Shipment

You Got Your GameMastery Module in My Pathfinder Shipment Sunday, August 12, 2007Many of you have asked to be able to combine shipments of Pathfinder subscriptions and GameMastery Modules subscriptions to save on shipping. Well, we've just made that possible, and with Pathfinder #1 and GameMastery Module D2 shipping next week, now is the perfect time to get a subscription to both Pathfinder and GameMastery Modules. ... If you're adding a new subscription, you'll be prompted during order...
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Time on Golarion—Days of the Week

Time on Golarion Friday, August 10, 2007As our messageboards have recently been packed with folks wanting to know more about the day-to-day business of Golarion, the following is a brief introduction to the dating and timing conventions of our world. Rest assured that you'll be able to find out much more—such as timelines, country overviews, histories, and the rest—in the forthcoming Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer. Time travels on Golarion much as it does here on our own Earth....
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Elemental Mysteries, Part 4

Elemental Mysteries, Part 4 Thursday, August 9, 2007The four elements—air, earth, fire and water—have fascinated man for thousands of years. All of the mysteries have now been solved, save one: Water. Elements of Power—the next set in the GameMastery Item Card line—is due to show up in game stores any day now, and if you can solve some of the mysteries of the elements, you might just score a free deck. ... One elemental mystery has been presented each week. Answer this...
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Desna Detailed

Desna Detailed Wednesday, August 8, 2007With work on The Skinsaw Murders wrapping up, we thought we'd give you a brief taste of Sean K Reynolds' insightful exploration into Desna, Golarion's goddess of luck, travel, and more. Presented here is one of several key myths tied to her faith and frequently repeated by members of her flock, as well as a fabulous rendering of her holy symbol by Savage Tide alumnus Ben Wootten. ... Lamashtu's Trap: In her earliest days as a goddess, Desna's mentor was...
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The Fey Are Coming

The Fey Are Coming Tuesday, August 7, 2007GameMastery Module W1: Conquest of Bloodsworn Vale has arrived in our warehouse and is about to ship to subscribers (although if you sign up now, you can still get the module and a free PDF). Although I've chatted about fey before, now is as good time to look at the fey in this module with some detail. If you plan on playing this module be forewarned—spoilers lurk below. ... Here are some facts about the Roseblood Sprites, presented as a...
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GameMastery Module D0: Hollow's Last Hope (OGL)

Letter Designations

Letter Designations Monday, August 6, 2007First things first—if you haven't already checked it out, D0: Hollow's Last Hope is now available as a free PDF download right here. What are you waiting for? It's free! Ahem. We now return you to the topic at hand: module letter designations. So D0: Hollow's Last Hope is a prequel of sorts to D1: Crown of the Kobold King. It follows, then, that D2 is a sequel to D1. Right? ... Well, no, actually. D2 is completely unrelated to D0 and D1. On the...
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Pathfinder #7—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 1:

First Glimpse of Paizo's 2008 Q1 Schedule

First Glimpse of Paizo's 2008 Q1 Schedule Friday, August 3, 2007Today is a big day for announcements here at Paizo! In addition to releasing the name of our new Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, in which both Pathfinder and the GameMastery Modules are set, we've decided to unveil our release schedule for the first quarter of 2008. Click here to take a look at the press release, which includes detailed information on such things as: ... The first three installments of the new Pathfinder...
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Elemental Mysteries, Part 3

Elemental Mysteries, Part 3 Thursday, August 2, 2007The four elements—air, earth, fire and water—have fascinated man for thousands of years. Yet, there are still many mysteries that have yet to be solved. Elements of Power—the next set in the GameMastery Item Card line—is due to release next month, and if you can solve some of the mysteries of the elements, you might just score a free deck. ... One elemental mystery will be presented each week. Answer it correctly and...
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Welcome to Fort Thorn—A3. Keep

Welcome to Fort Thorn Wednesday, August 1, 2007With GameMastery Module W1: Conquest of Bloodsworn Vale just about to ship out to subscribers, it's time to introduce your PCs to their new home: Fort Thorn. This small community is the only bastion of civilization in the Vale and, as such, makes for the most likely home base for explorers. The following are descriptions of a few key places: ... A3. KeepAside from the shrine, Fort Thorn's keep is the only other stone building in town. This...
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