I'm currently in Reno attending the GAMA trade show. It is our chance to meet with many retailers and present seminars on all things Paizo. We also have a booth on the exhibition floor where attendees can try out the new Starfinder Beginner Box, talk with the team about Pathfinder Second Edition and try a demo of the revised Adventure Card Game. So far, feedback from the floor is highly receptive on all fronts.
Last week, the teaser at the end of the blog said we would be doing a preview of Starfinder Society this week. We had a minor hiccup in getting a few things processed before I left town, so instead of doing a partial writeup, I decided to swap things around and present our plans for the Adventure Card Game this week and wait on the Starfinder Society story blog until we could announce all the information.
In looking at the revamp of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game and the new Core Set, we re-evaluated our presentation of the Adventure Card Guild. Over the past few years, we tried using the Pathfinder Society as an umbrella for both the Roleplay Guild and Card Guild. Our evaluation of our methods showed that lumping the two together wasn't helping either program—the cross-pollination of players we hoped for hadn't quite taken off. We decide that since we have a dedicated community of card game players and a dedicated community of roleplayers we should support communities on their own.
Going forward, we are renaming the Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild (PACG) to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Society (PACS), with a new logo based on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game logo. We tapped developer Linda Zayas-Palmer, familiar to many for her work on Pathfinder Society, to oversee the playable content. And she has plans!
Speaking of storylines, the Year of Tapestry's Tides ends at PaizoCon (May 23-26). To support the new Core Set, we plan four short adventures to highlight gameplay and bring people to the table. The planned release schedule is two at PaizoCon and two at Origins (June 12-16). We will launch a new storyline at Gen Con (Aug 1-4). Since the Core Set is a revised product, not a new game, we are continuing our numbering cycle, so the Gen Con launch will be Year 6. I'm not going to spoil the name or plot, though, as I think that is Linda's prerogative. So, you'll have to keep an eye out for her blog for more card game news.
In regard to Gen Con, I'm busy entering event submission data. One change to our usual structure. Besides having regularly scheduled sessions of the new Year and demos of the Core Set, we will have older sets and scenarios available for check out for any available tables. These events will accept generic tickets, so if you find yourself with an extra hour between events, pop on by and have a quick game.
Next week, join the developers for a sneak peek into March's scenarios!
Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!
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