Warm Seasonal Wishes from the Paizo Crew!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Another year is coming to a close, and 2017 has been a landmark year for us at the Paizo office! In the last few weeks, we've begun reflecting on and collecting memories from the last 12 months, and the support that you, our community of amazing fans, have given to our projects. We're blown away by it all, and before we begin our recap blogs for the year, we want to take a moment to say: thank you!

These "adorable" little skittermanders are ready for the winter festivities!
Illustration by Kent Hamilton

The release of a new roleplaying game is an all-hands-on-deck effort, and it is no understatement that the reception for Starfinder has exceeded our expectations many times over. While we plan on recapping our projects from this year in another blog, it's notable that the gamers we've seen at conventions, organized play events, game stores, and patronizing paizo.com seem to really enjoy this crazy, wonderful, spacey adventure we've put so much work into. The next year is definitely going to be full of even more Starfinder (and of course, Pathfinder) excitement to come.

This widening community of gamers is what makes it possible for everyone at Paizo to keep aspiring for bigger and better goals. To show our appreciation, you can now use the holiday18 promotional code at checkout to receive a discount on an order from paizo.com.*

Once again, and we can't say it enough, thank you! We wish you all safe travels, critical hits, and all the adventure that the holiday season brings!

Best wishes and happy gaming,
The Paizo Staff

*The holiday18 code stacks with Pathfinder Advantage. This discount does not apply to subscriptions, backorders, preorders, or third-party downloads.

Due to the overwhelming demand from our amazing gaming community, our hardcover Pathfinder Core Rulebook is currently out of stock. More inventory is on the way and is expected to arrive in April. Happily, Pathfinder exists in many forms, please check out some of these other options!

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The ORC Alliance Grows

Over the course of the last week, more than 1,500 tabletop RPG publishers, from household names going back to the dawn of the hobby to single proprietors just starting out with their first digital release, have joined together to pledge their support for the development of a universal system-neutral open license that provides a legal “safe harbor” for sharing rules mechanics and encourages innovation and collaboration in the tabletop gaming space.

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Call to Volunteer: Gen Con Indy 2023

Greetings, players! Somehow, it’s once again time to start recruiting volunteers for our major conventions! At this time, we’re opening applications for Gen Con Indianapolis 2023. Information on Gen Con Online, as well as other PaizoCon events, will happen at a future date. Please read all the information in the convention’s section before filling out the application form, and let the team know if you have any questions!

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Celebrate Open Gaming with Pathfinder!

Paizo is celebrating the spirit of Open Gaming with 25% off select Pathfinder releases that introduce you to the world of Golarion! Explore the world now with a free PDF copy of the Lost Omens World Guide. Simply add the PDF to your cart and use discount code OPENGAMING at checkout. Offer valid through midnight PST, January 25, 2023

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Paizo Announces System-Neutral Open RPG License

For the last several weeks, as rumors of Wizards of the Coast’s new version of the Open Game License began circulating among publishers and on social media, gamers across the world have been asking what Paizo plans to do in light of concerns regarding Wizards of the Coast’s rumored plan to de-authorize the existing OGL 1.0(a). We have been awaiting further information, hoping that Wizards would realize that, for more than 20 years, the OGL has been a mutually beneficial license which should not–and cannot–be revoked. While we continue to await an answer from Wizards, we strongly feel that Paizo can no longer delay making our own feelings about the importance of Open Gaming a part of the public discussion.

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Get Your Happy Holidays Discount Code!

Our 20th Anniversary Year is coming to a close and we want to say: thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Introducing the Starfinder Team

Greetings from the future! As mentioned in our Introducing the Narrative Team blog, there have been some changes to Paizo’s teams, and perhaps none have seen more of a shake-up than the Starfinder Team!

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Introducing the Narrative Team

Hi! Those of you who have been watching the credits of recent products or the discourse on social media may have noticed some shake-ups in Paizo’s staff recently.

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Paizo and TYPE40

Type40 is very proud to announce our new partnership with Paizo! We absolutely love the rich and inspiring lore of Pathfinder and Starfinder and look forward to creating new and exciting ways to help you enjoy your games.

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Accessorize Your Game Sale

From adding flavor to the use of Hero Points to building new NPCs and new worlds to explore, Paizo has published many exciting Starfinder and Pathfinder accessories. Today through Black Fireday, Small Business Starday, and Cyber Moonday ACCESSORIZE YOUR GAME with the best the industry has to offer!

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PaizoCon Online 2023 Invitation

We invite you to join us for PaizoCon Online 2023, next Memorial Day weekend, May 26–28. We’re excited to once again bring events to your screen with an amazing long weekend of Starfinder and Pathfinder online gaming, the launch of Year 6 of Starfinder Society, product previews, new product announcements, content creator AMAs, seminars, giveaways, an extra day of play on May 29th, and more. We’d love to have you join us!

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

This Hispanic Heritage Month, we thought it’d be fun to have some of our staff, freelancers, and members of the community write up some magic items inspired by their background and culture to put into your games!

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What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

I am officially announcing my retirement from the adventure game industry. After 35 years of making some of the most amazing games and getting to work with the most amazing people, it is time for me to step away and move on to the next chapter in my life. In January 2020, I was diagnosed with a very rare disease that, while not life-threatening, is debilitating, sapping me of much of my energy and making it hard to do my job. The pandemic allowed me to step back from the day-to-day operations of Paizo enough to help me feel comfortable making this life change at this time.

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Gen Con Contact Tracing

Last week was a very eventful GenCon 2022, and we were delighted to see so many familiar and new masked faces this year! It was great to be back at the booth alongside our Organized Play team running delves, scenarios, and specials in the Sagamore Ballroom once again! Reuniting with so many amazing members of the community was a much-needed boost to all our spirits.

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Pathfinder Lost Omens: Knights of Lastwall

Ever Stalwart, Ever Vigilant: Knights of Lastwall Authors!

While Pathfinder Lost Omens Knights of Lastwall has been out for some time now, we wanted to take another look at the book and the authors who made it possible. Much like the Knights of Lastwall put in the effort to further the cause of good, these authors gave their all to create the latest exciting entry in the Lost Omens line of books. As these authors share a bit about themselves and their work, consider letting them know if you like their work in the comments or following them on social media!

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We'll See You Tomorrow At Gen Con 2022

Twas the day before Gen Con and all across the show floor, the goblins were prepping for what we have in store…

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Gen Con Online 2022 Streaming Schedule

Greetings, Pathfinders and Starfinders! Here’s our streaming schedule for Gen Con Online, August 4–7, 2022. All shows will be hosted on our Twitch channel at twitch.tv/officialpaizo.

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Join Us At Gen Con 2022!

The summer is in full swing and with it begins the countdown to Gen Con 2022 on August 4th–7th in Indianapolis, Indiana! We’ve been putting together the most product-packed booth we’ve ever offered, featuring amazing new releases like Pathfinder Dark Archive and Starfinder Adventure Redshift Rally as well as a deeper collection of releases and accessories than ever before! Plus, in celebration of our 20th Anniversary and the release of the popular Abomination Vaults Adventure Path for Pathfinder Second Edition and the upcoming 5E-compatible release, our staff members will GM in-booth Pathfinder delves throughout the Ruins of Gauntlight during the week. Come join us, roll some dice, and add some new adventures, maps, and accessories to your collection!

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Creator Spotlight: John Vanegas

Welcome to our Creator Spotlight blog series! Nearly every Monday, we’ll present a question-and-answer session that highlights a different creator in the tabletop roleplaying games industry. We plan to focus on recognizing the efforts of Paizo staff members, freelance contractors, podcast players, streamers, YouTubers, licensed partners, and more. Each participant is provided a list of standardized questions from which interviewees can choose. You can request the Creator Spotlight form to be featured here by emailing marketing@paizo.com. This week we're shining a spotlight on community creator John Vanegas!

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Authors Of The Drift Crisis

The Drift has broken. Faster-than-light travel is unreliable. The galaxy is in chaos, and opportunists lurk in every star system. Starfinder needs heroes, and with the recent release of Starfinder Drift Crisis, your characters can be part of the action! But this book wouldn’t have happened without heroes of a different kind: the authors who joined our team to tackle a totally new kind of book, all the while with fire in their eyes, passion in their hearts, and in their brains 101 new ways for your PCs to rediscover that in space, nobody can hear you scream. Meet some of the great minds who helped bring you the Drift Crisis!

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Community Creators Pride Blog

This month, we're celebrating Pride with our co-workers, freelancers, and community content creators. For many of us, Pride isn't just a June event, it's an all day, every day existence. With that in mind, we asked, "What are you proud of in the last year?"

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Paizo Welcomes Rai Kong and Maggie Gallagher to Leadership Team

Paizo is pleased to announce that Maggie Gallagher and Rai Kong have been promoted to the Leadership Team. Both have also received promotions in-line with that responsibility. Rai Kong is now Vice President of Technology, and Maggie Gallagher is now Vice President of People & Culture, both reporting directly to Paizo’s President.

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Creator Spotlight: Dan Thompson

Welcome to our Creator Spotlight blog series! Nearly every Monday, we’ll focus on a different wonderful industry creator, as an individual, including Paizo staff, freelancers, contractors, podcast players, streamers, YouTubers, licensed partners, and more. The format is a list of standardized questions from which interviewees can choose. Request the Creator Spotlight form by emailing marketing@paizo.com. This week we're shining a spotlight on community creator, Dan Thompson!

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PaizoCon Contact Tracing

Thank you for attending PaizoCon 2022! We hope you had as wonderful a time playing games and participating in events as we did putting on the show. It was a much-needed return to PaizoCons of yore, and we can’t wait to continue offering in-person convention experiences in the years to come.

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Therapy Through Gaming

Last year, we at Game to Grow were featured on Paizo’s blog as part of Autism Awareness Month. Some autistic members of our community shared their own experiences learning and growing while playing RPGs. This May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re happy to be back with more from the frontiers of gaming therapy.

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Creator Spotlight: Vanessa Hoskins

Welcome to our Creator Spotlight blog series! Nearly every Monday, we’ll focus on a different wonderful industry creator, as an individual, including Paizo staff, freelancers, contractors, podcast players, streamers, YouTubers, licensed partners, and more. The format is a list of standardized questions from which interviewees can choose. Request the Creator Spotlight form by emailing marketing@paizo.com. This week we're shining a spotlight on our PaizoCon guest of honor, Vanessa Hoskins! Let’s get started!

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PaizoCon Online 2022 Events!

Join us for adventures May 27-30 at PaizoCon Online 2022!

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Jim Butler Named Paizo President

Jeff Alvarez has stepped down as president due to health reasons. Paizo has named Vice President of Marketing and Licensing, Jim Butler, as its new president.

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Blog: PaizoCon 2022 Tickets on Sale Now!

PaizoCon is only a few weeks away, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you May 27–29 at the DoubleTree hotel in SeaTac, Washington. We’ll also host online events and seminars for those unable to make the trek.

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Creator Spotlight: Patrick Renie, Senior Developer

Welcome to the start of our newest blog series! Nearly every Monday, we’ll focus on a different wonderful industry creator, as an individual, including Paizo staff, freelancers, contractors, podcast players, streamers, YouTubers, licensed partners, and more. The format is a list of standardized questions from which interviewees can choose. Let’s get started!

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Meet The Pets of Paizo

Did you know we have an office chat dedicated to our pets? Well, the goblins in charge of keeping company secrets had their backs turned for just a few minutes and I’ve decided the internet must know! The beacons were lit, I called for aid, and some employees have answered! So, before the goblins come to drag me back to the depths of the tech department, let me introduce you to a few of the Pets of Paizo!

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PaizoCon 2022 Update

Thank you all for your patience as we work out the first ever hybrid PaizoCon. There’s lots of moving pieces with this event and the current world situation makes it even more challenging. We hope to answer lots of question in this blog, but know there will always be more, so please ask away in the comments and we will get you answers.

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International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is once again upon us! TDoV is an annual day (March 31) to celebrate and show support for our transgender and gender-expansive communities. It’s a day of empowerment, celebrating the lives and accomplishments of these communities while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to combat discrimination.

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We invite you to PaizoCon 2022!!!

We invite you to join us for PaizoCon 2022, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (May 27–29) at the Doubletree in Seatac, WA. For those unable to make the trek in person, we’re also pleased to announce that PaizoCon Online will once again bring events to your screen with online play and seminars (and an extra day’s events on May 30th). Join us for an amazing weekend of Pathfinder and Starfinder gaming, including the launch of Year 5 of Starfinder Society and the kickoff of the Drift Crisis! We’ll also be celebrating a huge milestone: 2022 is Paizo’s 20th anniversary, and we’d love to have you join us!

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Kobold Hoard Sale

Paizo’s warehouse inventory team recently discovered a roughly hewn hole in the back corner of the building hidden behind a half-empty pallet of Creamy Chicken Ramen packets. In true Pathfinder style, they geared up and delved into the secret passage. After crawling through a 5-foot-wide low corridor for 40 feet, they stumbled across a secret chamber where the warehouse kobolds had been stashing products to build a hoard worthy of their draconic majesty.

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Celebrating Black History Month with Community Creators

The past several community blogs featured staff and freelancers, so this time we wanted to highlight our community of digital content creators! We encourage you to take a look at what they’ve been cooking up in the Paizo multiverse!

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Enhance Your Play with Digital Partnerships

As a publisher, Paizo has consistently led the way in producing games, adventures, campaigns, and accessories that bring your tabletop gaming experience to life. We take great pride in giving our players and Game Masters all the tools they need to maximize the experience.

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Paizo at Gen Con 2022

With the Gen Con housing block opening on Sunday, we wanted to make sure Pathfinder and Starfinder players knew what was happening at the Best Four Days in Gaming so you could make your plans for the show!

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Happy Lunar New Year 2022!

This Lunar New Year, we thought it’d be fun to have some of our staff, freelancers, and members of the community write up some magic items inspired by lunar new year to put into your Pathfinder games!

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Paizo and Gale Force Nine Announce Boardgame Partnership

Paizo and Gale Force Nine have agreed on a multi-game partnership to publish original Pathfinder and Starfinder board games.

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Welcome Maggie Gallagher, Director of People And Culture

We are thrilled to welcome Maggie Gallagher as our new Director of People and Culture. Maggie’s experience and skillset are a perfect fit for Paizo, and we think that her personality; her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and her passion for strong relationships truly make her the right person for our company today.

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Meet The Authors Of Galactic Magic

Get ready to reboot your spell caches with Starfinder Galactic Magic! This exciting new supplement dives into the most magical parts of the science-fantasy Starfinder setting, with a new class, a wealth of class options, dozens of new spells, and articles on how magic and religion affect day-to-day living in the Pact Worlds and beyond. Of course, none of this would be possible without our talented authors! Let’s learn a little more about some of them and what they worked on for this book in their own words. And if you’re a new (or returning) fan of any of these authors, be sure to check out their other projects, websites, livestreams, and more!

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Time is running out to grab the Pathfinder Second Edition Beginners Bundle!

Last month, we launched the Pathfinder Second Edition Beginners Bundle to support The Trevor Project and Tabletop Gaymers. At the time of writing, it’s sold over 6,000 bundles, raising over $30,000 for the charities. Read all the details in our announcement blog. This deal on an epic collection of Pathfinder Second Edition essentials ends Saturday!

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Celebrating National Science Fiction Day

Today is National Science Fiction Day in the U.S., so it feels a bit like a communal unbirthday for every author who writes weird fiction speculating about what might happen. I took a stroll around the virtual office to talk with some of my colleagues, who are science fiction authors and game designers themselves, and asked them to talk about their personal connections to sci-fi, their inspirations, and what kind of stories interest them.

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Join the quest for suicide awareness and prevention at Rolling in the New Year!

Jasper’s Game Day is a non-profit organization that raises money for suicide prevention and awareness. They do this through RPGs such as Pathfinder and Starfinder. JGD strives to reduce the stigma around talking about mental health so the world can start to treat it just like physical health. But they are so much more than that: they are building a community of individuals that are unique and have a love for all things RPG. They combine the fun of Pathfinder and Starfinder with the quest toward suicide awareness and prevention, and it will an epic experience.

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Pathfinder Lost Omens: Monsters of Myth

Authors of Myth

Let these mythical creatures not be overshadowed! Our freelancers aren't monsters in any sense of the word, but according to the vernacular of today's internet, you could call them absolute beasts! While the writers of our Paizo products are always credited in the front and back of the books, a simple name in a byline doesn’t give readers much information on the people who work to bring the setting to life. Instead, I reached out to the authors with the intent of promoting them—as well as any other personal work they would like to show off, so that new fans could find other projects, RPG products, websites, livestreams, and more to enjoy! If there's a section in the book that you particularly liked, why not check out the author behind it today?

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Introducing the Quest for the Frozen Flame Player’s Guide

The herd is on the move. The hunt is on!

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Happy Holidays from Paizo!

Thank you for your support this year! Here's our gift to you!

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Join us for Rolling in the New Year!

Join Paizo and Demiplane for Rolling in the New Year! Play Pathfinder and Starfinder to support Jasper's Game Day and raise funds for the prevention of and awareness of suicide, December 30-January 2 on Demiplane’s Twitch Channel!

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Support Charities with the Pathfinder Second Edition Beginners Bundle!

Forge a path into limitless fantasy adventure with this epic collection of Pathfinder Second Edition essentials! This bundle is filled with the books new explorers need to create heroes and set out on their journey in the legendary Pathfinder tabletop RPG universe, including the Core Rulebook, monster-filled Bestiary, and ready-to-play adventures—along with the physical Beginner’s Box at the $50 or more tier. Plus, you choose how much of your purchase supports The Trevor Project and Tabletop Gaymers!

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International Day of People with Disabilities

Hi, Pathfinders and Starfinders! We’re lucky to have a community full of awesome people with so many different identities and experiences. Today, we want to give the spotlight to members of our community with disabilities. These folks are game designers, content creators, players and GMs, business owners, writers, and artists. Please take a few moments to learn more about them in their own words.

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Trans Awareness Week and Forum Moderation

On the occasion of Transgender Awareness Week, we at Paizo want to reaffirm our support for our transgender colleagues, creators, and community members. We recognize that we've not always been there for our trans community members. While things are rough now, we as a company are dedicated to improving and providing a safe space for all gamers—especially trans gamers—to play, create, and be part of a thriving community where they are not only welcomed but celebrated.

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Paizo Leadership Team Update

Over the last six weeks, Paizo's Leadership Team has attempted to better listen to and understand the challenges faced by its workforce, customers, and community. We want to take a moment to update you on a few important developments that have emerged from those conversations.

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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

First, we at Paizo acknowledge that our beautiful coastal rainforest is the traditional, unceded land of the Coast Salish people, specifically the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People. Today and every day we honor the Duwamish Tribe—past and present—and the land itself.

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Paizo Expands Leadership Team

CEO Lisa Stevens recently expanded the Paizo Leadership Team to include industry veterans Mike Webb and Jim Butler. Mike and Jim join Jeff Alvarez, Erik Mona, Lisa Stevens, and David Reuland as they work together to drive Paizo into the future.

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Paizo Recognizes United Paizo Workers

Paizo is pleased to announce it has voluntarily recognized the United Paizo Workers union, which is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage month here in the United States, a time to honor the accomplishments, culture, and history of folks whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Here at Paizo, we’re proud of our Hispanic coworkers, contributors, and community members! We’re taking an extra day to celebrate them and all the amazing work they do. Here’s a few of our awesome contributors.

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OP Team Updates: Welcome Jessica Catalan

The Starfinder universe is vast and full of adventures just waiting to be discovered. Sometimes, captains of the grand ships that soar between the stars decide it’s time to move to a new vessel for the next phase of their journey. So it is with Jenny Jarzabski, who has been the stalwart captain of the Starfinder Society ship for the past year. She is moving fully on to the Starfinder team, where she will continue to produce excellent adventures in the form of standalone adventures and AP volumes.

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Paizo Update from Jeff Alvarez

My public statement on Wednesday was a fundamental expression of Paizo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, values that I share both personally and professionally. It was an opening statement—not the final word on the topic by any means.

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Paizo at Gen Con Keynote with Publisher Erik Mona

Join Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Erik Mona for a peek at upcoming Paizo releases!

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Announcing Pathfinder and Starfinder Infinite

Today at Gen Con, we announced a new way for members of the Pathfinder and Starfinder communities to create content to expand the brands and make a lasting mark on the games we all love: Pathfinder and Starfinder Infinite.

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Rosh Hashanah Paizo Celebration!

Hi all! For this latest community blog, we’re celebrating Rosh Hashana, the New Year of the Jewish calendar, which begins on the evening of September 6th this year. I’ve reached out to our fantastic creators to celebrate Jewish heritage and how it relates to our life and work. I hope you enjoy their insights and thoughtful reflections!

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Gen Con Online Streaming Schedule

Here is our streaming schedule for the upcoming Gen Con Online, September 16–19, 2021. All shows will be hosted on the Twitch.com/officialpaizo channel. You can register your interest and sign up for Paizo Organized Play games on Gen Con’s website, then join us on the Paizo Events Discord during the event

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Blast off to the Cosmos for the Mox Gauntlet!

I’m excited to share that Paizo will once again be participating in the Mox Gauntlet charity game tournament, and it’s coming up this Sunday!

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Paizo Pride 2021

June is Pride Month, a time for the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate their lives, their struggles, and their identities. It’s also a time to remind ourselves and those around us that the fight for equality is not over. The first Pride celebrations were inspired by the Stonewall riots, a six-day riot against police brutality, led by community leaders including Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman.

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Community Blog: Celebrating Juneteenth 2021

Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, celebrates June 19, 1865, the day when the last slaves in the United States were finally informed they were free. The road from the first Juneteenth to today wasn’t smooth or easy. Last year, I wrote a blog about the history of Juneteenth, which you can find here, but this year, I wanted to talk a bit about what we can do on Juneteenth now, in the present day, and in the future.

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Community Blog: Celebrating Father’s Day

In today’s blog we celebrate the fathers and father figures in our community. As we pause to honor and reflect on fathers of all kinds, we also recognize the many different feelings and memories that arise from this day. Whatever Father’s Day means to you, and wherever you are in the difficult journey of fatherhood, know that we’re grateful. Whether you’re a father (or father figure), have a father, or have memories of your father, and whatever those experiences may mean to you, fatherhood is one of the things that binds most of us together—wherever, whenever, and whoever we are.

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Origins Update

Paizo will not be attending this year's Origins Gamefaire. The show has not announced an online component, so at this point we aren’t planning to provide programming that weekend. We are looking forward to returning to physical conventions in the future, but we aren’t quite to that point yet. Thanks, and stay safe!

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PaizoCon Keynote Revelations

If you missed the PaizoCon keynote, you also missed a grand tour of upcoming Pathfinder and Starfinder releases as told by Publisher Erik Mona! In the video below, you’ll find details on:

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PaizoCon Online 2021 Agenda for Monday, May 31

It is the last day of an extended weekend of adventures at PaizoCon 2021 Online! Here is tomorrow's schedule of seminars and live-plays running on our Twitch channel.

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PaizoCon Online 2021 Agenda for Sunday, May 30

Welcome to Day 3 of an extended weekend of adventures at PaizoCon 2021 Online! Here is tomorrow's schedule of seminars and live-plays running on our Twitch channel.

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PaizoCon Online 2021 Agenda for Saturday, May 29

Welcome to Day 2 of an extended weekend of adventures at PaizoCon 2021 Online! Here is tomorrow's schedule of seminars and live-plays running on our Twitch channel.

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Save 20% or More at the PaizoCon Sale

From now through May 31st (Pacific time), take 20% off a single order* on Pathfinder and Starfinder products at the Paizo Store using the code PaizoCon2021 at checkout. This includes:

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PaizoCon Online 2021 Agenda for Friday, May 28

Welcome to an extended weekend of adventures at PaizoCon 2021 Online! Here is tomorrow's schedule of seminars and live-plays running on our Twitch channel.

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Pathfinder Second Edition Bestiary Humble Bundle

Today, we’re launching the Pathfinder Second Edition Bestiary Humble Bundle to support Stop AAPI Hate. The bundle’s tiers include PDFs of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, Bestiary, Lost Omens World Guide, Lost Omens: Gods & Magic, Gamemastery Guide, all six volumes of the Extinction Curse Adventure Path and, at the highest tier, a physical copy of the Pathfinder Bestiary!

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Let’s Concept a Creature for the Art of Paizo Panel at PaizoCon Online

On the Art of Paizo panel at PaizoCon (12 Noon Pacific on Sunday, May 30), artist Kent Hamilton will design a new creature created by you! But before he puts digital ink to paper, he needs to know what kind of monster he’s creating. To help him with that, we’ve created a quick survey that will let you give him some creative direction.

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Paizo's Gen Con 2021 Update

Paizo will not have a physical presence at this year’s Gen Con Indy. Instead, like last year, we will focus our efforts on supporting Gen Con Online with hundreds of Pathfinder and Starfinder games suitable for all players on a variety of virtual tabletop platforms. We’ll also have several special game streams and Paizo-focused seminars to choose from. We will release more information about our plans as we get closer to the show’s September 16–19 dates. We look forward to returning to an in-person Gen Con in 2022!

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Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021!

May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! In this blog, we wanted to give the members of our community the chance to introduce themselves and talk about their experiences and influences in their own words. Enjoy!

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Playing Games at PaizoCon

Last March, when we shifted physical gaming to digital spaces, the Online Region Venture-Officers wrote two guest blogs focused on their experiences using digital mediums such as Virtual Table Tops (VTTs) and Play-by-Post to keep our gaming communities connected. Their advice is as relevant today as it was last spring, so we’ve linked them here for reference.

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Things to Do at PaizoCon Online 2021

PaizoCon is nearly here! On the Organized Play front, we’ll have nearly 1000 tables of Pathfinder Society, Starfinder Society and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Society! In addition to a host of old favorites for all our active programs, we’ve got some exciting new releases that can be played for the first time at PaizoCon Online 2021. Players can sign up for all our tables over on the PaizoCon Warhorn.

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Community Blog: Celebrating Mother’s Day

In today’s blog we honor and acknowledge all of the mothers who enrich our community with their presence. The journey of motherhood can mean very different things to different people and can also be a very emotional time to many of us for so many different reasons. This Mother’s Day, we recognize and thank the mothers; seen and unseen, with children or without, who have blessed our community by being part of it. We wish all of you a day of peace, joy, and love.

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Community Blog: Autism Awareness

In recognition of April as the National Autism Awareness Month in the US and of April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day, we wanted to take a moment to talk about autism and gaming. For this, we reached out to our friends at Game to Grow, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the use of games for therapeutic, educational, and community growth. Game to Grow’s weekly therapeutic social skills groups help approximately 150 participants each week around the world become more confident, creative, and socially capable using games of all kinds. Participants are frequently working on social challenges associated with autism, ADHD, social anxiety, or depression. Playing games in a safe, supportive, and fun environment helps them build meaningful, supportive friendships while developing valuable skills to flourish socially on their own terms. In addition to group services, Game to Grow's comprehensive training program empowers mental health professionals, educators, and community advocates around the world to use innovative game-based strategies to enrich their own communities.

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April 2021 Convention Update

Greetings, all! With spring in the air and convention season on the horizon, we wanted to take a moment and provide some updates on our upcoming events.

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International Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, the International Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate and recognize the lives of transgender people in our gaming community. As several of the authors in today’s blog point out, roleplaying games have a unique ability to let us explore, sometimes for fun, sometimes to learn about ourselves, and often both at the same time. By continuing to work to ensure that Paizo has transgender representation in our stories, and our community, we hope to provide space and time for players and GMs, authors and artists, partners and competitors, employees and fans, to be able to travel through life’s journey, living, learning, growing, and of course, gaming.

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Celebrating Women in our Community Part 2

Last Thursday, we shared a blog highlighting the presence of women creators and professionals in the Paizo community. We have so many fantastic women that today we take the opportunity to celebrate more of them. Every aspect of Paizo involves women and they make our spaces richer for their contributions. Let’s give it up for more awesome women in the Paizo community!

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PaizoCon Worldwide!

We are pleased to announce some upcoming plans for the PaizoCon convention series! Keep reading for some exciting developments!

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Celebrating Women in our Community

Both in the office and in our works, Paizo honors the presence of women creators and professionals in our spaces. Today, we want to introduce you to a few of those fantastic staffers and freelancers that make our games amazing! Some submissions came from the women themselves, some from their friends and colleagues, and we are so very pleased to share them with you!

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GM's Appreciation Day 2021

The amount of work, courage, and passion each Game Master puts into their gaming session is simply amazing. In celebration of those who GM, we created a coupon code to celebrate you. Use gmthanks21 on your next checkout at paizo.com for 20% off your order.

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Celebrating Black History Month!

February is Black History Month! Black voices, be they in the RPG industry or in other creative mediums, are helping create amazing stories and we’re proud to share some voices from our community, in their own words. Enjoy these profiles as well as some previews for art from the upcoming Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse!

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Paizo People, February 2021

Join us in celebrating these staff additions and promoting since our last blog in April 2020! (Variations in the content are because employees were given the option to opt-in.)

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Introducing Jasper’s Game Day

Hi! We’re Jasper’s Game Day and we’re here to change the world, one game at a time!

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A Caroling Horse (Of Course. Of Course.)

Happy holidays, one and all! Whether you're celebrating the season, stuck working, or enjoying business mandated days off, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say we could all use a bit of festive cheer this year. Winter traditions range from the sweet to the downright malevolent (check out Krampus in our upcoming Bestiary 3), but by far one of the strangest is the Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd. This spooky, shrouded creature has a horse's skull for a head. It shows up either during Christmas or the New Year—depending on how much the local church freaks out about its presence—and carols at the doorways to peoples' houses, demanding entrance using Welsh rhymes. Those who let the Mari Lwyd inside must offer the creature hospitality, usually in the form of alcohol and cheese. (Golarion scholars are still debating the absolute definition of “cheese”, but the general rule is that if you have to ask if something counts, it doesn't.)

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