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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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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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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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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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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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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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PACG Fun at Origins and Free RPG Day

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game fans! If you're going to be in the Columbus area over the next four days, please come visit us at the Origins Game Fair—there will be lots of PACG to play!

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Core Principles: Designing the Next Pathfinder ACG

Last Friday, our team turned over to project lead Vic Wertz the first draft of the upcoming Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Core Set. This is a new type of box set, about which I'll go into detail below and in later articles in this series, which will run for the next year. Sometimes I'll write it, and sometimes you'll see the musings of the other members of our highly talented design team.

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Ultimate Intrigue Deck Preview

Hello again, everyone! Now, I know what you're thinking: "Tyler already told us who his favorite character was! Then he told us he lied, and really had a different favorite character!" Well, that's all true... but we can move past all that now, can't we? Today I'm here to talk to you about my new favorite character, Aric. Or as he's known to members of the seedy underbelly of the cities of Galt, the Red Raven.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Playtest at PaizoCon!

The designers of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game can't wait for PaizoCon! I mean, we can. We're physically capable of it. But we don't want to wait for it, because that's when we get to show you what we've been cooking up for the last year. At PaizoCon, we'll have the first public playtest of the new version of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

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PACG Strategy #15—Improving Your Character: Cards & Traits

The previous article offered some general strategies for choosing cards as you build your characters; this one goes into the tactics: which cards are you looking for?

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A New Way to Play the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

It's hard to believe that the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game was released almost five years ago now. The game has evolved through four full base sets and dozens of character and add-on decks, and has been the focus of a successful organized play campaign.

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Adventure Card Game Homebrew, Tower of Doom

Today's PACG Homebrew Special blog is by Todd Alexander (Wilbur_Whatley), about a homebrew of a different kind. Todd wanted a new surface on which he could play our game and... well, he made something everyone in our office now wants. Take a look.

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Adventure Card Game Combat Goes to 11!

Ultimate Combat, the first of the Ultimate Add-On Decks, is making its way into the hands of subscribers and favorite local game stores everywhere, so it's finally time to spill the beans on our design process for the Ultimate decks:

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Horror Adventures

Making the Most of Character Unlocks

Ever since the first Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Class Decks were released, you have been able to use Adventure Path characters of the same class as your deck in the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild. This has been a great way to add more variety to PFSACG character options (in case the 88 Class Deck characters aren't already enough for you!).

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Occult Adventures Character Deck 2

Hail Gom-Gom!

The Occult Adventures decks were a fantastic opportunity to stretch our creative limbs and show you some of the wilder things we can do in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Characters like Yoon, Mavaro, and Erasmus epitomize the ever-shifting cycle of play that I personally prefer, so I hope they work out well for you.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #14—Improving Your Character: Strategy & Tactics

Building a party is only half the story; you also want to improve those characters over time. This article talks about how to do so in a general way, then next month's article focuses on thinking about precise cards (and traits). Most of this general advice is strategic, affecting overall play.

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Eliandra's Best Character Ever: Erasmus

We continue our series of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game fans telling us who the best character ever is. One of our playtesters, Eliandra Giltessan, gives us a sneak peak at the iconic medium from Occult Adventures Character Deck 2 that has her over the moon.

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Homebrew Special: The Call of the Gods

For our latest entry in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game homebrew series, we turn to Ron Lundeen, who's made a habit of crafting entire homebrew PACG Adventure Paths for free, posted on Ron's website. You should play them all, says us. (By the way, Paizo recently hired Ron as an RPG developer. Congratulations, Ron!)

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Occult Adventures Character Deck 1: Much Better than Bards

Occult Adventures Character Deck 1: Much Better than Bards Thursday, January 11, 2018 You are feeling sleepy. Very sleepy. I'm going to count slowly backwards from 10 to 1. As I do, you'll find yourself relaxing and thinking of buying the Occult Adventures Character Deck 1. You’re feeling spendy… ... 10. You will love it. It's much better than the Bard Class Deck. You're going to buy it again and again. ... Do not think of Lem, my scurrilous fool of a half-brother! Instead, let us decorate...
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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Hunter Class Deck

Hunting Season is Upon Us, and There's No Bag Limit!

Hunting Season is Upon Us, and There's No Bag Limit! Thursday, December 14, 2017 I'm very excited that folks are finally getting a chance to get their hands on the Hunter Class Deck! Adowyn was one of the most popular and awesome characters in Wrath of the Righteous, and players have wanted to be able to play her in Organized Play for quite some time. Alas, there was no good class deck that offered a decent suite of Ranged, Divine, and Animal cards. Well, now there is, and Adowyn's going to...
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Homebrew Special: The Little Dragons That Could

We continue our Pathfinder Adventure Card Game homebrew series with a look at True Dragons of Absalom by David Jacobson (Theryon Stormrune) and newly crowned Pathfinder Society ACG Online Play venture-captain Tyler Beck (Cartmanbeck).

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Hell's Vengeance Character Deck 2

Hell's Vengeance 2, All Hell Breaks Loose

Hey, I just got done revealing the surprise fifth entry in our upcoming Ultimate Add-On Deck series, and now it's time to get back to evildoings. Remember when I showed you in Hell's Vengeance Character Deck 1? I'll bet you thought, "Okay, these guys are awful people. But I get them. Linxia's just the anti-Seelah; strong and lawful but not at all good. Lazzero is Kyra with a downward-pointed star around his neck. Urgraz is kinda like Oloch with his pounding things flat and his abilities to 'help' his 'allies' with 'useful' tricks." And before you got too caught up in all those air quotes, you thought, "I'll bet the three characters in Hell's Vengeance Character Deck 2 are gonna be just like that."

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How About One More Ultimate Deck?

In last week's blog on designing the Ultimate Add-On Decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, we purposely failed to mention one big thing: We're not doing just four of them. June's Ultimate Equipment will be followed in July with the fifth Ultimate deck: Ultimate Wilderness.

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Designing the Ultimate Decks

We're deep in design on the Ultimate add-on series of character decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic, Ultimate Intrigue, and Ultimate Equipment. (We broke the news on this series in an earlier blog.)

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How We (Sometimes) Name Cards

Sometimes we like to give you nice folks a window into the strange ways that Lone Shark and Paizo do things on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Here's Chad on our patently rigorous standards for naming cards.

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Not Half Bad Indeed: Hell's Vengeance Makes Its PACG Debut

Finally! I get to tell you about the most fun I've had designing the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. It's time to talk about the Hell's Vengeance Character Deck 1, the first half of the two-part evil block in the PACG line.

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Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild #4-P1—Murder in the Marketplace PDF

A Look at PACG's Murder in the Marketplace

Season of Factions' Favor, our current—and weirdest—Adventure Path for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is well underway. Designed by Keith Richmond with story by Katina Davis, Adventure 1, Chasing Yellow Sails, kicked off at Gen Con, leading the adventurers into the slave markets of Okeno in pursuit of a captured criminal. It's a rollicking adventure, and the upcoming Adventure 2 is also a mindbender.

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Homebrew Special: Revenge of the Wicked

We're starting a new monthly-ish Pathfinder Adventure Card Game series on the blog. Homebrew Special will feature the finest in Pathfinder Adventure Card Game homebrew creations (often made using the DriveThru Card Creator), written by the homebrewers themselves. If you have a homebrew creation that you'd like to spotlight, let us know!

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A Novel Approach to Creating the Pathfinder Tales Character Deck

The Pathfinder Tales Character Deck required the most research of any of the decks. The Pathfinder Tales line includes dozens of novels and short stories, and a veritable digital mountain of web fiction. At one point I had forty tabs and three ebooks open as I scoured through all of the Tales for our best cards. Surprisingly, in that immense field full of amazing options, the team picked three characters almost immediately.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #13—Building a Party: Other Considerations

Great Pathfinder Adventure Card Game parties will have characters in different roles and will contain sets of powers that work well together. However, there are a few other characteristics you should consider when assembling a party.

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The Best 4 Days of PACG

We ran our third ACG Open! Our valiant leader, Mike Selinker, wove a grand tale called "The Vampire Devolutions," focusing on the Pathfinder Tales Character Deck characters Radovan and Varian, and their would-be nemesis, the vampire Prince Kasiya. Thank you to all our teams who made it to the Open! I know our final two teams had fun, since I got a chance to chat with them, and we'll put up some pictures of our finalists in a future blog post. (In previous years, the Opens had complicated designs that made them very difficult to release to the public. This time, the Open is much easier to set up and publish. I'm hoping to do a couple minor tweaks, then see if we can get it played at a lot more venues after the Tales deck comes out next month. Keep an eye out: we don't want to let the vampires win.)

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #12—Complementary Powers

Building a party of adventurers for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is about more than just selecting your warriors, your healers, and your disablers. You also have to consider the characters' most notable aspects—their unique powers—and how those powers interact.

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Seltyiel Shows Off His Magnificent New Magus Deck

Look, this may seem a little forward, but I noticed you alone in this solo game and you look like you could use some help getting through that blessings deck. Lucky for you, I'm here for you. I know what you need.

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Announcing Ultimate Add-On Decks!

In next week's blog, we'll preview the Magus Class Deck, the first new character deck for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game since the Summoner Class Deck last September. During the break, we reevaluated what we wanted to do with the line, and came up with wild ideas like Pathfinder Tales, Hell's Vengeance 1 and Hell's Vengeance 2, and Occult Adventures 1 and Occult Adventures 2.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #11—Building a Party

To date, these strategy articles have concentrated on the gameplay of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game scenarios. However, the metagame of PACG is quite important too—and it's much of what makes the game unique. That metagame begins with the construction of a party, which depends on understanding the types of characters you're using.

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Pathfinder Adventures—The Tiniest Table

Hi there! I'm Ryan Rucinski, producer of Pathfinder Adventures, the digital version of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and we are happy to announce that Pathfinder Adventures is now available for Windows and macOS!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #10—Fighting the Villains

Throughout these articles on Pathfinder Adventure Card Game tactics, we've touched on a lot of important subjects. Now we come to the subject that matters the most in most games: finding and fighting the villains. Villains are a special type of bane, and they require very special consideration. Beating the villain at the right time is how you win, after all, but facing the villain at the wrong time can cost you dearly.

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Pardon Our Dust: What We Said (and Didn't Say) About the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game at PaizoCon

Every year for the past four years, I have gone onstage at the PaizoCon banquet and talked about upcoming releases for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. This year, that didn't happen. This is because I wasn't ready to say what everyone wanted me to say: what the name of the next base set is. I do have one in mind, but what we want to do with it isn't something we're sure we can do with it.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask Base Set

Meet Reepazo, Your New Buggy Buddy

You probably have guessed that we like goblin promo characters. To date, we've issued three of these rotters: Ranzak, Ekkie, and Tup. If goblins could read, they'd tell you to collect the set!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #9—Fighting the Banes

It seems obvious that you want to beat banes, because they can hurt you ... but it turns out that the calculation shouldn't be that simple. It's about knowing when to be brave.

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide (OGL)

The New Wave of Character Decks

Hey Paizonians, Lone Shark has just turned over the files for the sixth wave of class decks—which are sometimes called character decks now, because we're having fun experimenting with new class-agnostic formats, but we can't stop calling them class decks, and this is a really long sentence now. Anyway, the Magus Class Deck, the Pathfinder Tales Character Deck, and Hell's Vengeance Character Deck 1, are all in Vic and Sonja's hands. Suffice it to say, we went a bit nuts on the new cards in these sets. Maybe a lot nuts.

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The Riddle of the Mythopoeic Sphinx

WARNING: This blog is a giant spoiler. If you want to solve the Riddle of the Mythopoeic Sphinx, turn away now. Come back when you've solved it. Oh wait—you didn't read that last sentence because you turned away. Good job.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous Base Set

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #8—Acquiring the Boons

This is the eighth installment of our strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. You can read all the installments here.

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The Embrace of Darkness

Before we conclude Pathfinder Adventure Card Game designer Liz Spain's "romance novel" previews of the Mummy's Mask set with a look at Adventure Deck 6: Pyramid of the Sky Pharaoh—spoiler alert: it's going to end in tears—we have an announcement to make: Complete card sets for Season of the Righteous, Season of the Runelords, and Season of the Goblins are now available for sale at DriveThruCards!

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Precisely the Right Way to Play Mummy's Mask

Like scourges, triggers, and traders, precision is one of the subthemes of the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. This topic doesn't get as much attention because it's not quite as flashy, but we like it because it's a different type of challenge. In this blog, I'll let you know where the idea came from and how it ended up.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #7—Attempting Your Checks

This is the seventh installment of our strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. You can read all the installments here.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #84: Pyramid of the Sky Pharaoh (Mummy's Mask 6 of 6) (PFRPG)

Season of the Plundered Tombs, The Story So Far

Brave Pathfinder Agents have investigated lost tombs, translated hidden runes, smashed undead guardians, and dispersed elementals, all in service to the Pathfinder Society. There may have been some amount of plundering also happening, based on the fine historic artifacts exhibited by those agents, but that is clearly secondary to the far more altruistic pursuit of knowledge.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: The Slave Trenches of Hakotep Adventure Deck (Mummy's Mask 5 of 6)

Heart of Stone

Designer Liz Spain continues her sun-scorched preview of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Mummy's Mask set, here bathing in the mystery of Adventure Deck 5: The Slave Trenches of Hakotep. To the dunes!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #6—Closing Your Location

This is the sixth installment of our strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. You can read all the installments here.

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Pathfinder #12—Curse of the Crimson Throne Chapter 6:

Hooked On Class Decks

By now you may have heard that we're restarting the class decks line in August. We took a break after the Summoner Class Deck to reassess the decks we wanted to make, making sure we could come up with fresh new concepts in the wake of our success with Goblins Fight! and Goblins Burn! We think we got there.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask Character Add-On Deck

In the Shadow of His Wings

Designer Liz Spain continues her sirocco-swept preview of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Mummy's Mask set, here summoning the intrigue of Adventure Deck 4: Secrets of the Sphinx. Read on!

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News Flash! Adventure Card Guild Gets Retail Incentive Program!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Adventure Card Game blog to announce some exciting news! Last September, the Pathfinder Society unveiled a Retail Incentive Program for the Roleplaying Guild, aimed at rewarding purchases made at Friendly Local Game Stores or other retail establishments that offer Pathfinder Society space for games. At the time, we indicated that we'd look at options for an Adventure Card Guild version. The RPG Incentive Program concludes its fourth month in a few days, and it has proven well-received by players and stores alike. We are now pleased to announce the launch of the Adventure Card Guild version of the Retail Incentive Program.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask Base Set

Avoiding Scourges Like the Plague

It's plague season! And that means the flu is whipping through your friendly game design community like a desert sirocco. But I'm still upright, so I'm going to talk to you about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game's manifestations of the plagues of Osirion in Mummy's Mask: scourges.

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How the Afghanistan Principle Affects Game Design

I'm big on game design rules. For example, you can see me talk about ten (or so) of them in my PAX Dev video lecture Ten Rules About Writing Rules. In this blog, I want to talk about one rule of mine that gets quoted a lot, and its effect on game design in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #5—Moving to New Locations

This is the fifth installment of our strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. You can read all the installments here.

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Seasons Greetings—We Made You a PACG Puzzle!

It's the most puzzlable time of the year, and, as we may have accidentally mentioned, there's a hidden puzzle in the Mummy's Mask set of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. I won't give you any clues to that, except to say that you probably need more than you have right now to solve that puzzle. When you do, the first person outside the design team to email me the answer will get a free virtual high-five from me.

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Down in the Darkest Stacks: A Librarian's Tale

Designer Liz Spain continues her breathless romance-novel previews of Mummy's Mask, here showing off the bounties in Adventure Deck 3: Shifting Sands.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #4—Choosing Location Decks

This is the fourth installment of our strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. You can read all the installments here.

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Such a Deal—A Tour of Traders in Mummy's Mask

In the spirit of the holidays, it's time to go shopping! Designer Paul Peterson can be found hawking his wares below, describing the trader mechanic in Mummy's Mask. You ain't never had a friend like Paul.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask Character Add-On Deck

That One Time I Lied About My Best Character Ever (Spoiler: It's Really Mavaro)

Hello again, everyone! Last time I got the chance to write a blog for Paizo, I said that Alahazra was my favorite character. However, I have a confession to make: I lied. At the time I wrote that blog, Alahazra was no longer my favorite character. You see, I was one of the lucky few to get in on early playtesting of Mummy's Mask, and the first time I ran through the scenarios, I played as Mavaro, the Occultist from the Mummy's Mask Character Add-On Deck. And Mavaro, my friends, is truly the Best. Character. Ever.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Empty Graves Adventure Deck (Mummy's Mask 2 of 6)

Desires Unmasked and Unbound

Far from home as it was, the city of Wati was comforting, familiar somehow to Estra. Though her old ears struggled to understand the exotic tongues the local merchants spoke, the shopkeepers were always excessively polite. This was a city that embraced death, lived next door to death. Respecting the elderly was etched into the bones of Osirion culture.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #3—Knowing Your Cards

This is the third installment of our strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. You can read the first installment here.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Empty Graves Adventure Deck (Mummy's Mask 2 of 6)

'Tis the Season of Plundered Tombs

The Season of Plundered Tombs is upon us! This third season of the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild just kicked off last week, so it's a good time to discuss the many horrible fun things we have planned for it!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask Base Set

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers

The unique mechanics in Mummy's Mask include a whole bunch of things you've never seen before. One of my favorites is the Trigger trait, which turns the most basic of activities—reading cards—on its head, maybe forever.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Summoner Class Deck

How to Summon the Party—Summoner Class Deck Preview

Need someone to find out if that door is trapped? Go tackle that sorcerer? Carry you quickly to town? Chill your wine? Whether you need a demon, elemental, phantom steed, or trusty eidolon, the summoner knows that every problem just requires the right selection of summon to solve. Some parties quibble over who heals, who melees, who deals with traps. The Summoner Class Deck shows that the Summoner is the party.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #2—Playing Your Cards

This is the second installment of our strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. You can read the first installment here.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask Character Add-On Deck

Treasures That Lie Behind Closed Doors

The land shifted from soft sand dunes to rocky hills that battered the feet of the caravaneers. With rhythmic plodding punctuated by errant grunts, the camels trudged at a lumbering pace and did not seem affected by the terrain. Though the morning breeze still held a breath of cool night air that kissed their necks, the cicadas danced in anticipation of the climbing sun.

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Pathfinder Adventures—The Tiniest Table

As development on Obsidian's South Park: The Stick of Truth was winding down, and before Obsidian and Paizo greenlit Pathfinder Adventures, I was asked to mock up what a digital version of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game might look like and how it would play. I based it on how I played the physical card game, and how others (including Game Director Nathan Davis) played. I even checked photos and videos of other people playing. I created a playable Flash mockup for the owners here at Obsidian to show the game in action. Below you'll see some screen grabs of that mockup.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask Base Set

From the Raging Heart of a Swirling Sandstorm Comes... the Mummy's Mask Preview

Osirion! Land of ten thousand years of love and loss! What mysteries will you unveil under the light of the burning orb? Reveal to your fair traveler that which beats beneath a cover of blistering sand!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Warpriest Class Deck

Warpriest Class Deck Preview

It's time for a look at the upcoming Warpriest Class Deck. As the song reminds us, warpriests are good for absolutely everything. While we all know the iconic paladin Seelah is objectively the best character ever, what you might not know is that my favorite character is actually not Seelah, but rather Oloch. In fact, I love warpriests across the board. Let's meet some now!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Strategy #1—The Three Resources

Today, we begin a strategy blog written by game historian Shannon Appelcline. As Shannon says, these are strategies for one way to play the game, based on tabletop playthroughs of all three current Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Adventure Paths, plus about a gazillion plays of Obsidian Entertainment's addictive Pathfinder Adventures.

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Get Ready to be Goblified

Get Ready to be Goblified Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Last year, while planning the class deck schedule, a most Gobtastic plan was concocted. In addition to supporting Organized Play using Ranzak, Ekkie, and our newest promo goblin Tup, we could create playable versions of all the main goblins from the We Be Goblins! RPG modules. To celebrate, we could also do a short Season of the Goblins (then called We Be Card Goblins!) based on the first couple of adventures. Little did we realize that two...
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Mummy's Mask and PAX West

We are wrapping up the very final stages of Mummy's Mask—probably the coolest set we've done yet, I don't mind saying—and it's gotten kind of crazy toward the end. The stuff we've gone back and forth with Vic on... well, let me tell you, when he says "I have no idea how to do that" more than once in a day, you know you're blazing some new ground.

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Gen Con and Thanks for All the Fish

Gen Con 2016 is in the books (and Delta's computer failure gave me and many other Paizonians a lovely bonus day or two in the fabulous airport waiting areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and/or Salt Lake City) and what a show it was! Demos of the upcoming Mummy's Mask Base Set were a huge hit in the exhibit hall, with 10 tables of action running basically at capacity for four straight days. Many thanks to Dominick Trascritti and his skilled demo team for giving fans old and new an excellent introduction to Mummy's Mask.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Gunslinger Class Deck

Lock and Load!: The Gunslinger Class Deck Preview

Players who joined us last week at Gen Con had an early opportunity to play the Gunslinger, but for those who missed the mayhem, I’m here to deliver everything you need to know about the Gunslinger Class Deck.

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The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Returns to Gen Con!

There's more Pathfinder ACG to be found in the seminar rooms. Mike and Chad will join Penny Arcade's Mike "Gabe" Krahulik to talk about the evolution of their arc of games, including some discussion of PACG, at the panel Big Co-Op Game: From Betrayal to Thornwatch on Thursday at 1 pm. Right after that, at the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game panel on Thursday at 2 pm in room 212 of the convention center, our team members will talk about Mummy's Mask, the Goblin decks, and other such awesomeness. Then on Friday at 1 pm, at the Pathfinder & Obsidian Entertainment panel, we'll chat up the digital game and all the cool things to come from that. If you like hearing us talk about things you like, you'll hear us a lot at Gen Con.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Goblins Burn! Class Deck

Goblins Again?!

Before I jump into this week’s preview of the upcoming Goblins Burn! deck, I would like to mention that several Paizo products have been nominated for ENnie awards, including the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Card Game Base Set. I encourage you to visit the ENnies 2016 Election page to cast your votes.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Goblins Fight! Class Deck

Goblins Cut and Goblins Fight!

Ever since we published Ranzak as the first promo character, goblin fever has surrounded the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. And now that we are almost ready to release two full goblin decks into the wild, we can take a moment to peel back the (literal) veil on Goblins Fight!

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set

Pathfinder and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Tup

Free RPG Day 2016 has come and gone, and if you went to your friendly local game store or happened to stop by the ACG area at Origins, you got up close and personal with the Prince of Darkness! The Bale-flame of Naughtiness! The Dragon-Sired Master of Really Massive Bonfires! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you TUP THE TERRIBLE!

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Death is Always in the Cards (Or Maybe it Isn't)

Let's talk about death, baby. It's become a hot-button subject since the launch of Pathfinder Adventures, where a legion of fans were presented with the choice of using a "permadeath" option or letting the fear of death fall by the wayside. There are lots of good reasons why death works the way it does in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, so three of us are providing you with three very different perspectives on the subject. Mike will talk about death in the home version of the physical card game, Nathan will talk about death in the digital game, and Tanis will talk about death in organized play.

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GameMastery Module D0: Hollow's Last Hope (OGL)

Goblins Invade Free RPG Day!

Goblins have returned for this momentous occasion—Free RPG Day is here! Free RPG Day is a worldwide gaming event, aimed to bring new and exclusive adventures to local game stores to inspire new comers and long-time gamers alike. This year Paizo has contributed two new offerings for the event: Pathfinder Module: We B4 Goblins! by Crystal Fraiser and Tup the Terrible for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Goblins Fight! Class Deck

Pathfinder: Origins—Not Just a Comic Book Anymore!

Short blog today, because this week brings the Origins Game Fair to fabulous Columbus, Ohio. It's a 5-day show, and if you're in the region, I highly recommend checking it out. Good food, great games, and a wide range of stuff to entertain every type of gamer. In the last few years, the board and card game area has gotten bigger and better, and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is part of that growth.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Witch Class Deck

Hexes and Foes!

It's Class Deck preview time again! Before we dive into the mysteries of the Witch, I want to note that the monthly parade of Class Deck releases will go on hiatus for a little while starting in November. We had originally intended to put Class Decks on hiatus during the six months that we're releasing Mummy's Mask, but production delays earlier in the year caused the Summoner Class Deck to slide into October alongside the Mummy's Mask Base Set and Character Add-On Deck. We're therefore starting the hiatus a month later than we had intended.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Goblins Fight! Class Deck

A Wild PaizoCon Appears!

PaizoCon attendees will get the opportunity to play Season of the Runelords all the way up through Adventure 3: Into the Mountain and will even get a sneak peek at Adventure 4: Abjurant Halls of Envy. I just wrote the mechanics for a scenario currently called "Look! A Monkey!" which I expect to be the start of a long and extended death-glare aimed in my direction by you, the fans. Just remember that you're the ones who went into something called the Abjurant Halls of Envy, and complaints can be delivered directly to me. I'm the one who looks like Mike Selinker.

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Simply the Quest

When I joined Obsidian Entertainment last year, because of my background as a tabletop game designer, I was asked if I wanted to work with the Pathfinder Adventures team. Even though it meant having to work with Mike Selinker—Hi, Mike!—it sounded like an awful lot of fun to go back to my card game roots for a bit and, frankly, I flat-out love the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. So I said yes—of course I'd love to see what cool things we could bring to the game on the electronic side that simply aren't possible in the physical space.

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Gen Con, Baby!

We've got tons of material on tap for organized play fans at this year's show. First, the known info: Season of the Runelords, our third season of the Adventure Card Guild, wraps up in August 2016, and avid players will be able to triumphantly complete the season in the Sagamore ballroom. You'll be able to play any or all of the scenarios in SotRu at the show, and we'll even keep a copy or two of Season of the Righteous and Season of the Shackles tucked away for folks who want to catch up or try some new adventures.

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Inquisitor Class Deck

Nobody Expects the... Oh, Wait—You *Are* Expecting the Inquisitor Deck Preview?

I'm back with a peek at the May Class Deck release, the Inquisitor Class Deck. The iconic inquisitor, Imrijka, is a bad-ass half-orc with a heart of gold who debuted in the Wrath of the Righteous Base Set. She's lethal with a bow and, as a melange of ranger and cleric, Imrijka takes pleasure in smiting the unfaithful from a distance.