Join Paizo for Free RPG Day this Saturday!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

One of the best days in gaming hits this weekend: Free RPG Day! This Saturday—June 21st—all across the world, participating game stores will literally be giving away incredible RPG rules, adventures, and accessories, and you're not going to want to miss it! As for us, this year Paizo's got not just one, but two fantastic Pathfinder Free RPG day offerings!


Character Art by Ben Wootten

Ranzak the Pirate Goblin: For Adventure Card Game players already looking forward to August's release of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Base Set we've got the perfect preview: Ranzak the Pirate Goblin! This brand-new character card combines that infamous goblin lunacy with a piratical love of plunder, assuring an entirely madcap character experience like none you've ever had in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. You can use Ranzak right away to give a bizarre twist to your Rise of the Runelords game or save him for your upcoming Skull & Shackles adventures! Ranzak will only be available in limited supplies after Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles Base Set releases in August, so be sure to nab your copy this weekend!

Pathfinder Module: Risen from the Sands: A forgotten pharaoh rises in this year's Free RPG Day adventure, a perfect one-shot quest to play at your favorite game store or add to your home campaign. Aside from featuring a complete delve through an ancient, unexplored pyramid, Risen from the Sands includes a playable preview of four of the new classes in the upcoming Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Class Guide ! Play Risen from the Sands as one of four pregenerated characters—the daring swashbuckler, cunning investigator, brutal warpriest, or unstoppable bloodrager—weeks before those classes' debut in game stores this August.

Also, to help run your Risen from the Sands adventure, check out the two Bestiary 4 monster templates below. GMs will find both handy in running this new adventure if they don't have their copy of Bestiary 4 on hand.

Spoiler:

Mummified Creature

"Mummified creature" is an acquired template that can be added to any living corporeal creature (hereafter referred to as the base creature). A mummified creature uses all of the base creature's statistics except as noted here.

CR: Same as the base creature +1.
Alignment: Any evil.
Type: The creature's type changes to undead (augmented). It retains any other subtypes as well, except for alignment subtypes and subtypes that indicate kind. Do not recalculate class HD, BAB, saves, or skill points.
Senses: A mummified creature gains darkvision 60 feet.
Aura: A mummified creature gains a frightful presence aura with a range of 30 feet and a duration of 1d6 rounds.
Armor Class: Natural armor improves by +4.
Hit Dice: Change all racial Hit Dice to d8s. Class Hit Dice are unaffected. As an undead, a mummified creature uses its Charisma modifier to determine bonus hit points (instead of Constitution).
Defensive Abilities: A mummified creature gains DR 5/— and the defensive abilities granted by the undead type.
Weaknesses: The mummification process leaves a mummified creature vulnerable to a single energy type. Choose or determine randomly from the following list. d10 Energy 1 Electricity 2–3 Acid 4–7 Fire 8–9 Cold 10 Sonic As a fail-safe in case of rebellion, a mummified creature is subtly marked during the ritual process with a hieroglyph someplace inconspicuous on its body or wrappings that identifies the particular energy type to which it is vulnerable. A successful DC 20 Perception check is needed to find the mark, but a successful DC 25 Linguistics check is still required to decipher the hieroglyph's meaning.
Speed: Decrease all speeds by 10 feet (to a minimum of 5 feet). If the base creature has a f light speed, its maneuverability changes to clumsy.
Attacks: The mummification process hardens the mummified creature's bones to a stone-like density, granting the mummified creature a powerful slam attack if the base creature has no other natural attacks. This slam attack deals damage based on the mummified creature's size (Bestiary 302), treating the creature as if it were one size category larger.
Special Attacks: A mummified creature gains the following special attacks.

Burst of Vengeance (Su): Despite its slow, lumbering nature, a mummified creature is capable of lurching forward to attack with a short but surprising explosion of speed. Twice per day as a swift action, a mummified creature may act as if affected by a haste spell for 1 round.
Dust Stroke (Su): A creature killed by a mummified creature's natural attack or slam attack is disintegrated into a cloud of dust and ash, completely destroying the victim's body (as disintegrate).
Abilities: Str +4, Int –2 (minimum 1). As an undead creature, a mummified creature has no Constitution score.
Feats: A mummified creature gains Toughness as a bonus feat, and Improved Natural Attack as a bonus feat for each of the base creature's natural attacks.
Skills: A mummified creature gains a +4 racial bonus on Stealth checks.

Zombie Lord

"Zombie lord" is an acquired template that can be added to any corporeal creature (other than undead) that has a minimum Intelligence of 3. This corporeal creature is referred to hereafter as the base creature.

CR: A zombie lord's CR is 1 higher than that of a normal zombie with the same Hit Dice, plus the normal CR increase for class levels (if any).
Type: The creature's type becomes undead. It keeps subtypes except for alignment subtypes and subtypes that indicate kind.
Alignment: Any evil.
Armor Class: Natural armor as per zombie (Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 288).
Hit Dice: Change all of the creature's racial Hit Dice to d8s, then add 2 racial Hit Dice to this total (creatures without racial HD gain 2 undead HD). Hit Dice from class levels are unchanged.
Saving Throws: Base save bonuses for racial Hit Dice are Fort +1/3 HD, Ref +1/3 HD, and Will +1/2 HD + 2.
Defensive Abilities: A zombie lord gains DR 5/slashing and channel resistance +4, in addition to undead traits.
Speed: As zombie (Bestiary 288).
Attacks: As zombie (Bestiary 289).
Abilities: Str +2, Dex +2. As an undead, it has no Constitution score.
BAB: A zombie lord's BAB for its racial HD is equal to 3/4 its HD.
Skills: A zombie lord gains skill ranks per racial Hit Die equal to 4 + its Int modifier (class skills as the undead type). Skills gained from class levels remain unchanged.
Feats: A zombie lord gains Toughness as a bonus feat.
Special Qualities: Unlike a common zombie, a zombie lord does not gain the staggered special quality.

So check with your local game store to make sure they're participating in Free RPG Day and get out there to get your copies of Ranzak and Pathfinder Module: Risen from the Sands. For more details on Free RPG Day be sure to check out http://www.freerpgday.com . We'll see you all at the game store!

F. Wesley Schneider
Editor-in-Chief

Update Character sheets for four brand new Advanced Class Guide iconic characters are now available for download here (1.3 MB zip/PDF). Print them out for your own run through Risen from the Sands or for your home campaign!

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can't wait for Risen from the Sands, I haven't played the Adventure Card Game so I really have no opinion about Ranzak other than I love goblin pirates

Silver Crusade

Any word on when we should see the chronicle for Risen from the Sands?


I can't wait for Saturday so I can grab the module and card as well as the other goodies they're offering. If I wasn't pressed for time I'd play it there but I'll just have to wait to bust it out with my group instead.


Looks like next iconic preview will be the Bloodrager so they're all out for Free RPG Day.

Grand Lodge

What is the swashbuckler's rope tied to? Is it the roof? A 2nd level balcony? A chandelier?
Do they have the ability to swing in out of no where, where one might not be able to find a rope to tie off? Like in the middle of an open field?

Otherwise...awesome!

Shadow Lodge

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Her rope appeares to be tied to the back of the Pathfinder logo.


GarnathFrostmantle wrote:

What is the swashbuckler's rope tied to? Is it the roof? A 2nd level balcony? A chandelier?

Do they have the ability to swing in out of no where, where one might not be able to find a rope to tie off? Like in the middle of an open field?

Otherwise...awesome!

didn't you know that that is a hidden super power of all swashbucklers, the power to swing through the air on ropes attached to absolutely nothing


I probably won't make it for free RPG day, and I know it's early, but any idea when Ranzak will be available for purchase? I would really like to buy one, as I am not a subscriber, and no one in my state participates in free RPG day ; (.

Grand Lodge

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Blackvial wrote:
GarnathFrostmantle wrote:

What is the swashbuckler's rope tied to? Is it the roof? A 2nd level balcony? A chandelier?

Do they have the ability to swing in out of no where, where one might not be able to find a rope to tie off? Like in the middle of an open field?

Otherwise...awesome!

didn't you know that that is a hidden super power of all swashbucklers, the power to swing through the air on ropes attached to absolutely nothing

That is spider man, it is obviously attached to a chandelier, at third level swashbucklers get the following class ability:

Decorative Light Fixture (su): Once per day, and once per 3 additional levels, a Swashbuckler may conjurer into existence a decorative light fixture, be it candelabra, sconce or chandelier. This fixture can hover in space or appear supported by a rope and pulley. Its size, weight and style are always tastefully appropriate to the surrounding area. It can minimum support the weight of the Swashbuckler, or crush a single foe for 1d6 / 2 levels.


That picture is great. I love the fact that the macaw is almost as big as the goblin!

-Kcinlive


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Does this blog post mean we're not meeting another iconic today?


Dustin Ashe wrote:
Does this blog post mean we're not meeting another iconic today?

the day isn't done quite yet


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Blackvial wrote:
Dustin Ashe wrote:
Does this blog post mean we're not meeting another iconic today?
the day isn't done quite yet

I was wondering the same thing.

But I also hope I can get access to the free pdf on Saturday since their is no RPG shop near me that does it. :(

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
zergtitan wrote:
Blackvial wrote:
Dustin Ashe wrote:
Does this blog post mean we're not meeting another iconic today?
the day isn't done quite yet

I was wondering the same thing.

But I also hope I can get access to the free pdf on Saturday since their is no RPG shop near me that does it. :(

It definately won't be Saturday, and I seem to remember last year Free RPG saying you couldn't sell any bits of it until after July 1st, and the free PDF counts as 'selling'

Pathfinder ACG Designer

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RANZAK!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Enlight_Bystand wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
But I also hope I can get access to the free pdf on Saturday since their is no RPG shop near me that does it. :(
It definately won't be Saturday, and I seem to remember last year Free RPG saying you couldn't sell any bits of it until after July 1st, and the free PDF counts as 'selling'

Correct. On July 1, Risen from the Sands will become available as a free PDF and a $5 print product while supplies last, exclusively at paizo.com (and at PaizoCon and Gen Con).

Ranzak will also be for sale at PaizoCon and Gen Con, and on paizo.com (while supplies last) after Gen Con begins. Pathfinder ACG subscribers will also get Ranzak free with their August shipment, along with a few other promo cards.

Shadow Lodge

Wait, so if the store didn't get the kit, we have no way of running Risen from the Sands on the free RPG Day?

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DM Beckett wrote:
Wait, so if the store didn't get the kit, we have no way of running Risen from the Sands on the free RPG Day?

Correct. That's why you have to find a store that is actually participating in Free RPG day.

Shadow Lodge

Well, I guess a few tables are getting cancelled then. There not one within a hundred miles and we where all under the impression it would be available to print out for the Gameday. Awesome.

Liberty's Edge

Beckett, you could always run a PbP... :)

Shadow Lodge

I might. By the way, there is finally another Blakros Museum comming. You up for a part 5. . .

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Superscriber

Part 5? I've lost track... I've played in and run 00-05 (Mists of Mwangi), and I've run 01-35 (Voice in the Void). What are the other two?

Voice in the Void Spoiler:

One of the players in both was a dwarf who was very fond of alchemical fuse grenades (UE p. 107). Not very effective for the price, at least as they were used, but they made him happy.

In Voice in the Void, he made a point of chucking a lit grenade through the portal before it fell apart at the end. I was amused. This was before Avengers came out, so you can't accuse him of copying Ironman.... He also didn't fly through with it.

Liberty's Edge

I was just thinking to myself...I haven't cursed anyone while attempting to kill them with my spiked chain around their neck... I am in!

Shadow Lodge

The other two are Echoes of the Overwatched and The Penumbral Accords.

Shadow Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Love the look of these. I'd also live to see all four figures in the battles line. They would look great as minis, especially the goblin and the mummy, could Ben use transparent gren plastic to add the glowing head effect.


I'm not sure why, but at least for me the Spoiler is showing up by default.

Concerning the spoiler:

Spoiler:
Does this mean the mummified creature template is completely unapplied to a creature in the module? As in, a 4 line stat-block with "Mummified Otyugh (Bestiary 232, Bestiary 4 177) hp 39". Or is it just needed for the special abilities listed?

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Majuba wrote:

I'm not sure why, but at least for me the Spoiler is showing up by default.

Concerning the spoiler:** spoiler omitted **

It's just needed for the listed special abilities. The template has been applied for the stats, they just didn't reprint all the text of the template, understandably.

Paizo Employee Developer

Jimbo420 wrote:
Any word on when we should see the chronicle for Risen from the Sands?

For anyone who may have missed the update, Chronicle sheets and Pathfinder Society Organized Play sanctioning notes are available on the Additional Resources page. Look for the module's title along the right side of the page, which should link you to the pdf download (complete with the pregenerated characters for easy printing and distribution).

Liberty's Edge Digital Products Assistant

Updated with a link to the four Advanced Class Guide character sheets

Dark Archive

Paizo blog wrote:


"Mummified creature" is an acquired template that can be added to any living corporeal creature (hereafter referred to as the base creature).
(...)
"Zombie lord" is an acquired template that can be added to any corporeal creature (other than undead) that has a minimum Intelligence of 3.

A quick rules question here: the entry requirements for these two templates are described somewhat differently. One starts with a living creature, the other starts with a creature that is not undead. So does this mean that a construct (corporeal, not undead) with an Int score of 3 or above can become a zombie lord? That strikes me as a bit odd.

Dark Archive

but it does allow for that intelligent flesh golem to be a zombie lord, which sounds fun :P


Just got done running this at Free RPG day, it was a blast!

Silver Crusade

GarnathFrostmantle wrote:

What is the swashbuckler's rope tied to? Is it the roof? A 2nd level balcony? A chandelier?

Do they have the ability to swing in out of no where, where one might not be able to find a rope to tie off? Like in the middle of an open field?

Otherwise...awesome!

She is secretly related to the Marvel Video Game universe version of Spider-Man.

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