You Must Be This Good to Ride This Dog

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Editorial Note: Due to delays at the port, the Paladin Class Deck and Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Deck 4 release dates have been pushed back one week to September 2. To keep the Season of the Righteous in sync with the Adventure Deck, there will be no scenario released to Adventure Card Game Venture Officers next week. Scenarios 1-4A and 1-4B will be released on September 2.

When people find out I've been to 31 consecutive Gen Cons in the Midwest, they're always gobsmacked. "Mike, you must be so lucky," they say in unison, "to get to go to such an awesome show year after year!" And I am. But every year, I am reminded that Gen Con has a dirty little secret: It's a germageddon. If you're not lucky, you can bring a nasty little bit of Gen Con back with you.

And what we learned this year is that Tanis isn't a paladin.

See, in the RPG, a paladin becomes immune to disease. That would make her the perfect Gen Con attendee! But Tanis isn't a paladin, so she's real sick, and you should send her your best wishes. And believe me, she'd want to be writing this Paladin Class Deck preview blog for you, but I'm doing it instead so she gets better. Because Healthy Tanis is Awesome Tanis.

So without further heartstring tugging, let's talk about paladins!

Seelah: "Friend, You Look a Little Worse for the Wear"

When we released the Wrath of the Righteous Base Set, we made Seelah the front-and-center character. That Seelah had her hair unbraided and her shield out, so demons beware. If you want a Seelah that can punch an Abyssal pitspawn into next Thursday, Wrath Seelah is your paladin.

But what if you want a Seelah who not only knows how to mix it up melee-style, but is also the best friend anyone's ever had, you want Paladin Deck Seelah. Let me show you why.

This version of Seelah has a hunt-and-kill power similar to the one on Rise of the Runelords Seelah, where she will shove aside boons to get to the crunchy monsters hiding from her smiting. She also borrows a version of Kyra's healing power, except instead of burning explorations to help her friends, Seelah burns her own cards to make her companions healthier. And unlike the clerics, she makes her friends healthier in a predictable manner. Seelah knows every time that she can trade one card of hers for two or three of yours. That's every turn she takes. With a single power feat, that's every turn anybody takes. But what about characters at other locations? Check a box on the Faith Healer role, and she can bring you to her and heal you, so you can get around to taking your turn right then and there.

Keeping Seelah alive thus becomes the party's primary goal. And lookie here, her Faith Healer role has the best way to do just that. As long as she has a blessing or another Divine card in hand, she can recharge any Healing card she plays. That Mass Cure? Seelah says, "Don't worry your pretty little head about it—it'll come back before you know it."

Speaking of awesome, here's a couple tricks from the Paladin deck that Seelah likes a ton.

Koren: "We Should Kill That Because It's Weird"

Now, a half-orc paladin may not be your average paladin, but Koren isn't exactly average. He's got some orc in him, so despite being raised in a loving home by two upstanding half-orcs, he explodes in righteous vengeance a couple times a day.

Koren starts out all about helping his friends. He uses armor like Sue Storm uses force fields: Give him a shield, and he'll throw it in front of his buddies to absorb their damage or power up their attacks. That's all well and good.

But hey, select that Gilded Fist role, and all of a sudden this likable half-orc is glaring at Undead and Aberrations and Outsiders with all the fury of Sarenrae scorned. Bonus dice, Magic trait, recharging blessings—Koren turns into a multi-tool of weird-monster crushing. He’s also the spell-heaviest paladin in the deck, so that crushing is bolstered by spell and sword alike.

While we're at it, let's give Koren some more tools for that multi-tool.

Raz: "Who's a Good Griffon? You're a Good Griffon!"

Raz is already your favorite gnome paladin ever. That armored riding dog is just the cutest. And a two-foot-long lance! Adorbs!

Nah, she's gonna kick your skull in, and so's her little dog, too. Raz (short for Razzmatazz, our playtest name for her) is the ultimate mounted paladin, optimizing the deck's many cards that have the Mount trait. When she starts out, she can recharge a Mount from the top of her deck to boost her lance, and she can bury one to intercept another person's monster fight. One checkbox in, she can do the latter just by discarding a Mount.

However, she is subject to the mercy of her card draws... unless she's a Dog Rider Knight. The Dog Rider Knight just says "I would like a Mount please" and—poof!—one appears. What a faithful dog! And significantly, that role has the best flavor text Tanis ever wrote. Admit it, you want to toss aside whatever you're playing and play Raz right now.

Here's a couple of Raz's best friends. She's not just good with dogs, natch. Sometimes, you just gotta fly.

Those are our paladins du jour. In the name of all that's holy, go play them!

Mike Selinker
Adventure Card Game Designer

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I got to play Raz at GenCon, and it was the most fun I've had playing the ACG. When she acquired a Monkey's Paw, she just flipped up the middle figure and used it to beat down every henchman she encountered.


Anyone else curious about seeing the results of a joust between Alain and Raz : )?


Raz would totally win. Alain would be too busy extolling his virtues and generally annoying everyone else to notice the little dog charging at him. But sometimes the littlest of dogs have the biggest bites :)


And all the while Donahan would be shaking his head with a sigh of disbelief....

Sovereign Court

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There is only one right choice for Seelah's first feat, and it involves the word "or".


So, as with the Griffon, must I give my teammate a ride?

Scarab Sages

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Hold it, folks. While I ADORE paladins, both in the RPG and, now, in the card game, there's nothing I love more than somewhat wild speculation.

Observe the Sunsword.

Notice how it calls out the Demon, Devil, Fiend or Undead trait.

Devil, specifically.

Reveal for Council of Thieves / Hell's Rebels after Mummy's Mask?

Also <3 Raz

Sovereign Court

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I'd say that speculation is a lot more than just somewhat wild lol


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The Devil trait is currently in the game. The Imp has it, and Gamigin from Spires of Xin-Shalast is also a Devil.

In addition, Dawnflower's Light has the same "Demon, Devil, Fiend or Undead" wording. So does the Exorcism Kit (no Undead).

Sorry to burst your bubble.

Also, can we get some of these new cards back into our other 7 class decks in OP? ;) (via some mechanism like drivethru)

Scarab Sages

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Fair enough, can't blame me for trying!

I'm enthusiastic either way, what with new faces in OP!


So when is this officially shipping? I'm tired of waiting. We had to start new characters tonight and I really wanted to play Raz. :-(


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It is shipping to class deck subscribers as we speak. Street date for non-Paizo sales is September 2.


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Gleaming Terrier wrote:
I got to play Raz at GenCon, and it was the most fun I've had playing the ACG. When she acquired a Monkey's Paw, she just flipped up the middle figure and used it to beat down every henchman she encountered.

My wife played Raz at Gen Con, I played the new Druid, Maznar. They were both a blast to play.


Did anyone else notice Koren has Charisma:Divine? Why the sudden change? He actually looks really fun to play. Can't wait to try him out.


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Vic is gonna kill me for trying to FAQ cards not even sent yet...
Should the Griffon get the same FAQ as the Riding Horse?
Don't kill me please...

Silver Crusade

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I'm so excited for class deck Seelah. She's everything I wish a (card game) paladin could be.

And I confess that Creepy Stalker's looking cooler than I thought he would.


Hawkmoon269 wrote:
It is shipping to class deck subscribers as we speak. Street date for non-Paizo sales is September 2.

Thanks Hawkmoon. I see Mr. Klein and I are having the same issue (they haven't charged us for it yet).

I know it's coming and I need to be patient and a month from now I'll be all "why was I so impatient, my goodness such a first world problem."

:D

[edit] Oh hello, I just received the "order processed" e-mail! Expected to ship by next Friday!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Frencois wrote:

Vic is gonna kill me for trying to FAQ cards not even sent yet...

Should the Griffon get the same FAQ as the Riding Horse?
Don't kill me please...

The AD 4 and Paladin Deck FAQs will go up before September 2, and Riding Horse/Griffon will be on the Paladin deck one. (Actually, that is currently the full extent of the Paladin deck FAQ...)

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Hoping that the new cards pictured here are not the entire (or nearly the entire) extent of the new cards in the deck. Would love to hear from someone who has purchased, when they get it, whether or not these decks have the rather low new-to-reused-card ratio that the previous class decks had.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

In addition to the new characters, roles, and tokens, most new class decks have about 10 "new" cards, though it does vary from deck to deck—Monk and Barbarian are about double the average.

That said, the concept of "new" is squidgy. The Paladin deck has a couple of cards that will appear in Wrath 6 the following month, and the Alchemist deck is about *half* new, though most of those cards will later appear in Mummy's Mask—if you discount those, he's back to average. And as with the first set of class decks, there's cross-pollination of "new" cards between them as well, so your answer to whether a certain card in the Alchemist deck is "new" might depend on whether or not you have the Barbarian deck.

Dark Archive

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I noticed that that you cannot register any of the paladins from this deck on the PFS page for Organized Play as it is not a displayed option as of yet. Just fyi.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Technically, the product's not out until next Wednesday.


Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber

So the people who "pre-played" the CD characters at GenCon weren't allowed to register them as characters?

If we got the Paladin CD as part of a subscription early, are we allowed to play them in OP before the street date?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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*Playing* is legal—our *reporting* ducks just aren't lined up yet. They should become reportable later in the week.

Sovereign Court

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Just got mine in the mail, very impressed. That level 6 blessing, holy cow!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Vic Wertz wrote:
*Playing* is legal—our *reporting* ducks just aren't lined up yet. They should become reportable later in the week.

Paladin is reportable now.


imagines Seelah as a duck...

*QUACK*

Shadow Lodge

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I thought only witches could be ducks...

Grand Lodge

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BURN HER!!! BURN HER!!!

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