A Silver Centennial

Friday, December 11, 2015

Time flies when you're on a deadline every single month.

It surely doesn't feel like 100 months have passed since "Burnt Offerings," the first volume of the Pathfinder Adventure Path, showed up on my desk. A lot has changed for me in those 100 months—I've moved my place of residence, my job's moved ITS place of residence, I've lost more than 150 pounds, I've gained countless new friends and industry contacts, and more. It hasn't all been good—some friends are gone, some doors have closed, and as THEY are fond of saying, "mistakes were made." But sitting here now, looking at the 100th volume of Pathfinder, I can categorically state that overall, things have gone really quite well over those past 100 months. I couldn't be prouder of how this volume turned out... or more nervous, frankly. I hope folks like the adventure!

It was as early as Wrath of the Righteous that Erik Mona started putting the 100 Bug in my head, of course. At that time, it was still years in the future, but it was pretty obvious that, barring cataclysmic apocalypse-related events, we WERE going to make it to that stage. "What should we do for volume 100?" became an increasingly pressing question. The answer was more complicated than one might initially think, since the way math works meant that volume 100 of Pathfinder Adventure Path wouldn't coincide nicely with any other significant event—it wasn't going to be the first or last volume of an Adventure Path, nor would it sync up with any other notable Paizo-related anniversaries. It was, in fact, smack in the middle of an Adventure Path, and that raised some challenges.

The end result, of course, is now out for folks to see. Pathfinder Adventure Path #100 is 32 pages longer than any other volume of the Adventure Path. It's the first one to contain a foldout poster (presenting an awesome depiction of the first 102 volumes of the Adventure Path along with a minis-scale map of an encounter area that plays a key role three times in the campaign—twice in this adventure!). It's the first one where we've spent more than half a page discussing one of the setting's most talked-about and mysterious characters—the dead god Aroden. (And no, we still don't tell you HOW he died.)

And of course, I fully admit to certain self-indulgences I made along the way. What's the point of being Creative Director if you can't claim volume 100's adventure as one you write? Or if you can't put one of your favorite characters in the adventure? Of course, I went even beyond that—I wrote the adventure, one of the commemorative NPCs, and two of the monsters (Adam will be around later to talk more about that half of the book and more). And I didn't just put one of my favorite characters in the adventure—I put her on the cover.

Anyway, enough about that! There's a lot more going on in "A Song of Silver" than my pet NPCs—so go grab your copy and check it out! Or if you don't have a copy handy yet... then check out some of the incredible art from volume 100 below!




Illustrations by Jaime Martinez, Wayne Reynolds, Ekaterina Burmak, and Miguel Regodón Harkness

James Jacobs
Creative Director

Editorial Note: For the last 100 volumes of Pathfinder, I've been changing Jacobs's ENTHUSIASTIC ALL CAPS to italics, in editorials and elsewhere. Given the festiveness of the occasion, however, I've decided to make an exception, just this once. Congratulations, Jacobs! Don't get used to it!—Sutter

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Tags: Ekaterina Burmak Hell's Rebels Jaime Martinez Miguel Regodón Harkness Paizo Pathfinder Adventure Path Wayne Reynolds
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Congrats on getting to 100! :D

and more so on the 150 lbs! how did you manage that? i could stand to drop about that much too :)


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Kudos! Better start planning #200 now

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YAY! ALL CAPS!!!!

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Apoca6 wrote:

Congrats on getting to 100! :D

and more so on the 150 lbs! how did you manage that? i could stand to drop about that much too :)

It was 180 lbs initially, but a bit came back on... working on getting back down again a bit. But the initial weight loss, which took about a year and a half to accomplish, was via Ideal Protein—a combination of weekly visits to a diet/nutrition coach and a diet composed of very little sugar, carbs, fats, or booze. When I say very little sugar, I mean no corn (which has too much sugar) in it.

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Congratz on the 100th and on the healthier body! We want you and everyone else at Paizo around for a long, long, long time Mr. Directorsaur :3

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CONGRATULATION!


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Congratulations! Onward to 200!


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That's either the slowest dragon I've ever seen, or the fastest knife hand.

Gratz on #100 and the art looks great as usual.


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Or the dragon is doing it voluntarily but it still hurts.

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The Golux wrote:
Or the dragon is doing it voluntarily but it still hurts.

Correct! (If you look closely at the cover, you'll note the dragon is the same one there attacking the PCs... as if that mark on the chest has a specific purpose... hmmmm!)


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Damn, Asmodean Dragons. That's some stuff.

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<3 <3 <3 THREE CHEERS FOR PAIZO, THREE CHEERS FOR THE JACOBSAUR, AND THREE CHEERS FOR VOLUME ONE HUNDRED!

I was just looking over Escape from Old Korvosa (#9), and showing it to a friend who is a new player, describing how far the product lines have come in that time. The world we live in is better off by having Paizo in it, doing the amazing amount of amazing that they continue to do.


A devil-possessed Blue Dragon? Okay, now I'm really gonna enjoy my Barbarian shoving her long swords by a certain Asmodian inquisitor's behind!

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There's a bit, if you dig real good, in Princes of Darkness, that says that powerful (high level) mortals count for more in the grand equation of Hell, so devils usually don't balk at amending a contract to remove the damnation clause on a soul in order to put it on another, more powerful (willing?) mortal...

I'm wondering how much a dragon is worth? and I'm thinking, wouldn't devils show up to save that dragon's arse whenever it's about to bite the dust, just on account of having that dragon grow much, much, MUCH older? :)

Similarly, wouldn't devils help an damned adventurer level up just to increase its return on the investment? :P

Last, I'm wondering what happens to those powerful mortals when they enter the machine of Hell... transformed to a more powerful devil right away (skip some steps) or, in the case of a 20th level wizard, say, just put some kind of tether on its soul and keep him as a pet that can do much, much more than yet another devil... also, should that pet retain its free will of get an alignment change similar to Dean when he became a demon and starting hitting bars with Crowley... ;)


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Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
... also, should that pet retain its free will of get an alignment change similar to Dean when he became a demon and starting hitting bars with Crowley... ;)

Be honest, people: who else read that as "hitting ON Crowley"?

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Evan Tarlton wrote:
Purple Dragon Knight wrote:
... also, should that pet retain its free will of get an alignment change similar to Dean when he became a demon and starting hitting bars with Crowley... ;)
Be honest, people: who else read that as "hitting ON Crowley"?

I didn't. You have to remember that Crowley has been around for a long time, and due to what he is, it's a bit lonely up there. I find it refreshing that even a being of pure evil is able to take a "vacation" every 10 years or so and take a break from all the scheming and plotting. One soon realizes that there's no point to all that scheming and plotting if you can't have fun once in a while and cut loose with a friend. With Dean bearing the mark, he was an equal of sorts as he's not fearing Crowley and doesn't work for him like other demons do. Crowley keeps getting criticized by his underlings and his mother for being too soft btw, but I'm glad he ultimately just does what he wants and has a fondness for the Winchesters. That makes for a more layered bad guy. There's no reason why evil characters should be hating everything that breathes. They can be selective in their hate.

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