We Be Needing Role Cards!

Friday, July 19, 2019

A month ago, an unruly quartet of goblin heroes was unleashed on an unsuspecting populace. Yes, I said heroes. It turns out some goblins have learned the error of their ways—or, perhaps at least learned what many adventurers learn: you can steal and murder as much as you want, as long as it’s against “the bad guys.”

We managed to fit 4 new characters in the Free RPG Day We Be Heroes? storybook, but we just didn’t have enough space for role cards (also, you couldn’t use them in that storybook anyway). Thankfully, there’s this crazy thing called the internet and I hear you can post things to it. Let’s get crazy with it.

Rules: Goblin markers. One side of each of these role cards uses goblin markers. Each character using goblin markers chooses one type of marker. (Since there are only 7 markers of each type in the game, this means that unless you have a power that allows you to steal markers, you cannot have more than 7 goblin markers on your role.)

Speaking of crazy, I give you goblin markers!

Disclaimer: Half of the following roles use a new mechanic called goblin markers. A goblin does something it should probably be doing already and is rewarded with a marker that lets it do something else it wants to do. I’m sure nothing can go wrong here.

Crimsi good at finding things. Mixing gears, and rods, and strings. Why don't you come here and see! Care to try it out for me? Crimsi good at finding things. Mixing gears, and rods, and strings. Why don't you come here and see! Care to try it out for me? Arson Archer. The thatchier the cottage roof, the bigger the party. Kitbasher. The bashing bashes more than the kit.

Crimsi is making a trebuchet. Will she load it with fire, rocks, or other goblins?

Let’s start with our favorite Goblin ranger, Crimsi. She’s really into inventing things, as long as “things” can fling destruction and fire about. She’ll cheerfully scout for you, but she’s easily distracted by bits of junk and fire.

Arson Archer Crimsi would like you to know that she likes burning, crossbows, fire, catapults, and any other words for fire and siege weapons she hasn’t learned yet. It’s a fairly straightforward role that wants you to care about Bow and Fire cards. She can also launch goblins (including herself) to other locations with hardly any chance of serious injury.

Kitbasher Crimsi likes gathering those new goblin markers together so she can bash things together, whether the result is helping, hurting, or both. Mostly both. She’s good at flinging things into fights her friends are probably in, or flinging her friends at fights, and is great at Crafting new things that will probably hurt someone.

My axe is big. My armor funny. But don't you ever. Call me bunny! My axe is big. My armor funny. But don't you ever. Call me bunny! Amnesiac. Where you been ain't as important as ... um ... what were i saying? Rabbitpuncher. Punch one, get punched by a hundred.

Whether you’re into head injuries or giant bunnies, Grenek’s got you covered.

Grenek is not as tough as Amiri and has less control over his rage, as befits a goblin barbarian. He also has a habit of biting every monster he gets near.

Amnesiac Grenek focuses on his head injury that sent him randomly wandering the world. He’s good at forgetting his cards to rage, wandering in the way of attacks meant for his friends, and even forgetting his scourges so well they don’t bother him anymore.

Rabbitpuncher Grenek is used to adventuring in the lands of giants where bunnies grow bigger than goblins. He gets to have fun with goblin markers, potentially gaining a massive bonus to his hand size and checks, hopping about everywhere, and getting even better at biting.

They hate my voice despite its charm. And run away in great alarm. But what really makes me bristle? They all want to hear my whistle! They hate my voice despite its charm. And run away in great alarm. But what really makes me bristle? They all want to hear my whistle! Battlecrooner. The goblin version of perfect pitch involves a catapult. Whistleblower. Those who shriek the truth will find it.

No, “pizazz” means alluring and charming. I don’t have any pizza!

Pizazz is good at helping his friends, like any bard. The wrinkle he runs into is that he has a genuinely fantastic singing voice... that sends goblins running away in pain. They really like when he plays his “fancy” penny whistle, though.

Battlecrooner Pizazz leans into using his mellifluous voice, despite any panic it may cause nearby goblins. As a result, he makes lots of non-goblin allies that turn out to be pretty darn useful, whether he’s getting to use them more often or they’re appreciating his instrumentless crooning.

Whistleblower Pizazz goes another way, embracing his goblin heritage (and markers) to whistle up bonuses and spook any upcoming monsters into fighting his goblin friends. He’s maybe a little bitter that said friends don’t appreciate his true talent, so from time to time he might steal some of their markers. (The fools won’t miss them anyway.)

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Siathorn sees Mitzi as a wolf -- a fuzzy, white, hairbow-wearing wolf. A wolf that likes to surprise goblins by jumping up and licking their face. Siathorn loves her wolf Mitzi. Because she's so very prit-zy. If you try to call her 'dog'. Then I smack you with a log! Siathorn loves her wolf Mitzi. Because she's so very prit-zy. If you try to call her 'dog'. Then I smack you with a log!

Mitzi is still the prettiest wolf. Yes, she is!

Siathorn and her fearless wolf Mitzi are still keeping the other goblins in line with Mitzi’s threatening facelicks. She’s not quite as good at druiding as Lini, but Mitzi more than makes up for that!

Treemugger. Protect the trees, lest you have nothing to drop goblins from. Wolfmother. It licks you to know if it should eat you.

Siathorn is probably going to be mercilessly hugging both trees and wolves, regardless of which role you pick.

Treemugger Siathorn easily gathers goblin markers by just playing with everyone’s animals. She then helps everyone at Wild locations and against bunches of natural banes. She’ll also make sure to heal her friends! They might need it after she steals a few of their Animal allies away from them.

Wolfmother Siathorn focuses her efforts on Mitzi, as well she should. Under her care, Mitzi becomes a very effective fighting “wolf” and Siathorn figures out how to make sure she keeps her deck full of all those fun Animal cards that Mitzi likes.

So, how do you get these neat roles? We’ve updated our Character Sheet package to include sheets for all four of these goblins, including their roles. And in the near future, they’ll also be available as a print-on-demand card set from our friends at DriveThru Cards. (After they go live, we’ll mention it in a future blog.)

Keith Richmond
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Huzzah!

Grand Lodge

I've never played the ACG, however, these cards are very inspiring if goblins are a playable race in PFS 2e. The artwork is awesome!

Edit: I'm still chuckling over the descriptions and abilities several minutes after posting. :)

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I'm still hoping that we actually get physical cards one day!


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BR Dinketry wrote:
I'm still hoping that we actually get physical cards one day!

The last line of the blog:

"And in the near future, they’ll also be available as a print-on-demand card set from our friends at DriveThru Cards. (After they go live, we’ll mention it in a future blog.)"


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Awesome!! Glad to see my Grenek can be played through tier 6 now!

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roll4initiative wrote:

I've never played the ACG, however, these cards are very inspiring if goblins are a playable race in PFS 2e. The artwork is awesome!

Edit: I'm still chuckling over the descriptions and abilities several minutes after posting. :)

Goblins indeed are a playable race in Pathfinder 2nd Edition.

Spoiler:
These characters were featured in this year's free Pathfinder RPG Playtest Module We Be Heroes!?

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William Ronald wrote:
roll4initiative wrote:

I've never played the ACG, however, these cards are very inspiring if goblins are a playable race in PFS 2e. The artwork is awesome!

Edit: I'm still chuckling over the descriptions and abilities several minutes after posting. :)

Goblins indeed are a playable race in Pathfinder 2nd Edition.

** spoiler omitted **

Yeah, I do know they will be a playable race. I'm wondering about Society play, though.

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roll4initiative wrote:
William Ronald wrote:
roll4initiative wrote:

I've never played the ACG, however, these cards are very inspiring if goblins are a playable race in PFS 2e. The artwork is awesome!

Edit: I'm still chuckling over the descriptions and abilities several minutes after posting. :)

Goblins indeed are a playable race in Pathfinder 2nd Edition.

** spoiler omitted **

Yeah, I do know they will be a playable race. I'm wondering about Society play, though.

Generally, Core Rule options are approved. There are already some goblin characters in the current version of Pathfinder Society due to certs.


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Website feedback seems the wrong place for this.


A little fix needed: in the PDF, Pizazz's Whistleblower role lists his proficiencies as "Weapon" instead of "Arcane Divine Instrument".


Can we get these in a pdf character forum. Love those for the other character decks

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"what many adventurers learn: you can steal and murder as much as you want, as long as it’s against “the bad guys.”"

Someone has studied their Belkar :-P

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Morph147 Korundo wrote:
Can we get these in a pdf character forum. Love those for the other character decks

As the end of the blog said, those can be found here.

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Shnik wrote:
A little fix needed: in the PDF, Pizazz's Whistleblower role lists his proficiencies as "Weapon" instead of "Arcane Divine Instrument".

We'll get that fixed—thanks!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

We've added both sides of the character cards for your convenience.


I asked this a while back offline with the online ACG box runners, but never really got a definitive answer. If Siathorn discards an animal traited card using Mitzi's attack power, can you shuffle that card into another goblin character's discard as per Mitzi's second while displayed power?

I feel like the answer is no, since its playing Mitzi twice but I'm also not 100% convinced of that.

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Rhynn Davrie wrote:

I asked this a while back offline with the online ACG box runners, but never really got a definitive answer. If Siathorn discards an animal traited card using Mitzi's attack power, can you shuffle that card into another goblin character's discard as per Mitzi's second while displayed power?

I feel like the answer is no, since its playing Mitzi twice but I'm also not 100% convinced of that.

I'm pretty sure you can, because Mitzi's second power starts with "When"... so you can use it any time the situation occurs, whether you already used Mitzi during that check or not. I might be wrong, though.


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Siathorns images are not clickable and therefore in much lower resolution and I'd like to print character cards in card form as presented here (not a fan of the sheets). Can you please fix this? ;)


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RabidBlackDog wrote:
Siathorns images are not clickable and therefore in much lower resolution and I'd like to print character cards in card form as presented here (not a fan of the sheets). Can you please fix this? ;)

The URL for the back of Siathorn's card is:

https://cdn.paizo.com/image/content/Blog/071919_SiathornBack_360.jpeg

If you remove the _360, you'll get:

https://cdn.paizo.com/image/content/Blog/071919_SiathornBack.jpeg

That will probably take you to an error page, but it will have a link to the URL of the full size image.

You can follow a similar process for all of the card images. ;)

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Rhynn Davrie wrote:

I asked this a while back offline with the online ACG box runners, but never really got a definitive answer. If Siathorn discards an animal traited card using Mitzi's attack power, can you shuffle that card into another goblin character's discard as per Mitzi's second while displayed power?

I feel like the answer is no, since its playing Mitzi twice but I'm also not 100% convinced of that.

Mitzi's second power says "When you would discard an Animal card from your deck or as damage, you may shuffle it into another Goblin character’s deck instead."

Per Playing Cards on page 7 of the rulebook, "Playing a card means using a power on that card by performing an action with that card that is specified by the card itself... Choosing to activate a power on a character or on a displayed card also counts as playing that card."

Using that power doesn't require you to perform an action with Mitzi, so the first part of that definition doesn't apply. And per the "Active and Optional Powers" sidebar on page 10, that power is automatically active whenever appropriate while Mitzi is displayed. Since you don't have to choose to activate it, the second part of that definition doesn't apply either.

So using that power doesn't count as playing Mitzi.

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RabidBlackDog wrote:
Siathorns images are not clickable and therefore in much lower resolution and I'd like to print character cards in card form as presented here (not a fan of the sheets). Can you please fix this? ;)

Fixed!


Thanks for the explanation Vic. I felt that was the intent with Mitzi, but the rules were catching me. Glad to know even if I can't parse them my intuition here was good. =)

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