Gen Con 2019 Highlights

Friday, August 9, 2019

My first Gen Con was exciting! Getting the chance to meet so many of you and share our love of gaming was an absolute blast. Now that the dust has settled, I'd like to take a look at what went down.

For those who missed being there, the crew over at Know Direction helped bring the show to you at home! Our Twitch and Youtube channels will soon have all of the seminars and juicy revelations. Know Direction will also have more information and interviews on their website in the coming days.

Picture of 3 people showing off their Pathfinder rulebooks.

So many of you greeted us at the Paizo booth! When I was able to step out of the streaming room to stop by and visit, I saw tons of gamers enjoying Pathfinder and Starfinder. It was great to see them playing demos right next door to the booth. I want to thank the GM volunteers who helped show off the magic of Starfinder and Pathfinder!

Many folks playing demos at near our GenCon booth.

Upstairs in the Sagamore Ballroom, the Pathfinder, Starfinder, and Pathfinder Adventure Card Societies had amazing turnouts and hosted several awesome multi-table events! If you want to see some of us having fun with the NPC announcements, I was allowed to do one of the voices here. I got to talk to a fair amount of you in the ballroom and witness the fantastic community Organized Play brings to the table. I'm proud and thankful of all of our leaders and volunteers for making this Gen Con super exciting!

Many round tables filled with Organized Play players.

Now for the announcements about future products! Of course, we talked about Pathfinder products that have already been revealed, like the Lost Omens World Guideand Lost Omens Character Guide. Then we unveiled the Pathfinder Bestiary Pawn Box, Pathfinder Weapon & Armor Cards, Pathfinder Bestiary Battle Cards, Gamemastery Guide, Bestiary 2, and Advanced Player's Guide. That last one will be a 256-page hardcover with four new classes (Investigator, Oracle, Swashbuckler, and Witch), ten ancestries and heritages (Aasimar, Catfolk, Changeling, Dhampir, Duskwalker, Kobold, Orc, Ratfolk, Tengu, and Tiefling), and tons of archetypes, general feats, spells, and magic items. The free public class playtest will drop in October!

We also announced that the evolution of Golarion would focus on Absalom in the year to come. Here's the lineup: Lost Omens Gods & Magic hardcover, the Extinction Curse Adventure Path set on Starstone Isle (Kortos), The Dead God’s Hand 128-page adventure will feature Aroden lore, the Absalom: City of Lost Omens hardcover and Poster Map Folio will set you up for the Agents of Edgewatch Adventure Path. This AP will be a "cops and robbers" story set in urban Absalom.

Large map of Absalom

On the other side of the Gap, our beloved Starfinder is going strong and exploring beyond the Pact Worlds! Of course, Alien Archive 3 and the Attack of the Swarm Adventure Path will both invade on August 28. (Stay tuned for our Twitch live stream on August 14 at 4 PM Pacific as we showcase and talk about the latest archive!)

Alien Archive 3 book

Starfinder products that should already be on your radar are the Character Operations Manual, with three new classes, the Threefold Conspiracy Adventure Path, and the Deck of Many Worlds. Did you catch that we have started Starfinder Iconic Encounter fiction here on paizo.com?

But our big Starfinder reveal was Near Space. This hardcover book will take you beyond the Pact Worlds to explore the many planets and dangers of Near Space. It will showcase dozens of new worlds to explore and bring details on the Veskarium, home to the mighty vesk and the all-to-helpful Skittermanders! It will also include new alternate race traits, starships, themes, archetypes, equipment, spells, and more thrilling new options for your Starfinder character!

Near Space.

Whew! That was a lot for this 2019 Gen Con. I had a blast meeting and talking with you all. May your dice forever be 20, and your 1s be ever eventful!

Payton Smith
Social Media Producer

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Huzzah GenCon!

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LOVE IT! Payton, it was so glad to meet you in person after seeing you so often online during the run up to GENCON and 2e. Keep up the good work, making more great content for the online audience! Welcome to the family and thanks for all you do!

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Hey, that GM in the second picture looks familiar....:)


I thought one of the iconics was getting replaced. Is that not happening or are they still just not telling us? (or was Mark Moreland teasing when he said we'd seen the replacement iconic after the swashbuckler was mistakenly referred to as Lirianne instead of Jirelle?)


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I expected the Witch to appear soon, but this set of 4 classes still positively surprised me. I'm curious about how you'll make the Investigator under this new system.


Is that the official cover art for the Near Space book or is it a filler image?

In any case I'm stoked to see a setting expansion coming down the pipeline, especially one that's been asked about like this one.


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pocsaclypse wrote:
I thought one of the iconics was getting replaced. Is that not happening or are they still just not telling us? (or was Mark Moreland teasing when he said we'd seen the replacement iconic after the swashbuckler was mistakenly referred to as Lirianne instead of Jirelle?)

From my interpretation I belive the art or the Iconic was changing but not the class.


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that's so much content for Pathfinder 2 in one year.. wow!


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A Near Space book is incredible news! Did they mention what quarter they're aiming to release it in 2020?


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McBugman wrote:
A Near Space book is incredible news! Did they mention what quarter they're aiming to release it in 2020?

March 2020


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pocsaclypse wrote:
I thought one of the iconics was getting replaced. Is that not happening or are they still just not telling us? (or was Mark Moreland teasing when he said we'd seen the replacement iconic after the swashbuckler was mistakenly referred to as Lirianne instead of Jirelle?)

They did say one of those 4 iconics is getting replaced, and that it isn't Feiya. I also suspect it is neither Alahazra nor Quinn, so Jirelle seems the likely candidate.


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So.. serious, science-y question:

Will Near Space have information on the size and luminosity of stars as well as their distance and direction from Golari- I mean Absalom Station?

I want to know what the night sky looks like.


Nice - Near Space is definitely on my buy list.

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Kapua wrote:
pocsaclypse wrote:
I thought one of the iconics was getting replaced. Is that not happening or are they still just not telling us? (or was Mark Moreland teasing when he said we'd seen the replacement iconic after the swashbuckler was mistakenly referred to as Lirianne instead of Jirelle?)
From my interpretation I belive the art or the Iconic was changing but not the class.

Mark is right. (Mark is almost always right.) One of the four iconic’s will change. But this is the art we used for the presentation at Gen Con so it’s the art we used for the blog. We don’t have new art yet. Hopefully, when we reveal it, it will blow your mind.

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Great news looking forward to all new stuff from Paizo.


was there any announcements for the PACG?

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was there any announcements for the PACG?

Nope. I am still working on what we will be doing next. Hopefully we can have something to report in a month or three at the latest.

Dark Archive

Are we finally getting LN friendly AP or do we play as robbers in Agents of Edgewatch? :O

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Players in Agents of Edgewatch are assumed to be members of Absalom's city watch from its various districts placed on an elite squad to protect a World's Fair style event.

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