Paizo at Gen Con Keynote with Publisher Erik Mona

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Join Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Erik Mona for a peek at upcoming Paizo releases!


highlights include:

Pathfinder Rulebooks:
Guns & Gears, Book of the Dead, and now — Dark Archive!

Pathfinder Lost Omens:
The Grand Bazaar, Pathfinder Lost Omens: Absalom, City of Lost Omens Monsters of Myth, Knights of Lastwall, and now—Beadle & Grimm Pathfinder Lost Omens: Absalom, City of Lost Omens Special Edition!

Pathfinder Adventure Paths:
Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults Hardcover, Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults Special Edition Hardcover, Kingmaker Anniversary Edition, Quest for the Frozen Flame, Outlaws of Alkenstar, and now— Blood Lords Adventure Path!

Pathfinder Adventures:
Night of the Gray Death

Starfinder Rulebooks:
Tech Revolution, Galactic Magic, and now—Drift Crisis!

Starfinder Adventures:
The Liberation of Locus-1

New:
Pathfinder & Starfinder Infinite Licensing Program—Check out this blog more details!

Enjoy over 100 vivid art images. Don’t miss our staff seminars on Twitch for even more reveals. Happy Gen Con!

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Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Very excited for the undead content!


Is the new AP just called Blood Lords?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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keftiu wrote:
Is the new AP just called Blood Lords?

Yes.

Fun Side Fact Mode: So far we've not put a "The" in front of any of our Pathfinder Adventure Path titles. That was chance at first, but it's kind of settled into a thing. We might put a "The" in there at some point, but so far, unless I'm missing something as a result of being so deep in Kingmaker for a year and a half, that's been the case.


Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?

That answer will have to come from whoever wrote the art brief—wasn't me, but the character certainly is intriguing! (I have been pushing for us to caption our character illustrations more frequently though, so it's more apparent who we're illustrating in those types of images, though!)


James Jacobs wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
That answer will have to come from whoever wrote the art brief—wasn't me, but the character certainly is intriguing! (I have been pushing for us to caption our character illustrations more frequently though, so it's more apparent who we're illustrating in those types of images, though!)

Three pictures and an iconic (though maybe not Iconic) paired pistol and machete, I'd hope they're someone we can meet!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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keftiu wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
That answer will have to come from whoever wrote the art brief—wasn't me, but the character certainly is intriguing! (I have been pushing for us to caption our character illustrations more frequently though, so it's more apparent who we're illustrating in those types of images, though!)
Three pictures and an iconic (though maybe not Iconic) paired pistol and machete, I'd hope they're someone we can meet!

Hopefuly! But also keep in mind that sometimes, artists take provided reference material too literally, and when we say "this is a character who looks like the one in the reference" sometimes we get an exact clone. That's led to some cases in the past where we end up with an illustrated character taking on a life of their own, of course, and in most cases that's a net positive but it's not planned out from the start.

And in at least one case we ended up with the same character being illustrated the same way in a single illustration. Accidental twins! :-)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Gonna take a stab and ask: is the goatman (not Krampus) in Monsters of Myth a new creature? There aren't any named goatmen in Pathfinder lore that I can think of, outside of deific beings, which I'd wager we won't see here. It's kind of giving me cryptid Goatman vibes.

EDIT: Scratch that, Luis answered my question elsewhere.


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

I'm sad for no summer Lost Omens revelation, but I'll hold tight. Tons of fun stuff till then!


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Sporkedup wrote:
I'm sad for no summer Lost Omens revelation, but I'll hold tight. Tons of fun stuff till then!

Holding out hope there'll be a surprise in the Lost Omens panel. My fingers are crossed for Arcadia, or a big bomb of new Ancestries, or maybe an Impossible Lands book.


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keftiu wrote:
Sporkedup wrote:
I'm sad for no summer Lost Omens revelation, but I'll hold tight. Tons of fun stuff till then!
Holding out hope there'll be a surprise in the Lost Omens panel. My fingers are crossed for Arcadia, or a big bomb of new Ancestries, or maybe an Impossible Lands book.

Indeed. We still have a few days left of Gen Con. I'm sure we will be given more info here and there, as well as a surprise or two.

I'm holding out hope that they'll finally tell us what the Ancestry in Grand Bazaar is. Still betting Stheno myself.


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Ly'ualdre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Sporkedup wrote:
I'm sad for no summer Lost Omens revelation, but I'll hold tight. Tons of fun stuff till then!
Holding out hope there'll be a surprise in the Lost Omens panel. My fingers are crossed for Arcadia, or a big bomb of new Ancestries, or maybe an Impossible Lands book.

Indeed. We still have a few days left of Gen Con. I'm sure we will be given more info here and there, as well as a surprise or two.

I'm holding out hope that they'll finally tell us what the Ancestry in Grand Bazaar is. Still betting Stheno myself.

I know Luis was collecting questions for his panel and the only two he disallowed were "who killed Aroden" and "what's the mystery ancestry" haha.

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So glad Drift Crisis was announced!


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

So much awesomeness! Next year is going to be a blast.

Paizo Employee Designer

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keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?

Amircia Moldanos, high councilor in charge of security for Jolzipan, The City of Flowers, in the Arcadian nation of Xopatl. She's standing next to Anong Arunak, High King of Dongun Hold, and the spear-wielder is Chun Hye-Seung, captain of the clockwork guard in Absalom.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
Amircia Moldanos, high councilor in charge of security for Jolzipan, The City of Flowers, in the Arcadian nation of Xopatl. She's standing next to Anong Arunak, High King of Dongun Hold, and the spear-wielder is Chun Hye-Seung, captain of the clockwork guard in Absalom.

I wonder how they came to be hanging out?


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Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
keftiu wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
Amircia Moldanos, high councilor in charge of security for Jolzipan, The City of Flowers, in the Arcadian nation of Xopatl. She's standing next to Anong Arunak, High King of Dongun Hold, and the spear-wielder is Chun Hye-Seung, captain of the clockwork guard in Absalom.
I wonder how they came to be hanging out?

Steampunk Sentai Sharpshooter Squad unite! :)

Scarab Sages

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James Jacobs wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
That answer will have to come from whoever wrote the art brief—wasn't me, but the character certainly is intriguing! (I have been pushing for us to caption our character illustrations more frequently though, so it's more apparent who we're illustrating in those types of images, though!)

Captioning is an excellent idea. I always appreciate it when its there and miss it when its not.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Kind of disappointed that were was so little for Starfinder. Only one new book announced, compared to the plethora of Pathfinder.


Nighthorror888 wrote:
Kind of disappointed that were was so little for Starfinder. Only one new book announced, compared to the plethora of Pathfinder.

One pretty major new book and a 3-part AP to go with it, you mean?


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keftiu wrote:
Nighthorror888 wrote:
Kind of disappointed that were was so little for Starfinder. Only one new book announced, compared to the plethora of Pathfinder.
One pretty major new book and a 3-part AP to go with it, you mean?

Yeah, those are the only 2 new product premieres we got. Everything else was revealed before Gen Con. Getting more previews from Tech Revolution, Galactic Magic, and some juicy info from Drift Crisis is comparable to our previews of Guns & Gears, Book of the Dead, and Dark Archives.

Paizo Employee Designer

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keftiu wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
Amircia Moldanos, high councilor in charge of security for Jolzipan, The City of Flowers, in the Arcadian nation of Xopatl. She's standing next to Anong Arunak, High King of Dongun Hold, and the spear-wielder is Chun Hye-Seung, captain of the clockwork guard in Absalom.
I wonder how they came to be hanging out?

I would imagine that something really bad happened.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
Amircia Moldanos, high councilor in charge of security for Jolzipan, The City of Flowers, in the Arcadian nation of Xopatl. She's standing next to Anong Arunak, High King of Dongun Hold, and the spear-wielder is Chun Hye-Seung, captain of the clockwork guard in Absalom.
I wonder how they came to be hanging out?
I would imagine that something really bad happened.

Presumably involving the undead.


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So who had "Conqueror Worm" on their scorecard for the machinations behind Galt?

Dark Archive

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keftiu wrote:
Is the new AP just called Blood Lords?

Geb time?! [skeleton dooting begins]

Silver Crusade

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Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
Amircia Moldanos, high councilor in charge of security for Jolzipan, The City of Flowers, in the Arcadian nation of Xopatl. She's standing next to Anong Arunak, High King of Dongun Hold, and the spear-wielder is Chun Hye-Seung, captain of the clockwork guard in Absalom.
I wonder how they came to be hanging out?
I would imagine that something really bad happened.

*shakes fist* AAAAAAAAAARODEN!!!


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Cthulhudrew wrote:
So who had "Conqueror Worm" on their scorecard for the machinations behind Galt?

In hindsight, Conqueror Worm makes so much sense. Lol


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Ly'ualdre wrote:
Cthulhudrew wrote:
So who had "Conqueror Worm" on their scorecard for the machinations behind Galt?
In hindsight, Conqueror Worm makes so much sense. Lol

They all but told us.


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Makes me wonder how much of the adventure will be about deciding Galt's future, versus simply ending the current mess.

Interesting to see possible setting developments as we get further into 2e: Hermea getting shaken up, Galt finally getting some peace, and maybe some changes to Geb now on the horizon...


Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber
Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Something I do have to point out, and would love a reply on: the same person with teal face paint and a headdress appeared in two Guns & Gears illustrations (one alongside a character from the Arcadian PFS scenario we got recently!) and also appears in Tyrant's Grasp as an unlabeled illustration. Is this person - who I assume is a Xopatli woman - a named character?
Amircia Moldanos, high councilor in charge of security for Jolzipan, The City of Flowers, in the Arcadian nation of Xopatl. She's standing next to Anong Arunak, High King of Dongun Hold, and the spear-wielder is Chun Hye-Seung, captain of the clockwork guard in Absalom.
I wonder how they came to be hanging out?
I would imagine that something really bad happened.

Wow, I wasn’t expecting an illustration of the start of the Gap so soon!


I watched the video earlier this evening on Youtube. The thumbnail was kinda creepy.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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keftiu wrote:

Makes me wonder how much of the adventure will be about deciding Galt's future, versus simply ending the current mess.

Interesting to see possible setting developments as we get further into 2e: Hermea getting shaken up, Galt finally getting some peace, and maybe some changes to Geb now on the horizon...

I'll chat a bit more about how the standalone adventures, going forward, will be handling some larger story beats.

But to get out ahead and manage expectations, after learning some key lessons from Council of Thieves, "Blood Lords" isn't about changing Geb. It's about something else.


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James Jacobs wrote:
keftiu wrote:

Makes me wonder how much of the adventure will be about deciding Galt's future, versus simply ending the current mess.

Interesting to see possible setting developments as we get further into 2e: Hermea getting shaken up, Galt finally getting some peace, and maybe some changes to Geb now on the horizon...

I'll chat a bit more about how the standalone adventures, going forward, will be handling some larger story beats.

But to get out ahead and manage expectations, after learning some key lessons from Council of Thieves, "Blood Lords" isn't about changing Geb. It's about something else.

Very exciting to hopefully see some more "big swing" Adventures.

Blood Lords is one I'm really struggling to picture; I'm curious to hear more during the AP panel, hopefully.


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James Jacobs wrote:
keftiu wrote:

Makes me wonder how much of the adventure will be about deciding Galt's future, versus simply ending the current mess.

Interesting to see possible setting developments as we get further into 2e: Hermea getting shaken up, Galt finally getting some peace, and maybe some changes to Geb now on the horizon...

I'll chat a bit more about how the standalone adventures, going forward, will be handling some larger story beats.

But to get out ahead and manage expectations, after learning some key lessons from Council of Thieves, "Blood Lords" isn't about changing Geb. It's about something else.

Blood Lords shall be about the magic of friendship... and necromancy.

Dark Archive

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"Dear Grand Princess Celestia Eutropia,

Tearing the veil asunder can result in making lots of friends!"

=D =D =D

Sovereign Court

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James Jacobs wrote:
But to get out ahead and manage expectations, after learning some key lessons from Council of Thieves...

That's why I changed the campaign around to a "We are Batman" vibe... rewrote the speech from Janiven completely. => no more false expectations


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DeciusNero wrote:

"Dear Grand Princess Celestia Eutropia,

Tearing the veil asunder can result in making lots of friends!"

=D =D =D

I heard that in Tara Strong's voice. Well done.


I wonder if blood lords will have a stipulation requiring you to play as an undead ancestry. IF so it would be the first pf2 AP to have hard restrictions on player options.

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
keftiu wrote:

Makes me wonder how much of the adventure will be about deciding Galt's future, versus simply ending the current mess.

Interesting to see possible setting developments as we get further into 2e: Hermea getting shaken up, Galt finally getting some peace, and maybe some changes to Geb now on the horizon...

I'll chat a bit more about how the standalone adventures, going forward, will be handling some larger story beats.

But to get out ahead and manage expectations, after learning some key lessons from Council of Thieves, "Blood Lords" isn't about changing Geb. It's about something else.

Realise You may not be able to answer this right now but is this what one would consider an evil party Ap?


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KaiBlob1 wrote:
I wonder if blood lords will have a stipulation requiring you to play as an undead ancestry. IF so it would be the first pf2 AP to have hard restrictions on player options.

Living PCs were mentioned in the stream.


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My only disappointment with Blood Lords is that Sir Arok Gallowmere, skeletal Knight if Lastwall and risen Champion of Iomadae, shall not have the opportunity to rid the Gravelands of the scourge of Undeath.

But, I suppose I could find a place for Alyssa von Öndur, adolescent Moroi Vampire Witch and Crimson Princess of La Familia Nocturne's House of Ashe, amongst the courts of the Blood Lords. Alongside her Poppet Cheshire and her personal bodyguard, the Straveika Dhampir known as Aleister Faust, aka "the Mad Hatter".

Liberty's Edge

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Ly'ualdre wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
keftiu wrote:

Makes me wonder how much of the adventure will be about deciding Galt's future, versus simply ending the current mess.

Interesting to see possible setting developments as we get further into 2e: Hermea getting shaken up, Galt finally getting some peace, and maybe some changes to Geb now on the horizon...

I'll chat a bit more about how the standalone adventures, going forward, will be handling some larger story beats.

But to get out ahead and manage expectations, after learning some key lessons from Council of Thieves, "Blood Lords" isn't about changing Geb. It's about something else.

Blood Lords shall be about the magic of friendship... and necromancy.

Forever friends, literally.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Lots to look forward to in the coming year, but I'm ridiculously excited about Goblin Fireworks Fight. I don't see a pre-order page yet, but I'll keep checking.


The playtest begins next week correct? I am excited about the psychic.


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
The playtest begins next week correct? I am excited about the psychic.

Monday! Two days!


That is what I thought! Will the playtest classes be available on Herolab?


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
That is what I thought! Will the playtest classes be available on Herolab?

I don't know the first thing about herolab, sorry. You might have to pen-and-paper it.


Sporkedup wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
That is what I thought! Will the playtest classes be available on Herolab?
I don't know the first thing about herolab, sorry. You might have to pen-and-paper it.

:(

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
I watched the video earlier this evening on Youtube. The thumbnail was kinda creepy.

haha, yes this one is better. But I didn’t want to delay making a video available just for a thumbnail.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
That is what I thought! Will the playtest classes be available on Herolab?

they are just drafts. I don’t think your lab ever puts effort into making them available until they are final?

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