PaizoCon Online 2023: Glimpses into the future of Pathfinder, Starfinder, and more!

Friday, June 2, 2023

From the Pathfinder Remaster Project to Starfinder Enhanced, the team at Paizo has a plethora of new content coming down the pipeline. This year’s PaizoCon Online featured speakers across Paizo’s creative team who teased at new products and projects.

Side by side images of the Player Core and GM Core hardcovers. Player Core features a party of iconics battling a diabolic dragon. GM Core features Xanderghul standing in front of a mirage dragon.


Pathfinder Remaster

Lead Designer Logan Bonner revealed the final, painted covers for the Player Core and GM Core books during the presentation. These fully painted covers by Wayne Reynolds feature Pathfinder iconic heroes doing battle against and standing alongside new diabolic and mirage dragons, both of which will debut in Monster Core. These full-color covers will be available online and at retailers, while the Hobby Retailer Exclusive Sketch Covers, previously revealed on the Paizo Blog, will only be available through your FLGS.

Yoon, our iconic kineticist, stands atop a spire of rock, summoning flames to fight a bone and crystal dinosaur.


Hardcover Rulebooks

Pathfinder has a variety of new rulebooks—some freshly released and some on their way. James Case, Senior Designer on Pathfinder, showcased some of the upcoming content.

Rage of Elements, Pathfinder’s latest rulebook, will be available in early August at Gen Con 2023, as well as online and at local retailers. This book adds wood and metal elemental planes to Golarion, taking players on a tour of the planes and introducing their elemental lords. Also included in Rage of Elements is a much-anticipated new class: the kineticist, an elemental adept martial class. Rage of Elements is the first Remaster compatible rulebook, giving a preview of the rule changes to come.

A composite image of scenes from Pathfinder Howl of the Wild, featuring the Zoetrope airship, the naturalist and his crew, and art of the new centaur and minotaur ancestries.


Coming in 2024 is the recently announced Howl of the Wild, a creature-filled book featuring an iruxi naturalist and his eccentric crew as they navigate the wilds on their airship, the Zoetrope. This book introduces six new wild-side ancestries, new creatures, regional variants of existing creatures, spells, archetypes, and more.

The cover image for Lost Omens Highhelm, featuring several dwarves and adventurers on the road outside of Highhelm. A mountain carved into the image of a dwarven ruler looms behind them.


Lost Omens

Luis Loza, Creative Director of Pathfinder, gave a preview of Lost Omens Highhelm, an upcoming book that’s part gazetteer and part exploration of dwarven culture. This new Lost Omens entry releases in June and includes new skills, feats, ancestries, backgrounds, and mechanics to immerse yourself in dwarven culture and the city of Highhelm. Players can also expect to learn more about the dwarven pantheon, particularly eight gods not yet expanded on in Golarion.

The cover image for Season of Ghosts, showing a human person in the foreground, and a building consumed by blue energy in the background.


Pathfinder Adventures

Syncing wonderfully with the release of Lost Omens Highhelm, Pathfinder’s next Adventure Path, Sky King’s Tomb, takes player characters on a quest for a major piece of dwarven history. The Adventure Path starts in August, and the three volumes will take players from levels 1–10.

The cover image for Season of Ghosts, showing a human person in the foreground, and a building consumed by blue energy in the background.


Following that, our Adventure Paths take us to Tian Xia for Season of Ghosts. This ghostly, horror-flavored four-part Adventure Path for levels 1–12 takes place over a full calendar year in game—with each installment covering the length of one season in a cursed town in haunted Shenmen.

The cover image for Rusthenge, depicting leshy and half-elf adventurers fighting a monster with the body of a werewolf and a Venus flytrap tail.


Standalone adventures return with Pathfinder Adventure: Rusthenge, a softcover book that places low-level characters in the world of runelords and their conflicts. Rusthenge will release late this year, bringing the western reaches to your table.

Production samples Droogami plushy Production samples Whirp plushy


Partner Projects

Many of Paizo’s licensed partners are currently running crowdfunding drives or releasing new projects, such as the Dynamite Comics Kickstarter, BKOM Studios Abomination Vaults ARPG Kickstarter, Demiplane’s Pathfinder NEXUS, and more.

Production sample photo of the next round of Iconic Miniatures, featuring Yoon, Nhalmika, Droven, Mios, Thaleon, and Whirp.


Breaking news! Steve Jackson Games announced that Pathfinder: Revolution, the Pathfinder expansion for hit board game Revolution, will release late this year. Pathfinder: Revolution puts players in the rebellion of Korvosa, facing off against tyrannical Queen Ileosa to save the city from her bloody path to immortality.

The cover image for Starfinder Enhanced, featuring the enhanced witchwarper and enhanced solarian doing battle against a horde of zombie monsters


Starfinder

Looming big and bright on Starfinder’s horizon is Starfinder Enhanced, a book full of player options, items, spells, and rules for scaling up equipment. This book rolls out enhanced versions of four classes—the envoy, solarian, technomancer, and witchwarper—and presents new rules and changes that reflect feedback from the experiences of developers and community members alike.

The cover image for Mechageddon!, featuring large mechs fighting large kaiju monsters.


Starfinder and mech fans alike can look forward to Mechageddon!, a high-level hardcover Adventure Path coming in 2024! Newly announced at PaizoCon 2023, this adventure starts on Daimalko—the planet of kaiju—and takes players through levels 3–18, letting their mechs level up with them through tier 17.

The cover image for the Year of Fortune’s Fall, depicting a kasatha looming over the scene, puppet strings coming down from their fingers.


Organized Play

Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society have plenty in store for this summer’s convention season! Debuted at PaizoCon Online 2023, Pathfinder Society Scenario #4-13: Within the Prairies and Pathfinder Society Scenario #4-14: Shattering Golden Chains continued this season’s path towards conflict with the night hag, Aslynn. Starfinder Society introduced its new season with Starfinder Society Scenario #6-01: Year of Fortune’sFall and Starfinder Society Scenario #6-02: Drift Scars. Starfinder Society players also participated in the group interactive special #5-99, Battle for Bulwark!

The cover image for the Year of Unfettered Exploration, depicting a human with tattoos sailing a boat toward a coastline.


Look forward to election day in Starfinder Society! The First Seeker has stepped down, and four new candidates have been chosen from player-submitted characters to run for their place. In Starfinder Society Scenario #6-06, going live at GenCon 2023, Society players will get to meet the candidates and vote on who will step up as the next First Seeker.

The cover of Seven Dooms for Sandpoint, depicting four of the dooms standing in formation while Sandpoint burns around them


Pathfinder Adventure Path #200

Pathfinder Adventure Path #200 is coming next year, and it’s a special double-sized standalone adventure available in hardcover and softcover. Seven Dooms for Sandpoint brings Pathfinder Adventure Path #1 author James Jacobs back to that adventure’s setting, the town of Sandpoint, for a level 4–12 adventure that adapts Pathfinder’s designer playtest campaign for the first time.

Watch the PaizoCon Online 2023 Twitch Panel Playlist on YouTube!

Spot art of a wooden signpost with a mirror attached to it. The sign reads: Welcome to Sandpoint. Please stop to see yourself as we see you.


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Paizo Employee Design Manager

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Those Droven and Whirp minis are slick!

Dark Archive

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Must get stuffed grey kitty.

Grand Lodge

The covers are absolutely stunning! I can't wait to get a hardcover copy!


Paizo Blog wrote:

Standalone adventures return with Pathfinder Adventure: Rusthenge, a hardcover book that places low-level characters in the world of runelords and their conflicts…

Is this correct? I couldn’t see a mention of hardcover status on the product page for Rusthenge.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

James Jacobs clarified that it's a typo, this Rusthenge is softcover

Director of Marketing

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Cori Marie wrote:
James Jacobs clarified that it's a typo, this Rusthenge is softcover

The Marketing team misunderstood. Hardcover was in our press tease too. We will have this blog corrected on Monday. Thanks!

Liberty's Edge

Mechageddon is hardcover too?

Liberty's Edge

The creatures on the pic for 200 are indeed VERY familiar.

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Noven wrote:
Mechageddon is hardcover too?

Yep, Mechageddon! is one awesome hardcover volume.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Wow. This post has me all nostalgic for Pathfinder and Starfinder again. I may need to get back into both

Grand Lodge

Harsk is a cover boy. I am soooooooo happy!


Who did that sign key visual? I saw same one in tweet but should be here as well


There is no Squealy Nord on the issue 200 cover.

Liberty's Edge

The whole in game lore change for the Drow/Dark Elf is a bit unfair and not very thought through clear. I know that they're trying to move away from the origin OGL and do their own thing but this feels like lazy writing on Paizo end for not properly using some that was around for a long time even before DnD and made it their. But if Paizo is planing something future that will reintroduce the Dark Elf with few of the revamp lore of the darklands then I'll give my support


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I keep seeing people bring up the fact that a given monster or character has its names rooted in some folklore while ignoring the fact that that creature in the folklore was depicted entirely differently from how D&D and Pathfinder interpreted it.

"Trow" in folklore have virtually nothing in common with "drow" in modern fantasy.

Liberty's Edge

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Cynren wrote:
The whole in game lore change for the Drow/Dark Elf is a bit unfair and not very thought through clear. I know that they're trying to move away from the origin OGL and do their own thing but this feels like lazy writing on Paizo end for not properly using some that was around for a long time even before DnD and made it their. But if Paizo is planing something future that will reintroduce the Dark Elf with few of the revamp lore of the darklands then I'll give my support

Cavern elves will be developed to properly fill the Darklands' elves niche.

Drows, as people have come to know and love them, belong to DnD and were used by Paizo under the OGL.

Any book by Paizo would have to be OGL to mention drows. And this is the risk Paizo does not want to take anymore. All their future products will be ORC. And an ORC product cannot mention drows.

This all goes back to WotC/ Hasbro's attempt to weaponize the OGL earlier this year.


The new non-Reynolds art is fan-effing-fantastic!


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For the title of Mechageddon!, you should always use an exclamation point.

Liberty's Edge

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I hate to be pedantic, but this part of the article had me afraid something happened to James.

“ Luis Loza, Creative Director of Pathfinder”

I thought Luis was creative director for rules and lore not over the whole system? Not that that title and Luis aren’t awesome, I just freaked for a minute cause I was like “what I was just talking to James last weekend - what happened!”

He is okay, right?

Silver Crusade

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Luis is the Creative Director for Pathfinder (the rules system)

JJ is the Narrative Creative Director (the lore and adventures)

As I understand it.

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Luis is Rules and Lore, (so rulebook line and Lost Omens line); James is Narrative (Adventures and Adventure Paths)

Paizo Employee Design Manager

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Rysky wrote:

Luis is the Creative Director for Pathfinder (the rules system)

JJ is the Narrative Creative Director (the lore and adventures)

As I understand it.

There are basically three creative teams at Paizo, currently, each with their own creative director. Jacobs is the creative director of the Narrative team, the team that produces adventures like APs, scenarios, standalone adventures, and supporting accessories. Luis is the creative director of the Rules & Lore team, the team that makes Lost Omens books, rules hardcovers, various assorted accessories, as well as doing R&D on new rules systems and games. Thurston Hillman is the creative director of the Starfinder product line, which covers all the Starfinder products.


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I think it's a coverup. There's clearly been a coup.

Liberty's Edge

Michael Sayre wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Luis is the Creative Director for Pathfinder (the rules system)

JJ is the Narrative Creative Director (the lore and adventures)

As I understand it.

There are basically three creative teams at Paizo, currently, each with their own creative director. Jacobs is the creative director of the Narrative team, the team that produces adventures like APs, scenarios, standalone adventures, and supporting accessories. Luis is the creative director of the Rules & Lore team, the team that makes Lost Omens books, rules hardcovers, various assorted accessories, as well as doing R&D on new rules systems and games. Thurston Hillman is the creative director of the Starfinder product line, which covers all the Starfinder products.

Ah that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying. As long as no one is being held hostage by goblins.

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