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So much fun

*****

My players and I were laughing so hard that we were coughing and wearing out our voices. I even had to miss work the next day because I killed my voice!

A few people have complained about needing Bestiary 3 or mechanics they didn't like. I did not have this problem because I converted the adventure to another system. As such, my review only covers the plot, characters, and ideas.

However, all of those were an absolute blast!

Also, I'd love to see a We Be Goblins face card and item card set. I know that's not likely to happen, but I love this series.


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A Must Have Item

*****

If you use Pathfinder Pawns, this is a must-have item. In fact, I'm going to buy a second one!

It has a great variety of common animals and monsters, especially really important ones that have been oddly neglected in other sets, like horses and ponies.

Also, the new huge elementals look frakking amazing! Seriously, I want to write them into my next adventure just to have those big beautiful bastards on the tabletop.

The art is, on average, also larger and easier to see than previous sets. Great job, Paizo.

If you are new to Pathfinder Pawns and don't know where to start, here's what I recommend:

1) Monster Codex
2) NPC Codex
3) Summon Monster
4) Bestiary Box 1

These four will give you a solid base of almost everything you need. Everything else you get after that will add variety and zest to your pawn collection.


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Better than the Bestiary Box

*****

As I've mentioned in other reviews, I have always loved the idea behind the Pathfinder Pawns, but even with a Bestiary Boxes 1 and 2 and a few Adventure Path pawn sets, I didn't really use them that often. Most of the time I stuck to my old minis, for two main reasons:
1) There were hardly any of a lot of the common monsters like kobolds, hobgoblins, and bugbears.
2) There wasn't a great variety of potential PC's.

This box solves problem 1! This is a great set and is absolutely necessary to own. If you only buy one Pawns boxed set, let it be this one. Such a huge variety of the common monster races. I can finally use kobolds in my game! And bugbears and Hobgoblins. It also has some great orcs.

The art is, on average, also larger and easier to see than previous sets. Great job, Paizo.

If you are new to Pathfinder Pawns and don't know where to start, here's what I recommend:

1) Monster Codex
2) NPC Codex
3) Summon Monster
4) Bestiary Box 1

These four will give you a solid base of almost everything you need. Everything else you get after that will add variety and zest to your pawn collection.


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A Necessary Set

*****

I have always loved the idea behind the Pathfinder Pawns, but even with a Bestiary Boxes 1 and 2 and a few Adventure Path pawn sets, I didn't really use them that often. Most of the time I stuck to my old minis, for two main reasons.
1) A lot of the common monsters like kobolds, hobgoblins, and bugbears were poorly represented in pawns. There just weren't very many of them!
2) There wasn't a great variety of potential PC's.

This box solves problem 2! This is a great set and a must own. Such a huge variety of characters from the common PC races. Plus a lot of great potential NPC's. Adding some animals is nice too.

If you are new to Pathfinder Pawns and don't know where to start, here's what I recommend:

1) Monster Codex
2) NPC Codex
3) Summon Monster
4) Bestiary Box 1

These four will give you a solid base of almost everything you need. Everything else you get after that will add variety and zest to your pawn collection.


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Looks good, but...

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These rooms and hallways have quality graphics, work with wet and dry erase, and add some spice to the dungeon rooms and corridors.

That said, they run into the same problems as the corridor set: weird sizing. Previous map packs dealt with larger, open areas so I never really noticed this before, but 8"x5" is a really weird size. Seriously, very weird. The pieces are off center in one dimension or another, so it is a real pain in the butt to line them up sometimes! I tried chopping some of them into a more sensible size, but that comes with problems of its own.


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Aggravating...

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I want to like this, but I just can't.

Just like the rooms, the graphic quality is great. Wet and dry erase work well. The pieces are a bit thin and are easily knocked about (no different than any other map pack), but that isn't so bad. The reason for the two star review on this product is its dimensions. Previous map packs dealt with larger, open areas so I never really noticed this before, but 8"x5" is a really weird size. Seriously, very weird. Because every one of these pieces is necessarily off center in one dimension or another, it is actually pretty flipping difficult to get them to line up reasonably.

I have, several times, tried to work out a dungeon map and given up in annoyance as I try to get the silly asymmetrical pieces to do what I want. I am seriously considering taking a paper cutter to my map packs and chopping them into sizes that make sense.


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Pretty and useful!

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Good graphic quality. Dry and wet erase work very well. My only complaint is they are a little flimsy and lightweight, so it barely takes a nudge of the table or the moving of a miniature to knock the pieces out of whack. Still, quite beautiful.


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Great set

*****

This set is based on a popular adventure path, that I do not own. However, it is nice to see some pawns match up with my Rise of the Runelords Face Cards! There are some repeats between this and the Bestiary Box, and the Skulls and Shackles set, but for the most part they are things that are useful in groups. I am especially happy with the huge variety of goblins! Huzzah!

There are also a boat-load of giants and ogres, and yet another veritible swarm of rat swarms. Also, some cool-looking NPC's. This is probably my favorite set so far.

As with the other sets the medium pawns are much taller than medium minis. And as with Skulls & Shackles, you will have to buy extra bases or use the ones with the bestiary box.


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A nice addition!

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This set has a bunch of nautical and pirate-themed critters. They are in the same high quality cardboard format as the bestiary box, and are meant to supplement it. I do not have the Skulls & Shackles Adventure Path, but I think these are useful miniatures nonetheless. There are a few repeats from the bestiary box, but I'm OK with that as they tend to be things you'll need more of. Most of the monsters are unique to this set and quite interesting. There is a robust array of pirates. As usual, the "medium-sized" pawns tower above medium-sized miniatures, so using a mix of the two can be awkward, but this is a great set for a great price.

You will need to buy new stands or use the ones in the bestiary box, as this set does not come with any. Also, keep the pawns in their cardboard sheets and keep the cardboard cover and you should be able to store this on your shelf much like a hardcover book.


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Solid product! Weird sizes!

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As the other reviewers have pointed out, this product is high quality, has pretty art, and the price is right. However, there is a sizing issue. The so-called "medium" pawns tower head and shoulders (and sometimes more!) above any and all of my medium-sized minis. As such, it looks really goofy when you have a mix of minis and pawns on a battlemat. I don't want my distractible players being all like, "OMG why is the zombie bartender 9 feet tall ARGHPTH!"

I would advise aesthetically minded GM's to use either all pawns or all minis, not both if you can avoid it. Despite that, I think this is an excellent product and an innovative idea by Paizo, and I recommend it!

I do have a gripe about the PDF price, though. I will be getting all my future pdf's through the subscription, but tell me why I would buy the PDF for my existing Bestiary Box from Paizo when I can buy a second physical copy of the box on Amazon for less than the PDF! That just ain't right...


Almost amazing

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Good quality cards with excellent art. A nice range of different species and personality types and professions.

However there are two things that I found disappointing which is why this set got 3 stars instead of 5.

1) Three of the face cards in this set have been printed in previous sets.

2) Names and descriptions on the back. This takes up a lot of the note space and makes the cards far less generic and way more Pathfinder specific.

I like the Pathfinder Adventure paths, but I mostly run custom settings and campaigns, and often want to be able to use Gamemastery cards with other game systems. The names and descriptions mean I have to find a way to cover up the card back in order to make them generic.

Anyway, its a high quality set with good art, so if you are running Rise of the Rune Lords you should definitely pick it up. If you are planning to use it for other settings just know you'll have to do some extra work to make them usable.


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Amazing Idea, Decent Set

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I loved the original Plot Twist set. This one is a nice supplement. It adds considerable breadth, if not depth. I was hoping for a different feel for this set, with a strong focus on memory and manipulating the past, (maybe introducing a new mechanic, etc.). There are a few cards that do this, but most of the set is similar in flavor to the previous one. A good set. I recommend it.


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Excellent new set

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Kieran Yanner does some lovely art in this set. Great items on the whole. This set adds some much needed black powder weaponry to the Gamemastery lineup. There were more holy symbols than I expected/wanted and I would have liked to see another musket. The one provided is quite elaborate so it would have been nice to have a second one of a slightly more generic nature. All in all a great set. I highly recommend it.


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Great Set

*****

This is a fabulous set. Almost entirely full of human characters from all walks of life and all levels of reputability. With this set I finally feel like I can USE the face card sets instead of just looking at them and thinking, "wouldn't that be nice." For the next set I'd like to see would be chock full of non-humans and monsters.


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Spooky in a good way

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Interesting items, many of which seem pretty useful (medicine kit!) and some of which are quite evocative. I like this new artist. Nice clean work while still being interesting and staying true to the horror genre. Not quite the box of eldritch horrors I'd hoped and feared for in my darkest rat-infested dreams, but a good and spooky solid set.


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Not bad but not great

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I think all in all this is one of my least favorite Game Mastery Item Card decks. It's not bad, really, but nothing in it was really inspiring. Worth getting for the sake of completion, but...


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Favorite set

*****

This set has some really weird stuff in the beautiful and interesting kind of way. The Dog Slicer and Horse Chopper are totally sweet, and what the heck is up with that crazy one eyed mask? I love it!

The WTF factor on a couple of items is a bit high, but I apparently like that sort of thing. Reinforced scarf though? What is that all about? I guess it makes a heck of a lot more sense than a bladed scarf.


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Different is good

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I really dig the primitive tribal thing going on in this set. I wouldn't mind seeing something similar on down the line. Am thinking about picking up a second copy of this one.


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A fine set and a great idea

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Really, every GM knows that regardless of whatever awesome and curious magic items and artifacts he throws out there, what the players want most is magic weapons. Having a 54 card deck of just weapons is a very good plan. Some of the weapons in this set are interesting or slightly strange/unusual, which is fine by me. I wouldn't mind seeing more of that.

What I'd really like to see next is a 54 card deck entirely full of armor. Or maybe armor and clothing.

Oh, to clear something up real quick, this set was not actually done by the same artist as Second Darkness.


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Weird but not bad

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I can understand people's complaints that some of the items look "puffy" but frankly i like this set for the most part. I mean, it was advertised as containing weird alien items and whatnot. It kind of stands to reason that the items contained within would look pretty weird. The demonic plate is totally out there, the robe is pretty stylish, and the tentacle wand is pretty freakin' creepy. I admit that Lukac's style may not be all that well suited to mundane items, but I wouldn't mind seeing his weirder stuff in another set. It'd be nice to have a break from the more standard fantasy fare.


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Disappointed

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Good pictures, though not as good as the original face card set. Useful, but not as much variety. My major complaint is the card stock seemed to be of a much lower quality than the other Game Mastery card sets I've bought. It feels flimsy, bends too much in the middle, and is too coarse on the back, making it really difficult to shuffle or thumb through. The cards stick together! If future products have this problem, I'll lose interest in the line really fast.

Summary: Decent product for utility, disappointing quality. Probably wouldn't recommend.


Very nice

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A great looking, solid construction deck box. Sesheyans look so badass. The deck is a little bit of a tight fit for a sleeved 60 card deck with 15 card sideboard, but it does the trick. I like it!


Classy!

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Beautiful art with great colors. I use it for my Bant Battlegrace Angel deck. One of my favorite Rebecca Guay pictures. A somewhat tight fit for a sleeved 60 card deck with a 15 card sideboard, but performs admirably.


Great Deck Box

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Nice sturdy box. Smokin' hot big beautiful succubus by DiTerlizzi. A somewhat tight fit for a sleeved 60 card deck with 15 card sideboard, but not too bad. Good all around.