Pathfinder Pawns: Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection

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Pathfinder Pawns: Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection

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Key monsters and NPCs from the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path come alive on your tabletop with the Pathfinder RPG Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection, featuring more than 100 creature pawns for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or any tabletop fantasy RPG! Printed on sturdy cardstock, each pawn presents a beautiful full-color image of a monster or NPC from the Rise of the Runelords campaign, including goblins, dragons, giants, ogres, and dozens of unique NPCs also suitable for representing player characters. Designed for use with the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary Box, each cardstock pawn slots into a size-appropriate plastic base from that collection—making them easy to mix with traditional metal or plastic miniatures—and supplements that set’s creatures, together providing pawns for nearly every Rise of the Runelords encounter. With multiple pawns for commonly encountered foes and tons of distinct creature images, the Pathfinder RPG Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection brings the enemies and allies of Pathfinder’s original campaign alive like never before!

In addition to being part of the Pathfinder Pawns Subscription, Pathfinder Adventure Path subscribers who preorder this set will receive a free PDF edition of this product when the print edition ships. (Note that you will need to have an active Pawns or AP subscription at the time the Pawn Collection ships in order to receive the PDF for free.)

Note: This product does not include bases. It is intended for use with the bases found in the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary Box.

ISBN 978-1-60125-574-7

Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection Set List

The enemies and allies of the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path surge to life on your tabletop! Each has its own identification number for easy sorting. The Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection includes:

Small (and Smaller)
1  Carrion Storm (4)
2  Enga Keckvia
3  Goblin Commando (3)
4  Goblin Warchanter
5  Goblin Warrior (10)
6  Gogmurt
7  Rat Swarm (8)
8  Redcap (5)
Medium
9  Aldern Foxglove
10  Ameiko Kaijitsu
11  Azaven
12  The Black Monk
13  Bruthazmus
14  Clockwork Librarian
15  Ghoul (3)
16  Goblin Commando on Goblin Dog
17  Goblin Dog (4)
18  Grayst Sevilla
19  Highlady Athroxis
20  Iesha Foxglove
21  Jakardros Sovark
22  Jordimandus
23  Justice Ironbriar
24  Karivek Vekker
25  Karzoug the Claimer
26  Kaven Windstrike
27  Khalib
28  Korvus
29  Lamatar Bayden
30  Lucrecia
31  Lyrie Akenja
32  Mammy Graul
33  The Mithral Mage
34  Myriana
35  Nualia
36  Ogrekin (3)
37  Orik Vancaskerkin
38  The Scribbler
39  Shalelu Andosana
40  Sinspawn (2)
41  Sinspawn Axeman (6)
42  Skinsaw Cultist (4)
43  The Skinsaw Man
44  Svevenka
45  Tsuto Kaijitsu
46  Vale Temros
47  Viorian Dekanti
48  Vraxeris
49  Warchief Ripnugget
50  Xyoddin Xerriock
51  Yeth Hound
Large
52  Conna the Wise
53  Deathweb (3)
54  Dire Bear (2)
55  Ettin
56  Forgefiend
57  Frost Giant
58  Galenmir
59  Grazuul
60  The Headless Lord
61  Hill Giant (3)
62  Jaagrath Kreeg
63  Lamia (3)
64  Lamia Matriarch
65  Mokmurian
66  Ogre (4)
67  Ogre Fighter (3)
68  Runeslave Hill Giant (2)
69  Stone Giant (5)
70  Teraktinus
71  Troll (3)
72  Wyvern (2)
73  Yeti (5)
74  Young Red Dragon
Huge
75  Cloud Giant (3)
76  Lamia Hungerer (2)
77  Leng Spider (3)
78  Lokansir
79  Most High Ceoptra
80  Scarlet Walker (2)
81  Storm Giant (3)

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High Quality, but Partial Coverage

3/5

MINOR SPOILERS FOR RISE OF THE RUNELORDS

If you don't know, "pawns" are double-sided images of monsters or NPCs printed on cardstock, designed to stand vertically with a plastic base that's the same size as the creature (so a Large-size monster with sit on a 2x2 base and its pawn will be bigger than a Small-size creature, for example). Pawns aren't as good as true three-dimensional miniatures, but they're a lot cheaper and are still better than simple flat tokens.

The Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection contains around a hundred and fifty pawns with sizes ranging from Small all the way up to the Huge. The artwork for creatures and NPCs unique to the adventure path comes from the Anniversary Edition hardcover collection, and it's fantastic. The set also includes several pawns for creatures that appear in the AP but aren't unique to it, and the artwork for these pawns comes from the creature's Bestiary entry. Each pawn is numbered and labeled, and there's a list on the back, which makes sorting pretty easy (I use ziplock bags). The set *doesn't* come with bases, which is an important point for someone who doesn't have any other Paizo pawn sets.

The physical quality of the pawns is high. I'm writing this review at the halfway point of the AP, so I've used the set in about 50 sessions so far--all of the pawns are still in good shape, with no tears, bent corners, etc. They fit well with standard Paizo bases and are quite colorful.

Perhaps the most important thing to ask is how well simplify GM prep: in other words, are the pawns that are included of the right type and number to handle encounters in the AP? I'm at exactly the halfway point of the AP, so I think I have a pretty good sense of how much coverage there is, and my verdict would be: it's very hit or miss. The set is great on including pawns for "bosses" unique to the AP and some NPCs--as a rough guide, if there's a full colour illustration of the monster/NPC in the book, there's probably a pawn included in the set. For more normal encounters, however, the set is unpredictable and the choices made of what (and how many) to include of different creatures doesn't follow a consistent pattern. For example, the set comes with 8 rat swarms which is plenty for any encounter listed in the book, but doesn't come with any shadows and only 1 yeth hound which complicates planning for those encounters in Thistletop; it includes 4 ogre pawns, which sounds great, but there's an encounter in the Kreeg Clanhold with ten ogres simultaneously. Etc. I'm not complaining so much as trying to make it clear that owning this collection (even along with the Bestiary pawn box) doesn't mean that every pawn needed for the game will be at your fingertips: you're still going to have to make homemade tokens or cobble together substitutes for many encounters. In addition, the collection doesn't include any creatures that appear on the AP's random encounter tables (unless those creatures also appear in planned encounters).

In the end, I can give a partial endorsement to the collection. It contains enough to make it worthwhile, but not so much to make it a must-have.


A great set if you are adding to the Beginner Box

5/5

For a players who are just starting out, and may have the Beginner Box, this is a really great incremental augmentation to a growing pawn set, and is a very affordable, and exciting addition.

This Pawn set has the benefit of a good ratio: a handful of NPCs, Some good monsters, and cultists, a clutch of named characters including Karzoug. The medium monsters are mostly giants due to the ROTRL story path, and the huge monsters are giants and spiders. But, what this set has is Goblins Galore! C'mon! You need Goblins!

IN CASE ANYONE READING THIS DOESN'T KNOW: The ROTRL pawn set does not contain the core iconics! Valeros and the gang are in the "Pathfinder Pawns NPC Codex Box" (The Beginner Box includes Merisiel, Ezren, Valeros, and Kyra), and the Skulls and Shackles Iconics are in - wait for it - "The Pathfinder Pawns Inner Sea Pawn Box". Also, like the other reviews said, there are no bases.


Nice addition to the RotR campaign

4/5

I like the set a lot, even though i comes without bases. I have some bases from a completely different (board) game that I use until I get my hands on one of the Bestiary boxes.

The missing 5th star is because many of the drawings extends to much outside the actual figure IMHO.


waste of money

1/5

These are essentially useless unless you already own a Bestiary set, or feel like shelling out another 20-odd dollars for bases.


Missing pawns

3/5

this is a good set of pawns if you are planning on running the Rise of the Runelords adventure path but i cant help feeling disappointed on the exclusion of some minis (like the bunyip, Tangletooth(Gogmurt's pet),the rune giant, the goblin ghast)but it's still cheaper than minis


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Grand Lodge

These pawns are fantastic for players on a budget. They will not replace miniatures. But they are a great alternative and far better than Pogs. The pawns in the Beginners box set are very well made. Bravo!

Later,

Mazra


Erik Mona wrote:
Oh, and there are no Gargantuan bases in the Beginner Box, so that's another problem with really big dudes.

Can the really big dudes be designed to work with two or more of the smaller bases?


Another possibly lower cost way to provide us with larger Pawns, at least for those of us with our own printers, is to sell those PDF only. If your card stock would work in most printers, sell packs of just your card stock, blank. I assume your card stock is not the same card stock I buy at Wal Mart.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber
Robert Miller 55 wrote:
Another possibly lower cost way to provide us with larger Pawns, at least for those of us with our own printers, is to sell those PDF only. If your card stock would work in most printers, sell packs of just your card stock, blank. I assume your card stock is not the same card stock I buy at Wal Mart.

The card stock for these pawns is way too stiff and thick to work in home printers.

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Robert Miller 55 wrote:
If your card stock would work in most printers, sell packs of just your card stock, blank. I assume your card stock is not the same card stock I buy at Wal Mart.

The Beginner Box pawns are on thicker cardboard, and I'd imagine these are the same. It will not feed through a standard home printer.


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Anything larger than giant should probably not be represented by a flat plane. What I think would work, would be rectangular prisms with artwork on four sides, that can fold flat, or be a box for other pawns.

A collosal, four sided box that holds other pawns.

That solves the problem of needing a gargantuan or collosal base for an A5 picture.

Octagonal prisms would work too, allowing the art to wrap on three sides.


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Has anyone used the pawns from the Beginner Box in conjunction with any of the Pathfinder Paper Minis? How do they look together? Anyone got pictures they can post of them side by side?


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I don't have any pictures, but I use minis, pawns from the beginner's box and Pathfinder Paper minis, from different artists to represent everything. They all work well together, at least in my opinion.

James

Sovereign Court

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jwood314 wrote:

I don't have any pictures, but I use minis, pawns from the beginner's box and Pathfinder Paper minis, from different artists to represent everything. They all work well together, at least in my opinion.

James

Good to know!

Grand Lodge

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Gururamalamaswami wrote:
Has anyone used the pawns from the Beginner Box in conjunction with any of the Pathfinder Paper Minis? How do they look together? Anyone got pictures they can post of them side by side?

Other than the difference in what they are made out of, the biggest difference is that one set is official Paizo art, while the Paper minis are the artist's stylized version of the art. In size, they compare very well, and are relatively interchangable. Ive bought a few of the Paper Minis sets and have been completely satisfied by them. Even if you buy the ones that are for a specific AP, you get a wide variety of stuff. It's a really cheap (assuming you can print them cheaply; I personally take it to Staples) way to build up a minis collection.

For PFS, lately Ive been using a combination of my RotRL Paper Minis, the Beginner Box pawns, and my old DnD minis.

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Cloister Flock wrote:

And sparkly ones too!

(oh, maybe that's just me)

Those will only come with the Limited Edition Sparkly Rainbow Pony version of the pawns.

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

Stegger wrote:

No box? I was really hoping for a cool little box to store these :-/

A shoe box must do then

They will fit swell in the large Bestiary Box. This product is technically an extension of that one, which has all the bases anyway. Of course, you could skip that product, buy bases separately (once we figure out the costs), and keep them in a shoebox, as you suggest. :)

The Exchange

Erik Mona wrote:
Stegger wrote:

No box? I was really hoping for a cool little box to store these :-/

A shoe box must do then

They will fit swell in the large Bestiary Box. This product is technically an extension of that one, which has all the bases anyway. Of course, you could skip that product, buy bases separately (once we figure out the costs), and keep them in a shoebox, as you suggest. :)

No bases other than the ones that I choose to buy is perfect for me. I'll be looking for some kind of multi-compartment craft box within which I can store them alphabetically. Or maybe I'll subdivide the BB with cardboard strips.

Any chance of sets of labels for conditions (dazed, etc.), with Post-it style adhesive on so they can be reused, to go on to the bases or pawns? Then back onto the card that they came on for storage?

Edit: Typo, *blush*

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Erik Mona wrote:

They will fit swell in the large Bestiary Box. This product is technically an extension of that one, which has all the bases anyway. Of course, you could skip that product, buy bases separately (once we figure out the costs), and keep them in a shoebox, as you suggest. :)

This set will feature lots of pawns that are specific to Rise of the Runelords, but it won't duplicate pawns from the Bestiary Box, so if you're going to want to maximize your pawn usage, you'll still want the Bestiary Box.


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Weebles wrote:
If this does well, would there be plans to do one of these for the other APs, namely Kingmaker? :)

+1

But for Legacy of Fire too.


Weebles wrote:
If this does well, would there be plans to do one of these for the other APs, namely Kingmaker? :)

+1!!

Nice one, and also thanks fot keeping international customers happy, no bases means cheaper shipping rates... my wallet loves it. Anyway, you can get all the bases you want and in time you may have more than you could ever use if you add them to every pack sold.

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

They will fit swell in the large Bestiary Box. This product is technically an extension of that one, which has all the bases anyway. Of course, you could skip that product, buy bases separately (once we figure out the costs), and keep them in a shoebox, as you suggest. :)

This set will feature lots of pawns that are specific to Rise of the Runelords, but it won't duplicate pawns from the Bestiary Box, so if you're going to want to maximize your pawn usage, you'll still want the Bestiary Box.

Thanks to both of you - I now preordered the Bestiary box as well :-)

Dark Archive Contributor

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Wouldn't it be cool if future pawns releases covered APs that weren't next in line for the miniatures treatment? That way the whole line would be covered twice as quickly.


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I purchased base ball card sheets, that have 9 pockets per sheet. They hold the pawns from the beginner box perfectly, are cheap, and will let me alphabetize them all.

James


I noticed someone asked about subscriptions, but I'd just like to add that it would be wonderful if we could subscribe to these and then they'd come out alongside the Adventure Path releases. I will be the first in line for the Pawn Subscription if you can get it up and running in time for Skull & Shackles!


Weebles wrote:

If this does well, would there be plans to do one of these for the other APs, namely Kingmaker? :)

+1

I'm still cross with you guys that there is an (almost) complete set of paper minis for Serpent Skull and the Kingmaker line is lacking behind.

Ruyan.


Am wondering if perhaps we might see the occasional "promo" pawn for adventure path subscribers perhaps, a collection of one or two key npc's, as I can only hopefully assume that eventually all AP bestiaries will be covered in pawn sets. But, perhaps, in the meantime, an npc or two, in pawn form...hint hint.....or maybe at least one monster, from time to time :)

Liberty's Edge

Awesome, running a RotRL game right now so these will be awesome!

Silver Crusade

Would it be possible to see these all in one product line, or grouped in one area? I'm concerned I may have missed, or will miss future products similar to this.

I have so far seen the bestiary box which I will get at Gencon, I know the beginner box comes with minis, and now this set. Are there others I may have missed?


The Beginner's Box was the first product with pawns, and only the Bestiary Box and RotRL collection have been announced thus far as upcoming pawn products. So you haven't missed any.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Quick Question...

With this and the Minis by Wiz-Kids, how much of the Minis needed to run Rise of the Runelords will be covered?


Joana wrote:
The Beginner's Box was the first product with pawns, and only the Bestiary Box and RotRL collection have been announced thus far as upcoming pawn products. So you haven't missed any.

....aaaand two days after I posted the above, this was announced. :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dragnmoon wrote:

Quick Question...

With this and the Minis by Wiz-Kids, how much of the Minis needed to run Rise of the Runelords will be covered?

Between those two sets and the Bestiary Pawn Collection, you'll have a pretty darn high percentage of what you need.


Quote:
Preorder expected August 2012

So, does that mean the pawns won't be available when the anniversary edition is released? :(


Actually I have a better idea for conditions that might work with bases being availabe seperately if you can find some cardboard of the correct thickness you could glue two of the bases together and have the pawn wear it like a hat when they have that condition and write on a sheet of cardboard what the condition is.

Although seperate pawn bases give me another idea using them as stands for 3d cardboard terrain.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I've updated the cover image and description to match the finished product. A list of tokens will be added soon.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Want!

Dark Archive

I imagine that the artwork for this pawn collection could be the same as the Anniversary cover??...

Dark Archive

Indeed it is. :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

the Haunted Jester wrote:
I imagine that the artwork for this pawn collection could be the same as the Anniversary cover??...

Psst: I updated that too...


Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the cover image and description to match the finished product. A list of tokens will be added soon.

The set list of creatures/characters included in the Rise of the Runelords Pawn Collection is now up.

Dark Archive

Will we need more than one set of pawns to run the entire AP for a standard party of 4 people?

Sovereign Court

No rune giant?

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
GeraintElberion wrote:
No rune giant?

This line is only going from small to huge, so no Rune Giant I'm afraid

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

the Haunted Jester wrote:
Will we need more than one set of pawns to run the entire AP for a standard party of 4 people?

One set, combined with the Bestiary Box, should generally be enough for most folks. No guarantees, though—after all, there are ways that your party can manage to encounter more Hill Giants at one time than most other parties!

(Note also that we don't include tokens for every single thing you can possibly encounter.)

Dark Archive

you abyssal bastards.

our last session of Spires of Xin Shalast is scheduled for april 29th. I needed this.

That said, RotR has been the most fun d20 experience ever. you rule the gaming world and it's much deserved.


Why's there no distinct art/pawn for Xanesha - the most famous adversary of this AP (apart from Karzoug maybe)?

Ruyan.

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

The Lamia Matriarch pawn is the Xanesha illustration. We called it "Lamia Matriarch" on the off chance that that type of monster is encountered twice during the AP.

So she's in there, rest assured.


Great news! Thanks, Erik.

Ruyan.


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I am currently a player in Pathfinder, but I've been thinking for a long time about DMing.

This type of product is exactly what can tip me over. I like minis, but they're too expensive for me. I am aesthetically inclined and would prefer not to play with bland self-made tokens.

I fervently hope that the pawns line tied to an Adventure Path will stay and expand.

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

It will.

Dark Archive

Erik Mona wrote:

It will.

Any chance of a pawn subscription soon?


the Haunted Jester wrote:


Erik Mona wrote:
It will.
Any chance of a pawn subscription soon?

Please!!!!!!

-- david
Papa.DRB

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

Probably not soon, no.


Just another vote for Kingmaker pawn collection. That and Second Darkness. My two favorite AP's, would be nice to have pawns for those ... or minis sets.

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