Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Character Add-On Deck

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Character Add-On Deck
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Add more players and character options to your Pathfinder Adventure Card Game experience with the Rise of the Runelords Character Add-On Deck. Inside this 110-card expansion deck you'll find four new classes for Pathfinder Adventure Card Game characters—barbarian, druid, monk, and paladin—along with all the additional cards you need to expand your adventures for 5 or 6 players. New monsters, items, and more give you everything you need to face even the deadliest challenges.

This deck requires the Rise of the Runelords Base Set.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-551-8


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I’m really surprised there isn’t a review for this product yet since I consider this a required accessory for the game.

If you’re going to be playing a game with more than 4 players, you’ll want this deck so that you have enough cards for everyone at the table (especially if you have several spell casters). You probably won’t have enough of some spells, weapons, or items, but it helps with the problem and beats buying another base set.

You’ll also want this deck for character variety. It makes the base set a lot more replayable since every character has its own playstyle.

The product quality itself is very nice, good card stock. As usual the art is great as well.

The characters are (mostly) well-balanced and are very enjoyable to play, each of them has a slightly different mechanic that makes it fun to play different characters.

About each of the characters:

1) Lini (druid): Lini is a jack-of-all-trades and can beat almost any challenge. She also has the potential to explore many times in a turn. Because of her diversity and ability to explore quickly, I consider her the most powerful character in the game. Borderline broken but enjoyable none-the-less. You can play Lini as a support only character, however she is more effective solo or part of a team.

2) Sajan (monk): This character uses blessings to power his attacks. Initially he is very weak but becomes extremely powerful and versatile as the AP continues.

3) Seelah (paladin): Seelah also boosts her attack by using blessings. Seelah is a good solo character and is somewhat diverse. They did a very good job translating the paladin class from the RPG to the card game.

4) Amiri (barbarian): This character is all about combat and does that fairly well. Having said that, except for a few scenarios she is not a team player. I consider her one of the weakest characters in the game, but she’s fun to play for the challenge.

Anyway, great product.

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

Vic, could you please provide the information which decks were printed by the Chinese printer and which ones only by the US printer?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Decks printed in China have the text "Printed in China" at the end of the copyright text on the back of the box. Decks printed in the US have the text "Second Printing. Printed in USA." underneath the age warning. The second printings also include all but the most recent corrections from the FAQ.

For the Character Add-On Deck, we are shipping the 2nd printing to stores, but I just learned that we're still shipping the 1st printing on For Adventure Deck 3, we are shipping the 2nd printing to all markets. All other PACG products are still on the first printing.

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

Thanks, Vic!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

So I just ordered this, and didn;t see this post, so if I order from Amazon I get 2nd printing (as they are awaiting stock), if I order from here I get 1st printing?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Sorry—I will never be able to tell you what printing anyone else might send you. It's not just *possible* that Amazon could have first printing decks in some of their warehouses—since the second printing just started going out, it's probably even *likely*. For all I know, they might have first printing decks pop up years from now.

All I can tell you is if you order anything other than Adventure Deck 3 from today, we'll be shipping the first printing.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Thanks Vic for your answer, I don't need the set but it would look so good in my box :D

I am sure I'll pick it up at some point, thanks

Just started playing and got the char expac. First thing i noticed is that the box opened on the side where as the two adventure decks i got are open on top. Then seen the cards are just a fraction smaller! But looks like that is with good cause. Glad it is doing well enough to have it made in the my cards are slightly off. But ah well.
Great game. And hope all the issues that are coming up with this set will be fixed in the next one!!

(More flavor text please!!! And more named monsters....come on...Sneak?!?! LoL)

Looking for some clarity.

If we're playing with fewer then 5 players (none being an expansion character), should we be removing the character add on cards from the box before set up or can the expansion cards just be left in the box for set up at all times?

In other words should you only use the add on cards if you are using one of the 4 expansion characters and/or have 5-6 players?


Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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You can safely add in the Character Add-On Deck regardless of the number of players.

Vic Wertz wrote:
You can safely add in the Character Add-On Deck regardless of the number of players.

Perfect, thanks!

Vic Wertz wrote:

With the success of the game, we've been able to move card printing to the US instead of China. The US cards are about half a millimeter shorter than the Chinese cards, though they're the same width. The difference in length is slight enough that you can't spot them on a stack unless you're trying really hard—that is, you've squared up the deck and are actively looking for a difference. Since this is a cooperative game, not a competitive one, that should not be an issue in play.

As for shuffling, if you square up the cards first and put the squared-up ends together, they should interleave just fine.

The US printer should hopefully be able to deliver more consistent color as well—there was a fair amount of color variance in the Chinese cards.

When we're shipping the US printing of a product, it means we have sold out of the Chinese printing of that product.

I absolutely love the game, but buying the character add-on deck was a big disappointment for me. I can still live with the different sizes, since they vary very little. Buy the different colour scheme on the back is inacceptable to me. Basically your deck gets 'marked'. Let's say a C card is on top of a location. You know then for a fact that card is not the Villain. Or any fancy card from the more advanced adventure packs. Same story with my character decks, where I have a few C cards only in each deck, therefore knowing pretty sure what card will turn up when you see your next card has the lighter background. This seems like a missprint and really disturbs me while playing. I feel like they should be replaced by decent copies. Any initiatives from Paizo to this regard?

What will happen when I buy future adventure decks, printed in US? Will the also have lighter backgrounds? In the end, half my deck will be dark, the other light. Not acceptable for a game you invest a significant amount of money in.

The solution is sleeving, using sleeves with non-transparant backs. Another investment of X $.

I hate to drag on about this matter, but I can hardly imagine being the only one bothered by this.


Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

All of the 1st printings of Rise of the Runelords were printed in China, and there is a fair amount of color variance within the Chinese printings—not just set to set, but in some cases, even within the Base Set box (which consists of cards from six different press sheets) or the Character Add-On Deck (which has cards from two different press sheets).

All of the 2nd printings were done in the US, and color consistency should be tighter among second printing cards. Skull & Shackles and other future sets will be printed in the US, and should match the second printings of RotR., love, love this game.

Bought RotR an the Inquisitor and Bard Decks. Played Imrijka at GenCon and debating on whether to bring her to my local game or starting someone new.

Playing with Kyra, Harsk and Merisiel with my wife and 16yo son at home for fun (their into it, but not so much to get into organized play).

I like it so much that I was considering playing some solo for fun and I presume that adding the Character Add-On box will give be a breadth of additional characters and enough cards to stretch across everything I'm doing. Correct?

Thanks (recognizing that the Character Decks don't play into the RotR boxes, right?).

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

Character add on decks are not class decks. They have a mix of both boons and banes to give you enough cards to run up to 6 players in the box instead of just 4. They also have a handful of additional characters. Add on decks are set-specific, unlike class decks. You can play the characters from a character add on deck with their appropriate class deck in OP, just like you could a character included in a base set. Character add on decks are always mixed into the box, and can be mixed in even if you have less than 5 players.

For a home game, you are only supposed to have a single party built at a time; if you're playing multiple campaigns from the same box, you should mix back in the character decks for the characters that aren't playing that particular game (after writing down what cards they have so you can rebuild them afterwards), otherwise you'll be missing out on any boons and loot they may have. Removed cards are tracked separately too. Playing solo with the OP rules (eg with a class deck that isn't mixed in) may be easier than having to do that all the time.

Quick Question-

My buddy and I picked up the add-on deck so we can play with the new characters, but it's only two of us so I worry that adding in all the "c" cards will have us encountering far more low level banes and boons than we should. Anyone have a suggestion as to how to approach adding in banes/boons from the add-on deck with only two players?

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