Pathfinder Pawns: Monster Codex Box

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The fiercest surprises often come from the most familiar foes! The hordes of organized and intelligent monsters presented in the Pathfinder RPG Monster Codex come to terrifying life on your tabletop with this box-busting collection of over 200 character pawns to use with the Pathfinder RPG or any tabletop fantasy roleplaying game. Printed on sturdy cardstock, each pawn contains a beautiful full-color image of a character from the Monster Codex, and slots into a size-appropriate plastic base, making it easy to use in play alongside traditional metal or plastic miniatures. With multiple pawns of the most useful monsters, allowing you to create the encounters from the Monster Codex's encounter groups, the Monster Codex Pawn Box is the best way to ensure you've got the right monsters to push your Pathfinder game to the next level!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-717-8

Monster Codex Box Set List

Boggards

  1. Boggard (4)
  2. Boggard Abyssal Warrior
  3. Boggard Brute
  4. Boggard Champion (2)
  5. Boggard Farcroaker (2)
  6. Boggard Hunter (2)
  7. Boggard Priest-King
  8. Boggard Prophet
  9. Boggard Savage (2)
  10. Boggard Stalker
  11. Boggard Swampseer
  12. Bogwiggle

Bugbears

  1. Bugbear (2)
  2. Bugbear Ambusher
  3. Bugbear Bloodmage
  4. Bugbear Cultist (2)
  5. Bugbear Flesh Glutton
  6. Bugbear Gnasher
  7. Bugbear Lurker (2)
  8. Bugbear Stalker (2)
  9. Bugbear Tyrant
  10. Frightful Haunter

Drow

  1. Abrakarn Viper
  2. Drow (4)
  3. Drow Demonic Champion
  4. Drow House Captain (4)
  5. Drow House Guard (6)
  6. Drow Master Scout (4)
  7. Drow Matron
  8. Drow Poisoner
  9. Drow Priestess (2)
  10. Drow Scout (2)

Duergar

  1. Dark Spitter Beetle
  2. Duergar (8)
  3. Duergard Bombardier
  4. Duergar Captain
  5. Duergar Hammer (2)
  6. Duergar High Priestess
  7. Duergar Lieutenant (4)
  8. Duergar Taskmaster
  9. Juggernaut Beetle

Fire Giants

  1. Fire Giant (4)
  2. Fire Giant Doombringer
  3. Fire Giant Glaive (2)
  4. Fire Giant King
  5. Fire Giant Lieutenant (2)
  6. Fire Giant Magmablade
  7. Fire Giant Queen
  8. Fire Giant Strongarm (3)
  9. Steam Hog

Frost Giants

  1. Frost Giant (2)
  2. Frost Giant Battle Priestess
  3. Frost Giant Elite Scout (2)
  4. Frost Giant Houndmaster
  5. Frost Giant Hunter
  6. Frost Giant Ice Mage
  7. Frost Giant Jarl
  8. Frost Giant Raider (2)
  9. Svathurim
  10. Winter Wolf (4)

Ghouls

  1. Ancient Gravedigger
  2. Carrion Golem (4)
  3. Corpse Cat
  4. Ghoul (4)
  5. Ghoul Commander
  6. Ghoul Creeper
  7. Ghoul Hound
  8. Ghoul Huntsmaster
  9. Ghoul Monarch
  10. Ghoul Stalker (2)
  11. Masked Murderer
  12. Sootwing Bat

Gnolls

  1. Chosen of Lamashtu
  2. Eye of Lamashtu
  3. Flind
  4. Gnoll (4)
  5. Gnoll Bouda
  6. Gnoll Bruiser (3)
  7. Gnoll Lieutenant
  8. Gnoll Packlord
  9. Gnoll Rageborn
  10. Gnoll Ravager
  11. Gnoll Warden
  12. Hyena (3)

Goblins

  1. Goblin (3)
  2. Goblin Chief
  3. Goblin Commando
  4. Goblin Firestarter (2)
  5. Goblin Frog-Talker
  6. Goblin Outrider (2)
  7. Goblin Sneak (4)
  8. Goblin Stickylord
  9. Goblin Vulture Pilot
  10. Grizzled Rider (3)
  11. Mutant Goblin
  12. Worg (4)

Hobgoblins

  1. Hobgoblin (5)
  2. Hobgoblin Battle Priestess
  3. Hobgoblin Battlefield Zealot
  4. Hobgoblin Bombardier
  5. Hobgoblin Commander
  6. Hobgoblin Forerunner (2)
  7. Hobgoblin Lieutenant (4)
  8. Hobgoblin Paragon
  9. Hobgoblin Sergeant (4)
  10. Yzobu (2)

Kobolds

  1. Kobold (6)
  2. Kobold Battle Master
  3. Kobold Blade (2)
  4. Kobold Bomber (2)
  5. Kobold Chieftain
  6. Kobold Devilspeaker
  7. Kobold Guilecaster
  8. Kobold Master Trapper
  9. Kobold Scalecaster
  10. Kobold Sniper (4)
  11. Kyrana

Lizardfolk

  1. Lizard Scion (2)
  2. Lizardfolk (6)
  3. Lizardfolk Berserker (4)
  4. Lizardfolk Champion
  5. Lizardfolk Clutch Mother
  6. Lizardfolk Rattler
  7. Lizardfolk Sorcerer
  8. Lizardfolk Stalker
  9. Lizardfolk Swamp Lurker
  10. Lizardfolk Vanguard (4)

Ogres

  1. Fiendish Rhinocerous
  2. Ogre (4)
  3. Ogre Boss
  4. Ogre Destroyer
  5. Ogre Hunter
  6. Ogre King
  7. Ogre Mancatcher (3)
  8. Ogre Priestess
  9. Ogre Stalker
  10. Troggle
  11. Wolf

Orcs

  1. Gorthek Rider (2)
  2. Orc (6)
  3. Orc Lieutenant
  4. Orc Mystic
  5. Orc Scout (6)
  6. Orc Sergeant (2)
  7. Orc Thug (6)
  8. Orc War Drummer
  9. Orc Warlord
  10. Orc Witch Doctor

Ratfolk

  1. Kirrix
  2. Ratfolk (6)
  3. Ratfolk Bravo
  4. Ratfolk Caravan Guard (4)
  5. Ratfolk Chemist
  6. Ratfolk Elder
  7. Ratfolk Expedition Leader
  8. Ratfolk Sage
  9. Ratfolk Tinkerer (4)
  10. Ratfolk Warden (2)
  11. Riding Rat (4)

Sahuagin

  1. Feeder in the Depths
  2. Hammerhead Shark (4)
  3. Sahuagin (4)
  4. Sahuagin Baron
  5. Sahuagin Brute (2)
  6. Sahuagin Deep Racer
  7. Sahaugin High Priestess
  8. Sahuagin Lieutenant
  9. Sahuagin Prince
  10. Sahuagin Scout
  11. Sahuagin Underpriestess

Serpentfolk

  1. Advanced Serpentfolk (3)
  2. Degenerate Serpentfolk
  3. Serpentfolk (2)
  4. Serpentfolk Bone Prophet
  5. Serpentfolk High Priest
  6. Serpentfolk Hunter (2)
  7. Serpentfolk Illusionist
  8. Serpentfolk Spellblade
  9. Serpentfolk Spy (2)
  10. Seru

Troglodytes

  1. Giant Monitor Lizard (4)
  2. Slaugrak
  3. Troglodyte (5)
  4. Troglodyte Beast-Speaker
  5. Troglodyte Champion
  6. Troglodyte Chieftain
  7. Troglodyte Priest
  8. Troglodyte Scale-Rider (3)
  9. Troglodyte Skulker (2)
  10. Troglodyte Sorcerer
  11. Troglodyte Tyrant
  12. Troglodyte Warren Guard

Trolls

  1. Sewer Troll
  2. Troll (3)
  3. Troll Acolyte
  4. Troll Brute (2)
  5. Troll Elder Matron
  6. Troll Fury (3)
  7. Troll Monarch
  8. Troll Render
  9. Troll Ripper (3)
  10. Troll Warden (2)

Vampires

  1. Coffin Guard (5)
  2. Englightened Vampire
  3. Shady Minion (5)
  4. Vampire (4)
  5. Vampire Lord
  6. Vampire Savage
  7. Vampire Seducer (2)
  8. Vampire Spawn (5)
  9. Vampire Warrior (4)
  10. Weird Butler

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Excellent Value for Many Games

5/5

If you're not familiar with the concept, Paizo's line of pawns for Pathfinder are thick cardboard two-dimensional tokens, with full-colour artwork of a creature printed on both sides. The pawns slot into a base that takes up the same amount of space on a 5' grid as the creature should, so a large-sized creature's token is larger and slots into a large-sized base. The reason this line is so popular is that pawns are an affordable way to amass a practical but handsome-looking collection of monster and NPC tokens. They're easy to use, easy to store, and won't cost the thousands of dollars it would take to amass an equivalent size collection of plastic or metal miniatures.

The Pathfinder Pawns: Monster Codex Box is based on the enormously popular hardcover Monster Codex. In that book, twenty classic races from the Pathfinder RPG were fleshed out and stats were provided for a wide variety of examples of that race: the Core Bestiary has ogres, but the Monster Codex has Ogre Bosses, Ogre Priestesses, Ogre Kings, etc. Accordingly, the pawn set for the book has at least one pawn for every one of those two hundred+ variations, along with multiple tokens for some of the more common ones. To take just one example, the "Gnolls" category is represented by four regular gnoll tokens, three "gnoll bruisers", three hyenas, and then single tokens for 9 other types of gnolls. Each pawn in the set is labelled and numbered for easy sorting, and the back of the box has an index to make things easier. The box includes 20 medium bases and 5 large bases.

If nothing else, the collection is a nice supplement to the pawns presented in the Bestiary pawn collections--it's always helpful to have more tokens of common monsters for larger encounters. But the real value of this particular pawn box is when a GM has a major story arc (or even campaign) that focuses on a particular race of monsters. You don't need ten different variations of an orc if it's just a random wilderness encounter, but if you have PCs invading an orc stronghold, being able to differentiate between "common" orcs, "Orc Sergeants", "Orc Witch Doctors", and the "Orc Warlord" adds a lot to the battlemap. I got this box because I'm running the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, and I've been able to make great use of the varieties of Ghouls, Goblins, and Ogres included in the box.

My recommendation would be to scan the list of monster races covered by the Monster Codex, and if you think any of them will have a serious presence in your game, go ahead and pick up this box. The artwork is gorgeous, the variety is excellent, and it's something you can use for any fantasy RPG even if you change games or editions.


Hey Game Masters! Build Your Monster Armies With This Box!!!

5/5

The Monster Codex Pawn Box is the perfect set with which to build your monster armies. Get the basics with the first Bestiary Box and then stat it up and pimp out your enemies with this amazing set of monster pawns. You get everything listed in the set description and more as you will strike fear into your players as you load up trays with a never ending flood of villainy!

Buy it today - if you can!


Better than the Bestiary Box

5/5

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.


Paizo surprised me. Some amazing outside sources.

5/5

Received the PDF today. The hardcopy is in transit.

First, for those of you wondering if there is new artwork, the answer to that is yes. I'll get to that in a moment. If you're familiar with the Monster Codex book, you'll be happy to know that ALL of the artwork from the book is included.

Now for the new art (which was the part that surprised me), Paizo included some additional characters in this book from previous books.

* The boggard swampseer - art from one of the previous APs.
* Ghoul - artwork not included in the book. It looks familiar and possibly from an AP.
* Gnoll packlord - this art is from the advanced race guide (I'm pretty sure). Note to Paizo - MORE artwork from the advanced race guide for future pawn sets would be great!
* Hobgoblin - this particular artwork is from the Jade Regent Adventure Path. I'm certain of it.
*Hobgoblin Battlefield zealot - this artwork is from a standard Paizo image I've seen before. Very cool image.
* Orc Lieutenant - I've never seen this one before, but it's probably one of the neatest images in this collection.
* Orc war drummer - image looks like it's from one of the APs.
* Degenerate Serpantfolk - this image is from the Serpent's Skull AP. Very cool image.
* Troglodyte priest -this is the troglodyte image from the Legacy of Fire.
* Troll Warden - this is the cover image for the troll on one of the Reign of Winter Aventure Path books.

***** Special note to Paizo ***** keep including artwork from former APs in your future pawn collections. Also, I'd highly recommend that you include the artwork from Chronicles of the Righteous, the servitors from Inner Sea gods, and the remaining art from Advanced Race Guide. You did a great job with this current collection incorporating old artwork that hadn't been used on pawns. Please keep doing it!


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Unikatze wrote:

Awesome stuff.

Is that chipboard sheet thick enough to fit in the standard pawn bases?

Yep! Works like a charm.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Fungineer wrote:
Did the Bestiary 1 Box really outperform the Monster Codex Box that much?

Almost 10 to 1.

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:
Fungineer wrote:
Did the Bestiary 1 Box really outperform the Monster Codex Box that much?
Almost 10 to 1.

How did the Bestiary 4 do?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Silvermane... wrote:
How did the Bestiary 4 do?

About double Monster Codex Box so far.


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There hasn't been as much published material that uses more recent boxes, either, so it makes sense that each has sold a decreasing amount. Plus, more recent boxes have tended toward more obscure critters, too. I've got them all, including NPC Codex, Monster Codex, Summon Monster, and several APs and have used something from every one so far.

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I own all of the Pathfinder pawn boxes, and I think I've used all of them but Bestiary 5. I do use B1 most often, followed by Monster Codex, followed by Bestiary 2.


I was lucky and found it a few weeks ago at a retailer on amazon.com for about 70€ (including taxes and shipping to germany) and it was worth it.
I think paizo is letting a lot of money slip past them.


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Put me down in the "would buy in an instant if available again" column. Somehow I overlooked this when it initially released and by the time I discovered it, I couldn't find it anywhere.


I would love a reprint of this!!


I too would purchase a reprint. This unfortunately came out (and sold out) while I was on a hiatus from gaming due to various events in my life. I've just gotten back into the game again, and this was to be one of my first new purchases in about 2 years. I tried to nab one on Amazon and just got an e-mail saying the order has been cancelled. I'd be willing to pay up to $60, maybe a little more, if this were to get a reprint. The cheapest I've found on the secondary market so far is $200.


Ivan Rûski wrote:
I too would purchase a reprint. This unfortunately came out (and sold out) while I was on a hiatus from gaming due to various events in my life. I've just gotten back into the game again, and this was to be one of my first new purchases in about 2 years. I tried to nab one on Amazon and just got an e-mail saying the order has been cancelled. I'd be willing to pay up to $60, maybe a little more, if this were to get a reprint. The cheapest I've found on the secondary market so far is $200.

I can't understand those prices. Are there people willing to pay such amount of money?


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Often with out-of-print items there's a kind of escalating war of Amazon bots. They look around for "the going rate" and price their copy at 110% of whatever the asking price is. When there's only a few, that can lead to some screwy price inflation where a few bots keep thinking the price is rising and keep upping their asking price - feeding off one another until they hit whatever the programmed limit of the algorithm was. So when you look around and just see a handful of extremely high prices on offer and everyone else out of stock it's unlikely anyone is actually buying them.

I could imagine people paying $60. I doubt very much that anyone is spending $200 on a set though (and that's speaking as a collector who regularly pays higher-than-retail prices to complete a set).


Steve Geddes wrote:

Often with out-of-print items there's a kind of escalating war of Amazon bots. They look around for "the going rate" and price their copy at 110% of whatever the asking price is. When there's only a few, that can lead to some screwy price inflation where a few bots keep thinking the price is rising and keep upping their asking price - feeding off one another until they hit whatever the programmed limit of the algorithm was. So when you look around and just see a handful of extremely high prices on offer and everyone else out of stock it's unlikely anyone is actually buying them.

I could imagine people paying $60. I doubt very much that anyone is spending $200 on a set though (and that's speaking as a collector who regularly pays higher-than-retail prices to complete a set).

Thanks for the explanation.


After some blind digging and researching, I’m just gonna try and ask. Any updates on a reprint?


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Cameron Gerrity wrote:
After some blind digging and researching, I’m just gonna try and ask. Any updates on a reprint?

It's very unlikely to happen - they don't sell quickly enough to be financially viable.

Paizo rarely say never, but they've looked into this product and tried a few different permutations and they just can't make it work financially, given how long they'd take to recoup the money required for printing a second run.

Vic's most recent definitive statement was a little over a month ago.


Vic Wertz wrote:

We inquired with the distributor who sells to Amazon. They "double checked to see if the wholesalers had any stragglers in inventory that Amazon might have been pulling from, but that doesn’t appear to be the case."

I notice today that the "Sold by Amazon" option is no longer available. I would be very surprised if those recent orders don't eventually get cancelled.

Vic was right. I just got my cancellation notice from Amazon... And my purchase from a 3rd party seller never shipped... My two prong attack failed... Such a disappointment.

'Tis the season...


Sportsfan82 wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

We inquired with the distributor who sells to Amazon. They "double checked to see if the wholesalers had any stragglers in inventory that Amazon might have been pulling from, but that doesn’t appear to be the case."

I notice today that the "Sold by Amazon" option is no longer available. I would be very surprised if those recent orders don't eventually get cancelled.

Vic was right. I just got my cancellation notice from Amazon... And my purchase from a 3rd party seller never shipped... My two prong attack failed... Such a disappointment.

'Tis the season...

I saw these on Amazon back in November and happened to place an order with Amazon on November 19th, a few days before Vic's comment on their inquiry with the distributor.

I have not received a notice from Amazon that it has been cancelled yet. It still shows as "Arriving by January 10". but I am not holding my breath.


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+1 Would by if reprinted.


Because of Geek and sundry, Critical role, other youtubers, rpg in a box games, rpg video games the market has changed. More and more people are willing to give rpg's a shot. Your Starfinder sales should give a hint of that. It's also why now after almost 10 years I have a group to DM for again and while a pen, paper and some dice might have been plenty 20 years ago many of these new players like to have something more to get them invested in the story,situations and battles.

I started using maps (flipmats, map packs, others(google images) and my own creations. I recently bought the d&d 5e spell cards (huge succes) and looked into minis (way to expensive for me and random boosters, seriously?) Then I found the pathfinder pawns. Now don't get me wrong I love Pathfinder but my current group wanted D&D 5e so thats what I play atm. The 4 boxes pretty much everyone told me are usefull for that were Bestiary 1, Summon Monster, NPC Codex Box and The Monster Codex box. They work for pretty much any fantasy rpg.

The fact that 3 of the 4 were unavailable at the time boggled my mind. I told my group it wasn't going to happen and I know atleast three new(ish) groups that looked at pawns but couldn't get the ones they needed and either printed some free paper minis or use the same minimal collection of old Minis for all monsters.

It is only because one of my players wanted the pawns so badly that he told me to throw (his) money at it to puzzle together a collection from the adventure pawns that worked for my campaign. I did and over the months I bought enough to keep me going for years especially with Bestiary 1 and the NPC codex box now present. The only box I still want and need is this one. I was thinking about buying a second bestiary 1 box to have some more duplicate basic monsters but then I read this thread and decided no they are not going to trick me in buying two or three boxes just to be able to put a decent number of basic monsters on the board.

I like to stay civil but let me tell you this. The fact that you can't make any workable reprint of this makes me angry and sad. Angry enough to make an account and tell you you're making a mistake. And no I do not want to give you 25$ for a pdf and then print and cut them myself for an inferior product. I'd like to complete my collection. That makes me and my players happy. Even if you have to charge 50$ for it, fine. In return I'll recommend other dms to invest in your pawns. Because then you can supply the products they need/want. That's how it works. You make the customer happy they tell others. Atm I'm not inclined to do so.

We don't need the box or the bases, just the pawns. Keep the 4 basic sets (Bestiary 1, NPC Codex, Summon monster, Monster Codex)in stock at all times. They make new dms invest in your product line! You might even want to advertise them as such. Basic set for all starting dms the must have collection for fantasy rpgs.

I want you to do well, make more awesome map packs, flipmats (basic snow/desert maybe? hint hint) and pawns.
But not reprinting this in any form... It's not like these things spoil over time. Investing in the future right? Or don't you plan on being around for more then a year?

This is my view/opinion, do with it what you will.

Tldr:
Reprint please, mistake not to do so.
+1 instabuy if available in any print edition form.


Mine just got cancelled from Amazon

Liberty's Edge

Also would buy if reprinted. No way I'm paying almost $600 for a set on Amazon.

I'd consider paying for the pdf and printing my own, but not for $25 for the set, since I'd probably have to spend another $75 on ink.


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Our mighty local GM this weekend just printed out the PDF on paper, then just inserted the paper pawns in styrofoam cube bases. Very painless to do! :)


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You can also buy some clear counter stands, no need to print on heavy card stock.


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I am here to also express my interest in a reprint.


Amazon originally estimated a Jan 10 date to deliver my order of these from Nov 19. On the 10th they sent me an email to choose to cancel the order or approve the delay. I chose to approve the delay.

Yesterday they sent me an update that I have a new estimated delivery date of Jan 31. Still not holding my breath.

Dark Archive

I can confirm that the demand for these pawns seems now higher than back when it got released.

Solution: Make a "Monster Codex 2" box (with the same races but 50% new art) which appeals to both people who already have this & new customers. ;-)

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Vic Wertz wrote:
Silvermane... wrote:
How did the Bestiary 4 do?
About double Monster Codex Box so far.

Might one speculate that part of this is because you printed twice as many sets?

As this is sold out everywhere, it seems that any comparison of sales figures is meaningless as it relies on unequal production figures.

Perhaps a more pertinent question would be, how quickly did this sell out?

Edit: based on this thread, at latest 18 months.


Not to beat a dead horse but thwack thwack thwack

I think some of the fuel behind the drive for a reprint is that this case is an outlier for most paizo products. The vast majority of pawn sets are still in stock and have never sold out with a reprint being issued. So it comes as somewhat of a surprise to the fan base that a product everyone expects to be available is suddenly POOF! gone.

Also add to the fact that you guys make amazing pawns sets. I recently purchased a pawn set from a 3rd party publisher that is similar to the Monster Codex in content, but the art, spacing, and colors are leagues below the quality of standard Paizo pawns. I was considering referencing this product in this thread, but due to the low quality I will refrain from doing so.

Perhaps it might be useful to have an idea of how many of these would need to be sold in order for a reprint to be issued, and what price customers would be willing to pay. A kickstarter or informal survey might be useful in that regard. Hindsight being 20/20, I think it would behoove Paizo to communicate in some way when a product's print run is nearing it's end and there will be Absolutely No Re-print. I believe many of us on this thread would have changed our purchase priority if that was indicated.

I just want to say thank you to Vic and the Paizo staff for keeping us in the loop regarding this dialog, it says a lot about your brand and respect you have for your fans that you've gone to this length to discuss this issue. Thank you for keeping us informed as the reasoning behind certain decisions, even if those decisions are not the ones customers may want hear.


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Percival Dash Worthington wrote:
I think it would behoove Paizo to communicate in some way when a product's print run is nearing it's end and there will be Absolutely No Re-print. I believe many of us on this thread would have changed our purchase priority if that was indicated.

They do periodically announce via the blog which items are likely to sell out soon. I believe this is the most recent such list.

I don’t know how often they come out, but my impression is around one a year.

It’s very, very rare for them to reprint anything other than hardcovers and the beginner box. Anything on that list is likely not going to be reprinted (I doubt they’ll ever say “never” though, since it happens occasionally when a softcover sells out like lightning).

EDIT: I’ve just had a bit of a look back and i couldn’t see any examples of pawn sets appearing in these blogs. It might be that pawns are excluded from the stocktake for some reason, though I can’t imagine why.


Got an email update from Amazon this morning that said my box shipped today! I have a tracking number and everything now and it says it is arriving on the 31st.

There must have been only a handful that snuck in at the normal price back in November. Although I do somewhat question the condition it will arrive in. I am debating on whether I should open it or not when it gets here.

Dark Archive

Steve Geddes wrote:
Percival Dash Worthington wrote:
I think it would behoove Paizo to communicate in some way when a product's print run is nearing it's end and there will be Absolutely No Re-print. I believe many of us on this thread would have changed our purchase priority if that was indicated.

They do periodically announce via the blog which items are likely to sell out soon. I believe this is the most recent such list.

I don’t know how often they come out, but my impression is around one a year.

It’s very, very rare for them to reprint anything other than hardcovers and the beginner box. Anything on that list is likely not going to be reprinted (I doubt they’ll ever say “never” though, since it happens occasionally when a softcover sells out like lightning).

EDIT: I’ve just had a bit of a look back and i couldn’t see any examples of pawn sets appearing in these blogs. It might be that pawns are excluded from the stocktake for some reason, though I can’t imagine why.

Yes, that is the most recent one.

The ones before contained the pawn products, as they were ordered purely by the numbers left in stock.
The latest blog does not, as it is ordered by product categories and sadly doesn´t include pawns.

These blogs get published once or twice a year.
I really hope the next one is arranged purely by numbers again (less than 25, less than 100, less than 250, less than 500, less than 1,000 were the categories used in the past).

Some people criticized me personally for constantly updating when a product sold out or dropped into a lower category, but a lot more people seemed to find it helpful to know which product they needed to buy before it sold out completely from Paizos warehouse or which one to snatch up fast from a retailer before it was gone completely.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Some people criticized me personally for constantly updating when a product sold out or dropped into a lower category, but a lot more people seemed to find it helpful to know which product they needed to buy before it sold out completely from Paizos warehouse or which one to snatch up fast from a retailer before it was gone completely.

A suggestion, Marco, if I may:

How about putting your update posts into a separate thread? That way those who like them can follow it and those who don't can ignore it. That would also allow the same thread to be used through all years, instead of having to look for your updates in all of the Paizo warehouse threads (which there are at least six separate threads by now).

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Samy wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Some people criticized me personally for constantly updating when a product sold out or dropped into a lower category, but a lot more people seemed to find it helpful to know which product they needed to buy before it sold out completely from Paizos warehouse or which one to snatch up fast from a retailer before it was gone completely.

A suggestion, Marco, if I may:

How about putting your update posts into a separate thread? That way those who like them can follow it and those who don't can ignore it. That would also allow the same thread to be used through all years, instead of having to look for your updates in all of the Paizo warehouse threads (which there are at least six separate threads by now).

I could of course do that (if Paizo provides numbers again in their next warehouse blog).

I figured that only the latest (numbered) warehouse blog is of interest to people as older, long sold out products weren´t featured anymore and newer ones added and that it was more convenient to have the product links directly available above.

Thanks for the suggestion, Samy. :-)


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
“I” wrote:
EDIT: I’ve just had a bit of a look back and i couldn’t see any examples of pawn sets appearing in these blogs. It might be that pawns are excluded from the stocktake for some reason, though I can’t imagine why.

The ones before contained the pawn products, as they were ordered purely by the numbers left in stock.

The latest blog does not, as it is ordered by product categories and sadly doesn´t include pawns.

I must have missed them in the earlier compilations (I checked a couple of the older, enumerated lists).

Makes sense they would be listed. Or rather, I couldn’t come up with a plausible reason to exclude them off the top of my head.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Some people criticized me personally for constantly updating when a product sold out or dropped into a lower category, but a lot more people seemed to find it helpful to know which product they needed to buy before it sold out completely from Paizos warehouse or which one to snatch up fast from a retailer before it was gone completely.

Sorry about that. I made reference a couple of times - it wasn’t intended as criticism but more friendly ribbing. Apologies if that didn’t come across.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
Some people criticized me personally for constantly updating when a product sold out or dropped into a lower category, but a lot more people seemed to find it helpful to know which product they needed to buy before it sold out completely from Paizos warehouse or which one to snatch up fast from a retailer before it was gone completely.
Sorry about that. I made reference a couple of times - it wasn’t intended as criticism but more friendly ribbing. Apologies if that didn’t come across.

No need, Steve.

You were completely civil about it as always. I could tell, that it was good-natured fun. :-)

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I, too, would love to Kickstart or Print On Demand this item. I would even happily pay more for a set without a box or stands. I had this on my list of things to pick up eventually, but it wasn't a priority because I wasn't in a game the past couple of years. Now that my fiancee has started running two it has become one of the items I have been searching for the most. I've even tried ordering a German copy from Thalia.de, but they don't ship to the US.


I made an account just to write this: I have an extreme amount of interest in this product and have been searching hard for it. It doesn't seem like Paizo realizes how many people are willing to buy this right now. Numerous people that they have not wanted to buy pathfinder pawns at all because this box isn't available and they would not have enough of the basic monsters for low level monsters. The Monster Codex Box contains the perfect amount of basic monsters and any nominal or beginning GM would happily buy this right off the bat as a starting box to employ along with the Bestiary Box 1, and NPC Box. The Bestiary Box alone is not an adequate substitute for the Monster Codex Pawns. For example, how in the world can the average GM run a campaign with only 4 goblins or 3 gnolls? If there is ever a reprinting of the Monster Codex pawns or something similar, with a bulk packaging of the basic monsters, count me in!

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I'm pretty sure the Paizo Chief Technical Officer has a far more accurate estimate of the size of demand for a product reprint than non-industry people looking at anecdotal evidence in a thread.


Although I understand it business wise and all that, I am personally a bit sad that I can no longer buy this. For me this would be the start of a fine collection as I really want more than a couple of the same monster which the other sets simply do not provide enough.
Thanks Feyliya for the pointer to Thalia.de though. I am trying to ship it to Netherlands but their website is the slowest thing ever.


I tried Thalia.de. As expected they don't have the Monster Codex Box anymore, they just didn't update their online shop.


I no longer care about this product. I've made my peace with the fact it's gone, and found alternate (non-paizo) sources of orcs and goblins.


Trying to throw my money at you here for at least 2 of these. Would preorder if I could.


Add me to the list of people who would buy the Monster Codex Box if it came back into print.


Would it help if they simply did a poll for how many customers really wanted this? They seem to believe the #s aren't there to justify a reprint, but maybe if more of us would come out from lurking and commit, they then could economically justify it.

This is just a general idea, and I leave the specifics to Paizo, but in the meantime, yeah, I'd buy it as well.


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They do care, immensely. They are simply convinced that not enough customers care. Big difference.


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BenS wrote:

Would it help if they simply did a poll for how many customers really wanted this? They seem to believe the #s aren't there to justify a reprint, but maybe if more of us would come out from lurking and commit, they then could economically justify it.

This is just a general idea, and I leave the specifics to Paizo, but in the meantime, yeah, I'd buy it as well.

They’ve produced books before based on “popular demand” only to find out that it didn’t translate well to actual sales (despite enthusiastic messageboard support). I believe this is the textbook example - still available years later after being discounted by more than 80%

In this case, they have much better information as to likely sales trajectory as they’ve produced and tracked sales of many, many different pawn sets - including reprints.

Remember that in order for sales to hit reasonable levels, retailers need to order restocks too and Vic has previously mentioned that they rarely do that with pawn boxes - they prefer to stock the new setsrather than risk being left with “out of date” product. Plus, most Paizo products have a built in upfront kick in salesfrom subscribers. They wouldn’t include this in the subscription a second time, so that requires an additional investment of capital for the extended time it would take to sell.

It’s good to tell Paizo what we want, but sometimes it just doesn’t make financial sense to cater to the hardcore fans (ie those who come to the messageboard).

Paizo’s preferred option in cases like this is usually to print a similar-but-different product which meets the same need but with a fresh, new take. That way those looking for this kind of pawn set who missed the first time around will get it, plus initial sales will be boosted by subscriber and retailer orders. I suspect we’ll see a similar product on the schedule soon enough. This has only been out of print a couple of years (a year?)

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