Pathfinder Age of Ashes Pawn Collection

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Enemies and allies from the Age of Ashes Adventure Path descend onto your tabletop with the Age of Ashes Pawn Collection, featuring more than 100 pawns for use with Pathfinder Second Edition or any tabletop fantasy RPG! Printed on sturdy cardstock, each pawn presents a beautiful full–color image of a monster or NPC from the Age of Ashes campaign, including fearsome dragons, vile slavers, fiery foes, and many other allies and enemies! The Age of Ashes Pawn Collection, together with the creatures and from the Pathfinder Bestiary Pawn Box, provides pawns for nearly every Age of Ashes encounter. Each cardstock pawn slots into a size–appropriate plastic base from the Bestiary Pawn Box or Pathfinder Pawns Base Assortment, making the pawns easy to mix with traditional metal or plastic miniatures. With tons of distinct images, the Age of Ashes Pawn Collection brings to life the enemies and allies from all six adventures of the Age of Ashes Adventure Path.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-215-0

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Pawns Subscription.

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Preorder, expected approximately 9 Mar 2020

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Dark Archive

I recognize on the cover art:

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left: Skeletal Hellknight.
middle: ? not in AP #145 "Hellknight Hill"
right: Yoletcha, female bugbear thug


How come they won't be released until March 2020? Shouldn't they be released along with the AP for those who want to use them right off the get go?

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Unikatze wrote:

How come they won't be released until March 2020? Shouldn't they be released along with the AP for those who want to use them right off the get go?

Nope. The usually get released 2 months after the final AP installment because the artwork For the entire AP isn't complete.

This is much lamented by a lot of people (me included), but doesn't seem to be able to be remedied in the foreseeable Future.


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Unikatze wrote:

How come they won't be released until March 2020? Shouldn't they be released along with the AP for those who want to use them right off the get go?

They will probably have pawns for all chapters, some of which might still be indevelopment.

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I mean, they could release a Pawn set without any art, but I'm not sure how well that would sell.


Paizo please start releasing these at the beginning!


It's been said on the boards before, but the process at which Paizo has to write the adventures and then order the art prevents them from having all of the art available at the start of the adventure.

Most GMs wait until they have all six books before they start running the adventure anyway.

Dark Archive

The Bestiary Pawn Box has been announced for November 2019.


I love the new art. Luckily they do put the art for most characters and monsters in the APs and I've gotten pretty good at cutting it in photoshop and making my own pawns. Still would rather have beforehand.
I know they don't have art at the beginning and most of the GMs I know other than me don't purchase the AP pawn boxes for this reason and just use substitutes.

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I buy the pawns for all the APs, even though i use minis for the creatures.
For the NPCs or very unique beings, i often use the pawns.

I have bought the Bestiary Box & Bestiary 2 Box, but as i have thousends of minis, i don't use them often.


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I understand there are a multitude of ways they could do the Adventure Path Pawn Collections, but each is fraught with its own difficulties.
1. Release after the completed Path is out. Problem: It is unavailable for use during the run of the AP being printed.
2. Release before the completed Path is out. Problem: Art assets for the and/or story elements of the completed AP may not be finished and ironed out just yet. Also, if art assets are completed, then there might be concern about story elements of the AP being forecast before release.
3. Release as the AP is run (issue by issue). Problem: Shipping and/or printing costs will likely prevent this approach being profitable or even monetarily feasible.

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Az0th wrote:

I understand there are a multitude of ways they could do the Adventure Path Pawn Collections, but each is fraught with its own difficulties.

1. Release after the completed Path is out. Problem: It is unavailable for use during the run of the AP being printed.
2. Release before the completed Path is out. Problem: Art assets for the and/or story elements of the completed AP may not be finished and ironed out just yet. Also, if art assets are completed, then there might be concern about story elements of the AP being forecast before release.
3. Release as the AP is run (issue by issue). Problem: Shipping and/or printing costs will likely prevent this approach being profitable or even monetarily feasible.

Keep in mind that we've been doing these for many, many years. We've tried multiple ways to get these done, including all three of those listed above, and the best (and really ONLY) way to do a pawn collection for an Adventure Path is after we've developed all six parts. Not only is that the point where we know for sure who and what is actually IN the adventure (no sense ordering pawns for characters who get cut from an adventure for space or quality or whatever reasons; also not possible to order pawns for characters who don't exist UNTIL the development pass and had to be added to address an issue), but it's also the point where we know what charcacters we didn't end up ordering art for AND what the exact monster mix is in each adventure.

Since it takes 3 to 4 months to print/ship one of these things, and since the earliest we can start is more than six months after the first volume comes out... there ya go.

(For example, I only just finished developing part 6 of Age of Ashes late last week, so in theory this week's the VERY EARLIEST I can responsibly build up the list of pawns for an Age of Ashes Pawn Set—and in fact, I have some other more important duties to deal with before that... but even if I were to be able to order the list today, it'd be a few weeks for art to come in and then a week or two for edit and layout—IN A BEST CASE SCENARIO—and THEN we start the 3 to 4 month printing/shipping window... which puts the product at the earliest possible date of coming out in December—the month the last volume of Age of Ashes comes out.)

I get it that folks would love to have the pawns out on day one... but the realities are such that it's just not possible...

I SUPPOSE we could switch to a version where we do individual pawn sets for each volume, but that'd cost you, the customer, a lot more in the end. It's more expensive to produce, create, and ship six pawn sets than one, and that means six pawn sets would cost a lot more, combined, than one would...


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
The Bestiary Pawn Box has been announced for November 2019.

I can't seem to find the entry for the Bestiary Pawn Box. Hoping that it doesn't mean I'll miss the chance to pre-order it.


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Another option would be to release the physical copy at the end of the run, same as is done now, but release the digital copy in batches. Just update the one digital file for each release of the AP. Would be a huge benefit to those who have subscriptions for the pawns and those who only want the digital version. I understand that doing this also means re-configuring the file every time to make the pawns fit in the most efficient manner for printing though.

Silver Crusade

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I don't foresee Paizo going against their "you get the PDF when the product ships" policy. The one suggested would likely to be too far open to abuse.

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Personally i would prefer another approach:

Publishing the pawns in 2 waves, one for books 1-3 & one for 4-6.

Each for a price of either $20 or staying at the same price point of $25, but then making sure that really every creature needed for the three volumes it covers is in there in the needed number.

I can much more easily wait three months than six to begin playing an adventure path.

As it is, i mostly start playing or gamemastering an AP when the pawn set isn't out yet and as we play the same campaign roughly every two weeks, we are in book three or beginning book four when the pawns arrive.

Now if the pawns for books 1-3 would arrive roughly a month after book 3 is published, we'd still be playing book one or starting book two when they do.

I think such a "middle-approach" would be the best option for both customers and developers, because former would get the pawns earlier and later would need to do only half the work at a time.
But that's just my opinion.

Silver Crusade

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I don’t foresee Subscribers appreciating the price more than doubling just to get some of the pawns sooner.


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I'd buy a prepackaged product that contained the adventure and pawns James. I think this would be something that maybe you should see if is possible and if others would want it.

I thought about Marcos idea as well doing the two part release but I don't think that would be something Id be interested in.


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ograx wrote:

I'd buy a prepackaged product that contained the adventure and pawns James. I think this would be something that maybe you should see if is possible and if others would want it.

I thought about Marcos idea as well doing the two part release but I don't think that would be something Id be interested in.

Such a thing already existed with minis instead of pawns. I don't think they were very popular.

Silver Crusade

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Further, they don't want to do box sets like that because they rely heavily on the monthly adventure model, and doing something like that de-incentivizes people from buying the monthly releases. Its also why the big collected editions are very rare.

Silver Crusade

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They need the art for the pawns.

For the art they need to have something the art is for.

It's not usually by skin of their teeth but the AP schedule just doesn't allow for that kind of slack.

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