Pathfinder Bestiary Battle Cards

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Keep the creatures of the Pathfinder Bestiary close at hand with this box-bursting collection of 450 reference cards featuring every monster from the core Pathfinder monster reference! Each 4 x 6 card is printed on sturdy cardstock and features a beautiful, full‑color image of a Bestiary monster on one side, while the other side provides that monster's statistics for quick and easy reference. With each encounter, show the players what their characters are facing while keeping the monster's abilities at the ready, and watch your games come alive!

ISBN: 978-1-64078-212-9

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Cards are nice but the Box is lacking

4/5

The cards are nice. All cards have one side dedicated to the monster's artwork that makes it real easy to show your players while the other side has the monsters statblock in it. Some monsters have 2 cards (including some weaker creatures with long blocks of text) so special consideration when using such a monster will have to be kept in mind.

The box, however, is lacking. The quality of the box itself is good but it's designed store the cards face down which is uhh... less than useful. The cards are meant to be read top-down playing card style (with the monster's name and level at the top of the card) and not recipe card style. This means that the ideal storage of these cards is with them standing on their short edge so I can flip through them while looking at the monster names and levels. This box isn't tall enough to accommodate this storage style.

Maybe this wouldn't be such a big deal. But it's incredibly difficult to find a box that fits my storage needs (Most storage containers are in a similar style to this while I would preferred my box would be more like this (but with the correct dimensions to hold 4x6 or 4.5x7.125 cards [I'm considering putting them in Card Savers 4 so I can write on them with dry erase markers]).

TL;DR: I love these cards, but the base storage container isn't conducive to using these cards and finding a better storage container is difficult and might require custom making one.


Very convenient + new art

5/5

These are awesome. I love that every creature has art, and the cards make running my games a lot easier.


the cards are great

4/5

I really love the idea of these, but the box isn't great for storing them, they lay flat and there's not much room to pick them up, I wish they'd put them upright so you could flip through them


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The Raven Black wrote:
AJCarrington wrote:
If you go to the subscription page, you should be able to select this product to start your subscription (at least that is what it is showing for me).
It shows start with both this product AND Adventure Gear Deck or start with the Advanced GM Screen.

Maybe contact customer service & see whether or not they can set you up?

(Perhaps with both the Bestiary Cards & the GM Screen?)

Good luck,
(^_')=b

--C.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Thank you all for the tips. I think the easiest way for me is to buy this separately and start my subscription with the Advanced GM Screen.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

The box is beautiful. Shame I will have to toss it. Could have made it big enough to home the 4x6 cards on their sides and it would have been useful.

Ah well. Maybe Ultra Pro will come up with a storage solution for 4x6 Pathfinder cards like they did with the ACG :D


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Yoshua wrote:

The box is beautiful. Shame I will have to toss it. Could have made it big enough to home the 4x6 cards on their sides and it would have been useful.

Ah well. Maybe Ultra Pro will come up with a storage solution for 4x6 Pathfinder cards like they did with the ACG :D

You know what, the box will work. Pulled out the insert. Just closes with about an inch push up on the box but will work just fine :D

Dark Archive

Yoshua wrote:
Man these are beautiful, well done team! Cant wait for the next round. Could use some Age of Ashes booster packs lol

I still have to wait at least a week or two... *sigh* :)

Silver Crusade

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For anyone that didn't see it: NPC Battle Cards have been anounced!


Has anyone gotten their's yet? If so, how is the product?


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Has anyone gotten their's yet? If so, how is the product?

Got mine and I love them. There is no flavor text, so it is just stat blocks and that is perfect.

Some monsters span up to 3 cards of information, think like the Demi Lich if I remember right. But every card has an image of the monster on the back :D

Couple of cards, like Swarm/Giant variants, think Rat was one, that can fit on 1 card are 2 monsters on 1 card.

With the high card count I understand, but woulda rather have had them on their own if I was weighing in on that but I will be pickingup every set of these that they offer.


Sounds nice! How is the art?


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Sounds nice! How is the art?

Alot of the art is straight from the Bestiary. The rest of it is in the same style. Really have no complaints about it, looks great :D

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I just received mine, and wow i am impressed. Originally i just thought it would be Trading card size. They are fantastic and high quality.

Is there a List of Creature and card numbers? I would like to print that out and leave it in the box for ease of sorting and locating.

A fantastic product and I see the cost for quality.


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Karhaz wrote:

I just received mine, and wow i am impressed. Originally i just thought it would be Trading card size. They are fantastic and high quality.

Is there a List of Creature and card numbers? I would like to print that out and leave it in the box for ease of sorting and locating.

A fantastic product and I see the cost for quality.

I was just looking for the same thing, a list so I can know what card number to go to when looking for a beastie


I would buy a PDF version.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

I went through and organized them using alphabetical dividers. Found that while the Worm is listed in the correct order in the cards, it is weird because it starts with Crimson Worm so it was under C. Other than moving the huge Worms to W it was smooth.

Cards are numbered but I haven't seen a list anywhere.

Will pick up each set of these as they are released. Would prefer them to coincide with their Bestiary release if possible :D

Also.... hoping that all of the monsters/stat blocks from Age of Ashes make it into Bestiary 2..... Would even pick up booster packs if they were made available for the Adventure paths :D


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My box arrived on Friday, and I brought them to the con I was at for Saturday & Sunday. Definitely liked using them.

A few critiques:
1) The box form factor should be re-examined -- its designed for stacks of cards face down/up, which is obviously not how you want to flip through them. Ideally the box would be such that you stand the cards up, so that when you flip through them you see the names. You can make it work with the current box, it just doesn't close and looks a bit odd. Minor problem.

2) Tabbed subdividers would be VERY nice. Doesn't need to be a full set of A-Z. Even just 5-10 relatively evenly spaced (D's with dragons, devils, and demons will always be over represented) would still be a huge help. However, then we run back into the box form factor -- standing cards upright in teh box works w/o damage the cards because all the cards are the same height, so the fact that the box lid is now resting on the cards doesn't end up hurting them. With tabs, you're going to crush the tabs, w/o the box side extend up to tab height.

That said, I'm loving the cards as are my players. I do need to explore some system for attaching them safely to my GM screen in a way that I can see the rules, and the players can see the art.

I hope we see mini-collections of these for APs. (I want them for the custom monsters from PFS2 scenarios too, but I doubt that would make sense -- a season's worth would arrive too late for most GMs and most of the players would have moved on I think... And I doubt they could pre-plan the full years worth to drop near the beginning.)


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Are these available in game shops or do they remain exclusive to Paizos store for a time?

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

H2Osw wrote:
Are these available in game shops or do they remain exclusive to Paizos store for a time?

They should be! We almost never have things that are exclusive to the store, especially mass market products like this.


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Adam Daigle wrote:
H2Osw wrote:
Are these available in game shops or do they remain exclusive to Paizos store for a time?
They should be! We almost never have things that are exclusive to the store, especially mass market products like this.

Thanks, I'll have to get on my local shop. I stopped by today and the guy acted like they hadn't been released and wasn't sure when they would get any.


I am looking forward to getting mine.


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I think the street date for these is supposed to be tomorrow.

Dark Archive

I still have to wait for a couple of weeks, I guess; hope to hear what other posters think of these! At least the ones Jason previewed in Knights of Everflame looked amazing.


Yep, wish there was a PDF so I can have em for my Roll20 games!!

Tom :(


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

I would buy them from the pqizo store but they want $40+ shipping domestic. That's a big no, plus I'd like to support my local store.


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

Finally got my hands on these, and they really are awesome! Bring them on!

Oh yes, and thank you for the bonus

Spoiler:
Tarrasque
card in my shipment!


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Zaister wrote:
Oh yes, and thank you for the bonus ** spoiler omitted ** card in my shipment!

Say what now?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Fumarole wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Oh yes, and thank you for the bonus ** spoiler omitted ** card in my shipment!
Say what now?

The cardboard envelope in my subscription shipment that contained the new adventure path volumes had a ziplock bag inside containing that card plus a second card with an advertisement for the Battle Cards on one side and the OGL on the other.


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Interesting, my AP envelope had no such bonus content.


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I absolutely love these and I am looking forward to future boxes. However, I do have one disappointment with the cards. I was hoping that each monster would have its own card and this was not the case. Some of the animals are doubled up on the same card. This doesn't happen often but it is disappointing to not get a card per creature.

Other than that I love them so very very much!!!

Paizo Employee Chief Operations Officer

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Fumarole wrote:
Interesting, my AP envelope had no such bonus content.

The bonus Battle Card was a bonus for those that were subscribers to the Pathfinder Accessories subscription and received the Bestiary Battle Cards and had nothing to do with the AP. I'm sure that in packing the order, my warehouse folks slid the bonus card into his AP envelope to keep the card safe.

And for those that missed out on the bonus card, it will be available in a future issue of Game Trade Magazine and will also be available for purchase from paizo.com(after the card premieres in GTM).

Grand Lodge Premier Event Coordinator

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Count me in the group that wishes the storage box was a bit more utilitarian. I which it would have been arranged more like the card boxes for Trivial Pursuit. That being said, you can turn all the cards portrait-style and they will fit on one side of the box divider which might be convenient once we get cards for Bestiary II (assuming they release them). Or, maybe the PtB at Paizo anticipated this issue and have the intention of releasing a special storage box to use with the Battle Cards product line.

Regardless, the cards look amazing and will certainly improve game prep, especially if you use random encounters or similar mechanics where you cannot forecast what monsters will be encountered next.

Scarab Sages

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TwilightKnight wrote:
Count me in the group that wishes the storage box was a bit more utilitarian. I which it would have been arranged more like the card boxes for Trivial Pursuit.

Agreed. I really love these, so it's a minor quibble. And as you said, you can put them all on one side of the box in portrait orientation and flip through them.

These were so useful in my last game. The only things I'd like to see are a different box and a couple cards that include creature abilities and traits.


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TwilightKnight wrote:
Or, maybe the PtB at Paizo anticipated this issue and have the intention of releasing a special storage box to use with the Battle Cards product line.

I do hope there’s an UltraPRO box in development (although I hope it proceeds more quickly than the equivalent product for the PFACG!)

Liberty's Edge

Just purchased these from my FLGS and I am impressed with the final look of these. My initial fear was that these would end up replacing the Bestiary hardcovers. It is far easier and cheaper to produce cards than a book, with the most expensive part of such a product being the box. But having seen these in action, I can see that these serve a far different purpose... and the possibilities for this format are endless.

Thoughts on the Bestiary cards (and future iterations):

1) As has been mentioned, the box isn't exactly functional outside of storage. While it holds the cards just fine, it doesn't work well for use at the game table as functionally. In most cases however, a GM would only be using a handful of cards at a time, so I doubt this will make much of an impact at the game table.

2) I appreciate WHY Paizo has yet to release these as a pdf product; it would be far too easy for these to be bought and perpetually printed. Pirating of product is always a problem to consider and keeping this print only helps reduce that possibility. That said, I can also appreciate the desire for such a pdf product. As a PFS GM, I would love to be able to print these out and insert them into a prep envelope for each scenario, which leads to...

3) A lot of PFS scenarios use custom creatures and NPCs. It would be nice to see a similar format embraced for statblocks in PFS scenarios, making it possible for GMs to print out adversaries in a card form. While the PFS versions would have to be far more "print friendly," I can see this as a potential tool added to our arsenal of awesomeness.

And finally...

4) My only disappointment in the cards was those that took more than one card to impart the information. In the last 5+ years, Wiz Kids learned how to address this by creating over-sized cards for those HeroClix miniatures that required more space for the information. Perhaps a similar format can be addressed for future versions of Bestiary cards, with any such entries using one 6 X 8 card with an indent to make it easier to fold and fit into the box.

In short, I like the bestiary cards and see the potential for future iterations. Thank you for a brilliant product.


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I thought the same re:supersized cards. I would have preferred to have a stack of double sized cards sitting on top of two stacks of regular monsters. (The D&D monster cards do this too).

Still doesn’t do anything to knock that fifth star off my eventual review. These are wonderful!


I cannot seem to find the Gugg card. Is in in there?


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
I cannot seem to find the Gugg card. Is in in there?

Yes it is, number 268 (spelled "Gug", though)


Thanks!

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