One of the biggest booths this year at Gen Con was that of Paizo, the publisher of the wildly popular Pathfinder RPG. Pathfinder is enjoyed in gaming circles all around the world, and it’s picking up speed that doesn’t seem to be dying out any time soon. The Paizo booth had a line out the door and around the corner of the Exhibit Hall each day during the con, and there were plenty of reasons for it.
This year at Gen Con Paizo released four brand new products for the Pathfinder line, which had fans bustling around all weekend:
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide introduces 10 new classes to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, including arcanist, bloodrager, brawler, hunter, investigator, shaman, skald, slayer, swashbuckler, and warpriest. Each class in this new hardcover book is fully supported with a wealth of new rules, from archetypes and feats to spells and magic items.
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles is the follow-up to last year’s smash Gen Con release, PACG: Rise of the Runelords Base Set, and starts a new adventure in the realm of the Shackles. Based on improved rules from the Rise of the Runelords Base Set, PACG: Skull & Shackles introduces four new character classes (gunslinger, magus, oracle, and swashbuckler), and puts the player in the role of pirate ship captain for adventures on the high seas.
The wildly popular series, Pathfinder Adventure Path, launched a new 6-month campaign at Gen Con, Pathfinder Adventure Path: Iron Gods. Iron Gods explores one of the most mysterious and unique realms in the Inner Sea region – a land where savage barbarians and stranger super-science, technological marvels like robots, crashed spaceships, and high-tech weaponry, rub shoulders with monsters, sinister cultists, and magical artifacts.
Pathfinder Society, the massively multiplayer offline roleplaying game played in the world’s largest RPG organized play campaign, hosted a slew of events during Gen Con for nearly 10,000 Pathfinder RPG players.
On top of these releases, PAizo won all ten ENnie Awards they were nominated for, including:
Best Art, Interior – Inner Sea Gods
Best Art, Cover – Mythic Adventures
Best Cartography – Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Wrath of the Righteous Poster Map Folio
Best Free Product – Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins, Too!
Best Miniatures Product — Pathfinder Battles Wrath of the Righteous (Gold & Silver)
Best Monster, Adversary – Bestiary 4
Best RPG-Related Product – Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set
Best Supplement – Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Campaign
I’m personally most excited about the Advanced Class Guide, which we’ll be reviewing really soon. It offers brand new base classes for the Pathfinder RPG that are each a blend of two already-existing base classes. So far I’m quite fond of the Warpriest (Cleric/Fighter) and Brawler (Monk/Fighter). With the new Adventure Path releasing we’ll finally get to see some cyborg action – at least I hope – and we’ll venture to uncharted territories with tons of new enemies and experiences.
Pathfinder Society is also growing rapidly, with the introduction of its sixth season. More adventures/scenarios continue to roll out to keep the game interesting, and it’s a great way to get in some play time without having to have a regular group. Paizo looks to be headlining the roster of great companies to keep an eye out for at events like this, and Gen Con 2015 has already been set. We’re really excited about the announcement of Paizo joining with Obsidian Entertainment, and we can’t wait to see what sort of digital Pathfinder products we’ll see in the future. Congrats to Paizo, and here’s to another year of gaming greatness!