There’s a lot going on in Paizo-land these days. They’ve already announced a new MMORPG, and now comic book publisher Dynamite has licensed Pathfinder to produce a comic book. And that’s not all.
The Dynamite deal is obviously the big news of the day. Dynamite is a “big indie” in the comics industry, with a huge portfolio of original titles, licensed properties (Robocop, Voltron) and old characters resurrected from license purgatory (Vampirella, Green Hornet). They also act as an umbrella for a ton of creator-owned comics. The deal will get Pathfinder comics onto comic store shelves nationwide, alongside John Rogers’ excellent D&D comic. The licensing blitz represents a serious push for Paizo and Pathfinder, and it also means the property has enough success that licensees are finding it lucrative.
No writer or artist has been announced yet — it would be cool if they could get Wayne Reynolds to do the covers — his art has more or less defined Pathfinder’s visual style for years now. Another interesting thing to note is that the official press release describes Pathfinder as, “now tied with Dungeons & Dragons as the best-selling hobby roleplaying game in the world.” To my knowledge, that’s the first time Paizo has publicly made such as boast. It’s difficult to call them on it one way or another, since neither company is especially forthcoming with specific, detailed sales reports, but it’s pretty telling that Paizo has the confidence to make the claim at all.
Paizo also announced a new goblin variant race, the kijimuna, natives of Tian Xia. They’ve got a different look than Paizo’s slapstick, goofball goblins — almost like gibberlings, or troll dolls. They have an innate fear of…octopi? Seems like a minor problem for a land-based creature. Anyway, it’s cool to have another option for those who aren’t into the slightly sillier goblins. Full details will appear in Pathfinder Adventure Path #53: Tide of Honor.
Finally, this Friday is the deadline to enter RPG Superstar 2012. That’s plenty of time to get your wondrous item designed and formatted, but you’d better get moving.