Pathfinder Beginner Box an Appealing, Accessible Intro

Paizo has packaged the basic rules for the Pathfinder RPG into an easy to use box that comes with everything a D&D newbie needs to play. We took it for a serious test drive to find out how well it introduces game concepts, how fun it is to play and if the introductory adventure works as a tutorial for first time DMs and players.

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Pathfinder Inner Sea World Guide: Everything a Campaign Book Should Be

Rich, detailed world? Check. Numerous factions to strive against or ally with? Check. Weird and awesome monsters? Check. Fantastic art? Check. Glorious poster map? CHECK! This update to Golarion, the official Pathfinder campaign world, is simply one of the best setting books I’ve ever seen.

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Paizo’s Condition Cards a Lighthearted Way to Track Your Misery

The indignities an adventurer suffers are many, sometimes too many to keep track of. Whether you’re Dazed and Confused, Blinded by the Light, Shaken All Over or just Helpess Helpless Helpless, these hapless goblins from Paizo’s Gamemastery line will get you sorted out.

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Wizkids Works with Paizo for Painted Plastic Pathfinder Minis

Fans of prepainted plastic miniatures took a hit last year when Wizards of the Coast dropped their D&D minis line, replacing it with pogs. Paizo and Wizkids are the latest to step into that void with a newly announced line of ready-to-run minis.

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A Rookie’s View of Pathfinder

"He's not wearing any PAAAAAAAANTS!"

Robot Viking has been sadly lacking in coverage of Paizo’s excellent Pathfinder extension of the D&D 3.5 rules (and accompanying campaign world). That’s not by design — I just don’t play Pathfinder, and I always look like a twit when I try to speak authoritatively about things I know very little about (not that that always stops me). Luckily, fellow Viking Billy Gibbs is running a summer Pathfinder campaign. Even though Pathfinder has been around for a while, he’s looking at it with fresh eyes.

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Interview with RPG Superstar Winner Neil Spicer

Lord of Drunk Treants.

Lord of the Drunk Treants.

The final round of Paizo’s RPG Superstar 2009 game design competition required the finalists to develop a proposal for a full adventure. Neil Spicer took the top prize against stiff competition. His adventure, “Realm of the Fellnight Queen,” will be published by Paizo in a few months. Neil took some time out from creating evil fey to talk to Robot Viking about game design, inspiration and how Galadriel could totally kick all our asses if she really wanted to.

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Wizards of the Coast Ignites the Great PDF Controversy of ’09

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Avast!

Wizards of the Coast announced this morning that they’ve filed lawsuits against eight people for illegally uploading pdfs of Wizards’ copyrighted products, specifically Player’s Handbook 2. But it was what didn’t appear in that press release that caused fan uproar and a flurry of press releases from other gaming companies – WotC pulled all digital downloads of their products from online stores. Why all the fuss?

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3D Dungeon Tiles Make Your Campaign Look Freaking Amazing

Baron hamfist spent 30,000 platinum pieces on the interior design of his outhouse.

Baron Hamfist spent 30,000 platinum pieces on the interior design of his outhouse.

You’re probably thinking the above photo is a screenshot from the latest Xbox video game RPG. I did when I first saw it. We’re both wrong, though. Those are printable 3D dungeon tiles by WorldWorksGames. You can actually build these dungeons on your tabletop.

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RPG Superstar Update: the Final Four

Jorgen's appearance on "Blind Date" lead to high ratings, but not a second date.

Jorgen's appearance on "Blind Date" lead to high ratings, but not a second date.

Paizo’s RPG Superstar design contest is winding its way to the conclusion, and now the field has been narrowed to four. Competitors had to design a villain lair to be rated by the celebrity judges. The lairs are cool enough that you can steal them for your own 3.5 D&D campaign.

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Paizo Offers Dungeon and Dragon Back Issues for Half Price

It occurs to me that Demogorgon probably smells really bad.

It occurs to me that Demogorgon probably smells really bad.

If your 3.5 D&D campaign is still rolling, or you’re enjoying Paizo’s excellent Pathfinder variant, you’ve got a great opportunity to pick up some old gaming mags for just a few bucks each until the end of February. Continue reading

RPG Superstar 2009 Announces 32 Finalists

Johnny was a gamer when he played his first Gygax module. Tomb of Horros I think it was, and from there it didn't take him long. Don't you know...

Johnny was a gamer when he played his first Gygax module. Tomb of Horrors I think it was, and from there it didn't take him long.

Paizo Publishing has announced the 32 finalists for this year’s edition of RPG Superstar. After hundreds of game designer hopefuls sent in their ideas for wondrous items, Paizo’s panel of experts whittled the field to the best of the best. The winner gets to write a module for Paizo’s D&D 3.5 variant, Pathfinder. Continue reading