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Gen Con 2015: Paizo’s New Product Announcements and Record-Setting Year for Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Occult AdventuresPaizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, has announced that the company’s Pathfinder Society Organized Play program had a record-setting year at Gen Con, and recaps the new product announcements made at the Best Four Days in Gaming.

Pathfinder Society, the world’s largest organized play campaign, shined in the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center, with 180 tables of Pathfinder game play, including 160 dedicated to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Guild, and 20 to the Adventure Card Guild, for a total of more than 1,300 players, a new record for Pathfinder Society Organized Play.

Further, the company made news by revealing the next adventure in the wildly popular Pathfinder Adventure Path line, Strange Aeons, a Cthulhu-based adventure set to release August 2016.

The Strange Aeons Adventure Path pits a your characters against a threat from the depths of time, space, and madness itself. From your awakening as amnesiac prisoners in an asylum ruled by nightmares to a final confrontation against an enemy far older than humanity itself, this horror-themed Adventure Path draws upon the writings and traditions of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and ties into Paizo’s upcoming Horror Adventures hardcover rulebook in a campaign sure to drive even the bravest of heroes to the brink of insanity… and beyond!

Paizo also announced next year’s hardcover RPG book release, Horror Adventures, scheduled for August 2016.

The book will contain a macabre selection of nightmares, from gothic classics to Lovecraftian terrors to inflict upon your players. Madness and corruption await!

The massive Paizo booth on the Gen Con Exhibit Hall floor provided not only a space for sales, but an opportunity for Paizo employees, designers, and artists to meet with thousands of customers and show off the latest products from the world of Pathfinder, including this year’s wildly popular hardcover release, Occult Adventures for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Various Paizo partners also set up space in the booth, including renowned fantasy artist Wayne Reynolds, Black Book Editions, Ulysses Spiel, and Obsidian Entertainment.

Paizo Announces a New Core Campaign for the Pathfinder Society

pathfinder logoPaizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, have announced a new campaign mode for its popular Pathfinder Society Organized Play global roleplaying game campaign. This new mode of play, called the Pathfinder Society Core Campaign, will use the basic game established in the bestselling Pathfinder RPG: Core Rulebook to offer a streamlined gaming experience, limited scenario replay, and a simpler entry-point for new players.

The goal is to make the Pathfinder Society more accessible and fun to play as possible. This change has come after feedback from the community, and this provides an easier way for new players to enjoy the RPG.

The standard Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign, now in its seventh year, remains unchained, offering a wealth of character options drawn from Paizo’s entire library of Pathfinder supplements. Both campaign modes use the same Pathfinder Society scenarios, four-hour fantasy adventures designed to challenge player skill and group cooperation.

In the new Core Campaign, player character options such as race, class, feats, and equipment are limited to those included in the Pathfinder RPG: Core Rulebook and the free Campaign Traits document. Additional treasures, rewards, and character options are unlocked as players complete scenarios, as listed upon the chronicle sheets distributed at the conclusion of each scenario.

A player may play each Pathfinder Society scenario twice, once with a Core Campaign character and once with a standard Pathfinder Society organized play character, allowing a robust replay option for the first time since the launch of the campaign. A character must belong to either the Core Campaign or the standard campaign—not both. At any time a Core Campaign character may transition into the standard campaign, but no standard campaign character may transition to the Core Campaign.

With the launch of Core Campaign, players have four new Pathfinder Society play opportunities each month, as both players and GMs. The Core Campaign, launching today, is open to new and veteran players, and the current campaign remains unchanged.