The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) award the Origins Awards at the Origins Game Fair each June. Nominees are picked in March and the academy votes on the games in the different categories based on excellence in game design. Well, the winners for the 2018 Origins Awards have been announced! Let’s see who they are!
Congratulations to Cephalofair Games as Best Board Game, Fan Favorite and Game of the Year goes to Gloomhaven! As Best Card Game and Fan Favorite we have both Renegade Game Studios’ Ex Libris and Hero Realms by White Wizard Games. For Best Miniatures Game and Fan Favorite we have WarHammer 40,000 (8th edition) by Games Workshop. Best Collectible Game and Fan Favorite goes to Star Wars Destiny: Awakenings Booster by Fantasy Flight Games. As for Best Family Game and Fan Favorite we have Azul by Plan B Games. The Best Role-Playing Game Supplement and Fan Favorite is Dungeons & Dragons Xanathar’s Guide to Everything by Dungeons and Dragons. As for Best Role-Playing Game we have Adventures in Middle Earth – Cubicle 7, and finally, we have the Fan Favorite Role-Playing Game winner: Starfinder– by Paizo.
Congratulations to these amazing game designers and the hard work they have put into making the games that have become staples in our homes and board game cafes around the world!
Those of you lucky enough to attend GenCon 50 know full well that it was a shopping extravaganza full of hot products that sold quickly. Paizo, Inc. has announced that Starfinder, the space based followup to the role-playing staple Pathfinder, was in fact the fastest selling product they have ever released. The core Starfinder book sold out in 6 hours, selling more copies than any other Paizo product, during all 4 days of previous years’ conventions. The entire Starfinder line is currently back-ordered, but stocks are expected to come back in October 2017.
Look for accessory products for Starfinder, such as miniatures from Ninja Division, and even an official soundtrack from Syrinscape.
Paizo has announced an incentive programs to encourage players of Pathfinder RPG’s organized play format, Pathfinder Society, to make purchases at their local retail establishments when they play there. The program offers a one-shot in-game global effect for the session being played that day as well as other individual effects for each player. To trigger the benefit(s), a player must show a receipt of at least a $10 purchase made at the establishment to the Game Master, who will then apply the bonus to each player at the table for that one game session. Additionally, if the total receipts at the table amount to $50 or more, the abilities are enhanced to a stronger version than the base ability. You cannot stack the same benefits together, but it is possible to combine both the basic version together with it’s enhanced version.
The program is opening up with 4 benefits (Harder to Kill, Cheaper Healing, Recover from Wounds, Bonus Wealth), 1 of which is global (Harder to Kill). For the full details, head on over to Paizo’s blog.
Paizo has announced a new science fiction role-playing game entitled Starfinder, a universe set thousands of years in Pathfinder’s future. Starfinder is a stand-alone RPG evolved from Pathfinder’s ruleset in which players take on the role of alien races both new and familiar as they explore the mysteries of a weird galaxy. Your starship’s crew can be made up of such character archetypes as:
- android assassins
- ratfolk mechanics
- lashunta technomancers
- human pilots
- and many more!
The Starfinder line will include:
- a hardcover core rulebook
- hardcover rules supplements
- a monthly Starfinder Adventure Path with epic campaigns, expanded rules elements, and new monsters
- integrates easily with the Pathfinder roleplaying game
The Starfinder system will release in August of 2017. For more information, visit the product announcement here.
ANCIENT LANDS, ELDRITCH SECRETS AND VAST RICHES AWAIT IN PATHFINDER ADVENTURE CARD GAME: MUMMY’S MASK
Paizo, Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, announces Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy’s Mask, the latest edition of the award-winning strategy card game.
The publisher describes this new edition thus:
Heroes will brave terrible guardians, foul cults, and the burning sands of the desert to stop the rebirth of an ancient tyrant in this cooperative strategy game that pits one to four players against the monsters, curses, and traps of the Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Players will choose their character’s class, build a deck of equipment, magic, and allies, and explore dangerous locations as they journey through an exciting fantasy tale.
This new edition of the game will include:
- More than 500 cards, featuring 7 character classes, a wide array of gear and magical treasures, and dozens of allies, monsters, and villains from the Mummy’s Mask storyline
- The Half-Dead City Adventure Deck
- A complete set of 5 polyhedral dice
Also available will be Character Add-On Decks, Class Decks, and monthly Adventure Decks. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy’s Mask is scheduled for an October 2016 release. For more information about this new edition of the game, visit the game’s page on Paizo’s website.
The digital implementation of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game has finally arrived for tablet devices and is titled Pathfinder Adventures.
Pathfinder Adventures is essentially a role-playing game in card form featuring leveling up, a long campaign and everything else you’d expect. Each character is represented by a deck of cards which you can customize and includes equipment, weapons, armor, etc – additionally, each card represents your character’s life points, when your deck is empty you are defeated.
The game is a free download that comes with a tutorial mission and a 3-part taster mission. Additional scenarios, characters and treasure chests are purchasable with cash or gold that you earn through playing.
The game is very polished with excellent graphics and nice transition scenes. Currently only solo and pass & play modes are available but online play has been mentioned and may appear later.
Get it for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play
Mistfall was a successful Kickstarter last year which aimed to bring an RPG adventure into a card game, much how Paizo brought the Pathfinder RPG into a card game. In Mistfall you pick a hero, who comes with starting equipment and skills, and then take him on a quest of your choosing, battling monsters, upgrading your gear, and leveling up as you go along.
Mistfall: Heart of the Mists aims to essentially give you a base set again, but with all completely new heroes, monsters, quests, and gear, allowing you to either start with this set or mix it with your base set for nearly double the amount of variety. The expansion will be Kickstarted like the base but no solid date has been given, however, they say soon so keep an eye out for the announcement. You can read about the expansion and look at some of the new art and components on the NSKN site.
Avast ye! Another game about pirates dead ahead, me hearties! But this one’s got an interesting pedigree. Pirate Loot, out today, was designed by Jason Bulmahn, notable for creating the Pathfinder roleplaying system. It was published by Bulmahn’s own Minotaur Games.
Pirate Loot’s cannons are not aimed at deep, strategic simulation a la Merchants and Marauders. The game is instead frenetic and jocular: perfect for raucous, rum-guzzling buccaneers. The base set includes 108 cards, and 54 more are available with the addition of the Pirate Loot 6-Player Expansion Pack, also available today.
“Betray your friends and steal their loot!” Bulmahn said. “Pirate Loot is a light-hearted game with plenty of twists and turns to keep things exciting. This is exactly the type of game you would expect from a band of ridiculous, cutthroat pirates!”
Gameplay centers around conscripting your own scoundrel crew of pirates and plunging daggers into your friends’ backs whenever possible. The game plays two to four players (up to six with the expansion) in an hour and features toonish artwork by Scott Kurtz, creator of the webcomic PvP, and Dylan Maconis (Family Man).
Pirate Loot is available at hobby stores nationwide and at paizo.com. Find out more about Pirate Loot and all Minotaur Games’s products here.
With the release of the latest adventure path set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Wrath of the Righteous, some changes have come to the game and organized play. The Pathfinder ACG is a cooperative card game that distills down the tabletop RPG into a card game that doesn’t need a DM, freeing up that player to adventure with everyone else. In Wrath of the Righteous you are going off and fighting the minions of demon lord Deskari on your way to fighting him and becoming mythic heroes. The major difference aside from story for this set from the rest is the introduction of the d20 into the dice pool. Once you have determined which type of mythic hero you will become you will gain access to mythic charges which allow you to roll the d20 instead of your normal dice, thus introducing the possibility for edge of your seat victories and epic failures. Add in new characters to try from the perplexing summoner to new hybrid classes like the bloodrager and you have a whole different experience waiting for you.
On the organized play front, along with the season of the righteous adventures they have introduced a guide to the organized play which provides information on how to run or play in an organized play setting. The guide also details the new tier system for the characters which prevent characters from playing scenarios that are too low or too high for them as well as how they can get deck upgrades. The tier system simplifies the upgrading of the character and also adds in a new dice bump mechanic which allows you to change the result of a check up or down by 1, but be careful, these dice bumps are one time use and while several can be used at once, you will only ever get 6 of them since you acquire 1 per completed adventure. And lastly they include some pre-generated deck lists to get you started and information on how to include the promo cards from the miniature packs into your class deck.
Overall I am very excited for this new set and look forward to having new adventures with both the regular game and the organized play and rolling that big d20.
Publishers Press Release Below
Paizo Inc., publisher of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the release of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (PACG): Wrath of the Righteous, the newest base set for the wildly popular, cooperative card game.
In Wrath of the Righteous, the hellish Worldwound opens, unleashing a horde of demons from the post-apocalyptic Abyss. Players will battle the malevolent minions of the demon lord Deskari, and along the way, will become mythic heroes that rival the greatest legends the world of Golarion has ever know.
Says Tanis O’Connor, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Designer, “Season of the Righteous will take the gleeful insanity of the Season of the Shackles, and turn it up to 11. Demons, cultists, and much more will await your party of adventurers in the dangerous of wastelands of the Worldwound.”
The PACG: Wrath of the Righteous Base Set includes:
- More than 500 cards, featuring a new set of boons for your characters to collect, new monsters, and barriers of a decidedly abysmal nature
- 7 character classes, including the all new arcanist, cavalier, inquisitor, and summoner
- The Worldwound Incursion Adventure Deck, a 110-card deck that begins theWrath of the Righteous Adventure Path
- A complete set of 6 polyhedral dice, including the first d20 in the PACG
As with all PACG Base Sets, gameplay can be supplemented with additional decks, such as the Character Add-On Deck, and monthly Adventure Decks (sold separately).
With the launch of the new Base Set comes the kick-off of The Season of the Righteous, Season One of the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Organized Play Program. New features for this season of organized play include:
- Allowing characters to use promo cards from WizKids’ Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes miniatures line as part of the player’s class deck
- New advancement system for ease in table-mustering at small- and medium-sized events
- A brand new PFSACG Guide to Organized Play
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous is available at hobby game stores nationwide
Tabletop roleplaying games your thing? How about card games based on a popular RPG? Well Paizo has you covered.
At GAMA Trade Show Paizo, the company responsible for the popular fantasy RPG Pathfinder, revealed more of its plans for its Pathfinder Battles miniatures lines. According to Paizo:
The world of Pathfinder comes to life on your tabletop with Pathfinder Battles, an ongoing line of prepainted plastic miniatures produced in cooperation with WizKids, Inc. Drawn from the award-winning illustrations of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and produced with the highest-quality standards in the miniature business, Pathfinder Battles fantasy miniatures set a new standard for hassle-free tabletop gaming!
With the most recent release named Iconic Heroes this partnership is not only putting out new sculpts of some of the most familiar faces from their Pathfinder universe for use in the RPG, they are also including exclusive “Boon” cards to be used with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (PACG) series. The first set includes six miniatures (with the same amount of cards for PACG) and is available now. Sets #2 and #3 of the Iconic Heroes series are due in April 2015.
Speaking of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Paizo announced the third core set at GAMA. This set is titled Wrath of the Righteous and will include:
More than 500 cards featuring a new set of boons for your characters to collect, and never before seen monsters and barriers of a decidedly abyssal nature.
7 character classes, including the all-new arcanist, cavalier, inquisitor, and summoner.
The Worldwound Incursion Adventure Deck, a 110-card deck that begins the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path.
A complete set of 6 polyhedral dice, including the first d20 in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.
You hear that, the series noted for not including the fabled d20 has brought one in! If the trend of the past two releases hold true, expect to see a Gen Con 2015 release for this product.
To read more about the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes sets look here. To read more about the third core set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game look here.
Good job Paizo for bridging that small gap between the RPGer and the boardgamer!
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