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REDMOND, WASHINGTON (August 28, 2018): “In Pale Mountain’s Shadow,” the second of seven scenarios in the Doomsday Dawn adventure, officially began today. It runs through September 9 as part of Paizo’s multi-month, worldwide, free playtest of the Pathfinder Second Edition. 

“Mysterious ancient artifacts from sand-choked Osirion count down the years until a rare planetary conjunction that will align Pathfinder’s world of Golarion with the hostile planet Aucturn, allowing the ravenous hordes of the Dominion of the Black to surge forth and harvest the brains of the Inner Sea, remaking the world in their terrible, alien image.” – Doomsday Dawn

Doomsday Dawn takes heroes on a decade-long journey throughout the world of Golarion as they attempt to understand and defeat an otherworldly menace and avoid utter catastrophe. The collection of seven multi-encounter scenarios is designed to introduce the Pathfinder Playtest rules in a guided, shared playtest experience coinciding with regular surveys to provide focused feedback from players.

Doomsday Dawn is designed to test the newest edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, focusing on combat encounters, exploration, hazards, and problem-solving. The goals are to create a fundamental understanding of the game and to test if the revisions to the rules still allow for the same types of storytelling and adventure roleplaying that everyone has come to expect from Pathfinder.

The players set aside the characters they created in “The Lost Star” and create new 4th-level heroes for “In Pale Mountain’s Shadow.” Jason Bulmahn, Director of Game Design at Paizo, introduced the new scenario saying, “A group of heroes is sent to Pale Mountain in a race against time to recover a mysterious gemstone with shifting hieroglyphs inside before it falls into the hands of foul cultists.”

At the end of the adventure, Paizo asks that the players and GM alike fill out surveys at Game Masters should review the Tracking Sheet prior to play, because they’ll be asked to track certain metrics, such as “At what point did the group run out of healing resources?” or “How many times did player characters die?”

Paizo will be discussing the results of the surveys and changes they are implementing based on player feedback. On the Paizo Twitch channel ( there will be live play every Thursday from 2-5 PM Pacific and playtest feedback discussions with the design team every Friday at 4 PM Pacific.

Players and Game Masters can also share their opinions on the Pathfinder Playtest Forums, get errata, and sign up for email updates on

It is not too late to join the playtest from the start. The surveys will remain open throughout the playtest period. The free PDF bundle download of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Pathfinder Playtest Bestiary, Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Flip-Mat Multi-Pack is available now on

Pathfinder Playtest Schedule:

2.     In Pale Mountain’s Shadow, August 27 – September 9
3.     Affair at Sombrefell Hall, September 10 – September 23 
4.     The Mirrored Moon, September 24 – October 8
5.     The Heroes of Undarin, October 9 – October 21
6.     Red Flags, October 22 – November 4
7.     When the Stars Go Dark, November 5 – November 18

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