PRESS RELEASE – CLAIM YOUR HERITAGE, LEVEL-UP, AND JOIN THE CRUSADE IN PART 5 OF DOOMSDAY DAWN, “THE HEROES OF UNDARIN”

CLAIM YOUR HERITAGE, LEVEL-UP, AND JOIN THE CRUSADE IN PART 5 OF DOOMSDAY DAWN, “THE HEROES OF UNDARIN”

The Pathfinder Playtest continues to evolve with an ancestry rules update!

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (October 9, 2018): Paizo Inc. turned its attention today to “The Heroes of Undarin,” the fifth of seven scenarios in the Doomsday Dawn adventure in the worldwide, free Pathfinder Playtest. In this chapter, players create new hardy 12th-level characters who are accustomed to facing terrible foes in the Worldwound, a land ruined by demonic powers.

“A group of agents is sent deep into the Worldwound to uncover the secrets of the White Axiom. You are sent to protect them,” said Jason BulmahnDirector of Game Design at Paizo, setting the scene.

Throughout the playtest the Paizo design team has listened to players and made changes to the game, including modifications to core systems like proficiencies, difficulty classes, death, dying, skills, classes, and multiclassing archtypes. Today marks the release of Update 1.4, which delivers an overhaul of the ancestries. Starting with this update, when players make a character, they select not only an ancestry but also a heritage from within that ancestry. The heritage gives them additional physical characteristics based on their lineage, and choice of heritage is in addition to the ancestry feat that they gain at 1st level.

Bulmahn added, “The one thing we’ve heard mentioned over and over is that many of you felt like the ancestries weren’t quite giving enough at 1st level. We also saw a number of responses saying that taking a feat to be a half-elf or half-orc was too steep a price to pay. This update makes changes to the way that ancestries work, while also giving you some additional high-level ancestry feats to use in your game!”

 

In addition to surveys on Chapters 1 through 5 of Doomsday Dawn, there are now surveys up for Ancestries, Classes, Monsters, Hazards and the Rules as a whole. The playtest bundle, updates, and surveys are all free to download at PathfinderPlaytest.com.

Players can learn more, participate in forums, read blog posts and sign up for email updates on paizo.com. The Paizo Twitch channel (twitch.tv/officialpaizohosts live play every Thursday from 2-5 PM Pacific and discussions with the design team every Friday at 4 PM Pacific.

 

Pathfinder Playtest Schedule:

The Heroes of Undarin, October 9 – October 21

Red Flags, October 22 – November 4

When the Stars Go Dark, November 5 – November 18

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

PRESS RELEASE – “IN PALE MOUNTAIN’S SHADOW,”  CHAPTER 2 OF THE PATHFINDER PLAYTEST HAS BEGUN

“IN PALE MOUNTAIN’S SHADOW,” 
CHAPTER 2 OF THE PATHFINDER PLAYTEST HAS BEGUN

Players can make one of the world’s best fantasy RPGs even better by making new characters, playing the scenario, and providing feedback at PathfinderPlaytest.com.

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 PathfinderPlaytest.com. 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 (twitch.tv/officialpaizo) 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 paizo.com.

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 PathfinderPlaytest.com.

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

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

PRESS RELEASE – PATHFINDER PLAYTEST LAUNCHED

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST LAUNCHES TODAY

Download available for free on paizo.com!

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (August 2, 2018): Today, Paizo Inc. launched the worldwide playtest of Pathfinder Second Edition, an evolution of one of the world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying games. The free PDF bundle download of the Pathfinder Playtest RulebookPathfinder Playtest BestiaryPathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Flip-Mat Multi-Pack is available now on paizo.com.

“Overall feedback from the playtest reveals on the Paizo blog and through industry partners has been positive. We’ve made the rules more fun, easier to learn, and better for telling our favorite fantasy stories. Now, we need all your feedback to make Pathfinder Second Edition the best it can be,” said Erik Mona, Paizo’s Publisher and Chief Creative Officer.

Preordered print editions of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack have been shipped to players and are available for preorder pick up at Paizo’s booth at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 2–5.

Softcover, hardcover, and deluxe special editions are available for purchase in the Paizo booth at Gen Con and at game and bookstores worldwide. Paizo will not reprint the playtest rulebook or adventure, so players who want print editions should act quickly.

Playtest 1: The Lost Star begins Tuesday, August 7 and runs through August 26, kicking off the massive multi-month free playtest.

Pathfinder Playtest Schedule:

  1. The Lost Star, August 7 – August 26
  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

Players are invited to visit PathfinderPlaytest.com to give feedback via online surveys for each of the 7 Doomsday Dawn adventure playtests and share opinions with others in the Pathfinder Playtest Forums on paizo.com. Paizo will be discussing the results of the Playtest surveys and changes they are implementing based on player feedback both on Paizo.com and on the Paizo Twitch channel (twitch.tv/officialpaizo). Players stay informed by signing up for email updates at paizo.com.

The worldwide Pathfinder Society organized play program has four more opportunities to playtest. Pathfinder Society Playtest #1: The Rose Street Revenge (August 7), Pathfinder Society Playtest #2: Raiders of Shrieking Peak (August 7), Pathfinder Society Playtest #3: Arclord’s Envy (August 7), and Pathfinder Society Playtest #4: The Frozen Oath (September 26) will all be available as free downloads.

Many Paizo official licensed partners are supporting the playtest. Players can immerse themselves in epic sounds with the Doomsday Dawn audio experience from Syrinscape. They can play with friends all over the world on Fantasy Grounds and Roll20 virtual tabletops. Players can also build their perfect character using Hero Lab. They can roll dice designed by Q Workshop to aesthetically compliment the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook. Players can celebrate their participation with the deluxe enamel collector pin by Campaign Coins.  Links to all of this content are waiting for players on PathfinderPlaytest.com.

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

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