Report from PaizoCon in Seattle (Still in Progress)

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PaizoCon 2015 In Progress

With the first two days of PaizoCon down and two to go, this con-goer is already a little fatigued, albeit better off than the last two characters I led into untimely and gory demises in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game twenty-minute delves. A more in-depth report will follow completion of the con, but here’s a teaser from the Saturday night preview banquet.

Paizo’s preview banquet is an annual event where they introduce us to up-and-coming products in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Online MMO, and ancillary lines. Coming up in the Adventure Card Game is Wrath of the Righteous where the creators say they are “turning it up to eleven.” With demon hordes pouring into Golarion, everything will be “bigger and badder!” Wrath of the Righteous introduces cohorts, fighting with entire armies, and new character decks including the paladin, monk, and druid. Also announced was the next Pathfinder Adventure Card Game installment; Mummy’s Mask, where players – essentially tomb raiders – gain the ability to sell items, the inhabitants of the world care how well players treat the locales and artifacts, and competition between players is introduced. How will this competition, only described as “my team versus your team,” fit into this cooperative game? Color me intrigued!

So much more was discussed. They covered the upcoming Pathfinder Adventure Paths named Hell’s Rebels and Hell’s Vengeance, where players will have the opportunity to play both sides of the good-versus-evil coin. Also mentioned was Ultimate Intrigue, providing new options for skill-based role playing game characters, new miniatures in the Pathfinder Battles line. And I was particularly interested in the discussion of the highly-anticipated tablet version of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game being developed by Obsidian Entertainment, which promises not to be just a “card-to-card” copy of the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Card Game, but to offer much more: reactive dialog to take players more deeply into the lore of the characters and locales; detailed maps; enhanced location art; and content not available in the tabletop version of the game. If you are interested in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, or Obsidian’s digital version of it, be sure to look for reviews in the future from GeekDad’s Jonathan Liu and Will James.

Obsidian's Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
Actual game-play photo of the ‘Pathfinder Adventure Card Game’ tablet version being developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Photo by Ryan Hiller

In the near future I will be providing a more in-depth review of PaizoCon 2015, covering what my son and I experienced at the convention, including the many Pathfinder Society role playing sessions, The “Crayons of Vecna” session where both my son and I had our first go at drawing live models that were wearing highly detailed costumes, previously mentioned dungeon delves, and more!

PaizoCon runs through Memorial Day (tomorrow) and there’s lots to do. If you’re near Seattle, stop by!

Now for some much-needed sleep.

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