Hello, Gamerati! Marcelo here. It’s the 25th of March, 2017. Let’s review the top 5 game news of the week here on this episode of Gamerati News Update sponsored by Petersen Games.
Ok, so three of the news I’ve got for you are about Pathfinder. What can I do? Paizo had some juicy bits of news this week, so let’s jump right in with the first one…
Demons and devils are back at Pathfinder RPG
Book of the Damned is going to be published in September. It’s a source book for the hazards and denizens of the Outer Planes, including how to fight or serve such creatures, new spells, treasures, magic items, and character powers that you can get. Book of the Damned will work as a in-universe book, written from the point of view of an inhabitant of Golarion with added commentary of famous Pathfinder characters.
In essence, Book of the Damned collects the three old Pathfinder Chronicles called Book of the Damned vols. 1, 2, and 3 from eight years ago, updates them and adds more information. Totaling 288 pages, this hardcover sourcebook will have an MSRP of $44.99.
Pathfinder Online MMO will continue development in-house
So Pathfinder Online was being developed by Goblinworks, a company put together for this very goal, with Lisa Stevens, founder and majority shareholder of Paizo as founder and acting CEO of Goblinworks. After some shake ups in 2015, Paizo started looking for a bigger company to purchase and continue development of the MMO. That didn’t happen so last week, Lisa Stevens sent a letter to all Pathfinder Online Kickstarter backers explaining the company won’t quit them. The game will continue development in-house and it will be steered toward a more niche public instead of competing with AAA MMORPGs out there. The letter lays down a roadmap of developments and tweaks to the game to happen this and next year, including more meaningful territorial control, opt-in PvP, tweaks to the AI, and a lot of other things they hope to implement until 2018.
It’s nice to see Paizo’s dedication to the small but fierce fanbase that Pathfinder Online has. I don’t think many companies out there wouldn’t just scrap the game and chalk it up as a failure. The very fact that Paizo is keeping the project alive for the fans speaks loads about the kind of people they are.
Ok, I said three news pieces today were about Pathfinder. This one is about Starfinder, which is Pathfinder in space, so it counts.
Starfinder Society kicks off at Gen Con 50 with three scenarios, one pre-gen character special, and one quest pack.
So if you’re going to be at Gen Con this year, make sure to go to the Sagamore Ballroom on Thurday, 17 August — it’s going to be your chance to become one of the very first Starfinder Operatives.
And in October, Paizo will release Alien Archive for Starfinder RPG. Alien Archive will bring a full compliment of the weirdest creatures that roam the Starfinder star system and will include a system for building your own alien friends and foes. You know, in case you don’t find the stock aliens in the book weird enough.
Alien Archive, a 160-page hardcover, is already available for pre-order for $39.99 along with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rule Book ($59.99, ships in August), Starfinder Adventure Path: Incident at Absalom Station (the first of six adventures in the Dead Suns Adventure Path — $22.99, also ships in August), and the Starfinder GM Screen ($19.99, also coming out in August).
Warlord Games started taking pre-orders for Test of Honour Boxed Set
Test of Honour is a story-driven miniature wargame inspired by the great samurai tales of feudal Japan. Two players select one hero samurai model each, which defines the exact make of their forces. The game plays though six scenarios that tell a tale. Played in order, they weave a story and each scenario carries consequences to the next one, earning new skills to your samurai or perhaps forcing them to take the shameful path of deceit and trickery to gain victory.
That’s why the game is called Test of Honour. The first batch of the boxed set has been sold out, so Warlord Games is taking pre-orders for the second, which they except to get from the factory and send to players in late April. You can sign up to be notified of when the game is available at store.warlordgames.com
Steve Jackson Games releases a couple of pages of Discworld RPG
If you want a taste of the 400-plus-page hardcover book before buying yourself a copy, you should download the free PDF SJ Games is offering from their website. It presents insight into the wondrous Disc itself, a treatise on the Dark Empire (now defunct but still causing problems), and a look at the “Lady Syb” (a charitable hospital that provides better treatment than more monetarily motivated medical masters).
Discworld Roleplaying Game is available from SJ Games online store. They also provide you with a list of friendly local game stores that carry this game inspired by the hilarious works of the late and much missed Terry Pratchett. MSRP is $39.99.
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