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Unpacking the Pathfinder Playtest

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Unpacking the Pathfinder Playtest

The Pathfinder Playtest ended November 18th and according to Paizo Inc., it was huge in terms of the number of players and incredibly useful to the designers!

Jason Bulmahn updated players on the findings from the Playtest and thanked them heartily for their participation in a video missive from the Paizo Studio.. He talked about data, surprises, and even gave a few spoilers as to what the final version of Pathfinder Second Edition will be like. 

The Paizo team was very clear that Pathfinder Second Edition will not be identical to the Playtest. The Playtest made bold choices to test various options and players will absolutely experience the game differently when the Second Edition is released in August.

While still being written, Pathfinder Second Edition will add storytelling flavor and polish, provide a better introduction for new players, include more useful GM tools, do away with magical Resonance, and refine the Proficiency system. All of this moves towards making a game that is easier to learn, faster to play at all levels, providing the depth of character customization that Paizo is lauded for, and giving GMs the tools to tell the stories they want to tell. Getting the rules just right allows players to focus more on the story at gaming table.

Even though the Playtest is at an end, the Pathfinder Playtest books still create a fascinating and challenging adventure - especially for any party who might want to gain an deeper understanding of game design, compare their experience with the final version coming this year, and of course explore the vast World of Golarian. The chapters of the Doomsday Dawn adventure take place in many of the same locations as Pathfinder’s previous Adventure Paths, giving a sampling to new players and a sentimental journey to veterans. Let’s be honest, it’s just plain fun. Reach out to your FLGS to see if they still have copies available!

Paizo has plans to make the buying experience special for customers who plan to buy Pathfinder Second Edition at their favorite local gaming store which they plan to announce in March.

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Sneak Peek! Munchkin: Warhammer 40K

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Sneak Peek! Munchkin: Warhammer 40K

Munchkin: Warhammer 40K is slowly making its way to us, fam! If you have been thirsting for it since it was announced at Gen Con last year, then you’ll be super jealous to know that our friends at Steve Jackson Games gave us a sneak peak at the cards in production.

Don’t stay mad at us though, because we are passing them along to you!

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That being said… this did just arrive on my doorstep.

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So, the green-eyed monster may have returned - and frankly, I understand if it did. The art will delight and tantalize all Warhammer fans and Munchkin fans alike and there are 168 new cards to explore in the box. It comes with a game board as well as a custom six sided die and twelve standies with even more of that classic Munchkin art from John Kovalic.

Dare I open it on APN for all to see? Tell me in the comments if that’s something you’d like to see!

BUT! Don’t let me have all the fun! You should head to your FLGS and preorder because this game will be hitting shelves in March!

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Get the Game - Maiden's Quest from WizKids

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Get the Game - Maiden's Quest from WizKids

Adventure as a self-rescuing princess right in the palm of your hand in Maiden's Quest from WizKids!

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Gen Can't: The Unconvention for Those Who Can't Gen Con

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Gen Can't: The Unconvention for Those Who Can't Gen Con

Gen Con. The annual celebration of all things tabletop gaming, and it’s upon us once again. For some, it’s the defining event of their summer, being the largest tabletop convention in the US by far, and simply for being an absolute spectacle to behold its grand scale. For others however, attending the show is sometimes just out of reach. Maybe it overlaps with a separate family vacation, or you just can’t get that much time away from work. Or maybe just the fact that flying across country for conventions can be expensive, even before adding in costs for hotels (if you can get one!), meals, and picking up all the new hotness on the show floor, of course. So, what do passionate gamers do when they can’t Gen Con? They Gen Can’t.

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Gen Can’t is “The Unconvention” for folks who are excited about all the buzz surrounding Gen Con but aren’t able to make the trip themselves. Started in 2014 by intrepid gamers who found themselves in that very predicament, Gen Can’t is an awesome way to connect fans of gaming all over the world through their passion for the hobby, all from the comfort of their own home. What started as a mere Twitter hashtag has grown into something so much more, with the community surrounding it running contests, virtual events, and more. Even publishers have gotten on board the Gen Can’t train, with many making donations for giveaways of even their hottest new releases, really helping bridge the gap between Gen Con attendees and Gen Can’t participants.

If you’re one of those gamers with hopes of attending Gen Con someday but this just wasn’t your year, consider joining in on the fun with #GenCant! You can even print up your own Gen Can’t badge here to really sell that authentic convention experience. Most importantly though, spend this week having fun! Play some games, share pictures and stories on social media, and tell the world how much fun you’re having. And you get to do it without fighting 60,000 person crowds and lines… hmm, who are the real winners here?! 😊

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