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GOBLINWORKS LICENSES UNITY ENGINE FOR DEVELOPING THE PATHFINDER ONLINE MMO

Studio Announces Sneak Peek Online Environment Experience and Pit Fight Battles Preview

Unity Engine Enables Highly Anticipated Mac OSX Version of the Game

REDMOND, WA (January 9, 2012): Goblinworks, Inc. is thrilled to announce today a licensing agreement with Unity Technologies that secures Unity as the engine behind the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) Pathfinder Online.

To celebrate the partnership with Unity, Goblinworks today launches a demo Environment Experience of the first level of Pathfinder Online’s Thornkeep dungeon, which lets players view the environment originally constructed for the Technology Demo, now run through the Unity Engine. The demo is viewable through a Unity web app in your browser at https://goblinworks.com/experience.html.

“We have been evaluating solutions in this space for more than a year,” says Ryan Dancey, CEO of Goblinworks. “For performance, code quality, reliability and flexibility, Unity rose to the top of our list. Unity also enables us to develop both a Windows and an OSX version in tandem. We couldn’t be happier to make this announcement today.”

Goblinworks also announces the first playable test-environment, a version of Pathfinder Online’s combat-testing software called Pit Fight, which will be available to players in Fall of 2013. Through Pit Fight, players will help the development team cull a wide range of combat data while getting a preview of combat in Pathfinder OnlinePit Fight will be a stand-alone, single-player experience.

Pit Fight will put the player through a number of gladiatorial battles, fought in the Bonepit Arena in Thornkeep, under the watchful eyes of the Hellknights. Players will be able to get a sneak preview of the Pathfinder Onlinecombat design, and will help to shape its development through PVE conflict against various NPC opponents.

Initially, players will be using a limited number of prebuilt characters and specific scenarios but expanding over time to include other classes, customization and combat styles. Players will be able to test which aspects of combat they most enjoy, and plan their advancement path once Pathfinder Online launches.

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game builds on more than 10 years of system development and the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming to create an unparalleled fantasy roleplaying experience. Players need only the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, but Paizo Publishing produces a wide range of books and accessories to enhance your Pathfinder experience, from hardcover rules compendiums to complete campaigns to packets of beautiful full-color maps. For more information, please visit paizo.com.

Pathfinder Online is a hybrid sandbox/theme park-style massively multiplayer, online roleplaying game (MMORPG) where characters explore, develop, find adventure and dominate a wilderness frontier in a land of sword and sorcery. Pathfinder Online is currently being “crowd-forged” through Kickstarter, with 5 days left in the million-dollar pledge drive. Please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-a-fantasy-sandbox-mmo and Goblinworks.com for more information.

 

SUPERSTAR LINE-UP CONFIRMED FOR SUPERDUNGEON

Paizo Announces the Twelve Initial Authors and Designers Slated to Create the Emerald Spire Superdungeon for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

Kickstarter Reward Could Become the Largest Official Pathfinder Dungeon

REDMOND, WA (December 12, 2012): Paizo Publishing, LLC is thrilled to announce today the stellar line-up of the first 12 authors and designers who have been tapped to create their own unique dungeon level for the Emerald Spire Superdungeon.

Emerald Spire Superdungeon Co-Designers

Rich Baker (author of the Birthright campaign setting for D&D)

Wolfgang Baur (CEO of Open Design, and legendary TSR designer)

F. Wesley Schneider (Paizo Editor-In-Chief and creator of Ustalav)

James Sutter (Paizo Fiction Editor and creator of Kaer Maga)

Lisa Stevens (CEO of Paizo, and co-founder of White Wolf and Wizards of the Coast)

Keith Baker (Creator of the Eberron campaign setting for D&D)

Ed Greenwood (Creator of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for D&D)

Erik Mona (Publisher and co-creator of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting)

Mark Rein-Hagen (Co-founder of White Wolf Publishing, author of Ars MagicaVampire: The MasqueradeWerewolf: The ApocalypseWraith: The Oblivion, and Changeling: The Dreaming)

Jason Bulmahn (Lead designer of the Pathfinder RPG and co-creator of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting)

Frank Mentzer (Founder of the RPGA, co-author of The Temple of Elemental Evil, author of D&D boxed sets)

James Jacobs (Creative Director and creator of the Pathfinder Adventure Path and Varisia)

“These folks have been my heroes, my co-workers, and my friends in the industry.  They have created the products that have defined my 25 years in this industry and I am extremely proud to have them working with me to create the most amazing Superdungeon ever!” beams Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens. “The very cool thing is how big this dungeon can grow if enough people back this Kickstarter. How low do you want it to go? Back this Kickstarter, and we will find out!”

The Emerald Spire Superdungeon includes 32 pages of source material detailing the area around Fort Inevitable, one of the starter towns in the Pathfinder Online game.  It will include at least 12, 8-page dungeon levels, designed by Pathfinder superstars, and an exclusive cover for Kickstarter backers by Pathfinder artist Wayne Reynolds. Additional dungeon levels will continue to be added to the book with each $100K raised over the goal. The Emerald Spire Dungeons Flip-Mat Multi-Pack, a set of Pathfinder Flip-Mats presenting each dungeon level in tabletop miniatures scale, will come with the Superdungeon.

The Emerald Spire Superdungeon is currently only available through the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter rewards. When the Kickstarter reaches its $1 million funding goal, the Emerald Spire Superdungeon will encompass 12 dungeon levels in 128 pages, accompanied by 6 double-sided Flip-Mats in the Emerald Spire Dungeons Flip-Mat Multi-Pack. They will be available in PDF format as part of the rewards at and above the $75 “Loremaster” backer level, and in print format as part of the new RPG Print Pack add-on ($100.00). A PDF of Emerald Spire can also be had at the $15 pledge level.

Pathfinder Online is a hybrid sandbox/theme park-style MMO where characters explore, develop, find adventure and dominate a wilderness frontier in a land of sword and sorcery. The Pathfinder Online Kickstarter Campaign is in progress and concludes at 2:00 GMT on January 14, 2013. Please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-a-fantasy-sandbox-mmo and Goblinworks.com for more information.

 

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game builds on more than 10 years of system development and the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming to create an unparalleled fantasy roleplaying experience. Players need only thePathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, but Paizo Publishing produces a wide range of books and accessories to enhance your Pathfinder experience, from hardcover rules compendiums to complete campaigns to packets of beautiful full-color maps. For more information, please visit paizo.com.

The RPG Print Pack is a new add-on for Kickstarter backers at any reward level, for a pledge of an additional $100 (plus $15 shipping for non-US backers).  The RPG Print Pack includes a hardcover print edition of the Emerald Spire Superdungeon, which will feature an exclusive Kickstarter cover by Wayne Reynolds; a print edition of the Emerald Spire Dungeons Flip-Mat Multi-Pack; a print edition of the Pathfinder Tales novel The Crusader Road; and an Emerald Spire Campaign Cards game accessory.

-       The Crusader Road is a Pathfinder Tales novel by New York Times best-selling author Richard L. Baker (Thornkeep). The novel sets up the compelling backstory of the Pathfinder Online game, and introduces key elements of the Crusader Road area of the River Kingdoms, where the online game takes place.

-       Emerald Spire Campaign Cards is a full-color, gorgeously illustrated set of 55 cards containing a variety of Item Cards, Face Cards and Quest Cards to aid in your Emerald Spire Superdungeon campaign.

Paizo is also pleased to announce that new WizKids’ Pathfinder Battles Miniatures will be added to the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter as rewards for all of the Crowdforger backer levels, which start at $100. The miniatures will all be drawn from the Emerald Spire Superdungeon, starting with the first announced miniature, the Bloodbriar Goblin Raider. A second miniature, the Shadowfire Elemental, will be unlocked when the Kickstarter reaches $300K, with additional miniatures revealed for each $100K raised.  This means that starting at $250,000, a new reward will be offered for every $50K raised, alternating between new dungeon levels for the Emerald Spire Superdungeon and new Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic miniatures.

Pathfinder Online is a hybrid sandbox/theme park-style MMO where characters explore, develop, find adventure and dominate a wilderness frontier in a land of sword and sorcery. With the success of this Kickstarter, Pathfinder Online is targeted for a mid-2014 Beta. As stretch goals are reached beyond the base funding level, this target date will move up as more resources are brought to bear on getting Pathfinder Online finished. The Pathfinder Online Kickstarter Campaign is in progress and concludes at 2:00 GMT on January 14, 2013. Please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-a-fantasy-sandbox-mmo and Goblinworks.com for more information.

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game builds on more than 10 years of system development and the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming to create an unparalleled fantasy roleplaying experience. Players need only thePathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, but Paizo Publishing produces a wide range of books and accessories to enhance your Pathfinder experience, from hardcover rules compendiums to complete campaigns to packets of beautiful full-color maps. For more information, please visit paizo.com.

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