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FANTASTIC YEAR FOR PAIZO PUBLISHING AND PATHFINDER AT GEN CON INDY

Epic Player Community Events, Sold-Out Product Launches, and New Licenses Contributed to 2013 Being Paizo's Best Gen Con Ever

Next Year's Pathfinder Books Previewed, Gen Con Date Save

REDMOND, WA (August 27, 2013): After its first year as co-sponsor of Gen Con Indy, Paizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of the world's best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, is thrilled to announce the company had its best Gen Con ever. Paizo Publishing experienced exceptional retail business in the Gen Con exhibit hall, with year-over-year sales growth of 30%.

Paizo unveiled three new partnerships at Gen Con Indy. Big Finish will be producing Pathfinder Legends, the first audiobook adventures set in the Pathfinder world. Fan-favorite Ultra Pro created character play mats for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, which went on sale in the Paizo booth at Gen Con. And Syrinscape, an app for adding soundtracks to your tabletop gaming, will create custom music, sound effects, and other audio ambiance for the Pathfinder RPG, the first of which was sampled to rave reviews in the Friday night Pathfinder Society mega-event.

Pathfinder Society

Each year at Gen Con, Pathfinder Society launches a new season of organized play for its 50,000 members worldwide. The new season, Year of the Demon, kicked off on Friday night when Pathfinder Society held its first Pathfinder RPG mega-event, Siege of the Diamond City. A total of 1,010 people participated in the event, including a newly engaged couple, where the would-be groom requested the proposal be written into the game. We're happy to say, she said yes.

The Pathfinder Society held a silent auction of Pathfinder rare items and in-game boons, and raised $2400 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.

ENnies

Paizo Publishing and Pathfinder-related products won 10 ENnie Awards, including:

Fan's Choice for Favorite Publisher

(Gold) Paizo Publishing

Product of the Year

(Gold) NPC Codex (Paizo Publishing)

Best Adventure

(Gold) Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition (Paizo Publishing)

Best Art, Cover

(Silver) NPC Codex (Paizo Publishing)

Best Miniature

(Gold) Pathfinder Bestiary Box (Paizo Publishing)

(Silver) Pathfinder Battles: Shattered Star Gargantuan Blue Dragon (WizKid Games/NECA)

Best Monster/Adversary

(Gold) NPC Codex (Paizo Publishing)

(Silver) Inner Sea Bestiary (Paizo Publishing)

Best Setting

(Gold) Magnimar: City of Monuments (Paizo Publishing)

Best Free Product

(Gold) Wayfinder #8 (Paizo Fans United)

Indianapolis establishment Scotty's Brewhouse was a must-see for any Pathfinder fan. Scotty's was decked-out, inside and out, in Pathfinder artwork, with a Pathfinder world menu, including Pathfinder Dogslicer Ale brew, and the tables were always filled with players. Its Pathfinder hospitality was second to none!

"From the landmark Pathfinder Society event, to the overflowing love at the ENnies, to taking a chance on our new card game, the Pathfinder Community made this our best Gen Con to date, and I can't thank Pathfinders enough for their support," says Lisa Stevens, Paizo CEO.

2013 Releases:

Paizo debuted the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set. It is the company's first Pathfinder card game, and its popularity was instantaneous. The game sold out in the first four hours, and the demo tables were full for the duration. Paizo encourages those looking to purchase the game to go to their local retailers on the new release date, August 28.

Paizo also debuted Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures hardcover at Gen Con Indy. A Mythic character takes on the agents of deities, rushes headlong into the abyss, and strives to build a legend, all while facing-off against a wide variety of foes from common monsters to other mythic characters and legendary creatures. Check the Paizo blog for tips on becoming legendary.

"Paizo couldn't be happier at Gen Con's record-breaking success and we can't wait to start plotting next year," says Erik Mona, Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. "Thanks also to the City of Indianapolis, and to Scotty's Brewhouse, for rolling out the red carpet for Pathfinder fans and all gamers. See you in 2014!"

2014 Previews:

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Class Guide hardcover is designed to give players and game masters a wealth of new options for their game. Each of the 10 new classes in this book are a blend of two other classes, giving you just the character you want to play. In addition, the book will contain a wide variety of rules and tools for any character, from feats and spells to magic items and GM advice. The Advanced Glass Guide hardcover is scheduled for an August 2014 release at Gen Con Indy.

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Iron Gods explores one of the most mysterious and unique realms in the Inner Sea region – a land where savage barbarians and stranger super-science mix together. In this six-volume Pathfinder Adventure Path campaign, strange technological marvels like robots, crashed spaceships, and high-tech weaponry rub shoulders with monsters, sinister cultists, and magical artifacts. The new Adventure Path launches August 2014 at Gen Con Indy.

For more information about Paizo Publishing or the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, please visit paizo.com. Mark your calendars for Gen Con Indy 2014, August 14—17.

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con Indy, The Best Four Days In Gaming!™. Gen Con will return to the Indianapolis Convention Center on August 14—17, 2014. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. This year’s Co-Sponsors include Paizo Publishing, Mayfair Games, and Wizards of the Coast. For more information, visit the website at gencon.com. For up-to-the minute details, check out facebook.com/genconindy.

PAIZO PUBLISHING DEBUTS KEY PATHFINDER PRODUCTS AT GEN CON INDY

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Mythic Adventures and Visions of WAR: The Art of Wayne Reynolds Out Now

REDMOND, WA (August 15, 2013): From the exhibit hall of Gen Con Indy, Paizo Publishing, LLC, leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, novels, game accessories and board games, and the world's best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces the release of three new Pathfinder products: the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the new Pathfinder RPG hardcover Mythic Adventures, and Visions of WAR: The Art of Wayne Reynolds. All three released today at Gen Con Indy, and are available to purchase at Paizo's booth in the exhibit hall (booth #203), on paizo.com, or at hobby game shops nationwide. 

Designed by Mike Selinker and Lone Shark Games, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (PACG) translates the most popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (RPG) into an entirely new breed of card game, where players adventure, battle monsters and villains, and acquire new feats, items, weapons, and allies—all without a Game Master! The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set, based on the award-winning Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, includes dice, nearly 500 illustrated cards, and everything one to four players need to create characters and begin their adventures for an entirely new Pathfinder gaming experience. The base set has an MSRP of $59.99.

Mythic Adventures also offers a new way to play the Pathfinder RPG, using familiar rules but adding a new layer to the game. Mythic adventurers are elevated above their non-mythic counterparts, gaining powers and abilities beyond their reach that allow them to take on tougher foes and more daunting challenges. A Mythic character takes on the agents of deities, rushes headlong into the abyss, and strives to build a legend, all while facing-off against a wide variety of foes from common monsters to other mythic characters and legendary creatures. Mythic Adventures has an MSRP of $39.99.

Visions of WAR: The Art of Wayne Reynolds is a journey through the amazing worlds of master artist Wayne Reynolds, a 256-page hardcover retrospective of more than 10 years of work from today's leading fantasy illustrator. Packed with full-color covers, interior art, and card art from award-winning work on brands like the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering, and more, this book has an MSRP of $29.99.

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game puts you in the role of a brave adventurer fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil. Players take on the role of a canny fighter hacking through enemies with an enchanted sword, a powerful sorceress blessed with magic by the hint of demon blood in her veins, a wise cleric of gods benevolent or malign, a witty rogue ready to defuse even the deadliest of traps, or any of countless other heroes. The only limit is a player’s imagination.

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, visit paizo.com.

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con Indy, The Best Four Days In Gaming!™. Gen Con will return to the Indianapolis Convention Center on August 15-18, 2013. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. This year’s Co-Sponsors include Paizo Publishing, Mayfair Games, and Wizards of the Coast. For more information, visit the website at gencon.com. For up-to-the minute details, check out facebook.com/genconindy.

About Lone Shark Games

Lone Shark Games is a design studio in Seattle headed by designer Mike Selinker. They are responsible for the design of the games Lords of Vegas, Unspeakable Words, Pirates of the Spanish Main, and Harrow and the Titanic Games board game line for Paizo. Their game books include The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design, Dealer’s Choice, Puzzlecraft, and the upcoming puzzle novel The Maze of Games.

About Paizo Publishing

Paizo Publishing®, LLC is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo's Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game, the result of the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming, is currently the best-selling tabletop roleplaying game in hobby stores. Pathfinder Adventure Path is the most popular and best-selling monthly product in the tabletop RPG industry. Paizo.com is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the ten years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than 50 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.

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