The Crusader Road is a new novel of frontier adventure set in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and the new Pathfinder Online MMORPG
REDMOND, WA (July 17, 2014): Paizo Inc. announces today the release of Pathfinder Tales: The Crusader Road, the first Pathfinder Tales novel from New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole. The Crusader Road is also the first tie-in novel for the forthcoming Pathfinder Online Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, and the novel is available now as a mass-market paperback everywhere, and a PDF on paizo.com, as well as ePub via Apple’s iBookstore, MSRP $9.99.
When the artistocratic Vishov family is banished from Ustalav due to underhanded politics, Lady Tyressa Vishov is faced with a choice: fade slowly into obscurity, or strike out for the nearby River Kingdoms and establish a new holding on the untamed frontier. Together with her children and loyal retainers, she’ll forge a new life in the infamous Echo Wood, and neither bloodthirsty monsters nor local despots will stop her from reclaiming her family honor. Yet the shadow of Ustalavic politics is long, and even in a remoate and lawless territory, there may be those determined to see the Vishov family fail.
Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 novels, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He’s won awards in the realms of podcasting, game designer, computer game design, screenwriting, editing, graphic novel writing, and novel writing. He lives in Arizona and frequently travels the United States attending conventions and teaching writing workshops. His website is stormwolf.com.
Pathfinder Tales are the official novels, novellas, and web fiction stories that explore the fascinating world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, written by some of fantasy’s best-selling authors. Each Pathfinder Tales novel comes in mass-market paperback format, with new volumes released every two months. Subscribers receive a free downloadable version of each book they purchase, in both PDF and ePub formats. For more information, including sample chapters, visit paizo.com/pathfindertales.
About Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is the world’s best-selling tabletop roleplaying game, in which players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil. The Pathfinder RPG is currently translated into multiple languages, with hundreds of thousands of players worldwide. Players need only the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, but Paizo Inc. produces a wide range of books and accessories, from hardcover rules compendiums to complete campaigns to packets of beautiful, full-color maps. The Pathfinder brand has also been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, miniatures, plush toys, apparel, and is being developed into a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game. For more information, please visit paizo.com.
About Paizo Inc.
Paizo Inc. is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo’s Pathfinder® Roleplaying GameTM, 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 PathTM 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.
Our relaunched Kickstarter has been funded largely because of what our first attempt taught us. Even though our first project was a complete bomb it has been a great ride. Gosh, I really don’t know how much to bore you here with our experience, so I’m just going to jump into the current project that is much more exciting. I may touch upon some of the lessons we experienced.
Our current project was funded in just under 24 hours. Why? Because we discarded all of the promotional items that inflated the funding goal. This was the secret to our success. We still have a T-shirt, but we felt the backers who were major contributors needed something more than just the media coverage. All of our backers are major supporters, by the way, the average daily contribution has been about $70. We can’t thank you enough for that!
For those of you that have backed this project, I’m not sure if you can see what you’re a part of. The effort you’ve put forth has opened so many doors and taught me so many things it’s not funny. Our blog and social media has increased nearly 30% in the last fourteen days, and that is because you have motivated me. My eyes have been opened, because of you, to what the essence of Through Gamer Goggles media truly is. Back to that in a minute.
I believe I will have published 300 videos before Gen Con 2015. That’s over 100 a year, plus reviews, radio shows, and release information. Through Gamer Goggles is a happening place. We offer a tremendous amount of content, but I have failed you. I have failed because the vision or essence of what is Through Gamer Goggles wasn’t realized until we attempted to fund this successful project. Through Gamer Goggles (TGG) was born with the vision of blending or balancing our gaming worlds with our real lives. Not only is that a monumental task but it has proven to be a very difficult one. Especially since very early on, I became nearly overwhelmed with the processing of game reviews. But this project has made me realize that I have failed at reflecting my personality in the content. I mean, I’m one of the most passionate gamers you’ll ever meet. I go out of my way for the gaming community as a whole by organizing events, judging, and blogging. I probably know hundreds if not thousands of gamers from such experiences. So where am I going with all this? The Gen Con Media project has kind of brought all of this to a head. I have realized that I want to take a very different approach to media. We have always been a part of the community and have run events for manufacturers (since 2000), but I don’t think it was enough to make me happy. Now, you are a part of what we do! That is the change that I was missing before. More than ever Through Gamer Goggles is about blending our lives with our gaming world. Which really means connecting with the gaming community in a unique way. We’re committed to bridging the gap from manufacturer to gamer by being involved with you! One of the results will be more of my super stunning personality as we continue to grow. This will include everything we have done in the past plus more demonstration content and regular radio shows. I might be rambling so onward to excitement!
The Project is all about going to Gen Con and having a blast with you. There are some really cool concepts we are trying to do.
The Photo Tier – every backer gets their picture taken and more.
The Coupon Book – Every backer of $20 or more will receive a coupon book (similar to the convention book but smaller). Currently we’re working with these great companies:
- Academy Games – Kickstarter exclusive items available from Freedom, Rebellion, and Conflict of Heroes, more details to come. Priceless!
- Adventure a Week – one month free. Worth about $10.
- DGS Games – Details Pending
- Hawk Wargames – Spend X dollars (amount to be determined) and receive a bonus mini.
- Mr. B. Games
- And the guys from Pure Steam are offering free music with the purchase of their alternate Pathfinder setting
This is easily worth the $20.
Coffee with the crew – just as it sounds.
The coolest goal is a backer party. Basically this will be a dinner where all are invited to have a meal at a yet to be determined location. I have my eyes set on a steak house. But we will see what happens. It would be great for all of us to be in the same place at the same time to share our experiences and just get to know each other.
To celebrate our last hours I have come up with some unique ideas.
The first is a backer give away. For every ten new backers we get from now until the end of the campaign we will give out prizes to a randomly chosen backer. We are currently at 17 backers, so the prize thresholds are 27, 37, and 47. I currently have 3 prizes to give away: Combat Barbarossa 1941 German Infantryman Versus Soviet Rifleman from Osprey Publishing, Scoundrels of Skullport from GF9, and a signed copy of Forged in Fire for Mage Wars.
Second, I have decided to add another stretch goal – a scavenger hunt. This will be a simple game. It will involve backers of any pledge level to run around the exhibitors hall and do things like play games and other neat things. How dumb is that? At the end of the day we will meet up and have a drawing to award a daily prize. So far we have two Mage Wars Core Set and a copy of Forged in Fire from Arcane Wonders. That is two days of dashing from game to game. Who knows, we may create some other wacky ideas beyond game hunting. In either case it will be a lot of fun.
Like I said the Kickstarter is a door opener. It has started several new friendships, given us new direction and realization. While we’ve focused on Box Breakings, Figure Forges, Flip Throughs, and written reviews, you’re going to see more engagement from us. Beyond that we are going to strive to connect the manufacturers with you in an engaging way, while we continue to push the pace into news and media in exciting ways. Will we be perfect? No, but we have already proven that we learn from our mistakes, and that result means we will see you at Gen Con 2014 AND at Gen Con 2015! My only question is will you be part of our future?
In this Box Breaking Matt delves int Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. He shares with you the contents of the new up to 6 player starter. It contains everything you need to get started with D&D Next.
I hope to see you back in a week or so when I go over the rulebook in more detail.
More good stuff on D&D Next
Neverwinter MMO starts August 14th
D&D basics can be found here.
The official unboxing with Mike Mearls is here.
The ultimate Munchkin stocking stuffer! Do not concern yourself with the challenge of perfect gifting. We have taken care of it!
Holidazed pack combining eleven new cards with four reprints from the hard-to-find Munchkin Holiday Surprise, a candy-themed Level counter, and six red-and-green festive 14mm dice! Not included: gratuitous exclamation points!!!!!
This is one of the cooler items I stumbled upon at Origins game Fair. Join me as I drool over the pages of the Limited edition Doctor Who rulebook from Cubicle 7. If you’re a Doctor Who fan this book is worth it just for the art. Cubicle 7 did an awesome job
You can learn more about this book at Cubicle 7.
This is my first ever Doctor Who book so if I screwed up something let me know!
First I’m sorry this took so long, but I had a lot of unforeseen problems after Origins that prevented me from taking the time to break this down into three parts. For example flooding put our internet provider under water, that makes the whole social media thing pretty difficult. There were other weather problems but no access to the internet was the worst. But Randall and I did talk at Origins game Fair about nearly everything Catalyst related. Since Randall had so much to say it was necessary to break it into smaller segments.
- Sprawl Gangers
- Battletech and SR box sets
- Valiant, The Duke, and Hostile Takeover
Part one is about the current trends with Sprawl Gangers. The Skirmish Game that takes place in the Shadowrun Universe. We do chat about Valiant briefly but we come back to it later.
I have to thank all of our current and future backers. We look forward to bring you great media coverage from Gen Con . Here is a list of some of the highlights we have planned
Interview with Uwe Eickert from Academy games on Kickstarter.
More from Catalyst Game Labs
An in depth look at the New Heavy Gear rules from Dream Pod 9
The new Mage Wars Game
and so much more.
There is still time for you to get in on our kickstarter.
Last Starfleet is a thrilling and intensely strategic cooperative adventure card game – Wicked Grin Games’ first publication! Last Starfleet is a card game that focuses on teamwork and communication. The game takes about 60 minutes to play and has a small learning curve.
Currently on Kickstarter here. Check back in a day or so for the written review.
In this Box Breaking Matt Takes a look at the card game Last Starfleet from Wicked Grin Games. Last Starfleet puts the last of humanity in struggle to colonize a new planet.
Last Starfleet is currently on Kickstarter and will be available at your local retailer later this year.