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Pathfinder: Kingmaker Announced

Owlcat Games studio is proud to unveil it is developing Pathfinder: Kingmaker – the very first isometric computer RPG based on the highly popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Additionally, helping shape the game’s narrative is Chris Avellone, who has worked on a variety of RPGs over the years, including Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Planescape: Torment, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker will take players on a tour through the infamous Stolen Lands, the dangerous and turbulent territories well known within Pathfinder fandom. The computer RPG will revisit familiar characters and well-known locations of the series’ lore as well as treat players to brand new adventures, deadly foes and unforeseen twists and turns. Fans of the fantasy pen-and-paper RPG will experience its epic, heroic universe in new ways while computer RPG gamers will discover their favorite genre in a more contemporary light.

“I’m a Paizo fan, and a Pathfinder fan. I like the setting, the art style, the adventure paths, the card game, and the iconic characters. I’ve enjoyed playing Pathfinder with my friends (we used to be part of an Ocean’s-11 style game), and I’ve enjoyed the comics, the world, and the overall setting,” said Chris Avellone.”I’m excited by the prospect of bringing Pathfinder to the computer RPG world, and hope gamers will enjoy playing in the Pathfinder universe.”

Owlcat Games is working very closely with Paizo Inc., the company behind the world-famous pen-and-paper RPG, to ensure a truthful digital adaptation of Golarion.

“I am very excited to be working with Owlcat Games on the first computer RPG for Pathfinder,” said Lisa Stevens, Paizo CEO.  “Kingmaker is one of my all time favorite Pathfinder Adventure Paths, and from what we’ve seen from Owlcat Games, it is in good hands and promises to be an amazing addition to the computer RPG field.”

Pathfinder: Kingmaker will challenge players as both adventurers and rulers as they will be able to claim explored lands and carve their own kingdom from the wilderness. Kingdom founding will go beyond simple stronghold-building to become a true reflection of the hero’s character and choices made throughout the game. Each kingdom will be a living thing shaped by alignment, choices, allies and the hero’s ability to lead his or her people.

Owlcat Games is excited to show its unique ideas for Pathfinder: Kingmaker during PaizoCon 2017 this month in Seattle. For more details about Pathfinder: Kingmaker, please visit the project’s official site: www.owlcatgames.com

Mass Effect: Andromeda PS4 Review

Space is big, like way bigger than any game or any series of games can contain, and that is just outer space, let’s not get started on inner space or aquatic space.  As a result the creators of the Mass Effect trilogy were able to craft three amazing games taking up tons of space with well developed characters and still be able to go… hmm where should we start our next trilogy of games? The Andromeda galaxy isn’t that far away in terms of space distances, let’s go there!  And so it was, Mass Effect: Andromeda, a ginormous game of its own was born!

Wakey Wakey!:

Cryosleep, it’s how we are gonna get there, pretty much everyone agrees, and they also agree those first poor buggers who wake up are gonna have a hell of a time with it.  They are gonna be cranky, probably not all hot and daisy fresh like Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Most would wake up with hard jobs and blame they want to pass off for everything that went on during the “welcome back from hibernation” weeks or months.  So you are the new pathfinder, chosen not by the decided process or the per-ordained individual but because your dad realize his was about to buy the farm and he wanted to hitch you to the tractor load.  Nobody seems genuinely happy about this, the best you get is indifference from a crew member who you helped move a couch.  This sounds like it might be spoiler filled but you actually get this unwanted vibe pretty early in the process, and those who do want you want you to help with stuff you should not be doing when there are so many big items on your plate.  If you are a completionist (I can relate often) this will keep you from some of the important tasks, even if not a completionist you might wonder if one of these quests that seem menial might pay off in the endgame.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to do it all but my suggestion would be to try to do that on planets to start with, the resources and goodwill of getting all those cryo-cranks some terra firma between their toes goes a long way towards the good will up on the tin can.  You still probably won’t get much credit for anything going right but you can at least sneer at the computer/television screen.  When it comes to doing things both in ship and planet side it helps to have played the other Mass Effect games for a learning curve but they are by no means necessary.  I actually played them all and as a result plenty of things came natural and there are still a few things that even going with the tutorials I don’t understand what the heck I am supposed to do.  I know that this game has massive amounts of hours to play it, especially if you get into side missions.

This brings me to something I don’t usually remark on too much and that was how much negative press I was seeing pop up on my newsfeeds for this game.  It made me think the game must be pretty short and I kept waiting for it to end soon and disappointingly.  It just wasn’t the case.  Actually the more I played the better I thought the game was.  There is a difficulty curve, new story line angles unlocking as you go and you have the option to play naughty “Captain Kirk” with any species and sex in the whole game.  You can have heavy effects on what happens in the politics involved with the game or not have any play right down the middle trying to keep things as peaceful as possible.  You can make decisions that will reflect how the whole Andromeda Galaxy views the human species… are we explorers trying to find new homes or a military society that is just as comfortable interacting with others by putting a boot on their neck and a gun to their temple if that doesn’t work?  I am still working at side missions in the game and figure I probably will be for a while but I can tell that there is a lot more to this game than most people have probably given attention to and that would give them the wrong feeling about it.  If you don’t get far enough away from the snarky buggers on the main ship the game feels like a downer and not the fledgling battle of a new hero but rather a scapegoat that can be used to wipe whatever you stepped in off on.  This is the story of one person seeing the potential in another over all the opinions of others and you as the player proving that opinion right.  It’s an underdog story, the kind of thing most of us love (Rudy!  Rudy!) I just don’t think most people let it get to that amazing point.

The graphics and scope of maps and scenic locations are excellent and though there were some pretty brutal glitches and some rather large areas where manual saves are blocked and auto saves are painfully separated for the most part everything goes as planned.  I had one point where I fell through the ground and it chose the moment on the other side of the mapping to auto save (it wasn’t until afterwards I really thought it was funny enough I should have captured it) causing me to go back quite a ways but for the most part it wasn’t too bad that way.  Loading seemed pretty nicely quick when you consider the sheer size of these open world maps and how much detail can change in a short distance so that your health melts off you faster than you can run or suddenly a whole bunch of big bad guys have ambushed you.  Going planet side can be slow but again for a lot of the before mentioned reasons.

My big hope is for some releases with some more planets down the road, ugly planets, bug planets…

DON’T PANIC!:

Mass Effect: Andromeda I think is a great game and a nice power starter for a new trilogy of games in a new set of worlds.  We have a hero, we have planets, we have aliens… all we need is our towels.


Mass Effect: Andromeda Review Score

(5 out of 5 stars)


 

Obsidian and Paizo Launch Free Pathfinder Adventures

IRVINE, CA – Apr. 28, 2016 – Obsidian Entertainment and Paizo, Inc. today announced the release of Pathfinder Adventures, the free-to-play mobile adaptation of Paizo’s acclaimed Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Pathfinder Adventures is compatible with Apple iPad and Android Tablet, with versions for Android phone, iPhone, and Steam in development.

“We’re huge fans and longtime players of both the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Paizo on Pathfinder Adventures,” said Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart. “Obsidian has worked on a wide range of computer roleplaying games, from Fallout: New Vegas to South Park: The Stick of Truth to Pillars of Eternity. Combining our cRPG experience and passion for Pathfinder, we had an absolute blast making this game, and hope you enjoy it as much as we had fun making it!”

In Pathfinder Adventures, your party of adventurers races against time on a quest to defeat a dangerous villain. Choose each character’s class, build a deck of allies, equipment, and magic; and explore dangerous locations as you journey through an exciting fantasy adventure. As your adventures continue, your characters add unique gear and awesome magic to their decks as they gain incredible powers, all of which they’ll need to challenge more and more powerful threats.

“The creativity and dedication Obsidian brought to making the right mobile game for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game shines in Pathfinder Adventures,” says Erik Mona, Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. “It’s fun, engaging, and lets Pathfinder fans adventure like never before. Obsidian is a great partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them making great games.”

Visit pathfinder.obsidian.net today to learn more about Pathfinder Adventures, download the game for free, and start building your party!

Pathfinder Adventures Release Date

IRVINE, CA – Jan. 21, 2016 – Obsidian Entertainment and Paizo, Inc announced today their highly-anticipated genre-bending adventure card game, Pathfinder Adventures will arrive on Apple iPad and Android tablets on March 29th, with other platforms to follow. Based on Paizo’s award winning Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Adventures offers players a fast, approachable introduction to the fantasy world ofPathfinder through the digital medium, resulting in a deeply strategic role-playing inspired co-operative experience while streamlining the setup of the tabletop game.

Pathfinder Adventures invites players to build a party of iconic Pathfinder heroes as they tackle the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path. Each hero draws from their own unique deck of cards representing their powers and abilities using them to overcome obstacles, slay monsters and ultimately defeat the sinister villains of each adventure. Success depends on matching the right champion to the right challenge, pairing your party members’ powers together, and playing your cards wisely.

Heroes level up with each adventure, gaining new abilities, and building out their inventory of powerful spells, weapons and companions. No adventure plays the same way twice letting both solo players and multiplayer groups return to Pathfinder Adventures again and again for completely new experiences. Obsidian is also dedicated to supporting Pathfinder Adventures with the regular release of new adventure decks for purchase that will take the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path to its climactic final encounter.

“Obsidian has a history of working with deep, richly-textured fantasy worlds, from Star Wars to Fallout. We’re thrilled to play in Paizo’s sandbox and adapt it for both the fan of the tabletop game and a brand new audience of digital gamers,” said CEO Feargus Urquhart. “It’s fitting that we will start with the first Pathfinder adventure ever written, the classic and well-loved Rise of the Runelords.”

Pathfinder Adventures will initially launch as a single-player or pass-and-play experience with online multiplayer support being added in the coming months. The game will be available to download for free on March 29 and includes a tutorial as well as the adventure, Perils of the Lost Coast.  Additional adventure decks will be available for purchase at launch, and regular intervals thereafter.

Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Box Set III Released

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May 20, 2015Today WizKids has released the third installment in the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes figures series – which includes six new figures and a set of exclusive “Boon” cards specifically for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.  In the Iconic Heroes Box Set III, players will find fan-favorite characters including Alain the Human Cavalier, Alhazra the Human Oracle, Damiel the Elf Alchemist, Balazar the Gnome Summoner, his eidolon, Padrig, and Imrijka the Half-Orc Inquisitor!

Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Box Set III is available now in North American gaming shops, and is priced at a suggested $29.99 USD. Head to your local FLGS and grab these wonderful new additions to the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes series!

For more information, please visit – http://wizkids.com/pathfinder-battles-iconic-heroes-set-3/

Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Box Set II Released

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Hillside, NJ — April 22, 2015 – WizKids is pleased to announce the latest release in its Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes figures series today. In the Iconic Heroes Box Set II, fans will find beloved Pathfinder characters including Amiri the Human Barbarian, Kyra the Human Cleric, Harsk the Dwarf Ranger, Biter the Badger, Ezren the Human Wizard, and Merisiel the Elf Rogue. Priced at a suggested $29.99 USD, the Iconic Heroes Box Set II is sure to please fans of Iconic Pathfinder characters and anyone who enjoys top-quality fantasy figures.

As an additional bonus, each Iconic Heroes Box Set includes exclusive “Boon Cards” for use in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. These Boon Cards are only available with the Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes sets.

Obsidian Entertainment to Make Games Based on Pathfinder RPG

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INDIANAPOLIS — August 13, 2014 — Obsidian Entertainment, the developer of Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: the Stick of Truth and the Kickstarter phenomenon Pillars of Eternity, announced that they have entered into a long-term licensing partnership with Paizo Inc. to produce electronic games based on its popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game intellectual property

Obsidian’s first licensed product will be a tablet game based on the highly successful Pathfinder Adventure Card game, a cooperative game for 1 to 4 players. Players each have a unique character composed of a deck of cards and a set of stats. Characters have classes such as fighter, rogue, wizard and cleric, as well as numbers that define attributes such as strength, wisdom and charisma etc. Players will be able to customize their deck to better suit each individual’s vision of their character.

“At Obsidian we have a long history of working with the greatest RPG franchises, and we’re thrilled to get to play in the Pathfinder universe now,” said CEO Feargus Urquhart.  “We’re huge fans and can’t wait to bring what we do in the electronic gaming world to Pathfinder fans everywhere”.

In the world of Pathfinder, 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. 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.

“Obsidian is a video game developer at the top of its game”, said Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens. “Being able to bring that type of experience and passion to Pathfinder can only mean great things, both for our loyal Pathfinder community and for all fans of great CRPG’s.”

Obsidian will be at Gen Con 2014 showing off an early prototype of the digital Pathfinder Adventure Card Game in the Paizo booth (#203) and in their own booth (#2151) featuring the first consumer hands on for Pillars of Eternity.

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