Paizo New Roundup With Extra Ultimate Wilderness
  • Paizo New Roundup With Extra Ultimate Wilderness


    Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! As always, I am your excitable and long-winded host, ready to give you all the deets on the latest from our favorite company of golems. It seems that Paizo is laser-focused on its newest upcoming release: Ultimate Wilderness! That said, theyíre not about to leave Starfinder fans hanging in the solar winds. Letís get started!


    Letís start things off with some reassurances for Starfinder GMs worried about the 22 new playable races available in the Alien Archive. Thurston Hillman lays out the Starfinder Societyís plans for incorporating the various races into organized play that will keep things sane.

    First and foremost, the conventions around the world will be divided into regions that each have access to a smaller amount of the new races. Each region is scheduled to cycle through the different groups of new races, so GMs have an opportunity to learn the new races at an approachable pace and players still get the opportunity to try them all out (eventually).

    For players looking to take advantage of different races immediately, the Starfinder Society is implementing a new player boon. Players who play six unique Starfinder scenarios with any combination of characters can gain access to two of the new races, while playing twelve or more opens up a third. Previously-played scenarios count towards this limit, so you may already be eligible to play your favorite alien!

    Of course, no company is perfect, so the Golem is open to feedback on how you the players would like to see these new races rolled out. Feel free to bombard them with ideas, suggestions, and requests! They literally asked for it!

    Now, on to Pathfinder, and from there to the upcoming supplement making waves: Ultimate Wilderness! This supplement is geared towards a primally-focused campaign or character. Stephen Radney-McFarland gives us a deeper peek at a new base class that taps into the same primal energy as the druid: the shifter.

    The shifter a master of many powerful bestial forms and can combine lesser aspects into a single composite whole. The shifter also has a defensive instinct to keep her from harm, and uses her connection with nature to commune with animals, track, and move effortlessly and silently through the wilds.

    Like all base classes, the shifter will come with a bevy of archetypes. Elemental shifters gain boons based on the elemental planes, while fiendflesh shifters make pacts with dark powers for extra strength. If youíre worried about being locked out of this new primal power because you want to take a spin with the new and improved plant races, worry no longer: the updates remove their immunity to polymorph effects, as well of some of their more powerful damage immunities. Ah, the price you pay for ambition. Should still be fun!


    Donít think Iím going to bury the lede on plant races, oh no. Your old tasty favorite, the ghoran, is joined by the vine leshy and the gathlains in Ultimate Wilderness, and Linda Zayas-Palmer has all sorts of tidbits to tell.

    Youíre probably familiar with ghorans and their delicious flesh (great grapplers they do NOT make), but Ultimate Wilderness provides a new archetype to try. The aromaphile ghoran produces clouds of sweet odors and pollen that can hypnotize or debilitate their foes or help their allies recover from negative effects.

    Vine leshys are a new type of leshy debuting in Ultimate Wilderness. Unlike the leshys you may be used to from the Bestiaries, vine leshys only take up a static ward for brief periods of time. This allows them to wander around and search for new exciting vistas for their newest ward.

    Vegetable people donít get all the fun in Ultimate Wilderness. The free-spirited gathlains are a new race of fey that are capricious and fun-loving to a fault. Even other fey races might be shocked by their pranks. Iíll reserve my judgement as a GM on how excited I am about a race that goes out of its way to make mischief, but it should make for exciting and unpredictable campaigns no matter what!

    A new supplement for Pathfinder wouldnít feel at home without a new library of archetypes, and boy does Ultimate Wilderness provide. Over 60 pages are dedicated to archetypes for base classes, hybrid classes, and even the new occult classes.

    Well thatís all for this edition of the PAIZO NEWS ROUNDUP! Stay tuned for more on the Golem, and possibly even some third parties!
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. Matrix Sorcica's Avatar
      Matrix Sorcica -
      Does Paizo pay for this advertising, or is it enough that they are the ones doing the writing on this 'round up'?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      Does Paizo pay for this advertising, or is it enough that they are the ones doing the writing on this 'round up'?
      What on earth does that even mean?
    1. Matrix Sorcica's Avatar
      Matrix Sorcica -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      What on earth does that even mean?
      It means what it says. The part on ultimate wilderness reads like an advertisement written by the company in question. The author gushes about the content without having seen it presumably, there's no reflection on balance or rules bloat etc. It reads like Paizo forwarded the text and it got pasted more or less as is.

      So I asked because I was genuinely curious.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      It means what it says. The part on ultimate wilderness reads like an advertisement written by the company in question. The author gushes about the content without having seen it presumably, there's no reflection on balance or rules bloat etc. It reads like Paizo forwarded the text and it got pasted more or less as is.

      So I asked because I was genuinely curious.
      Itís not a review.
    1. Matrix Sorcica's Avatar
      Matrix Sorcica -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      Itís not a review.
      I'm aware of that. So I asked what it is. Guess I got sort an answer.
    1. Curmudjinn's Avatar
      Curmudjinn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      I'm aware of that. So I asked what it is. Guess I got sort an answer.
      Money money money, money, MONEY
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      I'm aware of that. So I asked what it is. Guess I got sort an answer.
      This website is an RPG fan site which reports news about stuff we find interesting or we think others might find interesting. It started in 1999 reporting on the latest D&D 3E rumours, and continues to this day. In recent years the topics covered have expanded to include a variety of tabletop RPGs. The general approach is that weíre fans, not critics, and weíre enthusiastic about the hobby.

      Hope that helps!
    1. Matrix Sorcica's Avatar
      Matrix Sorcica -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      This website is an RPG fan site which reports news about stuff we find interesting or we think others might find interesting. It started in 1999 reporting on the latest D&D 3E rumours, and continues to this day. In recent years the topics covered have expanded to include a variety of tabletop RPGs. The general approach is that weíre fans, not critics, and weíre enthusiastic about the hobby.

      Hope that helps!
      It sure does! Lately the site has been awfully involved in politics, so it's very nice it's still a fansite.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      It sure does! Lately the site has been awfully involved in politics, so it's very nice it's still a fansite.
      We report the news; we donít make it. When you donít like the news, donít shoot the messenger!
    1. Matrix Sorcica's Avatar
      Matrix Sorcica -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      We report the news; we donít make it. When you donít like the news, donít shoot the messenger!
      EDIT: that was unnecessarily harsh.

      I do think that Enworld stops being the messenger when a certain kind of news is promoted and not necessarily fact checked.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      I don't like fake news (con refuses to listen.....) so is not impressed when the messenger uncritically posts such news and seem fine about it, even when called out.
      To repeat myself from earlier... what does that even mean?
    1. Matrix Sorcica's Avatar
      Matrix Sorcica -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      To repeat myself from earlier... what does that even mean?
      Yeah, I edited it.

      I think the case with the news brought on the front-page of Enworld about the con owner refusing to listen to concerns should have been updated, as so often happen with news articles on Enworld, when it became very apparent that the con owner did indeed listen and had so all along.
      When Enworld doesn't update such a misdirecting article, it seems to me like Enworld goes from being a messenger to a (endorsing) part.

      Regarding this Paizo piece - it's presented as news but reads like a commercial is all (imo of course)
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      Regarding this Paizo piece - it's presented as news but reads like a commercial is all (imo of course)
      Considering Morrus circumvented all the questions about whether this article, and others similar like it, was paid or sponsored by Paizo, pretty much tells me it was paid by Paizo.

      Or maybe Morrus can say outright it wasn't paid or sponsored by Paizo.
    1. Mark Craddock's Avatar
      Mark Craddock -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matrix Sorcica View Post
      Yeah, I edited it.

      I think the case with the news brought on the front-page of Enworld about the con owner refusing to listen to concerns should have been updated, as so often happen with news articles on Enworld, when it became very apparent that the con owner did indeed listen and had so all along.
      When Enworld doesn't update such a misdirecting article, it seems to me like Enworld goes from being a messenger to a (endorsing) part.

      Regarding this Paizo piece - it's presented as news but reads like a commercial is all (imo of course)
      I'll chime in to say that the article mentioned above had a title that bordered on click bait. The Con organizer in fact did have a response, though it might not have been to everyone's tastes.

      I will be the third voice asking if this article was paid advertising? Will we get an answer?
    1. Shadow Demon's Avatar
      Shadow Demon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mark Craddock View Post
      I will be the third voice asking if this article was paid advertising? Will we get an answer?
      i will throw my hat in the ring with the same question for the hell of it. if so, Paizo probably needs it. This is the most comments of seen in awhile on an article about Pathfinder products. Ironically, apparently most of the commenters myself included donít actually care much about the actual products.
    1. fantasmamore's Avatar
      fantasmamore -
      Usually, when a physical product is offered or there is an affiliate link, they mention it at the end of the article. So this article most probably is not paid. But even if it is, what's the deal? I am not a Pathfinder fan but I always read (although diagonally) these articles. Paizo creates products of great value and if I wasn't hooked with later editions of D&D I would love to play this system. There are times when I look at their Adventure Paths and maps and pawns and cards and all these great stuff that I feel jealous because none of my favorite systems had ever go even close to this kind of treatment.
      But I think that the problem with the article is that there is no article. It doesn't say anything really, it does seem like marketing language. I still enjoy these articles though.
    1. EthanSental's Avatar
      EthanSental -
      Quick glance at the author's article history shows he's done about 10 of the paizo round up from a fan perspective...his round up is similar to new in game store this week round ups. Seems he's just consolidating the paizo stuff since I know I need the help since paizo puts out a ton of new and rehashed material and I couldnt keep up with it all with out a little help.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kramodlog View Post
      Or maybe Morrus can say outright it wasn't paid or sponsored by Paizo.
      It wasnít. I doubt Paizo is even aware of this column.
    1. dave2008's Avatar
      dave2008 -
      What is the big deal here? Isn't this the weekly Paizo news post? Why so much fuss about this one?
    1. Shawn Carman's Avatar
      Shawn Carman -
      Thanks for the news, guys. I had missed the blog post about the shifter and I was glad to read it.
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