GTM #229 - Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
by Paizo Publishing

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Core Set

Coming in May from Paizo, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Core Set is a bold new reimagining of the modern classic that debuted in 2013. With improved mechanics and a fresh new visual redesign—but still compatible with every set that’s come before—the Core Set makes a great game even better.  

The Core Set gives players everything they need to become adventurers in the lands of Golarion. This cooperative strategy game pits 1 to 4 players (expandable to 6 by adding Adventure Paths or Class Decks) against a legion of monsters, perils, and traps. Choose from all 12 Pathfinder core iconic characters, including the brand-new goblin alchemist Fumbus. Each character has a deck of equipment, magic, and allies that they’ll use to explore lethal locations on their journey through an exciting fantasy tale. As your adventures continue, your characters grow and expand their decks as they gain incredible powers, all of which they’ll need to challenge ever more powerful threats.  

The Core Set includes the storybook and 440 cards for the Adventure Path The Dragon’s Demand. The storyline presents 9 all-new scripted scenarios as well as the ability to craft custom scenarios, providing a tremendous amount of play value. And unlike previous Base Sets, the new Core Set is designed to be the foundation of multiple Adventure Path expansions.  

Many new features of the game focus on immersion into the story. “Starting with Core and Curse, PACG adventures come with a storybook that brings the story background, narrative, and mechanics together,” says co-designer Chad Brown. “This increases our flexibility in the types of stories we can tell and lets us give more depth to each and every scenario.”  

“Watching our fans play this game for the last five years has given Paizo and the design team at Lone Shark Games a lot of ideas for improvements and bold new directions,” Chad adds. “The fanbase has been tackling previous Adventure Paths with a huge variety of group sizes and skill levels. We created a new set of ‘Play It Your Way’ rules to allow groups to control the challenge and length of the game—you can increase or decrease the difficulty of individual challenges, or overall goals, or both. This level of control also helps groups manage the real-world playing time of the game.”  

Co-designer Keith Richmond addresses the topic of different group dynamics. “We made it much more beneficial for characters to group up and assist each other. The new ‘avenge’ mechanic is both group-friendly and just plain fun. We’ve also added many, many more powers that affect characters working together.”  

Whether you’re a veteran player or new to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the Core Set is sure to give you and your friends a wildly versatile game experience for years to come.  

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Core Set contains:

  • 440 cards
  • 12 character pawns
  • 6 pawn bases
  • Complete set of 5 polyhedral dice
  • 63 colorful tokens
  • 24 dividers
  • One 4-page Quick Start Guide
  • One 32-page rulebook
  • One 24-page storybook featuring The Dragon’s Demand



Curse of the Crimson Throne

Releasing alongside the new Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Core Set is the Curse of the Crimson Throne expansion. The first modular expansion for the revised game, Curse contains an entire Adventure Path in a single box, replacing the multiple expansion decks required for previous PACG sets. Curse meshes with the Core Set to conjure a rich and heart-pounding gameplay experience.  

Based on the classic RPG Adventure Path from Paizo, Curse of the Crimson Throne pits 1 to 6 players against a corrupt government and a host of monsters as they save the city of Korvosa from threats both ancient and new.  

This set includes the storybook and 550 cards for the Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure

Path, providing more than 2 dozen all-new scenarios plus additional options for custom scenarios. Curse requires the Core Set and expands the maximum number of players to 6 for that set.  

Curse of the Crimson Throne is a wide-ranging adaptation of the popular RPG Adventure Path of the same name,” says PACG lead designer Mike Selinker. “It concerns the city of Korvosa and its turbulent transition to the reign of the young Queen Ileosa. There’s a heroic vigilante, a virulent plague outbreak, a set of warring barbarian tribes, an undead-filled castle, and an assault on the Queen’s fortress. Plus maybe a big dragon too.”  

To support such an epic adventure, Paizo packed a lot of exciting elements into Curse of the Crimson Throne. With the most diverse selection of unique boons and banes of any Pathfinder Adventure Card Game set, it will take extensive replay to see every card. Its scenarios will completely change what you expect from an ACG, including investigation scenarios that require you to gather evidence, a labyrinth that requires some shenanigans to unlock other locations, and of course, the violent sport of Blood Pig! And to affect characters in strange ways throughout the game, it adds the Harrow, Pathfinder’s Tarot-like equivalent introduced over a decade ago in the popular Harrow Deck RPG accessory co-designed by Selinker.  

PACG co-designer Keith Richmond describes a new “supporter” card type for Curse. “One of the big design goals of Curse, since it's focused on a particular city, is to make you really care about its inhabitants. Throughout your adventures, you can count on your supporters for assistance—recovering from a bad roll, healing, extra boons, that kind of thing. You can even improve your relationship with them over the course of the story, which lets them help you even more.”  

Curse also brings 4 new characters to the party: Hakon the skald, Kess the brawler, Quinn the investigator, and Varian the wizard. With this release, every single Pathfinder Iconic character now has a playable PACG character. So, no matter what kind of hero you want to play, PACG has you covered.  

Pick up Curse of the Crimson Throne, gather your friends, and save the city of Korvosa!


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Curse of the Crimson Throne contains:

  • 550 cards
  • 4 character pawns
  • One 48-page storybook