GTM #281 - Pathfinder 2e Remaster Project


Introducing the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project: A Fresh Take on an Epic Game

Calling all adventurers! Get ready to embark on an incredible journey through the realm of Pathfinder with the exciting new Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project. Paizo, renowned publisher of tabletop roleplaying games, is thrilled to present the release of four new hardcover rulebooks that will revolutionize your Pathfinder Second Edition experience. These remastered books are designed to provide a fresh entry point into the world of Pathfinder, making the game easier to learn and more enjoyable to play than ever before. Let’s dive into the details and discover what awaits you!

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The Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project features four essential books: Pathfinder Player Core, Pathfinder GM Core, Pathfinder Monster Core, and Pathfinder Player Core 2. The first two books, Pathfinder Player Core and Pathfinder GM Core, are set to release this November. The remaining volumes, Pathfinder Monster Core and Pathfinder Player Core 2, will follow in March 2024 and July 2024, respectively. These new rulebooks are fully compatible with existing Pathfinder Second Edition products, incorporating comprehensive errata, rules updates, and the best additions from later books. With streamlined presentations inspired by years of player feedback, the Pathfinder Remaster Project sets a new standard for accessibility and immersion.

Are you worried that your existing Pathfinder Second Edition books will become obsolete? Fear not! The Pathfinder Second Edition core rules system remains unchanged, and the vast majority of the rules themselves will remain the same. The remastered books consolidate key information from the Core Rulebook, Gamemastery Guide, Bestiary, and Advanced Player’s Guide into unified volumes. For example, Pathfinder Player Core will gather all the crucial rules for each featured class in one convenient place. Your existing books are still valid; these new editions just offer a consolidated and enhanced experience.

The Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project also marks a transition to the Open RPG Creative (ORC) license, a more stable and reliable alternative to the previous Open Game License. This shift will bring a few minor modifications to the system, such as the removal of alignment and a small number of creatures, spells, and magic items exclusive to the OGL. Rest assured, these elements will remain a part of the Pathfinder Second Edition rules and are fully compatible with the new remastered system. However, they will not appear in future Pathfinder releases.

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If you’re a digital content enthusiast, Paizo has you covered! The company is working with its digital partners to integrate the new system updates seamlessly. The updated rules will also be uploaded to the Archives of Nethys as usual, ensuring that legacy content remains accessible online.

For those who love the tactile experience of physical books, the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster books offer an exciting variety of options. In addition to regular hardcovers, Paizo is planning Special Editions, Pocket Editions, and Hobby Retailer Exclusive covers. Special Editions will be bound in faux leather with metallic deboss cover elements and a bound-in ribbon bookmark, while softcover Pocket Editions will provide a portable and affordable alternative. Stay tuned for more information on these unique editions!

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Now, let’s talk about the stunning cover art for the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project. Sketches for the Pathfinder Player Core and Pathfinder GM Core hardcovers were unveiled to hobby game retailers and distributors at the GAMA EXPO. Created by acclaimed Pathfinder cover artist Wayne Reynolds, these illustrations are nothing short of extraordinary! Wayne’s sketches showcase his incredible attention to detail and ability to capture the essence of Pathfinder’s world. To celebrate his exceptional artwork, Paizo is bringing Wayne’s sketches directly to your game table. In addition to the standard fully painted covers, the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project will offer Hobby Retailer Exclusive sketch-cover editions of the rulebooks. These limited-edition versions will be available exclusively at hobby retailers worldwide for the first four months after their release. For folks who don’t have access to a local game store, Paizo will also retain a small number to sell on paizo.com after the exclusivity period ends. So don’t miss the opportunity to secure your unique sketch-cover editions and support your local game store!

But that’s not all — prepare to be amazed by Pathfinder’s new dragons! Each sketch cover debuts a brand-new type of official Pathfinder dragon that will appear in the upcoming Pathfinder Monster Core book, set to release in March 2024. These awe-inspiring dragons were developed from concept art by Kent Hamilton, Paizo’s in-house concept artist. Take a look at Kent’s preliminary dragon concept designs and get ready to encounter these magnificent creatures in your Pathfinder adventures!

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Pathfinder Society Organized Play, the immersive and engaging campaign experience, will seamlessly incorporate the new rules as they become available. The Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project will not disrupt ongoing campaigns, and any conflicts between new and legacy sources will be addressed by campaign management to minimize disruptions to player characters and the campaign itself.

Curious about what lies ahead? In addition to the four announced Remaster books, Paizo’s regular schedule of Pathfinder releases will include exciting projects like the Pathfinder Rage of Elements and Howl of the Wild rulebooks, the Lost Omens Tian Xia World Guide and Character Guide, monthly Adventure Path installments, and other surprises waiting to be unveiled.

Excitement is in the air as Paizo introduces the Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project. With its streamlined presentation, improved accessibility, and host of new features, this project will undoubtedly elevate your Pathfinder experience to new heights! So, gather your party, select your gear, and prepare to immerse yourself in a world of adventure like never before. The Pathfinder Second Edition Remaster Project is ready to lead the way into a realm of endless possibilities!


Aaron Shanks is the Director of Marketing at Paizo. Author credit goes to Paizo’s editorial team, as our tabletop roleplaying games are collaborative, both around the table and the virtual office.