GTM #203 - Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Mummy's Mask
by Mike Selinker

Unwrapping at traders this fall is the Mummy’s Mask Base Set, the fourth core release for the highly popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (PACG). Paizo Inc., the creators of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, have once again teamed up with the designers at Lone Shark Games to bring you the most exciting card game experience possible.

Mummy’s Mask combines the best parts of classic fantasy and Egyptian-inspired mythology. The set starts with your characters guiding a caravan through the desert toward a massive necropolis. Once there, you become a tomb raider in an exciting lottery to investigate and plunder the tombs below. Over the course of several adventures (releasing monthly through March 2017), you uncover a conspiracy: a cult that worships a long-dead pharaoh is conspiring to begin a new reign of the undead. When pyramids start flying, you’ll know you’re in a land of high stakes.

If you’ve never tried the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Mummy’s Mask is the best place to start. Each player has a unique character with a highly modifiable deck of cards, and the players all work together to defeat one of dozens of wildly varying scenarios before time runs out. Characters grow over time, reshaping their powers and their decks as the scenarios get more diverse and more challenging.

Mummy’s Mask makes this journey even easier than past base sets. It includes a quick-start guide with a pre-built starting scenario and characters, so you can dive in without any rules knowledge. The advancement curve and difficulty in this set has been designed so that first-time players will enjoy all the gameplay that has Pathfinder Adventure Card Game fans coming back for more.

“Easy to learn and surprisingly deep, Mummy’s Mask scratches those hard-to-reach gaming itches,” says set lead designer Liz Spain. “Carefully distilled from the finest essences of the classic fantasy tabletop roleplaying game, buildable card games, and roguelike adventures, it’s the culmination of why the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game just keeps getting better.”

To that end, there are a lot of new mechanics in this set. For the first time ever, the trader card type allows PACG players to sell cards they acquire while exploring locations. Additionally, cards reward you for making precise rolls, and some cards attack you for just looking at them. Characters have dramatically new mechanics that have never been seen, like the iconic kineticist Yoon from Occult Adventures, who channels blessings to burn monsters to the ground. This set adds never-before-seen scenario types that turn expected gameplay on its head, such as the defensive stance that requires players to hold the line against an onslaught of monsters.

“We went a little nuts with this one,” says Mike Selinker, the game designer who created the adventure card game genre. “Our designers wanted to find out how far this system could go without breaking, and they pushed everything to the limits. If you haven’t played the game for a while, you will be blown off your chair by how cool and weird it is.”

Mummy’s Mask is supported by Paizo’s world-renowned Pathfinder Society Organized Play Program. Throughout the fall and winter, the Season of Plundered Tombs — the fourth full season of adventures perfect for home play and retail store game nights — will give players reasons to play the game every week.

The set is compatible with all 20 Pathfinder Adventure Card Game class decks, from the first wave of decks such as Wizard and Bard to the brand-new Summoner and Warpriest decks. Plus, there are more than a dozen promo cards available for true fans of the game.

“For the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, we’ve now created four full sets of cards, four full seasons of organized play, and 20 class decks, and our friends at UltraPRO and Obsidian Entertainment have created dozens of auxiliary products,” Selinker says. “I don’t think any of us on the design team ever thought this game would grow so big and entertain so many people. I’m thrilled that we’re able to bring a set as thrilling as Mummy’s Mask to all our longtime fans and a whole new generation of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game players. Buckle up, because it’s gonna be a crazy ride.”

Mike Selinker is the president of Lone Shark Games. Games he has designed and developed include the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Unspeakable Words, and Lords of Vegas.