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Introducing the Year of the Risen Rune

Monday, April 30, 2012

I took a break from the Gen Con push today to write this blog post, and my mind started to wander. I thought a bit about days gone by and how last year at this time we were under just as much pressure trying to get Ultimate Combat off to the presses in time. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Anyway, I also thought to myself, "Self, what sort of blog were you writing this time last year?"

"Aha!" myself answered. "I can do a search and find out!"

Now, those of you who've been following our Monday Pathfinder Society blog posts for a while likely remember this time in spring 2011, when we had a very lengthy series of posts covering "The Future of Pathfinder Society Organized Play." In fact, that series was when we started doing weekly posts and claimed Monday as our own special day of the week. So I checked back to Part VII of that series from May 2. And lo and behold, that was when we announced the title of the current season, the Year of the Ruby Phoenix.

"Self, you should do the same thing for Season 4 in your blog post for Monday," I said. And it seemed a reasonable suggestion, so I agreed.

Season 4 of the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign will be entitled Year of the Risen Rune. The focus of the season is going to be the Pathfinder Society's burgeoning lodge in the Varisian city of Magnimar—the focal point of the forthcoming Shattered Star Adventure Path, which also debuts at Gen Con 2012. While that Adventure Path won't be sanctioned for Pathfinder Society credit and won't use the faction system we have in the organized play campaign, there will be a lot of overlap between the Adventure Path and the Pathfinder Society campaign. So whatever campaign you play, you'll have lots of options for exploring the untamed frontier region of Varisia and the ancient Thassilonian ruins located there.

We'll have a lot more information about both the Shattered Star Adventure Path and the Year of the Risen Rune in the coming months, but until we get closer to the launch of these exciting adventures, check out the venture-captain who Pathfinder players of all ilks are likely to get to know very well—Sheila Heidmarch—and the Pathfinder Society season's shiny new logo.


Sheila Heidmarch Illustration by Kieran Yanner

The Year of the Risen Rune and the Shattered Star Adventure Path both launch at Gen Con 2012 this August!

Mark Moreland
Developer

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Jiggy wrote:
Stephen White wrote:

Key to roleplaying Sheila Heidmarch: "Venture-Captain Sheila Heidmarch pours the coffee as she begins to speak about the mission at hand in her distinctively low, breathy voice."

Distinctively low, breathy voice? So, cross between Marilyn Munroe and Margaret Thatcher?

Interestingly, all I could imagine was Captain Janeway.

Hmmm...

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yoda8myhead wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
Stephen White wrote:

Key to roleplaying Sheila Heidmarch: "Venture-Captain Sheila Heidmarch pours the coffee as she begins to speak about the mission at hand in her distinctively low, breathy voice."

Distinctively low, breathy voice? So, cross between Marilyn Munroe and Margaret Thatcher?

Interestingly, all I could imagine was Captain Janeway.
Hmmm...

I use the Dr. Girlfriend voice for Miss Feathers... don't want to confuse my players too much by re-using it. :-P

Sczarni *

Perhaps Mrs. Captain the Venture?

**** Venture-Captain, New Jersey aka Shivok

Mark Moreland wrote:
Because the manor plays a prominent role in both Shattered Star and the Year of the Risen Rune, it will be getting a new map which will reflect its location, size, and general layout in a way that meshes with Magnimar. The current map isn't an accurate depiction of a city estate, and since we have a Magnimar book coming soon and a year's worth of adventured based there, it seemed the right time to remodel the manor.

I thought from reading the description that the manor was outside Magnimar with the main gate facing the city proper.

Silver Crusade **

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber
Stephen White wrote:
Distinctively low, breathy voice? So, cross between Marilyn Munroe and Margaret Thatcher?

I feel quite ill now...

Silver Crusade ****

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

All I am going to say is: Race For The Runecarved Key = Challenge Accepted.

***** Venture-Lieutenant, New York—New York City aka VLTRokktor

Seth Gipson wrote:
David Santana wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
Drogon wrote:
I almost made the unfortunate mistake of saying "a character that PFS players can get behind." Then I realized what I was typing. Of course, here I am revisiting that little slip...
Giggity.

She may be drop dead gorgeous, but has been portrayed a strong woman. This is The para countess, this woman KNOWS how to take care of anyone who gets in her way, and where to hide the bodies.

Let's pre- order te T Shirt

That's Sheila Heidmarch, not the Paracountess. ;)

I meant to say this is NOT the para countess. The rest of te statement should make more sense now

*** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Ontario aka Feegle

Mark Moreland wrote:
Jeff Mahood wrote:
Which book is the map of the Heidmarch Estate in? Seekers of Secrets?
Because the manor plays a prominent role in both Shattered Star and the Year of the Risen Rune, it will be getting a new map which will reflect its location, size, and general layout in a way that meshes with Magnimar. The current map isn't an accurate depiction of a city estate, and since we have a Magnimar book coming soon and a year's worth of adventured based there, it seemed the right time to remodel the manor.

I got the Magnimar book in the mail today and I was disappointed to find no redone map of Heidmarch Manor... so now I'm curious where it'll be. Can we expect, perhaps, to see it early in the season in one of the scenarios? Or more likely in one of the Shattered Star AP Books?

I'm just really, really excited to see it. Can you tell?

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