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Path of the Wilds (Pathfinder RPG)

Control the elements, conjure spirits, and master the wilds with Ascension Games' new book for Pathfinder 1st Edition!

Path of the Wilds (Pathfinder RPG)

Control the elements, conjure spirits, and master the wilds with Ascension Games' new book for Pathfinder 1st Edition!

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Path of the Wilds is the next book in the "Path" series by Ascension Games, aimed at bringing new, exciting, and balanced material to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (1st edition). Following in the footsteps of our last two books, Path of Shadows and Path of Iron, this book will cover nearly every aspect of the Pathfinder Roleplaying game, with dozens of feats, spells, magic items, archetypes, and options for your favorite classes, along with three new base classes for you to play.

The Elementalist, by Miguel Angel

What to expect inside Path of the Wild's nearly 100 pages of content:

  • Three new base classes: the spell-slinging elementalist, the spirit-bound invoker, and the protective warden.
  • Dozens of new options archetypes for your favorite classes. Channel the four elements as an Elemental Savant sorcerer, or summon ancestral totems as an Animist barbarian. Gain divine power and flexible shapeshifting with the Mystic Shifter, and commune with the spirits of the wild as a Primal Vessel medium.
  • New feats to support all kinds of play styles for nature-based classes. Use Elemental Strike to alter the damage of your weapon attacks, or Ferocious Assault to tear at foes with claw and steel in tandem. Hunt down impossible prey with the Skilled Tracker feat, and call out their weaknesses with the Spotter’s Call combat feat.
  • At least 60 new spells for practically every magic user. Conjure toxic blooms to poison foes, or create a burst of volcanic might with the eruption spell. Unleash your wild side with the primal fury spell or destroy aberrant threats with natural order.
  • New magic weapons, armor, wondrous items, and more. Soar on wings of air with the stormlord’s raiment and freeze foes solid with the rimeflower bow.

Much of the material is already in development. In fact, a playtest of the material is already available! You can download the playtest from Paizo.com, DriveThruRPG or the Ascension Games website. The primary goal for this Kickstarter is to fill the book with the same sorts of high-quality artwork that you’ve come to expect from our products. All of the art pieces in this book will be commissioned pieces made exclusively for Path of the Wilds: you won't find any stock art here!

You can also check out the Ascension Games website and read up on the latest information about Path of the Wilds.

Author: Christopher Moore (Path of Shadows, Path of Iron, founder of Ascension Games, LLC)

Lead Artist: Miguel Ángel

The Invoker, by Miguel Angel

In addition to getting Path of the Wilds, you can also get the earlier books in the series as add-ons at a heavy discount! Just update your pledge amount by the value shown for each add-on; you can specify which ones you want in the backer survey once the Kickstarter is over.

Backers of any reward tier can choose the following add-ons:

Backers of the Adventurer tier or higher (those getting print copies) can choose the following add-ons at no extra shipping cost:

 The majority of the budget is for artwork. I don't pay myself for writing of the contents of the book (I'm happy to get paid once the book comes out), and don't often hire outside authors. 

A quick breakdown is as follows:

  • Approximately 10% goes to Kickstarter and transaction fees.
  • I expect to use 15%-20% of the budget to fulfill backer rewards, depending on how many backers go for print copies instead of digital copies.
  • A minimum of 50% of the budget is dedicated solely to the art. I don't use stock art in the books I write, instead preferring to commission out full-color pieces that are unique to the book.
  • The remaining 20% is discretionary, depending on project needs. Most likely this will be more artwork to fill out the book, but depending on writing needs and stretch goals hit this can be used to contract out additional authors for rules text.
The Warden, by Miguel Angel

 1st Stretch Goal - $5000 (+$1000): A 50% increase to the spell chapter, bringing the total to at least 90 spells (approx. 104 pages).

2nd Stretch Goal - $6000 (+$2000): More archetypes and options! We’ll add another eight pages of alternate class features and archetypes to the book to bring natural magic to other classes (approx. 112 pages).

3rd Stretch Goal - $7000 (+$3000): Expanded page count for feats and magic items, adding four more pages per section of new content (approx. 118 pages)

4th Stretch goal - $8000 and up (+$4000): All of the artwork! You can already expect all of Path of the Wilds to be filled with full-colored, commissioned pieces. Once all of the content goals have been hit, we’ll work on adding as much artwork into the book as we can to really bring the pages to life (page additions varying by funding).

Risks and challenges

This marks the third product for Ascension Games as well as the second Kickstarter campaign, the previous one being for Path of Iron. While in the past I may have been concerned with difficulty in writing mechanics or balancing the art budget, after my last two books I don’t foresee that being an issue. Past experience with contracting artwork, managing backer rewards, shipping products, and so on should let me easily address any issues that arise. I’ve also made sure to launch the playtest earlier this time at the start of the campaign rather than in the middle to give everyone a longer look at the balance and wording of the book.

Short of my computer catching on fire, there’s very little that I think will prevent me from delivering on Path of the Wilds and I am fully confident that I will create another fantastic book to add to your gaming collection.

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