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Gen Con 2014 Pathfinder Announcements, Hell’s Rebels, Occult Adventures & Inner Sea Races

Perram here, reporting from Gen Con 2014 and boy were there a lot of announcements. We’ll go into more detail on the next episode of the Know Direction Pathfinder Podcast, but here is what was announced so far.

250px-Cheliax_flagHell’s Rebels Adventure Path

  • Releasing after the Giant Slayer adventure path, Hell’s Rebels will cast the players as rebels in Cheliax city of Kintargo, who will attempt to overthrow the rule of House Thrune.
  • Will also have issue 100 of the Adventure Path line.  This issue will be an extra 32 pages long (120 Pages), will be written by James Jacobs, and will also contain a special article on the dead god Aroden written by Erik Mona as well as summary and supporting NPC for every AP released so far.
  • PCs will be building up a resistance group called the Silver Crows in the city over the course of the campaign, and might use the organization rules from Ultimate Campaign.
  • While the AP will have plenty of combat, social RP will be a large focus.  Expect a political focus.
  • Probably not a good AP for Chelish loyalist.

Occult Adventures

  • The Pathfinder RPG rules hard cover to be released at Gen Con 2015.
  • Will focus on occult themes, spiritualism, and pulpy flavor.
  • One of the phrases used was “Less Professor X, More Penny Dreadful.”
  • Will be the book that introduces Psychic Magic into the Pathfinder RPG!
    • Psychic Magic will work very similarly to existing Arcane and Divine Magic, with spells per day progressions and will not be based on the Psionic Handbooks from 3e/3.5e Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Will introduce 6 new classes to the Pathfinder RPG.
    • The Kineticist will be a raw manipulator of psychic forces (Telekinetic, Pyrokinetic, etc) and will not be a caster / magic user.
    • Spiritualist is another. Has a spirit that they communicate with and can manifest through the world. Ectoplasmic is an ability.
    • The Mystic was mentioned by name, but no details were given.
  • There will be a public playtest of these six classes “soon.”
  • The book will also have a monster section to help support the play.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Races Hard Cover

  • Because of the success of Inner Sea Gods, they decided that another Campaign Setting hard cover would be good.
  • The first 2/3 of the book will cover the various races and ethnicities in Golarion and how they fit in, not as general an over view as they got in the Advanced Race Guide.
  • The remaining third of the book will be lots of crunch for use with characters in Golarion.

We will have the full seminar recordings up shortly for you all to see for yourselves!  We just hope this holds  you over for now.  Let us know what you think in the comments section.


– Perram

Jefferson Thacker

Before Perram joined Know Direction as the show’s first full time co-host, the podcast could have best been describe as a bunch of Pathfinder RPG stuff. Perram brings a knowledge of and love for Golarion to Know Direction, something any Pathfinder podcast is lacking without. On top of being a man on the pulse of the Pathfinder campaign setting, Perram is the founder of the superlative site for Pathfinder spellcasters, Perram’s Spellbook, a free web application that creates customized spell cards.


  1. Ben Wenham Reply to Ben

    Occult Adventures is the most exciting release from Paizo since Carrion Crown.

    • Hi Chi-ping, my mother loved fantuan (rice rolls) as well when she visited Taiwan late last year. I guess they must be Japanese influenced, but they seem so different to the text-book Japanese rice rolls that I am used to. Jim must enjoy eating like a local.

  2. Awesome…no, I mean aweful, as in this leaves me full of awe, not just with some awe.

    I keep thinking I need to quit spending my money on a game, but they consistently have kept me hooked. Great job Paizo!

  3. chris l kimball Reply to chris

    Excited hell’s rebels, my group played council of thieves as a rival to thrune power , this would be an interesting follow up. Not sure I am super excited about psionics seems like class bloat. I was really hoping for an advanced tactics book, for advanced encounter design, puzzles, interesting traps, exploration, handling how to kick a guy through a railing, or jump on an orges back and cover his eyes. Races of Golarion I am sure will be great, but its stuff many of the splat books have covered.

  4. Michael T. Schell Reply to Michael

    Thank you very much for the announcement, Perram, I see one book I will definitely want and stuff I am probably going to pass on. Inner Sea races I imagine will focus on the standard races and thus be something I will probably pass on as I use Pathfinder to design my own custom campaign worlds. Hell’s Rebels is intriguing but I am not sure I want to support it like I have been so excited for Iron Gods. However, the Occult book sound VERY interesting to me. That I will pick up at some point as that fits in with what I like doing as a GM.

  5. I keep seeing that picture and all I can think of is The Lord of Darkness. I never expected Tim Curry to show up in my Pathfinder games.

  6. Psyched to get a proper Cheliax campaign. As for Occult Adventures, I’m weary of psychic powers being added in, but i’m willing to see what paizo’s take on it looks like. I just wish this was a 2016 project instead of 2015. We just got 10 new classes to figure out and they’re gonna start playtesting 6 more in less than a year? Feels like a bit too much at once.

  7. Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

    Oh… color me intrigued by the promise of more “occult” in Pathfinder! With Erik Mona and Brandon Hodge complementing the design team on Occult Adventures, this product is set up to be absolutely amazing! Can’t wait!

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