PRESS RELEASE: Trapdoor Technologies Announces License To Create Playbook App for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

Trapdoor Partners with Paizo, Inc. to Create Comprehensive Pathfinder RPG Companion App for Players and Game Masters to Streamline Gameplay Like Never Before

BOULDER, COLORADO (April 11, 2016): Trapdoor Technologies proudly announces a partnership with Paizo, Inc. to produce Playbook for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, an app that integrates all of the components of running the popular RPG into a single application for iPad.


“Playbook will allow players to roll up and manage characters, while Game Masters can purchase and prep adventures and campaigns in the award-winning world of Pathfinder,” says Chris Matney, Managing Director at Trapdoor. “With quick rules lookup, information sharing, stat tracking and more, this is the app roleplaying gamers have been waiting for.”

Trapdoor released a preliminary version of the Pathfinder RPG Playbook developed independently of Paizo, however the full licensed version of Playbook for Pathfinder will include the games’s complete rule set, artwork, connection with Pathfinder Society Organized Play events, and the extensive library of Pathfinder adventures. Playbook for Pathfinder is slated for release Second Quarter 2016, with additional adventures released throughout the year.

“We are excited to have Trapdoor join the Paizo family, and we think Playbook for Pathfinder has great potential to improve the game prep and play experience. Streamlining bookkeeping and simplifying rules lookup during play will help gamers get the most out of their time at the table,” said Lisa Stevens, CEO at Paizo.

For additional information on Playbook, visit

About Trapdoor Technologies
Trapdoor Technologies is a Colorado-based company specializing in consumer application development for mobile devices.  Their flagship product The Story Machine™, is a scalable, automated, cloud-based publishing engine offering integrated interactive features for digital books, documents, and periodicals.

Trapdoor’s family of applications include a robust digital companion for tabletop role-playing games (Playbook), an enhanced e-book application featuring Onder Librum for the Ed Greenwood Group (Storybook) as well as two products tailored specifically for corporate customers (Learningbook and Formbook).

About Paizo Inc.
Paizo Inc. is publisher of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Tales novels, as well as board games and gaming accessories. The Pathfinder world, in which players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil, is currently translated into eight languages, and has been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, toys, and apparel, and is being developed into an MMORPG. is also a leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world.

Ryan Costello

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  1. Quo

    I just started using Hero Labs. Is this different from Hero Labs or something comparable?

  2. MoggZero

    Hopefully by the time this goes live, they will have an Android app as well.

    • Ryan

      Quo, I’m going to look into that, but near as I can tell, it’s very much like Hero Lab.

      Moggzero, I, too, hope for an Android version.

  3. Chad hale

    How is this app going to be better than MSword?
    I copy and paste text from the books I have purchased, enter data I need for the character, add artwork.
    Print… Play.
    female human garundi, war priest of shelynn,
    Mithril breastplate, glaive. Spear dancing style, 5th level.

    • Ryan

      I’m assuming here, but the usual stuff that separates paper from digital? Hyperlinks, hover text, storage capacity?

      It looks like we’ll have someone from Trapdoor Technologies on a future episode, and hopefully we’ll be able to illuminate how their app is better than MS Word.