Paizo's Pathfinder Modules (formerly known as GameMastery Modules) are an ongoing series of adventures that fit in well in any campaign. Pathfinder Modules are 32-page, high-quality, full-color, OGL-compatible adventures for use with the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game. All Pathfinder Modules include four pre-made characters, so players can jump right into the action, and full-color maps and handouts to enhance play. While the modules are set in the world of Golarion, the classic feel of most adventures makes conversion into any published or homebrew setting easy.
With Flight of the Red Raven in May 2008, the line officially transfered to the Pathfinder name to coincide with the Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pathfinder RPG, and Pathfinder Chronicles product lines. This edition also witnessed a distinct change in the standard cover design from that of the previous GameMastery modules.
In August 2008, the line switched from a monthly release schedule to a bi-monthly format to make room for the newly introduced Pathfinder Companion line.
In August 2009, Pathfinder Modules converted from using D&D 3.5 rules to the newly released Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, as did all other Paizo products from that point forward. Another cover style change occurred at this time, providing more art and less bars of solid color.
From the line's inception in 2007 through summer 2009, each module's title was preceded by a prefix which designated the type of adventure found within as well as the adventure's number within the series. These codes were dropped from product titles due to confusion among the general population as to what they really meant. Existing adventure types are as follows:
- D = Dungeon
- E = Event
- J = Journey
- LB = Last Baron
- S = Superstar
- TC = Treasure Chest
- U = Urban
- W = Wilderness
GameMastery Module Open Call
In September 2007, Paizo announced that they would continue their tradition of bringing new talent to the roleplaying publishing world in their inaugural GameMastery Module Open Call contest. Participants were provided a brief synopsis of the desired adventure and submission guidelines. Of over 150 applicants, David Schwartz was declared the winner, and thus wrote Flight of the Red Raven and has been added to Paizo's stable of authors for future Pathfinder products.
- Full article: RPG Superstar
Following shortly behind the popular GameMastery Module Open Call contest, Paizo announced that it would be holding an even larger contest which would involve six rounds of competition and allow for fan voting—RPG Superstar. Specific challenges included designing a wondrous item, a country, a villain, three thematically linked monsters, an encounter, and finally an adventure synopsis. From October 31, 2007 to February 11, 2008, judges Erik Mona, Wolfgang Baur, and Clark Peterson narrowed a field of over 850 contestants down to the top 32, 16, 8, and 4 before the final winner was announced. On February 20, 2008, Paizo announced that Christine Schneider was the winner of the contest and her adventure, Clash of the Kingslayers, was published in January 2009.
RPG Superstar 2010 ran from January to March of that year, and saw Matt Goodall rise to the top, winning a commission to pen his Cult of the Ebon Destroyers module for release in January 2011.
- Jason Bulmahn. (September 20, 2007). GameMastery Module Open Call, Paizo Blog.
- Paizo News. (October 30, 2007). RPG Superstar™ Will Find the Next Great RPG Designer, Paizo News.
- Paizo News. (February 20, 2008). Christine Schneider Wins Paizo's First RPG Superstar™!, Paizo News.
- Unknown. (January 20, 2009). RPG Superstar™ 2009, Paizo Messageboards.
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