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The Pathfinder Playtest is a year-long playtest of the second edition of the Pathfinder RPG beginning at Gen Con 2018. Announced on March 6, 2018, the playtest received a number of previews throughout the following months.

In 2008, Paizo launched an unprecedented public playtest aimed at updating the third edition rules to make them more fun, easier to learn, and better able to support thrilling fantasy adventures. More than 40,000 gamers just like you joined in the fun by playtesting the new Pathfinder RPG rules and providing feedback, and the rest is gaming history. Now, 10 years later, it's time to put the lessons of the last decade to use and evolve the game once again. It's time for Pathfinder Second Edition!


The new Pathfinder Playtest rules are the first step in the evolution to the new edition. Paizo incorporated the best innovations and lessons of the last 10 years to move the game forward in new and exciting ways. In the leadup to the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook release, they revealed more information on the following topics (and more!) on the Paizo blog:

10th-Level Spells and 4 Spell Lists Alchemists in Core
Archetypes and Multiclassing Class Changes
Classic Monsters and Magic Clean, Modular Information-Based Design
Combat Maneuvers that Rock Designed for All Levels of Play
Easier to Play Goblin Player Characters
Golarion-Infused Heroic Storytelling
Innovative Initiative More Customization
New Background System Pathfinder Society
Production Values Race Changes and Feats
Rebalanced Magic Items Simplified Actions
Streamlined Proficiencies Support
True to Pathfinder Wayne Reynolds Art


All Pathfinder Playtest products will be released as FREE downloads exclusively at on August 2, 2018. On the same day, Paizo will release limited-edition print versions of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Pathfinder Playtest Adventure, and Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack for players and Game Masters seeking the ultimate playtest experience. These print editions will be available for preorder from local retailers now and between March 20 and May 1. Copies will also be available at the Paizo booth during Gen Con 2018 in Indianapolis on August 2–5.

Cover Title Release Date Author
Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook.png Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook 1808August 2018
Doomsday Dawn.png Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn 1808August 2018
Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack.png Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack 1808August 2018

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