Paizo Publishing is an American publishing company located in Belluvue, Washington that specializes in game aids and adventures for "the world's oldest fantasy roleplaying game", Dungeons & Dragons.
Paizo formerly published Dragon and Dungeon magazines, both published under license from Wizards of the Coast. In early 2007, it was announced that the license had lapsed and would not be renewed, effective September 2007. After this, Paizo began creating content for Pathfinder from items they had previously been using in the magazines.
Other Paizo product lines include the Titanic Games line of board games such as Kill Doctor Lucky, and the Planet Stories brand publishing classic fantasy, science fiction, and science fantasy novels.
The company began producing a bimonthly magazine called Undefeated (now defunct) in 2003, and in 2004 resurrected the venerable science fiction title Amazing Stories. The two publications were placed on hiatus in 2005, and finally canceled in 2006.
The CEO of Paizo is Lisa Stevens. Publisher Erik Mona is former Editor-in-Chief of Dragon. The former Editor-in-Chief of Dungeon is James Jacobs, who is now Editor-in-Chief of Pathfinder .
Paizo announced on 18 March 2008 that they would be launching the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Through the new product line, Paizo would modify, update, maintain, and publish the 3.5 SRD (under Wizards of the Coast's OGL). The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game would also support Paizo's Pathfinder campaign setting. One of the stated primary goals of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is to have backwards compatibility with all 3.5 materials.
In March 2008 Paizo announced that it was introducing an organized play program called the Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The program was loosely modeled on the RPGAs "Living" campaigns. Each month would see the release of two or three scenarios that members could purchase and run in their homes or at public events.
Notable Role-Playing Games PublishedEdit
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