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Beadle & Grimm’s latest batch of products for Magic and Pathfinder is a bit of a mixed bag

Opening of branches of Beadle & Grimm, purveyor of the finest and most esoteric licensed products for Dungeons & Dragons and Critical Role. Co-founded by actor Matthew Lillard, the company offers a new line of products to support Pathfinder’s. Absalom: the city of lost prophecies. It also evolves at a steady pace with a wide variety of kits. Spell: Gathering. But while I’ve sung the company’s praises in the past, this new range is definitely a mixed bag.

Image: Paizo

Let’s start with the best of the series: The Pathfinder Character Diaries. These $40 hardcover books are customized for each of the game’s base classes and contain everything you need to manage your player character from level one. There’s a character sheet on the front – up to 25 pages for some classes – giving you more than enough room for all your skills, achievements, spells and more. These books are also everything from the rules Pathfinder Core Rulebook and Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide those that apply to a particular class: enchantments, abilities, and even some extra stuff that Beadle & Grimm have created themselves. Add original artwork and a dry erase board so you don’t have nasty erasures all over the place while you play. chef’s kiss I think it’s perfect. There are even a few bookmark strips to keep your place, and they’re perfectly made and affordable. I want them for Starfinder, D&D. cyberpunk red, twilight: 2000 … everything. Please do them now.

Next up is Absalom: City of Lost Omens Gold Edition, the heavy-duty campaign in a box containing all of the campaign book content published by Paizo. This is the same treatment Beadle & Grimm has treated Wizards of the Coast campaigns in the past. Baldur’s Gate: Descent to Avernus, Strahd’s Curse, Wild beyond the witch’s light, Tal’Doeri Campaign Setting Rebornand more.

Close-up of a pin and several coins, along with player brochures.

Photo: Charlie Hall/The Shooting Range

This Gold Edition format sits between the best Platinum editions from Beadle & Grimm and the basic Paizo book. For Game Masters (GMs), the entire campaign is broken down into smaller booklets that make it easier to set up and play at the table. Along with NPCs and location maps that make it easy to share art with players at the table, there’s a custom GM screen, in-world pamphlets to browse, and a variety of pins, coasters, coins and other ephemera to bring into the environment. . Live. Another great package, but with a premium price of $349.99. But like I said before, since I run a lot of campaigns, some of which can take a few years to come out, I can say it’s really happy to have that kind of support on the table. This set will make your life as a GM easier and your players will love it. The Gold Edition also comes with some of the most vivid and interesting large scale battle maps I have ever seen on any Beadle & Grimm product. They even add a code to unlock the entire campaign digitally; this is a nice addition for quick reference only.

Five maps with aerial views of medieval cityscapes.

Photo: Charlie Hall/The Shooting Range

The only gripe here is the cards, which are extremely redundant. There is a large map of the entire city of Absalom, an even larger two-part map four feet wide, and a portfolio of over a dozen 8.5 x 11 inch maps of each area of ​​the city. city. This means that you have three copies of the same city map printed at different scales. Worse still, the city map itself isn’t that interesting. It is such a big city center that, seen from above, it can be a texture. But here I think it’s more of a source material issue, which may have left Beadle & Grimm without more interesting mapping for the riff.

A luminous carpet, some coins, cards and a life counter.

The light-up playmat has multiple color settings and animations.

Photo: Charlie Hall/The Shooting Range

Finally, my least favorite products from this end product line are the items that support: Spell: Gatheringlatest card game, Kamigawa Neon Dynasty. I cannot recommend the $499 Kamigawa Platinum set. Some of the more expensive pieces – the Deck Boxes, Backpack, and Art Map Sheet – look cheap, like the loot you’d get at a fan meeting. Some additions, like the art-inspired life meter and demon mask necklace, are just gross. The biggest disappointment is the card holder adorned with a sword, which is difficult to open and does not lie completely flat on the table. It also has those big caps that you can easily grab if you leave them open.

On the other hand, the $199 Kamigawa Silver packs the best of this series. The LED playmat is a delight and, although a bit thin for my tastes, it’s quite a talking point. It is powered by USB power, including mobile phone batteries. Metal counters are also quite slippery and have a lot of weight in their hands. That said, collectors will probably want to avoid bumping into them with their most expensive cards. Add 100 card cases, a handy game journal and a world map and you’ll get what you pay for.

A pink and black deck box with stitched edges.

The center partition will not wobble easily, nor will it lay flat on the table.

Photo: Charlie Hall/The Shooting Range

The problem is that Beadle & Grimm originally wanted this Kamigawa line to start shipping in February – around the same time. Kamigawa: The Neon Dynasty released in print form to the public. Spellnext series, New streets of Capenna, drops Friday, and the Kamigawa line is still listed for pre-order on the Beadle & Grimm website. The global logistics pipeline has been impacted right now, I know that. But this isn’t the first time the company has fallen behind with shipping forecasts. If he plans to keep up with the breakneck speed of new releases, Spell As we know, Beadle & Grimm’s will have to significantly improve their logistics to feed their hungry fans.

Everything on the Beadle & Grimm website for the Pathfinder Series is 10% off through April.


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Beadle & Grimm’s latest batch of products for Magic and Pathfinder is a bit of a mixed bag

Beadle & Grimm’s, purveyor of the finest and most esoteric licensed merchandise for Dungeons & Dragons and Critical Role, is branching out. The company co-founded by actor Matthew Lillard has a new line of items to support Pathfinder’s Absalom: City of Lost Omens. It’s also taking a big swing with a lavish assortment of kits for Magic: The Gathering. But while I’ve sung the company’s praises in the past, this new batch of products is definitely a mixed bag.

Image: Paizo
Let’s start with the best of the batch: Pathfinder Character Chronicles. These $40 hardcover books are customized for each of the game’s core classes, and contain everything you need to manage your player character from level one upward. There is a character sheet up front — up to 25 pages long for some classes — that gives you more than enough room for all of your skills, feats, spells, and more. These books also include all of the rules from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook and the Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide that apply to a given class: spells, feats, even some extra stuff that Beadle & Grimm’s made up on its own. Add in original art and a pull-out dry-erase board so you’re not making nasty erasures all over the place during play, and it’s chef’s kiss perfect in my opinion. There are even a few ribbon bookmarks to keep your place, and they’re perfectly made and reasonably priced. I want them for Starfinder, D&D, Cyberpunk Red, Twilight: 2000 … everything. Make them now, please.
Next up, we’ve got Absalom: City of Lost Omens Gold Edition, a weighty campaign-in-a-box that includes all of the content from the Paizo-published campaign book. This is the same sort of treatment that Beadle & Grimm’s has given to Wizards of the Coast’s campaigns in the past, including Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus, Curse of Strahd, The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, Tal’Doeri Campaign Setting Reborn, and more.

Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
This Gold Edition format hits a sweet spot right between Beadle & Grimm’s over-the-top Platinum Editions and Paizo’s core book itself. For game masters (GMs), the entire campaign is broken up into smaller pamphlets that make prepping and playing at the table a breeze. There’s a custom GM screen, along with NPC and location cards that make it easy to share art with players at the table, in-world handouts to pass across, and an assortment of pins, coasters, coins, and other ephemera to bring the setting to life. It’s another outstanding package, albeit with a premium price tag — $349.99. But as I’ve said before, having run a lot of campaigns, some that take a few years to muddle through, I can say it’s a real joy to have this kind of support at the table. This set will make your life as a GM easier, and your players will love it. The Gold Edition also comes with some of the most vibrant and interesting large-scale battle maps that I’ve seen in any Beadle & Grimm’s product to date. They even throw in a code to unlock the entire campaign digitally, which is a welcome addition for quick reference alone.

Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
My only gripe here are the maps, which are redundant in the extreme. There’s a large map of the entire city of Absalom, an even larger two-part map that’s something like four feet across, and a portfolio of over a dozen 8.5-by-11-inch maps of each of the city’s districts. That means you have three copies of the same city map printed at different scales. Making matters worse, the city map itself isn’t all that interesting. It’s such a large urban center that it may as well be a texture when seen from above. Here, however, I think it’s more an issue with the source material, which may have simply left Beadle & Grimm’s without any more interesting cartography to riff on.
The light-up playmat has multiple color settings and animations.Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
Finally, my least favorite line out of this latest batch of products are the items that support Magic: The Gathering’s newest set of cards, Kamigawa Neon Dynasty. I simply can’t recommend the $499 Kamigawa Platinum set. Some of the big ticket items — the deck boxes, the backpack, and the art card folio — feel cheap, like swag you’d pick up at a fan convention. Some of the add-ons, like the art-inspired life counter and the demon mask necklace, are just obnoxious. The biggest disappointment is the sword-adorned card vault, which is difficult to open and won’t lay completely flat on the table. It’s also got these big lids that are easy to catch your hand on if you leave them open.
On the other hand, the $199 Kamigawa Silver includes the best stuff from this line. The LED playmat is a delight, and while it’s a bit thin for my liking, it’s quite the conversation piece. It runs off USB power, including cell phone battery packs. The metal counters are also pretty slick, and have a great heft in the hand. Collectors will likely want to avoid slamming them down on their most expensive cards, however. Add in 100 card sleeves, a handy game log, and a world map, and you’ve got some decent value for your money.
The middle compartment won’t swing out easily, and won’t lay flat on the table either.Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
The trouble is that Beadle & Grimm’s originally wanted this Kamigawa line to start shipping in February — around the same time that Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty was released in print to the public. Magic’s next set, Streets of New Capenna, drops on Friday, and the Kamigawa line is still showing as a pre-order on the Beadle & Grimm’s website. The global logistics pipeline is shot right now, I know that. But this isn’t the first time that the company has been late on its shipping estimations, either. If it plans to keep up with the breakneck pace of new releases that Magic is known for, Beadle & Grimm’s is going to have to get a lot better at logistics to keep hungry fans sated.
Everything on the Beadle & Grimm’s website for the Pathfinder franchise is 10% off through April.
Beadle & Grimm’s products were provided by the manufacturer for review. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships, but not with Beadle & Grimm’s. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via other affiliate links. You can find additional information about Polygon’s ethics policy here.

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Beadle & Grimm’s latest batch of products for Magic and Pathfinder is a bit of a mixed bag

Beadle & Grimm’s, purveyor of the finest and most esoteric licensed merchandise for Dungeons & Dragons and Critical Role, is branching out. The company co-founded by actor Matthew Lillard has a new line of items to support Pathfinder’s Absalom: City of Lost Omens. It’s also taking a big swing with a lavish assortment of kits for Magic: The Gathering. But while I’ve sung the company’s praises in the past, this new batch of products is definitely a mixed bag.

Image: Paizo
Let’s start with the best of the batch: Pathfinder Character Chronicles. These $40 hardcover books are customized for each of the game’s core classes, and contain everything you need to manage your player character from level one upward. There is a character sheet up front — up to 25 pages long for some classes — that gives you more than enough room for all of your skills, feats, spells, and more. These books also include all of the rules from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook and the Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide that apply to a given class: spells, feats, even some extra stuff that Beadle & Grimm’s made up on its own. Add in original art and a pull-out dry-erase board so you’re not making nasty erasures all over the place during play, and it’s chef’s kiss perfect in my opinion. There are even a few ribbon bookmarks to keep your place, and they’re perfectly made and reasonably priced. I want them for Starfinder, D&D, Cyberpunk Red, Twilight: 2000 … everything. Make them now, please.
Next up, we’ve got Absalom: City of Lost Omens Gold Edition, a weighty campaign-in-a-box that includes all of the content from the Paizo-published campaign book. This is the same sort of treatment that Beadle & Grimm’s has given to Wizards of the Coast’s campaigns in the past, including Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus, Curse of Strahd, The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, Tal’Doeri Campaign Setting Reborn, and more.

Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
This Gold Edition format hits a sweet spot right between Beadle & Grimm’s over-the-top Platinum Editions and Paizo’s core book itself. For game masters (GMs), the entire campaign is broken up into smaller pamphlets that make prepping and playing at the table a breeze. There’s a custom GM screen, along with NPC and location cards that make it easy to share art with players at the table, in-world handouts to pass across, and an assortment of pins, coasters, coins, and other ephemera to bring the setting to life. It’s another outstanding package, albeit with a premium price tag — $349.99. But as I’ve said before, having run a lot of campaigns, some that take a few years to muddle through, I can say it’s a real joy to have this kind of support at the table. This set will make your life as a GM easier, and your players will love it. The Gold Edition also comes with some of the most vibrant and interesting large-scale battle maps that I’ve seen in any Beadle & Grimm’s product to date. They even throw in a code to unlock the entire campaign digitally, which is a welcome addition for quick reference alone.

Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
My only gripe here are the maps, which are redundant in the extreme. There’s a large map of the entire city of Absalom, an even larger two-part map that’s something like four feet across, and a portfolio of over a dozen 8.5-by-11-inch maps of each of the city’s districts. That means you have three copies of the same city map printed at different scales. Making matters worse, the city map itself isn’t all that interesting. It’s such a large urban center that it may as well be a texture when seen from above. Here, however, I think it’s more an issue with the source material, which may have simply left Beadle & Grimm’s without any more interesting cartography to riff on.
The light-up playmat has multiple color settings and animations.Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
Finally, my least favorite line out of this latest batch of products are the items that support Magic: The Gathering’s newest set of cards, Kamigawa Neon Dynasty. I simply can’t recommend the $499 Kamigawa Platinum set. Some of the big ticket items — the deck boxes, the backpack, and the art card folio — feel cheap, like swag you’d pick up at a fan convention. Some of the add-ons, like the art-inspired life counter and the demon mask necklace, are just obnoxious. The biggest disappointment is the sword-adorned card vault, which is difficult to open and won’t lay completely flat on the table. It’s also got these big lids that are easy to catch your hand on if you leave them open.
On the other hand, the $199 Kamigawa Silver includes the best stuff from this line. The LED playmat is a delight, and while it’s a bit thin for my liking, it’s quite the conversation piece. It runs off USB power, including cell phone battery packs. The metal counters are also pretty slick, and have a great heft in the hand. Collectors will likely want to avoid slamming them down on their most expensive cards, however. Add in 100 card sleeves, a handy game log, and a world map, and you’ve got some decent value for your money.
The middle compartment won’t swing out easily, and won’t lay flat on the table either.Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon
The trouble is that Beadle & Grimm’s originally wanted this Kamigawa line to start shipping in February — around the same time that Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty was released in print to the public. Magic’s next set, Streets of New Capenna, drops on Friday, and the Kamigawa line is still showing as a pre-order on the Beadle & Grimm’s website. The global logistics pipeline is shot right now, I know that. But this isn’t the first time that the company has been late on its shipping estimations, either. If it plans to keep up with the breakneck pace of new releases that Magic is known for, Beadle & Grimm’s is going to have to get a lot better at logistics to keep hungry fans sated.
Everything on the Beadle & Grimm’s website for the Pathfinder franchise is 10% off through April.
Beadle & Grimm’s products were provided by the manufacturer for review. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships, but not with Beadle & Grimm’s. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via other affiliate links. You can find additional information about Polygon’s ethics policy here.

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