Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Skull & Shackles Cardboard Minis

There is a pawn very much like this in the collection.
Image used for review purposes, only.

Paizo calls them pawns; I call them minis. I used the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path Pawn Collection as cardboard minis for our Heirs to the Lost World RPG adventure last weekend.

These minis are great for pirate scenarios!

My players and I also appreciated the effort that Paizo took to produce a range of male and female cardboard minis representing different racial/cultural groups.

The only downside in using them is that both sides of the fig have the same image. So, you have two "fronts" and no "back" with these cardboard minis. If you are using them for the system for which they were intended (i.e., Pathfinder) that is no big deal; Pathfinder doesn't have facing rules, as far as I know.

Heirs, however, does have facing rules. I am thinking that the solution for future runs using these figs is to paint a dot of color on one side of the plastic bases that the cardboard minis slot into. The side of the base with the dot will be the "front" of the character or NPC, and the side without the dot will be the back.

Now all we need is the NPC Codex Box of pawns! Those should be out in March 2013.


  1. They are called 'pawns' for both legal / license and religious reasons; St. Gary of Geneva states in the Holy Scriptures that quote "miniatures are not required or needed for role-playing games" and so Piazo tried to avoid being branded as heretics and apostates by the devotees of The Sacred One and calls them 'pawns'. I wish I was making this up...

    yours, Chirine

  2. WOW,Chirine! I am kind of speechless. I figured this odd nomenclature - while perilously close to PRAWNS - was primarily to differentiate these character markers from their own line of plastic minis.


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