Catalyst Game Labs will launch Runefire, a narrative deckbuilding game based on Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG and built on the engine Catalyst developed for Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonfire and Shadowrun: Crossfire, the companies announced.

Players will choose ancestries, classes, and equipment, then begin in the Inner Sea region, leveling up their characters, finding additional equipment, learning new feats, and more, while experiencing a unique story in which players’ actions and decisions through each Adventure impact the next.

"BattleTech will always remain my one true love.  Yet the time I spent developing Dragonfire was an absolute high-watermark of my career," Catalyst Creative Director Randall N. Bills said of the game engine on which Runefire will be based.  "I could spend weeks of fifteen-hour days in hard playtesting, and yet still sit down immediately and play the game for fun" (see "New Adventures, Heroes Headed for ‘Dragonfire’").

Paizo Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mike Webb noted the strength of the combination.  "Whether you are a fan of Pathfinder looking for a new way to experience the world, or a fan of other games in Catalyst's system looking for a new setting, we think this is an outstanding combination," he said in a statement accompanying the announcement.

Catalyst will introduce Runefire through a Kickstarter later this year.

Paizo launched a new version of its card game, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, in 2019 (see "Retailer Launch Kits"); it’s no longer available.