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Remodeling the Blakros Museum

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mists of Mwangi

Last month saw the release of the third Pathfinder Society Scenario set in the fan-favorite Absalom location of the Blakros Museum. All three scenarios in the unofficial series remain among the most popular scenarios to date, and even two and a half years later, Nicolas Logue's Mists of Mwangi is not only highly reviewed, but a bestseller in the line, and one of the most frequently reported scenarios of all time. Though the structure of Pathfinder Society Organized Play has seen several changes since the start of Season 0, including the adoption of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Mists has proven itself a perennial classic.

Thus, it was the first scenario that popped to mind when we began the task of converting Season 0 scenarios from 3.5 rules to the Pathfinder RPG. I'm proud to announce that the conversion process is complete, and we've updated the layout to match current standards. Starting later today, anyone who has previously purchased the 3.5 version of the scenario will also have access to the updated version, and both will be available for future download for new purchasers. The chronicle sheet has been removed from the 3.5 PDF, and the only legal version for sanctioned play from now on is its replacement.

We have several other conversions in the production pipeline we hope to squeeze in among all the new books we're working on, and will release them for public consumption as soon as possible. Don't forget to stop by the Pathfinder Society messageboards and let us know what you think of the conversion, and which other scenarios you'd like to have updated in the near future.

Mark Moreland
Developer

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Cheliax *

And thus many a Pathfinder will yet brave the Mists and Museum and meet an untimely demise, eh Mark?

;)

Osirion

Bravo. Ran this one, had a great time.

Lantern Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Australia—Melbourne aka DarkWhite

I haven't had an opportunity to play/run Penumbra Accords yet (it's on my list), but I've run Mists of Mwangi and Voice in the Void for several groups now, they make a great double!

I'm looking forward to reading the updated Mists and comparing it with the Season 0 original. Paizo have made some good improvements in scenario layout since Season 0, players comment favourably on full-colour faction mission handouts, but I'm anticipating the updated layout will make running the scenario even smoother for the GM.

Cheers,
DarkWhite

Qadira *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Maps, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

We were just run through Penumbral Accords yesterday, and we went into it not realizing it was part III of the Blakros Museum saga. It was really fun, just like the prior two. I really look forward to seeing these old Season 0 classics being updated to PFRPG, if only so that I can run the ones I love and people not groaning about only 1 PA... despite the story being great!

Taldor

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Tales Subscriber

This is great news, I bought all of Season 0 and have been adapting them as side-quests in my games.

Time to get downloading...

Grand Lodge **

I for one welcome our monkey overlords!

Andoran *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Is it Later today yet?....;)

I need to Shock the Monkey!! *Yes that line came up when I ran this*

Andoran *

baron arem heshvaun wrote:
And thus many a Pathfinder will yet brave the Mists and Museum and meet an untimely demise

Wait..!

O_o

Mesa gonna die???!

Qadira *****

Mark Garringer wrote:
I for one welcome our monkey overlords!

Willow Skye does not share your enthuisam, she grew up there and does NOT like monkies ..

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Tales Subscriber

Fantastic and timely news. I do plan to run a Blakros trilogy later on this month at conception. Still need to read part III - but will have to go back to part I now.

Thod

Qadira **

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

This may be a dumb question, but it says in the blog post that both the 3.5 version and the updated version will be available for purchase. I still only see one Mists of Mwangi available for purchase under pathfinder society scenarios. How would we know which one this is and where would the other version be if we wanted to purchase it for some reason? (It would be disappointing to think you're buying the version legal for play and then find yourself with the old 3.5 version and no ARs.)

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teribithia9 wrote:
This may be a dumb question, but it says in the blog post that both the 3.5 version and the updated version will be available for purchase. I still only see one Mists of Mwangi available for purchase under pathfinder society scenarios. How would we know which one this is and where would the other version be if we wanted to purchase it for some reason? (It would be disappointing to think you're buying the version legal for play and then find yourself with the old 3.5 version and no ARs.)

We haven't yet updated the product, but after we have, people who purchase (or have purchased) Mists of Mwangi will get BOTH versions.

Qadira **

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
Ross Byers wrote:
teribithia9 wrote:
This may be a dumb question, but it says in the blog post that both the 3.5 version and the updated version will be available for purchase. I still only see one Mists of Mwangi available for purchase under pathfinder society scenarios. How would we know which one this is and where would the other version be if we wanted to purchase it for some reason? (It would be disappointing to think you're buying the version legal for play and then find yourself with the old 3.5 version and no ARs.)
We haven't yet updated the product, but after we have, people who purchase (or have purchased) Mists of Mwangi will get BOTH versions.

Very nice! Thanks!


Mesa, 1st level Pixie Barbarian wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
And thus many a Pathfinder will yet brave the Mists and Museum and meet an untimely demise

Wait..!

O_o

Mesa gonna die???!

Yep.

*Devastating Blow*


I applaud Paizo for the decision to update these products.
Offering the updated version to people who have already purchased the 3.5 version is very generous and appreciated.

That high level of customer service is one of the reasons why I continue to support such a great company.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Missouri—Columbia aka kikai13

Sooooo.....is there a Blakros Museum Flip-Mat in the works yet?

Qadira *****

kikai13 wrote:
Sooooo.....is there a Blakros Museum Flip-Mat in the works yet?

+1 .. tho I really really like the hand drawn version I have

Qadira ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Michigan—Detroit

Thea Peters wrote:
kikai13 wrote:
Sooooo.....is there a Blakros Museum Flip-Mat in the works yet?
+1 .. tho I really really like the hand drawn version I have

This is the map in my collection that has gotten the most use. This Sunday I am scheduled to run Mists for the 15th time. It's an indication of how fond I am of this scenario.

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Tales Subscriber

The Museum can be built up very nicely using the DwarvenForge Den of Evil sets. They give a really nice spooky atmosphere. I still need a way to make some artificial fog and it would be close to perfect.
I tried some Magicians Fog in. Can - unfortunately this didn't work at all. You couldn't see the fog. Disappointing for a high price. I'm not any longer in the laboratory - so no easy access to dry ice.

Thod

Grand Lodge ****

I hope the mechanics of the mists are clarified in the Pathfinder version - this tends to be a hard one to adjudicate re: PVP. Still, my favorite module from Season 0, and I made my own "flip map" in Dundjinni since I knew I'd run it a lot. I love the look on players' faces when I put down a bunch of large minis to represent the taxidermied displays!
Even made a 3D paper ziggurat for the final room (had to make it much wider than the map, though - as drawn, the thing more like a tower than a ziggurat).

Qadira *****

Doug Miles wrote:
Thea Peters wrote:
kikai13 wrote:
Sooooo.....is there a Blakros Museum Flip-Mat in the works yet?
+1 .. tho I really really like the hand drawn version I have
This is the map in my collection that has gotten the most use. This Sunday I am scheduled to run Mists for the 15th time. It's an indication of how fond I am of this scenario.

Doug I can agree ... I finally broke down and decided that after the 3rd module set there I needed a more "permanent" map lol.

Cheliax

Thod wrote:

The Museum can be built up very nicely using the DwarvenForge Den of Evil sets. They give a really nice spooky atmosphere. I still need a way to make some artificial fog and it would be close to perfect.

I tried some Magicians Fog in. Can - unfortunately this didn't work at all. You couldn't see the fog. Disappointing for a high price. I'm not any longer in the laboratory - so no easy access to dry ice.

Thod

Bits of dry ice hidden in the hollow undersides of terrain pieces might create a very nice fog effect.

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Tales Subscriber
Scott Young wrote:

I hope the mechanics of the mists are clarified in the Pathfinder version - this tends to be a hard one to adjudicate re: PVP. Still, my favorite module from Season 0, and I made my own "flip map" in Dundjinni since I knew I'd run it a lot. I love the look on players' faces when I put down a bunch of large minis to represent the taxidermied displays!

Even made a 3D paper ziggurat for the final room (had to make it much wider than the map, though - as drawn, the thing more like a tower than a ziggurat).

I still intend to build the ziggurat using Hirst Arts. Just haven't got around it yet - and the fieldstone moods I have don't fit that well.

Thod

Paizo Employee ** Developer

I have been informed by the web team that both the updated PFRPG version and 3.5 version without Chronicle are available now. An email should be going out in the near future to anyone who previously purchased the scenario informing them of the update.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

Mark Moreland wrote:
I have been informed by the web team that both the updated PFRPG version and 3.5 version without Chronicle are available now. An email should be going out in the near future to anyone who previously purchased the scenario informing them of the update.

Who needs an e-mail when we have you and Vic. :)

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Tales Subscriber

I downloaded it successfully. It seems to have an identical name as far as I can tell to my old file. As I don't want to overwrite it - just to let others know. Unpack in a different folder - unless I missed a single different letter or something similar.

Looks good as far as I can see but would need some more time to check it out in more detail.

Thod

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

I see that you change the number style to the new Year-Mod#.

I would highly recommend not doing this as it is sure to cause some confusion for players at some point. As an aside, it does indicate which version you played on the chronicle.

Paizo Employee ** Developer

cblome59 wrote:

I see that you change the number style to the new Year-Mod#.

I would highly recommend not doing this as it is sure to cause some confusion for players at some point. As an aside, it does indicate which version you played on the chronicle.

We'll eventually be going back and renumbering all legal scenarios from seasons 0 and 1. With each consecutive year, we add 28+ new scenarios to the library, and the more consistently numbered all of them are, the less confusion it will create down the road. It really only alters the numbers for season 1, though, as everything from 1-28 will remain #0-01 -#0-28.

Grand Lodge **

Quick glance over looks nice! I like the updates! I wish it had the 'where on Golarion' section though. For some reason I really enjoy that side bar :) Nice Chronicle additions also!

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
cblome59 wrote:

I see that you change the number style to the new Year-Mod#.

I would highly recommend not doing this as it is sure to cause some confusion for players at some point. As an aside, it does indicate which version you played on the chronicle.

We'll eventually be going back and renumbering all legal scenarios from seasons 0 and 1. With each consecutive year, we add 28+ new scenarios to the library, and the more consistently numbered all of them are, the less confusion it will create down the road. It really only alters the numbers for season 1, though, as everything from 1-28 will remain #0-01 -#0-28.

I'm just waiting for the argument:

"I played mod 5! Not 0-05! I get another chronicle sheet!"

Not that many will fall for that reasoning (I hope) :P

But yeah, very nice cleanup.

Qadira ***** Venture-Captain, England—Cambridge aka Wintergreen

cblome59 wrote:


I'm just waiting for the argument:

"I played mod 5! Not 0-05! I get another chronicle sheet!"

Not that many will fall for that reasoning (I hope) :P

But yeah, very nice cleanup.

Actually that does raise the question: Do those who have played it previously get the new chronicle sheet (which has some additional items)?

Taldor *****

kikai13 wrote:
Sooooo.....is there a Blakros Museum Flip-Mat in the works yet?

+1 . . . Yes, Please.

Andoran *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I am a little disappointed you did not upgrade the Prestige award so it was possible to get 2.

Edit: I think a lot of people where expecting that to happen.

Paizo Employee ** Developer

David Harrison wrote:
Actually that does raise the question: Do those who have played it previously get the new chronicle sheet (which has some additional items)?

Nope. You get the Chronicle for the version you play.

****

Glad to see the first conversion is up!

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
I have been informed by the web team that both the updated PFRPG version and 3.5 version without Chronicle are available now. An email should be going out in the near future to anyone who previously purchased the scenario informing them of the update.

hmmm, my downloads appears to only contain the 13 page older version of the mod. what am I doing wrong?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Michael Azzolino wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
I have been informed by the web team that both the updated PFRPG version and 3.5 version without Chronicle are available now. An email should be going out in the near future to anyone who previously purchased the scenario informing them of the update.

hmmm, my downloads appears to only contain the 13 page older version of the mod. what am I doing wrong?

You should have two separate downloads listed—one says "(3.5)", and one says "(PFRPG)" at the end. Depending on how you sort your downloads, they may not appear next to one another, since the were added to your assets at different times.

Qadira *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Maps, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The changes did seem more minor than I thought there would be. I had hoped than an update to PFRPG would involve adding a second PA point to the missions, but at least the gold was updated to the "newer" values. The adventure itself seems to be a good update, and this is definitely one that deserved the first 3.5 -> PFRPG conversion.

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