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Heiracosphinx

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Pathfinder Society Member. 47 posts. 6 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 7 Pathfinder Society characters.



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Best I've read...

*****

Hands down the best of the three Pathfinder Tales I have read so far. Read more of my review on Rising Phoenix Games.


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...poorly told, bland and unwieldy reading.

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I’d love to see what Mr Greenwood could do if he gave this another pass or two with his writers pen, but right now “The Wizards Mask” is a poorly told, bland story that often makes for unwieldy reading.

A more in-depth review will be up on risingphoenixgames.com/blog/ after the 20th of February 2014.


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Loved This!

*****

My players and I really enjoyed this.

The first "act" with the challenges is a great introduction to goblin culture and a great warmup for the session. It set much of the tone of the game and even a sort of hierachy amoungst the goblin PCs.

The second act where the goblins travel towards their objective was fun. I could have used some flavour text here, but I'll be more prepared next time.

The last act is a load of fun, but I really suggest using miniatures to keep track of things, I had players all over the place and the multiple levels made things more tricky.

Play this, you won't be sorry.


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A Nice Stroll Through The Mountains

****( )

Right, I know this adventure is retired, but there were several things I really liked about it, especially as my group gets used to Pathfinder Society.

Variety
There are loads of nice things for a GM to cut his or her teeth on: adverse weather, travel, some information gathering and diplomacy, as well as a few interesting encounters. I really valued this scenario as a chance to up my GM game.

Aspis Consortium
This was the first time my players met the Aspis Consortium in anyway, shape or form, and I think the adventure effectivly hints at their power. As one player commented "...so basically they're Cobra".

First Steps Part 3
I've taken a few tables through the first steps campaign now and found it valuable overall.

Cons
My greatest frustration is that I still don't know why Shadow Lodge and Lantern Lodge are not in play anymore.

I didn't enjoy the Taldor related mission, and my players didn't benefit much from it either.

Tip
Have a look at The Confirmation, from Season 5, which I guess replaces the First Steps campaign.


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What I didn't like...

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I'm glad I bought this map, and while I rate it highly there were some things I didn't like that I want to mention.

While you can fold the map to show just one ship, you loose being able to see a true top-down view of the ship unless you add a new crease to the map.

I don't like the plank rendering, there's a nice wood texture but each plank looks like it's framed with a shaded rectangle.

There are some print and play maps out there that do a great job of showing rigging. I would have likes to see the same technique used here, because a pirate ship is really a great piece of 3D terrain to fight over. I think this map failed in that sense.

Those are my gripes, but I'm still glad I bought this map and looking forward to getting some good use out of it.


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