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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,127 posts (5,177 including aliases). 5 reviews. 1 list. 4 wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 13 aliases.



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Darned Lovable Scoundrels

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So like many readers of the Tales line I had become sceptical of scoundrels. The tales line is replete with them, one more was likely to bother me.
But Tim Pratt writes a screwball buddy comedy road trip filled with a cast of weird and wonderful characters. I genuinely sympathised with the protagonists and was guessing at the big reveal. I honestly couldn't put it down.

There were some filler encounters, and wasted opportunities considering the geography involved but overall it was a great journey through the River Kingdoms and Brevoy.


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Making Elves Cool Again.

*****

This book is amazing, go read it now!

Now that's out of the way, on with the review. I've been subscribing to the Pathfinder Tales line since it's inception. Overall it's been a pretty good line. Always providing a solid fantasy adventure with a twist or two and relate-able characters who do some cool stuff.

This book is the best of the lot.

Written by Dave Gross, this is the third novel starring Count Varian Jeggare and his bodyguard Radovan. As always the heart of the novel is a mystery, a missing person's case with a deeply personal connection to Count Varian. Unlike previous novels Dave has kept the dynamic duo together for the majority of the adventure, allowing the pair to interact and bounce off each other. The chemistry between the two main characters absolutely drives the book, and I found myself laughing out loud at the pair's witty repartee. Balancing the humour is a great deal of pathos, these characters have been steadily evolving since their first appearance and even over the course of this novel the characters grow further still.

Each of the Varian/Radovan novels has a unique hook, and in this one it's elves and classic adventuring parties. Joined by agents of Kyonin's various factions you'll grow to know and like each of the characters Gross introduces. He has an economy of language, and mastery of voice. Furthermore he manages to introduce the complexities of elven politics in the best way possible, through the lens of characters who each are sympathetic in their own way.

It's a wonderful novel, and I devoured it in a day. So if you're interested in the ongoing saga of Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan, elves, dragons, adventures, magic, mystery, humour, pathos or fun. Read this book.

Even if you weren't previously interested. Read this book anyway. You'll be glad you did.


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GM Food

*****

Dungeons of Golarion provides the most important thing a GM needs to create a campaign. Inspiration. While each and every one of these dungeons is filled with Golarion flavor and lore they remain modular enough to place anywhere.

The Red Redoubt of Karamoss will be taking a starring role in my Kingmaker Campaign. The Candlestone Caverns are an excellent resource for kicking off an early home-brew campaign effort.

Well written, with excellent art and super useful maps. Dungeons of Golarion is easily my favorite soft-cover in the Pathfinder Campaign setting line. Every page gets the GM gears turning as the writers evoke exciting adventure locations without spelling out how to build them.

This here is the blueprint, from which you can craft an entire campaign or just a night's adventure.

Grab Dungeons of Golarion - You'll quickly realise it's the most useful book in your collection when you want a quick shot of inspiration.


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Plague of Awesome is more like it...

*****

Plague of Shadows is easily the best Pathfinder novel to date, and the line has completely hit its stride here.

A classic adventuring party, a quest and a pace that just doesn't let the reader set the book down. "Pathfinder Tales: The Plague of Shadows" will keep you riveted as you seek to learn more about these characters and their complexities.

Whether you are a fan of fantasy, adventure, romance or intrigue Plague of Shadows will get you going. This is the first book I could hand to my mum without worrying that she would get lost in the setting. All the lore is explained and detailed in such a way that unfamiliar readers will get context quickly, and readers familiar with Golarion will learn details that they'll appreciate.

Give this man another novel - and give us more Elyana and Drelm! This pair need a new quest that takes people across Golarion, Howard Andrew Jones has the chops to pull it off.

For entertainment per dollar value you can't go past this novel.


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What a tweeest!

*****

I threw these into my cart the second I heard about them. Now that they've arrived I've used them in my Kingmaker campaign.

Seriously, a great piece of tech. My players all enjoyed having the opportunity to twist the plot (they all used their cards in a single encounter with a Troll because they are lowly 2nd level characters).

The ability to affect the narrative is absolutely something that they love. I get to stretch my creativity as a GM and my players get to stretch theirs too.

5 stars Paizo, these will be used in all my campaigns.



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