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Well done

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Im a fan of infiltration type scenarios, and this one was done well. Additionally, it appears that it could be quite difficult for a party full of PCs incapable of successful roleplay who just want to kill everything, which is another positive in my book (punishing murderhoboism, I mean).

Im a fan of this chase. It was interesting and unlike some of the other ones.

I am, especially, a fan of the overarching plot this scenario help builds. The Zarta/Tancred story has been my favorite plot done in PFS for a long time, and this really really impressed me. This opens up so many questions for me about how all of this is working out, and now I have to wait hoever much longer to find out where the story goes next? Is the Society going to war with Cheliax? Is Taldor (or at least Morilla) in league with House Thrune in trying to get rid of Zarta? I want to know now!

-1 star for you for not giving me the answers now! jkjk :P

So...

4/5 stars for an excellent scenario! Once I get a chance to run this thing, I'll likely up this to 5/5, but I want a chance to run a table of it first.


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Great scenario!

*****

I was fortunate enough to get to play this under the author last night and I had a great time. The scenario offers several situations where a party can opt to roleplay instead of just hack and slash. The story was solid, and I love how the ending plays out, what you learn about your goal and your inability to complete it at the time.

This is a great first work by a new author, and I cant wait to see more by him!

Edit:
I had previously commented about the misspelling of the name 'Hao Jin'. In response to my comment, John Compton informed me to say that the spelling was intentional and that the npc had spelled the name phonetically.
In light of of that, I apologize for the criticism.


Awesome!

*****

5/5 Would sign again!


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Yes, this IS an intro module

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My local venue ran 5 tables of this on Free RPG Day for a total of 20 players (several of whom used the pregens) and a pregen to fill the fourth seat at one table.

9 characters were killed through the day. 9 out of 21. That's crazy.

First, the good stuff:

~The setting was cool. I really liked the idea of exploring a pyramid. ~The room layouts were solid. I especially liked that there were many secret doors.
~The module was well written and very flavorful.
~The wives encounter was cool, though I wish it had a bit more opportunity for roleplay than for them to attack as soon as their 'secret' is discovered.

And now the bad:

~ The first encounter is ridiculous and can outright tpk parties far too easily. Im not opposed to having a character die at my table, but I dont think having it be the first encounter is appropriate, especially in a Free RPG Day event.
~There does not need to be a creature encounter in every room. The elementals felt tacked on. The mimic, while amusing, seems out of place (how did it even get in here past the pyramid construct?). Three skeleton encounters (even if they are different kinds) is tedious.
~I feel like it could have used more traps. Perhaps some of them magical.
~The pregens were not picked well for this module. I like them all well enough individually, but Jirelle has no real place here. Crowe and Oloch can dish out the hurt to overcome the Hardness and DR of the monsters. Quinn can take care of the traps. They needed a dedicated caster as their fourth, not another melee person.
~Speaking of overcoming Hardness, make sure the methods you are going to give the characters to do that actually work on the encounters you want it to. *facepalm*

Basically, I feel like this would have been better as a module for level 4 PCs than level 3.

Also, I know some poeople have been defending this as 'not an intro module', but it is. This product is what Paizo decided to release to showcase its system, and try to attract new players through Free RPG Day. So while it might not be an intro module in the traditional sense, it very much is one, as it is likely the first thing many people played of the system. And you gave them a meat grinder with no real roleplay opportunities.


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Fantastic

*****

I love that this scenario ties in aspects of so many other scenarios, and not just the ones from season four. I found the level of depth in the roleplay to be one of the best, and I hope to see more scenarios like this one.

The combats were challenging, but not too hard to handle, so no matter which side of the swinging pendulum your character falls on (combat or roleplay heavy), you should have some way of contributing.


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