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An Amazing Scenario When Run by a Quality GM

*****

To say that Thurston "Thursty" Hillman regularly challenges what makes for a fun, engaging scenario would be an understatement. The author of classics such as Siege of the Diamond City, Blakros Matrimony, and Traitor's Lodge, Thurston's scenarios are famed for "breaking the mold" of what the PFS experience is like, and Bid for Alabastrine is no different.

As many have already pointed out, 7-22 has virtually no combat and is almost entirely driven by roleplay and social interaction. As a result, your mileage on this scenario will vary based upon the quality of your GM—players, try to sit down for this adventure with a GM whose antics you genuinely enjoy, as it will make the experience all the better. GMs, you 100% need to prep this one in advance. Not only is Bid for Alabastrine a low-combat scenario, but the "fun" is entirely in interpersonal interaction. You need to work to sell this one to your players, and the results will be well-worth it.

I ran Bid for Alabastrine twice at PaizoCon this year, and both times my players left the table telling me that it was the most fun they had ever had at a PFS table. The key to success is making every character feel vibrant and alive. Thursty goes into extreme depth explaining every key NPC's personality and quirks, as well as their biases and interests. EXPLOIT THAT. Make sure to pick up a copy of Ultimate Intrigue and be familiar with the influence rules herein, which are summarized at the end of the scenario. If you've run Merchant's Wake or Blakros Matrimony before, don't worry too much about it—the scenario makes heavy use of the influence system that was created in those pages. The version in 7-22 is merely refined, and the quality shows.

Grab your courtier's outfits and prepare yourselves for a slot like none you've ever played before.

Alex Augunas
Everyman Gamer
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Everyman Product Reviews: Book of the Damned

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Final Score & Thoughts
Crunch: 5/5 Stars
Flavor: 5/5 Stars
Texture: 4.5/5 Stars
Final Score: 14.5/5 Stars, or 4.75 Stars/5, rounded up for its flavor.

Individually, the three volumes of the Book of the Damned are amazing, excellent reads. The fact that the series managed to hold the same level of quality throughout several years of printing and a slew of authors is a testament to Paizo’s mastery over the evil realms. These planes are ripe for use in adventures of all sorts, and I am pleased to have such a thorough, encompassing guide on the topic. I would highly recommend all three volumes to any GM’s toolbox: they will meet your needs and exceed them a hundred times over.

For the full review, head to the Everyman Gaming blog.

(Note: This review is for all three volumes of the Book of the Damned combined. Not that it matters much; this score applies to all three books equally.)


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Everyman Product Reviews: Book of the Damned

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Final Score & Thoughts
Crunch: 5/5 Stars
Flavor: 5/5 Stars
Texture: 4.5/5 Stars
Final Score: 14.5/5 Stars, or 4.75 Stars/5, rounded up for its flavor.

Individually, the three volumes of the Book of the Damned are amazing, excellent reads. The fact that the series managed to hold the same level of quality throughout several years of printing and a slew of authors is a testament to Paizo’s mastery over the evil realms. These planes are ripe for use in adventures of all sorts, and I am pleased to have such a thorough, encompassing guide on the topic. I would highly recommend all three volumes to any GM’s toolbox: they will meet your needs and exceed them a hundred times over.

For the full review, head to the Everyman Gaming blog.

(Note: This review is for all three volumes of the Book of the Damned combined. Not that it matters much; this score applies to all three books equally.)


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Everyman Product Reviews: Book of the Damned

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Final Score & Thoughts
Crunch: 5/5 Stars
Flavor: 5/5 Stars
Texture: 4.5/5 Stars
Final Score: 14.5/5 Stars, or 4.75 Stars/5, rounded up for its flavor.

Individually, the three volumes of the Book of the Damned are amazing, excellent reads. The fact that the series managed to hold the same level of quality throughout several years of printing and a slew of authors is a testament to Paizo’s mastery over the evil realms. These planes are ripe for use in adventures of all sorts, and I am pleased to have such a thorough, encompassing guide on the topic. I would highly recommend all three volumes to any GM’s toolbox: they will meet your needs and exceed them a hundred times over.

For the full review, head to the Everyman Gaming blog.

(Note: This review is for all three volumes of the Book of the Damned combined. Not that it matters much; this score applies to all three books equally.)


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Everyman Product Reviews: Chronicles of the Righteous

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Final Score & Thoughts
Crunch: 5/5 Stars
Flavor: 5/5 Stars
Layout: 4/5 Stars
Final Score: 14/15 Stars, or 4.5 Stars, rounded up for it’s flavor.

Chronicles of the Righteous is a must-own book if you do absolutely anything with good outsiders in your campaign. This book provides a much needed insight into the nature of the celestial races and provides plenty of fodder for potential gods and entities in your campaign setting. This product is a rich tapestry of righteousness that your Pathfinder collection is incomplete without.

Read the complete review at the Everyman Gaming blog.


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