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I also had a problem with Hero Lab spoiling the Medallion. For such an iconic item from such an important AP, I am kind of surprised that they really ruined the "surprise". After my party got the item and added in HL there was much discussion of Runelords, scrying and other plot points I was really trying to reveal through play. It was very disappointing. They could stick to a physical and mechanical description and leave the History lesson to the DM material (ie keep it in the AP) there is no reason to allow players to have that information when they innocently add the item to their HL characters.
As the GM in question, I can tell you it is exactly the unaccounted for bonuses that caused me to not allow this specific item to be backward downgraded. Magic item pricing being as much an art as a rule, paired with Celestial Plate (armor) having some special abilities outside the norm make it a tricky item to price. I was willing to allow the player to build toward the item, using “mithril full plate +1” as a base (yes I know it is not mithril but I wanted to work with him), but he wanted the free auxiliary benefits now. So I ruled that if he didn’t want to go that route, it would be best to wait until he could buy the item outright (most likely 2-3 more games or so).
It is (strangely) not in the Inner Sea World Guide or The Guide to Absalom...both of which are awesome and filled with tons of information, but both lack the settlement stat block. Which our game uses to limit what is available to purchase/sell.
You are the best! Thank you that was EXACTLY what I needed! And now I even know where to find it!
ok...and where are those? I am looking at the guide of Absalom and it appears to be a large city divided into districts, just like Magnimar or Korvosa.
Magnimar: Base value 12,800gp, Purchase Limit: 75,000gp (Magnimar Book)
That is the info I am looking for. Where can I find that info for Absalom?
For a city as important as Absalom is to the campaign Setting. It is surprisingly hard to find information about it. I see that there is a very old source book that does not have the information I seek. The new PFS guide has part of the block, but is missing the settlement stats. Where can I find a city stat block that lists things like purchase limits?
We are right there as well in my RotRL group. We also are having the "wait! Why do I need to open the floodgates? Doesn't the hole at the top act as a "floodgate"/spillway?" discussion.
I am pressing upon the PCs that hole is eroding the dam, and than the entire dam could fail because water was not meant to go through there. Unlike the release valves (water is meant to go through those). As part of fixing the situation they are also felling trees and blocking the hole in the top of the dam with a makeshift log jam.
The whole situation (that the plot hinges on) does not make a whole lot of sense....unless you
play Lucrecia as being more than a bit insane (probably true) and this plan is not really well thought out (she is throwing her lot in with a bunch of ogres after all). The whole (tattoo, gambling barge, Ogre, fort, Dam, Hags, Rain, flood) plan is not better than her sisters plan (Murder Cult), she just THINKS it is.
When something modifies Base speed does that effect all of the creatures movement types? Most things specify base LAND speed, but there are a couple that just say speed or base speed.
Ie: Does a dwarves "slow and steady" ability have any effect if the dwarf has a climb, swim or fly speed?
What about the cleric's Travel domain?
That seems to imply that your base speed can be natural or by spell/item (ie magic).
SO if I have a Dwarven travel domain cleric who is flying in heavy armor....what's his speed? (I now have a flying dwarf in my game so this is coming into play)
40ft (slow and steady does not apply to fly, neither does travel domain)
With the news that the Advanced Class Guide is part 1 of a 6 part Adventure Path
I think we should help the developers come up with the classes for the remaining 5 volumes.
Here are two suggestions.
Hence the Sunder Truce. We don't have it written down but it is understood that the DM won't sunder your equipment if you agree not to use it either. Exception: If there is a monster or bad guy who specifically have that as an ability or tactic. That adds the possible threat of having equipment broken but it makes it rare enough that is does not foster ill will (or sunder arms race) between the DM and the PC's. So far there has been threat of equipment lost to a babau and a black pudding (If I remember correctly the Black Pudding broke some items that needed magic to repair). So broken equipment does occur in my game, but I tend to mostly take Undone's position.
Game is Thursday, so I can report back then.
Just because several have brought it up...we are 5 players (20 point buy). I adjust HD, ability scores (very few odd numbers), Class levels, Hit Points, spell lists, Use occasional advanced template..etc to compensate. I do try and keep the fights challenging, but I don't constantly stack the deck against the PC's. It gets boring fast, if EVERY caster you run into has Wind Wall.
One new thing that has been repeatedly brought up is: make the archer move. I have not purposefully set fights up so that this would occur, so it rarely does. I will probably position my baddies from now on, so that this situation might occur more.
Dead, 10K is about the expected wealth difference between level 7 and 8, he has not been saving that long.
I am not "moving to block him" and kill his fun. This is an ongoing conversation with the player along the lines of "DM, am I doing this right? because it seems like I am going to wreck every fight." He knows he is too powerful. We were curious what other groups have done to counter the overly powerful (imo) archery. And shadows? Archers are not in the shadows after probably level 4, they build in power from 4-8 and then destroy things from about 9+ (based on my experience). And the niche comment is spot on. I want to allow players to excel in their niche...If one player is WAY WAY WAY overpowered it makes the others feel useless.
On the atrocious litany return...It is actually more like:
And GREAT catch on the bane.
My current rules adjustments are leaning:
This lets the player still do TONS of damage. Lets tougher DR monsters live a bit. If I add in some environment and counter measures, my hope is I can keep encounters interesting. And as always, try and keep lots of role-play up too.
We do a group audit every level. I missed that BOTH litany and bane were swifts. But I think the rest of his numbers seem to stack.
no no no no no no....boosting the other characters would be very bad. The Slumber witch needs no buffing. The Reach Cleric hits VERY hard. The Fighter/Ranger will be destroying [giants] very shortly. But all those are manageable. The archer is the problem child right now (in terms of combat balance). The Goblin is just pure monk (I could buff him, but he is holding his own currently - He is almost a defender as he occupies an opponent but his AC is approaching crazy unhittable). The party is pretty much where I want them (minus the archer). I want them to earn their "heroes of Golarion" status with a "little" work (I don't want them to curbstomp every encounter).
DR has its place and at low levels it was killer on the archer. But now when each arrow (approximately off the top of my head) has 1d8 +11? dam + acid + bane + holy (I don't have the whole attack + buffs memorized) the 5/DR does not do much (it helps...). When clustered shots enter the picture....DR is pretty much over.
Slime...I like that! I think I may implement that in next AP.
Weird tangent thought that I don't feel like looking up. If you count reach attacks as ranged when there is cover in play, does that mean that weather affects reach attacks?
As stated above, I think I am resigned to let the archer pincushion most things. The players will probably vote for this as well. I will just play up the key boss encounters (which are really the lynch pins anyways). Faceless stalkers, orgekin, and even ogers are minions after all. I will just add some extra oomph to the set piece encounters.
And, this is a dice game. One ogre - with 5 levels of fighter - power attacking, can flatten a PC with a lucky crit. The PCs hit hard, my guys hit hard too. And the DM's guys don't have raise dead scrolls like the players do.
I will keep checking this tread, but it seems like most people "just deal with it". And keep it in line with cover, concealment, and the occasional spell.
Thank you for all the awesome suggestions.
For those that mentioned it. I regularly adjust the CR of all the encounters. I have 5 players so I commonly add a combatant or two, sometimes add a class level, give some extra HP etc…to compensate. The fights have been tough so far (X..….!!!), the players are not rolling the mod by any means. I would say that my players feel that this is the toughest AP yet & the combats are the most exciting I have run. I have the pressure up (and I want to keep it that way). I absolutely do not want to kill my PCs, but I want the fights to be challenging (most of em anyways)…I try to be a good DM and throw easy fights at them to make them feel powerful and successful (as most DM guides suggest). But I fear what is coming. As I saw it in my last campaign.
We are very aware of cover and use it in every fight. The archer often has -4 to hit from it. But honestly the ACs they are dealing with in non boss fights are trivial. I don’t think I will change any rules or nerf archery. I think I will follow the above suggestions and use MORE environment, get MORE badguys next to him (a 5’ does not help when baddies have reach!) Probably add a caster in key fights, and a few potions of Invis. (The archer does have the see invis racial from his Aasimar heritage, but it would burn a round to turn it on) Also they use monster knowledge in every fight (I come from PFS so…that is kind of drilled into our playstyle). We track ammo. The one thing I won’t do is sunder. I DO use all the other maneuvers, but breaking a PCs hard earned equipment is dirty pool. We have a game “sunder truce” I don’t break equipment unless the opponent is supposed to tactically do that (ie black puddings…slimey demons…etc..).
I sounds like I am doing most things right and just need to add some more counters (like when I add a bit of iron will to counter sleepywitch, it does not screw her…just makes it tougher to always rely on it.)
Like, for example, we are in Hook Mountain and the book mentions LOTs of rain for some reason ( :-) ) weather effects would be good to play up.
A little background. I am running a Rise Of The Runelords Campaign. One of my players is playing an archer (inquisitor specifically). We have just finished Book 2 and are moving on to Hook Mountain. He has saved up his money and before he left Magnimar he purchased a +1 Adaptive Corrosive Composite longbow (9400 gp) well within his wealth by level and available for purchase in that city (they are closing in on 8th level). We are not a super Min/Max group, although the players do try and find effective options. I have DMed an archer before and was able to challenge the player at higher levels with some windwalls/fickle winds and quite frankly I also just resigned to having the archer machine gun most encounters.
This time around, I don’t really have a lot of casters coming up
Very Light RotRL spoilers:
there are a few in the rest of book 3), and looking at book 4 there is not much there either (ie just a few). Without inserting a bunch of casters (and I do adjust the books to suit, but I try not to change them too much (ie Mammy was a witch..etc..)
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Given time to prep (buffs), most of my players will be doing around 20-40 points of damage a round, the archer will be doing about 50 - 70) in another level he will be doing about 140 round due to manyshot + iterative and he has taken a level of cleric to take advantage of Litany of Righteousness to burst for 1 round to around 280) ummm I don’t see anything coming up that can stand before that.
The player has not done anything too fancy (other than the level of cleric) and has simply progressed down the archery feats. We are paying attention to cover/concealment. He has a +2 equivalent weapon (not to unusual by 8th level). Not sure what to do. I will try and catch them unbuffed, but given the “assault” structure of books 3 - 4 that will happened only occasionally.
1) I can let the archer dominate combat.
Currently he is just a very powerful force. In one more level he will so outstrip the other players in terms of power they will become nothing more than his support. From my past archer experience this problem gets worse at high level (except in highly magic boss fights).
FYI the party make up is:
Any general suggestions/comments are appreciated, but my concerns are mainly aimed at what to do about archery without resorting to a lot of magical shenanigans.
FYI the witch in question (I am the DM) does not cackle to extend Slumber Hex (that is always a function of level). He does cackle to extend evil eye and misfortune. Yes, the witch's spamming of slumber can occasionally be a problem and the witch class in general can be a BBEG killer if the target does not have a high will save. Fortunately most high level-high value baddies tend to have high saves. Also I tend to throw Improved Iron Will on the really tough baddies (I have only had to use it once...so it has not come into play often.) One target has had Hex Ward...so that had been in play. Maybe it is because this is the 3rd campaign I have DM'ed this players witch in, but I don't find the class unfun or unbalanced, so much as boring in combat. He has done a great job of developing his character's personality in this iteration though.
It seems that every class has had it's sweet spot...they all have times where they seem overpowered.
Both "attacked" and "collision" have the condition that it only effects flyers with wings (it only mentions winged flyers).
And agreed Slim, the problem child is Hover. The fail conditions per check make sense (way more sense than "I fail to go straight up, so I just sit there" or "I fail to go straight up, so I go straight down into the ground") they go up, just not the way they wanted. I can do that, and it seems rule supported. Still a bit unclear as to RAW for PSF when I play that (I am soon to have a flying wizard) so I want to know what to expect.
Still not sure what to do about sleep/KO. (nearly happened last game, and is sure to come up again.)
My party started flying last game, so I thought I would Read up on the fly skill. A lot of the rules seem to govern wings, which is odd since I would expect most PCs to gain fly through magic. Looking through past threads I don’t see a lot of consensus as to what happens when:
1) Someone with the flight spell fails the roll. I see everything from the PC stays in place (essentially hovering….which is its own action that they can fail, so what happens if they fail hover?) to, “they plummet to the ground” (again differing opinions on how to DM this…everything thing from they move their speed to the ground…to they fall all the way)
2) Someone with the flight spell is KO’s or slept. Do they float down as it the spell was ended early? or do they fall….Obviously winged flyers plummet, but what about spell users who have the Float down end condition?
Under the fly skill I do see: Avoid Falling Damage: If you are falling and have the ability to fly, you can make a DC 10 Fly check to negate the damage. You cannot make this check if you are falling due to a failed Fly check or a collision.
This seems to imply that a failed roll = Fall to the ground.
And then there is this:
Which seems to imply that if you don’t have wings you don’t fall when you fail? Either that or a fly spell failed skill roll = fall, and winged creatures have to fail by more (perhaps due to the ability to glide?) I always assumed that Magical Flight is better than winged flight (and I think I remember a JJ post that stated that but I can’t find it).
Most mid level games have to contend with flight I would imagine. What do people think the official rules are (Like PFS for example). And what do people do for home games?
Mulet, no one has run into this because the situation you contrived is not in the module.
Your party has not TPK'd, they have not "lost" the game...you can keep it going...and if your table desires it, it is kind of your job as the DM to do so. Yes your PCs made some very poor choices, but given that, the more I read about your situation in the other tread (about the village) the more clear it is that your intent was to trick them (and you went to great lengths to make sure they lacked the information to make informed decisions).
There is no "correct" way to run Burnt Offerings. It is your story, do with it what you want. But if you as a DM contrive a situation that is impossible for the PCs to overcome, then your players have not failed. The DM has.
This is not meant as a put down or to be mean (really!!!). Just some firm constructive criticism.
You have taken Burnt Offerings way off the rails (again...NOT a bad thing) and your question as to how others have handled your very specially designed situation seems odd.
In my game for example there is a nearby abbey (Windsong) to the north, that is particularly accepting of different peoples (even evil faiths). A cleric of Sarenrae there is investigating the concept of inherent evil and our 2 baby goblins were left in his care as wards. He will raise them and see if goblins are inherently evil, or if they can be taught and redeemed. Yea, it may not go well. But that is what we did in my game.
Best of luck with your game. It shows that you have put a lot of work into it, and I see above that you already have some ideas of what to do. Let us know how it plays out.
If he can get the resources, raise dead is cheaper....but given the time involved, perhaps Resurrection is your best bet. Undoing this wrong could be this players life goal....and I like Valandil's idea too.
Perhaps raise 1-2 of the goblins as soon as possible, and then spend the rest of the campaign "atoning" for his sin. BTW this AP gives you lots of opportunity to play with sin. Read up on the sin points used late in the AP and also your paladin should perhaps get the Wrath tag for Misgivings in part 2.
First off, I don't think your players have "failed" Burnt Offerings. You have modified the AP heavily (which is fine - I do that too) but there are quite a few DM imposed obstacles you have put before them making your job a lot harder. Sure, make the PC's actions have consequences, but don't kill the campaign before it even gets going over a self imposed hard line. Keep the AP flexible, and bend it to your players, let it be their story, but keep folding the AP back in when it gets off track. Nualia might attack the town on Monday, but why does she need to demolish it? Perhaps the attack fails due to some deus-ex-machina that Nualia did not foresee. Perhaps she was impatient and sent an attack against the town without finding a way to release Malfeshnekor (she still needs to do that right - as she has not found the secret door let alone the key?)
Have they met Shalelu yet? One option for you is to send your PCs to Magnimar, put them on trial (also remember that Magnimar has no king and this is important to part 2 (you could always replace Haldmeer with a king and it would still work) and have Nualia attack the town, let her have moderate success, burn some more buildings, kill some NPCs, then have Shalelu show up at the last minute and help the town repel the attack (she is level 6 after all). Your PCs return from Magnimar to an even more desperate town, sure that the next attak will finish them off. Make it clear the town will not withstand another attack...with shalelu in tow (if that is your wish) send your PCs off to Thistletop...campaign back in line. Nualia is back at Thistletop furiously researching Malfeshnekor, now convinced that she needs her Lamashtu sent general to finally destroy the town.
So which is correct then?
10th level battle Rager with 2 rage powers toward "increased DR".
1) he has DR 7, DR 14 against non-lethal.
2) he has DR 7, DR 10 against non-lethal (only the invulnerability DR is doubled.)
Same with adding any other DR modifying abilities. Do they all stack and then double? or is only invulnerability DR doubled.
The power reads:
At 2nd level, the invulnerable rager gains DR/— equal to half her barbarian level. This damage reduction is doubled against nonlethal damage.
This ability replaces uncanny dodge, improved uncanny dodge, and damage reduction.
One reason that I believe that "increased DR" does not stack with invulnerability is that invulnerability provides special DR that counts double for non-lethal damage. Are you saying that when you add "increased DR" that in increases this? Or do you need to track which DR is from invulnerability and which is from other sources that don't provide the non-lethal protection?
Or do they all just stack? In other words when you activate stalwart/improved stalwart does the DR provide 2x protection against non-lethal damage?
I see. Clear these up for me as I am still learning and I fear I have misconceptions as to how stuff works.
First I didn't think you could use Dragon Totem Resilience as you no longer have barbarian damage reduction class feature (which this rage power modifies - it adds 2 to it for each dragon totem rage power you possess...etc..) When you took Invulnerable Rager you gave up the barbarian damage reduction class feature for Invulnerability (Ex).
The same goes for Increased DR, it is modifying something you no longer have (the Invulnerability (Ex) is a special ability that replaced the "damage reduction" class feature and has special DR that counts double for Non-lethal.) Even if you could take it, it just would not stack, as it is a separate source (as the DR it provides is different from the special Non-lethal double protection that Invulnerable Rager enjoys).
Stalwart/Improved Stalwart: Those seem to work! Thanks!
If I am incorrect about Dragon Totem or "Increased DR" let me know as I would like to take those, if they work differently than I thought.
Indeed. We have an Invulnerable Rager at our table - based on his build, its looking like he'll have DR 18/- by 12th level and it'll continue to grow from there. His Superstition bonus will be +7 and rising. You don't need much healing when nothing in your CR level can damage you...
WOW! My superstitious Invulnerable Rager would LOVE to know how he got his DR up that high. With 90% of DR not stacking, what is he using to boost it? Even if his math is a little off, can you post the build?
I had the awesome experience of playing this Mod with both, a flamboyantly gay gnome and cleric of Calistria (two different players). The DM could hardly get out the Box Text that told us our mission was at a Bathhouse without laughing (The two players were already owning the table before our mission location was revealed - At which point it was decided that this mod was written specifically with them in mind). What followed was a full hour of wrong, and some of the filthiest and funniest PFS play I have ever had.
I think part of my undoing was reading the druid guides...too many options and ways to play the class. They are very mature and have role played before. The problems lies not so much with the student but with the teacher. I think I was over thinking it (worried about archetypes etc...) after re-reading the class and Ascalaphus's post I think we will be fine. The class does add options at a manageable pace.
I think Vanilla Druid (16,14,14,10,14,10 array for 1/2 elf), scimitar
Reading through the guides, it appears that most construct a druid as either combat focused or casting focused. I would like options for a combat focused druid. Of course it will have spell casting (unless archetyped away) what I meant was a build that does not focus on spell casting as a primary role.
Avatar-1...does this make more sense:
1) have an animal companion
I am introducing a young person to Pathfinder society. They really want to play a druid (mainly because they come with a pet). They are not really interested in spell casting (I know...), they want to be good at combat. Looking ahead (throwing Wild shape into the mix) I see nothing but frustration and problems. I am trying to steer them toward ranger (imo way easier to play).
Incase I am unable to change their mind, any hints or suggested builds for a pretty easy to play PFS druid? I have read through the guides and the class seems pretty complex, albeit flexible.
They are looking for:
suggestions? I would like for them to have a good experience...
In my game the DM approved mount for the cavalier was a Roc. It was awesome. He did not start with it of course (I think he got it around level 9 or 10ish?....I don't recall exactly). I parsed that paragraph to mean:
1) which mounts are available? The creature must be one that he is capable of riding and is suitable as a mount.
2) how do they work? This mount functions as a druid's animal companion, using the cavalier's level as his effective druid level.
3) what do they start with? A Medium cavalier can select a camel or a horse. A Small cavalier can select a pony or wolf, but can also select a boar or a dog if he is at least 4th level. The GM might approve other animals as suitable mounts (see 1 above).
Flying lance Cavalier after raising the bird captured from a roc nest (it took several years).
Snicker you have mentioned the Beginner Box twice. For PFS you need the Core rule book. The Beginner Box is a simplified version of the rules and will likely confused you once you get the hang of PFS. Get the Core Book. Also as others have indicated Rise of The Runelords is not at all out of print. There is an old version (back when Pathfinder was a D&D 3.5 product) that is indeed out of print. But what you want is the updated version (Called The Anniversary Edition) that works with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. It even comes all in one book (in stead of 6).
One thing to remember is that Nyrissa can observe anywhere in the house vicinity via the fable (even if the house is uprooted) so if they buff and try and enter she will know. In fact I am not sure (don’t have the book in front of me) that they can teleport into the extra-dimensional spaces of the tower (even if the house is uprooted). My players had several small assaults into the house and they got “lucky” on one and found the throne room and got to her that way. I think your players may be able to discern her location as “the tower” but be unable to teleport in. High level spell stuff gets complicated quickly and is not my strong point either. I second not having her be alone (especially if your PCs expect to stomp on her) Have Pho or Worm nearby. If they complain, explain to them that they didn’t spend time taking out her support…which should make sense to them. They “should” at least check out the house and reduce her support. Do they know that she considers herself an equal to the Eldest and hopes to join their ranks with her plan. She is no mere high level caster, she considers herself approaching demi-god. Do your players know this yet? Mine were scared to death of facing her.
Don't forget her Nymph abilities, they are nasty (blinding Beauty and stunning glance). Pick the tough guy and cast Maze on him. Use fickle winds to thwart the archers. Anti Life shell and chain lightning to soften up the pcs. Try a dominate. Or dispel their buffs (actually a clue to beating her) When my PCs faced her she was super tough, it looked dire for a few rounds. They figured out that they needed to debuff her so they tried a few dispels. One anti-magic field later she went from OP to chump. Dropped her the next round.
Also..the magic 1000/gp a day really messes up everything.
Craft Wonderous Item: a magical Folding Boat 7,200gp = about 7 days for a 15 person SHIP!
Craft a non magical rowboat: 50gp (500sp) = about a week and a half (and that is if I set the skill DC at about 15 and give our ship builder a skill of 12 and let him take 10)....I am sure a 15 person ship will take WAY longer but there is not one I can find in the rules.
I think I will throw the crafting rules out and just make up numbers that sound good when I need them.
So....since the 1000gp per day (8 hours) rule is for Magic Items with accelerated crafting making it still 1 per day (4 hours - allowing you to do it while traveling). How much time does accelerated crafting take for NON-MAGIC items. Is it assumed to be 1/2? because the SRD does not say.
it simply says:
Accelerated Crafting You may voluntarily add +10 to the indicated DC to craft an item. This allows you to create the item more quickly (since you'll be multiplying this higher DC by your Craft check result to determine progress). You must decide whether to increase the DC before you make each weekly or daily check.
so half time for +10 to the DC? sound right?
I am doing something wrong. When I look up old threads I see refence to a flat 1000 gp crafting a day? Where is this in the rules, as my craft speeds are WAY slower than that. I think I am missing something.
Take Larz Rovanky with his Leather Armor Crafting skill of +9.
The Studded Leather Costs 25 gp
If I let him take a 10 on his crafting skill check, he gets a 19. The DC to make the armor is 13. The amount of progress he makes in a WEEK is (19 x 13 = 247 sp worth of progress) if I divide the total cost of the item by 1 weeks progress it will take approximately 7.1 weeks to make the armor.
What am I missing? that seems WAY too long.
I would say that if the condition of "horizontal surface" ends then the spell fails and ends. So you cant roll it up, same thing with putting it on a big piece of wood and then tilting it up, cant do it. The spell either prevents you from making the surface non-horizontal or ends. Blocking the top is a bit more complicated, I might rule that the floor rises up until it is stopped by resistance, thus making the extra dimensional space persist until it can finish. I don't think I would let it "stargate iris" things. Other fun things to do with create pit is put in on water, a platform or balcony, a silk sheet stretched over thin frame (you can slide it under double doors) etc...
Hmm, I didn't say that at all. Ask here too.
What I meant was that if any house rules are in play, have you talked to you GM, to see if they have a solution for you (perhaps special training to use your special weapon)? You have not mentioned that you have done that. Maybe add my suggestion to the list of ALL the other suggestions you have gotten from the boards.
If I came off as trying to shut you down, that was not my intent. Happy Gaming!
I have a Fighter Character who is regularly 'Enlarge Personed' who uses a two handed reach weapon for a 20' reach and has Combat Reflexes.
Remember that since you dont have a natural reach attack (other than unarmed when you are enlarged), that your two-handed reach weapon will have a dead zone where it cant make attacks at all if your opponents get inside your reach.
A reach weapon is a melee weapon that allows its wielder to strike at targets that aren't adjacent to him. Most reach weapons double the wielder's natural reach, meaning that a typical Small or Medium wielder of such a weapon can attack a creature 10 feet away, but not a creature in an adjacent square. A typical Large character wielding a reach weapon of the appropriate size can attack a creature 15 or 20 feet away, but not adjacent creatures or creatures up to 10 feet away.
When enlarged your natural reach area is two squares all the way arround you, where you won't be able to make attacks with your weapon with reach.
The only thing that I might add is that if you want to give you players an into to Golarion; Definately go Rise Of The Runelords (plus it is excellent). If they die or Finish it (I will guess it my group about 50 6 hour sessions to finish an AP) We just finished Kingmaker at about level 16 and 48 games) then try Curse Of The Crimson Throne, if they die or finish that go with Second Darkness. There is a wealth of Varisia/Golarion lore in those 3 APs.
Or pick a different one (I love techy stuff and Egypt so both of the 2014 APs look AMAZING!).