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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 722 posts. 41 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist.

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Pawns are great

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Short Version: If you're running Shattered Star and use a grid, I'd suggest picking these up.

One of my players picked this up and it's proven very nice. The pawns look good and are sturdy enough for repeated use.

I do have two caveats:
1) The pawns are restricted by what art is in the AP. If the enemy doesn't have a full-body image (or full-body art in another book) it doesn't seem to appear. This can cause some gaps.
2) You should get enough pawns for each encounter when combined with the appropriate Bestiary boxes. However, if you end up combining encounters, you can easily run short on pawns.

All in all, I'm still very glad we picked them up, but it's not a pure no-brainer.

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Still A Solid Start

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Short Version: This adventure is too linear, but has aged surprisingly well.

I'd definitely still run this adventure, although I'm a little concerned about the amount of adjustments needed. The early sections feel like they need a little more meat, both foreshadowing future occurrences and grounding the players in Korvosa. The latter parts should probably be loosened up a bit, structure wise.

Even with that work, and the lesser concern of conversion from 3.5, this still seems like a fun adventure. I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the Curse of the Crimson Throne.

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The Value


Short Version: Good adventure path, even better value per dollar.

This is not the AP if you're looking for something new and different. It is the AP if you're on a budget, looking for a classic feel, or just aren't quite sure where to start.

Like all APs, it's best when tuned to your group, but Rise is close enough to the basic assumptions that you should be close to the mark.

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Pretty good even for non-advanced games

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Short Version: If you want new classes, this is the place!

I wasn't expecting a ton out of this book, because my group intentionally makes their players as light as possible. Because blending two classes together is probably more complex than their components, I was expecting to not use many of the classes.

I ended up getting more usable ones than I expected. Arcanist stands out as one that's going to get some play, along with the slayer, swashbuckler, investigator, and possibly even hunter.

So, it exceeded expectations there. I'll definitely get more use out of this book than Ultimate Combat or Ultimate Magic.

There are also some cool archetypes. I wish we'd had the non-martial cleric archetype starting out our Rise of the Runelords and I think the arcanist school specialist will fill in nicely for the Thassilonian Specialist.

The reason I've dropped it down to 4 stars is because the book seems rushed. There are some layout issues and much of the art just doesn't feel up to Paizo's normal standards. Neither of these are deal-breakers, but the "undercooked" feeling makes me worry about the rest of the book.

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Technomancy at its finest


Short Version: Grab this if you want to run Iron Gods, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, Blackmoor, or really anything else involving fantastic technology.

This is a pretty sweet book. It has a lot of rules information for pieces of technology, but the descriptions (particularly the technological artifacts) also bring in a ton of flavor. Even the luddites in our parties can appreciate some of the new spells, feats, and other material.

The rules here work best where technology is a mysterious force, left behind by a previous civilization or fallen from the sky. It's obviously something you want for Iron Gods, but I'd feel comfortable running a Rifts-like setting using the Pathfinder rules as well.

All that said, if you're on a limited budget, note there are plans to add this to the PRD.

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