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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Tales Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 6,864 posts (7,066 including aliases). 19 reviews. 3 lists. 1 wishlist. 11 Pathfinder Society characters. 4 aliases.



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I'm rather disappointed with Ultimate Equipment overall. It reminds me an awful lot of the 3.5 Magic Item Compendium, with insanely cheap items and an overabundance of swift actions.

I find UE nearly useless for treasure generation since "common" Core items end up being so rare, and 80% of what else it generates are broken (too powerful), over-exotically flavored, or too niche. The Treasure Tables themselves, while useful for certain situations, seem turn every NPC into a Christmas Tree of items, half of which I would have to look up to even know what they do.

There aren't quite so many over-powered/dirt-cheap items as the MIC, although the exceptions are pretty exceptional (e.g. the PFS-banned Quick Runner's Shirt and Bracers of the Falcon). At least it fixed the APG staff prices though, and yes, the layout is useful, though I find it encourages metagamy "fill every slot" mentality


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Astounded

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I just had a chance to listen to this for the first time and am blown away. With just one hour, I thought the story would be rush, and the characters hollow if flavorful. I was blissfully wrong. Having played through the AP, and seen the Burnt Offerings stageplay, this was thrilling.

The adaptation is incredible, incorporating lots of great concepts I recognized from the forums. It turned the plot into a real adventure, not just a narration of a story.

The voices were excellent - I'm not good at picking out voices typically, but I was able to easily distinguish all of the characters most of the time. The one occasion of 4-5 fights happening simultaneously was less successful audibly, although exciting narratively.

I highly recommend this for any ROTRL fan or GM. It's worth the price just to have Kendra's speech at the beginning, and the best characterization of Harsk yet. It's by no means perfect, but I can't imagine a more successful beginning.


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Invaluable for some, a treasure for others

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One of the wonders of the Pathfinder setting since the very start, have been the incredibly in-depth Deity write-ups in about 1/3 of the Adventure Path volumes. Written by Sean K Reynolds, they were full of deep and clever detail that helped to truly evoke the wonder of the gods.

Inner Sea Gods is all of that, updated to the present, and including the unique Heralds of each deity. Beyond that it includes a huge swath of crunch, including what looks like every religion trait ever published, and a few that haven't been. Also new Feats (three for most of the core gods) with some delicious Channeling ones. New magic items and spells, both deity specific and general.

If you play games in Golarion and don't have a library of every or almost every issue of the Pathfinder AP, this is a required resource. If you *do* own them all already, it's still a great resource, with updated information after 7 years of growth in the setting.

That said, this book does have a few editing issues. The second sentence in the book appears to be missing a few words, and the feat "Potion Glutton" is delicious (pun intended), but flubs on the rules. I may revise this as I read through more of the book, and see if these are isolated incidents.


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A great time for the right players

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I didn't know what to expect going into this one, but I had a fabulous time, even with a young newbie GM. Good role-play, nice suspense, *real* choices, and fun new mechanics.

A few coincidences of the right skills and some good rolls (or poor GM rolls) made this an exceptional stand-out scenario for me personally, but I'm fully confident that with the right attitude, even the dullest barbarian's player will have a lot of fun playing this one.


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Doesn't live up to the wallpaper

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The Mummy's Mask Wallpaper is awe-inspiring, a fantastic 'shot' of action and danger.

This poster really fails to capture that awe - it divides the action into two nice-looking but unexciting vinettes, scrunches in the NPC-of-the-book, and then divides the whole thing with large pictures of the supplement books. Admittedly, the original image does seem pretty hard to shift into a portrait orientation.

I've purchased other marketing posters before because they are awesome - this one I do not plan to, even though I do plan to run the AP (first to run since Second Darkness).


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