If it matters to anyone, I bought a case and the blue dragon and only had a couple of rattlers and no breakage. I couldn't possibly dream of passing on this set. I have searched for a better word to describe my feelings about this set but amazing will have to do. I, for one, have been 100% satisfied with every set, I have purchased cases, bundles and all the promos. They really do keep getting better, very excited about this set. People seem to have forgotten about the greatest AP ever, Age of Worms, and that skeletal dragon would do nicely for a certain Dracolich. Keep em comin!
I can't say enough about how great these mini's are. Having every creature represented is huge in my experience. A member of my group said he would rather use dice or coins instead of these minis. I say he is a fool. Keep up the great work, what a selling point for further AP's if you can have all the minis for them. I personally think they look great and are a terrific, cheap alternative to plastic minis (which I have a ton). Any chance I can commision a special retro set to go with the greatest AP of all time....Age of Worms.
I too enjoyed the SAGA edition, actually I even liked the old d6 version but people are such snobs anymore (talking primarily about my game group) and many turn their noses up at d20. I friend of mine that hates star wars and d20 actually looked at Edge of the Empire due to the dice mechanics and no miniature use.
As a side note, I noted that FFG added two more pregens for use with the starter box. I'm hoping they continue to add a little more content. I was disappointed that Paizo didn't support their starter with updates. But that's like being disappointed you got 39 presents for Christmas and not 40.
Just got this yesterday and it is a lot of fun to play. While beginner boxes are limited in scope, it is a great way to learn the game. The dice mechanics are fun and add a lot of story telling and chance elements. The adventure is nothing special but it covers all the bases and at the end you feel like you learned the game and can delve into more complicated aspects. You also get a nice two sided map which ups the value. The map is of a Mellinium Falcon type transport and the key areas of the Tatooine town of Mos Shuuta. You also get some tokens and the gorgeous characters sheets that are easy to read and use. Also, FFG has a free expansion adventure that builds off of what you have already done, which adds to the value of the maps and creates a great campaign starting, multiple session scenario.
While the core rules are very light most everything you need to run a "light" game is there. There isn't any information on character creation but the core mechanics are thoroughly explained.
For me, the value comes from an easy system to teach the game and get new players into playing something a little different. Plus, it can be used over with other new players if needed. All in all, I enjoy it and am glad I spent the money. I will definitely get the Main Core book when it comes out. I wasn't sold on this game before but now I am. If your group is interested in playing the game, wait for the main rules and skip this. If you have people that are on the fence or new to roleplaying than this is a good buy.
For those of you who care.....Raging Swan Press' Lonely Coast works as a great beginning backdrop for the RA area. I primarily endorse this because the Lost Coast area is well fleshed out with a few towns, adventure sites and what have you. Perfect for the time strapped DM. Great way to build characters up before going off to RA. The RSP materials are very good and cheap! Plus the geography of the Lost Coast fits seemlessly with RA.
So Forgotten Realms had Undermountain, Oerth had Castle Greyhawk and Maure Castle. There is Rappan Athuk (which is awesome btw, any lover of huge dungeons should pick it up asap) and the Worlds Largest Dungeon.
Is there anything in the works for a Golarion/Pathfinder mega dungeon? My nominee would be the dungeons below Kaer Maga.
Just a note, Rappan Athuk weighed in at a reasonable $99 which is essentially an entire campaign from 1st to 20+. I would easily pay a similar price for a treatment of any super pathfinder RPG dungeon. Especially in Varisia and perhaps with an appearance by another Runelord.
Just finished reading through this. I almost always read all of the first adventure and none of the last in an AP. Low level adventuring is just more fun IMO. I have to say with it's 80+ rooms this is the mega dungeon of low level play and I love it. I would run this as a starter for virtualy any starting campaign set in varisia. It is superb in the grand tradition of Iconic dungeon delves. Truly a fun masterpiece. Just goes to show that the creative juices are as fresh as ever at Paizo. Well done gang, really wish I could ever had played through this one. Nice start to Shattered Star.
That all makes sense Mr. Peterson, perhaps you can gauge some support for negotiations if its possible at all. Necropolis is one of, if not the greatest Gygax adventure IMHO. The d20 version was superbly done. I think that many would think that it is worthwhile to convert it. I may be going to far but I think Mr. Gygax would have loved Pathfinder and what Paizo has done with the bud of his game. It would be a fitting legacy for his devotion to the game.
Erik Mona just mentioned that he is in campaign ran by James that is currently featuring Necropolis, written by Gary Gygax. I was wondering if there is any plan by Frog God Games (who I assume have the rights) to redux Necropolis for PFRPG. They did an amazing job on Rappan Athuk. Necropolis is one of my all time favorite adventures, I would love to see it updated. I second guessed myself and didn't get in on the kickstarter for RA. A decision have regretted. I would totally be in for a Necropolis kickstarter, to convert it to PFRPG.
I picked one up at Gen Con, I had no idea that it was going to be available. AMAZING....absolutely wonderful. Words cannot describe how much I have enjoyed it and look forward to running it. FGG put a lot of effort into it and it shows. The new content is very much worth the redo. I looked forward to this for a long time and was completely overjoyed and satisfied with the final product. This book/tome is a must have for any DM. I would be interested in how many copies were sold at Gen Con, I about fell over when I saw it. I absolutely had to have it! I can't imagine anyone would be disappointed owning this.
Well now you guys are just showing off and being arrogant....That Gug looks AWESOME. Haven't even got my RotRL mini's yet and I'm looking forward to this set. To bad I will probably never use them due to my lame gaming group but like a trusty Titan III missle, they will be there ready for duty should I ever call on them.
I for one relish spoilers. Even if you didn't show any of them off I would still buy, thats how good they are. Mites and Derros thats awesome, what a great addition to the mini lines. I am eagerly anticipating the AP, the mini's. Hopefully, my game group will come down from their snobbery and distate for published adventures, and join in on gettting to know Varisia up close and personal with RotRL, Curse of the crimson throne, second darkness and capping it off with Shattered Star and PFS Year of the Risen Rune. But I have little faith, while my AP's and minis languish from disuse, they are filling their days with silly little miniatures depicting bugs, demons, and "space marines", along with boring role play sessions of "shadow running". Sigh.
just bought $40 worth of RSP pdfs on drive thru rpg....sorry paizo. I now have a fully fleshed out, ready to go opening campaign for low level and beyond. The books are amaziningly well done and written. They are so detailed. I'm hooked and will purchase more form these talented developers. So good.
Wow, I totally, whole heartedly agree with the reviewers. What an awesome tool for fleshing out an underdark or cavern crawl. The ready made encounters were terrific and very complete. They make random encounters way more interesting and cool. Just having various underdark denizens like drow, trogs and others stated out for patrols or ambushes is worth it. I liked the environment rules and the way the whole book was laid out. Top notch third party work. A very fine resource. I will definitely have to look at other RSP products. My all time favorite is the maggot lake, disgusting and fun.
Very excited about this. I loved the old DnD treasure book and that wasn't even a tenth as detailed as this. One thing as a DM that I hate to spend time on is treasure but...players love treasure and they love interesting treasure even more. A good mix of mundane, magic and coin is right at your finger tips with a brief description of art objects. WELL DONE. This seems to be a great addition to the line up. Once again, Paizo has shown that they are the true heirs to DnD, dredging up an old idea and making it more awesome than ever. Consider this pre ordered!
I preordered mine in September of 2011 and have been eagerly anticipating it's arrival. When anticipation builds up expectations there can always be disappointment. Words cannot accurately describe the level of joy and satisfaction during my initial thumb through of this tome (the first page I opened up to was the Scribbler, poetic). For me, it was all that I anticipated and more. If I was a little more articulate I would write a review. The reviews that were written seem to be the same old personal gripes and not objective screenings. I find it funny that people balk at prices and complain about "hidden" or "added" costs with supplementals. This is an expensive hobby and I accept that. But with that acceptance I expect quality and there is no doubt that this book is of high quality. I will be purchasing all the support material, including the minis and pawns without question. In the end, I hope to run a memorable and enjoyable campaign. Well done Paizo, another home run and further solidifying my continued support for your products. Wizards if your listening, beg the Paizo people to teach you a seminar on how to keep the fans happy. I have no problem shelling out my hard earned money for my hobby. I understand that at the end of the day, profits have to be made, hell, I want someone to make a lot of money on gaming so they continue to put out more stuff. But I want to be taken care of and Paizo does that.
So I wanted some advice on an idea I had. Since I purchased the Black Monastery adventure, I have been thinking of ways to incorporate it into my own games. The back ground material sparked the idea that the monastery could, theoretically, be plopped down in any campaign or game system. I want to incorporate it into everything that I run. IE, I plan on running a RotRL campaign in the fall and somewhere in it the black monastery will appear, players can investigate or not as they choose. Essentially, any lengthy campaign I run, there will eventually be an appearance of the black monastery. For right now, as a casual game, I want to intro the black monastery to my players using it as is with pathfinder rules, but also playing a dual run with savage worlds deadlands, with as yet to be determined cross overs between the two games with the same players, the Monasterio Negro,full og all sorts of wierd west dangers. As the players go along they catch glimpses of the other party, through dreams and ghostly apparitions. Possible they could even help each other and warn about certain dangers or leave gear that the other party could use. Wanted some feedback to determine if anyone else thought this was an interesting or doable idea. My game group is always looking for different and interesting things, they are a bit jaded. I thought this would present a wierd but interesting theme. Definitely is something I have never tried before.
I can pretty well guess that nothing good ever came in or out of the 'doomsday door'. Quite frankly, I don't wanna know anything about it until im standing in front of it and the DM tells the party something awful is about to happen. I can't wait for the this adventure path. The fleshing out of varisia alone is worth it. And oh please let there be runelord(s).
Excited to say I just ordered my case with Rune Giant today. Ive had the anniversary edition ordered for what seems like a year. Round it all out with the face cards, pawns, and item cards with the paperminis in reserve. Just gotta track down five of the old dice sets and Im set. I can't wait to run this campaign.
I'm not verbose enough to write a review that will influence people to buy or not buy this product. But here is my sort of review. I really enjoy old school type adventurs that don't have to be rationalized or explained, things don't have to make sense. I wanted a pathfinder rule dungeon crawl that was just about the action, loot and fun. For $15 it would take a lot to disappoint me and Frog God games is a known quality to me. So I download the pdf and trip through it before I went to bed. Standard fare, big scary monastery with some dungeon levels. I was pleased but I hadn't really read to deeply into it.
The next day I read the entire introduction and thats when it hit me. I gotta tell you that what initially drew me to this product was the fact that it had been used in a homebrew and had been the basis for several adventures in a private game. Once I read the intro the genius of the adventure hit home. Without going into spoiler details, the fact that the monastery can come back time and again and can be used really in any type of setting was sheer brilliance. Now I have been a DM for thirty years, creating adventures isn't my thing, I'm not that creative but I do an okay job with printed stuff. Once the fulll impact of how the monastery could be used the creative juices started to flow and I'm itching to run this for my group. That alone was worth the money. But the monestary has so much more to offer. For me its FIVE STARS.
I don't care about typos or the occasional error, the content is superb. I hope my group will share my enthusiasm and the awesomeness of this product.
If anyone is interested my buddy has opened a new gaming store/club in the Charleston,IL area. Random Encounters. We can be contacted on facebook through an open group and the store site. Membership is cheap, ten a month to get you in all the games and great discounts on stuff or two to game all day. Its located in the middle of the county, near the airport in the upper office area of the 911 center of all places. Im going to be starting up a B5 league and planning some tournaments. We are playing pathfinder, fantasy flight boardgames, heroclix, warhammer, magic, cthulhu lcg, savage worlds, and a host of other stuff. There are about 4 TVs available to play xbox 360, NES, super NES, PS3, xbox, you name it, we can game it.