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Contributor. Goblin Squad Member. Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, Tales Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,346 posts (2,474 including aliases). 8 reviews. 4 lists. 1 wishlist. 3 Pathfinder Society characters. 10 aliases.

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Great products, but check the audio levels, please.

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I couldn't find a place on the Big Finish website to post this as a general comment for all the episodes released, so far, so I wanted to provide a little feedback, here.

These audio dramas are great. I think they actually get better with every new series, in terms of characer development, story, and presentation of the Pathfinder game in a dramatic format. My daughter and I listen to these together during the drive to her various sports and other activities. I love that we can share these stories together.

I do, however, have one complaint: there is a serious discrepancy between the volume of sound effects and voice acting. I find that I'm frequently having to adjust the volume, first raising it to hear a half-whispered conversation between two people, then rapidly turning it down because a fight broke out and we're being blasted out of the car. We sometimes miss vital plot information that is shared in "hushed tones," because the volume is just too low.

If at all possible, Big Finish, please look at balancing the audio levels.

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Another great installment from Big Finish!

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Seeing as how the other issues already had reviews and high-star ratings to go with them, I've decided that episode #3 needs a review, too.

In The Hook Mountain Massacre, the Pathfinder Legends line of products continues on its path of excellence. As with all the episodes of the story, the voice acting is superb and the characterization of Ezren, Harsk, Merisiel, and Valeros is pretty much exactly as I imagined those characters. There are times when the party banter feels a bit forced, especially some of the bickering between Harsk and Valeros, but overall, I like the dynamics of the group...they feel like an adventuring party.

This particular episode was a rather daring one, given the notorious reputation of the content in the adventure path. The ogrekin of Hook Mountain are particularly nasty. Big Finish managed to include a good amount of the grossness of those creatures without turning the episode into a full-fledged horror story a la "The Hills Have Eyes", which I'm pretty sure was one of the inspirations for this part of the Runelords tale.

I think the only significant weakness of this installment, which is shared by all of the current Pathfinder Legends episodes, is that there is a bit too much reliance on the listener to already know the story being told. I have listened to them with those who haven't read the adventure path issues, and they sometimes had difficulty figuring out what was going on or why things were happening. It would be good to have a bit more explanation, either through narrative or character interaction. I realize that it's difficult to "show" and not "tell" in an audio drama, but weaving more clarity into the motivation and action would improve an already good thing.

One way to help fix that would be to increase the length of each episode, which is something I hope we'll see when Paizo and Big Finish get around to releasing the next set of Pathfinder Legends recordings. Production of an audio drama is obviously different than that of an audiobook, so cost comparison isn't necessarily reliable, but considering that you can purchase a digital copy of an unabridged book with a duration of 8 to 12 hours and read by a fairly notable actor for $25, I don't think it's too much to ask for each episode of the Pathfinder Legends to be extended to 2 hours for the $13 price.

Despite that minor issue, I definitely hope to see more recordings soon, and strongly encourage fans of Paizo and Pathfinder or even just fans of audiobooks or audio dramas to get all six installments of Pathfinder Legends: Rise of the Runelords.

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Another valuable support document for BB players!

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This is definitely a good reference for making the leap from one set of rules to the next, but I also found that it's a valuable document, even if you don't plan on making that transition.

Calling out the biggest differences between Beginner Box and Core rules, this PDF is very helpful for those of us who are currently using both versions of the rules and who might need a reminder about what options were removed from the Beginner Box for simplicity and ease of play.

The information about converting Core Rules modules and how to read stat blocks and spells from the Core Rules will certainly be valuable to those who want to use material from the more advanced books.

The last few pages are mainly advertisements for modules and Pathfinder Society play, but I don't consider that a bad thing. In particular, calling out modules that would be good for use with the Beginner Box is pretty helpful, and I think they made the right choices about what modules would be best suited for the BB audience.

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Excellent Start to the Pathfinder Tales line!!!

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Sorry for the delay on this. Read my full review of both Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils here:
Review Double Feature: Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils

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Make that 4.5 stars! Three wonderful stories in one!

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Read my full review of both Master of Devils and Prince of Wolves here:
Review Double Feature: Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils

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