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To be blunt? Significantly rewrite the beginning volume of this AP.
As written, it starts in a strained and rushed manner, the encounters in the Old Fishery are FAR too easy, there's just no motivation or reason to care about it -- ANY OF IT -- and it's all over before it even starts. Later, the XP point curve in Eel's End is potentially 100% utterly broken if the PCs resolve it via diplomacy (as frankly, they are intended to do). Above all, the PCs are not provided with enough opportunity to care about Korvosa, the Crown as an institution, or the Queen as a person. Story wise, it's a failure.
It's just a crappy introduction. There's no point in pulling punches. I think it's substandard work.
I like the rest of the AP a lot. I think Seven Days to the Grave, in particular got all the editorial love as it was being developed in the Pit between Wes and James J.. Problem is, Nick Logue's installment is one of the weakest introductory volumes in any Paizo AP ever written. I am sure there were VERY good business and practical reasons for this at the time (It was developed as Paizo's new incarnation as a business was being founded and RotRL and Golarion was taking up much of JJ's time, too) and I do not blame anybody for how Edge turned out. It was a very stressful time at Paizo. It was doubly difficult trying to get vol 1 written before the Guide to Korvosa was complete and having a Vol 1 to an AP written from outside of Paizo must have been a great challenge at the time. The fact that Seven Days to the Grave is so much better underscores this. Nick Logue is a great author, too; however, this just isn't up to his normal quality.
Still, the proof is in the pudding and I think Edge of Anarchy needs a substantial rewrite to make the grade as it is not otherwise up to the quality I have come to expect from Paizo. Its deficiencies are not addressed in the Anniv Edition.
Accordingly, in my own campaign, I have almost completely
Yes, I will. My notes were made for me and were consequently sketchy, but I've started to expand on them in order that others might make more sense of it all.
I hope to have the changes to Vol 1 ready in a week or so. There is a butterfly effect that carries through the other volumes which will take me a great deal longer to work out, but Vol 1? Absolutely. I'll put a link to it on this part of the boards when it is done.
Note: My notes reflect extensive changes I made to the AP itself in terms of altering the main villain and the motives for all tht follows. I'm not a fan of the inevitable spoilers that otherwise flow from an 8 yr old AP. I'll try to break out the changes so that a GM can use the document a la carte - take what they want and leave the other changes behind.
Hopefully, my players will exercise restraint and not look at it. It will ruin their run for them if they do. *sigh*