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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Tales Subscriber. 8,796 posts (9,983 including aliases). 14 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 10 aliases.

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Surely they can't ALL be "the best set we've done to date..."?


Well, this one is. Plus it had to get over my bias against dungeon dressing (so count this as a five star rating from a minus one star start).

Wizkids and Paizo have done their typical, stellar job of rarity determination and collation. I got at least one of every figure in my case and ended up with multiples of the things I need multiples of and single copies of those that tend to come in ones.

I was struck by the colour scheme. Typically, I find PFBattles figures to be a little too bright and cartoony. These were much more to my taste. I had zero issues with any paint jobs - melty faced or otherwise (though I confess I'm a little less fussy than most, in that regard).

I really wish the dungeon dressing was in its own line of products (a la the iconics line) as I feel they're sufficiently different from "regular" figures to warrant separation. As it is, I find a niggling part of my brain resenting the fact that I subsidised the production of these when I COULD have been subsidising another half dozen rare monster sculpts.

Despite that one negative, the quality of this set demands a five star rating. This is right up there as one of my all time favourite cases from any miniatures manufacturer.

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I keep changing my mind about this novel.

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I really enjoyed the Golarion lore in this book. Quite a bit of stuff about the mwangi expanse, it's history and it's current exploitation by the Aspis consortium. There was an enjoyable plot - I found the protagonists believable and likeable and their enemies truly villainous. I desperately wanted them to get their comeuppance.

For me, the negatives came in the character development - a significant portion of the book had the main character reluctant to trust her new companions, feeling like an outsider, carrying her burden on her own, etcetera... Then it seemed like, all in a rush, everything is resolved and she's learnt to have friends. I also found myself railing at her blinkered stubbornness/stupidity a few too many times, though that's a pet hate of mine and probably isn't a big deal.

I can't decide on four stars for story or three stars for character - I'm going to round down because there was a particularly unpleasant torture scene (in my opinion it went beyond paizo's usual PG13 bounds). I don't enjoy reading that stuff without warning, so I've settled on a three out of five.

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Disappointing set

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I'm surprised the other reviewers have ranked this set so highly. To me, it feels like the line is getting tired. No doubt exacerbated by the inherent problems of working with licensees, I'm starting to experience a certain sense of deja vu when Erik posts that he's "working with Wizkids to iron out the problems - the next set is going to be awesome..." (or words to that effect).

The paintjobs continue to be sloppy, the number of sculpts has dropped significantly and there were a whole bunch of combat-useful figures omitted so that goats, crows, foxes and owls could be included. It's nice to have those, but not four or five of each at the expense of miniatures with far more utility. I can now plot out a nice farmyard scene but what's the point? The location of each animal is hardly going to be important.

I wouldnt recommend this set to anyone who wasnt an avid collector. I think it would make a poor first impression. Far better to just get a few of the single minis (several of them are quite good - it's the set overall which I found disappointing).

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Made the drive to work enjoyable

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This was my first foray into the world of audio-dramas. I wasnt sure what to expect (the trailer didnt impress me to be honest) but I'm glad I bought it.

I thought the actors were great - the voices were clear, believable and distinctive. I also thought they were well cast - Valeros was the only one who sounded wrong to me at first, but I got used to his accent pretty quickly. At times the sound effects and/or music was a little loud - I had one or two moments of missing a line, especially during battles, but they were rare.

Sometimes the script bugged me, but on reflection the task was pretty challenging. There were one or two bits of dialogue where the characters are 'explaining' things they'd probably already know just so the audience can catch up. I found Ezren's narration of his notes to the Pathfinder Society a much better vehicle for that sort of thing really.

The script also walks a fine line in meeting the needs of those who know the AP and those who dont. As someone in the first category, I really enjoyed it however I could imagine it being hard to follow (perhaps?) if you didnt know something of the story first. There were also the odd bits of expository dialogue which I could have done without but which are no doubt necessary for those with no prior knowledge of Golarion.

The parts of the AP's plot which were included and the parts omitted were well chosen, I think. I would have preferred a longer, more thorough rendering of the story, but then again leaving the listener wanting more is probably far preferable than the alternative.

From some minimal research, it seems somewhat pricey for an audio-drama of this length, however I think the quality lives up to the price-tag. I'd certainly not be put off by the trailer - I dont think that was the best choice to represent the episode.

It was a good way to pass the time in traffic and I'll certainly be picking up a subscription as soon as it is available.

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I liked them

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I've got a fair few cases of the previous sets and a consistent thing that's bugged me is the 'cartoony' look. On receiving this set, I was pleased to see a shift - I think the 'bad paintjobs' previous reviewers have referred to might have been a shift in artistic direction. I, for one, prefer the look (although it looks like I'm not going to see it repeated for a while). If I hold each mini up, I can see what is irking others - the way I use minis though, they're only looked at passingly and from a distance - the sharp contrast and brighter colours of previous sets has been a far bigger turn off for me than the darker figures in this set.

Where I was actually disappointed was in choice of figures. I'm long past going "Cool! Another goblin!" and now just think of all the things I'd rather have seen. I'm similarly puzzled by the inclusion of a monkey swarm in a "legends of Golarion" set. Maybe an AP set, but are they really an iconic, Golarion thing? (Or do they really feature so much in Pathfinder games that a mini was crying out to be made?) The green dragon was superior to both the previous black and blue incentives in my view, but I am kind of over seeing yet another dragon as the centrepiece. I find different color dragons easy enough to substitute - I would have far more preferred something more distinctive (and ideally more Golarion specific).

If you're put off by the new look, I think it's probably worth at least considering the large size figures. Overall, they still seem to be in the high contrast, brighter colours of previous sets.

I've continued to be impressed by the distribution of the figures and the fact I got a complete set, as per previous sets.

Based on this set a kobold and/or orc builder set is hopefully on the way, but please Wizkids/Paizo - ease off on the goblins for a while?

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