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RPG Superstar 2013 Star Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Chandler. 7,499 posts (7,616 including aliases). 82 reviews. 1 list. No wishlists. 7 Pathfinder Society characters. 15 aliases.

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Trouble in the fold

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Long has the world needed a larger flip-mat. Too many maps flaunted their 31" dimensions in defiance. Finally, Paizo heard the cries of the people and created Bigger Basic. And it was good. The people rejoiced.

Why, then, is this not a five-star product? The folds. Not sticking to whole-number multiples of 8" or 10" length and width means there are fold lines quite close (3") from the edge of the unfolded map. These folds are more difficult than normal to keep flat when the map is in use. Further, when the map is folded, there is a "flap" along one side which is surprisingly effective at catching on other flip-mats/objects.

I would have much preferred a size of, say, 32" x 30". Yes, that would have meant the maximum dimension of the map increased by only two inches; however, from a PFS point-of-view, at least half the time when a flip-mat is too small, it is two small by two or fewer squares. 32" x 30" would have, for instance, accommodated the original Blakros Museum while still folding into uniform 8" x 10" panels.

This product was sorely needed, and I really appreciate Paizo recognizing and meeting the need. Buy it. Just be aware that it is stopped (frustratingly) short of a home run by a questionable design choice.


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Just okay

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The Good:
* Clearly expressed site-based adventure ready for easy drop-in to an ongoing game.
* Timeline of suggested events helps make the keep feel "lived-in."
* Every encounter includes scaling instructions.

The bad:
* The map is the weak point of this offering, which is problematic in a site-based adventure. It isn't bad, per se, just very routine. One main path through most of the areas, lots of rectangular rooms going off in seemingly arbitrary directions, etc. This is pretty much the sort of map I'd draw if I were making it up as I went.
* Minor editing errors. Some rooms described as having columns show up as such on the map, while others do not. Rooms that are 30' on a side are described as 'small," whereas elsewhere rooms of similar size are referred to as "large."
* Flavor mismatches with "baseline" elements of Pathfinder monsters. For example, plenty of goblin writing. Not a big deal, but something to watch for...

I picked this up based on the strength of Village Backdrop: Fulhurst Moors, which was my first real exposure to Raging Swan. While that product was fantastic, I found this one to be merely okay.


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$2.45 well spent!


The Good:
* Neat, evocative setting
* Includes a great map
* Enough detail to get things moving, but not overly specific
* Neat little tidbits to discover sprinkled throughout

The bad:
* Separate PDFs for print/screen; would have preferred to see layers
* That's really the only negative I can come up with...which says a lot

This product was my first real exposure to Raging Swan (I think I got a PDF of theirs long ago as part of a package and just filed it away), but it won't be my last. Just a well-done, immediately useful product at a fair price.


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The line has promise, but this release is all over the place.

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Full disclosure: I do not have (nor am I planning to purchase) the entire Icons of the Realms set. This review is based on my purchase of a single booster, supplemented by a few singles. I own:

#001 Rock Gnome Female Wizard
#007 Mane Demon
#008 Human Paladin
#009 Sun Elf Guard
#011 Human Zhentarim Bandit
#012 Hobgoblin Fighter
#013 Human Female Barbarian
#017 Green Hag
#019 Human Red Wizard
#026 Stone Giant Elder
#028 Pegasus
#031 Green Dragon
#036 Half Red Dragon Fighter

The good:

* These minis are very durable, maintaining the flexibility of previous D&D releases. It's hard to imagine these not standing up to years of use.
* Sculpts and paint. The good figures in this set -- such as most of the dragons -- are as good as I've ever seen in pre-paints.

The bad:
* Price. $4 a mini is a bitter pill.
* Sculpts and paint. What, wasn't that a pro? Yes, but the bad figures in this set -- such as most of the commons -- are as bad as I've ever seen in pre-paints. The face on #011 Human Zhentarim Bandit...*shudder*
* Figure selection could use some work, especially since this is a "re-launch" of the line. How does this set not have a skeleton? Or a zombie? Or a wolf? How is there an Ogre Mage, but not an Ogre? This was a wonderful opportunity to cover the major bases, but they missed it.

This line has my attention, but they need to bring the sculpt and paint job quality of the commons up quite a bit. For now, Pathfinder Battles is a better bet, despite the comparatively brittle plastic employed in that line.


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Worthy release in the Battles line

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Full disclosure: I do not have (nor am I planning to purchase) the entire Lost Coast set. This review is based on my purchase of two boosters at the FLGS, in which I received the following minis:

06 Small Water Elemental
10 Firepelt Cougar
11 Lamashtu Cultist
13 Lamashtu Thug #2
14 Shifty Noble
21 Sinspawn Champion
27 Forest Drake
30 Troll

The Good:

* The sculpts are very detailed.
* The paint jobs are generally quite good.
* This set has a strong selection of minis with well-considered rarities, with only a few questionable decisions (two boggards?).
* Packaging is very good -- there was no breakage in either booster, with each mini individually wrapped.

The bad:

* The paint job on my shifty noble was poor; the figure completely lacks any detail on the face. It's just a fleshy blob. Easily fixed, but kinda defeats the purpose of buying pre-paints.
* These minis are still pretty fragile, especially protrusions like the cougar's tail. Throwing these in the bin with my D&D minis will definitely result in some breakage. I appreciate there is a trade-off between sculpt detail and durability, but my preference would be err a little more on the side of durability. This is especially disappointing because WizKids seemed to have this issue sorted in Undead Horde.
* The Price: $4 a mini is a bit steep, but it appears to be the new normal for the industry.

All in all one of the better entries in the series, both in terms of figure utility and sculpt/paint quality.


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