Pathfinder Module: Master of the Fallen Fortress (PFRPG)

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A dungeon-based adventure for 1st-level characters.

The ruined siege castles outside Absalom have long beckoned adventurers looking to make a name for themselves. Now an earthquake has cracked open one of these fabled ruins, and its lost mysteries and fantastic treasures lie exposed for the first time in centuries. But the tower's empty halls once more echo with living footfalls, and a new master has claimed the Fallen Fortress as his own. Can the PCs find a way to get inside its shattered walls? What ancient dangers and fresh threats will they encounter inside its crumbling chambers? And will the PCs be able to defeat the current Master of the Fallen Fortress?

Master of the Fallen Fortress is a dungeon-based adventure for 1st-level chararacters, written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world's oldest RPG. It also serves as an introduction to Pathfinder Society Organized Play (Paizo's constantly evolving, world-wide megacampaign). The adventure involves exploring an ancient, ruined tower and rescuing the captured Pathfinder held within.

This adventure is set outside the great city of Absalom in the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, but can be easily adapted for any game world. It also contains a preview of the six new iconic characters from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Player’s Guide, available August 2010.

Written by Rob McCreary.

This special 16-page Pathfinder Module was initially made available for Free RPG Day on June 19, 2010.

Note: Due to the special nature of this product, it is NOT part of the Pathfinder Modules Subscription.

The Chronicles Sheet and pregenerated character sheets are available as a free download here (1.2 MB zip/PDF).

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A great way to teach various combat mechanics

****( )

Last night I had the pleasure of playing this module. We had a brawler, an arcanist and a bard, and I was playing a melee Spiritualist (Ectoplasmatist). Even though we had two wands of Cure Light Wounds, I can’t really say we were particularly ready for this dungeon crawl of epic proportions for level one characters.

Long story short, you do not play this module for the story. It’s thin and not really existent. The best to see this module, is to see it as an introduction to various kinds of different combats. You’ll come across difficult terrain, grab, reach, swarms, poison and stench amongst others. It’s a great way for new players to learn that fights aren’t always that straightforward and that there are a lot of variables one has to take into account. It’s a great way to learn about combat mechanics without having to worry about a storyline.

It does, however, also mean that it can be quite brutal. There’s a lot of fighting to be done, so chances are you’re going to take quite some hits. You really need to have a lot of healing options. I’d say a wand of CLW is a must if you want to survive this place. Except for a couple of fights, I’d say the fights aren’t challenging. It’s the entire experience and the combination of all of the encounters that make this a potentially brutal and unforgiving module.

Even though it’s lacks a story, I’d still recommend it to others. Those that have seen some of my other reviews are likely to be surprised by this. The reason why I’d still recommend it, is because of how well it teaches new players all sorts of combat mechanics. It’s worth playing this, but be sure to bring enough healing with you!


Great introductory Mod

*****

So when I ran this module I let them keep all the equipment and gold and items they found but didn't give them XP. I ran it as a precursor to the mummy's mask campaign. After the completely the Mod I let them change theirs skills, feats, and anything else with their characters they didn't like. Was and easy way to get people into their characters and playing them properly. I think when you use low level mods in a way like they they can be very helpful to making a long last cohesive campaign.


Entertaining, but not good for instruction

***( )( )

Perhaps the only all-combat-no-roleplay module. You guys go into a dungeon and kill all bad guys then get the treasure.

Good for playing with your little kids, but as an instruction, it lacks of "RP" elements, unlike Confirmation or Wisp. For veteran players just too simple and cakewalk.


Ok for a free starter scenario

***( )( )

My new Pathfinder group loved playing this, but it was only because they were new to Pathfinder in general. As a more experienced GM, this module was little more than an excuse to dungeon crawl. Not much story, no interesting NPC's or memorable villians, and few real role-play opportunities. I added some flavor and fluff of my own to make the evening for fun. Still, if you need a starter scenario on the fly, this works fine.


Fair Intro Quest

**( )( )( )

Monotonous and dull from a GM perspective but the players seemed to enjoy it. This is fair for a good introduction to Pathfinder for new players though.


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Hm... is that the iconic oracle there?

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I see nothing!


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It was just here! I swear!


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Liar!

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He stole it! Get him!


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I found it with Gary's new search - obviously better than intended! :)


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Okay now you stole James Jacob's post!


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This thread is haunted!

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Jam412 wrote:

Okay now you stole James Jacob's post!

Let's get the pitchforks and torches!


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I found the picture in my cache, but I have the feeling they don't want us to see it yet...

So I'll pretend I don't know anything!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Right... so, this is the discussion thread for our Pathfinder Module for Free RPG Day... but we have a little display issue right now. If you want to see it, you'll need to go here.

Dark Archive

AWESOME cover. Is it me, or it's very pulp-like?


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Wow, the cover is really cool. I'm glad Jack and I got Zaister to finally give it back..


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We'll chalk Jacobs up as a loss..

Liberty's Edge

The old school gamer in me likes the use of 'module' instead of adventure!

Very First Edition, AD&D feel!

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

I like that it will "serve as an introduction to the Pathfinder Society Organized Play" though I'm curious how that will work.


Jam412 wrote:
We'll chalk Jacobs up as a loss..

He was very delicious.

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Will this be available at PaizoCon for those of us who won't have access to a FLGS while stuck in the vortex of awesomeness that will be the Coast Bellevue?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

yoda8myhead wrote:
Will this be available at PaizoCon for those of us who won't have access to a FLGS while stuck in the vortex of awesomeness that will be the Coast Bellevue?

I'm sure we can arrange something.


Zaister wrote:
Hm... is that the iconic oracle there?

appears so


Do we have to pay $5 for the paper version and $5 for the PDF for a total of $10? Not sure how that'd work...

EDIT: Nevermind. *facepalms*


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Urizen wrote:
Do we have to pay $5 for the paper version and $5 for the PDF for a total of $10? Not sure how that'd work...

Previously, the PDFs for Paizo's Free RPG Day stuff were free.


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Urizen wrote:
Do we have to pay $5 for the paper version and $5 for the PDF for a total of $10? Not sure how that'd work...
Product Description wrote:
Print editions will be available exclusively on paizo.com beginning June 21, 2010. A FREE PDF will also be available on that date.

The $5 is the cost for ordering a hard copy from Paizo.


Duh, that's right. I did get the bonus bestiary PDF last year. *facepalm*

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:


I'm sure we can arrange something.

Much appreciated! Thank you.


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Rawrrr...

Shadow Lodge

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Awesome!

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Cool Another adventure by Rob!

Liberty's Edge

Hm, is this another free full colour release?

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Vic Wertz wrote:
I'm sure we can arrange something.

Please do. I usually support my FLGS by running a game for them on Free RPG Day in exchange for them setting aside a copy of whatever product Paizo contributes. This time I'll be at PaizoCon and unable to do that, but I'd love to get a hardcopy of McCreary's latest while I'm there.

Paizo Employee CEO

Ryan. Costello wrote:
Hm, is this another free full colour release?

Yep. Like the Bonus Bestiary, Revenge of the Kobold King, and Hollow's Last Hope before it!

-Lisa

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Lisa Stevens wrote:
Ryan. Costello wrote:
Hm, is this another free full colour release?

Yep. Like the Bonus Bestiary, Revenge of the Kobold King, and Hollow's Last Hope before it!

-Lisa

You spoil us.


I love this.

You are guys are the bee's knees


Oracle and Cavalier! They look like a beautiful yet familiar replacement for Seoni and Valeros on the cover of a module.

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yoda8myhead wrote:
Will this be available at PaizoCon for those of us who won't have access to a FLGS while stuck in the vortex of awesomeness that will be the Coast Bellevue?

I'll be running this at the con, and can hopefully swing free copies of the module to give to those playing, at least!

Liberty's Edge

Rob McCreary wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
Will this be available at PaizoCon for those of us who won't have access to a FLGS while stuck in the vortex of awesomeness that will be the Coast Bellevue?
I'll be running this at the con, and can hopefully swing free copies of the module to give to those playing, at least!

Cool! Sign me up to play!!!

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Rob McCreary wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
Will this be available at PaizoCon for those of us who won't have access to a FLGS while stuck in the vortex of awesomeness that will be the Coast Bellevue?
I'll be running this at the con, and can hopefully swing free copies of the module to give to those playing, at least!

I was about to say.." Ohh!!! Let me jump into that, I have played with you, but Never got to be in a game you GMd" then realized you meant PaizoCon... DOH!

Silver Crusade

Awesome.

And seeing the oracle and cavalier on this cover makes me very very happy.

Liberty's Edge

Are those Lizardmen they are fighting?

Cool!

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Marc Radle 81 wrote:

Are those Lizardmen they are fighting?

Cool!

Not quite! Something a little more...smelly...

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Trogs...why did it have to be...trogs? ;-)

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Rob McCreary wrote:
Marc Radle 81 wrote:

Are those Lizardmen they are fighting?

Cool!

Not quite! Something a little more...smelly...

Lizardfolk GAMERS!


yoda8myhead wrote:
I like that it will "serve as an introduction to the Pathfinder Society Organized Play" though I'm curious how that will work.

It will function as a Tier 1 scenario, meaning it's only for beginning 1st level PCs and has no level range. The back inside cover is a chronicle sheet and anyone who plays through it can use that chronicle sheet to get their character in Pathfinder Society started. This allows us to effectively run Pathfinder Society events at every Free RPG Day store and gives us an introductory adventure for Pathfinder Society that can be downloaded for free and played anywhere.

It won't have faction missions or prestige award, though it will have the typical +1 XP and purchasable items off the chronicle sheet. Once the adventure is successfully completed, there's an option to join the Society as both a character and a player and if you do so, that's when you make all of the appropriate choices for your official character.

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I'd just like to remark that that, sir, is an admirable piece of marketing strategy. Well done.


So, when can we preorder this thing? Or do we have to wait until free-RPG day.

I run ROTR at my FLGS right now. So how can we arrange to get this for the free RPG day...etc.

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gigglestick wrote:
I run ROTR at my FLGS right now. So how can we arrange to get this for the free RPG day...etc.

Typically, I think your FLGS has to register with the Free RPG Day people first. Then, they get a shipment of whatever products the publishers provided for it...including Paizo's adventure.

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gigglestick wrote:

So, when can we preorder this thing? Or do we have to wait until free-RPG day.

I run ROTR at my FLGS right now. So how can we arrange to get this for the free RPG day...etc.

Last year I coordinated with my FLGS to run a demo using the Bonus Bestiary on Free-RPG Day, and they got me a copy of the book early so I had a chance to look it over and prepare. Sadly, mine was the only demo people were running and no one wanted to stick around to play it. They just got their free swag and left. But my suggestion would be to talk to your FLGS as soon as possible, see if they can start posting notices about the game that'll be run that day and also see if they'll get you a copy to prep with as soon as they receive their shipment.

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NSpicer wrote:
gigglestick wrote:
I run ROTR at my FLGS right now. So how can we arrange to get this for the free RPG day...etc.
Typically, I think your FLGS has to register with the Free RPG Day people first. Then, they get a shipment of whatever products the publishers provided for it...including Paizo's adventure.

Yes... send your retailer to http://freerpgday.com for more info (and to register).


Joshua J. Frost wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
I like that it will "serve as an introduction to the Pathfinder Society Organized Play" though I'm curious how that will work.

It will function as a Tier 1 scenario, meaning it's only for beginning 1st level PCs and has no level range. The back inside cover is a chronicle sheet and anyone who plays through it can use that chronicle sheet to get their character in Pathfinder Society started. This allows us to effectively run Pathfinder Society events at every Free RPG Day store and gives us an introductory adventure for Pathfinder Society that can be downloaded for free and played anywhere.

It won't have faction missions or prestige award, though it will have the typical +1 XP and purchasable items off the chronicle sheet. Once the adventure is successfully completed, there's an option to join the Society as both a character and a player and if you do so, that's when you make all of the appropriate choices for your official character.

Hurrah! Free introductory PFS module. :)

Thanks, Josh.

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NSpicer wrote:
Trogs...why did it have to be...trogs? ;-)

Weregeek.

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