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Pathfinder Module: Master of the Fallen Fortress (PFRPG)

***½( ) (based on 26 ratings)
GameMastery Module D0: Hollow's Last Hope (OGL)


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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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***½( ) (based on 26 ratings)

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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

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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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