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Pathfinder Adventure Path #38: Racing to Ruin (Serpent's Skull 2 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #38: Racing to Ruin (Serpent's Skull 2 of 6) (PFRPG)
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Chapter 2: "Racing to Ruin"
by Tim Hitchcock

Finally reaching the port city of Eleder, the adventurers arrive with knowledge of the route to the lost city of Saventh-Yhi. But new rivals are also on the trail of the legendary metropolis, and soon the race is on to reach the fabled ruin and claim its unimaginable treasures. Will the adventurers ally with ambitious explorers like the treasure-seeking Pathfinder Society, the unscrupulous Aspis Consortium, the gold-hungry Shackles Pirates, or others on their quest into the jungle's depths? And what dangers will they face as they enter the Screaming Jungle, one of the deadliest wildernesses on all of Golarion?

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path includes:
  • "Racing to Ruin," a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 4th-level characters, by Tim Hitchcock.
  • A tour of the exotic and tumultuous port city of Eleder, by Tim Hitchcock.
  • A look into the calm and calamity of Gozreh, unpredictable god of nature, by Sean K Reynolds.
  • Bar brawls and noble quests in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Robin Laws.
  • Five new monsters, by Tim Hitchcock, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, and Neil Spicer.

Pathfinder Adventure Path is Paizo Publishing's monthly 96-page, perfect-bound, full-color softcover book printed on high-quality paper. It contains an in-depth Adventure Path scenario, stats for about a half-dozen new monsters, and several support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the standard 3.5 fantasy RPG rules set.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-273-9

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscription.

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Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I love the old Land of Men with Tails modules from Dungeon, and hope we get all kinds of jungle fun.

That said, I must repeat a request I've made elsewhere before: Please, not another Heart of Darkness remake! After so many over the years, a remake of one of Bob Hope's Road to &SOMEWHERE would be preferable. If you need some real world inspiration, how about those Maya ruins United Fruit restored in between shuffling banana regimes? For inspirational reading set in jungle terrain, how about, say Call it Courage? Haiti's been in the news lately, how about some voodoo legends I've not heard of yet? Punch, National Geographic, Harper's, and The Atlantic are all really old; maybe they have some actual exploration accounts from 1870-1890. Just, please, something, anything, other than Joe Conrad again.

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Perhaps we will see some "true" Azlanti living on land?

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I take it that this overland journey is less likely to be up the Vanji to Whitebridge station, Nantambu, or Nightfall station, and thence overland, and more likely to be something like Eleder-Kalabuto-River of Lost Tears-Trail of Burstead Souls-Ocota River. Or is the eventual destination actually in the Screaming Jungle?

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

when can we see the cover art?

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Mr Baron wrote:
when can we see the cover art?

I expect sometime after the staff all get back from conquering Indianpolis and actually get some sleep.

The general rule for covers is one month before, with exception for big books like those in the RPG line, which get their beautiful Reynolds masterpieces put up as soon as Paizo can manage

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Updated cover image and text to match final product.


Looks cool!

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Who's the cover model this time? He looks like a bad@ss mix between Indiana Jones and Lemmy from Motorhead!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Tom Qadim wrote:
Who's the cover model this time? He looks like a bad@ss mix between Indiana Jones and Lemmy from Motorhead!

He's the leader for the Pathfinder expedition associated with the adventure. Coming up next volume, the leader of the Red Mantis expedition, followed by the leader of the Aspis Consortium expedition.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

James Jacobs wrote:
He's the leader for the Pathfinder expedition associated with the adventure.

Ah, cool! I should have guessed since it looks like he's wearing an Adventurer's Sash.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Which group was the woman on the first cover associated with?

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Kevin Mack wrote:
Which group was the woman on the first cover associated with?

Arrr...

spoiler:
She be Captain Kassata Lewynn, of the Shackles Pirates, matey.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

So, we're getting the leaders of the rival expeditions on the covers, it would seem. I wonder who the sixth cover image will be, then.


Zaister wrote:
So, we're getting the leaders of the rival expeditions on the covers, it would seem. I wonder who the sixth cover image will be, then.

I hope that it's the main villain of the path. Or you know..

:
part of him..
Paizo Employee Creative Director

Zaister wrote:
So, we're getting the leaders of the rival expeditions on the covers, it would seem. I wonder who the sixth cover image will be, then.

Not all the expeditions; the Sargavan Government misses out getting their expedition leader on the cover of the 5th part, because that part's reserved for...

Spoiler:
Eando Kline, who plays a key role in the last 2 adventures.

As for who's going to be on the last cover...

Spoiler:
That'll be the serpentfolk cleric Vyr-Azul, the leader of the Ilmurea serpentfolk, but not necessarily the big bad end guy of the whole campaign...


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Not all the expeditions; the Sargavan Government misses out getting their expedition leader on the cover of the 5th part, because that part's reserved for... ** spoiler omitted **

Oh, very cool! I'll have to make sure my players will have

Spoiler:
read Eando's journa
by then!

Is this expected to be out early September or late September?

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Kettlebriar wrote:
Is this expected to be out early September or late September?

Neither actually- due mid September

Cheliax

Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Kettlebriar wrote:
Is this expected to be out early September or late September?
Neither actually- due mid September

might the pdf be available any sooner???

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Another Screen Name wrote:
Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Kettlebriar wrote:
Is this expected to be out early September or late September?
Neither actually- due mid September
might the pdf be available any sooner???

The PDF is not relased for sale until the street date, but subscibers (as I notice you are) get access to their free ones when the book is posted, which should be earlier.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Another Screen Name wrote:
might the pdf be available any sooner???
The PDF is not relased for sale until the street date, but subscibers (as I notice you are) get access to their free ones when the book is posted, which should be earlier.

Actually, the product schedule page estimates indicate when we expect to have completed shipping from our warehouse; retail release dates are generally set 2–3 weeks later. So subscribers should get the PDF when their print copy ships in mid-September, but the retail release date—and the date on which non-subscribers can purchase PDFs—is currently estimated for late September/early October.

Cheliax

Vic Wertz wrote:
Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Another Screen Name wrote:
might the pdf be available any sooner???
The PDF is not relased for sale until the street date, but subscibers (as I notice you are) get access to their free ones when the book is posted, which should be earlier.
Actually, the product schedule page estimates indicate when we expect to have completed shipping from our warehouse; retail release dates are generally set 2–3 weeks later. So subscribers should get the PDF when their print copy ships in mid-September, but the retail release date—and the date on which non-subscribers can purchase PDFs—is currently estimated for late September/early October.

thanks


As the schmuck who's probably going to be the one running this if it gets run I'm very glad to see someone I read about from earlier play a role in this path.


Ship already! Jeez.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Anyone have this yet?


Can't be long now.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

We had a brief customs delay on this one, but it's been cleared... it should start shipping next week.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Pawns Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
We had a brief customs delay on this one, but it's been cleared... it should start shipping next week.

Was starting to wonder what had happened to the shipment.


I'm waiting for this to ship as well. Plus a catalog? OK, I'm intrigued

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Pawns Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
We had a brief customs delay on this one, but it's been cleared... it should start shipping next week.

Ahem, so Vic this were you make you Subscribers happy add the PDF copy to thier downloads for the weekend? >.>


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

+1

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
We had a brief customs delay on this one, but it's been cleared... it should start shipping next week.

Ah. I was starting to wonder why it had been 'pending' for so long. Stupid customs. :(


I can't get my free pdf until it ships. Now granted for me the pdf is so I can get advance taste of the icing (i.e. the bestiary) but the first one was delicious!


Looks like the pdf was bumped back.

Weird.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Ice Titan wrote:

Looks like the pdf was bumped back.

Weird.

Customs delays cause ripple effects like that, alas.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber

So, I guess that's why, at least my order, has been dealyed.

Cheliax

Looks very interesting so far, need to give it another once over but getting a very strong Isle of Dread/Forbidden City/Raiders vibe - just wish Part 3 was larger.
Might poach some Forbidden City/Isle encounter to add, but it looks pretty good.

Edit:Damn, I think this is the first time I got a DL on the first day of release!

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Is there some reason page 25 of the PDF (page number 23 of the book, but p. 25 factoring in the covers) is so slow to render? I mean, it will eventually display but both Acrobat Reader and PDF-XChange Viewer take almost a minute to completely render the page, but all of the others just pop up just as fast as normal.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Gah! people can download the pdf now??? I still havent got the my book has shipped mail unlocking it for me! nuuuuu!

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Pawns Subscriber
sarokcat wrote:
Gah! people can download the pdf now??? I still havent got the my book has shipped mail unlocking it for me! nuuuuu!

What! I want my PDF! I cannot wait to read more on the race and the factions. I love this element of this AP.

-Pete


Uh....only select subscribers getting to download this PDF or what?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The download comes up at the same time as Paizo ships your volume of the AP. They've only just started shipping out, so I guess it'll be a day or so until all the subscribers have the pdf.

Cheliax

Kettlebriar wrote:
Uh....only select subscribers getting to download this PDF or what?

Uh...no,...I had to wait eight days after the first release of the APG before I had access to my pdfs and I'm a subscriber.

This was the first time I got my pdf on the initial release day or was first to post on a product which was released.
On average my time to get access to my downloads is around 5 days after the first subscriber gets access to their pdfs.


Quote:
Customs delays cause ripple effects like that, alas.

Alas!

Hopefully I can have this book in my possession by next week so that we can continue our Serpent's Skull game.


As of two hours ago, I got a shipping notification email and my PDF appeared in my downloads section, so trust me, it exists. :3

Just be sure to check your appropriate email in the next day or so.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber

Reading it, digging it, in awe of those epic dreads sported within the book(you know the ones I mean).

I've don't recall ever seeing a "rail" laid out quite like this one, but it really makes perfect sense as far as usability for a trek-based module. Wonder if we might see this formula pop up again(heck, if Jade Regent involves crossing the Crown of the World...)

Spoiler:
I wonder if the "race" nature of the adventure might lead to groups going "not our problem" to a number of encounters that could be seen as delays. Might just come back to bite them during the endgame.

Cheliax

After waiting through all the delays I was happy to see that this finally arrived in hardcopy yesterday. That's where the joy ended...

As I began reading the book I got to page 32 and was then taken to a page in the 60s. A page or two later I was in the 50s. Then a section repeated itself.

Guess I'll be e-mail CS about this printing and binding failure.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I have a similar issue with my copy. I sent the following to CS the other day:

Quote:

Just received my copy of the above and was bummed to see that the slug for pages 33-48 is inverted, the color registration marks are visible, and hence, that truncates the "top" of the page (which is at the bottom). Looked at the PDFs in my downloads, and they appear to be ok.

After that set of pages, things are ok again. I _think_ everything is there, but haven't done a 1:1 check with the PDF.

Cheliax

Dr Rudy wrote:

I have a similar issue with my copy. I sent the following to CS the other day:

Quote:

Just received my copy of the above and was bummed to see that the slug for pages 33-48 is inverted, the color registration marks are visible, and hence, that truncates the "top" of the page (which is at the bottom). Looked at the PDFs in my downloads, and they appear to be ok.

After that set of pages, things are ok again. I _think_ everything is there, but haven't done a 1:1 check with the PDF.

I received a reply last night from CS. They're going to add a new copy to my next order...which ships in late October.


When I noticed Nyambe in the OGL section 15 (yes, I read that), I had high hopes that Paizo might put the open source Wakyambi elves in the Mwambi Expanse. Call me crazy, but I really like those crazy prehensile-tailed people.

I don't think those elves will ever exist except in MY Mwambi, but it's good to see the Pathfinder APs go further afield in OGL stuff than Tome of Horrors. Thanks!

david

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