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Pathfinder Adventure Path #43: The Haunting of Harrowstone (Carrion Crown 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

****½ (based on 27 ratings)
Pathfinder Adventure Path #43: The Haunting of Harrowstone (Carrion Crown 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Chapter 1: "Haunting of Harrowstone"
by Michael Kortes

When Harrowstone Prison burned to the ground, prisoners, guards, and a host of vicious madmen met a terrifying end. In the years since, the nearby town of Ravengro has shunned the fire-scarred ruins, telling tales of unquiet spirits that wander abandoned cellblocks. But when a mysterious evil disturbs Harrowstone’s tenuous spiritual balance, a ghostly prison riot commences that threatens to consume the nearby village in madness and flames. Can the adventurers discover the secrets of Harrowstone and quell a rebellion of the dead? Or will they be the spirit-prison’s next inmates?

    This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path launches the Carrion Crown Adventure Path and includes:
  • “The Haunting of Harrowstone,” a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 1st-level characters, by Michael Kortes
  • A tour of Ravengro, village of mystery and suspicion, by Michael Kortes
  • Expanded rules for creating and running horrific haunts, by Brandon Hodge
  • An ancient revenge is reborn in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by F. Wesley Schneider
  • Six new monsters, by Adam Daigle and Patrick Renie

Each monthly full-color softcover 96-page Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and 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: 978-1-60125-308-8

The Haunting of Harrowstone is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (561 KB zip/PDF).

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****½ (based on 27 ratings)

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Haunting of Harrowstone or good start to a race that goes nowhere.

****( )

Haunting of Harrowstone is a good start to the Carrion Crown adventure path. Unfortunately, it’s only a good start and the rest of the adventure path drops the baton, falls on its face, or wanders off the path so far they end up in a horse pasture trying to figure out how to get back.

Some of the combat at the beginning can be a bit frustrating for players but the hauntings do help bring a creepy element and a very misleading theme that the game forgets.


Least favorite AP launch module so far, but...

***( )( )

Though the kick-off to the Carrion Crown Adventure Path is a great one in concept, ties superbly to following chapters, and features all sorts of early opportunity for players to invest in a community, I feel that it gets bogged down in the execution of the prison of Harrowstone itself.

While the plot elements and five powerful spirits are all well-crafted, the place is so saturated by haunts that they became extremely predictable and, sadly, even wearying. Though it is traditionally a bit harder to find interesting enemies for starting parties to combat, this module does well in that regard. I feel this could have been far more effective with a few better-chosen haunts (like the furnace on the first floor) that have more dire consequences.

I felt that the interaction with Ravengro and its inhabitants, and the slow unraveling of the prison's past were the real draws to this AP, and I would recommend it, although with perhaps a few noticeable tweaks.


By far the best of the first 3 parts

***( )( )

A lot of people seem to like this adventure very much.
I didn't quite as much.
For me it seemed less about horror but more about hack and slash dungeon crawl with undead.
The trust mechanic is terrible.
And I think throwing one big, powerful magic weapon at the PCs instead of letting them find several weaker ones lead to PCs sitting around during fights doing nothing because the enemies where immune to mundane weapons.

As the title states, this was by far the best of the first three parts of carrion crown.


Dark and well-written

*****

There are many good things to be said about The Haunting of Harrowstone, as you can see in these reviews. I have just finished GMing it with my group, and I will join the choir. Sure, there are things that need tweaking - the trust point system for instance - but they are minor, to my eyes.

Depending on your group, the module can be played like a railroad or like a sandbox. You can give the players information that shoot them straight towards the mysteries, or you can let them explore the town and slowly uncover things. In my case, I have players that love a good mystery, and that actually want to bond with (or provoke, or quarrel with) the NPCs I put in front of them. And it has worked well.

The atmosphere is great, the writer created a good gothic feel to the monsters and the events. The NPCs are memorable and the hidden facts are possible to decipher without being too obvious, I think. The locations are dark and gritty, the monsters challenging and fun.

Also:

Spoiler:
I like the fact that the prison actually influences the town. Instead of a dungeon far away in the woods, with the occasional raid or missing travelers, this dungeon makes a difference in town. In the tavern, in the town hall. As a GM you can increase the tension step by step, until the PCs realize that something precious will be lost if they don't act. And that makes the dungeon feel like it's actually a part of the game world. This is a really good thing.

The Haunting of Harrowstone gets 5 stars from me.


*****


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