Pathfinder Adventure Path #49: The Brinewall Legacy (Jade Regent 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #49: The Brinewall Legacy (Jade Regent 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Chapter 1: "The Brinewall Legacy"
by James Jacobs

When a trove of fireworks falls into the hands of the goblins of Brinestump Marsh, the people of Sandpoint fear an explosive invasion. But there’s more afoot in the soggy wilderness than goblin hijinks and dangerous pyrotechnics. An investigation reveals mysteries and menaces aplenty, but also a treasure holding the answer to not just one of Varisia’s greatest mysteries, but a conspiracy spanning continents and empires. Can the adventurers piece together a puzzle that links the owner of a sleepy village tavern to the unsolved destruction of a fortress-settlement? And can they withstand the ancient forces and secret destiny that have waited for them for decades?

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path launches the Jade Regent Adventure Path and includes:

  • “The Brinewall Legacy,” a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 1st-level characters, by James Jacobs
  • An exploration of the hinterlands surrounding the town of Sandpoint, a region that’s anything but peaceful, by James Jacobs
  • A look into the mysteries of the oni, cunning fiends that can assume humanoid forms, by Mike Shel
  • Murder in a distant land in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by Dave Gross
  • Four new monsters by James Jacobs and Tim Nightengale

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: 978-1-60125-361-3

The Brinewall Legacy 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 (532 KB zip/PDF).

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An excellent start to an epic AP

*****

I've been running this AP for 3 years now and as we're drawing to the close of book 6 I realized I never put in a review for this book. The adventure itself is a great kick off, sets up the mystery and by the end it makes it very clear what the AP is about to the players. Brinewall is a great location offering memorable battles and rping.
The supporting NPC cast introduced offers plenty to work with for DMs and players and adds a great dimension throughout the campaign.
The only qualms are the unnecessary caravan rules and romance rules. Just ignore these. In conclusion, highly recommend this book for a level 1 adventure and the AP as a whole.


Plays great in PbP

*****

This was a fantastic module. I have never seen an adventure go from small encounter to full-fledged adventure to epic campaign so naturally. I also really like the way the module foreshadowed the Tian (Asian) elements in the story.

Like many GMs these days, I run my games entirely in PbP and my gaming group and I have never physically met. Because of this, I really value the artwork in an adventure path because I need it for digital "handouts," battle maps, and encounters. Again, "The Brinewall Legacy" comes through as much as I could expect.

The Adventure Paths I've read seem to all include some additional mechanics to keep the game fresh. In Jade Regent, these mechanics have to do with caravaning, which is an important sub-theme in the game.

I don't recommend the relationship mechanics, as they felt a bit "Dragon Age" for my taste. A good GM should be able to let relationships develop organically.

The caravan rules are fun, but IMHO a little too simple. In my group we use them, but rather than deciding the combat, they just influence it. They also determine the results of NPC fights in a quick and satisfactory manner. This hybrid system is working well for us.

The only other modifications I made to the module had to do with consolidating and abridging the Brinewall Castle dungeon crawl that forms the third act. I only did this because of the slower nature of PbP gaming. I also eliminated the portion of the beginning that had to do with the group meeting. Instead, I began the game right in Brinestump Marsh, and gave the PCs a short backstory to explain how they all got there. Probably not necessary at a gaming table, but in PbP this saved us literally a week of time.

The end boss of the module was also a lot of fun to role-play, and for the PCs to battle. Warning: He's tough! You might want to power him down a bit or use easier tactics if your player group is inexperienced. Mine was not, so I let them have it as published and we were a little worried about a TPK. It didn't happen, but the dice could have gone either way.

In all, it took us nine months to play through this module in PbP. We are now 3/4 of the way through Night of Frozen Shadows, and I will review that module once we complete it. So far, it is also a very good adventure.

Five stars all the way for The Brinewall Legacy. This is excellent value for your entertainment dollar.


Second time still good

****( )

Overall this is the start of my favorite of the APs.

Highlights
- Massive Goblin fight
- Very fun story that has a nice slow burn that begins here

Lowlights
- Too many forced NPCs at the start. I did away with them
- The castle is huge and can be tedious esp if you play it as a PFS mod.
- Not a fan of the caravan rules

I've ran this as campaign and we had a great time with it. I've also gotten to play it as a PFS module and it still holds up. I just wish it wasn't so combat focuses in that castle. Seems to drag on.


Amzaing start

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My reviews use bullet points, just how I roll.

The Good: -Compelling story especially if you play a goblin.
-decent story
-Travel feels like actual travel
-Good fights throughout

The Bad: -Eastern treasure kind of a gyp (pun intended.)

The Ugly: -Poor NPC design at times this is frustrating.
-Get the feeling the travel theme is going to become a grind? trust your gut it will.

Overall: I almost want to ding this by another star based solely on the treasure but the story was just plain amazing.


Amazing Read!

****( )

I know it's a little silly to be writing a review before running this in one of my games, but I can't help but feel that I have a decent understanding of all of the base problems and glories associated with it. So far I have this campaign planned and am REALLY looking forward to it, (though we need to wait a few months since it will be a sequel to our Rise of The Runelords campaign that we're currently running). Since it's my turn to DM next amongst my role-playing group I'm glad I got to run the Asian themed campaign since I indulge in that sort of thing.

To start off the beginning was a little disheartening at first seeing as how the party kind of has to meet up with the DM's help, but afterword the campaign really kicks off without much effort. The sandbox style of play in the swamp was really neat, and added a sense of wonder where, and what my party will do when they are roaming around in there. The encounter with the Goblins was interesting, but afterwords I had a little issue since I'm not sure if every group will be entirely ready to chase after skeletons when they were sent into the swamp to hunt Goblins. Though incentive to do so is provided I'm still thinking that complications may arise since it seems like a shot in the dark type of option.

Afterwords it seems like they kind of forced players into the caravan when the book even mentions more efficient alternatives, but none the less it gives reasons for it. The caravan encounters are nice since after book 2 of Serpent's Skull I don't think I could handle another extremely elongated random encounters section in a book. I have read all six Jade Regent books, and am really thankful for these rules later on. While I know I could just have a game without these encounters it just wouldn't give the thrills of a long and dangerous journey without some unknowns happening along the way.

Once the group finally makes it to the end dungeon of Brinewall it was a massive dungeon crawl that seems like it most certainly will take several days to successfully clear out. To be honest I'm a little worried as of how long it will take to get my group through that dungeon so I'm almost wondering if I have to cut a few rooms out entirely to keep the game flowing.

All in all though there were plenty of good challenges, and at the very least this makes for great reading material. I will be playing this in a few months, and I have honestly never been so excited to play a campaign, but it is a little disheartening knowing how long it will take before the group actually manages to make it to Tian Xia since this is the only campaign that visits the continent.


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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Just announced! The cover image is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

Contributor

Giggity!


Neato torpedo.

After hearing this will be "more story oriented" I'm much more interested in this AP again. The write up makes it look cool!


::Grabs brown paper bag to slow breathing::

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Giggity goo!

Dark Archive

Very cool.


ONI! Awesome

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

And have you caught how our little tie-in works?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Ice Titan wrote:

Neato torpedo.

After hearing this will be "more story oriented" I'm much more interested in this AP again. The write up makes it look cool!

There's a good chance this AP will be the MOST story oriented AP we've done yet, in fact. We'll see!

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

I really love her expression in the cover art.

Liberty's Edge

So this is the reverse side of We be Goblins! Awesome!

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Hey! It's official!


James Jacobs wrote:
Ice Titan wrote:

Neato torpedo.

After hearing this will be "more story oriented" I'm much more interested in this AP again. The write up makes it look cool!

There's a good chance this AP will be the MOST story oriented AP we've done yet, in fact. We'll see!

Story oriented? I am SO there!

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
And have you caught how our little tie-in works?

Yes. I deem it awesome.

-Skeld

Dark Archive

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

I love the tie in!!!! As I was reading it i was thinking to myself how Awesome it is and how much i love what you guys are doing!!!!


James Jacobs wrote:
Ice Titan wrote:

Neato torpedo.

After hearing this will be "more story oriented" I'm much more interested in this AP again. The write up makes it look cool!

There's a good chance this AP will be the MOST story oriented AP we've done yet, in fact. We'll see!

And again... why I'm switching to Pathfinder...

Sweet!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber

Awesome!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

First of all-this looks awesome!!!

Second: it says there will be a detailed look at Sandpoint and its environs, will this article be different from that found in Pathfinder 1? Like time will have moved forward so to speak?

Contributor

The Painted Oryx wrote:

First of all-this looks awesome!!!

Second: it says there will be a detailed look at Sandpoint and its environs, will this article be different from that found in Pathfinder 1? Like time will have moved forward so to speak?

Expanded and improved upon, actually. :D

Paizo Employee Creative Director

The Painted Oryx wrote:

First of all-this looks awesome!!!

Second: it says there will be a detailed look at Sandpoint and its environs, will this article be different from that found in Pathfinder 1? Like time will have moved forward so to speak?

It will indeed be different.

The article in Pathfinder #49 will have a statblock for the town of Sandpoint and that's about it. The rest of the article will focus on the region AROUND Sandpoint, detailing areas like Pauper's Graves, The Pit, and other adventure sites within a few hours' walk from town.


Question, If someone wanted to play a samurai or a ninja, being as they dont start in tian xia but are going there, what are some ideas for starting this off?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

BTW, the link to "Brinewall Legacy" from the AP page (http://paizo.com/pathfinder/adventurePath/jadeRegent) leads to the Item Cards product page, instead of to the "Brinewall Legacy" page.

BrOp

Dark Archive Contributor

Mm, Brinewall. Will we at last learn what's behind those walls I wasn't allowed to peek past in Winter Witch? I think I want to know more than anyone.


James Jacobs wrote:
Ice Titan wrote:

Neato torpedo.

After hearing this will be "more story oriented" I'm much more interested in this AP again. The write up makes it look cool!

There's a good chance this AP will be the MOST story oriented AP we've done yet, in fact. We'll see!

Slowly turning my "Gonna cancel my subscription for this AP since I hate Tian Xia" around.

Bit by bit.


James Jacobs wrote:


There's a good chance this AP will be the MOST story oriented AP we've done yet, in fact. We'll see!

This makes me feel better about retaining my AP subscription. I'm not entirely sure why, but "oriental adventures" don't ever interest me. Maybe it's the focus on the cliched elements at the expense of story that bothers me.

I'm willing to hear more now that Mr. Jacobs made the above statement.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Pendagast wrote:
Question, If someone wanted to play a samurai or a ninja, being as they dont start in tian xia but are going there, what are some ideas for starting this off?

Those topics will be covered in the Jade Regent Player's Guide.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Quote:
Slowly turning my "Gonna cancel my subscription for this AP since I hate Tian Xia" around.

True, oh so true, Ice Titan.

But please tell me, what does "most story oriented AP" mean? So far APs were judged between railroad and sandbox - so this is a railroad AP with more flavor?

Ruyan.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

RuyanVe wrote:
Quote:
Slowly turning my "Gonna cancel my subscription for this AP since I hate Tian Xia" around.

True, oh so true, Ice Titan.

But please tell me, what does "most story oriented AP" mean? So far APs were judged between railroad and sandbox - so this is a railroad AP with more flavor?

Ruyan.

"Most story oriented" means that the NPCs are going to play a more important role in this Adventure Path than any one we've done yet. And also that it's more of a railroad than a sandbox... although I kind of detest the phrase "railroad" since it's such a popular one to use when picking on an adventure.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Thanks, James, for answering. Personally, I don't mind either "classification" of APs. So far, I had fun with all I played.

Ruyan.

Dark Archive

I want this AP with the strenght of a raging quasar.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

This is actually James writing the module and not his name being used as a placeholder right?

Also, Dave Gross! woot!

Dark Archive Vendor - Fantasiapelit Tampere

How cool is this? Very cool indeed!


Sounds awesome, I can´t wait.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Awesome, there will be info on Oni.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Wait...

Does it mean that...

"We be Goblins!" is a PREQUEL to this AP? And the PCs in "Brinewall Legacy" are supposed to stop the goblin PCs?

Awesome.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Gorbacz wrote:

Wait...

Does it mean that...

"We be Goblins!" is a PREQUEL to this AP? And the PCs in "Brinewall Legacy" are supposed to stop the goblin PCs?

Awesome.

Either the WBG entry, or possibly Hyrum's announcement of it did say that it would be a prequel to it. I suspect that WBG might be about getting the fireworks from where they are found to the tribe, whilst the bit in this moght be about getting the fireworks from the tribe to the citizens of Sandpoint.

Directly.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
"Most story oriented" means that the NPCs are going to play a more important role in this Adventure Path than any one we've done yet. And also that it's more of a railroad than a sandbox... although I kind of detest the phrase "railroad" since it's such a popular one to use when picking on an adventure.

Personally, I use "linear" when I don't want it to be critical, and "railroad" when I do want it to be critical.

There's a third kind I've played - one where the PCs are just observers and play NO part in the events. Those are the most annoying ones of all - and I have a friend who loves writing those kind of events. Ugh.

"Ah! I see what's going on here. Okay, I go to the tavern and wait for the next thing to happen, because clearly what I do doesn't matter."

Dark Archive

gbonehead wrote:

There's a third kind I've played - one where the PCs are just observers and play NO part in the events. Those are the most annoying ones of all - and I have a friend who loves writing those kind of events. Ugh.

Argh.

I'm playing in such a campaign, in which the DM keeps the epic tone of the story to his desired levels simply by hardrailing our characters into "fringe" events, where the outcome seems constantly predetermined and our actions ineffective in the overall balance.

It's causing some unpleasant strife between long time friends.


*Looks at map* Brinewall is kinda far from Sandpoint ... I guess they have to get you started toward Tian Xia even with the first adventure. Also more goblins + fireworks = me happy.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Sweet!!!
Just like I suggested, occidental party transported to the orient.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
golem101 wrote:

Argh.

I'm playing in such a campaign, in which the DM keeps the epic tone of the story to his desired levels simply by hardrailing our characters into "fringe" events, where the outcome seems constantly predetermined and our actions ineffective in the overall balance.

Hmmmm ... so maybe you feel like this? (link)

Another buddy of mine and I always joke about this - nobody can ever say anything even resembling "you see tracks" without the inevitable reply...


What never fails to amaze me is that James can actually find the time to write adventures in between his myriad other responsibilities.

How do you manage it, man?


Cool Ninjas!!! This might fit in nicely with that project Heroes of the Jade Oath (we play AE). Did Jade Oath get past the beta?

Scarab Sages

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

I have been waiting for this material to be released ever since I read about Tian Xia in the original Pathfinder Chronicles Setting Sourcebook. Once I saw the playtest material being released for the Ninja and Samurai classes, I had a feeling something like this was coming.

I personally really like the way this is being approached. Instead of starting the campaign in Tian Xia, we are taking the players (who already should know nothing of the setting), and sending them to the other side of the world, being strangers in a strange land.

I am very excited to see this come out, and will make a stand right now to my gaming group that this is one Adventure Journal I will be playing in, and NOT running. ;-)


It already looks great, but I do so hope we get an article on kitsune or hengeyokai in general in this AP.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber

Oooooh... + 1 (please and thank you).

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Eric Hinkle wrote:
It already looks great, but I do so hope we get an article on kitsune or hengeyokai in general in this AP.

Man, I really like that drum but I'm worried that you're going to puunch through the skin if you keep on at it like that. :b

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Enlight_Bystand wrote:

This is actually James writing the module and not his name being used as a placeholder right?

Also, Dave Gross! woot!

Yup. I'm writing this adventure.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Enlight_Bystand wrote:

This is actually James writing the module and not his name being used as a placeholder right?

Also, Dave Gross! woot!

Yup. I'm writing this adventure.

w00t!!!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

gbonehead wrote:

There's a third kind I've played - one where the PCs are just observers and play NO part in the events. Those are the most annoying ones of all - and I have a friend who loves writing those kind of events. Ugh.

Those aren't railroads, though. Those are amateur novel readings.

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