Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-18: The God's Market Gamble (PFRPG) PDF (based on
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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.
Valuable relics of religious natures have been disappearing on their way into Absalom and the Pathfinder Society stands to lose countless irreplaceable artifacts if the cause isn't found. Amid the bustling markets of the God's Market in the shadow of the Starstone Cathedral, the Society sets a plan in motion to ensure the parties responsible for the recent thefts are caught and brought to justice.
Written by Dennis Baker.
This scenario is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play, but can easily be adapted for use with any world. This scenario is compliant with the Open Game License (OGL) and is suitable for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Looking very good so far: Investigation, roleplay, complications, link to an unusual piece of setting background.
A couple of possible tactics/spell errors I spotted on first skim:
Was there a miscalculation or resize of the, erm, maguffin?
Shrink Item is 2 cubic ft per level and by my calculation the item is over 28 cubic ft so unless we have a 15th level spell shrink isn’t happening. So it looks like we either have to resize the maguffin or ignore the tactic or be "creative" about hollow objects and shrink item RAI. Also as specified I think it would weigh three quarters of a ton when full which seems a bit much. Dropping the size of the item by 1 ft in each dimension would fix it.
Otherwise this is a fun and smart tactic.
This is a city based encounter and I don’t think you can
The keg is nearly empty, with only some dregs in there. There is a reference to this in the description of the item but reading it, I can see how you missed it. "The keg has old char marks on it as if it had been in a fire, and it still sloshes with the remnants of hops and ale." I thought I'd said it explicitly, but looking at the text, it's not very clear. The keg is empty with some dregs sloshing in the bottom.
With regards to shrink item, I suppose there is a question of whether an items volume includes the empty space inside of it, or just the item itself. My assumption was that so long as the contents of the container, plus the physical container were less than the total volume you are fine. If this bothers you then perhaps a smaller keg might make sense or increase the caster level of the scroll.
You can either assume a small amount of grass and plants is growing in this relatively un-trafficked alley or just use an alternate spell, the two of them have a fairly decent mix of spells to pull from.
There is some potential confusion about the Sczarni faction mission which mentions the fence specifically but he doesn't have the list the players are looking for, the list they are looking for is in the warehouse.
Perhaps, have Barnell tell the PCs he gets all his clients from his contact.
Aye, it is truly a great scenario. I had a blast running it and my players thoroughly enjoyed playing it. The God's Market Gamble felt very cinematic, thanks in large to the chase scene, and my players really immersed themselves in the investigation.
Gencon session last night was a blast - party really loved this scenario. There were four dwarves at the table, and at one point in the scenario the game turned into a spontaneous pub crawl. When they encountered the Maguffin
the last keg that Caiden Cailean drank from before the Test of the Starstone
the game temporarily turned into a giant drinking party. Good fun.
I just played this today. It was a lot of fun with the variety of challenges and character driven plot.
I have only played the scenario, I have not read it yet. I do have one big question/point of clarification.
In the final combat the setting was the market place. The BBEG is 20 feet up in a crow’s nest. The GM said the scenario specifically states that the BBEG has a clear line of sight to "every square in the marketplace". Huh? Why? It’s a busy market. There are carts and small shops all over the place. Why can’t a player duck behind an Orange Stand to gain Total Cover? This seems perfectly logical and a really fun way to use the artful terrain provided. Otherwise just have it in an open courtyard. Having no cover is frankly murder on level 1 characters. It makes no sense to me. Please clarify the intent of that phrase in the scenario and how it’s supposed to work.
I did double check this and I made a mistake when I said that. The words said: Nearly everywhere in the market. So I gave cover to people with no clear line of sight during the combat. It was early on in the original initiative order as well. (1rst round) So it was corrected and I blamed myself for not reading it correctly :)