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Slumbering Tsar Saga (PFRPG)

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The Sleeper Awakes!
At last, after languishing in its crypt for an age, the secrets of the slumbering city of Tsar burst forth in all their macabre glory. Poured forth from the eldritch furnaces and crucibles of the Necromancer and Orcus himself comes Frog God Games bringing you at long last The Slumbering Tsar Saga.

Something Stirs in the City of Evil
Over the distant northern hills, beyond The Camp, and past the Desolation stand the pitted walls of Tsar. A hundred armies have crushed themselves against this bulwark in futile attempts to breach the city. Even the combined might of the Heavens and Earth were unable to break through in the final battle of Tsar. So why was the city suddenly abandoned on the verge of victory, and what waits for those foolish enough to enter the Temple-City of Orcus?

The Black Gates Await
Only the bravest and most powerful of heroes dare the depths of the Desolation and live to tell of it. But what happens when they penetrate that blasted landscape and look upon the gates of the very center of evil on the earth. Can even heroes of such renown breach the Walls of Death and live?

The Slumbering Tsar Saga began its journey years ago as a single mega-adventure for the masters of Third Edition rules and First Edition feel, then became a trilogy of adventures, then a trilogy of mega-adventures, and now finally comes to you as a monthly series culminating in a massive book with over a half million words of pure First Edition-style adventure. Updated to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to accommodate today’s audience of the classic fantasy roleplaying games, The Slumbering Tsar Saga brings you 14 chapters, each chapter the size of a full adventure in its own right (30-50 pages), but in the Hardcover compilation (and NOT in the PDF) you will get something you can't get anywhere else—the final fifteenth chapter!

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Since I am now "all in" - when does Rappan Athuk come out? When I google it most responses say it is coming out this summer sometime - but summer is about over...

I can't seem to find any information on when I can pre-order it?

Might as well leap, right?

ET

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Laschoni, Arslanxelan: Please double check your downloads to make sure you've received the single PDF version.

EonTrinity: Look for news regarding Rappan Athuk after GenCon. :)

Layout and Design, Frog God Games

EonTrinity wrote:

Greetings all. First time poster....

This thread convinced me to bite the big one and order the Hardcover for my birthday. I have never ran an adventure path (usually made my own) but a busy life is pushing me to forgo so I picked up Rise of the Runelords and this.

I told my wife I was just going to order a book for my birthday, and she said go ahead - I neglected to mention the cost - which means that if the campaign doesn't kill me, she probably will.

That said - really looking forwards to getting this in the mail.

Thanks to everybody who pushed me over the edge!

ET

Here's to hoping you enjoy yourself thoroughly, ET!

Layout and Design, Frog God Games

Rappan Athuk had a Kickstarter for pre-sales and the Pathfinder version will be for sale at GenCon. Then there will be opportunities for those who have missed getting it those two ways. :)

Andoran

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Liz Courts wrote:

Laschoni, Arslanxelan: Please double check your downloads to make sure you've received the single PDF version.

EonTrinity: Look for news regarding Rappan Athuk after GenCon. :)

I got it, thank you.

Taldor

Liz I never got an answer to my question on the previous page- I have all the separate .pdf's from the PDF bundle, should I now have access to one combined .pdf? I've checked and i've still only got the separate files.

Osirion

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Well, I just got a new group of old gamers together and presented Shattered Star and Slumbering Tsar as options. Tsar won! I'm very excited and looking forward to running this (though of course now I'm remorseful over not running SS*).


Got the saga download. Thanks!

Cheliax

Anyone now if the print/pdf combo for these qualify for pathfinder advantage? Hell been tempted to resubscribe and there's a new AP out n all ;p

Also, same for other products such as rappan athuk and tome of horrors complete I assume? =)

Aaron

Osirion

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I just bought RA and it did. Easy to find out put it in your cart. It will show you the price you will pay. You can always delete it from your cart if you choose.

Cheliax

Ah right on, thanks for the info =)

Osirion

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You're welcome.


Alexander Kilcoyne wrote:
Liz I never got an answer to my question on the previous page- I have all the separate .pdf's from the PDF bundle, should I now have access to one combined .pdf? I've checked and i've still only got the separate files.

Alexander, if you are saying that you purchased the individual PDFs as they came out, then I do not think that qualifies you for the final assembled PDF.

Frog God took pre-orders on the product, and the individual PDFs were made available to the pre-orderers as part of that delivery. They were also sold separately to those who did not pre-order.


Liz,
I think I qualify for the the PDF bundle but have not received the single file PDF yet. BTW, I love Tsar. Thank you all for making it available through .

Andoran

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For all those that love the Frog God Games products just doing a shout out for the final 24 hours of their Sword and Wizardry Kickstarter campaign.

Help them get intomdistributormchannelsmlike Alliance and Barnes and Noble.

Well only benefit all their products.

Sean. ;-)


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As a GM who is planning to run this soon, do I need the Tomb of Horrors Complete for certain monsters?

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Curmudgeonly wrote:
As a GM who is planning to run this soon, do I need the Tomb of Horrors Complete for certain monsters?

Not if you have an internet connection where you play. The entire book is on www.d20pfsrd.com. (And the vast majority of stat blocks are reprinted inline anyways.)


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I am now the proud owner of the Slumbering Tsar Saga. Now I just need some Stupid . . . I mean brave players to agree to go through it.


After reading all the good reviews I was all set to buy this book, but then I saw it was going to cost me $71 shipping! no options for cheaper fare. Is this for real? No matter how much I want it thats too much. Is there some other way around this?


stuart wilson wrote:
After reading all the good reviews I was all set to buy this book, but then I saw it was going to cost me $71 shipping! no options for cheaper fare. Is this for real? No matter how much I want it thats too much. Is there some other way around this?

Pdf...probably not what you meant but in the end it's still worth having.


Gururamalamaswami wrote:
stuart wilson wrote:
After reading all the good reviews I was all set to buy this book, but then I saw it was going to cost me $71 shipping! no options for cheaper fare. Is this for real? No matter how much I want it thats too much. Is there some other way around this?
Pdf...probably not what you meant but in the end it's still worth having.

Yeah, wanted actual book. Don't understand why only the fastest and most expensive delivery service is available. Guess I will have to make do with the PDF. 964 pages thats a whole lota printing


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stuart wilson wrote:
Yeah, wanted actual book. Don't understand why only the fastest and most expensive delivery service is available. Guess I will have to make do with the PDF. 964 pages thats a whole lota printing

The book is physically huge. Easily the thickest in my collection. That isn't exactly easy to package so as to prevent corners from being damaged.

That said, that's not what I paid as part of the Kickstarter that funded the book and I'm in Canada. It might be worthwhile to contact Paizo customer service to see if there's anything they can do to reduce shipping cost for you. That's much more than the cost of shipping a big box minis - though the book weighs more.

Don't give up. Tsar is worth it. I've been running it for... OMFG it's been 11 months now! We play every weekend for about 5-6 hours, having missed maybe six sessions. That's call it about 200 hours of playing so far. Now I'd like to reveal that we're about a third of the way through the book.

Osirion

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There was no kickstarter for Tsar (was for RA) but there was a preorder subscription service where you got several (I think 12 paperback copies) and then the hardcover book at the end.

I also suggest emailing Bill at Frog God Games and see what he charges for shipping of Tsar.

Shadow Lodge

Shem wrote:
I also suggest emailing Bill at Frog God Games and see what he charges for shipping of Tsar.

$7 USA

$18 Canada/Mexico
$25 International

Those all cover 1 or 2 books, so you could tack something else on without affecting shipping.

Slumbering Tsar Saga


Kthulhu wrote:
Shem wrote:
I also suggest emailing Bill at Frog God Games and see what he charges for shipping of Tsar.

$7 USA

$18 Canada/Mexico
$25 International

Those all cover 1 or 2 books, so you could tack something else on without affecting shipping.

Slumbering Tsar Saga

Yep, thanks. That's reasonable enough. I wonder what second book would be good? Rappan athuk maybe?


stuart wilson wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
Shem wrote:
I also suggest emailing Bill at Frog God Games and see what he charges for shipping of Tsar.

$7 USA

$18 Canada/Mexico
$25 International

Those all cover 1 or 2 books, so you could tack something else on without affecting shipping.

Slumbering Tsar Saga

Yep, thanks. That's reasonable enough. I wonder what second book would be good? Rappan athuk maybe?

That might be a good choice as they do link together.

Another option might be Stoneheart Valley, as that is a prequel to both.

However, I understand that Stoneheart isn't available yet, only preorder. You can get the pdf right away if you preorder though.

Shadow Lodge

stuart wilson wrote:
Yep, thanks. That's reasonable enough. I wonder what second book would be good? Rappan athuk maybe?

Great choice, as they share quite a few links. And you could even follow up with the Splinters of Faith series, which is another adventure path where Orcus plays a strong part.


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Shem wrote:

There was no kickstarter for Tsar (was for RA) but there was a preorder subscription service where you got several (I think 12 paperback copies) and then the hardcover book at the end.

I also suggest emailing Bill at Frog God Games and see what he charges for shipping of Tsar.

I evidently failed my save against senility.

That said, I wasn't involved with any paperback subscription. I pre-ordered just the hardcover. My signed and numbered copy tells me that. It's all becoming a blur, given I've got RA, RC, the ToH and Tsar.


I haven't ran a game in a long time but soon I think I'm going to try to run Slumbering Tsar, and I was looking for some input specifically from some people who have played it. I have some specific concerns, but any general tips or ideas for running it are also appreciated.

1. I've always wanted to try a gestalt game and seeing how the adventure seems to be a meatgrinder at times it seemed like it would be a good place to try it. The encounters seem like they would still be challenging to such a party, though it would make the game a little bit less deadly so that players could become more attached to their characters. Anyone tried gestalt with Slumbering Tsar, and if so how did it work out?

2. I like the Desolation a lot, but for some of the areas I don't see why the PCs would go there besides the metagame reason of "you need to grind xp to kill that dragon guarding the gates of Tsar." What kind of hooks have you guys used to try to get them into the different areas? There are a couple built in of course (the mercs and rangers in town leading you, the diplomat and the lost caravan and such) but really why would anyone want to go to the Boiling Lands?

There's always the "you must have these items to open the gate" scenario but that's used in the city itself to get to the last act. The best I could think of so far was for the city to be sealed (maybe magically) for some reason so the PCs have to investigate the areas for alternate ways in or clues. One issue with that is that I can't really think of a way for that to really have a conclusion besides it opening deus ex machina style on its own once the PCs hit the right level.

3. My group never used experience, instead just leveling as the DM felt was necessary. Should I try to keep to that method here or is XP (tracked by me for immersion) really the way to go?

4. My last question was about the iron bits as currency in the camp. Some parts of this just confuse me. So I can buy bits at a rate of 1 per 5 gold, but then I can only exchange 1 iron bit for 2 gold. Sounds easy enough to understand, I'm getting scammed to hell. The issue for me comes with this line "Locals needing gold to purchase from travelers, however, receive a straight 1 for 1 rate from the Usurer." So locals get scammed even harder than tourists because they only get back 1 gold for each bit? Does he offer them a 1 to 1 if they go from gold to bit too? I could see that being useful if you're just buying into the system, but at the same time it also devalues any bits that you already had before going "local." Anyone have a better handle on how this is supposed to work?


Well I was going to try and write a review for this masterpiece, but I couldn't find the place to submit one so I made one on youtube, its nice to see how big the book actually is in comparison to some others. Dictionary is probably the best description of it's size.

I just wanted to say how much fun my players are having with this adventure and its been a real meatgrinder with bloody knuckles combats, my players love it. There's a great variety of villians, exploration, and a sandbox feel. To me it feels like Kingmaker with bite in that the players pick their own path and explore, but the challenges are hard hitting and keep coming. It's been a real test for them since they are all experienced gamers and the mystery keeps them pushing further every game, despite a mound of hero corpses. This is not for the light hearted.

If you have questions about the game we have a group of DM's who are running it, making adjustments, and asking questions. There is a thread over on the message boards where we are making submissions and finding player aids and contributions, The Slumbering Tsar - Starting, DM Setup . When I first saw this adventure I had tons of questions and wanted to know more about it before I invested the money, but it was WELL WORTH the price.


Hi James,

It's here. Look at the top, you should see two tabs. One is for discussion, which this is, and the other is for product reviews. There have been 4 so far posted here. Also, thanks!

(From the editor of roughly half the content and proofreader of the entire book compilation.)


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I guess my obvious question is, how well does a thousand page hardcover stand up to use? My experience says when you get over day 300 pages you tend to get books that fall apart rapidly, and I'd rather not shell out a bill and a half only to have pieces of the adventure.

Can anyone speak to how the book has played out for them with regular use?


It's bound like a textbook. Way more rugged then any other RPG books I've ever seen.


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I've been running it for about 18 months now with weekly 6-7 hour sessions. It looks like brand new.


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Yeah, we've been playing it since the hardcover originally came out and it still looks brand new.

It's easily been the best adventure I've ever run.


I'm pretty rough on books, my PFRPG core book can attest to that. I'd post pictures of it, but I think my fellow gamers might stone me. After months of being in my game bag the corners aren't even bent, I did end up with a long scratch on it, but that was my springer spaniel being way to rambunctious. Anyways, the spine is holding up like a champ and I have no concerns about the pages coming loose. The pages themselves are a heavier non-gloss paper. The only thing I could have wanted was one of those book ribbons like Rappan Athuk has, but that's easily fixed.

Look on Youtube for Allmightydm Slumbering Tsar and you can get a good look at the book, its very solid, but I'd recommend getting the PDF as well when you need to do research. The text search feature has been a massive help for me. I'd post a link but I'm at work and its blocked.


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Yeah, the PDF is extremely helpful - especially for printing out player maps or having the new monster pages on hand during those encounters.


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Peter Stewart wrote:

I guess my obvious question is, how well does a thousand page hardcover stand up to use? My experience says when you get over day 300 pages you tend to get books that fall apart rapidly, and I'd rather not shell out a bill and a half only to have pieces of the adventure.

Can anyone speak to how the book has played out for them with regular use?

I read it every day, outside and in for about 1-2 hours at a go, for about nine months straight. If you don't tear the pages, the book isn't getting wrecked.

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