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Pathfinder Society Quest: Ambush in Absalom (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Quest designed for levels 1–5.

A Pathfinder carrying an important message has gone missing in the sewers beneath Absalom, but what the PCs find when they investigate the missing agent's fate is something few expect.

Written by Mark Moreland.

This quest is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play, but can easily be adapted for use with any world. This quest is compliant with the Open Game License (OGL) and is suitable for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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Andoran

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Any difference from Kobold Quarterly?

Shadow Lodge

How does the quest work in PFS?

The Chronicle sheet has no XP, but does leave the Prestige/Fame box open for some to be gained? I'm assuming 1 since there are no faction missions.

It this meant to be played straight up or included in an Absalom scenario?

Paizo Employee Developer

Quests give no Prestige Points, no gold, and no XP. They're just extra encounters that provide a boon for PCs who go through them.

Osirion

Nice, I have one question though; can this be replayed multiple times or does this count as a scenario - in that you can only apply credit once as a player (and once as a GM)?

And on a related note; can the person who GM's this get a chronicle including boons as well?

Osirion

My guess would be this scenario can only be played once (or twice as GM credit).

Qadira

There's no tick box to add this quest to an event in the session management page yet.

Paizo Employee Developer

Quests are not reportable because they don't grant XP or Prestige Points. They're just an extra encounter to use to fill some time, serve as a demo, or to run before a thematically linked scenarios (in this case, maybe "Sewer Dragons of Absalom").

Sczarni

I'm curious too. Is this different from the one published in KQ?

Paizo Employee Developer

Nope. It's the same version as published in Kobold Quarterly #17. We have more Quests planned for future issues of KQ, and those will be exclusive to the magazine for a time and then also appear here on Paizo.com.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Cards, Companion, Maps, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Quests are not reportable because they don't grant XP or Prestige Points. They're just an extra encounter to use to fill some time, serve as a demo, or to run before a thematically linked scenarios (in this case, maybe "Sewer Dragons of Absalom").

So, presumably, GMing a quest doesn't count toward the GM star rating?

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

What kind of boons does this quest offer for completing it?

Taldor

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

We played this yesterday and had fun - it became a quick emergency mission immediately after finishing First Steps while the new Pathfinder PCs were still in Absalom - worked well in that context too.

I have come to record the session today but found the comments here.

For consideration please:

o It would be nice (no more) to have a PC record as having played it in the on-line record, even though it grants no PP,XP & GP

o More importantly, it'd be good to give a GM credit as they still have to prepare and, in yesterday's case, 'eat' the Quest - half a point??

Thanks

J

Paizo Employee Global Organized Play Coordinator

JohnF wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
Quests are not reportable because they don't grant XP or Prestige Points. They're just an extra encounter to use to fill some time, serve as a demo, or to run before a thematically linked scenarios (in this case, maybe "Sewer Dragons of Absalom").

So, presumably, GMing a quest doesn't count toward the GM star rating?

Correct. GMing a quest does not count toward a GM rating.

Grand Lodge

Michael Brock wrote:
JohnF wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
Quests are not reportable because they don't grant XP or Prestige Points. They're just an extra encounter to use to fill some time, serve as a demo, or to run before a thematically linked scenarios (in this case, maybe "Sewer Dragons of Absalom").

So, presumably, GMing a quest doesn't count toward the GM star rating?

Correct. GMing a quest does not count toward a GM rating.

Does this mean that it can be run any number of times? I'm thinking of taking it to a con for downtimes between slots.


No gold, no XP, no fame or prestige. OK.

Can't be reported at all. So if a character dies, that doesn't count either, right?

And any gold spent, items used, etc come back at the end of the scenario? If not, I think a lot of players will not be interested in risking life and loot for a one-time buff boon...

Why is there even a chronicle sheet? Oh yeah, the one-time buff boons...

I like the concept, don't get me wrong, but a few GP or a possibility of 1 fame point if handled well would certainly make it more appealing to players I think.


what concerns me more is the actual quest,

I mean

Spoiler:
someone working for the society has gone missing. Really. Again!!!

Shadow Lodge

So... Any plans for releasing more quests anytime soon?

Andoran

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
thenovalord wrote:

what concerns me more is the actual quest,

I mean ** spoiler omitted **

It's an occupational hazard.


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

KQ is no more and this Quest was released over a year ago. Are there any new ones planned? Or even plans to provide the KQ ones here?

Paizo Employee Developer

I can tell you that there are things in the works, and I anticipate there being an announcement about it in the not-distant future. Getting the Quests back up and running is something I've been hoping to do since signing on with Paizo.

Sorry to be cryptic, but at this time that's all I can note publicly.


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

That's fine. Just wondered if there was still life in the program (which I ran across from the Open Call page).

Best of luck!


Bump. Is the open call still on?

Andoran

John Compton wrote:

I can tell you that there are things in the works, and I anticipate there being an announcement about it in the not-distant future. Getting the Quests back up and running is something I've been hoping to do since signing on with Paizo.

Sorry to be cryptic, but at this time that's all I can note publicly.

Three notes:

1) Can a Quest be played in the middle of a thematically approrpriate scenario? So could "Ambush in Absalom" could be played during "Sewer Dragons of Absalom?" My guess is "no" but that's a shame. If time permitted, it would be cool for a GM to have the option to slot in a Quest and be able to give two chronicles at the end of the game.

I must admit...the idea of having 'swapping' powers for thematically appropriate quests/scenarios would be neat! Swapping out an optional encounter for a "quest" would really mix things up. Imagine adding an alternate encounter in "Master of the Fallen Fortress" for example. This would be necessary because:

Spoiler:
Some characters may already be members of the society and therefore won't be overawed at meeting the prisoner etc.

That kind of flexibility would be so cool!

2) Will future Quests be thematically compatible with already existing scenarios/modules or will they be tied to the upcoming seasons?

3) I do like the idea of having various quests that can be substituted for optional encounters. It gets complex, sure, but how cool would it be for the GM to have a few (yes few) compatible quests that can be used interchangeably for designated scenarios? I know it sounds crazy but...I think there's something to this!

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