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Pathfinder Society Scenario #5–02: The Wardstone Patrol (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario for characters of 3rd to 7th level (Tier 3–7).

All-out war has erupted on the long-contested border between the crusader nation of Mendev and the demon-infested Worldwound. With the magical defenses that once held the demons at bay failing, defense of the region now falls to small patrols of mobile soldiers to resupply, reinforce, and communicate between the border's many fortresses and outposts. With so much at stake, the Pathfinder Society has enlisted many of its agents to assist in the war effort, both to protect its own interests and to prevent the onrushing tide of demonic attackers from plunging the entire Inner Sea region into chaos. On one such wardstone patrol, however, the party may find itself facing an enemy of an entirely different nature.

Written by Alex Greenshields.

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.

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****½ (based on 16 ratings)

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Excellent mid-level game


This was my first time playing a 6-7 Tier as a PFS player. I brought my 4 Fighter with an APL that turned out to be 6.+ I did 'okay' and I paced myself accordingly. Had I tried what the higher level characters did, I could have been KOd (probably not KIAd). I had a good group, too.

I found the combat encounters excellent; I found the roleplaying straight-forward to understand the PCs' objective(s), and the path to 2 Prestige/Fame was reasonable.

My party barely achieved the second Prestige Point.

For my first encounter with Mendev/the WorldWound, I was very very pleased with it.


Indifferent feelings

***( )( )

I have played and GMd this. I think I like the idea of this scenario more then the execution.

GM:
I really like Sir Ilivan, but I found it kinda a hard to roleplay him and really get across all the crap that has happened to him and why he acts the way he does. The combats were interesting, and some of them left you with moral decisions (which is a good thing). I, as a GM, have a hard time GMing combat trails scenarios and I understand that is why Sir Ilivan is an there. They are just not my cup of tea.

Player:
I played this at Gencon 2014, my GM was incredibly under prepared (he was also running the special). There was little to no rolepay with Sir Ilivan, there was actually more roleplay with the Crusaders at the fort, which was very basic, "why are you here", "what do we need to do". I, as a player, felt that the GM hadn't even looked at the enemy stat blocks. After starting 45 mins late and skipping the optional encounter (GMs choice), we finished in about 2 hrs. So by the end of the slot I felt like I just wasted my $6.


Venture through this dangerous area now with NPC guide!

***( )( )

This is a plain scenario that has the PC walk around the world wound and are splashed with encounters. The author does a great job of allowing the PCs to notice and avoid them VS forcing them on the PCs.

The split path the PCs can do is very neat and I would love to see more of them.

The roleplay can be very fun, and the fort excluding certain PCs for certain reason is awesome as well.


Pathfinders in the sandbox.

****( )

Played at 3-4.

I've got really mixed feelings about this.

The scenario had all the ingredients for a good scenario, and I think my personal opinion has coloured it - in that I don't mind when my characters have a mission that railroads them a little.

Spoiler:
My party was thrown for such a loop that we weren't even sure what our mission was.

Not your run of the mill I-forgot-that-bit-that-the-VC-said. We realised part way through the adventure that we didn't really understand what our mission was, couldn't have had it explained any more clearly if we'd asked, and hoped that down the track we would work it out. The trick with this scenario is that it is so vague about what you have to do, intentionally so, that we spent large parts of the scenario debating the whole mission.

This didn't in itself detract from the game. It's good when you can talk about what you're doing and why you're doing it and to explore the options available to you.

What I didn't like about all of this was that I didn't know if we were at all on the right track. The options were so open, and our mission was so out there that we just had no idea if we were really doing the right thing or not. Call it the metagaming instinct.

For the first time in my Pathfinder career, as we played on closer to the Worldwound, closer to chaos - entirely our decision, and not even sure it was the right one - there were many times we weren't sure whether to turn back and call it a day. Had we done enough? Could we handle any more of this, or were we walking into one deathtrap after another?

Because of that feeling of cluelessness for so much of it, because this scenario is so different, I feel like giving this an average rating, but I can't - because it accomplished exactly what it wanted to do, and did it surprisingly well.


DO NOT PLAY (under a sub-par GM)

*****

Perspective: Played once (high tier) (bad ending), GM'ed once (low tier)

An ambitious scenario like this is where the review system fails. Here’s all there is to it: If you have a wonderful, role-play focused GM, this scenario is five stars. Maybe even more. Maybe it could be one of the most memorable and intelligent scenarios you’ve ever experienced.

However if your GM is average, is phoning it in, is under-prepared, or doesn’t care about characterisation this scenario could be brief, disappointing and vague. You may feel cheated. You might wonder what the author was thinking. But this would be a mistake.

The author has given talented GMs every tool necessary to tell a memorable and paradigm smashing tale set in the very depressing and horrifying outskirts of the Worldwound. The enemy isn’t the dangerous, bloodthirsty demons (though this scenario has ‘em) It’s bigger than just those little gremlins. Draw your sword, check your companions and stay aware.


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