Pathfinder Adventure Card Game—Rise of the Runelords Adventure Deck 2: The Skinsaw Murders

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Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: The Skinsaw Murders Adventure Deck (Rise of the Runelords 2 of 6)

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They Even Ate the Dogs!

Uncover a mystery fraught with ravenous ghouls, age-old hauntings, foul cultists, and worse with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: The Skinsaw Murders Adventure Deck. This 110-card expansion to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set includes new locations, monsters, villains, loot, and more, as well as 5 new scenarios that constitute the complete Skinsaw Murders adventure. Continue your character’s legend with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: The Skinsaw Murders Adventure Deck.

Designed by Mike Selinker and Lone Shark Games.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-562-4

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Last Updated - 10/30/2014

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Good Follow Up

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Overall this is a very solid addition to the Pathfinder ACG but wasn't quite as good as the original.

The theme of the adventure pack is a murder mystery and undead uprising. The undead uprising comes through very nicely in the first few scenarios, however, the murder mystery won't be so obvious to people who haven't read (or played) the associated Adventure Path. Still, there is a lot of flavour and the third scenario with the haunts is very nicely done and shows just how interesting the game can get. Some other locations and scenarios are nice both in flavour and mechanics (such as the Clock tower and the Sanitarium) but the significance could again be lost on people unfamiliar with the AP.

The boons also haven't seemed like an upgrade in many cases and aside from some arcane spells and the loot at the end, most play throughs we prefer to keep the AP1 and base game cards which was a bit disappointing.

I ended up somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for this one, but the flavour and theme tipped it over to 4 in the end.


Fantastic Product!

*****

I did a lot of research on this game because I LOVE Pathfinder, but I just don't have the time to regularly meet up to play. This variation, however, plays fast enough that you can get through an adventure in only a couple sessions! The only downside is that if you aren't familiar with the Rise of the Runelords adventure path, then some of the plot twists (especially concerning The Skinsaw Man) go unnoticed and unappreciated. Other than that, though, I LOVE this game! Keep 'em coming!


Ring Side Report- Review of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: The Skinsaw Murders

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Originally posted on www.throatpunchgames.com, a new idea everyday!

Product-Pathfinder Adventure Card Game- The Skinsaw Murders

Producer- Paizo

Cost- ~$19

Set-up/play/clean-up- 1 hour per scenario

TL;DR-Good second offering, but I feel a little less engaged 68%

Summary- It’s the second installment of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game and this time it’s a plague of undead! Players must defend Sandpoint from the horrors of the second part of the Rise of the Runelords adventure path-The Skinsaw Murders. First the undead attack in mass in Undead Uprising. Next, the heroes make their way to the outskirts of town to defend the farmers in Crow Bait. With the undead somewhat quieted, the heroes go to the source and attack the Skinsaw Man himself in Foul Misgivings in a haunted house. With the main source put down, you then move to putting down the cult supporting him in The Cult Exposed. The climax of the quest is Angel in the Tower!

Theme- This adventure has a strong undead theme, and it’s fairly well done. I did feel that the undead were nipping at my heels. However due to the nature of the random monster draw, not all the monsters were undead. It takes away a bit form the theme of an undead horde when I have to put down a goblin raid. Also, I only get minimal story from the cards; there is not much written on the cards, so I don’t get the feeling of a coherent story between the adventures. What would make this much better would be a deeper delve into the story. Having not played the adventure path, I kind of feel lost in the fiction behind the card game. 3.5/5

Mechanics- The mechanics are fairly well done, but somewhat repetitive. The basic mechanics of the intro game are how most of the scenarios play out. Explore, find henchmen, kill guy, close place, continue till all closed and fight villain. It’s not bad, but it does get somewhat monotonous. The real shining star of the game is the scenario Foul Misgivings. This one has a crazy haunt mechanic that makes fights happen and made me really enjoy this game. However, since the game doesn’t have any included instructions, the cool new mechanic that is introduced becomes somewhat hard to implement. This led to my wife and I scrambling to several internet forums to find how to resolve an important issue midgame. Again, I really want a single sheet explaining the scenario a little bit. All and all, nothing is bad. It’s just not great. 3.5/5

Instructions- This pack came with no instructions whatsoever except for what’s on the cards. I don’t really like how the base instructions explain the game, so now that we are adding several decks to the game, I’m not sure I’m playing the game right. I don’t like mid-game having to scramble to boardgamegeek or paizo.com to figure out if I’m doing things right. 2/5

Art/Construction- The Art is good and well done. Some of it comes directly from Paizo’s other properties. Since this is undead crazy, the art is the right amount of unsettling. It even unnerved my wife sitting at our kitchen table. The cards are of decent stock, but after a few plays you will expect some corners to tear. 4.5/5

Summary-Not a bad second effort. I like the core mechanic of exploration, but I feel it gets old fast. I really enjoyed Foul Misgivings; this scenario gives hints of just how far this card game can be stretched in both rules and theme. I’d prefer a few tweaks to really help me feel like I’m playing the Rise of the Runelords adventure path, but I’m basically getting the experience of the table top RPG. I think a few changed would really make this game top notch. If you have the base game, this is a pretty good follow up. 68%


Webstore Gninja Minion

Announced! Box art may change before its released.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

We've already sent it to the printer, so barring something terrible happening, that box should be final!

Sczarni

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

The Misgivings Location Card should be fun.

Shadow Lodge

Is there an expected ship date for this product yet?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

Adam J Wells wrote:
Is there an expected ship date for this product yet?

You can get the expected ship date by going to your My Subscriptions page—we expect to start shipping this deck next Tuesday (since Monday is a holiday). Because we have a lot of October new releases across many of our subscription lines, we expect shipping of the October new releases to spread over a two week period, October 15th-25th. If you are curious how this process is going over the next few weeks, check out the "October Subscription Shipping" thread in the customer service forum.

thanks
sara marie

The Exchange

Sara Marie wrote:
Adam J Wells wrote:
Is there an expected ship date for this product yet?

You can get the expected ship date by going to your My Subscriptions page—we expect to start shipping this deck next Tuesday (since Monday is a holiday). Because we have a lot of October new releases across many of our subscription lines, we expect shipping of the October new releases to spread over a two week period, October 15th-25th. If you are curious how this process is going over the next few weeks, check out the "October Subscription Shipping" thread in the customer service forum.

thanks
sara marie

I'm subscribed to the rpg and card game. I really want this adventure deck ASAP, but I'm afraid beastiary 4 may hold it up. Is there anyway to get them shipped separate? My worry is that the retail stores will get it in before I have my copy, because I have to maybe wait for beastiary 4.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
warpi9 wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
Adam J Wells wrote:
Is there an expected ship date for this product yet?

You can get the expected ship date by going to your My Subscriptions page—we expect to start shipping this deck next Tuesday (since Monday is a holiday). Because we have a lot of October new releases across many of our subscription lines, we expect shipping of the October new releases to spread over a two week period, October 15th-25th. If you are curious how this process is going over the next few weeks, check out the "October Subscription Shipping" thread in the customer service forum.

thanks
sara marie

I'm subscribed to the rpg and card game. I really want this adventure deck ASAP, but I'm afraid beastiary 4 may hold it up. Is there anyway to get them shipped separate? My worry is that the retail stores will get it in before I have my copy, because I have to maybe wait for beastiary 4.

Street date for this and Bestiary 4 is currently Oct 30th, per the second thread Sara Marie linked. Both items are also part of the monthly subscription run, meaning regardless of if you're just getting one or the other, or both, your order is going to be going through the same queue for processing and shipping. In short, splitting is probably going to only increase your shipping costs without noticeably changing processing speed.

From what I remember, only Battles and Comics subscriptions have separate possible subscription run times, as those are not Paizo produced products.

The Exchange

Sniggevert wrote:
warpi9 wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
Adam J Wells wrote:
Is there an expected ship date for this product yet?

You can get the expected ship date by going to your My Subscriptions page—we expect to start shipping this deck next Tuesday (since Monday is a holiday). Because we have a lot of October new releases across many of our subscription lines, we expect shipping of the October new releases to spread over a two week period, October 15th-25th. If you are curious how this process is going over the next few weeks, check out the "October Subscription Shipping" thread in the customer service forum.

thanks
sara marie

I'm subscribed to the rpg and card game. I really want this adventure deck ASAP, but I'm afraid beastiary 4 may hold it up. Is there anyway to get them shipped separate? My worry is that the retail stores will get it in before I have my copy, because I have to maybe wait for beastiary 4.

Street date for this and Bestiary 4 is currently Oct 30th, per the second thread Sara Marie linked. Both items are also part of the monthly subscription run, meaning regardless of if you're just getting one or the other, or both, your order is going to be going through the same queue for processing and shipping. In short, splitting is probably going to only increase your shipping costs without noticeably changing processing speed.

From what I remember, only Battles and Comics subscriptions have separate possible subscription run times, as those are not Paizo produced products.

Yeah they probably will ship both to retail stores at the same time. My subscriptions says ship by oct 25, and Marie said above that this will start shipping next week. However if I'm getting beast 4 will mine be delayed and not as fast as it could be?

Dark Archive

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

Nope, they're all going into the same queue, which is optimised for the quickest turnaround in the warehouse amongst many other things. It's possible that splitting could even delay it more, if the 'adventure deck only' block is later than the 'adventure deck + bestiary 4' block!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

Ok, just wondering, has any one got theirs yet? My bank statement showed a hold for it for like a week, and the store has it on the available now tab......... Just wondering if its gonna still make it for "mid-October" release :)

Silver Crusade

At least one person in the card game sub-forum was discussing the details of playing it, so it was received. My order shows that it shipped on Friday, though UPS still doesn't have the tracking info for it, which makes me wonder.


Mine arrived in Ohio on Monday, 10/28/13.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
HolmesandWatson wrote:
Mine arrived in Ohio on Monday, 10/28/13.

You got me by a day...sigh.


mmm not a sub but I ordered 26th Sept. It's still pending even though retailers in the UK had them last week???

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

We are still shipping out subscription and preorders for the Skinsaw Adventure deck. As noted in the "October Subscription Shipping" thread in the customer service forum, we had some delays. You can check out that thread for up to date information on how the shipping of the October new releases is going.


anyone else have ton of cards in this pack with creases and damage to them? About 1 out of every 6 cards has a fold or crease in it that goes through atleast half of card and looks to be pressed in. None are see so cards are basically marked out of box.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

rstencel wrote:
anyone else have ton of cards in this pack with creases and damage to them? About 1 out of every 6 cards has a fold or crease in it that goes through atleast half of card and looks to be pressed in. None are see so cards are basically marked out of box.

If you purchased this from a retailer, check in with them for a refund/return. They should have a process set up with their distributor to get back credit for misprints or damages purchased through them.

If you purchased it from pazio.com, shoot us an email with your order number, the name of the damaged cards and, if possible, a picture to give us a good visual of the problem and we can take care of you directly.

Silver Crusade

I just bought a copy of this Adventure deck from Amazon along with Adventure Decks 3 and 4. According to the packaging on Adventure deck 2, it was the second printing. I was really disappointed to find that the cards were noticeably different. The packaging was hardly the same and the worst part was the back of the cards. The second printing's card backs seemed very faded and dull compared to the first printing cards, which were bright and vibrant. These cards could easily be distinguished within a deck if mixed with the other original cards. It is really disappointing that Paizo is not able to keep the different printings consistent.

Grand Lodge

onesacker15 wrote:
I just bought a copy of this Adventure deck from Amazon along with Adventure Decks 3 and 4. According to the packaging on Adventure deck 2, it was the second printing. I was really disappointed to find that the cards were noticeably different. The packaging was hardly the same and the worst part was the back of the cards. The second printing's card backs seemed very faded and dull compared to the first printing cards, which were bright and vibrant. These cards could easily be distinguished within a deck if mixed with the other original cards. It is really disappointing that Paizo is not able to keep the different printings consistent.

Onesacker,

the first printing of the cards was from a printer in China. The Second printing was one from here in the United States.

Silver Crusade

Deanoth wrote:
onesacker15 wrote:
I just bought a copy of this Adventure deck from Amazon along with Adventure Decks 3 and 4. According to the packaging on Adventure deck 2, it was the second printing. I was really disappointed to find that the cards were noticeably different. The packaging was hardly the same and the worst part was the back of the cards. The second printing's card backs seemed very faded and dull compared to the first printing cards, which were bright and vibrant. These cards could easily be distinguished within a deck if mixed with the other original cards. It is really disappointing that Paizo is not able to keep the different printings consistent.

Onesacker,

the first printing of the cards was from a printer in China. The Second printing was one from here in the United States.

Yes I understand that the printings were in different areas, however, that should not be the deciding factor in the quality and consistency of the print job.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

One of the main reasons that we chose the US printer is that we believe they can deliver greater consistency going forward.

Silver Crusade

Vic Wertz wrote:
One of the main reasons that we chose the US printer is that we believe they can deliver greater consistency going forward.

Will the remaining Adventure decks (5 and 6) be printed at the US printers being their first print or will they continue to be printed in China? Thanks.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The first press run of *all* of the Rise of the Runelords card sets were printed in China.

Silver Crusade

Vic Wertz wrote:
The first press run of *all* of the Rise of the Runelords card sets were printed in China.

Alright, I really appreciate the quick response. Thanks Vic.


Vic Wertz wrote:
The first press run of *all* of the Rise of the Runelords card sets were printed in China.

Is it possible to trade in the Adventure 2 deck that was printed in america to the one that was printed in china, the fact that it has a different backing completely ruins the experience since the nature of the game is to find villain and now the villain has a different color backing then 90% of the cards that are being played with.


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

I'm not sure Paizo has any in stock. (though they might) You might have better luck posting in the card game forum or checking on BoardGameGeek to see if anyone has one to trade with you.

Webstore Gninja Minion

Hawkmoon269 wrote:
I'm not sure Paizo has any in stock. (though they might) You might have better luck posting in the card game forum or checking on BoardGameGeek to see if anyone has one to trade with you.

We do have them in stock, but we are out of our first print run and onto the second printing.


Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

Is there a card list available for this adventure deck as there is for all of the other adventure decks, base sets, and character add-on decks? I'm running a quick check through all of my sets to make sure everything is as it should be but this decklist seems to be missing (or at least not linked). Thanks all, and happy adventuring!

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