Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-06: Reaping What We Sow (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–5.

When the flames of revolution swept through Galt, the Society lost much of what it held there: dozens of agents, several lodges, and the fellowship of countless contacts who foreswore the Society rather than become targets themselves. Although Venture-Captain Eliza Petulengro has reestablished a foothold in the country, she needs to rebuild her network of allies. One of the most important figures resides in Rosehaven, a small village due to celebrate its yearly festival of light and forgiveness. Petulengro hopes that an entourage of Pathfinders might participate in the festivities and endear itself to the Society’s former friend. Past evils have other plans, however, and unless the PCs can keep their wits about them, they might not just lose sight of the mission; they might lose their lives.

“Reaping What We Sow” is a spooky adventure, perfect for fans of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Horror Adventures while still suitable for more light-hearted games.

This scenario is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild 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.

Written by Linda Zayas-Palmer.

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Cheesy fun, but lacking some bite.

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(I both GMed and played this.)

Speaking as a player, this is a decent scenario. Fun, nice attention to details, and so on. You should really take the story with a grain of salt, as while it advertises itself as a spooky scenario, you can't take it seriously. It's pretty cheesy, but if you roll with it, it's great fun.

Speaking as a GM, this is a terrible scenario. As other people have said, it feels more like a flowchart of "if people do this, go to page X." So much space and attention is spent on eventualities that don't (or shouldn't) happen, that the entire scenario suffers from it. There's a lack of flavour text (or spread out along different paths, so you can't get everything in a single session) and direction that is really needed. It feels like the author wanted to make it a sandbox, but there really isn't enough material for it. There's some good setpieces here and there, but as a whole, it falls short.

On either side of the screen, this scenario will run short. The scenario is written for if the players exhaust all the options, and then you'd get a solid 4-5 hours of play out of it, but I think most people will finish it in 3-4. Combats are a bit disappointing, and enemies aren't a real threat (maybe it was the four-player adjustment skewing it to the easy side, but the same thing also happened on a different tier with a full party). There's certainly fun to be had, but I'd expected more from a "spooky adventure" with this much interesting background.


More confusing that it should have been

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This scenario allows for various PC outcomes/actions but becomes quite confusing due to layout and vague writing.

A flow chart would actually have been VERY useful here.

Word choice added to the confusion. Example (modified to avoid spoilers):
"The creatures that assailed...left a clear trail back to the fields.

Here's the problem: depending on PC choices, the creatures didn't necessarily go back to the fields! In a scenario that's already very confusing this example of iffy writing needs to be avoided in the future.


Not Scary

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Reaping is a mix of roleplay, combat, and investigation.

The first thing I should mention is that it’s not scary. Not even Goosebumps scary. It's more of a comedy than anything with the cute NPCs.

My problem with Reaping is that there was nothing interesting or innovative in the scenario, and I didn’t learn anything new about Golarion. It was very basic, not even worth my limited gaming time.

And as others mentioned, the combat was extremely easy (no one took 1 point of damage and we had a very average group), but even if the combat was more challenging, it still wouldn’t fix the scenario.

The mission (asking forgiveness from a low-level informant) itself is beneath a Pathfinder at level 4-5. I think this scenario would have been more suited to be a level 1 evergreen scenario with variations.

”Detailed Rating”:

Length: Medium (3 hours).
Experience: Player at subtier 1-2 with 6 average PCs.
Sweet Spot: Subtier 1-2 because of the mission.
Entertainment: (3/10)
Story: Seen this many times. (1/10)
Roleplay: Lots of opportunities but bland without a great GM. (7/10)
Combat/Challenges: Come on. (1/10)
Maps: OK. (7/10)
Boons: Great boons (my favorite is the Leshy Token) but too many. (9/10)
Uniqueness: Been there, done that. (1/10)
GM Preparation: TBD.

Overall: This scenario should only be used to introduce new players to the game (because it can’t kill them) and should be done with a good roleplay GM. (3/10).


Good Times in Galt

*****

Played once and GMed twice.

The Pathfinders travel to Galt and seek the forgiveness of a former agent that had been left to twist in the wind during the revolution and hopefully gain enough trust to entice her to return to aiding the Society. In the midst of their endeavor, a spooky murder mystery begins to unfold.

First off, the town is given a good bit of flavor and personality. The scenario includes several small details about the town that aren't entirely necessary for the plot but enrich the roleplaying opportunities for the players. The spurned agent you're attempting to coax forgiveness from has legit beef with the Society, so it makes the players think on their toes while trying to convince her to let go of the past. The mystery is fairly by-the-book for the setting, but it's the steps along the way that keep it fun. There are opportunities present for every kind of character to shine, and several NPCs to use as foils for the player characters to strut their stuff.

While the combats aren't particularly difficult, they aren't complete pushovers for most groups, though optimized parties will make quick work of the enemies. I ran for a group of mostly newbies and a more seasoned party, and the combats kept them on their toes (though the seasoned group used some ill-advised tactics in the final fight in order to achieve that).

I'd recommend this as a lower level (read: 1-2) scenario for players, and I think it's a perfect adventure for those new to PFS. It has a little bit of everything and isn't so difficult that it will leave newcomers frustrated. Flavor trumps combat difficulty in my book, and at low levels, I'm not really going to ding a scenario for being a little bit of a pushover.


Can be a lot of fun

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Played this today with a mid-tier group that ended up playing up with the 4-player adjustment. We certainly went the light-hearted route. One player commented "It's hard to feel scared when I'm rolling dice."

I agree with many others who say this wasn't that challenging, but it opens up a lot of possible fun. The GM mentioned some of the mechanics were clunky so I'll have to read it and perhaps run it myself to know the entire story.


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Venture-Captain Eliza Petulengro

Excitement.


"This is Halloween!"

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Grand Lodge

Eliza, eh? Hrm... I know a certain character who will very much want to interact with her.

Very exciting!

Silver Crusade

Nice - hopefully its in time to get a good Samhain game going! Still on course for last Wednesday of the month? (looking to make some plans for our local meet up)

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4

Very excited to run this for my PFS group on Halloween :)
Any word on maps used? Thank you!

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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Maps for #8–06:

Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Swamp
Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Hamlet
Pathfinder Map Pack: Farmstead


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Thanks for map list John.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

What is the release date for this scenario? I've got a special game day this weekend and we wanted to play this

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

AshleyShields wrote:
What is the release date for this scenario? I've got a special game day this weekend and we wanted to play this

Strange, the scenarios typically have an exact date (might have to do with our introduction of the subscription service).

Either way, scenarios almost always release on the last Wednesday of the month. For this adventure, that means October 26th.


Ooh, neat! I've been dying for something Galt-related!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

John, does that mean the November scenarios will release on the 30th of that month?

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

TriOmegaZero wrote:
John, does that mean the November scenarios will release on the 30th of that month?

That sounds accurate.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

Is it recommended that people do Eyes of the Ten before this one?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

I imagine that this one will not require such experience, but might be enhanced by such. I could always be wrong however.

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

RocMeAsmodeus wrote:
Is it recommended that people do Eyes of the Ten before this one?

This requires absolutely no knowledge of Eyes of the Ten to play and enjoy. Those who have played the series before can catch a few references to what's happened in the meantime, but even these don't spoil the series.

Shadow Lodge

GAHHHHHHH!

I'm supposed to run this tonight. When's the drop, when's the drop, when's the drop.

Not getting antsy at all. No, not at all. (Twitch, twitch)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Close of business, usually.

Shadow Lodge

GAHHHHHHH!!!!


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Soon?

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

The Usual Suspect wrote:

GAHHHHHHH!

I'm supposed to run this tonight. When's the drop, when's the drop, when's the drop.

Not getting antsy at all. No, not at all. (Twitch, twitch)

Running things the day they're released:

I strongly recommend against doing that for any adventure, though I recognize circumstances sometimes require that someone run and adventure "cold."

That's especially not a great plan for this adventure because it's partly an investigation, with branching encounters that depend on what the PCs do or do not find. If there's any way that you can reschedule that game not to be on the same day as the release, I encourage you to do so.


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So is somebody at Paizo going to carve pumpkins to match the cover and post a photo here?


Just reported a table for this scenario. Doesn't appear to show for table credit.

Otherwise, this was an awesome game, I really enjoyed running it!

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4

HeatherV wrote:

Just reported a table for this scenario. Doesn't appear to show for table credit.

Otherwise, this was an awesome game, I really enjoyed running it!

Seconded. Quite a lot of fun :) Given the right circumstances and sufficient time, bringing pumpkins for carving would be a fantastic group activity to go along with this one.

Also, same problem with the credit not being recorded. Same issue with 8-05. Wonder if it's the newer season 8 stuff?


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This scenario was a total winner!

Grand Lodge

Regarding a particular scenario monster:
Did anyone else notice that the jack-o'-lantern monster has both a 20 ft (aura line) and a 30 ft (description text) fear aura? Which one is correct?

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