Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Horror Realms (PFRPG)

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Horrors Await Within

Terrors beyond compare lurk in the world's shadows, yet the bravest of Golarion's heroes must face these nightmares again and again. Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Horror Realms helps bring the spine-chilling terrors presented in Pathfinder RPG Horror Adventures to the Inner Sea region and beyond, presenting new rules, detailed ghastly locations, and unnerving character options for your campaign. Inside the pages of this book, you'll find:

  • Information on how the eerie corruptions introduced in Horror Adventures can be incorporated into the world of Golarion, along with details on three new corruptions to vex your players or empower your villains.
  • Seven locations ripe for exploration in horror-themed campaigns, including haunted villages, islands rampant with cannibals and necromancers, and more!
  • Numerous horror-themed class options for characters, including rules for corrupted animal companions, spirits from the depths of space, exploits of the sinister Outer Planes, haunting bardic performances, aberrant eidolons for summoners, and more!
  • Full details on three new categories of variant haunts—incursions into this reality from the First World, miraculous resonances from the gods, and technological surges.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Horror Realms is a perfect companion for Pathfinder RPG Horror Adventures, and is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be used in any fantasy game setting.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-900-4

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Mixed bag of horror

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Much of my sentiment about Horror Realms echoes what Marco said first. This is just really an expanded review of the sections.

This volume opens with 2 pages of useless fiction. I know fiction is getting the runaround these days, but it doesn't belong here.

Next, we head into the rules section. Quirks are a flavourful way to increase the horror factor. These would've made great campaign traits if rules were added. I don't use the arcanist in my games, but the exploits look good mechanically and flavour-wise. These would also be great to build NPCs around. Bards gain new sanity reducing performances and the mute musician archetype. I'm not sure how good the mute musician is, but it seems especially geared toward Horror Adventures with a strong prevention and infliction of mind affecting abilities. Accursed animal companions seem like a great way to add horror and consequence to treating loyal companions as meat shields. The scarred monks has a variety of thematic powers to choose from, each adding a variety of effects to a character. The face collector in particular creates interesting RP potential. Eidolons can now gain extra aberrant traits and spells from the psychic list. The biggest drawback about the rules section is that so many rules books are required to get the most out of it. Haunts close out the rules section at the end of the book and seem mechanically good as well as flavourful.

Each of the regions presented was also given suggestions for which horror trope it would best fit, which I loved. I think I would've preferred a region for each trope, instead of multiple ideas for a region, however.

I did not find the witch fen particularly creative or innovative. Likewise, Farnvale would've been great if Raging Swan hadn't already done the same theme better. In fact the similarities are so close, how is this not plagiarism? Likewise, Kalva could've used more of a dark fantasy theme. I felt it was too broad of focus to be any good. The mushrooms were a great idea, and maybe this could've been better presented in the Underdark? Uskheart presents interesting druid followers of Zon Kuthon, however the locations are largely uninspiring. It felt to me like just another cliche group of spiteful druids with variant woodland animals.

But there are some gems in this section. The first few pages of Geb are extremely well done. Great writing, evocative locals and a very alien feel to traditional fantasy places make this one of the outstanding entries. Hopefully the new Geb book is this good. Shenmen takes us to Tian Xia, and it is a very atmospheric place of ghosts and spiders with an excellent RP aspect. Satravah was the standout location in this volume with a really thematic and interesting location and background. If this had been fleshed out to the standards of Raging Swan's Village Backdrops, it would've been truly outstanding.

So is it worth getting? Depends what you want out of it. The rules seem pretty good, if that's your main draw. If you want horrific locations, look to Raging Swan's Village Backdrop series and read the summaries and reviews there. You'll find much more to your liking. I wouldn't pay more than half price for this one.


Very good new rules, locations are so so, great art, crude maps!

****( )

GOOD:
The new Arcanist exploits, Bardic Masterpieces, Mute Musician (bard) archetype, Accursed companion rules, Scarred Monk archetype, 14 oracle curses, Dark Tapestry Shaman Spirit and Abberant Eidolon are mostly good to great both for players and NPCs.
The Farnvale, Crabfield Island & Shenmen locations invoke lots of adventure ideas.
Most of the interior creature illustrations.

BAD:
The Crown of the World, Kalva, Uskheart & Vale of honorless graves locations are unimaginative imo.
The location maps leave much to be desired.

UGLY:-


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Announced! Product image and description subject to change.


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To be released just in time for Halloween, it seems!

:D

--C.

Dark Archive

Damn sad that the great Urdefhan cover is only a temp.


Eh I think I'd prefer something a tad more sinister, Marco. But still,
you're right about that being a great art for Urdefhan.


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Halloween, my favorite time of the year.

Dark Archive

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Ustalav might get a mention, though it has recieved a fair amount 9f coverage already. Hoping something about Geb and Shenmen.


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Interesting, they usually at mention a few of the locations that will be covered but none this time.


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Dragon78 wrote:
Interesting, they usually at mention a few of the locations that will be covered but none this time.

Probably holding out until the book is near release, since I am sure the full description will mention Golarion focused options for subsystems and what not from Horror Adventures.


Aucturn, anyone?

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Yesssss... I am excite. ^_^


DeciusNero wrote:
Ustalav might get a mention, though it has recieved a fair amount 9f coverage already. Hoping something about Geb and Shenmen.

+1 for some more information on Geb and Shenmen.

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Geb and Shenmen will both get some attention in here. (I'm currently creating the art order for the book, in fact, and just now finished ordering some Shenmen art of a creepy lady who you might run into on a fog-shrouded forest path...)


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Hmm, intriguing. I do like both Geb and Shenmen.

Scarab Sages

That cover though ... with an exposed brain and that long of a tongue, he can lick his own thoughts.

Dark Archive

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James Jacobs wrote:
Geb and Shenmen will both get some attention in here. (I'm currently creating the art order for the book, in fact, and just now finished ordering some Shenmen art of a creepy lady who you might run into on a fog-shrouded forest path...)

whoo! Sounds like that's worth the price of admission, right there.


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I have both Occult and Mythic realms, both of which I enjoyed, so I will likely get this one too. Wonder if we will get a Horror Origins?

Silver Crusade

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I would say we're getting Haunted Heroes Handbook in the place of an Origins, since it comes out in August.

So there's still the possibility!


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DeciusNero wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Geb and Shenmen will both get some attention in here. (I'm currently creating the art order for the book, in fact, and just now finished ordering some Shenmen art of a creepy lady who you might run into on a fog-shrouded forest path...)
whoo! Sounds like that's worth the price of admission, right there.

Indeed sirs! Huzzah! (Channeling my local Renaissance Fair...)

Any chance the Horror Realms might include a certain region of Andoran? Just because it's a democracy doesn't mean it doesn't have any horrors...or maybe because it IS a democracy it may have horrors.

Or Mwangi Expanse?


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Aucturn would be interesting.


Very interesting indeed...


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Dragon78 wrote:
Aucturn would be interesting.

Indeed. Surely a product called "Horror Realms" can't pass an opportunity to miss describing The Loving Place?


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I'm shocked there hasn't been a mention of Bastardhall yet! Though I suppose that may invoke a certain editor we are all too scared of.


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October seems so far away right now.


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Wow, is has been a month and half since anyone has posted on this one.


*is pretty sure Basterdhall comes into being as a super module in 2020*


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Super module?

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Dragon78 wrote:
Super module?

Basically an entire adventure path in a single module. See the Emerald Spire for example.


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Oh, you mean like Emerald Spire, Ok I see what you mean.

Dark Archive

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
*is pretty sure Basterdhall comes into being as a super module in 2020*

Would 110% buy.

The Exchange

Nemret Noktoria!!!!!!!!!

And Geb and Nidal please!


Yes like Emerald Spire, Dragon. That's my opinion but I'm sure someone in Paizo can either confirm or deny this.


I love the Realms series!

Silver Crusade

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I wonder if there'll be any more Corruptions in this...


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I doubt it, it is horror realms, not horror companion.

Silver Crusade

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True, but they do release mechanical stuff in the Setting line too :3


I'd imagine there would be A LITTLE mention or something involving corruptions, Rysky.

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Hopefully :3

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There are 3 new corruptions in this book. Since corruptions are, frankly, better for NPC villains than they are for PCs, there's no reason why they should be limited to a PC themed book after all!

Silver Crusade

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Yay! Thankies Directorsaur!


Yep, I'm happy too. :)


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Interesting but I am still more interested in wich horror realms are actually in this book.


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Dragon78 wrote:
Interesting but I am still more interested in wich horror realms are actually in this book.

James Jacobs mentioned here that there will be information on the Crown of the World and Shenmen in this book.


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Luthorne wrote:
James Jacobs mentioned here that there will be information on the Crown of the World and Shenmen in this book.

Oooh! Black Blood goodness, perhaps?

Sczarni

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Will there be any more new archetypes in this book?

Sczarni

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Or any more player options at all?

Silver Crusade

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It's in the campaign setting line, so chances for any player-side options are rather low.

Sczarni

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You never know, Gorbacz.

The occult realms had a few player options.


Yeah, but Occult Adventures had a lot of new PC classes that had room to grow. Horror Adventures sounds pretty thin on PC options as a whole.

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James Jacobs wrote:
There are 3 new corruptions in this book. Since corruptions are, frankly, better for NPC villains than they are for PCs, there's no reason why they should be limited to a PC themed book after all!

What new corruptions will there be?

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Plausible Pseudonym wrote:
Yeah, but Occult Adventures had a lot of new PC classes that had room to grow. Horror Adventures sounds pretty thin on PC options as a whole.

Horror Adventures actually has PLENTY of PC options.

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