Pathfinder Adventure Path: Curse of the Crimson Throne (PFRPG) Limited Edition Hardcover

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A Campaign Fit For a Queen

The kings and queens of Korvosa have long ruled under the shadow of the Curse of the Crimson Throne—an infamous superstition claiming that no monarch of the city of Korvosa shall ever die of old age or produce an heir. Whether or not there is any truth to the legend of the curse, Korvosa's current king is but the latest victim to succumb to this foul legacy. Now, the metropolis teeters on the edge of anarchy, and it falls to a band of new heroes to save Korvosa from the greatest threat it has ever known! This hardcover compilation updates the fan-favorite campaign for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, including new and revised content and nearly 500 pages packed with mayhem, excitement, and adventure!

This hardcover edition of Curse of the Crimson Throne contains:

  • All six chapters of the original Adventure Path, expanded and updated for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
  • An in-depth gazetteer of the city of Korvosa as it exists under the rule of its new queen.
  • An array of new rules options for characters, ranging from campaign traits to spells to magic items.
  • An expansive appendix with statistics, descriptions, backgrounds, and rules support for the 12 most important NPCs in the campaign.
  • A bestiary featuring nine monsters from the original Adventure Path making their debut under the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules.
  • Dozens of new illustrations, never-before-seen characters, location maps, extensive new encounter locations, and more!

Limited Edition: The Curse of the Crimson Throne Limited Edition Hardcover is a paizo.com exclusive product featuring a deep red faux leather cover debossed with gold foil. The content of the book is the same as the Curse of the Crimson Throne Hardcover.

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It was perhaps inevitable that Curse of the Crimson Throne would one day also receive a similar treatment to Rise of the Runelords. There’s no special anniversary to celebrate this year, but does there really need to be? Much like its Runelords predecessor, the new hardcover compilation of Crimson Throne updates the adventure path to Pathfinder rules and also expands on the story where beneficial and streamlines in other areas. It also takes advantage of the most recent rules supplements, making use of newer monsters, classes, and feats where appropriate.

At nearly 500 pages in length, it is actually a substantially larger tome than the hardcover Runelords (a good 50 pages or so longer), and its extra length is certainly put to good use. Indeed, it manages to make one of the best adventure paths even better.


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Announced and preorder-able!


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Yay!


Double YAY! :D

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It's no Rise of the runelords.. but it will do nicely :-)

Deluxe version pre-ordered e-mail sent.


Matthew,

It's Curse of the Crimson Throne which is awesome! :p ;)

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Way less expensive than the RotRL one. I might have to get me one of these after all. ^_^

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Curse you James Jacobs and the "evil" Paizo PM team for making this so freaking irresistible!


I think probably due the fact there's not a case for it too, Kal.

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October is a rough month for me. Realizing no guarantees but is there likely to be copies left in november?


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Switched!

Dark Archive

Only $15 more is cool.
But the fact that this is a Paizo.com exclusive would make it so pricey for me in Germany (with shipping and taxes), that i could get 2 of the normal ones for the money. :-(


Is it just the cover which is different or are there other benefits (handouts, paper thickness etc.) like the RotR one had?

It looks nice but with the shipping costs I might have to pass, so damn tempting though...

*Edit

Never mind seemed to be a learn to read issue.


Is it being rewritten?

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Terraneaux wrote:
Is it being rewritten?

It's been updated from 3.5, tweaked, and had content added. ^_^

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Terraneaux wrote:
Is it being rewritten?

Insofar as every word of the book was considered by me during the book's development, yeah, kinda. :-P

As Kalindlara pointed out though, there's a LOT of new content added. In some cases, it's just a bit more flavor or clarification added to an encounter here or there. In some cases it's brand new encounters. In some cases it's entire new sections. The "new content" is spread throughout the book, but there's more of it than there was put into Rise of the Runelords, I'm pretty sure.

Liberty's Edge

Oof. Those shipping costs. $75 book is doable but that $45 shipping is killer. Not sure this is a $120 book...

I might have to hold off on the preorder and hope I can combine the shipment with a few other books/ products. Spread out that shipping cost.


James Jacobs wrote:

Insofar as every word of the book was considered by me during the book's development, yeah, kinda. :-P

As Kalindlara pointed out though, there's a LOT of new content added. In some cases, it's just a bit more flavor or clarification added to an encounter here or there. In some cases it's brand new encounters. In some cases it's entire new sections. The "new content" is spread throughout the book, but there's more of it than there was put into Rise of the Runelords, I'm pretty sure.

Aight. Given the context of the main villain(ess), I imagine that a lot of that is being reframed in the vein of the current cultural climate over at Paizo?

I'm differentiating "rewritten' from 'updated to Pathfinder.'

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Is there something known about weight and shipping cost?


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Terraneaux wrote:
Aight. Given the context of the main villain(ess), I imagine that a lot of that is being reframed in the vein of the current cultural climate over at Paizo?

Huh? I'm not sure the "climate" has changed that much from the time of this adventure path's original publication that it would mandate a complete rewrite of the "context". Or what are you talking about?


I would like to know if the awesome cover illust of the regular version will appear in the deluxe edition ? I would prefer to buy the Deluxe edition, but I really love the new cover...

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Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
October is a rough month for me. Realizing no guarantees but is there likely to be copies left in november?

It's possible, but we recommend that if folks want to absolutely 100% ensure they get a copy that they place a preorder. Unfortunately, we don't have much visibility at this point in time to answer this with great accuracy.

selios wrote:
I would like to know if the awesome cover illust of the regular version will appear in the deluxe edition ? I would prefer to buy the Deluxe edition, but I really love the new cover...

It does not appear in full color in the limited edition (it is featured on the title page, but in a monochrome treatment with text/images overlaid on top).

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Zaister wrote:
Terraneaux wrote:
Aight. Given the context of the main villain(ess), I imagine that a lot of that is being reframed in the vein of the current cultural climate over at Paizo?
Huh? I'm not sure the "climate" has changed that much from the time of this adventure path's original publication that it would mandate a complete rewrite of the "context". Or what are you talking about?

I am likewise confused by that comment.

The main villain of Crimson Throne hasn't changed, apart from being updated from 3.5 to Pathfinder rules.


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So, a little late since I ordered it already, but I'm an impulsive fellow...

...I assume this is a separate purchase from my regularly-scheduled AP deliveries?

Yeah, I check boxes, Paizo sends me stuff, we're both happy.

But sometimes, I check too many boxes... (I have 3 copies of one standalone module, for example...)

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Preorder Note: The Curse of the Crimson Throne Limited Edition Hardcover is not included in the Pathfinder Adventure Path subscription, but Pathfinder Adventure Path subscribers who preorder the book will receive a free PDF version when their subscription ships.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Quote:
Preorder Note: The Curse of the Crimson Throne Limited Edition Hardcover is not included in the Pathfinder Adventure Path subscription, but Pathfinder Adventure Path subscribers who preorder the book will receive a free PDF version when their subscription ships.

Ooooh, you and your reading the instructions and all!

What are you, literate?


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If I preorder the hardcover, will I automatically get a PDF as well? Or will I need to buy both seperately?

EDIT: I am not an AP subscriber.


Chris Lambertz wrote:
It does not appear in full color in the limited edition (it is featured on the title page, but in a monochrome treatment with text/images overlaid on top).

That's too bad, I think I will go for the regular edition. Thanks for the answer !


shintsurugi wrote:

If I preorder the hardcover, will I automatically get a PDF as well? Or will I need to buy both seperately?

EDIT: I am not an AP subscriber.

AP subscribers get the free PDF as a perk for being subscribers. Everyone else has to but it separately.


I've pre-ordered my normal edition, since I don't see the $20 value in the "limited edition" since the only thing different about it a faux leather cover. (Not even leather... FAUX leather.) I should also say that the ONLY reason I'm ordering from Paizo is because of the included PDF version. I'm an Adventure Path subscriber but there is no discount on the hardcover edition of CotCT, which is a shame. Also the site did not apply my 2016 coupon code for the 10% discount ANNNNNNND I still have to pay more than $10 shipping. That's $75 dollars for something I could get for $46 on Amazon.

Overall, although I love Paizo products, I'm gonna have to go back to Amazon for future products. Free shipping and general discounts on hardcover books which make products 10% to 25% cheaper than Paizo.com... it's just too hard to pass up. It's a shame that Paizo can't reward its subscribers with better discounts.


I see the value. Mostly because I cut my DM Pathfinder Teeth on CotCT.

Mostly because I love the artwork I've seen.

Also I have no idea what that one poster meant about "current climate".

But I can say I look forward to seeing more stuff in Scarwall AND Blood Pig. :)

Dark Archive

Aaaaah the timing of this is very bad for me, I can't preorder it... but do you imagine you'll still have some left at the end of November, beginning of December?


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Maveric28 wrote:

I've pre-ordered my normal edition, since I don't see the $20 value in the "limited edition" since the only thing different about it a faux leather cover. (Not even leather... FAUX leather.) I should also say that the ONLY reason I'm ordering from Paizo is because of the included PDF version. I'm an Adventure Path subscriber but there is no discount on the hardcover edition of CotCT, which is a shame. Also the site did not apply my 2016 coupon code for the 10% discount ANNNNNNND I still have to pay more than $10 shipping. That's $75 dollars for something I could get for $46 on Amazon.

Overall, although I love Paizo products, I'm gonna have to go back to Amazon for future products. Free shipping and general discounts on hardcover books which make products 10% to 25% cheaper than Paizo.com... it's just too hard to pass up. It's a shame that Paizo can't reward its subscribers with better discounts.

I got the 15% Pathfinder Advantage discount on my preorder, if you didn't get that for yours I'd recommend contacting Customer Service about it. The 10% discount code (assuming you meant summer16 as I'm not aware of any more recent one) expired a while ago on September 5, and is no longer valid (which is why it wouldn't apply now).


yay found it! This is tempting, gonna be honest wasn't interested in picking this one up any time soon what with my severely expensive Lost Lands addiction, but this cover is soooo nice. I honestly don't understand why this isn't the default cover - it is way better looking.

Anyway, broke right now so gonna have to hope it is available next month.

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Urath DM wrote:
shintsurugi wrote:

If I preorder the hardcover, will I automatically get a PDF as well? Or will I need to buy both seperately?

EDIT: I am not an AP subscriber.

AP subscribers get the free PDF as a perk for being subscribers. Everyone else has to but it separately.

I do like that subscribers just get it free. A nice perk.

That said.... I'd love a print + PDF bundle option. Something that brings the PDF down in price to a reasonable cost.
Like Paizo does for lots of other products on this website.

$32 for just the PDF? Sure. Sometimes you just want the e-copy to read. Paizo needs to pay off those production costs.
But when you're getting the print copy *and* the digital (so you can search for an NPC or have magic item stats up while also looking at the monster).... $32 + regular price is hella expensive.
It doesn't need to be free, but a $5 or $10 increase for a bundle would be nice.


Jester David wrote:
Urath DM wrote:
shintsurugi wrote:

If I preorder the hardcover, will I automatically get a PDF as well? Or will I need to buy both seperately?

EDIT: I am not an AP subscriber.

AP subscribers get the free PDF as a perk for being subscribers. Everyone else has to but it separately.

I do like that subscribers just get it free. A nice perk.

That said.... I'd love a print + PDF bundle option. Something that brings the PDF down in price to a reasonable cost.
Like Paizo does for lots of other products on this website.

$32 for just the PDF? Sure. Sometimes you just want the e-copy to read. Paizo needs to pay off those production costs.
But when you're getting the print copy *and* the digital (so you can search for an NPC or have magic item stats up while also looking at the monster).... $32 + regular price is hella expensive.
It doesn't need to be free, but a $5 or $10 increase for a bundle would be nice.

Unless I am mistaken, the Book+PDF bundles are all Third-Party Products... it is the decision of those publishers to offer Print+PDF bundles, and Paizo is only making available what the Publishers have indicated they wish to sell.

Paizo's own decisions along this line are influenced (again, unless I am mistaken) by a desire to maintain good relations with brick-and-mortar stores as well.

Liberty's Edge

Urath DM wrote:
Jester David wrote:
Urath DM wrote:
shintsurugi wrote:

If I preorder the hardcover, will I automatically get a PDF as well? Or will I need to buy both seperately?

EDIT: I am not an AP subscriber.

AP subscribers get the free PDF as a perk for being subscribers. Everyone else has to but it separately.

I do like that subscribers just get it free. A nice perk.

That said.... I'd love a print + PDF bundle option. Something that brings the PDF down in price to a reasonable cost.
Like Paizo does for lots of other products on this website.

$32 for just the PDF? Sure. Sometimes you just want the e-copy to read. Paizo needs to pay off those production costs.
But when you're getting the print copy *and* the digital (so you can search for an NPC or have magic item stats up while also looking at the monster).... $32 + regular price is hella expensive.
It doesn't need to be free, but a $5 or $10 increase for a bundle would be nice.

Unless I am mistaken, the Book+PDF bundles are all Third-Party Products... it is the decision of those publishers to offer Print+PDF bundles, and Paizo is only making available what the Publishers have indicated they wish to sell.

Paizo's own decisions along this line are influenced (again, unless I am mistaken) by a desire to maintain good relations with brick-and-mortar stores as well.

Which is a pretty good reason not to do it for all their books.

But we're talking about a Paizo.com exclusive that isn't available in stores.

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Jester David wrote:

...

But we're talking about a Paizo.com exclusive that isn't available in stores.

The very same book (minus the Faux leather cover) is available in stores.

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Franz Lunzer wrote:
Jester David wrote:

...

But we're talking about a Paizo.com exclusive that isn't available in stores.
The very same book (minus the Faux leather cover) is available in stores.

But, again, we're talk about the special exclusive collector's edition only available here, on this website.

Stores don't enter into that discussion.

If Paizo can sell the collector's edition and regular edition separately, they could also think of a way to sell a collector's edition + PDF as a bundle.

Not both versions of the book. Not every Pathfinder book in the store. Just this exclusive collector's edition.

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Oh, gimme, gimme, gimme! I want it so bad, but I don't know if my boss will increase my allowance. ;)
The cover is leather you say? Looks so good to me it could very well be made out of liquid red gold filling in the crack and crevices of the soft, well-worn leather.
Sorry, went off on a tangent, being enraptured by the book's captivating beauty.


Sokay Theliah. I'm enchanted by the cover AND the artwork.

Plus Blood pig! :D

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Jester David wrote:
Franz Lunzer wrote:
Jester David wrote:

...

But we're talking about a Paizo.com exclusive that isn't available in stores.
The very same book (minus the Faux leather cover) is available in stores.

But, again, we're talk about the special exclusive collector's edition only available here, on this website.

Stores don't enter into that discussion.

If Paizo can sell the collector's edition and regular edition separately, they could also think of a way to sell a collector's edition + PDF as a bundle.

Not both versions of the book. Not every Pathfinder book in the store. Just this exclusive collector's edition.

I apologize. You are right, they could do that.

(I doubt they will, but they could.)


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Well I just ordered mine.

My RP group offered to help pay the shipping and additional costs over the normal version as a thank you for running Rise of the Runelords and then this for them.

Best players ever! <3

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Dood, that's awesome Turelus!


*grumbles* I wish my roleplaying group would do that for me. Even if I'm not the current GM...

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Turelus wrote:

Well I just ordered mine.

My RP group offered to help pay the shipping and additional costs over the normal version as a thank you for running Rise of the Runelords and then this for them.

Best players ever! <3

*sticks out bottom lip and pouts* NOT FAIR!


I feel you Theliah.


It's October 7th, and the hardcover is currently listed as "Hardcover Unavailable" - dose this mean you are already sold out of the pre-orders?

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wackyanne wrote:
It's October 7th, and the hardcover is currently listed as "Hardcover Unavailable" - dose this mean you are already sold out of the pre-orders?

It does! We had an overwhelming response to the limited edition and our remaining copies are headed on their way out of our warehouse.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
We had an overwhelming response to the limited edition and our remaining copies are headed on their way out of our warehouse.

I'm now incredibly glad I upgraded my order. ^_^

Dark Archive

Chris Lambertz wrote:
wackyanne wrote:
It's October 7th, and the hardcover is currently listed as "Hardcover Unavailable" - dose this mean you are already sold out of the pre-orders?
It does! We had an overwhelming response to the limited edition and our remaining copies are headed on their way out of our warehouse.

Damn. I really wanted this but wasn't able to preorder it yet :(

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