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Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-99: The Solstice Scar (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Special designed for levels 1-11.

The world-renowned Blakros Museum has outdone itself, gathering an unrivaled collection of relics from the Shining Crusade, a holy coalition that felled the greatest lich to threaten Golarion. When trouble befalls the exhibit mere days before its debut, the Pathfinders intervene, only to discover that one of the relics is key to averting a far greater disaster that has laid in wait for a millennium.

The Solstice Scar is a multi-table interactive adventure in which each group's actions can affect neighboring groups and contribute to the entire room's success. This is an ongoing adventure that will be updated and rereleased incrementally several times each season, collectively telling a longer story while also presenting exciting stand-alone chapters.

Written by Andrew Hoskins.

Note: The Solstice Scar is a limited release scenario. To inquire about access to this scenario, refer to the Organized Play Convention Support Policy.

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Paizo Employee Community & Digital Content Director

Announced for Season 8!

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

This sounds glorious. And if it's a hint at what's to come next season... well, I'm definitely excited. ^_^

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber
Product Description wrote:
This is an ongoing adventure that will be updated and rereleased incrementally several times each season, collectively telling a longer story while also presenting exciting stand-alone chapters.

Wait, what?

You have my attention.

Silver Crusade

Iammars wrote:
Product Description wrote:
This is an ongoing adventure that will be updated and rereleased incrementally several times each season, collectively telling a longer story while also presenting exciting stand-alone chapters.

Wait, what?

You have my attention.

That was pretty much my reaction.

Grand Lodge

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
Iammars wrote:
Product Description wrote:
This is an ongoing adventure that will be updated and rereleased incrementally several times each season, collectively telling a longer story while also presenting exciting stand-alone chapters.

Wait, what?

You have my attention.

That was pretty much my reaction.

I'll let John and Linda reveal the details... but suffice to say this experiment of interactive alchemy should result in a chilling experience.

Shadow Lodge

Iammars wrote:
Product Description wrote:
This is an ongoing adventure that will be updated and rereleased incrementally several times each season, collectively telling a longer story while also presenting exciting stand-alone chapters.

Wait, what?

You have my attention.

OH YES :D

The Exchange

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I'm crossing my fingers that this is the story that teams up Uliyara and Valais Durant as hard-hitting, badass vigilantes (the general definition, not necessarily the player class, though that could be interesting) whose adventures intertwine with the Pathfinders for a tale larger and more epic than has ever been presented before.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Suddenly the dropping of Tome into Season 8 mid-stream begins to make a bit more sense.


Iammars wrote:
Product Description wrote:
This is an ongoing adventure that will be updated and rereleased incrementally several times each season, collectively telling a longer story while also presenting exciting stand-alone chapters.

Wait, what?

You have my attention.

Does this mean it will be replayable if you attend PaizoCon and GenCon?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I do not expect it will be replayable by GenCon. And replayable as we normally understand the term isn't exactly correct.


Is something going to be meaningfully different about how this multi-table is played. It seems strange to have the story told across multiple edits when most players will be lucky if they can play this once a year.

Grand Lodge

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p-sto wrote:
Is something going to be meaningfully different about how this multi-table is played. It seems strange to have the story told across multiple edits when most players will be lucky if they can play this once a year.

You should come to PaizoCon and find out!

In all seriousness, there are a few new things we'll be trying out but it will be less complex than 8-00 Cosmic Captive. As for the story, we're specifically aiming to make this scenario more accessible to a smaller number of tables. The goal is to give smaller areas more content that they can play and run at their conventions or larger game-days.


Being on the other side of the continent I don't think I'll be making it to PaizoCon but I do hope that those who go enjoy themselves.

And I appreciate the concern you're expressing for accessibility. Participating in a fair number of conventions and other special events over the past couple years, trying to keep on top of the plot points presented in specials and exclusives feels like a losing battle for those that don't attend the major conventions. It's become an exercise in frustration to the point that I no longer want to support these events. I'm looking forward to seeing how implementation plays out this year.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Has there been any movement on the subject of necessary maps? I'd like to go ahead and get started getting them together as soon as I can.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber

Exciting!

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

6 people marked this as a favorite.

Maps for #8–99, Version A:

Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Museum
Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Desert Ruins
Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Hill Country
Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Bigger Forest
Pathfinder Map Pack: Army Camp

I also recommend having Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain on hand to fill in a few blank spaces for the Army Camp map once it's arrayed.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Thanks for the map information, John.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber
John Compton wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Hey hey, I own all of those already except the obvious one! Nice!

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

10 people marked this as a favorite.

It's worth mentioning that Linda, Tonya, and I heard the feedback that Pathfinder Society Special #8–00: The Cosmic Captive used too many maps, so being very conscientious about how many maps appeared in this adventure was part of the assignment's instructions. Andrew Hoskins did a great job of keeping the map count low and making really efficient use of the map products. I think every one of the Flip-Mats listed use both sides across several encounters.

Grand Lodge

John Compton wrote:
It's worth mentioning that Linda, Tonya, and I heard the feedback that Pathfinder Society Special #8–00: The Cosmic Captive used too many maps, so being very conscientious about how many maps appeared in this adventure was part of the assignment's instructions. Andrew Hoskins did a great job of keeping the map count low and making really efficient use of the map products. I think every one of the Flip-Mats listed use both sides across several encounters.

Thanks, John. :-D

Keeping the map count low was a really fun challenge, actually. I think it helped enhance the combats.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Maps, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

You all are amazing! Thank you for your attentiveness and efforts :)

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber Subscriber

Thanks! I actually own most of these as well. That should really help with my con prep!

Scarab Sages

thanks for the timely info john

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

"Version A" says to me, that the week of PaizoCon, all the maps will be changes.
Ah, you'll need "Museum: Upper Floors", Labrynthe Map pack, and Ships. Enjoy. :)

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Selvaxri wrote:

"Version A" says to me, that the week of PaizoCon, all the maps will be changes.

Ah, you'll need "Museum: Upper Floors", Labrynthe Map pack, and Ships. Enjoy. :)

I can't tell if you are joking.

I strongly suspect "Version A" is a reference to the fact that this scenario will be updated/changed every year.

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

graywulfe wrote:
Selvaxri wrote:

"Version A" says to me, that the week of PaizoCon, all the maps will be changes.

Ah, you'll need "Museum: Upper Floors", Labrynthe Map pack, and Ships. Enjoy. :)

I can't tell if you are joking.

I strongly suspect "Version A" is a reference to the fact that this scenario will be updated/changed every year.

Confirmed.

Each version of The Solstice Scar consists of three parts. We will regularly release a new version that swaps out one part and adds a new on that advances the story. Beyond some tweaks to transition text as needed, don't expect any changes to the contents of an individual part. That also means that the maps should stay the same for each part, though a few maps might cycle out just because that part is replaced in the next version of the adventure.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Yes, I was half joking. I forgot this special was modular, perhaps instead of "version a" a "Part 1/3" would have been more accurate.

Also, I know from running Mists of Mwangi and Penumbral Accord, that the standard blank flipmap is just shy of being able to fit the Museum lay out. seriously, like 2-4 tiles.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Received two notices this afternoon and evening announcing the scenario was available and later that it had been updated.
However, it is still unavailable for download and prep for running it at PaizoCon. Is there a date when it will be available?
Thanks.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
Lawrence Smith 2 wrote:

Received two notices this afternoon and evening announcing the scenario was available and later that it had been updated.

However, it is still unavailable for download and prep for running it at PaizoCon. Is there a date when it will be available?
Thanks.

I just downloaded it. It's not listed under Season 8, so do a search for the word "Solstace".

Also, The Overseer stuff is seperated now!! My recommendation to Tonya made it through! Huzzah!!!

Silver Crusade

Question for Paizo: Is this related to the ongoing storylines of season 9? I'm actually not a huge fan of doing the big mult-table specials at Gen Con, because they're so big that it gets overly chaotic. But if it's going to relate to scenarios later in the season, then I'll probably play it just to get the intro to the season.

Paizo Employee Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Fromper wrote:
Question for Paizo: Is this related to the ongoing storylines of season 9? I'm actually not a huge fan of doing the big mult-table specials at Gen Con, because they're so big that it gets overly chaotic. But if it's going to relate to scenarios later in the season, then I'll probably play it just to get the intro to the season.

One of the big changes we wanted to make for The Solstice Scar was ensuring that it would be season agnostic; because of its evolving storyline, it does not tie directly into any season—at least not in any major, overarching way. #9–00: Assault on Absalom does play a significant role in Season 9.

Silver Crusade

John Compton wrote:
Fromper wrote:
Question for Paizo: Is this related to the ongoing storylines of season 9? I'm actually not a huge fan of doing the big mult-table specials at Gen Con, because they're so big that it gets overly chaotic. But if it's going to relate to scenarios later in the season, then I'll probably play it just to get the intro to the season.
One of the big changes we wanted to make for The Solstice Scar was ensuring that it would be season agnostic; because of its evolving storyline, it does not tie directly into any season—at least not in any major, overarching way. #9–00: Assault on Absalom does play a significant role in Season 9.

Thanks for the quick response. As it turns out, one of my friends wanted to play this at Gen Con, so I ended up getting a ticket to join him, anyway.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

So I see this special is already available to purchase, is that supposed to be that way? Traditionally, has it not been the new Paizo Con special is not available again until it runs at Gencon, after which it is then allowed to be ran at area game cons that meet a multi table special status? I'm a bit confused at its accessibility right after Paizo Con.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I suspect that it may have something to do with the scenario's evolving nature - they want as many people as possible to play this version before it shifts to its next iteration. I'm just speculating, though. ^_^

Sovereign Court

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

I'd look for a blog post tomorrow with more information.

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