Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns

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Whether they're seedy bars in a city's roughest district, upscale joints where society's elites hobnob over artisan wines, or sleepy boozing establishments in pass-through villages, taverns are a staple of every adventurer's career. They're a place to meet contacts, to collect the juiciest gossip, or simply to knock back a hearty ale in between monster-slaying sessions.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns presents six ready-made, fully fleshed-out taverns for use in games that take place across Golarion. Each entry includes a full-page map of the establishment, stat blocks for both a commonly met tavern proprietor or bartender and a powerful local who might serve as a foe or an ally, a full history and description of the tavern's clientele, and a detailed gazetteer of the tavern's grounds. A selection of rules for bar fighting and pub games rounds out this invaluable tome.

This book contains details about the following taverns, and more:

  • Aeylinth Vineyard, a sophisticated treetop wine bar in the bustling city of Greengold, a prominent port of call in the elven nation of Kyonin.
  • Formidably Maid, a rough-and-tumble pirate bar located on the dockside outskirts of Port Peril, the capital of the privateer-infested archipelago known as the Shackles.
  • Runoff, an underground speakeasy in Starfall, where the drinks are spiked with mysterious fluids and the resistance against the Technic League is strong.
  • Whispering Stone, a partially open-air gambling hall and lounge in Osirion's Wati famous for the ancient, mostly buried statue that serves as its centerpiece.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns is intended for use with the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it can be easily adapted to any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-016-3

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Good flavor, wonky mechanics

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This book has some good flavor to inspire and provides unique locales for the next time PCs need a place to get a drink. The Elven Aeylinth Vineyard in particular is very well done, beautiful artwork too.

The new inebriation and bar fighting mechanics in the back third of the book seem a bit off, shoe horning in yet another sub system of rules.

If you want some cool ideas for bars and taverns, this book is a solid purchase.


I Got Memories on Tap

*****

You like cool bar write-ups? This has cool bar write-ups.


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Silver Crusade

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It's even not that much of an issue with rules elements (especially now that Archives of Nethys is back and kicking ass), it's the world building that got a bit too far ahead for me to keep up with the setting. I welcome the slow down, and so will my wallet.


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I haven't been overwhelmed by PF, I can pick and choose what I want to buy, I don't have to buy everything. Though I would prefer more hardcovers even if they are mostly reprints.

The only reason 5E is doing so well is because of how much everyone hated 4E;) But seriously D&D has been dead to me for a long time.

I am more disappointed of the loss of the campaign setting books then the player companions. I really enjoy world building stuff and there are a lot of areas/subjects that I would like to see.

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The slow down is appreciated. Including the Pathfinder Tales slow down.
Due to time constraints I can't seem to be able to sit down and go through these things anymore. I have three entire APs that are on my 'to read' shelf and I haven't even got to the Hellknight campaign setting book yet.

I'm seriously thinking about ditching my smart phone at this point. It is the single-most worse thing that has happened to me in regards to being able to just sit down and read. The other day I killed the wifi in my house, but the unlimited data on my phone resulted in the continuous operation of that dreaded little device anyway....

Grand Lodge

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...with that said I am REALLY looking forward to Inner Sea Taverns!

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:
To my knowledge it isn't Starfinder getting in the way of things, but the simple fact that they were putting out too much, too fast and they realized that.

I'm sad by this since I didn't mind the monthly pace, buuuuuuut if they are going to slow the pace, I hope this means that 1) we get more erratas 2) we get more faqs 3) there will be less things like "okay, I'll pick as traits the star gazer cosmic trait, star gazer campaign trait for my oracle with stargazer mystery who is going to take stargazer prestige class later on."

You know, less "two alchemist grenadier archetypes, two pact wizards which happen to stack with each other" sort of stuff, more time for editoring and proof reading :'D


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The Player Companion line always gets read when I pick up a new one. But I haven't read a Campaign book here from Paizo since the entry of Nicolas Logue in the Towns of Golarion...not from cover to cover.

Funny thing, every Frog God title that his the home or hard drive, I turn my phone off and isolate myself with coffee until it is read once. Usually I will go back and highlight or take notes...


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Gorbacz wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Pub games? like drinking contest, brawls, love tester machines, card games, and spitting contest?
You go to some really strange pubs.

Likely to find a pub named the Rysky Endeavor...

Liberty's Edge

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Can any kind Paizonian speak to the scale of the tavern maps?

I'm hoping for one of:

A) soft cover will lie flat when open, with actual 1" squares of tavern floorplan pages...

Or

B) glue-bound large folded map(s) included as with Down the Blighted Path and similar glue-bound maps.

Otherwise this is much better as a PDF to print the floor plans on 11x17 paper, etc.

Alternately, is there a companion map pack/flip mat set planned?

Thanks,

Zanzibaran

Silver Crusade

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Scrapper wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Pub games? like drinking contest, brawls, love tester machines, card games, and spitting contest?
You go to some really strange pubs.
Likely to find a pub named the Rysky Endeavor...

I only regret that my current campaign will end soon with no more inns or I would absolutely add this.

Silver Crusade

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Dean HS Jones wrote:
Scrapper wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Pub games? like drinking contest, brawls, love tester machines, card games, and spitting contest?
You go to some really strange pubs.
Likely to find a pub named the Rysky Endeavor...

I only regret that my current campaign will end soon with no more inns or I would absolutely add this.

Awww... :3

Silver Crusade

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Rysky wrote:
Dean HS Jones wrote:
Scrapper wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Pub games? like drinking contest, brawls, love tester machines, card games, and spitting contest?
You go to some really strange pubs.
Likely to find a pub named the Rysky Endeavor...

I only regret that my current campaign will end soon with no more inns or I would absolutely add this.

Awww... :3

Request submitted to my Ironfang GM for the next campaign!

Silver Crusade

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Dean HS Jones wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Dean HS Jones wrote:
Scrapper wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Pub games? like drinking contest, brawls, love tester machines, card games, and spitting contest?
You go to some really strange pubs.
Likely to find a pub named the Rysky Endeavor...

I only regret that my current campaign will end soon with no more inns or I would absolutely add this.

Awww... :3
Request submitted to my Ironfang GM for the next campaign!

Yay!

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Zanzibaran wrote:

Can any kind Paizonian speak to the scale of the tavern maps?

I'm hoping for one of:

A) soft cover will lie flat when open, with actual 1" squares of tavern floorplan pages...

Or

B) glue-bound large folded map(s) included as with Down the Blighted Path and similar glue-bound maps.

Otherwise this is much better as a PDF to print the floor plans on 11x17 paper, etc.

Alternately, is there a companion map pack/flip mat set planned?

Thanks,

Zanzibaran

The maps for the taverns are full-page illustrations printed in the book in each tavern's section. There aren't any pull-out maps in this book, and there are no current plans for a Flip-Mat or Map Pack related to this book.


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Well that is good, I am sure there will be at least something that you guys can use for Ironfang in this one.

Liberty's Edge

Shame it doesn't come with 1"=5' Scaled Maps :(


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There are a few tavern/pub flipmats that might work, however. My buddy got me the bigger tavern for Christmas and I've already got the waterfront pub as well. With this, I intend to incorporate both into our CoCT campaign in some fashion.


Gorbacz wrote:
Well, kiddo, it's in your best interest that the "Stupid Starfinder" is a resounding success, because otherwise you might not see even 6 CS/PC in a year. 5E is in town and it's not taking any prisoners in the "fantasty RPG that can keep a medium-sized company afloat" category.

5E is more "capable of keeping a tiny-sized company afloat and pay for a lot of endorsements". Given teh D&D division of WotC is I think 9 total people.


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Unlikely. The company is over 600 employees (total) and 5E is (or was) the highest selling fantasy TTRPG on the market.

Liberty's Edge

taks wrote:
There are a few tavern/pub flipmats that might work, however. My buddy got me the bigger tavern for Christmas and I've already got the waterfront pub as well. With this, I intend to incorporate both into our CoCT campaign in some fashion.

I just make my own these days.

Great way to have reoccuring maps without having to use the same maps for every single Inn/Tavern throughout the Realms :)


I think our Dino-designer person went a little nuts on the cover again. ;)

*is kidding* Great cover seriously!


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Nice cover, though not what I expected for a book on taverns;)


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Dragon78 wrote:

Nice cover, though not what I expected for a book on taverns;)

It's just an unorthodox tavern brawl, that's all. :)


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Who brings a dinosaur to a bar fight?

The winner.

Liberty's Edge

Every Edition suffers the Rise and Fall syndrome...
Older editions stall..New Editions come out with small editions changes, everyone jumps on new edition Bandwagon buying same product line with changes..cycle repeats.

It is hard to keep interest in a singular product line forever.

Companies who refuse to change suffer.

Maps are a weak point of their product line. Customers are wanting High Res versions of maps to use online. Online is where most of the action is these days, or Digital display is used at even the Table. But they are not providing them. People are wanting 1"=5' "official" maps and they are not providing them. Digital allows rapid Mini use without slowing down game to draw out a Map as you go

Many GMs don't homebrew settings so This type of product line is hard to support in regards to Adventure Path users. Adventure Path GMs are only interested in a straight line from start to finish.

Liberty's Edge

Meraki wrote:

Who brings a dinosaur to a bar fight?

The winner.

The Loser

Winner casts Control Undead :)


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taks wrote:
Unlikely. The company is over 600 employees (total) and 5E is (or was) the highest selling fantasy TTRPG on the market.

Yes the highest selling fantasy TTRPG on the market makes less than 5% of the revenue of Magic the Gathering the single most popular table top game period in the current market. WotC is first and foremost a company to make Magic cards and everything else is at best secondary. D&D is not even mentioned in their share holders meetings, whereas Magic is toted as one of their top brands responsible for a substantial level of growth.

Hasbro only keeps making D&D for the cultural penetration value, if it makes a profit that's just a nice bonus.

edit: Just another point even in D&D's golden era of mainstream play the 1980s, the D&D tie-in novels outsold the actual rulesbooks by a factor of 4 to one. Dragonlance and Drizzt were more popular than actually playing the game.


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Got board with Magic the Gathering after a couple of weeks of playing it when it first came out...I wish the rest of the world would as well.


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I'm sorry to tell you but magic has seen profit growth literally every year of its history except for the year Homelands and Fallen Empires released.


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Not last year.


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JPSTOD wrote:
Meraki wrote:

Who brings a dinosaur to a bar fight?

The winner.

The Loser

Winner casts Control Undead :)

Time to start animating T-rex zombies!

(Anyway, on topic, I am excited for this one.)


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Me too. I have a plan.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Manager

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Product discussion threads are not a place for a D&D derail and Paizo.com is not the place for edition warring.


When exactly is this coming out? Next week is gonna be mid-Feb in fact.

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According to the February release thread, the street date is February 28th, but you'll most likely get it sooner if you're a subscriber.


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donato wrote:
According to the February release thread, the street date is February 28th, but you'll most likely get it sooner if you're a subscriber.

Indeed. I got the order confirmation. Now just waiting on it to ship...


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Feros,

Let us know what you think of the dining locales in this book. :)


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I'm surprised nobody has commented yet...

My first impressions are that these all look pretty cool. In general, they are fully statted and populated establishments. There are plot hooks that make sense, and each can serve as a decent encounter/mini-adventure. They put a lot of thought into the layout of each tavern, too.

The end of the book inlcudes rules for imbibing alcohol, bar fights, drinking games, and some new feats, archetypes, etc.

I haven't given it a full read, yet, but I'll definitely be inserting these into some campaigns. Oh, I'm really digging the vineyard.

Silver Crusade

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Woohoo!

*puts on Andrew W.K.*


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taks wrote:


The end of the book inlcudes rules for imbibing alcohol, bar fights, drinking games, and some new feats, archetypes, etc.

Okay, now I'm interested.

Paizo Employee Developer

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When I pitched the idea for this book and wrote the outline, I wasn't fully convinced about including archetypes and feats. I wanted the subsystems for extra levels of intoxication (enjoying alcohol as much as I do) and narrative bar fights that any character class could participate in.

But after we brainstormed some ideas for the contents, I realized that we could have some fun with these player options! So I convinced Amanda and Adam to let me write those bits. So now we have a mixologist alchemist that make intoxicating bombs and a teamwork feat for getting drunk with your allies! The archetypes and feats work best with the new subsystems, but I tried to make the feats not too niche.

And the rest of the book is just *chef kiss*. The writers and Amanda and Adam took my original ideas and ran with them!

I am very excited for this book to be out in the wild soon!

Paizo Employee Developer

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Oh, and you have to check out Joe Pasini's pub games! The man loves games, so he crafted a range of amusements that range from strategic (the dice game runelords) to disgusting (the drinking game bootbeer).

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Yay!


Sweet! *love Pub games* :)

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So, *are* there any dance halls featured?

Can I get a spoiler of a three-word description of each locale? They're not all identical, right?

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*eye twitch*

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Ah, Dance Halls of Golarion, may you become reality some day.


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Samy wrote:

So, *are* there any dance halls featured?

Can I get a spoiler of a three-word description of each locale? They're not all identical, right?

Alas, no "dance halls". While at least one of the detailed taverns might be located near a "dance hall", taverns have only a peripheral connection to such places.

Of course if you like true dancing, most taverns are usually accommodating especially when the music gets loud late at night and would be the place to go. No one who wants to actually dance would go near a "dance hall." Very little dancing there, in the traditional sense at least. ;)

There are a number of non-detailed taverns described in the introduction:

Introductory Taverns:
Cracked Anvil Brewery: Highelm, Dwarven, Mainly beers and ales.

Exquisite Torpor: Katapesh, Pesh den, discreet.

Far Kasai: Absalom's Petal District, Minkai Teahouse.

Flotsam: Shackles. Galleon the puts in at several different ports. The crew raids for booze ingredients.

The Fruiting Body: Corgunbier under Cassomir, Derro fungus alcohol.

Galfrey’s Banner: Mendev, Run by retired Paladin, rest stop for weary crusaders.

Jadwiga House: Whitethrone, exorbitant prices to hobnob with Irrisen nobility.

On a Whim: Brastlewark in Cheliax, Rainbow painted, Gnome run, experimental drinks.

Perennial Glade: River Kingdoms, Leshy run, shifting from place to place, price of admission a changed memory.

The Splint and Scar: Urglin in Varisia, Orc run, pain reducing concoctions and first aid, no questions asked.

Ukuambi’s: Nantambu, Mwangi Expanse, popular among students of the Magaambya.

Verduran Verve: Woodsedge in Galt, Coffeehouse, All violence shunted outside by magic.

Vitality: Mechitar, Geb, Using alchemy to mimic intoxication for the undead connoisseur.

Aeylinth Vineyard:
Elf-run bar in Greengold, Kyonin. Comfortable, beautiful, and welcoming to outsiders. Wine and Mushroom Pie are the house specialties.

Formidably Maid:
Pirate bar in Port Peril, the Shackles. Starting point of the Skull and Shackles AP. Rough place were press gangs often go. Some of it is out over the bay and they pull sharks and fish up for the food they serve. Most dangerous drink: Fire in the Hole, 2 parts Kill-devil rum and 1 part gunpowder. Drink at own risk.

The Porthmos Club:
A private club in Oppara, Talodr. Where the elite meet to be seen and to watch. Lark's tongue in aspic is on the menu. As is political intrigue.

Runoff:
An underground bar (literally) in Starfall, Numeria. Subversive against the Technic League, serving drinks and food with Numerian fluids in them. Automaton servers.

Whispering Stone:
Popular tavern in Wati, Osirion. A massive statue is buried up to its shoulders, with the head half-broken off leaving only the mouth and chin. Lots of speculation about the statue, while serving drinks in the shade of the structure built over it. House specialty: Teht's Love Potion, cranberry and grapefruit juice, pomegranate extract, juniper gin, and three drops of a secret ingredient. When combine with kissing the statue's lips, guaranteed to improve your love life (conditionally).

The Wicked Fork:
Corentyn in Cheliax, pretty standard but good fair with a local spirit being Iron Trident Wine. Trade in antiquities and artistic talent are discussed, no illegal activity tolerated. Cover for the Bellflower Network.


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Gorbacz wrote:
Ah, Dance Halls of Golarion, may you become reality some day.

It'll probably be Inner Sea Dance Halls, and, if successful, followed later by Distant Dance Halls.


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If somebody has the time, book, and inclination, I’d love to hear about the archetypes!


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There's the Mixologist archetype for the alchemist, who can infuse his extracts and potions with alcohol to increase their potency. He can also cause his bombs to produce intoxicating fumes.

Then, there's the Bouncer archetype for the brawler, who gets some special features to use with the new bar fight rules.

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