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This is based on the fact that I have really enjoyed reading some of the D&D Novels based on Classic D&D adventures. (it has been a few years since I read these)

I really enjoyed reading the novel and could relate it to my experiences (from years ago) of actually going through the adventures in my D&D group years ago. Reading the novels made me remember aspects of our D&D adventures.

I really liked the Temple of Elemental evil novel
Keep on Borderlands Novel
Tomb of Horrors Novel
Giants Novel

All were fun to read.

I wonder if novels based on Piazo Adventure paths could be a possibility? Would be fun to read a professional writer's story based on these Adventures paths.

Any thoughts? Any COmments?


I'm completely in agree with you on this topic. I think this could be a wonderful help to improve mastering skills and to give everyone interesting idea for his gaming sessions. Also it could be a wonderful reclame for the AP. Perhaps the problem could be that just one book could not be enough but you could split it...
+1 It could be an optimal add on in my opinion too.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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All I can say right now is stay tuned! While I'm not sure we'd want to do a straight-up novelization of an adventure path, we might have something that's up your alley coming down the pipe here in not too long...


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

I don't know if I would want to see novelizations of the APs, as we have already had a professional writer put together that story, although stories with the same backdrop could be an interesting addition.

I could see a novel on the Giants or Temple of Elemental Evil, but it seems odd with the Keep of the Borderlands which as I remember is mainly a collection of "Go into a few rooms and kill monster group X", "Go into a few room and kill monster group Y". Tomb of Horrors would be interesting in the sense of you get to read "Do something, die". "Do another thing, die.", ...

I could see a White Plume Mountain story. I always liked that one.


Kata:

Just want to make sure you know
There already ARE novels out (several years old) on those classic adventures.

The Temple of Elemental Evil (Greyhawk Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]
Thomas M. Reid

The Tomb of Horrors (Greyhawk Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]
Keith Francis Strohm

Keep on the Borderlands (Greyhawk Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]
Ru Emerson

Against the Giants (Greyhawk Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]
Ru Emerson (Author)

White Plume Mountain (Greyhawk) [Mass Market Paperback]
Paul Kidd

Plus a couple of otheres. Some of these are out of print and somewhat rare. Search around on Amazon and you will find more info.

Qadira

James Sutter wrote:
All I can say right now is stay tuned! While I'm not sure we'd want to do a straight-up novelization of an adventure path, we might have something that's up your alley coming down the pipe here in not too long...

Careful, mix any more metaphors in there and I think the sentence becomes volatile...

Silver Crusade

James Sutter wrote:
All I can say right now is stay tuned! While I'm not sure we'd want to do a straight-up novelization of an adventure path, we might have something that's up your alley coming down the pipe here in not too long...

I love this tease. I have to say that I love all that Paizo puts out, but the Pathfinder Tales are the most exciting, alongside Jim Zub's comic.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Shadowborn wrote:

Careful, mix any more metaphors in there and I think the sentence becomes volatile...

Well, a fish in the hand is worth more than cutting bait, right?

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Thanks, Winter_born!

And as a note to all Pathfinder Tales fans--if it's feasible for you, it *really* helps us to have subscribers to the line. Not only do we (and the authors) get a much larger cut of the money when you buy from us directly, but those subscriber numbers go a long way toward proving that people really support Pathfinder fiction.

But regardless of how you buy them, thanks to everyone who helps keep Pathfinder fiction alive!

Qadira

James Sutter wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:

Careful, mix any more metaphors in there and I think the sentence becomes volatile...

Well, a fish in the hand is worth more than cutting bait, right?

Yup. And you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make a silk purse out of a pig in a poke.


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I want novelizations and comics and movies showing us Hook Mountain Massacre... =)

Qadira

I too would love to see some practical way to showcase APs with novels. I think APs have very strong plots and could serve as excellent backdrops for novels.

I do however realise that novelising an AP is a long, difficult process and probably requires too much commitment.

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

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Lord Snow wrote:

I too would love to see some practical way to showcase APs with novels. I think APs have very strong plots and could serve as excellent backdrops for novels.

I do however realise that novelising an AP is a long, difficult process and probably requires too much commitment.

This is exactly right. At this point in Paizo's career, I think a novel that tried to do an encounter-by-encounter walkthrough of an AP would be boring (a lot of things in an adventure are more fun to play than to read), extremely long, and detrimental to both lines, as folks who'd read the novels would have the campaign completely spoiled for them.

At the same time, though, a novel that uses the events of an AP as a background, or which parallels some of the events and themes, could be a really cool tie. Which is why you should wait around and see what we announce a few months from now. :)

Qadira

James Sutter wrote:


At the same time, though, a novel that uses the events of an AP as a background, or which parallels some of the events and themes, could be a really cool tie. Which is why you should wait around and see what we announce a few months from now. :)

Here's hoping for something cool. Last "tie-in" novels I read were Paul Kidd's. While I do like them and they are an enjoyable read, that's not as much because of story and character development as it is that the trilogy is one long inside joke for old-school gamers.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber
James Sutter wrote:

And as a note to all Pathfinder Tales fans--if it's feasible for you, it *really* helps us to have subscribers to the line. Not only do we (and the authors) get a much larger cut of the money when you buy from us directly, but those subscriber numbers go a long way toward proving that people really support Pathfinder fiction.

But regardless of how you buy them, thanks to everyone who helps keep Pathfinder fiction alive!

You are welcome! This is why I restarted my Tales Subscription, and why I subscribed to the Pathfinder comic. I would also be very interested in a novel that takes place with the events of an AP in the background.

Now I just need to pick up the 3 novels that I missed...

-Aaron

Silver Crusade

James Sutter wrote:

Thanks, Winter_born!

And as a note to all Pathfinder Tales fans--if it's feasible for you, it *really* helps us to have subscribers to the line. Not only do we (and the authors) get a much larger cut of the money when you buy from us directly, but those subscriber numbers go a long way toward proving that people really support Pathfinder fiction.

But regardless of how you buy them, thanks to everyone who helps keep Pathfinder fiction alive!

Taken care of. You've been amazing to me here, and on Twitter (@krypt0nian), so the least I can do is support something I already love. Because of your above request, I'm a Pathfinder Tales Subscriber. :)

Cheers, James.

Ps - James Jacobs told me the rest of the Iconics could get a background story (meet the Iconics) if the right person had the interest and the time. I told him I would pester you, as you would do a great job as you cared about the subjects.

So please accept this initial pestering as my heartfelt request for you to consider the task. The remaining Iconics all have supporters and fans, and it would be a great service to those of us that really love them.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber

Just a quick update on what James Sutter may have been hinting at in this thread:

In a Know Direction Podcast that I listened to this weekend, Dave Gross said that his next Pathfinder Tales novel will take place alongside the upcoming Worldwound AP.

-Aaron

Paizo Employee Senior Editor/Fiction Editor

Itchy's correct--Dave is indeed doing an R&J book that fans of the Wrath of the Righteous AP will definitely want to pick up!

And a belated thanks, Winter_Born! We're very close to finishing off Meet the Iconics posts for all of our team...


I'm working on a novelization of my group's trip through the Legacy of Fire adventure path (following community use policy, of course). You can check out the first part here:
Howl of the Carrion King


I asked James [Jacob] about it once and he didn't seem all to enthused about the idea, reading some of the comments in this thread though I'm glad that we might get to see a few novels based off adventure path's.

Personally I wouldn't mind seeing tie-ins to the following AP's.

Rise of the Runelords
Curse of the Crimson Throne
Carrion Crown
Jade Regent
Skull and Shackles


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber

@ Joseph Blackhand: They are not exactly tie-ins per se, but many of the Pathfinder Tales can be given to players to give them a real sense of the part of Golarion that they will be playing in.

Before running Carrion Crown, I would recommend that players read Prince of Wolves.

For Jade Regent, read Master of Devils and Husks.

For Reign of Winter, read Winter Witch.

For Shattered Star, read Blood of the City.

Rant:
Heck, read Blood of the City even if you aren't running or playing in any AP. It's just a really good book.

For Wrath of the Rightous, read The Worldwound Gambit and Dave Gross' upcoming Title of Mystery.

-Aaron

PS: Am I going to get in trouble for spoiling the title of Dave's new book?


Greetings all
I made this original post some time ago
I asked about Novels based on Adventure paths

Any progress on this?

It was hinted at, that this could be a possibility (novel based on adventure paths)

Wonder if this is still true??


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber
DeathBecomesus wrote:

Greetings all

I made this original post some time ago
I asked about Novels based on Adventure paths

Any progress on this?

It was hinted at, that this could be a possibility (novel based on adventure paths)

Wonder if this is still true??

Sort of. I have not heard of any plans to write novels based on AP's.

I think that the illustrious Mr. Sutter may have been hinting at this announcement that Paizo is working with a company called Big Finish to produce audio dramas based on the APs. The first one will be based upon Rise of the Runelords. I believe each disc will be about an hour long and will cover one book of the AP. There will be subscription options.

Also, the cogitative Mr. Sutter has mentioned elsewhere on the boards that they are changing up the way the AP fiction works so that it is more useful/ applicable to the AP that contains it.

-Aaron

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

I think James was referring to King of Chaos tying in with Wrath of the Righteous, but the other announcement is very exciting :)

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