The Long Wait is Nearly Over

Monday, September 23, 2013


Illustrations by Kelly Perry & Mathias Zameck

Approximately six weeks ago when the web team sent out the August Scenarios to GMs to prepare for Gen Con, I envisioned the expanse of days between releases would be a leisurely break in which to develop a pair of scenarios and get ahead on work. In fact, in that time I've stayed quite busy with new projects and initiatives as well as a finishing up a few pieces that had to wait in preparation for that huge convention. Spoiling exactly what's happening behind the scenes will have to wait for a future blog.

What's more, reading forum posts has been an enlightening experience as I see players and GMs alike discuss the start of Season 5, provide feedback, and speculate about what is to come. Developing season-long theories is tricky business when we've only seen three scenarios, and in a few days we'll begin to broaden the picture of what Season 5 entails.

For the first time in the season we shall see not only a Tier 7—11 scenario, but also one without any direct faction interests: Pathfinder Society Scenario #5—05: The Elven Entanglement by Ryan Costello, Jr. We will also receive the first scenario to continue several factions' story in Pathfinder Society Scenario #5—04: The Stolen Heir by David N. Ross, resuming the Andoran and Taldor narratives. What's more, though neither is a stranger to writing RPG material, for the first time we get to see these two authors write for Pathfinder Society Organized Play.

In developing these two scenarios I grew rather attached to the two NPCs depicted below, one from each adventure. GMs in particular know that when there's a full-body depiction of an NPC, there's a fairly good chance that the character is a combatant; when an NPC's image is limited to a portrait from the shoulders up, it's not always so clear. Part of what I like most about these NPCs is that they fit that portrait-only model beautifully.

The Elven Entanglement and The Stolen Heir release this week!

John Compton
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Ooh, art!

While I'm, of course, also attached to the character from my scenario depicted in one of those two portraits, my favourite encounter is elsewhere in the scenario. But I can see what John likes about that NPC.

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I am looking forward to seeing the homeland. I have heard so much about Kyonin growing up and now, finally, getting a mission there will be worth the potential risk involved.

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Reading the Queen of Thorns gives you a nice tour of the elven homeland. I enjoyed the book.

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Can't wait to get these on the table at an organized PFS day!

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Good to see Ryan getting more Paizo work!

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Awesome Ryan - I'll be running this next week!

Also looking forward to playing in David's scenario.

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After being such a fan of Ryan's podcasts, 3.5 Private Sanctuary and Know Direction, I can't wait to see what he does with his first PFS scenario!

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Lass wrote:
After being such a fan of Ryan's podcasts, 3.5 Private Sanctuary and Know Direction, I can't wait to see what he does with his first PFS scenario!

Pretty much this for me as well. Very keen on trying it out!

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But no pressure Ry :)

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Thanks guys. And let me say if every caster in the adventure has know direction on their spell list, it is because it's 100% thematically appropriate.

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Ryan Costello wrote:
Thanks guys. And let me say if every caster in the adventure has know direction on their spell list, it is because it's 100% thematically appropriate.

Yeah, I saw that one and decided to leave it in.

I did have to call you on putting the orison in a creature's spell-like abilities and then using your web address as the superscript that would normally denote the spell's source*.

The Elven Entanglement wrote:

During Combat <<Creature>> casts know direction in the place of performing a full attack action. It winks knowingly at any character that makes a successful DC 15 Spellcraft check to identify the spell being cast.

Special Abilities
Bottom Third (Ex) <<Creature>> is constantly accompanied by a small panel that hovers near its legs and grants it constant cover. Knowledge checks made to identify <<Creature>> receive a +5 insight bonus due to the helpful information inscribed on the panel.

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Not actually true, but it would have been somewhat amusing were this to be the case
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I should have given that creature the ability to summon a minotaur. That way he could introduce tonight's special guest, Mr Bullman.

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