Starting to Look a Little Spooky!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Illustration by Darren Ward

In the United States and many other countries throughout Europe and the Americas (and likely beyond), the transition between October and November is a time for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and other festivals that mix spiritual significance and macabre imagery. Having grown up loving Halloween—no surprise, I suppose, given my love of playing other characters in RPGs—I like to include a spooky scenario on the schedule in October whenever possible. This year, Tom Phillips returns with his third scenario: Pathfinder Society Scenario #6-06: Hall of the Flesh Eaters, a Tier 1-5 scenario that takes place on one of the Gloomspires, an array of ancient towers rising from the ocean west of the Eye of Abendego. This is a new feature of Tom's invention picked up from his 2012 Top 8 RPG Superstar submission (careful—there are some light spoilers in the link), and we at Paizo agreed it would be a great fit for Golarion. It's been fun giving Tom a lot of creative freedom to flesh out (har har) this location, and I know you're going to enjoy the creepy atmosphere and encounters.

The other scenario for the month is Pathfinder Society Scenario #6-07: Valley of Veiled Flame by returning author Nathan King. I really enjoy picking up old plot threads, and for years players and GMs alike have asked when they might see a use for one particular unique item that appeared on a Chronicle sheet many years ago. In this Tier 5-9 adventure, the PCs travel deep into the Zho mountains on the trail of a lost team of Pathfinders only to find an extraordinary treasure hidden among the peaks. I'd rather not spoil the plot for you, so I'll just leave you with this piece of art.

Also, you may have heard about the upcoming Occult Adventures hardcover book and seen signs about an upcoming playtest. In the past, the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign has participated in the playtest phase of other hardcover books, and we intend to continue that tradition with Occult Adventures—with a bit of a twist: We will provide a Chronicle sheet available as a free download that incentivizes testing one of the new classes and providing feedback during the playtest window based on how many times you played.

Finally, I've begun experimenting with a new type of boon. I'll say no more on the subject, but I'm interested to hear what people think when they start seeing it on Chronicle sheets. When that time comes, I strongly encourage you to discuss it with spoiler tags or noting the spoiler nature in the thread's subject line, for I would appreciate players having a chance to discover it through play and come to their own conclusions first.

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3/5

Very much looking forward to Halls of the Flesh Eaters and seeing what the playtest brings.

As always, thanks for the update!

-TimD

Grand Lodge

Oooh, I hope that's an Ifrit.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Nevada—Las Vegas aka kinevon

KestlerGunner wrote:
Oooh, I hope that's an Ifrit.

Related, but not. If you look at the link to the standalone JPG, it says Efreeti Lord....

Unfortunately, as a 5-9, I suspect the item referenced is on a PC who is out of tier, being higher level than 9...

Spoiler:
I believe this is for a boon that gives you a bonus, up to three times, against efreets? Been a while since I last looked at it. Long enough that I think my GM credited PC for this is also higher than 9th level, as well.


Definitely looking forward to playtesting the Occult classes. And the new scenarios should be a nice start.

Liberty's Edge

I wish that Scenario would be available a day sooner so I could read it over and have it on hand for our weekly game Wednesday. Sounds like my kind of adventure.

Dark Archive Venture-Captain, Argentina—Buenos Aires

Sounds great, want to have it now.

Shadow Lodge

Oh man, I'm going to need to keep my Ifrit Paladin in tier for that one.

Silver Crusade 5/5

Quote:
one particular unique item that appeared on a Chronicle sheet many years ago.

Now my hopes are high for a certain Season 4 item, but something tells me this is not the right scenario... Unless a wish were offered. A cleric can dream about restoring a now familiar friend.

Sovereign Court 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Fuzon wrote:
Quote:
one particular unique item that appeared on a Chronicle sheet many years ago.
Now my hopes are high for a certain Season 4 item, but something tells me this is not the right scenario... Unless a wish were offered. A cleric can dream about restoring a now familiar friend.

Nope, this is almost certainly referring to a particular item from Season 0. It was one of the chronicle sheets often held out as a joke that PFS gave you boons for an area and then you would never return to that area.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Now, which of my ifrit twins will be the one to take on this mission?

Scarab Sages

Well, sir, I can certainly say that you have piqued my interest. I will be anxiously awaiting to see the new changes you have planed for the PFS Organized Play.

3/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Louisiana—New Orleans aka Duncan7291

Some nice teasers here. Looking forward to the new content.


Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Now, which of my ifrit twins will be the one to take on this mission?

Why not both? ;-)

I, too, am looking forward to all the new content coming soon. I'm very interested in checking out Tom's new invention, sounds very ominous! Tomorrow evening can not come soon enough! :-)

Regarding this month's scenarios, once you play them and are so kind, take a moment and leave a review. Paizo, Tom and I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback about the adventures. Bad feedback, good feedback, it doesn't matter, it all helps!

See ya in the Zho Mountains!

Nathan


C'mon, guys. I'm pushing back my lunch break so that I can look at this before game night tonight. Any progress?

Shadow Lodge

Unless they post today's blog early (and I'm hoping they do) it'll be another 2 hours yet.

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

Motivating players to playtest is a great idea, the designers seem to prefer feedback from real playtest, rather than theorycrafting.

Dark Archive

Neat!

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Nathan King 788 wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Now, which of my ifrit twins will be the one to take on this mission?
Why not both? ;-)

Mostly because I might want to put those Andoran or Silver Crusade boons on my other characters while the Elish brothers are Dark Archive.

Also, Kane and Able play so similarly that replaying with the other would be way too deja vu.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Nathan King 788 wrote:


Paizo, Tom and I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback about the adventures. Bad feedback, good feedback, it doesn't matter, it all helps!

+1! ;-)

Silver Crusade

Blog wrote:
We will provide a Chronicle sheet available as a free download that incentivizes testing one of the new classes and providing feedback during the playtest window based on how many times you played.

Neat! Looking forward to the playtest.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

Nathan King 788 wrote:
I'm very interested in checking out Tom's new invention, sounds very ominous!

You might even call it ... wait for it ... Tominous!

OK, OK. I'll stop.

Silver Crusade 5/5

Fuzon wrote:
Quote:
one particular unique item that appeared on a Chronicle sheet many years ago.
Now my hopes are high for a certain Season 4 item, but something tells me this is not the right scenario... Unless a wish were offered. A cleric can dream about restoring a now familiar friend.

You've made this cleric very happy.

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