End the Year on a High[-Level] Note!

Monday, December 8, 2014

I could swear I've written this blog before, and I could swear it has started a different way each time.

In fact, this blog has been about a year in the making, ever since I took a copy of Paizo's second 64-page model with me over Thanksgiving break to begin working on that adventure's sanctioning document. It's been through about four revisions since then, each one not quite turning out as I had envisioned before other priorities put an end to my edits.

Something changed with this last go-around. I put an end to saying, "No, this is too silly to be a boon" and began asking, "What needs to happen to make this a boon?" I began taking out some of the weird limitations and tweaked the language in the Seeker Arc Option section (yes, a seeker arc option!) to make it easier to schedule and play. I began experimenting with ways to let the player choose the rewards. I began to open up some stranger options, and I began to write something other than a number in the "GP Gained" box. In the end, the Chronicle sheets began to look like the Chronicle sheets should for a high-level module full of clockwork, mutants, and gunpowder: awesome.

Really there's only one thing left to begin: playing Pathfinder Module: Wardens of the Reborn Forge, now sanctioned for the Pathfinder Society Organized Play campaign. One important thing has come to an end: the long wait for this fine opportunity for high-level play. You can download the rules and Chronicle sheet on the product page or the Additional Resources page.


Bwa ha ha! Sanctioned for Organized Play at long last!
Illustration by Dieter Miller

Check by next week when I continue spreading the holiday cheer with some Treasure and Terror... or was that Jewels and Jeopardy?

Happy gaming!

John Compton
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Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
John Compton wrote:
LazarX wrote:

Basically if I get this right, 13th level characters can play this module as I see that part 1 tiers up to 13, but they can't qualify for the fourth sheet even if they go all the way through?

It's relevant because I'm in a group of people going through the Seeker Arc for Eyes of Ten right now and if we survive this, we'll be at 13.2 coming out.

That is correct. The Seeker Arc Option only applies for groups that start with 33–35.5 XP (12th level), but the starting Chronicle sheet's level range is 11–13. A group of level 13.2 characters could play through the whole module, just barely qualifying for each of the first three Chronicle sheets.

If that's the case, then the 4th boon should only have a one level tier on it, not a 14-16 ramge.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

You could play thru on slow track.

Then you'd finish at 14th level.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Nefreet wrote:

You could play thru on slow track.

Then you'd finish at 14th level.

Even if we did, We're still not qualified because we'd be starting at 13th.

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

LazarX wrote:
If that's the case, then the 4th boon should only have a one level tier on it, not a 14-16 ramge.

12th level characters end the module at 15th level. The first 3 sheets give 1 level each. They could also end up 16th level with the final chronicle.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
LazarX wrote:
If that's the case, then the 4th boon should only have a one level tier on it, not a 14-16 ramge.
12th level characters end the module at 15th level. The first 3 sheets give 1 level each. They could also end up 16th level with the final chronicle.

The fourth chronicle gives no XP.

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

The fourth chronicle gives you a choice.

Alkenstar Hero:
When you earn this Chronicle sheet, you may choose to receive 3 XP, 6 Prestige Points, and 70,000 gp (1.5 XP, 3 Prestige Points, and 35,000 gp for characters using the slow track method of advancement). Alternatively, you may choose to gain no XP and gold, but you earn 2 Prestige Points (1 Prestige Point on slow track) and still qualify for all of the boons and items on this sheet.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

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Starfinder Charter Superscriber
LazarX wrote:
Nefreet wrote:

You could play thru on slow track.

Then you'd finish at 14th level.

Even if we did, We're still not qualified because we'd be starting at 13th.

Ah. You were questioning the 16th level cap.

I was thinking you were questioning the 14th level minimum.

I'd imagine it's just to remain consistent with the 3 level range that all modules are given, since labeling it as "Tier 14-15" would seem out of place.


John Compton wrote:
Kolby Sample wrote:

Question for John/Mike.

I recently started running this module with a mixed table of level 12 and 13 chracters under the assumption that notice has been given that this module would be sanctioned for pfs (eventually) and we would do sign in/reporting/chronicles once it was done.

We are not very far in but now I'm not sure of what happens as far as the level 12 players having the possable option to recive the 4th chronicle.

Would we have needed a party of level 12's only to hand out the rewards under the seeker option or will the level 12 players have the option to gain the 4th chronicle adventuring in a mixed party?

*edit Thanks for putting the chronicles together for this.

The Eyes of the Ten series has a sharp cutoff of starting at exactly 33 XP (which has its pros and cons), and I wanted to ensure that the special method of experiencing Wardens of the Reborn Forge would have a more generous window to make it easier to run the adventure without a lot of careful coordination—especially since it took so long to sanction this module. That window involves the PCs all starting at 12th level, even if their exact XP total is not the same. That doesn't account for some of the PCs starting at 13th level, though, and the Seeker Arc Option is intended for a group that is all participating in that special option.

In speaking with Mike, we have agreed that the Seeker Arc Option is only available if all of the participants qualify. The primary three Chronicle sheets are still available for groups of mixed levels.

Thank you for the clear reply John

Grand Lodge

I can't seem to find Wardens when I create an event. Has it been added to the database?

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

Jeremy Chapman wrote:
I can't seem to find Wardens when I create an event. Has it been added to the database?

It has not been added, but I have forwarded the request to add it to the reporting options.

Grand Lodge

John Compton wrote:
Jeremy Chapman wrote:
I can't seem to find Wardens when I create an event. Has it been added to the database?
It has not been added, but I have forwarded the request to add it to the reporting options.

Thanks for the quick reply John. I saw the post about Plunder and Peril, but didn't see anything for Wardens. Thanks again!

Shadow Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

Raise thread!

Kevin Willis wrote:

Couple of spoilery questions about the chronicles:

2. Is the final boon on the 4th chronicle intended to be a one-time use? Nothing says to cross it off after using.

My group just finished this (awesome time had by all!!!) and have the same question.

(and a similar question remains about a similar boon from Carrion Crown book 2...)

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I asked John about Carrion Crown Book 2 at GenCon, and he said it was indeed a one-time use.

It was just never updated.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

Nefreet wrote:

I asked John about Carrion Crown Book 2 at GenCon, and he said it was indeed a one-time use.

It was just never updated.

I don't doubt you, but it does need to be posted to become official (since in the thread you linked, John said "it needs to be updated" but didn't state which of the options presented prior to his comment was the correct interpretation).

...plus the Wardens one ^^;

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Coordinator

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Kevin Willis wrote:

Couple of spoilery questions about the chronicles:

2. Is the final boon on the 4th chronicle intended to be a one-time use? Nothing says to cross it off after using.

Talked to the team. In regards to the Warden's 4th chronicle, the item is one use. We will get the chronicle updated.

:)

Shadow Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

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Thank you! Will get this passed on to my locals right now!

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