Concluding Season 9, Heralding Season 10

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Every year, the number of scenarios released for Gen Con is huge, especially since it typically combines all the scenarios for July and August at once. This year's been an exception insomuch as the number of scenarios is positively immense with 15 different adventures across four different campaigns: 6 Pathfinder Society scenarios, 4 Starfinder Society scenarios, 3 Pathfinder Society Playtest scenarios, and 2 Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild adventures! It's so much that we're breaking our preview blogs into three different posts.

Thankfully, preparing so many adventures has been much more approachable thanks to our growing organized play staff. To reflect this, I've asked each scenario's respective developer to chime in with their own perspective on these excellent adventures.

Speaking of scenarios, by now Gen Con GMs should have received many of these in their downloads already. As of the time I'm writing this, we've completed all of our work on #9-24, #9-25, #10-01, #1-18, #1-19, Playtest #2, Playtest #3, and (just now) #10-00. Many of these have already been arriving in GM downloads, and most of the other adventures are just going through final checks over the next day or two. That means that anything you don't have yet should be arriving soon. Keep in mind that when we cued Gen Con GMs to receive these scenarios, you would have received a notice that you have them in your downloads; this is a placeholder file that's replaced with the actual file once they're on the website. We're regularly running the report to grant new scenarios as they're finalized.

With that, let's get a preview of the Pathfinder Society adventures coming up.

Michael Sayre (organized play developer): I enjoyed a journey across Golarion as I developed scenarios that took me from the ocean depths, to the savannas of the Mwangi Expanse, all the way to the Crown of the World, so I'll jump right in to sharing some of that journey with you!

The first scenario I'll be discussing is the Tier 5-9 adventure Pathfinder Society Scenario #9-24: Beneath Unbroken Waves from Kate Baker—who also wrote Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-08: Sanctuary of Drowned Delight. Beneath Unbroken Waves takes the PCs to the islands and waters off the coast of Jalmeray, where the Pathfinders meet a group of undines who have discovered the ruins of a monastery containing martial arts techniques lost to Golarion…until now! It's not all fun and games in this coastal setting though, as the PCs will also encounter deadly threats like this individual illustrated by Maja Djeke!

John Compton (Organized Play Lead Developer): Ever since Season 7, the organized play team's been including more seeker-level (i.e. level 12+) content in the campaign, which is a delight because it opens up a whole new caliber of narrative. A year ago, the Pathfinder Society helped thwart the so-called Fiendflesh Siege that threatened Absalom. In doing so, we learned that several of the Society's old foes had teamed up to coordinate the siege, and the Pathfinders have taken it upon themselves to personally track down these villains. Agents realized their first victories in Qadira in this season's Adventure Card Guild scenarios, and we've now cornered two of the masterminds in the Five Kings Mountains. There they've taken over an ossuary sacred to Magrim—dwarven god of the afterlife also featured in the upcoming Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Faiths of Golarion—and established such potent defenses that only an elite team of Pathfinders stand any chance. Pathfinder Society Scenario #9-25: Betrayal in the Bones is a Tier 12-;15 scenario that concludes Season 9 on a high note. Not only has the author Tom Phillips brought his storytelling flair and devious encounter design to bear, but the scenario also answers numerous questions that we've been waiting to reveal since as early as Season 2. How did an ex-venture-captain use that fateful wish? Why did a particular faction leader take the actions she did? And how will it all end in these final confrontations?

Linda Zayas-Palmer (organized play developer): The Year of the Ten kicks off with a multitable interactive special for both the Roleplaying Guild and the Adventure Card Guild: #10-00: The Hao Jin Cataclysm (links here for the Roleplaying Guild and Adventure Card Guild versions). Long ago, the legendary sorcerer Hao Jin built a demiplane by tearing locations and peoples out of Golarion and stitching them together into an eclectic realm, bound together by the strength of her magic. The Pathfinder Society has made numerous excursions into this Hao Jin Tapestry demiplane over the years, cataloguing sites of forgotten history and forging alliances with isolated cultures. However, the demiplane is now in critical condition. Unless the Pathfinder Society acts quickly, the plane's very fabric will rip apart. It won't be an easy fix, however. The Society's allies on the Hao Jin Tapestry are in peril, as malevolent forces prey upon the chaos and actively accelerate the destruction. Even the tapestry's own repair mechanisms have malfunctioned horribly and now terrorize its inhabitants. Will you help save the demiplane from certain destruction? Mike Kimmel is the author for the RPG portion of this adventure, and Ron Lundeen wrote the ACG portion. If you want to discover the role this magnificent phoenix (illustrated by Marko Horvatin) has to play in the adventure, come join us at Gen Con or another convention near you.

Linda: Author Nicholas Wasko brings us the first Tier 1-5 of the season, Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-01: Oathbreakers Die. In most places, guilds that trade in death would have to operate undercover. In the setting for this scenario, Daggermark, the Assassins Guild and the Poisoner's Guild are effectively part of the government. Here, a Pathfinder agent who knows too much has been marked for death. The local Venture-Captain Istivil Bosk, illustrated below by Tom Ventre, has concocted a daring plot to save his life. Is your PC brave and skilled enough to save an ally without falling prey to an assassin's blade?

Michael: Moving on to our Tier 3-7 offering forces us to ask the question: "Do ants have bones in Golarion, or do the bones just belong to the ants?" Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-02: Bones of Biting Ants, by Sean McGowan, takes place in the savannas of the Mwangi Expanse, where the PCs have been summoned to assist the lone survivor of a past Pathfinder expedition. Daring the many dangers of the sweltering savannas, the PCs must help Ulfen skald Stuinvolk Hundrakson reclaim not just the lost relics of his previous expedition, but also a piece of himself that never escaped the deaths of his allies. Bad memories and Mzali border-guards won't be the fearsome threats the party faces though, as this fearsome foe illustrated by Akim Kaliberda shows!

Michael: The final stop in my personal tour around Golarion takes us far away from warm coastal waters and sultry savannas, to a markedly different setting. Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-03: Death On The Ice, by Scott D. Young, sees Venture-Captain Bjersig Torrsen sending the PCs on a chilling trek north to the Crown of the World, where a Pathfinder expeditionhas uncovered more than they bargained for beneath the polar ice. The PCs won't be alone on their dangerous journey though, as the snowy owl Kuokei leads the party ever-northward towards his master, the ranger and archaeologist Svala Ice-Rider. Svala's Varki ancestry gave her the insight to begin unraveling an ancient riddle from the Pathfinder archives, but will the PCs find the last piece of the puzzle in time to rescue Svala from a frigid fate? I hope so, because if not, this might be the only time you get to see Svala's illustration from artist Benjamin Widdowson!

Join us next week for a look at our upcoming Pathfinder Society Playtest scenarios!

John Compton, Linda Zayas-Palmer, and Michael Sayre
The Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild team

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Wow, that's a HUGE amount of content coming this month! Thanks, everyone, for all the hard work. I won't be at GenCon, but I'm looking forward to running the new stuff at our Convocation event in late August!

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

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Finally, some art for the Pasha!

Grand Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

Oh, so many tempting new offerings!

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

w00t!

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Australia—NSW—Sydney aka sanwah68

Those sound all really fantastic.

Now for a question, when will we see the Guide for season 10?

Edit: just flagged to first post as I noticed this was in the Website forum

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Sandra Wilkinson wrote:
Edit: just flagged to first post as I noticed this was in the Website forum

Fixed. Thanks!

Liberty's Edge 3/5 Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

My burning question is will my Aspis slayer specialized skills be useful in the special?

Didn't see the magic words I was hoping to see.

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Exciting times!

Dark Archive 5/5 ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Silbeg

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SkålCon will RAWK! with all of this great stuff! (Oh, and Gen Con probably will, too)

The Exchange 5/5 ⦵⦵ Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Charlotte aka eddv

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I am always ALWAYS hyped to go explore the Mwangi


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Hunh, I was about to run The Dalsine Affair for reasons and had no expectation of the Pasha ever being illustrated, and yet there she is! How fortunate!

The new lineup of events looks exciting! I can't wait to see them in action!

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

So I’m not seeing any kind of announcement for a season 9 ending. No 9-97 or 9-99. Does that mean we’re not getting one?

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

The Solstice Scar is standing in for the season closer this year as well.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
The Solstice Scar is standing in for the season closer this year as well.

Hmm. That’s not good news for me. Our convention only runs brand new multitables. S.S. has already been ran and they won’t do it again.

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

Not even for part C or D?

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Colorado—Denver aka roll4initiative

I'm excited to see where The Concordance missions will take us as well as closure to many old scenarios.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Not even for part C or D?

Not even part B.

EDIT: I should probably point out that they're letting other conventions do the other Scar parts if they wish to. They did part A, and that's enough.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Lead Developer

Derek Blakely wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
The Solstice Scar is standing in for the season closer this year as well.
Hmm. That’s not good news for me. Our convention only runs brand new multitables. S.S. has already been ran and they won’t do it again.

We have quite an immense line-up of multi-table interactive adventures already, from the variations of #8-99 (which I understand doesn't help you) to #10-00 at Gen Con to Starfinder Society's #1-99 that debuted at Origins in June. With the addition of the four playtest scenarios coming out in August and September, creating yet another multi-table interactive wasn't feasible—especially since there aren't any other evenings available at Gen Con to run one.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Eastern Eurasia-Africa

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Derek Blakely wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Not even for part C or D?

Not even part B.

EDIT: I should probably point out that they're letting other conventions do the other Scar parts if they wish to. They did part A, and that's enough.

Part D will be a completely different scenario in regards to part A as they haven't got any overlap.

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Auke Teeninga wrote:
Derek Blakely wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Not even for part C or D?

Not even part B.

EDIT: I should probably point out that they're letting other conventions do the other Scar parts if they wish to. They did part A, and that's enough.

Part D will be a completely different scenario in regards to part A as they haven't got any overlap.

I thought that the first encounter was always going to be part of them?

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

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We said goodbye to the museum with Part C.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

John Compton wrote:
Derek Blakely wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
The Solstice Scar is standing in for the season closer this year as well.
Hmm. That’s not good news for me. Our convention only runs brand new multitables. S.S. has already been ran and they won’t do it again.
We have quite an immense line-up of multi-table interactive adventures already, from the variations of #8-99 (which I understand doesn't help you) to #10-00 at Gen Con to Starfinder Society's #1-99 that debuted at Origins in June. With the addition of the four playtest scenarios coming out in August and September, creating yet another multi-table interactive wasn't feasible—especially since there aren't any other evenings available at Gen Con to run one.

No, that's fine, it's just we weren't expecting that. We've gotten confused in a way with some seasons having them, and others not. Things will just have to be figured out.

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Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Looking forward to going to the Crown of the World and meeting Avatar Korra. :D

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

So many amazing things on the horizon!

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With all this content, is there any chance of a timeline on Additional Resources update?
I've got purchases from Jan I still can't use.


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GM Lamplighter wrote:
Wow, that's a HUGE amount of content coming this month! Thanks, everyone, for all the hard work. I won't be at GenCon, but I'm looking forward to running the new stuff at our Convocation event in late August!

Now that's a modest post, given that you're the author of #10-03, Death on the Ice! Congrats! I'm signed up to play it at our local end of summer con, can't wait!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

So many awesome scenarios! I just signed up for events at the next local con, and got to sign up for about half of what I want to play(Which is everything!). The con would have to run for as full week to keep up with you guys! Keep up the good work :)

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