Shoot to survive in the Pathfinder One-Shot: Head-Shot the Rot!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Taking a much-needed relaxing break in between escapades, four gun-toting adventurers post up in a dingy bar in one of Alkenstar's entertainment districts. Right across the street at a theater, people flood inside to catch the premiere of a highly-advertised play, but what comes out of the theater is far more dangerous. As people scatter to safety in the dusty streets, its up to the group of gunslingers in the bar to set things right.

This short Pathfinder Second Edition adventure written by Michael Sayre is intended to be completed in a single session and includes four pregenerated 3rd-level gunslinger characters who make use of the exciting new equipment and rules found in Pathfinder Guns & Gears, and whose backstories and motivations tie closely to one another. This adventure can be easily incorporated into various virtual tabletops, run off of digital devices, or printed out and played at a table.

About the Pregenerated Characters

Pathfinder One-Shot: Head-Shot the Rot is designed to be played with the four pregenerated characters previewed below. Each comes with ready-to-play game statistics and backstories tied to one another. These four gunslingers are looking to make a name for themselves in the deadly Mana Wastes that surround the gritty city of Alkenstar. Despite their shared talent with their unusual weapons, each of them plays a unique role in the group, lending their skills to help the party achieve its goals and protect each other’s interests.

In addition to the standard abilities presented in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, these characters utilize abilities found in Pathfinder Guns & Gears. Rules from this secondary source are presented for your convenience in the Rules Index following each character entry. In addition, there is a quick reference for traits and common terms.

Pathfinder Second Edition Headshot the Rot

Booker Kaar

Ancestry: Human (Versatile)
Background: Cannoneer
Class: Gunslinger (Way of the Vanguard)

Doc Featherton

Ancestry: Human (Versatile)
Background: Back-alley Doctor
Class: Gunslinger (Way of the Drifter)

Zakzak

Ancestry: Goblin (Razortooth)
Background: Junk Collector
Class: Gunslinger (Way of the Pistolero)

Zindarel

Ancestry: Elf (Seer)
Background: Spotter
Class: Gunslinger (Way of the Sniper)


Announcing the Liveplay Cast

Nathan Ondracek

Twitter: @nondracek
Actor, Swagbucks Live Host, & RPG streamer! “Ladies & gentlemen, take my advice: pull down your pants & slide on the ice.” (Dr. Sydney Friedman from M*A*S*H*)

Matt Acevedo

Twitter: @TheMattAcevedo
Producer | Production Coordinator @StoopidBuddy | Host/Performer @Hyper_RPG @NewRockstars @Funimation @UFCpod @MEAdventum | Improviser @SecondcityLA

Chelsea Bytes

Twitter: @ChelseaBytes
Host of Amazon @CrownChannel's Fight Night | Host on @WalkingDead_AMC/@AMC_TV's FearHQ | @Twitch Partner | @DTS Partner | chelseabytes@iconagency.gg

Michelle Nguyen Bradley

Twitter: @iamchubbybunny
Show Host, Gamer, Otaku & TTRPG Player
Hoa Sen on @CriticalRole
RPG Cast of @paizo & @Hunters_Ent
Writer
she/her/they

Watch the live-play on twitch.tv/officialpaizo on October 27 at 6 PM Pacific and then download your copy!

More Paizo Blog.
Tags: Pathfinder Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Pathfinder Second Edition

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Is Jason the GM?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

3 people marked this as a favorite.
H2Osw wrote:
Is Jason the GM?

No, it’s not Jason. I’m planning a blog with more cast and GM details, headshots (the photo kind) and biographies.


when is the oneshot available in pdf?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

Such a beautifully diverse cast!


Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Ohh... the Crash when looking to find the link to order it... and when I finally realized it said Unavailable. And then looking around to try to find out when it will be available. If I understand correctly, that will be the 27th.

Well, I will have to wait. Sounds like it would be fun, and especially good for a one-shot, letting players who might otherwise not think of firearms in their fantasy setting, give it a try without having to commit to creating a character on their own!

And it sounds like it could be a fun take on a pretty common genre.


2 people marked this as a favorite.

I’m hoping Zindarel gives us a crumb of local elf lore. We known pretty much nothing about the non-Mualijae elves of Garund.

Dark Archive

2 people marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Doc Featherton and Booker Kaar are great names x3

Grand Archive

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Michelle is starting to become a staple here! :P
Can't wait to meet these new people!

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

2 people marked this as a favorite.
Elfteiroh wrote:

Michelle is starting to become a staple here! :P

Can't wait to meet these new people!

We are so happy to have her. As part of our first Troubles in Otari show, she and the rest of the cast have first right of refusal on additional shows. We wanted to develop a core of Paizo Players who were charismatic, diverse and the audience could watch them become more skilled in the Pathfinder rules over time. We've had a lot of fresh faces due to the limited availability of influencers and other factors. We are fortunate to have them.


I am intrigued.

It would be my first one to follow, cause not really into watching other people playing games, but I really like the 4 gunslingers idea.

Since they are lvl 3 I guess there would not be a chance to see gun weapons ( the first one is the drake rifle, which is a lvl 4 one ), would it?

I also wonder whether they will all be gunners or well'also see some crossbow user.

Good job there.


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Sounds like a lot of fun!


Aaron Shanks wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:

Michelle is starting to become a staple here! :P

Can't wait to meet these new people!
We are so happy to have her. As part of our first Troubles in Otari show, she and the rest of the cast have first right of refusal on additional shows. We wanted to develop a core of Paizo Players who were charismatic, diverse and the audience could watch them become more skilled in the Pathfinder rules over time. We've had a lot of fresh faces due to the limited availability of influencers and other factors. We are fortunate to have them.

That's good to know! She is really good, as well as London Carlisle, Xander Jeanneret and Katie Wilson too!

Grand Archive

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I'm sad Xander couldn't be in that one, as I have *really* liked Ingot, and Xander's way of RPing is really close to my own preferences. :3
But I have yet to be disappointed with every new player either.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

LotsOfLore wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:

Michelle is starting to become a staple here! :P

Can't wait to meet these new people!
We are so happy to have her. As part of our first Troubles in Otari show, she and the rest of the cast have first right of refusal on additional shows. We wanted to develop a core of Paizo Players who were charismatic, diverse and the audience could watch them become more skilled in the Pathfinder rules over time. We've had a lot of fresh faces due to the limited availability of influencers and other factors. We are fortunate to have them.
That's good to know! She is really good, as well as London Carlisle, Xander Jeanneret and Katie Wilson too!

Gabe is in the original four, but he is super-busy now. Good on him.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Elfteiroh wrote:

I'm sad Xander couldn't be in that one, as I have *really* liked Ingot, and Xander's way of RPing is really close to my own preferences. :3

But I have yet to be disappointed with every new player either.

Also super-busy. But this one-shot uses pregens anyway. Maybe Ingot can next be found in Geb, a la Book of the Dead? He was on the right continent...

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

3 people marked this as a favorite.

Change of cast. Adam Conn for Matt Acevedo.

Adam Conn hails from the many corners of The DaT Network. Starting way back in the days of Walking in Circles Season 2, Conn has now stepped out as one of the new co-online content creators of the DaT Network. He appeared in past adventures as Kimbulton and Castriel on Dragons and Things, Mooktin in Rise of the Runtlords and Kanon Featherbee in Department of Mysteries. You can currently find him on Harbingers as the best local fisherman Hadrian (Hadi) Marth and over on Norse Foundry's Twitch stream in vods of Fenrir Rising as Nix and their current live show, Alien Connections as Sergeant Trenton Barclow. And premiering Nov 14th he will be in the GM seat for his Pathfinder show "Voyage of the Siren's Song", a pirate adventure set in the Skull and Shackles AP!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

Looking forward to this almost as much as the Guns & Gears sanctioning. This one-shot is making me want to get a Gunslinger & Inventor into those society games even more!


As a player that often struggles with a good name, these four all seem to have got it going on.

Community / Forums / Pathfinder / Pathfinder Second Edition / General Discussion / Paizo Blog: Shoot to survive in the Pathfinder One-Shot: Head-Shot the Rot! All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.