The Abomination Vaults in One Big Book!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Enter the Megadungeon!

I’m Ron Lundeen, development manager responsible for the Abomination Vaults Adventure Path. I knew this campaign would be a big hit from the start: it has old-fashioned kick-down-the-door dungeon exploration seeded with interesting NPCs, side quests, and tons of roleplaying. The authors—James Jacobs, Vanessa Hoskins, and Stephen Radney-MacFarland—really blew me away by adding exciting action sequences and compelling character personalities to every dungeon level. The Abomination Vaults present more than a place to fight monsters and grab loot (although there’s plenty of that!), but an opportunity for heroes to solve mysteries, negotiate old feuds, rescue innocent people, and much more. And, of course, the villain lurking behind the scenes is a terrifying and powerful enemy. She’s right there on the cover and, wow, does she look angry!

Abomination Vaults Hard Cover: A bearded sorrowful man stands in the foreground with a demon, a large worm, and a ghostly woman in the background behind him

Cover Illustration by Setiawan Lee


This is perhaps the most approachable Pathfinder Second Edition Adventure Path that we’ve made.

  • It features a more focused scope, taking characters from 1st level to 11th level (instead of all the way to 20th level, as all our previous Pathfinder Second Edition Adventure Paths have done).
  • It offers the heroes a clear “home base” in the town of Otari that could be dropped into just about any campaign setting, Age of Lost Omens or otherwise.
  • It extends the locale of the Pathfinder Beginner Box, which has already attracted lots of eager new players to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

With the Abomination Vaults Adventure Path, experienced GMs have enough content to make their campaign really shine, and newer GMs can trust us to give them something they can handle that will amaze their players.

Iconic Cleric, Kyra, faces against a large red devil carrying a large spear

Illustration by Christoph Peters


When we saw how much people loved the Abomination Vaults campaign—I was thrilled to see so many people saying it was the best megadungeon they’d ever seen—we knew it was destined for something special. The work to convert the campaign into a hardcover was already going on when the first subscribers were still playing it. I watched the Paizo forums I set up for each of the adventures, making notes about errors to be corrected and rough spots that people found difficult to understand. I filled my three volumes of the Adventure Path with dozens and dozens of sticky notes, each one marking a place we could make the campaign better—such as by fixing a reference to a room that didn’t exist, ordering some art that players felt necessary, smoothing out the treasure progression, or replacing a certain foe’s 3rd-level spell with one a little less (ahem) deadly.

 A ball jointed doll with with the head carved like a bird, wearing pants and boots, with fabric wings attached to its arms

We’re looking at you, Mister Beak. Illustration by Artur Nakhodkin


As it turns out, no drastic overhauls of the campaign were necessary. That meant I could really focus on how to make the campaign easier to run. This isn’t just a reprint of the three adventures bound within a hard cover. It’s been reorganized to make it even more usable and fun. As an overview, here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • We open with a synopsis of the whole campaign, including the primary villain’s background, a timeline, and an easy leveling guideline: “the dungeon level your heroes are on is the character level they should be.”
  • Next, you’ll find a chapter detailing the town of Otari. As the heroes’ home base and the source of numerous rumors and side missions, it’s presented right up front. We included the new backgrounds and other rules from the standalone Pathfinder Abomination Vaults Player’s Guide here, to put everything in one place.
  • The bulk of the hardcover includes the next 10 chapters, each detailing one of the 10 dungeon levels.
  • We included an article about the evil god lurking behind the events of the campaign.
  • Near the end, an enormous Adventure Toolbox presents all the new items, spells, artifacts, archetypes, and more. This toolbox also contains nearly 30 new monsters featured in the campaign!
  • I’m particularly happy with the adventure’s final page, a Glossary that gives a short summary and location for dozens of NPCs, groups, unique items, and more. This will help GMs keep details regarding NPCs with similar names in mind, such as Vandy, Volluk, and Vethris.

Picking up the entire Abomination Vaults Adventure Path in a single book is a fantastic way to bring this campaign to your table. There’s a ton of support for it, too, from the Abomination Vaults Battle Cards to licensed products like Pathfinder Terrain and Foundry Virtual Tabletop.

I hope you have as much fun enjoying this megadungeon as we did building it!

Ron Lundeen
Development Manager

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Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Mister Beak is a conversation starter, that's all!

Wayfinders

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I had the pleasure of editing the Italian translation of this Adventure Path and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't really like dungeons, but I would gladly be a GM for this adventure full of interesting ideas and great NPCs!!
Bravi, bravi, bravi the three authors. Ben fatto!

Dark Archive

Huzzah!

My players are just starting book 2 tonight. This has been really great for us :)

Grand Lodge

Looking forward to grabbing this at my FLGS!

Paizo Employee

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James Jacobs wrote:
Mister Beak is a conversation starter, that's all!

And now we can use his illustration in Infinite! Huzzah!

Grand Lodge

Will the Foundry VTT version also be releasing on May 25th? I can't find it listed with a release date in the store.

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

Definitely will be getting this!


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What the HECK Kyra? Fighting a Devil with FIRE of all things? I hope for your sake that flame on your blade is divine because if not your in for a rude surprise.


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ALSO DO NOT INSULT MR. BEAK! HE IS BESTEST BOY AND IS PRECIOUS AND I MUST PROTECT!

Acquisitives

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I almost wish I could go play it again for the first time. That being said doesn't mean I can't run it for the first time though

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Doc Midnight wrote:
Will the Foundry VTT version also be releasing on May 25th? I can't find it listed with a release date in the store.

Yes. That product page should go live next Wednesday.

Grand Lodge

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Should "Adventure Path Subscribers" who pre-ordered received a the PDF? My order shipped but no PDF was sent out. Just wondering if there is an issue and if should reach out to customer service?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Roll20 will have the Abomination Vaults Adventure Path compilation available on their marketplace on the day of release, Wednesday May 25.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

Slamy Mcbiteo wrote:
Should "Adventure Path Subscribers" who pre-ordered received a the PDF? My order shipped but no PDF was sent out. Just wondering if there is an issue and if should reach out to customer service?

Yes, they should. Please email CS.

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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Roll20 will have the Abomination Vaults Adventure Path compilation available on their marketplace on the day of release, Wednesday May 25.

Do you know if you still get a discount if you purchased the 3 volumes as they were released? Or do you have to buy the new book?


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How well does this AP upgrade to PF1? Is it harder than most because of being more dungeoncrawly?

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

Grumpus wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Roll20 will have the Abomination Vaults Adventure Path compilation available on their marketplace on the day of release, Wednesday May 25.
Do you know if you still get a discount if you purchased the 3 volumes as they were released? Or do you have to buy the new book?

Paizo Connect will only check to see if you own the PDF of the compiled book, not the three individual AP volumes (I don't even think the API is capable of checking ownership of more than one title at a time). So you'll need to own the compiled version to get a discount on the content on Roll20 (or any other connected partner site).


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Is it still in the pre order phase? I thought it didnt come out untill the 25th so i was safe to wait till payday, I was hoping to get the preorder pdf, but the store page itself shows it as already out?

As much as i would love the hardcover book the pdf is the bit i need and i really cant affort to buy it twice :<

Order of the Amber Die

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Sold. Our project will be here on the blog -- but it won't be the party you'll expect.

Pathfinder Development Manager

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Adam Smith wrote:
Sold. Our project will be here on the blog -- but it won't be the party you'll expect.

Oh, that's EXCELLENT to hear. I love what you guys do!

Paizo Employee Contributor

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Adam Smith wrote:
Sold. Our project will be here on the blog -- but it won't be the party you'll expect.

I'M LISTENING! ...


Please do this with all adventure paths past/present/future, 1st edition and 2nd edition. I'd love to be able to play all adventure paths in second edition. And as a collector it would be amazing to have access to all the books like this.

Order of the Amber Die

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Vanessa Hoskins wrote:
Adam Smith wrote:
Sold. Our project will be here on the blog -- but it won't be the party you'll expect.
I'M LISTENING! ...

Well then, you might already know that we like to push the envelope a bit with each project. I wonder what would happen to an entire party of the same character class inside a Megadungeon?

I'm thinking a lot of it would depend on the class...


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If you have bought the original 3 pdfs at Paizo, do you get a discount for the Foundry module?


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ghrian wrote:
If you have bought the original 3 pdfs at Paizo, do you get a discount for the Foundry module?

I asked the same question and I believe the answer to that one is unfortunately no.

I imagine it's partly a technical issue (to verify that the purchaser has all three volumes probably requires some specific programming for the webstore / link). For me as an end user - it makes me question the value of my subscriptions - I don't like that I have to rebuy the same content to get access to the Foundry module. Hopefully this is a one-off thing.


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Nyarlathotep wrote:


I asked the same question and I believe the answer to that one is unfortunately no.

I imagine it's partly a technical issue (to verify that the purchaser has all three volumes probably requires some specific programming for the webstore / link). For me as an end user - it makes me question the value of my subscriptions - I don't like that I have to rebuy the same content to get access to the Foundry module. Hopefully this is a one-off thing.

The common (there were only 2 foundry modules so far) policy was, that you get the pdf if you buy the foundry module. Or (if you already own the pdf) you get a big discount to the foundry module.

Paizo is really fair here - compared to their competitors.

We will see tomorrow. I stil hope, it will work as the only question I saw was regarding the connect API and not their own shop.


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Pathfinder Lost Omens, PF Special Edition Subscriber

Greetings!
Is there a discount on the Foundry version if you already own all three AP books?

Thank you

Silver Crusade

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

No the discount is only on the compilation book.


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Pathfinder Lost Omens, PF Special Edition Subscriber

Well poopy. Thank you for responding Cori!


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Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, LO Special Edition, Pathfinder Accessories, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Found a minor erratum: One of the archetypes (page 227) references a particular weapon, referring the reader to "page 73". That's the link from the original third volume of the AP (IOW the weapon description is on page 73 of "Eyes of Empty Death") but it's on pages 225 and 226 of the hardcover edition.

Is there an errata thread somewhere? I didn't see one.

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