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Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-24: Lightning Strikes, Stars FallPaizo Inc.
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Fun adventureChris Sharpe —
Always happy to go back to Numeria, and while it's a linear travel scenario all of the parts were really fun.
Play this scenario, go sign up on warhorn RIGHT nowChris Sharpe —
So. Good. Really strong theme, fun encounters, GREAT ending.
Just, play it okay?
I enjoyed the encounter everyone's complaining aboutChris Sharpe —
Wow, a challenge. Better 1 star it.
Our table really enjoyed the [REDACTED] encounter. You don't even fully TPK if you all die, so I'm not sure why everyone is so worried about their characters having some level of risk in a 3-6.
It is on the same level of 1-04 Bandits of Immenwood, and I think that high DCs can be quite feelbad, but it's certainly something you can overcome.
Great 1-4Chris Sharpe —
Very sweet adventure for all the new investigators coming onto the scene.
Also bonus points for Groetus since he's a fan fav. Being on the front cover did ruin a bit of the mystery because before we started one of my players said "The moon is actually a god, Groetus" and looked up and realised he was evil.
Good, not as good as Perennial CrownChris Sharpe —
I enjoyed this scenario a lot. Good combats, some pretty sweet background as well.
The only reason I didn't give it 5* is I don't think it was as impactful to the year 1 storyline as the other scenarios relating.
That drops it from 5* to 4*
hobgoblins aren't my jamChris Sharpe —
This adventure didn't make me love hobgoblins, but also it was a cool theme and I had fun playing.
That's a 3* in my opinion
I wanted this to be a 5Chris Sharpe —
This plot reminds me of the OG 32-page modules in terms of how much story and content there is in this module.
Love that! 32-pagers were my favourite way to play PFS.
The problem is that the word-count and slot time limits mean you have to rush everything to get it all done, and then the combats feel quite disjointed as a result.
I ran this over 2 4.5 hour slots to try go the other way, and by doing there wasn't enough detail to be interesting, so it feels too packed but also not detailed enough to tackle either way.
Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-17: The Perennial Crown Part 2, The Thorned MonarchPaizo Inc.
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The aliens to part 1's alienChris Sharpe —
This has a more "action movie" bent to the two-parter. The scenario always felt like there was a strong pace to it, and that while the group was powerful we'd just uncovered something beyond our capabilities.
As such when we were escaping the island there was a lot of tension, and a good use of infamy mechanics during the scenario.
Our group copped the infamy, and two of our 5 players have characters that behave significantly differently in roleplay as a result of this scenario.
That alone gets it 5-stars.
Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-16: The Perennial Crown Part 1, Opal of BhopanPaizo Inc.
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Great adventureChris Sharpe —
This adventure is pivotal for 2-00 the King in Thorns, as well as being a packed story adventure with a new location and all the fun that comes with.
One of my fav parts is the:
The bonus for using opposite seasons when talking to NPCs is one of the coolest things I've seen for getting RP-lite players to engage in roleplay. LOVE IT.
Everyone should play this pair if you care about this year's plot
Great example of a 1-4Chris Sharpe —
Unique location, unique mission, reasonable challenge. 5 stars!
Fine now, would have been hell on releaseChris Sharpe —
I didn't play this until June 2020. If I had played this on-release while trying to learn PF2 I would have had an awful time.
Pregens only, combined with monsters who severely limit the effectiveness of some of the pregens is an awful combo.
as an adventure it does a reasonable job of setting off the events of Year 1, although it does seem really random out of context.
I'm glad I did it towards the end of year 1 rather than at the beginning. It wouldn't have had a brain-drop moment that 1-00 was important if I did it first, and it wasn't a -00 scenario, noting it as special
Saved a 1 star by GebChris Sharpe —
The lore of this location is great. Love pretty much anything that is in Geb, which makes this quest a tad disappointing.
Travel all the way down the coast of Garund for... fruit? Couldn't they have sent someone local?
The fact that there were 2 guards + Zombies with no stats is problematic for our Iomedaens and other anti-undead folk, which are quite popular given that a very recent plotline has been an undead invasion.
The Flesh Golems with Elite adjustment are also very uninteresting as they can't berserk so they are just move -> FIST, repeat. Uninteresting.
FineChris Sharpe —
Nothing really special to see here. Better than others in that the market vibe was cool. The combat in the end was largely uninteresting and that results in a middle rating.
FineChris Sharpe —
Some folk love kobolds, particularly the Sewer dragons, so for them it'll be better.
I have no feelings good or bad about Kobolds, so my review is based on the quest itself.
By now the format of the quests is very known by players. Some skill checks, and then 1 combat. It means that the players were looking for the skill checks, and the combat, so there were no interesting surprises or lore tidbits to drop.
I much prefer quests (like Archaology in Aspenthar) which while they follow the format in the restrictive word total, you get one of these benefits:
Some folk like unique boons and that means they'll stick through a bad quest to get an unlockable. I think the content should speak for itself, boons are a bonus.
In the end, this adventure had nothing special, so gets a 2.
Pathfinder Adventure Path #145: Hellknight Hill (Age of Ashes 1 of 6)Paizo Inc.
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Uninspired dungeon crawlingChris Sharpe —
I enjoyed spending some time in Isger between #1-05 in PFS, Fall of Plaguestone, and this AP volume.
That said, Hellknight Hill feels like the most forced of the lot. It's paint by numbers to remind you that goblins are good now, bunch of combat so that you can try out 2E monsters, and sets up the rest of the AP.
I enjoyed playing through it as a completionist, but once more APs come out I think this intro won't compare to the newer entries.
Run this over a double slotChris Sharpe —
This scenario is not a con-scenario. It WILL run long, but it is a great one.
Really strong mystery, and the fights are incredibly challenging.
First time in 2E that playing I felt like our party was well out of depth.
We played 6 player low-tier 17 CP.
Formulaic but funChris Sharpe —
this is 3.5 stars for me, but I'm a harsh critic. I *really* enjoyed playing this scenario, because the GM had a really strong way of evoking the exploration and travel.
As-written however, the boggard encounter is pretty bland, and overall it's just "go do some stuff for me Pathfinders, cheers!"
The final boss is very swingy depending on how ruthless the GM is.
Why it can be ruthless:
The final boss is a flying enemy, so can do Fly-attack-fly spring attack style to keep out of reach, and he has an extremely high AC with the scenario effect.
Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-08: Revolution on the RiversidePaizo Inc.
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Open Ended river kingdoms funChris Sharpe —
Thod's review is king! Read it.
My favourite of the debut scenariosChris Sharpe —
Where Absalom Initiation failed, this scenario delivers!
I've seen this ran both in the creepy style, and in the scooby doo style. Both work, and are fun scenarios.
The final combat I think is on the weaker side, but it's a 1-4 so I'll give it credit for that.
Every PFS player should play this scenaario IMO.
This is what a quest should be!Chris Sharpe —
The format of: 1x Skill/diplomacy challenge + 1x combat for PF2 quests I've found leaves one to be desired. Either the skill challenge is tacked on, or the combat feels forced.
This one has both feeling great! There is some good lore, and reveals some developing relationships between pathfinders and the Osiriani government. It also just has a solid combat.
5/5 for me!
A miss for meChris Sharpe —
I really like the lore behind Grehunde's Gorget and the tie in Tarnbreaker's Trail, which makes it hard to give this a poor rating.
It could easily just be a 3-star, but when presenting it as a quest it feels a bit anticlimactic. The players are expecting something crazy, but you sort of just... take damage or don't when retriving the macguffin.
A little re-write and this could be great, so it's got an alright core.
Quite solid!Chris Sharpe —
I fleshed out the introduction a little more to give it a 2hr play slot since we were playing at home, but it's quite a unique little adventure.
I like that Paizo are toying with introducing characters, or "player wide unlocks" via chronicles in quests. I hope to see this continue, because it's quite fun to recommend players get on a table to get new unique options.
Solid introduction to PathfinderChris Sharpe —
Others will go in more depth about some of the encounters being quite tough, but overall its a really solid adventure.
It gave us a good few months of content, and was a good introduction to 2E
Really strong scenarioChris Sharpe —
This scenario gets a 5* because it brings a lot of unique elements to the table
* An engaging non-combat based plot
Every part of this scenario when I think about it has something interesting. The unique enemies have strong abilities which make your players engage with them. The X-Day to solve 5 problems plot is fun, with some curve balls. It forces the players to go back to different NPCs pretty much no matter who they start with, and each one gives them new tools to work with.
Finally: It was surprisingly easy to prepare. Some scenarios are very complex for the player complexity they give. This was very simple, and yet my players had a blast.
This just topped Flooded King's Court as my "want to spend GM-Replay boon to GM this scenario twice"
I find these adventures way to campChris Sharpe —
It's really hard to write a scenario to debut your organised play and edition, I'm definitely understanding of that, however this scenario now has to hold the test of time for whether you'd want to play it later on.
The answer is no.
Balance is off, because the challenge point system hadn't been put in place, the tons of small quests and a pathfinder party isn't great, and then on top of that there is so much space dedicated to repeatability.
It's a pity, because I don't want to repeat it.
There are tons of great scenarios in this OP campaign, this one just isn't one of them.