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Great book, but worth $60? You decide.

4/5

I picked up Rise of the Runelords: Anniversary Edition just yesterday. True to form the book's production value is off the charts, as are most Pathfinder products. The writing is clear and concise; the artwork fits the design and direction; and its heavy well-made tome. However, I do have one complaint: the book is $60. Now I do understand that this is the anniversary edition, but why does it cost so much?

The thing that bugs me the most is that throughout the book several other products that are essential to the overall experience of the campaign are not included with this price. Do I really have to go out and purchase an additional $100 worth of material to fully enjoy the game? Of course not, but that seems to be the overall scheme.

You can completely forgo the campaign pawns, maps, and splat-books that detail the various locales you adventure in, but by doing so it feels like you are missing vital pieces of information of the module.

All in all this is a great book, but at $60 I can only recommend this book if you are A) wanting to run the campaign or B) love the Pathfinder mythos. It's not a bad buy but the price can take a toll on the wallet.

I give it 4 stars based on the price and the need to purchase additional materials to get the full experience of the campaign.