It's a shame that the card stock isn't very good. I wanted to go with the flow and use the insert as intended, but I too noticed lots of chipping along the black edges after just a few sessions. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't accept that for a game I'll be playing a lot over the next year. :)
Just for reference, I'm using the UltraPro clear sleeves that are about $5-$7 for 100 and replaced the insert with three of those white, collectible card shoeboxes. Everything's working like a charm.
Great post! I started out solo with Merisiel and Seelah thinking they'd be a powerful 2-character team (and they're not awful), but that was before I'd actually played enough.
I'm going to stick with them since we've already been through so much together, but if I were to start again I'd definitely give Valeros and Lini a shot. :)
I've been reading through the Rise of the Runelords anniversary book in pace with my playthrough of the scenarios in the card game and it's really been adding a lot to the experience for me. Encountering a card like "Shopkeeper's Daughter" for example, is way more fun when you know the details. :)
I realize there's only so much room to print fluff text on a card, but perhaps for the next AP Paizo could include some more story beats or character details in the rulebook or even on a pamphlet or something that's in each adventure deck box.
I think that could add a lot of enjoyment for other players who aren't willing to go through the "work" of seeking out the rest of the game's story. Maybe some people are picking this game up and don't even know there's more to it than what's in the box. *gasp*
Just an idea!
As a disclaimer, I've never played the Pathfinder RPG, but I'm really interested in getting more into the world after playing the card game. I've already looked into the Rise of the Runelords anniversary book, but I'm actually kind of overwhelmed with the sheer volume of other STUFF that's associated w/Pathfinder.
So my question is, where should I go next? The "Tales" books? Other Adventure Paths? Is there anything that's more like a broad guide to the world and major places/characters/events?