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Getting There

2/5

I was really excited for this product and the variations compared to the basic character sheet in the Core Rulebook are interesting. Its too bad there are so many errors in the pre-filled blocks. Until that is fixed and an updated PDF provided, I cannot give this product more than a middle rating and cannot recommend it to anyone, especially not the print version. Creatively this is an excellent product, however the execution is lacking. Paizo, you can do better


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Okay, not great

3/5

I was fairly excited to see the Flip-Tiles replace the Map Packs since I hoped to get more options with doubled-sided cards. That they are smaller is a bit disappointing. The quality of the cards is excellent. They are thick enough and with an excellent laminate to be durable.

Perils and hazards tend to be smaller than a full-sized card so I dunno how much use I'll get outta this set. I have a lot of the older WotC terrain packs that I use for map terrain accessories like stairs, traps, furniture, summoning circles, etc. That they are smaller and modular to drop on an existing battle map gives them more utility IMO.

Like the starter boxes, the packaging is too tight. I nearly had to destroy the box getting the cards out. It suffers from the same annoyance that the Map Packs did in that if you try to put all the cards away at the same time, one always gets stuck on the flap.

I like that the starter boxes are sized to allow these to be stored with them in the same box. I only wish the cover of the expansion was removable from the package or it included a cover-art page so I could put that in the starter box instead of the entire expansion box. It takes up more room the latter way. Taking the cards out and storing them in the starter box looses the identification of the set name. Yes, they have the code in the corner, but as more expansions are released, we are going to forget which set is which. Another minor complaint, but a lacking feature, nonetheless.


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Okay, not great

3/5

I was fairly excited to see the Flip-Tiles replace the Map Packs since I hoped to get more options with doubled-sided cards. That they are smaller is a bit disappointing. The quality of the cards is excellent. They are thick enough and with an excellent laminate to be durable.

The images in this set are bit too general for my taste so I don't think they'll be used very often over a FlipMat which is a staple in my collection.

I really like that the starter box is oversized with dividers included so you can put all your expansion packs in the same box to facilitate storage and transport. However, the tolerances in box construction make it nearly impossible to get the box open without damaging it. The cover really needs a couple more "points" of gap between it and the bottom box so you don't break down the sides pulling them apart or damaging the corners putting it back together.


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Okay, not great

3/5

I was fairly excited to see the Flip-Tiles replace the Map Packs since I hoped to get more options with doubled-sided cards. That they are smaller is a bit disappointing. The quality of the cards is excellent. They are thick enough and with an excellent laminate to be durable.

The images in this set are bit too general for my taste so I don't think they'll be used very often over a FlipMat which is a staple in my collection.

I really like that the starter box is oversized with dividers included so you can put all your expansion packs in the same box to facilitate storage and transport. However, the tolerances in box construction make it nearly impossible to get the box open without damaging it. The cover really needs a couple more "points" of gap between it and the bottom box so you don't break down the sides pulling them apart or damaging the corners putting it back together.


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Okay, not great

3/5

I was fairly excited to see the Flip-Tiles replace the Map Packs since I hoped to get more options with doubled-sided cards. That they are smaller is a bit disappointing. The quality of the cards is excellent. They are thick enough and with an excellent laminate to be durable.

The images in this set are bit too general for my taste so I don't think they'll be used very often over a FlipMat which is a staple in my collection.

I really like that the starter box is oversized with dividers included so you can put all your expansion packs in the same box to facilitate storage and transport. However, the tolerances in box construction make it nearly impossible to get the box open without damaging it. The cover really needs a couple more "points" of gap between it and the bottom box so you don't break down the sides pulling them apart or damaging the corners putting it back together.


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Excellent Product!

4/5

Well, my original post got eaten. Paizo, you really need to reconsider your time limits for posting when it comes to these. It generally takes some time to post these reviews and its a little frustrating when you have to remember to copy the text or write it in word and paste it here because otherwise you'll lose it. I know, this is not the best place, but if you are reading your reviews, there it is.

The artwork is outstanding. This is where I think Paizo's products really stand out against the competition. Whether or not the content applies to you is debatable, but its hard to find issue with the beautiful full-color art and style in Paizo products. A+++

The new layout of 2E books is really nice and makes for a pleasing read. It doesn't feel like an encyclopedic reference book, but a flavorful experience that not only presents the information but makes it read very narratively. LOVE! the new arrangement grouping by region rather than alphabetic, especially how the historical time lines are separated by region. It is much more cohesive to follow the history of a region than to have to skip around and filter your way through the entire world's time line all together.

Updating the timeline must have been a monumental undertaking. It was inevitable that some results would not mesh with the experience some players had, but I think the results printed were the most common and expected outcomes and make perfect sense. I'm glad to see how some of the results really maintain classic villains so we can continue to be challenged by them for years to come.

The backgrounds are excellent. Even though there is a finite number of ability score combinations, adding a skill feat or other bonus tailored to the background is a great way make them feel different. The flavor text of the backgrounds really helps to explain what the character is, where they are from, and the mechanical format lends itself for players to create custom ones for their own campaigns that won't be bland or overpowered.

While I like some of the archetypes in the book, I was hoping they would all be very player-character focused. Aldori Duelist and Pathfinder Agent are excellent examples of this. However, I get it why Red Mantis Assassin is in there, but IMO it is more of an NPC archetype and maybe better suited for a future release. I would have rather seen a pirate archetype. I am a little underwhelmed by the Magic Warrior and Steel Talon. The Hellknight is a must, but its such an expansive group I think it would have been better to provide something else and give them their own book, or at least an entire section, though I'm sure that is coming in future books.

Overall, certainly a must-have for anyone who campaigns in Golarion!


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Finally!

4/5

We waited a VERY long time for this product. I'm not sure it was worth the wait considering the hefty price tag, but let's look at each miniature individually...

Obozaya is my favorite model of this series. His detail is excellent from the armored coat to his multi-toned scale color. His head looks especially good. If there is any issue its that his doshko might be a bit brittle, but proper storage and care should resolve that. 5 Stars.

Altronus is another good looking model with lots of detail and good color mix. The only issue I have are the visible mold lines on his head. I guess that the same high pressure molding process they used to reach the detail was also a problem avoid the mold lines. 4 stars

Raia is not very impressive. Her overall black scheme hides any detail and her head is so mottled its hard to tell any detail other than her antenna which are too thick. Course any thinner and they would be a breakage risk. If she was a "normally" prices miniature, I would have no problem with the detail, but at this price point, she is an elite mini and the detail is just not there. 3 stars

Quig suffers from lack of color. His mostly black/brown/dark green scheme cover a good portion of his detail, though it you get up real close, he looks much better. At least he's sized about right. 3 stars

Quig's drone looks better than his master. It benefits from having a simply design without a lot of complicated add-ons. The pistol is identifiable on the gun platform underneath. 4 stars

Overall, this pack has a mix of good and mediocre. I generally like the models and am impressed with Obozaya and Altronus, but the combination of long wait time left us expecting much better detail across the line. Wiz Kids could have easily produced models just as detailed in less than half the time and for a lower price point.


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Pew! Pew! Pew!

3/5

We waited a VERY long time for this product. I'm not sure it was worth the wait considering the hefty price tag, but let's look at each miniature individually...

Navasi has good detail on the body and weapons. The cloak is nice. Her head is not great. The face is low-grade at best with barely enough detail to discern the nose and mouth. The eyes are surprisingly detailed with a pupil and sweeping upper lid. She even has very fine eyebrows. Her legs feel hearty enough that they shouldn't break off at the ankle. The mold appears to be two pieces, front and back hidden well enough by the cloak, but there is excessive glue around the seem which is disappointing. Overall, I give her 3 stars.

Iseph has good body detail especially in the upper torso and the rifle on his back. He has better facial detail than Navasi and good eye detail, but I think it could still use some improvement. He looks more aquatic than android with his heads and arms just being colored, but lacking any circuitry detail. For that I can only give him 3 stars

The detail is best on Keskodai, but he suffers from a lot of frail pieces: arms, staff, upper legs, and various appendages. The plastic material is fairly soft so it should be okay, but I would fear some breakage if dropped from the table or tossed in a shared storage space. The eyes are solid yellow and could have benefited from some black dots or something to make them look multifaceted. 4 Stars.

The Sunrise Maiden is the only ship I intend to buy. I skipped out on the two fleet packs as I have plenty of alternatives for ships. If they would have produced the Drake or Pegasus or perhaps some of the enemy ships from Starfinder Organized Play (Jinsul attack fighter, etc), I think it would have encouraged more sales. Overall the detail on this model is nice. It has some smooth lines and some sharp edges that give it a sleek, fierce look and the color scheme is inviting. I'm glad they decided on a hex base to match the standard battlemap used in Starfinder. Of the models in this set, it is the one I like the best. 5 stars.

Overall, while I like the models, I think the combination of long wait time left us expecting much better detail. Wiz Kids could have easily produced models just as detailed in less than half the time and for a lower price point.


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Pew! Pew! Pew!

5/5

I've been hefting a wooden octagonal dice tray around with me for years and while I do like it, it does not fit well with my standard travel gear. This tray on the other hand folds flat and easily fits into my game bag or even a pocket folder. The two-ply faux-leather is cushion enough to prevent damage to the table-top if you like to use heavy metal or stone dice. The side panels are high enough that your dice should remain contained unless you are an overly-excited roller. If I had any complaint, it would be that I worry about the longevity of the snaps. Any snap no matter how well constructed wears out over time. So some-day, I'll need to replace this tray. As long as that is well into the future, it'll be worth it. My current tray has lasted me nearly ten years so this one has some large shoes to fill.


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Unexpected Bonus!

5/5

When I ordered this item I was expecting "This is a 1-count dungeon dressing pack," but to my surprise, I received two doors. Checking with my FLGS who also carries this product line, that is how they are packaged. So, I guess you could say Paizo deceived me with their listing, but since it was in my favor, who am I to complain? :-D

The detail on this item is excellent. Both the stonework and the wood have texture and grain that will take highlighting very well. The metal work should likewise provide a good detail. The bonus feature is that the door disassembles into the base, arch, and door. This will greatly facilitate painting and could improve storage options. I think the tab/stem that connects the pieces together is a bit brittle so I doubt I will assemble/disassemble this piece other than to paint it.

If I had a complaint, and its a minor one, I would have liked to have different detail at the top of the arch. There is a demo head on both and one could have been blank or perhaps a skull or something. I know that would require a different mold so if that would have increased the price point, I'm happy to work with the matching detail.

The door itself is sized to 1" wide (25-28mm scale) but the archway extends beyond that so if you plan to incorporate this with other 3D terrain, you might have some alignment/fit issues. For me, it'll work just fine.

If you are a fan of dungeon dressing as I am, you will want these for your collection.


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Multiple Uses

5/5

The detail on this item is excellent. The stonework has texture that will take highlighting very well. The skulls have small clear platic sticking out the top that could be washed to appear like candle flame or perhaps something more sinister. There is melted candle wax texture on the top of the skull that can further enhance the painting options. The heads around the middle piece appear to have a central American (Aztec/Mayan?) influence.

If you are a fan of dungeon dressing as I am, you will want these for your collection.


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These chests are a treasure!

5/5

I am very happy with this item. Four chests for the price is very reasonable and having two closed and two matching open provides ample representation for my game and helping with immersion. The detail is excellent. I can see and feel the wood texture and the treasure inside is removable to facilitate painting. Would it be nice if there were pre-painted? Yes, but at this price, I am happy to complete that task myself. If I had a complaint, and its a minor one, the size is just a tad big for 25-28mm scale, but they easily fit in a 1" (5ft) scale on a tactical map. If you are a fan of dungeon dressing as I am, you will want these for your collection.


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Beautifully done, but short a card?!?

3/5

These cards are beautifully done. I am a fan of the Starfinder style and font and these cards display that nicely. The artworks is cool, using the space goblins in a similar way as they did with the goblins from the Pathfinder condition deck. The conditions contained are thorough and seem to be without errors as far as I can tell. The included rules card explaining the pack is nice for the n00b just getting into Starfinder without any Pathfinder/v3.5 experience.

What I do not understand is the apparent effort to short us one card. This is not to say the pack is incomplete. On the contrary, this seems to be intentional. There are three sets of the condition cards in the pack. Meaning three of each card. This is similar to how the Pathfinder condition cards were issued with their four sets of each card. There are 18 cards in each set, printed on both sides so there are 36 conditions represented. But, wait...18 cards, 3 sets, that's 54 cards. The box says 53. What happened?

Well it appears there are only two copies of the Invisible/Incorporeal cards. So, there are 2 sets of 18, and one set of 17 cards. I cannot imagine what production reason there would be for the pack to need to drop one card. Would one more card not fit? Is it how they print and stamp out the cards? Dunno, but whatever it is, it leaves me a bit disappointed. I may have been inclined to give this product 5 stars, and if there was a printing error, I might have dropped to 4 for the inconvenience, but to intentionally short the deck what is obviously a card that should be there and with no indication of it on the product page, I have to drop the rating again.


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Excellent!

4/5

The contents of the scenario were really enjoyable. The importance of the skill challenges and the array of skills that could be employed was awesome. There was a good balance of combat and non-combat encounters and we felt our actions truly had an impact on the story. I agree with others in that while the chronicle sheet has some very good boons, the execution of how they are earned leaves a bit to be desired. It needs a better distribution model for players to feel "good" about their cooperative successes. EDIT--the updated rules for chronicle distribution are more favorable to the players. Thx PFS team! [/EDIT]

My biggest complaint is having a coded break/intermission. At a large event like Gen Con, giving 190'ish tables (over 1300 participants) a break at the same time meant untenable, long lines at the restrooms and prize table. Writing the act as a sandbox with the ability of tables to take brief breaks on their own is much more manageable. Perhaps at a smaller event with just a few tables it will be better, but at Gen Con it was a terrible idea.


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Hats!

5/5

I was going to write a long and detailed review of this scenario, but I decided to just summarize...HATS!


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Just Awesome!

5/5

IMO, this is one of best scenarios we've had. The boxed text provides a super-creepy setting. The creatures encountered really support the overall theme, although I would have liked to see something a bit more unusual for the BBEG. There is some misdirection if the GM uses it properly and I am always in favor of unique items on the chronicle sheet. I think this scenario could be really enhanced with some eerie background music. I might try Midnight Syndicate with it next time. This scenario makes me really excited about season four.


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Hrmmm...

3/5

I have mixed feelings on this guy. The face and mane are very nice and proportioned, but the body is too gaunt, and the wings are too small. The colors are nice, with good shading, but I would have liked a detail color (maybe black) for the tail spikes. A more active pose would have been nice as well.


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Intimidating

4/5

Right out of the package I started thinking of ways to get this guy into my game as soon as possible. The sculpt, the proportions, the paint, blending, shading, it's all excellent. I love that one head is smaller than the other. His muscularity is not pronounced, giving him the right look of underlying power and flabbiness. If there is any flaw, it is in the seams. Some of them, particularly the right arm by the elbow, are not quite tight, leaving minor gaps. I have no idea what that strange pattern is on the back. It's too detailed to be a molding error.


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AAAAAAH!

4/5

If this was on the floor in the kitchen, you would run away for sure. The detail is excellent with good blending/shading. I really like the pattern on the back. The only thing keeping this from 5 star status is the mandibles. They are off. One is in the front, the other seems to be coming from the side and slightly high on the head. Maybe just a molding error and I look forward to a few more of these.


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Awesome

4/5

My initial fear was that this was just a rehash of the DDM version. I am pleasantly surprised with the level of detail. The blood on the blade is a nice touch. The blending and shading a very nice and the proportions are perfect. Glad I got two and will be looking for a few more.


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Disappointed

2/5

Of all the large figures, this is my least favorite. First, he is small. I expected gaunt, but everything needs to be larger...except for the overly-pronounced lower jaw. It is a copy of the Bestiary image, but jaw seems ever more out of proportion that the picture. There is little to no blending of the paint making the back look more like a cloak. I'm glad I only got one out of my case.


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Kind of a Runt

3/5

My initial feeling is similar to others. His upper torso seems out of proportion to the rest of the body. He looks like he would fall over with those tiny feet. I really like the paint detail, although he is a bit pale for my taste. I would have liked to see a bit more brown or green or even darker gray. A very good fig.


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It's Cold Out Here!

3/5

Frost Giants are one of my favorite of the giant type and this one does not disappoint. Due to lack of available food, I always envisioned them a bit gaunt. The blue shading is good. It is blended well to prevent a fake "blue-man" appearance. I think the interchangeable hand/weapon is a novelty and I will be forever in fear of loosing the one not installed. Iconically, they use axes and I would have been happy with a permanent one. If you want to play with interchangeability, try it with a dwarf. They are equally iconic with an axe or hammer. All-in-all a nice fig.


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Not Bad

3/5

Being one of my favorite all-time monsters, I had high hopes for this one. While it is cool, I am somewhat disappointed. The body is a bit too gaunt requiring the heads to be smaller than I would have liked. The detail in the faces is good but the coloring ends abruptly at the base of the heads. It needed better blending to look natural. I appreciate the slight curled wings, so it doesn't extend into surrounding battle map squares making simulation problematic.


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Dangerous, but fun

3/5

I've GM'd this four times now and the tier 4-5 is challenging, but not overly deadly. A very devious GM can push a couple of the encounters to make them very difficult, but assuming that your party is a balanced group, they should be fine. There is a lot of role-play opportunities and a nice mix of enemy types and environments.

The tier 1-2 version is a good challenge for level two PC's, but is largely beyond the skill of an all 1st-level party.

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The animated statue has hardness, lots of hit points, and two attacks. While its AC is low, there is a very good chance your party may be unable to defeat it. Heck, they may not even be able to damage it. Be very careful.

Also, the BBEG seems to have a poor build. He has a cool class-based buff that cannot trigger because he has no spells that it would apply to. The 4-5 version is just okay, but the 1-2 version is poorly built.


One of the faction missions can only be completed (per the text) if you fail a saving throw. Essentially, this means if the PC's avoid the issue, or succeed at the saves, you could fail the mission. IMO, poor design.

This scenario has some nice aspects and an interesting plot/theme. I really like the mix of monsters and environments, but there are some unbalanced challenges and the monsters could use another round of development.


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