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Non memorable, chase scene was lacking

2/5

Not a whole lot to say about this one. The location is pretty dull and if youre not enamored with the monster here there just isnt a lot to sink your teeth into.

There were two combats, the first of which was so dull and uninteresting it barely registered until i opened the scenario again to do this review.

The chase scene was fine but really punished party members with low skill pools like clerics and champions.

The 2nd combat was pretty solid but not the most engaging. Even with the party struggling a bit in the second combat they were done in 2 hours. A little more meat on the bone please.


3/5


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A Difficult to review scenario

3/5

So on the plus side

- Good Varied combat encounters finally! There were 3 very good fights in here and one which i had to cut for time and thats okay because it was wholly unnecessary anyway. Big props for finally doing good combat design work!

- Tone and setting - it feels like a fun romp because its supposed to be. It raises a LOT of setting related questions specifically on the nature of this island, ghouls, undeath in general. Its really really weird. Hopefully we eventually get answers because the mystery of the island was way more interrsting than the actual mystery the adventure was about and doesnr get resolved.

Downsides

- The mystery itself...isnt a mystery. You get told who the suspect is and then every single piece of evidence supports that theory. If a GM really tries and reaches for it you can loop in a red herring but its tough sledding.

- Pacing its ALL mystery and then ALL combat which just isnt good pacing. Something more varied (and there were opportunities for it in this story) would have helped

- The setting and tone are VERY light hearted regarding topics which are typicslly quite heavy. If a player brings a champion or a cleric of pharasma or Iomedae or just...is from Last wall, there is a lot of cognitive dissonance the scenario does NOTHING to smooth.

So good combats, good humor and memorable npcs but it can run long and the mystery itself is simply a dissatisfying conclusion


A hot mess, but enjoyable with the right gm

2/5

There are times when a subsystem, despite seeming appropriate, is actually a very poor fit for a scenario. This has to be the most extreme version of that I have seen.

The NPCs this time are actually decently well differentiated, an improvement on previous influence based scenarios. But there are significant problems. First, this scenario is structured in such a way that you don't actually learn anything valuable from anyone. Its all light rumors that are largely inconsequential. Also each NPC needs 6-8 points of influence to close out. Given that there are only 5 real rounds of influence and 2 of those get eaten up by discovery, that is essentially requiring pcs to critically succeed on a reliable basis to learn everything. Its just bad design and thats before you realize most NPCs top 2 influence skills are typically Lores, which are effectively useless meaning it takes 3 discoveries to get anything useful.

This is actually to the detriment of the writing of the npcs which is fairly good but whose actions might seem completely incomprehensible if your dice were cold. The scenario also boldly states thst it should be clear who the person who is off is at the end of influence rounds is and I have to declare it was not.

The transition from this scene to the little mini exploration section was clunky and the mystery not especially engaging. The fact that this scenario has one combat and a 2nd combat you have in character reasons to avoid is also unacceptable. This is still a rpg system that is primarily about fighting things. Please let us fight. The motives of the npcs involved in the climax are pretty incomprehensible from the outside and form a sour taste for the ending.

Just...messy messy messy.

It also needs atated - the art orders in this scenario were truly atrocious, especislly the new Safa art and the Tisbah art.


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A return to the Serious

5/5

There have been a lot of changes very rapidly to the setting this game takes place in and these changes have been underexplored in favor of simply presenting what the changes are.

Here instead we see what a society that does suddenly embrace that which was previously monstrous might look like.

This scenario is primarily an investigation and as a whodunnit it is very successful. The clues are evocative and interesting without resorting to the old subtlety hammer. Its a fine line to walk but they walked it here.

The combats and environmental challenges were fun and level appropriate. Tonewise this does feel a bit like an adventure for junior pathfinders but it all works out in the end.

The thing I compliment the most is the serious tone. So much of pfs lately is dripping in irony or humor and runs away from the gravity the setting could have if you let it.


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Brutally difficult and a little combat heavy

3/5

This was an anticipated continuation of the years metaplot and I am a little weirded out that this is now the 2nd one in a row where basically our mission is to murder all the members of the Organization.

That said, Ulumbia is a legitimately interesting bit of plot thread that I wish we had been able to flesh out more. Freyan seemed redeemable with his passion for the subject and I am a little disappointed that there was no mechanic or story beat for that possibility.

The building itself had some very strong setting detail.

But that final fight is so overtuned and brutal, with the terrain turning an already hard fight into a situation that was just one bad roll away from tpk.


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Uneven Experience and unnecessarily vague

3/5

The setting detail givennin this scenario was almost distractingly poorly presented. Two of these three quick hitter missions designed to introduce us to the candidates involved weeklong jaunts to other planets. Players pointed this out and their investment was visibly diminished by it.

Abadarcorp presented as being evil and soulless corporation when their lore is the exact opposite undercut the presentation of the entire 2nd mission.

The combat in the 2nd quest lacked vital details on how the encounter was supposed to work, making it difficult to give the players agency in an exploration scenario.

Oddness Mechanically:
Enormous Dinosaurs with no stealth modifier ambush the party

The environmental exploration and dungeon exploration in missions 2 and 4 were too shallow to be memorable. Mission 3 was a standout and was good. Mission 1 was also good.

The NPCs are mostly well presented and that is the main point of this adventure but everything else was sloppy and uneven.

Im not sure why this is repeatable. It has absolutely no repeatable elements.


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Completely inappropriate use of the influence system and weird encounter design

2/5

I have to say the use of the influence system in this scenario is truly puzzling. The NPCs are only loosely detailed and the characrization of Star is really child-like and not super in keeping with his prior appearances which had portraydd star as wise and old. But having influence to start the scenario cold with npcs in rounds before the players have really gotten warmed up is so hard. Not only did it have timing that made things difficult but with the lack of a true player-facing objective for the scene the players really didnt even know what to say or do or why they were doing it. This lent itself to largely awkward and unrewarding roleplay outside of Stars portion. I appreciste that this scene was trying to pay off the season and the friends we made along the way but I do not think it landed.

Then we get to the combats and I am so puzzled at some of the decisions

Combat Spoiler:
There is this combat in a dreamscape with this mirror gimmick and all of these dream powers and then the biggest threat in the encounter is a largely stationary plant? You wrote a ferrari and used it as a civic. Its weird. This could have been EPIC but it wasnt

There are also some really weird things with the connective tissue of the scenario. Aslynns plan doesnt make any sense to me. I tried. Andnthis made it really hard for me to convey Aslynns motivations and activities to the players. This meta plot has not been my favorite but I was surprised at the extent to which this just did NOT come together.

And then as others have said when you do finally get to go one on one with the big bad of not one but TWO seasons...she just isnt a big deal and the combat is the least interesting of the three written in the scenario.

There were some great and clever ideas in here but theyre inrefined pr misapplied and it was disappointing in the end.

Normally Id give a scenario like this 3 stars but since this was meant to be the payoff for two seasons of plot and REALLY needed to deliver I knock off a star.


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We need to talk about NPCs

2/5

This was an adventure that was significantly more unwieldy than it had to be because of the sheer number of people the scenario is asking us to introduce and make both memorable and different for the players.

NPC Identities:
You have the traveling Venture Captain, who should as the person being escorted be the star of the bunch. You have a rabdom NPC from the past reprising their role - this is fine since its just a reprise but all of the reprisals are characters these pcs could not have possibly met, you have the dryad familiar babysitter who competes with the VC for attention and virtually guarantees that neither ends up especially memorable. You then have a wood genie and talos to negotiate with. Its just...a lot. Its a lot to keep straight as a gm, its a lot to keep straight for players unless theyre taking good notes. Its messy. Its upoing the degree of difficulty on a scenario that, as an intro, should be simple enough that newer gms can execute it well. These missions have created memorable and beloved NPCs in the past when the focus was properly on the new npcs and maybe an antagonist. Thinking here of J Dacilane and Envar Tamm. This tried to do way too much and did not succeed. I did not really have enough material to make any of these NPCs really sing and I really wanted them to.

Also this is a more minor quibble but introducing supposedly powerful npcs and making them useless without providing a good narrative reason is something players dunk on pretty viciously.

The rest of the adventure was good enough though parts of it were a bit more opaque than they had to be, for example the variable portion of the maze and what differences the different lodges actually made to the story.

The final battle was very creative but in my experience

Combat spoilers:
This was a lot of this adventures wordcount, which could have been used elsewhere, on this gimmick of the two different NPCs offering hints on how to beat the baby brine shark. All well and good except the shark was dead before any information could be imparted, which rendered a lot of this potentially memorable set piece moot.

There were a lot of good ideas here but the execution was messy and left a lot to be desired. I would look elsewhere for a memorable first scenario for a new gm or player.

PS PLEASE do not make us use elements from 3 different tile sets again for the same map. That really sucked.


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Another home run for Tineke

5/5

I had so much fun with this adventure as a player. It felt great to be rewarded, playing a wizard water elementalist in this adventure allowed me to make good use of spells like create water (to remove some of the time crunch and to allow us to use the camels for a purpose other than carrying water) and a wand of purify food. It was great fun exploring the various hexes and the care put into each stop made each stop really pop. It has been a trend lately to pack an absurd amount of disparate elements in PFS adventures and instead this adventure knows its vibe and hammers it home with incredible guile.

I also have to throw props for the trollish but fair combat composition. I felt all clever prepping spells based on some hints laid by the adventure only to get blindsided by something totally unexpected. I howled with delight at how well the author tricked me. The hazards presented some unusual scenarios and allowed me to use some under-used abilities.

I enjoyed that the adventure actually presented a clear, easily articulated choice and allowed us the ability to make a meaningful decision regarding the future of the campaign without there being a clear right side and long side. Just head and shoulders above the rest. Go out of your way for this one.


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Avoid Avoid Avoid - very disappointing high level outing

1/5

I want to start by saying the germ of the idea for this scenario is a very good one - going to investigate an alien intelligence which is inadvertently causing disrest amongst the peasants is a really cool story hook.

Scenario spoilers:

The execution here however was a disaster in every way. The manner in which the above story hook is integrated into the meta plot is extremely sloppy,connecting the disparate elements of the Ardis Scholars, a previously more or less undefined entity, with the night hag Aslyn. There is also a ghost, and a member of the Ardis Scholars, who for some reason has an artificial heart. The story has 4 major NPCs (5 if you include Gleam the baby cu sith) and they all basically don't know anything. They can tell you the very basics, which amounts to about 3 sentences of lore and leave the PCs having discovered nothing at all.

The aforementioned mob? They just show up and leave. Nothing interesting of any sort is done with this plot element especially since the mob is very very easy to just talk down. Why was it even here?

You learn distressingly little information about the alien, the Ardis scholars, the night hags daughter who turned on her mother unsuccessfully. This scenario ties all of these elements and all of these elements contribute a little bit to the cool vibe of the weird electric lab. But that's all the scenario has time to do. It introduces you to a world of stuff and then you leave. This scenario would have been much more successful focusing on any one or maybe two of these elements.

The scenario also tries to introduce several "hard choices" in order to set up fun in character discussion but the choices first of all the choice is NOT hard (there's just an evil option and a good option) and the scenario the party is being asked to make a decision about has absolutely no flesh on the bone. It doesn't even appear to be a choice at all at first glance.

Even the mystery of what happened to the Ardis scholars is just completely dull because the answer is just "Aslynn did a thing and since she's the big bad we have no idea why."

This brings me to the fights themselves. Talk about a lot of anti-fun. One fight is harpies. Enough said.

The next is oozes and an ooze-like monster that is immune to evocation magic, so no fun allowed for like anyone with non bludgeoning weapons or offensive spells. The ooze fight happens in a locale too small to fit even the basic number of monsters let alone the ones added on for scaling adjustments and the same thing happens again for the third fight.

Then a fight with a construct that hits like a truck and is pretty darn tanky. Having to do this fight after how resource intensive the previous combats were the party I ran for actually just chose to fail the mission instead of dragging their way through to the end because too much time had passed and they didn't want to do another encounters they were gonna need to chip their way through over a long series of rounds.

Even the map itself is that same old tired haunted house map, so the PCs have absolutely no chance of being enticed to explore this thing for umpteenth time at this level. In the end there wasn't much here for the players to really sink their teeth into and there desperately needed to be more depth and less width to the proceedings.

All in all, the plot didn't make any sense, there are so many NPCs crammed into this thing that none of them are memorable, the fights are miserably unfun, and so much word count is devoted to all these extra curriculars that we in the end didn't even really get to learn anything about the alien.

An easy skip, play literally anything else instead.


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Perfectly Cromulent intro.

3/5

These intro adventures are always very tricky. Having to be structured on sich a way that rhey can ease a new player into the plot, the current plot drop was clever but maybe is a good bit of proof thst the current plot is a bit on the heady side because there was a lot to ease everyone into while still having to get people to see whats so great about organized play.

The scenario has a good balance of skill challenges that dont form gates for progress, and combats.

I wish it had been a lot more consequential and that the skills checks had resulted in a bit more discovery that invited more...boubdless wonder.

As was this one gets the job done, but very skippable for established players. But its pretty forgettable and I wont ever have a desire to revisit.


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The ole bait snd switch

3/5

So obviously with the title of the adventure, it was an expectation wandering into this one where you would be running into the Lands of Linnirm kings and dealing with a Linnorm or its treasures and getting a chance to fight dragons and roll with vikings.

When the reality is quite different and you are playing babysitter to a bunch of bratty dragon princes, more akin to the classic first edition adventure The Horn of Aroden. But in this sort of scenario less is definitely more. Seven dragons to placate across multiple situations of them causing mischief is pretty amusing st first but thrice its a little...dull. the seven of them havw not enough in terms of distinct personae to make this work and the three scnearios arent interesting enough to justify having all three.

And it doesnt really go anywhere either. The villains plan doesnt make a lot of sense and the resolution of the plotline and the Pathfinder Society's stake in it all is a very tight fit. Overall taken for what it is, the scenario is fun enough but with logs of room for improvement.


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A fun romp through an underexplored locale

3/5

I love any time we get to really dig into a locale that breaks out from the normal quasi medieval-renaissance-steampunk feel that the setting has, instead bringing to life the almost comedically high fantasy feel of Nex and its commonplace rarity.

The city itself is the center piece of this one and the author does an excellent job laying down the details as the adventure feels like an excuse just to go tour this under-represented city. Unfortunately, a lot of the word count that could have gone to making each stop on the tour really pop went instead to writing a unique pun for the NPC the PCs are accompanying on their tour; this had the effect of making each stop on the tour feel a little sparse. Each stop was like a very small scene fragment and the players were left feeling dissatisified at each turn. I was able to fluff these stops out using background detail from the paragraphs at the start of the adventure but a little more guidance on how to connect the muscles to the bones of this one. Lesser GMs will reduce that section to a very chunky mechanical series of skill rolls.

I also feel as though the conflict with the gang could have used a little more flesh too - the gang had a very specific gang sign but not a name. And even the backstory had a very touchy bit of non-specificity where Id have liked a little more detail to avoid tossing my foot in my mouth.

Plot spoilers:
The arclords transness mixed with the truename ritual's purpose (changing her body in a permament way) gave the impression that the mishap that turned them into a skull was a gender transition disaster which feels pretty hot button for organized play.

I know this review sounds critical but I still really enjoyed it; I was just frustrated because its a masterpiece in the rough.


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Exactly what SFS has been needing

5/5

This is the sort of scenario that made Starfinder Society the greatest org play campaign ever. We saw a lot of this sort of thing in season 1 and this was a really clever way to leverage the Drift Crisis into creating some sort of "First Contact" scenario without adding any new aliens or creating any new planets and instead putting a new coat of paint on a planet as familiar as Akiton.

The scenario had just enough open ended roleplay to make the players feel some real agency which pays off big time by the end of the scenario by emboldening players to approach the moral quandary of the scenario wi5h their own set of ideas and ethics.

Just the perfect starfinder romp and insant member of the canon of the campaign.


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Welcome to Mecha SFS!

5/5

I ran this scenario 6 times at this years gen con and I have to say it was an incredible experience every single time.

This scenario features the society slowly but surely choosing a side in the civil war on Vesk 6 aka Pulonis and dealing with the repercussions of the SFS earlier actions in the Veskarium back when we were desperate for help during the fallout from the Scoured Stars incident.

This is a really thick and heavy scenario despite being the normal length.

It has it all, travel adventures, a detailed look at previously unexplored locales, intrigue and a mystery to solve (there is a traitor after all) and of course super cool plot reveals and our first foray into mech combat.

Highly recommend but give yourself an extra hour to finish up.


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Very Uncomfortable Outing

1/5

The Year of Apologizing for Existing kicked off in earnest in this scenario and boy what a doozy of a thing to be apologizing for. I cannot express strongly enough how much the table absolutely positively despised being put in the position of having to defend and apoligize for such villainy that they had absolutely nothing to do with.

One player was so uncomfortable that they actually left the table.

As for the adventure design itself...the method of apology felt very very odd and frankly while the tasks were set up to encourage roleplay the morale of the table was in the tank to the point where it became a pretty lifeless series of dice rolls.

The final part of the scenario saw the players rally but perhaps too late. Being asked to place the artifact [spoilers=major spoilers for scenario] back into a monster infested dungeon and to resist the allure of trying to protect another such artifact, just felt odd. It didnt make any sense. [/spoiler]

In the end, the scenario felt disjointed, the crime being apologized for so heinous and over the top that the method of apology felt alkost cartoonishly goofy.

I have no problem with going dark or grey - in fact I usually prefer it. But this scenario is so far out of left field, so cartoonishly evil, that I honestly prefer to pretend this whole happening never took place.


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A bit clumsy

2/5

This scenario felt as though it was aiming for a similar feel to 1-01, which introduced the original 4 (non second seeker) factions and even made some tongue in cheek callbacks to that scenario.

But the direct comparison begged here was not flattering. The nuts and bolts were there. Solid mix of combat and roleplay but the roleplay set pieces were truly underwhelming and there really is only so much you can do to spice up low level starfinder combat.

In the end, I cannot see myself running this again or as part of a routine intended to introduce new players to SFS and for that reason I must rate it below average.


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I always love a chance to do something new

4/5

This is one of those cases where the plot hook was entirely unrelated to the actual content of the adventure is a way that was pretty disappointing.

I have been so jonesing to see Envar again only for him to...not really be in this. Just weird. But to the content of the ACTUAL adventure we did go on I really liked it. The choices made for the aliens from this one were interesting - picking up on the "prey species" vibe we have seen cropping up in sci-fi and doing a pretty good job with it.

I will say my one and only complaint is that with the influence scene there weren't sharp enough contrasts between the three NPCs which made it difficult to have a truly great scene.


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Foreshadowing!

5/5

Hmm I wonder what's going on with the drift beacons? Can't be that there is about to be some sort of crisis?

Honestly, I love the very star trek "our heroes are vaulted into a tense situation and have to play mediator" start to the adventure. Its unique and the situation was tense and I think a roleplaying encounter at the start of the scenario is absolutely key in getting people engaged.

From there, there is a lot of nice locale exploration and exposition which I appreciate. I always like when we get to see what, precisely, some of these things that are so important to the lore actually look and function like.

And then the twist ending gives a second or third perspective on what the Data Scourge looks like. All told, just a really fun experience.


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I am just never gonna like these

3/5

The quest pack experiment to me has been one marked by failure and I am glad to hear Starfinder is getting Bounties so we can stop wasting a precious scenario slot every year on one of these.

In terms of the content itself, it was nice to get a tour of different under-visited locales within the pact. But the disjointed feel and the "well these all tie together you see so they're kinda cool" resolution only had me wishing for a more cohesive product.


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Another Wasko Home Run

5/5

I went into this one not particularly inspired. I mean a fight at a robot factory? I mean we've been there done that.

I should have known better. The author does a lot of novel things with the mechanics in this one creating some of the most engaging mechanical experiences and fights of the season.

Ultimately, the metaplot only advances the smallest amount in this one and I think it would stand alone just fine as a dungeon crawl through a memorable and dangerous terrain.


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A welcome departure from the normal

5/5

This was an interesting investigation into the future - a good use of speculative fiction as roleplaying fodder.

It is difficult to get into specifics without spoiling the whole thing but the writer did a magnificent job using the atmosphere of the locale for this investigation to perfection and creating the situation necessary to have a truly compelling roleplaying experience.

The combats were a bit uninspired, but its a 1-4 you're not gonna get compelling mechanics and they really weren't the point of this one.


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The Thrilling Conclusion to the Ziggy Arc

4/5

I have almost nothing but good things to say about this one. The space station itself is a very well done space dungeon. Can't talk too much plot here, but I found the way everything was handled to be extremely satsifying.

The starship combat was a little lacking and bland though. Its hard enough to get people up for Starship Combat, when the combat itself has very little interesting going on, its an instant uphill sled.


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The Dark Cousin to the Protectorate Petition

5/5

To me, the first truly truly great scenario in the campaign was The Protectorate Petition. There was a wealth of information presented and the PCs were able to really FEEL like they were doing an away mission for the diplomatic corps of the Pact Worlds.

It just felt right and there was so much to discover. So when I read this one over and saw much of the same set up I was curious how they were going to handle it. They make sure to tell you this is a world that FAILED protectorate status once. This instantly changes the PCs view from neutral to skeptical and the whole thing proceeds from there.

These people have something you want...but at what cost?

A bit more combat intensive than its cousin, it's still the same kind of rich roleplaying experience leaning on the things unique to Science Fantasy and I highly recommend it.


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