Pathfinder Module W3: Flight of the Red Raven (OGL)

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Pathfinder Module W3: Flight of the Red Raven (OGL)

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A wilderness adventure for 4th-level characters.

The Vernal Key has been stolen from the town of Azurestone and the notorious Red Raven is the culprit. With a terrible winter setting in, the small community faces a gruesome fate without its protection. To recover the Key, the heroes must face off against brazen outlaws, freezing weather, and dangerous predators, but the trail leads to even greater peril. For the Red Raven's path heads straight into the Jarl's Prison, a maze of ice and snow from which there is no escape!

Written by David Schwartz, the winner of the GameMastery Module Open Call contest—the best among over 150 applicants.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-101-5

GameMastery Modules are 32-page, high-quality, full-color, OGL-compatible adventures for use with the world's most popular fantasy RPG. All GameMastery Modules include four pre-made characters so players can jump right into the action, and full-color maps to enhance play.

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Nature all around, boys. Take it all in.

4/5

This is a delightfully different module. Nothing excites me more than the heavy-use of the environment not only as a setting but as an obstacle for the players. This adventure exceeds the typical plunder-the-dungeon set up and goes with a new twist of having to track down your enemy through untamed lands. My group and I rather enjoyed this adventure. It is solid, it is fun, it is very easy to run and read up on if you are in a tight fix for a time or need an adventure as soon as possible, and is even topped off with a cool ice fortress.

The only thing missing is Dan Akroyd and John Candy.




a modarate read

4/5

I will start by saying that this is a wonderful module. action packed, cinematic, memorable... but several issues forced me to reduce a star.

first and most noticeable is the PC - triggered events that takes place too often. the PC's just happen to be around at critical moments, and my players will never accept such a thing.
the second issue is that the writer's talent isn't really showing. the module is not fun to read, and I did not feel as immersed in the experience as I usually do.

still, this one is defiantly up to Paizo's standards.




Impressive

5/5

Just to declare it upfront, I was one of the contestants up to the second round. Resultingly, I had been highly interested in this module to see what came up. However my hopes of nitpicking were quickly shattered.
This a solid adventure to the great outdoors. A wonderful chase through the wilderness complete with traps and ambushes and memorable critters.
The setting is well drawn. The town while somewhat standard wilderness outpost is given colour by the Harvest Festival and the NPCs. But the wild is where this adventure really shines. Kudos for a wilderness adventure that actually feels like one and not just a walk through the forest. River crossings, icy gorges, glaciers, avalanches and lots of tracking. Rangers, druids should have a field day.
Additionally, Schwartz's Red Raven is sure to be a memorable character/adversary(?) in any campaign.
If you're looking to give your party a good hike Raven should fit the bill nicely. Kudos to Mr. Schwartz for an impressive outing.


Scarab Sages

That's a nice, shiny, new cover you've got there Paizo guys. I like!


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Is this shipping soon? Been looking forward to it for a while now.

Paizo Employee CEO

Rauol_Duke wrote:
Is this shipping soon? Been looking forward to it for a while now.

Next week.

-Lisa


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Woo Hoo!!!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Is there a reason this isn't showing up in my Pathfinder Modules subscription? My last shipped module was The Demon Within, but the next module to ship it says is Tower of the Last Baron.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

It says the same for me! Any info?


Dryder wrote:
It says the same for me! Any info?

Me three! And I've got it set so that my Pathfinder ships on my Module subscription. ARRRGGGHH!


I just checked mine, and me four.

Sovereign Court

Not a subscriber! Unrelated question: Where in Golarion does this take place?

Dark Archive Contributor

molrak wrote:
Is there a reason this isn't showing up in my Pathfinder Modules subscription? My last shipped module was The Demon Within, but the next module to ship it says is Tower of the Last Baron.

The subscriptions page is a bit off. Gary, Lord of All Code, is working on making it tick better and its getting the help it needs.

Despite what it says, Flight of the Red Raven *is* the next module coming out and slated to be shipped to subscribers soon.

Dark Archive Contributor

cappadocius wrote:
Not a subscriber! Unrelated question: Where in Golarion does this take place?

In Galt, near the Boarwood and continues a bit south.

The Exchange

Look at the pretty shiny Pathfinder Branding!

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

edit: lol..my answer was two posts above.

In Galt, huh? So will the bloody, revolutionary nature of the country be explored?


molrak wrote:
Is there a reason this isn't showing up in my Pathfinder Modules subscription? My last shipped module was The Demon Within, but the next module to ship it says is Tower of the Last Baron.

Or in the downloads?

The module is 'ready to be shipped' and usually I have it available to download at this time... :)

Hyb'


molrak wrote:
Is there a reason this isn't showing up in my Pathfinder Modules subscription? My last shipped module was The Demon Within, but the next module to ship it says is Tower of the Last Baron.

I think it's because this is a standalone module, not part of the subscription.


Jason Bergschneider wrote:
I think it's because this is a standalone module, not part of the subscription.

It's a part of the subscription, I believe.

Sovereign Court

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Jason Bergschneider wrote:
molrak wrote:
Is there a reason this isn't showing up in my Pathfinder Modules subscription? My last shipped module was The Demon Within, but the next module to ship it says is Tower of the Last Baron.
I think it's because this is a standalone module, not part of the subscription.

This is a Pathfinder Module and so it has to be part of any pathfinder module subscription. There isn't anything like a stand alone pathfinder module.

Cheers,
Günther


what level are the PC's at the end?

Why can't this info be printed on the cover????

If Paizo want people to buy these Modules it would help the buyer link them together if we knew the level at the end of the mod.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

This is a lot of crunchy fun. Thanks, David. It's one of those modules I'd want to run with a co-DM. ("Entombed with the Pharaohs" is another.)

A note and a question:

Spoiler:

The topology of the prison is something called RP2, real projective 2-space.
What was the working name of the hoary muntjac?

Dark Archive Contributor

Guennarr wrote:
Jason Bergschneider wrote:
molrak wrote:
Is there a reason this isn't showing up in my Pathfinder Modules subscription? My last shipped module was The Demon Within, but the next module to ship it says is Tower of the Last Baron.
I think it's because this is a standalone module, not part of the subscription.

This is a Pathfinder Module and so it has to be part of any pathfinder module subscription. There isn't anything like a stand alone pathfinder module.

Cheers,
Günther

As Guennarr said. It is a Pathfinder Module, so yes, it is a part of the subscription. If you're experiencing problems with your subscription you should send an email to customer service.

There actually is something like a stand-alone Pathfinder module, though, Guennarr. There are three: D0, TC1, and D1.5. I don't know if they go in the subscription or not, but they are 16 pages and therefore aren't normal Pathfinder modules.

Dark Archive Contributor

stuart haffenden wrote:

what level are the PC's at the end?

Why can't this info be printed on the cover????

If Paizo want people to buy these Modules it would help the buyer link them together if we knew the level at the end of the mod.

The starting level is on the front cover. You can always safely assume characters will gain 1 or 2 levels in an adventure. :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mike McArtor wrote:
There actually is something like a stand-alone Pathfinder module, though, Guennarr. There are three: D0, TC1, and D1.5. I don't know if they go in the subscription or not, but they are 16 pages and therefore aren't normal Pathfinder modules.

None of those are part of the subscription. The subscription includes only the regularly scheduled 32-page modules.

Dark Archive Contributor

Vic Wertz wrote:
Mike McArtor wrote:
There actually is something like a stand-alone Pathfinder module, though, Guennarr. There are three: D0, TC1, and D1.5. I don't know if they go in the subscription or not, but they are 16 pages and therefore aren't normal Pathfinder modules.
None of those are part of the subscription. The subscription includes only the regularly scheduled 32-page modules.

There you go. Answers from on high.

Thanks Vic! ^_^

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Thinking more about my previous post.

The prison is magic. Magic things happen. None of the following has to be the case, because it's magic.

But...

Spoiler:

If the Jarl's Prison really were based on the topology of RP2, then interesting things happen. RP2 is non-orientable, like the Moebius band or the Klein bottle. That means that, if Geppa and the Red Raven were at P5, and the Raven went "north" to C, and passed through to the bottom of the map, and then made his way back to P5, Geppa would still be there, but they would each see the other as left-right reversed.

Which might make people suspicious. Or which might make reading notes harder.

Never mind. Math stuff. It's magic. Just go with that.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

I like the cover, too. It reminds me of the Iron Heroes stuff. Is it the same artist?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

waltero wrote:
I like the cover, too. It reminds me of the Iron Heroes stuff. Is it the same artist?

The cover artist is Eric Deschamps.


Just got this as PDF via my subscription, looks fun.

One thing that caused me immediate hilarity was the use of Finnish names. Most of the NPCs in Azurestone seem to have Finnish (or pseudo-Finnish) names, and there's a house called "Sahtisauna" -- which means pretty much what it's described as, "The Sahtisauna is a combination bathhouse and brewery".

Nothing wrong with that, it's an obscure language that probably sounds "alien" enough for most people. For us Finns, though, it's one thing that you'd have to change if running the module -- I have a hard time picturing my players talking to an inhabitant of a fantasy town named Antero Ikonen and keeping a straight face :D

Contributor

Petri Wessman wrote:
One thing that caused me immediate hilarity was the use of Finnish names.

Heh. When this adventure got integrated into Golarian it ended up farther south than I had expected. :-)


David Schwartz wrote:
Petri Wessman wrote:
One thing that caused me immediate hilarity was the use of Finnish names.
Heh. When this adventure got integrated into Golarian it ended up farther south than I had expected. :-)

Yeah, I have to say Galt seemed like a pretty odd choice to me too, I think it would've made a lot more sense to place it at least as far north as Ustalav/Lastwall, if not even further.


So I just tried to run this as a one-shot and was sorely disappointed. It has a lot of potential, but was unclear in crucial points. For instance, when presented with the false trail vs. the real trail, my players successfully found the real trail. Unfortunately, I could not figure out where the trail picked up in the book.

The initial romp through the forest also seemed a bit bizarre.

Perhaps I just didn't put enough time into game prep, and that would be my fault as a DM. Therefore, rather than actually say this is a bad review, take it rather as a warning to be prepared to spend a couple hours ahead of time figuring out how the module relates to itself.

For now, Dungeon Crawl Classics will continue to be my favorite one-shot adventures :)


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

It looks like book distribution (via Ingram) never received this one.

Former VP of Finance

tbug wrote:
It looks like book distribution (via Ingram) never received this one.

After checking the website of the distributor that serves Ingram, it looks like they currently have 20 on order. So, they should be showing up there soon. I have no idea why they haven't ordered it previously, but I'll do some poking around and perhaps find out.


I picked this up last night on my weekly shopping trip to The Compleat Strategist in NYC. It looks like a lot of fun; can't wait to run it!


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This is a really good module.

I've made a simple map of Azuretone for use in my game. Anyone is free to use it if they like.


Mactaka wrote:
In Galt, huh? So will the bloody, revolutionary nature of the country be explored?

Nope. I got this module - and downloaded the PSS "To Scale the Dragon" - in the hopes that they would be affected by the revolution. They weren't. They didn't mention the revolution at all. I guess the locations were too remote to be frequented by revolutionaries.


Aaron Bitman wrote:
Mactaka wrote:
In Galt, huh? So will the bloody, revolutionary nature of the country be explored?
Nope. I got this module - and downloaded the PSS "To Scale the Dragon" - in the hopes that they would be affected by the revolution. They weren't. They didn't mention the revolution at all. I guess the locations were too remote to be frequented by revolutionaries.

Maybe because the module is not Pathfinder specific?


I know it's 3.5, but I would still love this module to be opened up for Pathfinder Society play.


Thread re-necro: as Majuba said... huh... 3 years ago... will this ever be made part of PFS? :)

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