Pathfinder Module S1: Clash of the Kingslayers (OGL)

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Pathfinder Module S1: Clash of the Kingslayers (OGL)

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An RPG Superstar dungeon adventure for 10th-level characters

Glimmerhold, an ancient dwarven city-kingdom, is under attack! A casual dungeon exploration has unleashed a host of hideous monstrosities from deep beneath the earth that threatens to destroy Glimmerhold. The ancient dwarven city has a dark secret, one that may turn the players against its rulers and force them to make the ultimate decision: save the city of Glimmerhold, or destroy it!

Written by Christine Schneider, the winner of Paizo’s first RPG Superstar™ contest.

The map of Glimmerhold was omitted for lack of space, but you can download it here, and read about it in this entry in the Paizo Blog.

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

ISBN 13: 978-1-60125-125-1

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Great module, but could be fantastic!

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This module should be double sized. It's missing the map of Glimmerhold, but I found it online. The premise is sound, but the dungeon into Siege Weapon needs more 'crunch' dealing with hazards and CR rewards, a timeline as the rooms change, etc. I would have liked to see more detail of the Doom Guides as an organization, perhaps a charismatic leader with which to respond or interact with. These people are very interesting, since they clue the PCs into the corrupt nature of Glimmerhold. Also in the text, are suggestions for NPCs whom would interact with the PCs, but no names or even base stats are included. Again, this module shouts out for more detail.

A bit of background: I am running this adventure chopped up with the 'Doom Grinder' from TSR circa 1998 (?). I have set this module/Doom Grinder as the dwarf city of Karakast, on the fringes of the lands of Greyhawk. My Age of Worms campaign has a larger than normal group, so XP progression from that AP is slower than normal. The PC group is 6 level 12 characters. So I used the advanced template for most of the bad guys. Added some Forge Fiends rather than the Fire Elementals. etc.
The Doom Grinder module as written was interesting, but no reason for it's existence, reason for it's course, and the Derro guiding it was sketchy (i.e. they're insane, so do insane things). The 'Clash of Kingslayers' has motivation in spades, and I love the interaction with the King!


Enjoyable for player and GM

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I ran this in my 3.5 game, the conversion was pretty easy, just a few name changes and such. Overall I enjoyed the module, there were some good roleplaying opportunities as well as a few challenging fights.


Unique Module With Unique Feel

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This module is one of the most interesting concepts for an adventure I've seen. It moved away from common fantasy tropes, which does require some preparation. But with a little front-end work, it can fit into most campaigns.

The good: It's got an engaging back-story, one of betrayal, death, and revenge. Similarly, it's got a compelling villain, with whom the party has a chance to interact. The party also has the chance to interact with the populace, and actions in the beginning of the adventure can affect the end. The encounters are exciting, and challenging for a party. The new monsters presented were well-received by my party. Overall, there is plenty to keep a party busy. The quality of the writing, printing, and maps are all quite good.

The bad: All the items to compel a party to keep playing also mean the module is crowded. The details are sparse, and much of it needs to be fleshed out further. Many of the NPCs are given a few meager words of description. Several elements seem a bit rushed. This means that the GM will have to sit down beforehand to master the material and either 1) be prepared to improvise many minor but salient details or 2) work out such information ahead of time.

Similarly, the presentation makes the timing seem rushed. If you are not careful, your party would bounce back and forth without a real opportunity to understand their situation or even appreciate the unique living dungeon.

Finally, the hook is very sparse. The adventure seems to assume that the party will show up, notice bad things happening, and intervene because that is what adventurer's do. While high-level adventurers should be big players in a world, it will require some invention to give them a reason to care about the situation.


Not what I needed

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I was running Curse of the Crimson Throne and thought I would use this adventure as an interlude as they traveled toward Kaer Maga. Upon purchase and review, I decided not to use it and swallow the $13 I paid for it rather than run my players through it.


Awesome

*****

This adventure is one that will wake you up at the table. Totally unexpected twist in this one and I have to say that our whole group really marvelled at the originality of the adventure. This one is definately worth your time.


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Scarab Sages

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Congratulations, Christine!

Silver Crusade

Way to go Christine! Having read the adventure proposal, I can't wait to see this in print.


CONGRATS!

(January 2009... So is this adventure going to be 4E OGL, or 3.5E OGL?)

Liberty's Edge

Way to go!!

I would "pre-order" to show my support, but I am already a GMM subscriber. Looking forward to this one very much.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber

Congratulations Christine!

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Great job. I was pulling you even before I was eliminated :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Ahwe Yahzhe wrote:

CONGRATS!

(January 2009... So is this adventure going to be 4E OGL, or 3.5E OGL?)

We'll get back to you on that!

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Very cool to see this one posted out here already. Congrats Christine. I'm not a high-level adventure fan, but I'll be ordering this one just out of principle. And the desire to read the fleshed out version of the winning proposal.

And congrats Paizo. The Superstar thing was fun and inspiring to read. Hopefully you've found a new author for more forthcoming projects.


Well Done and Good Luck!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratz and pre-ordered ! Only 10 more months to release...

*heads for the time-machine*


Congratulations, Christine!

(S-series = Superstar series?)


Congratulations. You really deserve this.


Way to represent, Christine! Its about time a righteous female created a kick-butt adventure! Hell ya!

Liberty's Edge

Woooooot!


Carolyn Mull wrote:
Way to represent, Christine! Its about time a righteous female created a kick-butt adventure! Hell ya!

You said it!

Represent!


Congratulations to you! I will most assuredly be pre ordering this one!


Congratulations, Christine!


As a testimony Christine's talent, before I realised this was the winner of the Superstar competition I saw it listed in the Product Discussion forum and thought, "Wow! That title sounds cool! I want to buy it just on impulse!"

I'm not normally an impulse buyer so, coming from me, that's saying something.

Of course, having actually read what the module is about just means that I'll definitely be preordering this baby.

Amazing effort, Christine. You deserve all the praise you get.

Liberty's Edge

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Can't wait to read it!

-DM Jeff


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Bravo!


Congratulations!


Waitaminnit here. This idea is nothing more than Moria, from Lord of the Rings, with the names changed to protect the innocent ... and multiple monsters instead of just one Balrog.

Does this mean none of the other finalists had an acceptable & more original idea?

Just curious ...

Scarab Sages

Erelannon wrote:

Waitaminnit here. This idea is nothing more than Moria, from Lord of the Rings, with the names changed to protect the innocent ... and multiple monsters instead of just one Balrog.

Does this mean none of the other finalists had an acceptable & more original idea?

Just curious ...

Did you read the actual contest submition?


Yeah, the sales text above is the short-short-short version of the submission. If you go here you can read the entire submission which is nothing like what you said at all.

Lantern Lodge

Congratulations Christine!

Dark Archive Contributor

avidreader514 wrote:
(S-series = Superstar series?)

Yes.


Well done!


Congrats, Christine! I am so excited about this adventure! I voted for this mission so now I'm "putting my money where my mouth is" and pre-ordering! I can't wait to drop this into my campaign and see the reaction of my players!


Ungoded wrote:
Erelannon wrote:

Waitaminnit here. This idea is nothing more than Moria, from Lord of the Rings, with the names changed to protect the innocent ... and multiple monsters instead of just one Balrog.

Does this mean none of the other finalists had an acceptable & more original idea?

Just curious ...

Did you read the actual contest submition?

No, of course not ... but the lengthy synopsis above makes it sound very similar to Moria of Middle-Earth. Can someone who *has* read the submission please explain what makes "Clash of the Kingslayers" different from Moria? Besides the multitude of monsters?

Sovereign Court

Erelannon wrote:
Can someone who *has* read the submission please explain what makes "Clash of the Kingslayers" different from Moria? Besides the multitude of monsters?

Read it yourself. Here: Christine's Winning Submission.


mb

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Starfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Christine!

I am looking forward to this and other publications of yours.

Cheers,
Günther


Zootcat wrote:
Erelannon wrote:
Can someone who *has* read the submission please explain what makes "Clash of the Kingslayers" different from Moria? Besides the multitude of monsters?
Read it yourself. Here: Christine's Winning Submission.

Well I'll be turned into a toad ...

I'm sorry - it was never made clear that submissions were *publicly* available. I thought only Paizo employees running the contest were able to do that, for copyright reasons.

I worked Internet copyright abuse issues for a long time ...

So, by extension now, are all submissions, in all rounds of the contest, also available? Both winners and losers?

Thanks for the correction!

And special to Christine:

Congratulations from this curmudgeon on a winning (and highly original!) concept.

;) :-p

Sovereign Court

LOL. You must have missed the entire contest. Scroll to the top of this page and click on the RPG Superstar logo. You should find all of the entries from all of the rounds (except for the round 1 losers). There is lot of good stuff there. Happy reading!


Gratz Christine!

look forward to it.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar

Hi everyone (and of course many thanks again :P ),

I'm now definitely certain that the adventure will use the 3.5 rules. So save a few 10th level characters until January and break out all the nasty PrCs combos you can find, I'm trying to make sure that they'll be needed.

Sovereign Court

Sweet! I can't wait, Christine. I'm really looking forward to the finished product. Your proposal rocked!

Trent

Edit: And so did all you other entries.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Sehr Gut


well done, it was a close one. On my wish list for xmas.


Kail'ar wrote:
well done, it was a close one. On my wish list for xmas.

"Preorder expected January 2009 "

Santa says "No!"


LeandraChristine wrote:

Hi everyone (and of course many thanks again :P ),

I'm now definitely certain that the adventure will use the 3.5 rules. So save a few 10th level characters until January and break out all the nasty PrCs combos you can find, I'm trying to make sure that they'll be needed.

Just make sure that any groups which stray too far from the '4 person party, 1 Fighter, 1 Cleric, 1 Rogue, 1 Wizard' golden ideal get mashed into tiny little pieces and fed to the lake monsters...... :D


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Who is Christine and why everybody congratulates her? care to explain?

Dark Archive Contributor

Hugo Solis wrote:
Who is Christine and why everybody congratulates her? care to explain?

Late last year, and into early this year, Paizo ran the RPG Superstar contest. Of 800-or-so entrants, Christine won.

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Starfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Hugo Solis wrote:
Who is Christine and why everybody congratulates her? care to explain?

Here is your answer.

Cheers,
Günther

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

What does the "S" stand for in "S1". "E" for event, "W" for wilderness, "J" for journey, etc.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

S stands for "Superstar".

Seriously.

The Exchange

Does anyone know where in Golarion this module will be set?

Scarab Sages

When will we see the real cover art for this piece?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Zeugma wrote:
Does anyone know where in Golarion this module will be set?

Assuming it remains dwarf-centric and James didn't veto that, my best guess is the Five Kings Mountains, but that's just a guess and I've been known to be wrong from time to time.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Small Attention Span wrote:
When will we see the real cover art for this piece?

Probably several more weeks. We're still a few days a way from posting the finished cover for the previous Module.

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