Pathfinder Module: Crypt of the Everflame (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Module: Crypt of the Everflame (PFRPG)

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The young heroes of the town of Kassen are ready for their coming-of-age ceremony, an old tradition in which they retrieve a piece of the eternal flame burning in the tomb of the town's founder. Yet when they arrive there, they find only the corpses of their fellow townsfolk, dead bandits, and mysterious animated skeletons. The novice heroes must brave the traps and perils of the Crypt of the Everflame, discover the source of the corruption that has awakened an ancient evil, and defeat a menace that seeks vengeance against Kassen and its people.

Crypt of the Everflame is a dungeon adventure for 1st-level characters, written for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and compatible with the 3.5 edition of the world's oldest RPG. The adventure map uses the same layout as the 2009 edition of Paizo's Flip-Mat: Dungeon.

This adventure is set in the forested land of Nirmathas in the Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting, but can easily be set in any game world. It can be used on its own or combined with its sequels, Masks of the Living God and City of Golden Death to create an even greater campaign arc.

ISBN 13: 978-1-60125-186-2

Crypt of the Everflame is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet and additional rules for running this module are a free download (217 KB zip/PDF).

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Needs a bit of work

***( )( )

The quintessential dungeon crawl, and a very excellent one, but basically let down by little intrigue. It would have been much better if the dungeon bad guy has some major link to the town. For example, the big bad guy could be the mysterious wizard who lives in the town who has recently become a cultist and he may have wanted to challenge Mayor Uptal, and so to ruin Uptal's mayorship he decides to ruin the festival. That would have been much better. Although CotE links in to "Masks of the Living God," which is a superb scenario, itself with a good dungeon plus ample role-playing opportunities. Best to buy Crypt, masks and ALSO Fangwood Keep and with a little work and extra intrigue you get a brilliant start to a campaign. That's what I did and 18 real months into my campaign and the party are still being hunted by vengeful Razmir assassins even while they are in "Curse of the Crimson Throne" over in Varisia (via the also superb "Fangwood Keep.")


Tough combats, loose pace

****( )

Tradiction dungeon crawl, all fights with little roleplay. Many of them are challenging,swarms,incoporeals,constructs,poisons,and the BBEG, all of which can kill low level PCs.

However I wish for more roleplays... perhaps with time limit, we just keep taking long rest. I don't think that makes much sense.


Excellent Module

*****

This felt like an epic quality beginners module... Memories of playing Keep on the Borderlands keep coming back as we played. While there are a few opportunities for roll playing interaction with NPCs, the majority of the module is going to be spent exploring the crypt.


Fantastic Introduction to our Game

*****

This is my go to module for introducing new players to our wonderfully geeky world.

It is a coming of age adventure with enough variety in the encounters to allow everyone to have a chance to shine. take time to roleplay at the beginning as there are only a couple of instances outside of the party later in the module, but they are there.

I have run this several times at various cons and for a couple of home games too and every playthrough has been different and rewarding to me as a Gm and a fun time for my players.

I cannot recommend this mod enough, especially for first time GM's and for GM's looking for a way to ease new players into our system.

4 players best if you have an experiences group or up to 6 if you have newbies.


Perfect Introductory Adventure for Golarion PCs and GMs alike!

*****

I just finished running this module for a group of players new to the Golarion setting and they really enjoyed it. This module comes with a strong backstory linking it to some rather interesting Golarion lore and even ties in loosely to one of Golarion's cover stealing Big Bads!

The town of Kassen's Hold is richly developed with mentor NPCs for every player to interact with. If the PC's are willing to have their characters come from Kassen originally, this makes for a strong storytelling tie-in as the characters are participating in the yearly Everflame Ritual. It helps give depth and meaning to everything that is going to happen throughout the course of the adventure.

I found that even when I had PC's that wanted their characters to come from elsewhere, that it was relatively easy to find a reason to make them go to the Crypt of the Everflame. Mind you, they all got the standard, "there is such and such coming from the Crypt of the Everflame call-to-adventure", but it worked and managed to get them all there without any trouble.

I chose this as the starter module for my campaign based on the way it ties in to the other entries in the Price of Immortality series as well as its strong ties to Golarion lore. I've found great joy in tying the module in with other stand alone modules such as The Godsmouth Heresy, Fangwood Keep, Hungry Are the Dead and many more.

Pick up a copy of Crypt of the Everflame and get your players started with a rich campaign backstory that will help them build great adventures for many years to come.

Friendly for first time players and long time power gamers alike. If you get through this in one sitting without roleplaying, you need a new GM.


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Sovereign Court

1 person marked this as a favorite.

OOO, a new classification. I wonder what B is for?

Bitchin'?

Anyway, this sounds like a classic hook for a 1st level adventure, can't wait to see the final result!

Sovereign Court

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woo-hoo!!!

Sczarni

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Beta would be my guess since its scheduled in July and the new rules com out in august, yet it has "Designed specifically for the new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules and designed by the new game’s primary designer" in it

or Bulmahn...

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Cpt_kirstov wrote:

Beta would be my guess since its scheduled in July and the new rules com out in august, yet it has "Designed specifically for the new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules and designed by the new game’s primary designer" in it

or Bulmahn...

Yes, this looks like the Keep on the Shadowfell of PFRPG. For some reason, though, I have more faith that this will be a good adventure than I had for the other, though.

Dark Archive

Nameless wrote:

OOO, a new classification. I wonder what B is for?

Beginner? Basic?

Dark Archive

yoda8myhead wrote:
Yes, this looks like the Keep on the Shadowfell of PFRPG.

The B might stand for "boring"!

But more likely it stands for "badass"!

The Exchange Kobold Press

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Dudes, it's "B1" just like In Search of the Unknown. No sense of history I tell ya!

So, B for Beginner. 'Cause it's a campaign starter adventure.

Sovereign Court

Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Dudes, it's "B1" just like In Search of the Unknown. No sense of history I tell ya!

Will I get to fill in empty dungeon rooms with my own monsters and traps like In Search of the Unknown?


Nameless wrote:

OOO, a new classification. I wonder what B is for?

It stands for "Ooooh, I thought you said 'Bathfinder.'"

Liberty's Edge Contributor

I thought the B stood for Bulmahn.

Liberty's Edge

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Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Dudes, it's "B1" just like In Search of the Unknown. No sense of history I tell ya!

So, B for Beginner. 'Cause it's a campaign starter adventure.

lol..too funny!

Silver Crusade

BooYah?

nah couldn't be.....

RM

Sovereign Court

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Nameless wrote:

OOO, a new classification. I wonder what B is for?

Bitchin'?

James Jacobs gave the answer here:

"Basic Beta Bulmahn!

Anyway, yeah; all good reasons to call this adventure B1."

- Günther


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yoda8myhead wrote:
Cpt_kirstov wrote:

Beta would be my guess since its scheduled in July and the new rules com out in august, yet it has "Designed specifically for the new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules and designed by the new game’s primary designer" in it

or Bulmahn...

Yes, this looks like the Keep on the Shadowfell of PFRPG. For some reason, though, I have more faith that this will be a good adventure than I had for the other, though.

This is, in my opinion, the most fitting description so far!

Dark Archive

Nameless wrote:

OOO, a new classification. I wonder what B is for?

Bitchin'?

Anyway, this sounds like a classic hook for a 1st level adventure, can't wait to see the final result!

When James poped into the chat to tell us they were putting up the new product descriptions I asked and he said it was for...

Spoiler:
Basic

Liberty's Edge

The small town of Kassen.
Can anyone please tell me where this town is?

Paizo Employee Director of Game Design

Farkle wrote:

The small town of Kassen.

Can anyone please tell me where this town is?

The town of Kassen is in Nirmathas.

Jason Bulmahn
Lead Designer
Paizo Publishing

Sovereign Court

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I'm sitting around bored on a Sunday afternoon and starting reviewing all the upcoming stuff.

Boy, I sure am excited about this one! I can't wait...

Dark Archive

joela wrote:
Nameless wrote:

OOO, a new classification. I wonder what B is for?

Beginner? Basic?

TSR B1 In Search of the Unknown & B2 Keep on the Borderlands FTW.


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Boffo?


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Dudes, it's "B1" just like In Search of the Unknown. No sense of history I tell ya!

So, B for Beginner. 'Cause it's a campaign starter adventure.

I'm glad someone said it! or B2 Keep On The Borderlands

c'mon youngins that's old school!!

and, BRAVO!!

Edit: guess I should have read a bit further...well that's not the first time I've tasted foot.. "ptttth!!" < spits>

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Amardolem wrote:
Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Dudes, it's "B1" just like In Search of the Unknown. No sense of history I tell ya!

So, B for Beginner. 'Cause it's a campaign starter adventure.

I'm glad someone said it! or B2 Keep On The Borderlands

c'mon youngins that's old school!!
and, BRAVO!!

Edit: guess I should have read a bit further...well that's not the first time I've tasted foot.. "ptttth!!" < spits>

B2 should be 'Keep in the Cinderlands'. hehehe.

Liberty's Edge

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joela wrote:
Nameless wrote:

OOO, a new classification. I wonder what B is for?

Beginner? Basic?

Badassery!

Liberty's Edge

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yoda8myhead wrote:
Yes, this looks like the Keep on the Shadowfell of PFRPG. For some reason, though, I have more faith that this will be a good adventure than I had for the other, though.

Hehe I can't believe you just compared a Paizo product to Keep on the Shadowfell. You should be ashamed.


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Maybe he was contrasting?

Dark Archive

Tarren Dei wrote:
B2 should be 'Keep in the Cinderlands'. hehehe.

link : )

Liberty's Edge

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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Maybe he was contrasting?

Maybe...

Dark Archive

I vote B for Bad@$$....

;)

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any word on when we might see the final cover?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

DitheringFool wrote:
any word on when we might see the final cover?

Generally, we try to put finished covers up about a month before the release. So you have a couple of months to imagine it.


B is for Buhlman!, that's good enough for me...

I'm curious why a 1st level adventure for the new system is full price instead of the "suck em in" $5.99 like Crown of the Kobold King

Sczarni

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Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:

B is for Buhlman!, that's good enough for me...

I'm curious why a 1st level adventure for the new system is full price instead of the "suck em in" $5.99 like Crown of the Kobold King

I'm guessing that you mean $5.00 for D1.5 Revenge of the Kobold King? That is going for that price because

1) it is shorter and
2) it was originally printed as a free give-away for free-RPG day, and they are just selling the left overs.


Cpt_kirstov wrote:
Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:

B is for Buhlman!, that's good enough for me...

I'm curious why a 1st level adventure for the new system is full price instead of the "suck em in" $5.99 like Crown of the Kobold King

I'm guessing that you mean $5.00 for D1.5 Revenge of the Kobold King? That is going for that price because

1) it is shorter and
2) it was originally printed as a free give-away for free-RPG day, and they are just selling the left overs.

Actually I was thinking of the print version of D0 Hollow's Last Hope...my mistake, I wake up slowly in the morning...LoL

Sczarni

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Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:
Cpt_kirstov wrote:
Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:

B is for Buhlman!, that's good enough for me...

I'm curious why a 1st level adventure for the new system is full price instead of the "suck em in" $5.99 like Crown of the Kobold King

I'm guessing that you mean $5.00 for D1.5 Revenge of the Kobold King? That is going for that price because

1) it is shorter and
2) it was originally printed as a free give-away for free-RPG day, and they are just selling the left overs.
Actually I was thinking of the print version of D0 Hollow's Last Hope...my mistake, I wake up slowly in the morning...LoL

That is the same deal as Revenge of the Kobold King it was a free RPG day giveaway.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Cpt_kirstov wrote:
Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:
Cpt_kirstov wrote:
Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:

B is for Buhlman!, that's good enough for me...

I'm curious why a 1st level adventure for the new system is full price instead of the "suck em in" $5.99 like Crown of the Kobold King

I'm guessing that you mean $5.00 for D1.5 Revenge of the Kobold King? That is going for that price because

1) it is shorter and
2) it was originally printed as a free give-away for free-RPG day, and they are just selling the left overs.
Actually I was thinking of the print version of D0 Hollow's Last Hope...my mistake, I wake up slowly in the morning...LoL
That is the same deal as Revenge of the Kobold King it was a free RPG day giveaway.

Yep—both of those were 16-page modules produced for Free RPG Day. (This year we're doing the Pathfinder RPG Bonus Bestiary instead of an adventure.)

Crypt of the Everflame is a full-length 32-pager.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The product description and cover have been updated to match the finished product.


This is one of the best covers for modules line. Very nice.


Just out of curiosity, does the premise of youngins' going on their coming-of-age adventure require that all the PCs be native characters of the same age? Does this town support all the races the average group of gamers is going to want to play?

The set-up sounds kind of limiting so I was going to give this module a pass, but as the first part of a wicked cool sounding trilogy, I wanted to give it another look and see if there was more room for adaption than I'd thought.

Thanks.


Fletch wrote:

Just out of curiosity, does the premise of youngins' going on their coming-of-age adventure require that all the PCs be native characters of the same age? Does this town support all the races the average group of gamers is going to want to play?

The set-up sounds kind of limiting so I was going to give this module a pass, but as the first part of a wicked cool sounding trilogy, I wanted to give it another look and see if there was more room for adaption than I'd thought.

Thanks.

Look at the official playtest thread in campaign journals section. There are characters of wide age range.


Cover looks sweet. I like the new look/layout giving more space for the picture. It looks a little less "signature" without the solid color at top and bottom from the vertical stripe artwork or the older diagonal stripe artwork, but it gives more room for the awesome artwork and you guys have some awesome artwork. I'm just saying.


::blink blink::

There's an official playtest thread?

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

Fletch wrote:

::blink blink::

There's an official playtest thread?

Yep! Riiiiiiiight HERE!!


Sold.

It might take some goading to get my players to go along with the idea of being total newbies, but the pillows alone are worth it.


So are the pregens always the same in these (Valeros, Kyra, Merisiel and Seoni)? Or is there a chance that they'll throw in some of the newer iconics? It seems like most of the modules I've ever bought are just the standard Runelords heroes.

Not even going to get into how the iconics ended up growing up in Kassen...not even going to. But I mean...really?

Anyhow, I'm mostly just curious what iconics to expect since I'm buying the adventure to get the pregens written out using the new rules so I can use them for a release day game (so we can jump right into the game without the hassle of chargen).

EDIT: Okay so reading some of the playtest gives me some insight as to how to adapt the module to folks who aren't from Kassen...though still it seems weird that established adventurers from other lands would ever be welcome to partake in what seems clearly to be a rite of passage for their late adolescent townfolk. But at least in the playtest it seems like a fair workaround...

Also it makes me wonder if we're looking at this particular list of Iconics, or if the actual book will go back to the traditional four?


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Grimcleaver wrote:
it seems weird that established adventurers from other lands would ever be welcome to partake in what seems clearly to be a rite of passage for their late adolescent townfolk.

Except they're not established adventurers. 1st-level Valeros, Merisiel, Ezren et al. have 0 XPs, just like any other 1st-level character. When they start at 1st level, you just have to ignore their backstories.

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Joana wrote:
Grimcleaver wrote:
it seems weird that established adventurers from other lands would ever be welcome to partake in what seems clearly to be a rite of passage for their late adolescent townfolk.
Except they're not established adventurers. 1st-level Valeros, Merisiel, Ezren et al. have 0 XPs, just like any other 1st-level character. When they start at 1st level, you just have to ignore their backstories.

You don't even need ignore their backstory....you just expand on it, bringing their history up to Kassen. Just read Kyra Sief al Kiraan's profile. By doing this, Kyra became MY character, not just a copy of the iconic, and certainly not the same Kyra that found her way to Sandpoint.


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Grimcleaver wrote:
So are the pregens always the same in these (Valeros, Kyra, Merisiel and Seoni)? Or is there a chance that they'll throw in some of the newer iconics? It seems like most of the modules I've ever bought are just the standard Runelords heroes.

I've seen different ones, but most of the early ones only had those because those where the only ones with stats for a good while.

I'm excited about this module, hope to get a chance to run it sometime soon.

Contributor

We usually pick different iconics for every module. Crypt's are Ezren, Kyra, Merisiel, and Valeros.

Sovereign Court

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Having read the playtest reports, both here and on SKR's blog, I am concerned that this introductory adventure will also be an introduction to TPK for a lot of novice players.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The earlier they bite the ground and learn the taste of TPK, the better. This way, when they reach Xanesha, they will know what's going to happen. :)

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