Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-16: The Midnight Mauler (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3–7.

The Decemvirate sends members of the Pathfinder Society to the former crown jewel of Ustalav's royal courts, the decaying city of Ardis. Tasked by the Society to look into the fate of Absalom's former Master of Blades, Vonran Vilk, what they find will lead to exploration, diplomacy, murder, haunted pasts, and tragic love. Can the PCs stop the rampage of the Midnight Mauler before he kills again?

"The Midnight Mauler" was originally an exclusive adventure, run only by 4-star Pathfinder Society GMs, Venture-Captain and Venture-Lieutenant campaign volunteers, and Paizo staff for its first year, but has been revised and updated for public release

Written by Crystal Frasier.

This scenario is designed for play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play, but can easily be adapted for use with any world. This scenario is compliant with the Open Game License (OGL) and is suitable for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Note: This scenario has been updated from its exclusive version for public release. Purchasers have access to both the exclusive version released as Pathfinder Society Scenario #2–EX and Pathfinder Society Scenario #3–16, but as of February 29, 2012, only the latter is legal for Pathfinder Society organized play. Except for minor changes involving faction missions and general copyediting, both versions of the scenario are the same; only the legal version of the scenario contains a Chronicle sheet.

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Well Done Story!

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GM'ed today for table of 4 in 6-7 tier. Players had fun with initial encounter even if it ended quickly. The bits of RP and investigation go well with the theme of the adventure, and they players were quickly into it.

The only complaint is the chase scene. Having run chase scenes before in AP's and PFS, I am familiar with the mechanics but this one seemed off, and was over quickly. Depending on initiative order, the players caught the Mauler before he could even act, so what might have been fun turned out sour.

The final fight was a challenge until the barbarian made a critical hit. The players commented how good the scenario was without an provocation, so I guess that's a good sign.

I recommend, but the chase scene has some issues.


Good mystery

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I love a good investigation, and this one has it in spades. You actually feel like you are getting somewhere with it, and the final fight has some excellent moral questions. The roleplay is rich, with some very interesting NPCs. Ustalav makes for great adventuring.


Great Scenario!

*****

I was asked to GM this at Origins 2014. I had heard of the scenario, but had never played it or GM'ed it.

Prepping the scenario is really a piece of cake, though there is chase thrown in, so a GM needs to be ready for that and understand how chases work.

From a story perspective, I thought it was great. There are some twists thrown in, and one of the best parts is that Pathfinders can meet the mission without having to kill everything in sight.

The writing is quite good, the background story is interesting, and the pace of the scenario is good, too - I never felt there was a slow or dull moment when I GM'ed it.


Brutal Final Fight

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I played this scenario at tier 6-7, and we convinced our party to let myself and my wife play our level 7s and thus force the party to play up. I pledged to protect the lower level characters with my life. Without spoilers, I'll just say it was all I could do to keep my promise. This one is an excellent scenario with an interesting mechanic that rewards having well-rounded characters over super-combat-optimized characters. (Although a little combat optimization never hurt anyone.)
I enjoyed it, and I look forward to GMing it for my local group.




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Web Product Manager

Announced! Cover image is a mockup.

Grand Lodge

A re-issue?
Really?!

:(

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

It's tier 3-7 now? Hmmm

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Azmyth wrote:

A re-issue?

Really?!

:(

Actually very disappointed about this.

I was under the impression this was a Bonus Scenario.

Upset this counts as one of the 2 scenarios released this month.

Will post later in the Forums to suggest they rethink the purpose of the Bonus 4 star Scenario if this is what is going to happen with future ones.

Liberty's Edge

Does this mean that the scenario can be played twice for credit if you already played it as EX since it is now 3-16?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

No, it is the same scenario. When we rereleased Mists of Mwangi as 0-05 instead of just scenario number 5, it operated in a similar way.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Pawns, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

I'm probably one of about three people who cares about this for OCD/completionist reasons, but will http://paizo.com/products/btpy8iqn nonetheless be available for purchase in addition to the re-release of the scenario?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

The plan is to treat the version released as 2–EX as a legacy version, like we did with the 3.5 version of Mists of Mwangi. In this case, we'll remove the Chronicle sheet from the version that's no longer legal for play, and bundle that PDF for free with this one. That way folks can only really run the revised version (with additional faction missions for the new factions and other small editorial changes) while having the exclusive version for their collections.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Pawns, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

That makes me a very happy collector. :) Thanks!

Scarab Sages

*looks at his watch*

Should this have become available for purchase today already?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Tarrintino wrote:

*looks at his watch*

Should this have become available for purchase today already?

Nope. It will be available before the end of the day for us here in Seattle, though.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Mark Moreland wrote:
Nope. It will be available before the end of the day for us here in Seattle, though.

So only people in Seattle will be able to Purchase this today?... ;)

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

sure

Scarab Sages

Mark Moreland wrote:
Tarrintino wrote:

*looks at his watch*

Should this have become available for purchase today already?

Nope. It will be available before the end of the day for us here in Seattle, though.

So, essentially, it will be posted at 5:00 pm PST today (8:00 pm EST), correct?

Web Product Manager

No, the scenarios are available for purchase at 06:00 PM PST. :)


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

And when would that be CET?


Chris Lambertz wrote:
No, the scenarios are available for purchase at 06:00 PM PST. :)

And at 6 PM PST the two scenarios click over to unavailable from available today =/

Shadow Lodge

At least the cover changed... ;)

Shadow Lodge

Umm... The chronicle sheet says Midnight Mirror... Just thought you'd like to know. :)


It never even crossed my mind that I'd have to buy this scenario. D'oh!

Shadow Lodge

Kyle Baird wrote:
It never even crossed my mind that I'd have to buy this scenario. D'oh!

lol

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
Umm... The chronicle sheet says Midnight Mirror... Just thought you'd like to know. :)

This has been corrected. If you downloaded the original version, you should repersonalize and download the file again to get the corrected Chronicle sheet. No other content in the scenario has changed.

Shadow Lodge

And now the original exclusive is no longer a part of the zip file. It was yesterday.

Contributor

Eric Clingenpeel wrote:
And now the original exclusive is no longer a part of the zip file. It was yesterday.

D'oh! My fault. We'll get this fixed tomorrow.


Um . . . So now where *is* the chronicle sheet????

It ain't in the copy I just bought and downloaded. I guess I won't be able to run this today . . . :-/

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Subscriber

That's odd. There's a chronicle sheet in the version I just downloaded. Did you open the right version? When you download the scenario, you actually get two versions - the S2 EX version and the S3 #16 version.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

The Chronicle sheet was removed from the version with the blue cover (2–EX), as that version is no longer legal for play. The current release with the green cover (3–16) is legal and has a Chronicle sheet.


There seems to be some discrepancies of Markov's gender. In the faction missions and certain parts of the summary it lists and refers to Markov as "Her" and "She" but in the game he's male. I ran it as a guy because further in the scenario it actually talks about him more, is this right?

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