Pathfinder Adventure Path: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition (PFRPG)

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In the sleepy coastal town of Sandpoint, evil is brewing. An attack by crazed goblins reveals the shadows of a forgotten past returning to threaten the town—and perhaps all of Varisia. The Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path begins with this goblin raid and takes players on an epic journey through the land of Varisia as they track a cult of serial killers, fight backwoods ogres, stop an advancing army of stone giants, delve into ancient dungeons, and finally face off against a wizard-king in his ancient mountaintop city. This hardcover compilation updates the fan-favorite campaign to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules with revised and new content in more than 400 pages packed with mayhem, excitement, and adventure!

Celebrating both the fifth anniversary of the Pathfinder Adventure Path and the tenth anniversary of Paizo Publishing, this new edition expands the original campaign with new options and refined encounters throughout, incorporating 5 years of community feedback.

    The Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition contains:
  • All six chapters of the original Adventure Path, expanded and updated for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
  • Articles on the major locations of Rise of the Runelords: sleepy Sandpoint, the ancient Thassilonian city of Xin-Shalast, and others.
  • Revelations on the sinister magic of Thassilon, with updated spells, magic items, and details on tracking sin points throughout the campaign.
  • A bestiary featuring eight monsters updated from the original Adventure Path, plus an all-new terror.
  • Dozens of new illustrations, never-before-seen characters, location maps, and more!

The Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition is not part of any subscription.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-436-8

FAQ:

Q: Will you be doing hardcover compilations of all of your Adventure Paths?
A: No. This is a special celebration of our very first Adventure Path on its 5th Anniversary. Several of the original volumes of Rise of the Runelords have been unavailable in print for a long time, yet it remains one of our most popular adventure paths; that circumstance presents a unique opportunity for us to expand and update it for use with the Pathfinder RPG, and to apply lessons we've learned about making Adventure Paths over the last half-decade. Our other adventure paths are largely still in print, and many of them were designed for use with the Pathfinder RPG to begin with; we have no plans to recompile them.

Q: Is there anything missing from the original AP volumes?
A: Yes—otherwise, this book would be more than 600 pages long! Some of the monsters and other things created for Rise of the Runelords are now part of the official Pathfinder RPG rules, so they're not reprinted here. The original volumes also included monster ecologies, bestiary entries, and other campaign setting material that isn't directly used in the adventure itself; those items are also not present in this collection. The Pathfinder Journal fiction featuring Eando Kline is not presented here either, but it has been compiled—along with the installments from the subsequent two Adventure Paths—as The Compass Stone, now available in ePub form. We have also replaced some of the artwork from the previous edition, and replaced the six individual introductions with one new one.

Q: What is included in the digital version?
A: In addition to the full version, the Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition download includes the Interactive Maps and a Lite version for reading on portable electronic devices.

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5/5


Epic introduction to Golarian, updated beautifully.

5/5

This is a beautiful update to the first Golarion based AP Paizo released. It consolidates all the volumes of the original into one easy to use book. Lots of the artwork has been updated significantly improving on many of the pieces from the original. The original stuff wasn't bad, just a big cartoony. It also updates the stats of everything using the Pathfinder 1st edition rules.

It was what kicked off the world's introduction to Golarion. This volume gave it a facelift and nice boost. My group took about 2.5 years to play through it to completion. Right around 500 hours of play. So tons of game play in it. It was the first campaign I've ever "completed" as a GM. It was only the 2nd campaign I've ever "completed" as a player or GM. I've played in dozens of other campaigns that never completed and only fizzled out. My players loved it and still talk about it and we are 1/3 of the way through Skull & Shackles having been playing it for a year.

Of all the APs Paizo has released this one likely has the most official and unofficial support for it. There are thousands of pages of fan material done for it. Paizo message boards, Facebook groups, fan pages, fan zines (Wayfinder #7 is completely devoted to it) and more have been done for it. Giving GMs unparalleled resources and support for it. It's no wonder it is one of the most popular APs they've done. I highly recommend all the additional support for it. Especially the fan stuff, it fills in lots of missing holes that just couldn't be filled in the AP itself.

I'm not sure how I feel about the construction quality of the book itself. We played for 2.5 years, but we played virtually via Fantasy Grounds with the data module for it there. A lot of my referencing and work was done through the module on the computer. I'd say in the end I only used the printed book about 1/3 the time I would have if I would have played through it in person. The binding is very loose for what I consider a small amount of usage. Other than the binding the cover itself is in good condition. I've got a feeling that had it gotten nothing but in person play and reference the binding would have fallen off by now. I'm not hard on my books, I always use the proper method of easing the binding of a new hardcover book, and I'm not rough in my handling of them. So this feels like it isn't made with the quality I would expect.

Book construction quality aside, this AP checks all the high adventure checkboxes. Wizards, dragons, goblins, magic, ancient civilizations, epic treasures, giants, ogres, dungeon crawls, sieges, wilderness exploration, haunted houses, city based stuff. You name it. This fully deserves the 5 stars I give it.


A Legendary Campaign Receives the Deluxe Package it Deserves

5/5

NO SPOILERS

I honestly don't even know where to start in reviewing this book. It was my bible for the longest campaign I've ever ran, and I've paged through its 428 pages so many times, I'm surprised my copy is in as good of shape as it is. Equalled only by the Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover compilation, the Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition is the most detailed, impressive, and gorgeous presentation of a campaign I've ever seen. It's a testament to James Jacob and the wonderful visual and art design folks at Paizo for putting it together. In addition to the core adventures, the book includes an incredible array of supplementary material throughout its appendices: gazetteers, bestiaries, new magic items, and more. And interspersed throughout are full-colour, detailed maps, high-quality artwork of NPCs and monsters, handouts, useful sidebars to help the GM in running particular scenes, and more. I really can't rave enough about it.

I've already reviewed the substance of each of the six chapters of the adventure path in my reviews of issues # 1-6 of the monthly publication they originally appeared in (available on the Paizo website). This Anniversary Edition is no lazy cut & paste compilation or mere updating of the original 3.5 rules to Pathfinder. Everything has been refined, revised, polished, and packaged together to make a whole that is even better than the sum of its original parts. James Jacob read through countless posts on the forums about the original adventures and added encounters, explanations, and more to help everything flow even better. I've compared the original versions to this revised package, and with only a couple of exceptions, the revisions are a sound improvement.

As far as I'm concerned, this is the best presentation of a classic fantasy role-playing campaign available. You'll get hundreds of hours of gameplay out of it, experience characters growing from battling goblins at level 1 to battling the greatest threats the setting has to offer at level 18. It's a satisfying, meaty, epic campaign, and this Anniversary Edition does it full justice.


Also on Fantasy Grounds!

5/5

I don't understand why this is not mentioned here but by paying 60$ you get both the pdf version of the adventure as well as the Fantasy Grounds VTT plug in that saves you TONS of prepping. This adventure is excellent, with a lot of scary and funny moments and is a must-buy for all Pathfinder fans out there!


They all need this treatment

5/5

I have the original softcovers. I collected them up to the 50's and when I changed jobs money was tighter and I couldn't keep up. Recently going back to pick up some of the ones I missed I was shocked to see prices as high as 234.00 for a single softcover. There are a lot of Pathfinder fans who didnt get the softcovers when they were first released and these hardcovers are excellent as well as being affordable.

The book itself is solid. Takes up less space on my shelf, is a great first series of adventures, looks beautiful, is fun to play and is just overall well worth the money i spent on it. I will also be picking up Crimson Throne hardcover and hope they continue on and it was the adventure paths that drew me to PF in the first place.


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Scarab Sages

The 'free pdfs value' shown in my pending order (2090109) don't seem to include the pdf of this book. Is that a mistake or was I to late subscribing to the AP to qualify for the free pdf?

Also, as an interesting glitch, while I preordered the book several months ago, the product page says I ordered it today.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

Well, I've just got my PDF, and have paged through it.

I am so going to have to run this AP - I might even have to put my plans to run "Skull & Shackles" on hold so I can get this started earlier.


No pdf in my account, yet. *sniffles*

Sovereign Court

I just got my 'shipping sometime next week' e-mail for my subscription.

I haven't combined shipping with the RotRLAE because that is going to relatives in the US. Will I have a 'shipping next week' e-mail for this book as well? I've not pre-ordered before so don't know what to expect.


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
feytharn wrote:

The 'free pdfs value' shown in my pending order (2090109) don't seem to include the pdf of this book. Is that a mistake or was I to late subscribing to the AP to qualify for the free pdf?

Also, as an interesting glitch, while I preordered the book several months ago, the product page says I ordered it today.

My guess would be since it isn't actually part of a subscription it doesn't count the PDF of this even though it is also an added bonus (mine did the same thing). Also every preorder/subscription product has a order date of the day the authorization goes through.

Scarab Sages

Thank you, that is what I am hoping for :-).

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:
Ross is mistaken: the free PDF *is* restricted to preorders, as it says in the product description; new orders are considered preorders up until the July 18 release date.

To be crystal clear: if I order the physical book in the next week or so, I will also get the PDF?

(My AP subscription will not be going away any time soon.)

Shadow Lodge

So long as you order it before 18 July, you should be good.


Bah, mine is still shown as pending, wondering whether that has to do with me adding another book to my preordered RotRL anniversary edition.

But hey! I got the email for the next two volumes of Skull&Shackles...

Ruyan.

Liberty's Edge

RuyanVe wrote:

Bah, mine is still shown as pending, wondering whether that has to do with me adding another book to my preordered RotRL anniversary edition.

But hey! I got the email for the next two volumes of Skull&Shackles...

Ruyan.

It depends, did you have RotRL in the sidecart to ship with the AP volumes? Or did you not put it into the sidecart and combine RotRL with something that has a later shipping date? Or maybe it's a sign of the apocalypse and fate is going to be cruel to us and destroy the world before we have a chance to see it.

Liberty's Edge

I had mine in sidecart to ship with AP. After I got the "will ship next week" email, it went from saying this was in sidecart to I purchased it.

Contributor

Does anyone know if the warehouse is still working today? I'm really hoping to get my PDFs for the weekend.


Got the email about the order, waiting for the .pdf. *twitches*


Yeah, I don't get it. I got the "get ready, your stuff is going to ship" email for my AP and Core Rules subscriptions, but nothing on this, and I preordered on May 11th.

You don't understand, I NEED this!!

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
TwoWolves wrote:


Yeah, I don't get it. I got the "get ready, your stuff is going to ship" email for my AP and Core Rules subscriptions, but nothing on this, and I preordered on May 11th.

Same here. All my subscription stuff is in one pending order, but my RotRL hardcoveris a separate pending order (and has been since last December). I got my "week or so" email for my subs last night, but I haven't gotten anything for the RotRL hardcover.

-Skeld


Skeld wrote:
TwoWolves wrote:


Yeah, I don't get it. I got the "get ready, your stuff is going to ship" email for my AP and Core Rules subscriptions, but nothing on this, and I preordered on May 11th.

Same here. All my subscription stuff is in one pending order, but my RotRL hardcoveris a separate pending order (and has been since last December). I got my "week or so" email for my subs last night, but I haven't gotten anything for the RotRL hardcover.

-Skeld

Right there with both of you.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber
Skeld wrote:
TwoWolves wrote:


Yeah, I don't get it. I got the "get ready, your stuff is going to ship" email for my AP and Core Rules subscriptions, but nothing on this, and I preordered on May 11th.

Same here. All my subscription stuff is in one pending order, but my RotRL hardcoveris a separate pending order (and has been since last December). I got my "week or so" email for my subs last night, but I haven't gotten anything for the RotRL hardcover.

-Skeld

I'm having a similar issue. I ordered mine in october and it estimates shipment for october this year.

Liberty's Edge

I pre ordered mid April if that helps. Maybe they going by who ordered it first.


I pre-ordered in August 2011. It is not mentioned in my email for the next shipment, either.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

My concern is that the problem (whatever it is) won't get addressed until Monday after orders start shipping. CS is out for Paizocon so there's no one around to look into it.

-Skeld


For what it's worth, this title WAS included in my "shipping in the next week" email along with all my regular subs.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Joseph Wilson wrote:
For what it's worth, this title WAS included in my "shipping in the next week" email along with all my regular subs.

I hate you just a little bit.

-Skeld

PS: Just kidding, of course. Thanks for the info. It sounds like some of us have an issue and others don't.

Dark Archive

Dosent seem to be in my shipment email at all


I'm with Urath on this issue. I ordered it August 2011, "purchased" it and got my "Thank you for placing your order"-email and it's been sitting there ever since.

Ah, well. Time to read Wayfinder #7.

Ruyan.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pathfinder Accessories, Rulebook Subscriber

Or mine. However, given this is going to be a pretty huge book, if your order contains a few things and looking at the list of subscriptions after people's names it looks like they would, they might need to split the order in two and it makes most sense to have the RotR book as one item? Just a thought. I mean the ARG caused my last order to get split into two and this will be much bigger than that.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Paul Watson wrote:
Or mine. However, given this is going to be a pretty huge book, if your order contains a few things and looking at the list of subscriptions after people's names it looks like they would, they might need to split the order in two and it makes most sense to have the RotR book as one item? Just a thought. I mean the ARG caused my last order to get split into two and this will be much bigger than that.

Dunno. I've never had a shipment that had to be split up before. I'm in Alabama, about as far from Paizo as you can get and still be in CONUS. If I create a new order will all my sub items plus the RotRL hardcover, the order confirmation window shows all those items as "Shipment # 1."

-Skeld

Liberty's Edge

Actually, Key West would probably be further.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
HangarFlying wrote:
Actually, Key West would probably be further.

Probably.


Yeah, for the record, I received my "shipping in a few days" e-mail a day ago, and my RotRAE is included. I don't know about the splitting shipments thing though. I've got eight books coming in this order all together (the AE, both AP adventures, a module, a map folio, and three CS books), and they're shipping all together according to the e-mail.

Honestly not sure why some have it and some don't. An interesting conundrum . . .

Sczarni

Say, could I solve my problem with the sidecart?

If I order it before the 18th but put it in to ship with my next regular Adventure Path order (assuming my July order gets shipped before the 18th, as I just got the email today), would my card not get charged until my August subscription ships?

I don't care about getting the PDF soon, but I really need the PDF if I'm going to run this AP. I don't want to buy the book just by itself.

Liberty's Edge

If you do it quick enough, you might be able to get it added to the July shipments considering you still might have some time left. As far as your credit card goes, no, you will not get charged until it ships. Well, maybe a few days prior, not really sure how it works considering all of my charges are taken from my store account and it gets deducted when I get my notification email. Either way, it'll be close.

Dark Archive

Mine is still all combined in the subscriptions and the email I got has this combined with the rest of the months books.


Sub-Creator wrote:

Yeah, for the record, I received my "shipping in a few days" e-mail a day ago, and my RotRAE is included. I don't know about the splitting shipments thing though. I've got eight books coming in this order all together (the AE, both AP adventures, a module, a map folio, and three CS books), and they're shipping all together according to the e-mail.

Honestly not sure why some have it and some don't. An interesting conundrum . . .

Yep... I'm not sure there is an issue at all, yet. At the moment, it is just odd that some are seeing it and some are not. If those who are seeing it are picking up at PaizoCon, that might be the difference, but there is not enough information to be sure.


At aa guess, since I combined my pre-order with other things, it looks like it was paid for at the time. So, it would not be part of the any new "authoriztion" transaction. It is sitting in "My Orders" as a separate order with a status of "Pending", like the new order for the regular subscription materials that i *did* just get the authorization email for. I expect it is just waiting to ship.


Pathfinder Maps, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

I'm pretty sure you had to select the "ship with my subscription" option manually - it wasnt the default.

In other words, I think that if you just preordered it, the system assumes you want it sent separately. My guess would be that those for whom it hasnt shown up in the "we're about to ship..." emails are people who preordered without actually selecting the 'combine this with my subscription' option.

I dont really know, of course, but I've been caught out with preorders shipping separately before and that was the reason in my case.


Steve Geddes wrote:

I'm pretty sure you had to select the "ship with my subscription" option manually - it wasnt the default.

In other words, I think that if you just preordered it, the system assumes you want it sent separately. My guess would be that those for whom it hasnt shown up in the "we're about to ship..." emails are people who preordered without actually selecting the 'combine this with my subscription' option.

I dont really know, of course, but I've been caught out with preorders shipping separately before and that was the reason in my case.

A good assessment there, Mr. Geddes. I, too, had to manually put mine in my side cart for this (well, actually, a Paizo CS employee did it, as this was before I knew what the side cart was) to ship with my subscription stuff. That could very well be the case!

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Steve Geddes wrote:

I'm pretty sure you had to select the "ship with my subscription" option manually - it wasnt the default.

In other words, I think that if you just preordered it, the system assumes you want it sent separately. My guess would be that those for whom it hasnt shown up in the "we're about to ship..." emails are people who preordered without actually selecting the 'combine this with my subscription' option.

I dont really know, of course, but I've been caught out with preorders shipping separately before and that was the reason in my case.

I'll be highly disappointed if that's the reason. Especially seeing as how combining the RotRL hardcover with my subs will save me $10 on shipping.

-Skeld

Dark Archive

Skeld wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

I'm pretty sure you had to select the "ship with my subscription" option manually - it wasnt the default.

In other words, I think that if you just preordered it, the system assumes you want it sent separately. My guess would be that those for whom it hasnt shown up in the "we're about to ship..." emails are people who preordered without actually selecting the 'combine this with my subscription' option.

I dont really know, of course, but I've been caught out with preorders shipping separately before and that was the reason in my case.

I'll be highly disappointed if that's the reason. Especially seeing as how combining the RotRL hardcover with my subs will save me $10 on shipping.

-Skeld

That is the default way all extra buys are done not just this product. If you buy any physical copy the default is it ships asap, unless you select it to ship with your next shipment.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
That is the default way all extra buys are done not just this product. If you buy any physical copy the default is it ships asap, unless you select it to ship with your next shipment.

*Sigh* I guess I'll have to call CS on Monday and just hope this doesn't delay my order.

-Skeld

Dark Archive

I would try sending them a email now. They may end up checking the emails over the weekend and if you don't get a response then call them early Monday to catch it before it ships.

Liberty's Edge

So, those that picked it up at Paziocon, or have the PDF, how is it?

Liberty's Edge

Well, I added a CRB to my shipment. I hope I didn't screw myself.

Liberty's Edge

CapeCodRPGer wrote:
So, those that picked it up at Paziocon, or have the PDF, how is it?

No doubt! I figured we'd at least get a one-liner: "Awesome!" or "Effing Amazing!" or something.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber
CapeCodRPGer wrote:
So, those that picked it up at Paziocon, or have the PDF, how is it?

I have not looked it over in detail but with a casual glance I would say it is awesome.

And the PDF comes with interactive maps and a file with just the player handouts. Both are handy. I loved Runelords the first time I ran it and I am looking forward to running it again with one of my groups when I finish Carrion Crown. I plan to run Runelords and follow it with Shattered Star. I think that will be fun...

I would actually enjoy even more going from Runelords to Crimson Throne to Second Darkness and then Shattered Star but at the rate we go through an AP that would be 5 to 6 years of play and I already know I am itching to do Reign of Winter...

So many APs, so little time...

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

It is awesome. An absolutely beautiful book and it sounds like some of the extremely nice formatting changes may get picked up in Reign of Winter (it was too late for Shattered Star).

And setting it to ship with your subscriptions is the problem everyone is running into. I ran into the same thing with picking it up at Paizocon until Customer Service switched it for me. As someone already suggested, send a note or post with your order number in the Customer Service forum.

Liberty's Edge

A couple more questions.

1. Is this medium advancment?

2. How tough is this for just 4 pcs?

3. Does this updated version take place at same time as original?

I am going to run it, but I have never looked at the original.

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

1. Fast advancement
2. It assumes 4 PCs. It will be very hard though it sounds like a couple of the completely brutal encounters have been toned down (a little)
3. Same time as the original, does not assume other APs have been run.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

When I ran the original we had 6 PCs. I did nothing to change it and it was a very tough AP. I am not sure anyone died . It has been several years since we ran it. But I do know in every other AP we have run someone has died so maybe I just don't remember. Oh wait, I know someone died in the last encounter... But other than that not sure.

It was brutal and I am looking forward to running it with the changes and being rewritten for Pathfinder.


Yes, but remember, there are three levels of difficulty. There's challenging, brutal, and then there's Xanesha. I'm fine with the first two :P

Liberty's Edge

1000th post!!!!

Can we know what eight monsters are in the bestiary?

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