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

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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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Originally posted to the Paizo blog for Pathfinder Adventure Path #5.

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Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules and Chronicle sheets for running this Adventure Path are available as a free download (438 KB zip/PDF).

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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.


Excellent Supplementary Material

5/5

This was the first full Adventure Path I bought. I was looking for inspiration for material set in Sandpoint after running the introductory adventure from the Beginner Box. I have been adapting the plot and setting elements from Rise of the Runelords for the past three years to flesh out my own adventures and campaign arc. I substituted my own version of Thelsikar for Karzoug as the main villain.


Incredible Value & a great Campaign!!!

5/5

THE GOOD:
-6 different adventures revised and updated with great care.
- Sandpoint, a very detailed hometown with 50 detailed locations and two dozen NPCs.
- Great art and maps
- a good bestiary of 8 monsters
- new thassilonian spells and a new wizard school specialization

THE BAD:
- some stat blocks are not correctly calculated

THE UGLY:
- nothing

The value of $120 for only $60 - an entire campaign you can play for a year or longer or dissect into single short adventures from level 1 to 17 - buy it!


The Value

5/5

Short Version: Good adventure path, even better value per dollar.

This is not the AP if you're looking for something new and different. It is the AP if you're on a budget, looking for a classic feel, or just aren't quite sure where to start.

Like all APs, it's best when tuned to your group, but Rise is close enough to the basic assumptions that you should be close to the mark.


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Duniagdra DaaMyour wrote:
I'm so upset. I'm only just finding out about this now, all thanks to EN World D&D/RPG Newsletter #151. How did I miss this. All this talk dates back to August 6 2011. What else have I missed?

What else? There's a deluxe collector's edition. And really I don't even know where to begin, since last August. Standee pawns? Pre-painted minis? Tablet apps? There was a Kickstarter to raise money for a tech demo for the upcoming MMO, except that the actual product being kickstarted was a print dungeon with some names you might recognize (like Ed Greenwood). A comic book and virtual tabletop are on the horizon. Just read the blog.

The Exchange

wait, virtual tabletop? what's that?


I've never actually used a virtual tabletop, but my understanding is that basically it's a way to have a tabletop-like experience online. So you can have a map, and tokens representing different things, and dice-rolling -- but since it's computerized, there can be more.

Here's the blog post announcing Paizo's version. You'll probably find everything you need to know in there, such as the names of current alternatives (e.g. roll20.net, MapTool, d20Pro, TTopRPG) and the kinds of things that people currently do in them: "I'll give the Game Space a spin, for sure, but my 1200 character full attack routine macro that I've coded from scratch in MT is gonna be hard to abandon without a clear competitive advantage from Paizo." And here's Gary Teter's post about his planned presentation for the banquet.

For another example, I followed Tabletop Forge on Kickstarter, and only didn't donate because I have no actual use for it right now. And I have no actual money to spare on things that I don't need right now. ;) But it sounded really interesting.

Shadow Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Just looking through the PDF, waiting for the physical book to arrive and it is great. Only one issue really - looking at the art for Koruvus I musy cry out WHY NO MINI BASED ON THIS GUY!!! This artwork is truly awesome and crying out for a mini. WHy did he not make the cut for the final set in RotRL?

Scarab Sages

Just downloaded my PDF - that book looks gorgeous and I can't wait to get the physical book. Love the clear presentation and the new art. Great work.


I'm curious why my 2 AP books shipped but the RoTRLAE was held back.

Dark Archive

Vaellen wrote:
I'm curious why my 2 AP books shipped but the RoTRLAE was held back.

Did you have it set to ship with your next subscription?


Cat-thulhu wrote:
Just looking through the PDF, waiting for the physical book to arrive and it is great.
feytharn wrote:
Just downloaded my PDF - that book looks gorgeous and I can't wait to get the physical book. Love the clear presentation and the new art. Great work.

Go ahead . . . keep rubbing it in people! Keep on grinding that wound with a salt- and lemon-doused wire brush! It's fine. No, seriously, it's all good.

/slumps in chair and continues to wait impatiently


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vaellen wrote:
I'm curious why my 2 AP books shipped but the RoTRLAE was held back.
Did you have it set to ship with your next subscription?

Yes. The initial email even said that the two orders had been combined. Annoying, but since two more books are going to ship in 2 weeks it is not a big deal. I just really wanted to check out the RotRLAE.

Dark Archive

Huh that is really odd then.

Liberty's Edge

I just got the shipping email :) going to download when I get home from work.

Liberty's Edge

CapeCodRPGer wrote:
I just got the shipping email :) going to download when I get home from work.

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWRRRR!

By my estimation, it is 8:04 there in Paizonia. I should be getting my email...
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NOW!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

There's something more frustrating than waiting for the email: having received it and downloaded the files, but having 12 hours at work before being able to look at it.

Dark Archive

Paul Ryan wrote:
There's something more frustrating than waiting for the email: having received it and downloaded the files, but having 12 hours at work before being able to look at it.

I don't know, sitting at home with nothing to do. Other than keep hitting F5 waiting on your PDF's to show up is pretty bad. :)

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I bet I can top the both of you. Having to wait until July 18 to be able to buy the PDF and another 12 days to reactivate your subscriptions so the book can be shipped is terrible.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

Aw crap. No ship mail on Monday.

I was hoping I'd be in the batch that went out the first day; then I'd get my box before I went out of state this weekend.

But at least I'll have the PDFs!


Downloading now!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Cat-thulhu wrote:
Just looking through the PDF, waiting for the physical book to arrive and it is great. Only one issue really - looking at the art for Koruvus I musy cry out WHY NO MINI BASED ON THIS GUY!!! This artwork is truly awesome and crying out for a mini. WHy did he not make the cut for the final set in RotRL?

Several reasons come to mind:

1) We didn't have room for every mini.

2) And since we didn't have room for every mini, we wanted the ones we DID have room for to be able to either represent key important NPCs/monsters or NPCs/monsters who can serve multiple duty and play roles as "generic" monsters in other games. Korovus is not, in the grand scheme of things, super important to the story, nor is he all that easy to drop in to other games, and as such the cards were stacked against him.

3) We didn't get all the art in at the same time for the book—in some cases, the art came in after Wiz Kids had to already have sculpted the minis. I'm pretty sure Korovus was one of the later pieces of art we ordered.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Gotta say, just visually after a 5 minute quickie look-through, I love the layout, look, and feel of this from the PDF. A more thorough look-through will have to wait for after work, but, again, very nice presentation.


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

Downloaded and unzipping now !!!!

-- david
Papa.DRB

Liberty's Edge

I should get my notification before the warehouse team goes to lunch in 47 minutes, right?

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right? *sniff*

Grand Lodge

Man, gotta wait another week or so to be able to get my hard copy :P I'm looking forward to this book, so much!

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Pygon wrote:
Problem maps are as follows:

Pygon is correct, I am seeing the same problems, though I have the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Also the links on the ToC are not working.

Dark Archive

Of the changes I have noticed I like them. I have only given it a once over and stopped to read something when I knew it was new. But the new bits does seem to tie the whole series together a bit better.


Ok officially jealous that I've not gotten my shipped email so I can get my downloads!

Liberty's Edge

What are these map errors? I can't look at the PDF yet and I have never looked at old version.

Liberty's Edge

I would be jealous but Pazio never processes my order til Wednesday so I won't start my freak out til tomorrow. :)

Web Product Manager

Pygon wrote:

Spoilers abound.

Being an avid VTT user, I downloaded the PDF and started inspecting the maps as they would appear when I copy them without the labels (the interactive maps don't suit my needs because I don't want openings for secret doors in the walls, and I don't want secret areas entirely removed from the maps).

The maps I am trying are the ones in the chapters themselves, not the interactive maps.

Problem maps are as follows:

** spoiler omitted **

This is with Adobe Reader 8.1.2, the version I use that is friendly toward grabbing labelless maps.

I'll see what I can do and take a look once we're caught up from the PaizoCon madness. I'm not sure what can be done, but I'll see if there's anything specific causing this problem.

Liberty's Edge

Chris Lambertz wrote:
Pygon wrote:

Spoilers abound.

Being an avid VTT user, I downloaded the PDF and started inspecting the maps as they would appear when I copy them without the labels (the interactive maps don't suit my needs because I don't want openings for secret doors in the walls, and I don't want secret areas entirely removed from the maps).

The maps I am trying are the ones in the chapters themselves, not the interactive maps.

Problem maps are as follows:

** spoiler omitted **

This is with Adobe Reader 8.1.2, the version I use that is friendly toward grabbing labelless maps.

I'll see what I can do and take a look once we're caught up from the PaizoCon madness. I'm not sure what can be done, but I'll see if there's anything specific causing this problem.

Thanks, Chris.

Also, it might be relevant to say that this is happening with the One File per Chapter PDF. I haven't tried the Single File PDF.

Update: I just tried the Single File PDF and the One File Per Chapter-Lite PDF. Same results.

Dark Archive

Vaellen wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Vaellen wrote:
I'm curious why my 2 AP books shipped but the RoTRLAE was held back.
Did you have it set to ship with your next subscription?
Yes. The initial email even said that the two orders had been combined. Annoying, but since two more books are going to ship in 2 weeks it is not a big deal. I just really wanted to check out the RotRLAE.

I've exactly the same "problem". Well not really a problem just annoying.

Liberty's Edge

Just looked over the PDF. I can't wait for the hard copy. One of the things I liked on the maps are the color coded arrows on the stairs. Makes it really easy to see the lay outs when you look at it.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Ah, tranquility, the wait is over, feeling at ease with the universe again.
*hums softly, while downloading the file*


Just browsed my PDF as well. Love the new maps with the markers and aids. While I'm not a big fan of the new water color looking artwork in Paizo products, Arkhryst (or whatever the spelling) is well done. The other new artwork looks great of course even if I liked the original art.
Very impressed overall. This will be a good read when I get around to it. I'm curious to see the subtle ways the AP became more cohesive plotwise, I think Lisa mentioned some changes were from her running of it.

Good Job Paizo! :)

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Vaellen wrote:
I'm curious why my 2 AP books shipped but the RoTRLAE was held back.

I have the same. It'll almost certainly be that shipping was cheaper splitting the two AP issues into one Package, and this (plus the character folio in my case) into a seperate package. These two packages the don't need to be packed together, which means that they will then be sorted by the Warehouse's magic optimisation algorithm


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Firepelt Cougar = win, that is all. Though as an aside I need to try and make sure I have the appropriate giant minis for the last book, but there is plenty of time for that.


when will this ship to non subcribers..

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

July 18 is the street date for the book.


oh ok ive been checking my emails every few minutes since yesterday..


Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Vaellen wrote:
I'm curious why my 2 AP books shipped but the RoTRLAE was held back.
I have the same. It'll almost certainly be that shipping was cheaper splitting the two AP issues into one Package, and this (plus the character folio in my case) into a seperate package. These two packages the don't need to be packed together, which means that they will then be sorted by the Warehouse's magic optimisation algorithm

It's the same for me... unfortunately i can't read the APs, because i'm currently playing SaS. So excuse me, i have some waiting to do.

Shadow Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:


Several reasons come to mind:

..several good points.

Yeah I know, the set would need to be more like 120 minis for everything. Shame some of the artwork came later there are some truly awesome pieces of art in the book that would make brilliant minis. Hats off to you. The minis made do fill out the roles needed though and I hope this continues into shattered star. Oh, and a big well done on the slothful additions to book 5!!


Hmm... Paizo advised me that 2 shippings were coming my way. Seems they packed the Hardcover with the minis, and did a separate box for S&S 4+5.
Any reson why the shipping was split?


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

It will be because it's cheaper. Sometimes very large packages force you up to the more expensive priority shipping. The system is clever enough to work out that two first class shipments will be cheaper than one priority shipment.


Downloading my PDF now. Thanks, Paizo!

Liberty's Edge

Does the hard copy still have those little book mark things on some of the pages like the PDF?

Sovereign Court

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Of the changes I have noticed I like them. I have only given it a once over and stopped to read something when I knew it was new. But the new bits does seem to tie the whole series together a bit better.

I have been doing the same thing, with a similar conclusion.

Wait... have you been dominating me?

One thought from the end: is there anyway to lobotomise a magic item, remove the intelligence and keep the rest? I know my players will be a bit frustrated at the end that the two best weapons in the game are evil and intelligent...

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
CapeCodRPGer wrote:
Does the hard copy still have those little book mark things on some of the pages like the PDF?

I think you're probably referring to the upper right of the odd numbered pages. If so, yes, they are in the hardcover version. Those wind up being the right hand page in the spreads and they make it really easy to navigate to the section of the book that you're looking for in the hard copy.

Dark Archive

GeraintElberion wrote:
Wait... have you been dominating me?

Of course but what does that have to do with anything?

Liberty's Edge

No notification. I am sad. :-(


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Woohoo!

It's here!!!

<Dances>

Liberty's Edge

Panic panic no notification panic F1 F1 F1 Aaaahaaahahaahha crys!!!!!

It's Wednesday so I can panic now. :P

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