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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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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Sovereign Court

Awaiting my shipping email. hands shaking! Must ...wait...

Liberty's Edge

Dear Paizo, one hour until I start getting worried.

Dark Archive

HangarFlying wrote:
Dear Paizo, one hour until I start getting worried.

They will be doing packages I imagine for another 4-5 hours still. I know I have gotten a notice before pretty late in the evening before.

Shadow Lodge

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

I got my shipping email today. Then, about an hour later, I got a call from my VC to let me know that he was able to pick up a second copy for me at PaizoCon and get it signed by the collected authors!

Contributor

Patience grasshoppers! The warehouse is busy furiously packing and shipping orders out as we speak!

Liberty's Edge

Hmmmm, I'm a little worried now. On my bank statement their was the pending charge of my subscription order there since last Friday. I ordered three more books and added them to my next subscription this weekend and I'm know noticing that that order is now pending but mt original order no longer is(and hasn't gone through either). Did my order some how get canceled? I'm confused.

EDIT: It's still in my pending orders so maybe I'm over freaking out.


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

I only missed out on Stephen Greer's signature.


I GOT IT!

I'M PSYCHED!

THAT IS ALL!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

It's a small detail, but I love how they marked stairs as going up or down with colors. I kept running my players through Escher-like dungeons because I would get confused reading the maps.

Paizo Employee CEO

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spamhammer wrote:
It's a small detail, but I love how they marked stairs as going up or down with colors. I kept running my players through Escher-like dungeons because I would get confused reading the maps.

That was something that Vic requested when he was helping edit the book. I think it is a brilliant idea, so I backed his request.

-Lisa


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

I'd love to see that everywhere honestly, it's really helpful to be able to just glance at the map and know which stair goes where.

Liberty's Edge

It went through!!!! Time to download!!! Yay!


1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pawns Subscriber

Is it wrong that every day I get home from work, check the mailbox and shake my fist in the general direction of the post office and spew curses that would make a dwarf blush? (And it has only been two days since I’ve gotten my ship email!)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Been paging through my pdf for a while now have to say I really like the layout particularly the new up/down direction arrows on the map, the stat block header now including hp, and the much more prominent location ID call outs.

Is this a sign of things to come in the APs or is it just a one shot thing with the anniversary edition?


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

Holy sh*t! I finally had a chance to glance at the PDF, the design and look is fricking amazing. The new illustrations are blowing me away. Case in point the sort of side view of Sandpoint is totally awesome. You immediately get the feel of Sandpoint. Just awesome.

Thank you.

Liberty's Edge

How has no one talked about the handouts!? There so cool and super useful! I'd like to see this in future APs.

Liberty's Edge

I like that the festering maze is fleshed out, but what's the reason doe changing the ravenous crypts? Too much empty space?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mike Silva wrote:
I like that the festering maze is fleshed out, but what's the reason doe changing the ravenous crypts? Too much empty space?

Yeah... of all the wings of Runeforge, that wing was overly complex and full of empty rooms. Further, the rooms and halls themselves were all weirdly shaped and aligned, which made it kind of awkward and annoying to map out on a battlemat or to use with minis.

By revising the map and making it so that it works better on the grid, AND by removing the extra empty rooms, I hoped to make that wing both easier to run and more interesting to play through.

Remember that the players don't know a room is empty and has nothing going on in it, and when you have a dungeon with, say, 30 rooms but only 10 of them have encounters, from a player's perspective, the dungeon feels sparse and boring and repetitive. That's not something a player should feel in a dungeon devoted to Thassilonian necromancy.


Still waiting on mine, but I'm not upset. With the chaos that was paizocon + all subscriptions being shipped + this huge release, I imagine the poor warehouse staff are run ragged.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

atheral wrote:

Been paging through my pdf for a while now have to say I really like the layout particularly the new up/down direction arrows on the map, the stat block header now including hp, and the much more prominent location ID call outs.

Is this a sign of things to come in the APs or is it just a one shot thing with the anniversary edition?

It COULD be a sign of things to come in future Adventure Paths.

We're already 3 adventures in to Shattered Star, and we didn't want to make any major changes to the Adventure Path layout or look until we started hearing feedback from all the numerous changes in Rise of the Runelords... which just came out.

So... We'll be watching and listening closely to everyone's feedback on things like the stair arrows, the new look of the stat blocks, the big blocky encounter area tags on the map and in the text, and all the rest.

But the EARLIEST we'll be able to graduate the changes that folks end up really liking will be the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, which starts getting laid out in about 4 months, and won't be for sale until next February.

Liberty's Edge

Gods, I though the old Lamia Hungerer picture was revolting!

Yes! Deathwine is now also a Witch Spell!

Love the Sin/Virtue point system.

Liberty's Edge

I do love the new stat blocks. The look clean and easy to spot as your flipping through the book/pdf.

Liberty's Edge

Still waiting on a shipping notification.

Dark Archive

I like the new format the maps especially are much easier to use at a glance as things are just more clear on them. The arrows for stairs etc just make things easier.


HangarFlying wrote:
Still waiting on a shipping notification.

Don't worry...it isn't just you. I think they're probably just hit hard by Paizocon and by what looks like it may be one of their better selling products.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

I am loving the up and down arrows. Thank you.


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

Since you're looking for feedback :). I like the map adjustments, the new art is amazing, the new headers for the stat blocks don't bother me too much but I'm really used to the bestiary lay outs so I will probably still look in the stats and not at the header. The header may be something I adjust to I just feel they're unnecessary as is. I do not like the new item blocks. Feels too blocky and clunky, and it's reminiscent of the 4th edition books which I did not like the style of. It interrupts the flow of reading for me seeing block, text, block. I noticed it's the style for Ultimate Equipment and I'm just not a fan of that layout style.

I liked how the Core Rulebook looked different from 4th edition and I liked it's style, these new block layouts stray from the clean lines of the Core and are more in line with products I personally disliked.

Liberty's Edge

How come something as basic as AC is not with the summary stat blocks?

Page 16-17, you have XP, HP, CR, weapon and damage for the basic goblins, but no AC listed? I know we can look it up in the beastary. But i would think something like AC would be something to include in a summary of stats.


James Jacobs wrote:
atheral wrote:
Is this a sign of things to come in the APs or is it just a one shot thing with the anniversary edition

It COULD be a sign of things to come in future Adventure Paths.

We're already 3 adventures in to Shattered Star, and we didn't want to make any major changes to the Adventure Path layout or look until we started hearing feedback from all the numerous changes in Rise of the Runelords... which just came out.

So... We'll be watching and listening closely to everyone's feedback on things like the stair arrows, the new look of the stat blocks, the big blocky encounter area tags on the map and in the text, and all the rest.

But the EARLIEST we'll be able to graduate the changes that folks end up really liking will be the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, which starts getting laid out in about 4 months, and won't be for sale until next February.

Put mine down as a big vote for awesome on the layouts of this book! I think it's absolutely fantastic! The color-coding of the stairs, the headings, and the bolded sub-headings that really stick out from the text and make it easier to locate info faster are all phenomenal in my opinion. This book was exquisitely done. It's full of so much WIN!

A HUGE thumbs-up from this customer!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

CapeCodRPGer wrote:

How come something as basic as AC is not with the summary stat blocks?

Page 16-17, you have XP, HP, CR, weapon and damage for the basic goblins, but no AC listed? I know we can look it up in the beastary. But i would think something like AC would be something to include in a summary of stats.

Because there's limited space in the summary stat blocks, and we chose to go as minimal as possible with them.


If you make a sample page available, you'll be able to collect feedback faster :)

As I'm not a subscriber I don't have this yet myself, but since I saw someone mention similarities to 4th edition layout above, I figured I could add my "+1" to his statement. I also disliked the layout chosen for the 4th edition rulebooks, but especially the layout used in 4th edition adventures. I found myself unable to read through any of the 4e adventures I've purchased, simply because of the layout. It simply didn't flow the way I was used to from Dungeon and Pathfinder.

So if the new layout breaks the flow, that would be a bad thing in my book. I won't comment further until I've seen it myself, since criticizing without seeing is also a bad thing :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Our layout has little in common with that of the 4e "delve format" adventures.


Good to hear; I got a little bit worried there for a moment :)


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

I haven't looked at their delves as I'm firmly against 4e (I do not begrudge those who play it just not my cup of tea). I was more referring to their Player's Handbook and how they had block headers all over the place for powers and magic items and how it all just looked clustered and clunky to me because of blocks every 5 lines.


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For summary stat blocks, AC is much more useful than CR or XP. You can add up that stuff before or after the encounter; you need the ACrightnow when running it.


woohooo my stuff has shiped..ahh almost time for some paizo greatness

Liberty's Edge

watchmanx wrote:
woohooo my stuff has shiped..ahh almost time for some paizo greatness

I'm holding out hope that I will receive a shipping notification email...any...minute

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Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
We'll be watching and listening closely to everyone's feedback on things like the stair arrows, the new look of the stat blocks, the big blocky encounter area tags on the map and in the text, and all the rest.

I like the new layout changes. I would like to see them carried forward. My only complaint is that this didn't come out until I was half way through Skinsaw Murders. ;)

-Skeld

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
CapeCodRPGer wrote:

How come something as basic as AC is not with the summary stat blocks?

Page 16-17, you have XP, HP, CR, weapon and damage for the basic goblins, but no AC listed? I know we can look it up in the beastary. But i would think something like AC would be something to include in a summary of stats.

The only reason the stat block even includes attack and damage is because they are being modified from the base monster block by inspire courage.

Sovereign Court

There is a huge amount of awesome in this but I am not a fan of the blocky look.

I also really dislike the top corner image: I understand why it might be felt necessary for navigating an adventure as large as this but I really don't want to see it again until the CotCT hardcover in 2022.


GeraintElberion wrote:
I really don't want to see it again until the CotCT hardcover in 2022.

2022? Couldn't we agree on, say, 2017? (Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Adventure Path)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Still no shipping mail... I'm beginning to worry that I won't have the PDF to read for the weekend :-(


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Zen79 wrote:
Still no shipping mail... I'm beginning to worry that I won't have the PDF to read for the weekend :-(

I'm still waiting too. I guess the big hardcover as well as the con is extending the duration all the shipping is taking. Ah, well.

Liberty's Edge

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

Try and combine shipping with your subscription order. That always makes the warehouse goblins ship mine before they can be combined, resulting in very nice e-mails back from Customer Services explaining why they can't do anything about it and double shipping costs.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Just wanted to say about the PDFs..

ooohhhh hyperlinks!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

So anyone willing to give a rundown of new things for those of us who havent got it yet?


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

I'm gonna read through it over the weekend, but one thing i definitely checked on was whether or not the minis would give you acceptable numbers of certain monsters. I can say, and I don't think it needs a spoiler, you no longer have to worry about 6 Rune Giants in one encounter. The minis should give you everything you need, combined with heroes and monsters set you'll have plenty of goblins :).


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
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I also really dislike the top corner image: I understand why it might be felt necessary for navigating an adventure as large as this but I really don't want to see it again [...]

+1

More feedback after I'm done reading.

Ruyan.

Liberty's Edge

I GOT MY EMAIIIIIIII! YIPPEEE!

Now I just have to download it.


James Jacobs wrote:
atheral wrote:

Been paging through my pdf for a while now have to say I really like the layout particularly the new up/down direction arrows on the map, the stat block header now including hp, and the much more prominent location ID call outs.

Is this a sign of things to come in the APs or is it just a one shot thing with the anniversary edition?

It COULD be a sign of things to come in future Adventure Paths.

We're already 3 adventures in to Shattered Star, and we didn't want to make any major changes to the Adventure Path layout or look until we started hearing feedback from all the numerous changes in Rise of the Runelords... which just came out.

So... We'll be watching and listening closely to everyone's feedback on things like the stair arrows, the new look of the stat blocks, the big blocky encounter area tags on the map and in the text, and all the rest.

But the EARLIEST we'll be able to graduate the changes that folks end up really liking will be the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, which starts getting laid out in about 4 months, and won't be for sale until next February.

I love the layout. If you're counting votes then mine is firmly on the side of the new layout.

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