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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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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Shadow Lodge

Dire Corgi.

Contributor

Some related videos from PaizoCon 2012:

1) Rise of the Runelords 5th Anniversary Round Table

2) Rise of the Runelords 5th Anniversary Q&A

Liberty's Edge

Great videos. Thanks for posing.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I get that Tsuto is a Half-Tian Half-Elf... But his face looks a lot less menacing now than it did originally. Just a bit too rounded. The stubble really didn't help there either.

The Exchange

Well, I'm excited to receive this anniversary book. I'm just curious though, will pathfinder EVER come to a point where the adventure paths take characters beyond 15th level and into epic levels? I know there are only the rare few, but I really do love sometimes taking a character and campaign all the way, and really push the envelope.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Duniagdra DaaMyour wrote:
I'm just curious though, will pathfinder EVER come to a point where the adventure paths take characters beyond 15th level and into epic levels?

You should look around some of the boards - I seem to recall that issue popping up once or twice before. It's... complicated.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Duniagdra DaaMyour wrote:
Well, I'm excited to receive this anniversary book. I'm just curious though, will pathfinder EVER come to a point where the adventure paths take characters beyond 15th level and into epic levels? I know there are only the rare few, but I really do love sometimes taking a character and campaign all the way, and really push the envelope.

Perhaps some day. I'm trying to push Shattered Star as far as possible toward 20th, but I fear that I'll only reach 17th or 18th level.

There are other possible solutions, but I'll leave them for the future.

Some day.


James Jacobs wrote:
Duniagdra DaaMyour wrote:
Well, I'm excited to receive this anniversary book. I'm just curious though, will pathfinder EVER come to a point where the adventure paths take characters beyond 15th level and into epic levels? I know there are only the rare few, but I really do love sometimes taking a character and campaign all the way, and really push the envelope.

Perhaps some day. I'm trying to push Shattered Star as far as possible toward 20th, but I fear that I'll only reach 17th or 18th level.

There are other possible solutions, but I'll leave them for the future.

Some day.

We have plenty to enjoy between now and when that happens!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Duniagdra DaaMyour wrote:
Well, I'm excited to receive this anniversary book. I'm just curious though, will pathfinder EVER come to a point where the adventure paths take characters beyond 15th level and into epic levels? I know there are only the rare few, but I really do love sometimes taking a character and campaign all the way, and really push the envelope.

Unlikely as long as there aren't even rules for these levels.


Sub-Creator wrote:
NONESUCH wrote:
Adam Christman wrote:
Yay for fruitlessly negative comments! Ah, internet...please change.
An opinion about art is not a fruitless negative comment. It's just an opinion. Paizo makes great products. And the artwork for their products is topnotch. I love them. I'm just not in love with this one.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

I'm guessing that works for opinions as well! ;)

I rather loved the artwork in this book, so I'm guessing it really does work in this instance!

I'm not referring to the artwork inside the book. I don't have the book yet so I can't speak to the artwork inside. I'm talking about the cover. Not a fan of the cover. That is all.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I like most of the new art. There is one little inconsistency that's bugging me, though. All of the chapter headers are of the Iconic from each of the six original AP volumes, over the right side of the cover banner from the original issue of the AP. (For the Appendix, it's Karzoug on the right hand side.)

Except Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is supposed to have Harsk on the right side of the chapter break, it uses his face to mark the pages, but as for the chapter break itself, no big picture of Harsk, just the full background panel featuring the first 4 Iconics against a pair of Rune Giants, male and female. Nothing major, I know, but still a weird inconsistency.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kvantum wrote:

I like most of the new art. There is one little inconsistency that's bugging me, though. All of the chapter headers are of the Iconic from each of the six original AP volumes, over the right side of the cover banner from the original issue of the AP. (For the Appendix, it's Karzoug on the right hand side.)

Except Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is supposed to have Harsk on the right side of the chapter break, it uses his face to mark the pages, but as for the chapter break itself, no big picture of Harsk, just the full background panel featuring the first 4 Iconics against a pair of Rune Giants, male and female. Nothing major, I know, but still a weird inconsistency.

That's... weird.

Because Harsk is right there on page 299 in the chapter break in my print copy. Might be a weird PDF error... hmmm.

Dark Archive

My PDF looks fine.

Web Product Manager

Kvantum wrote:

I like most of the new art. There is one little inconsistency that's bugging me, though. All of the chapter headers are of the Iconic from each of the six original AP volumes, over the right side of the cover banner from the original issue of the AP. (For the Appendix, it's Karzoug on the right hand side.)

Except Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is supposed to have Harsk on the right side of the chapter break, it uses his face to mark the pages, but as for the chapter break itself, no big picture of Harsk, just the full background panel featuring the first 4 Iconics against a pair of Rune Giants, male and female. Nothing major, I know, but still a weird inconsistency.

I'll look into this. If it's a PDF error it will get fixed.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Kvantum wrote:

I like most of the new art. There is one little inconsistency that's bugging me, though. All of the chapter headers are of the Iconic from each of the six original AP volumes, over the right side of the cover banner from the original issue of the AP. (For the Appendix, it's Karzoug on the right hand side.)

Except Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is supposed to have Harsk on the right side of the chapter break, it uses his face to mark the pages, but as for the chapter break itself, no big picture of Harsk, just the full background panel featuring the first 4 Iconics against a pair of Rune Giants, male and female. Nothing major, I know, but still a weird inconsistency.

That's... weird.

Because Harsk is right there on page 299 in the chapter break in my print copy. Might be a weird PDF error... hmmm.

He's not in my copy either. I'm using PDF Complete to view mine.


Stratagemini wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Kvantum wrote:

I like most of the new art. There is one little inconsistency that's bugging me, though. All of the chapter headers are of the Iconic from each of the six original AP volumes, over the right side of the cover banner from the original issue of the AP. (For the Appendix, it's Karzoug on the right hand side.)

Except Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is supposed to have Harsk on the right side of the chapter break, it uses his face to mark the pages, but as for the chapter break itself, no big picture of Harsk, just the full background panel featuring the first 4 Iconics against a pair of Rune Giants, male and female. Nothing major, I know, but still a weird inconsistency.

That's... weird.

Because Harsk is right there on page 299 in the chapter break in my print copy. Might be a weird PDF error... hmmm.

He's not in my copy either. I'm using PDF Complete to view mine.

Using Acrobat Reader X, he's not there in the Lite version. I have not looked at the full version, though.

Dark Archive

I am using PDF-Xchange and he is on page 299 of mine, same with Adobe. On page 298 is the giant fighting the iconics though.

Shadow Lodge

James Jacobs wrote:
Kvantum wrote:

I like most of the new art. There is one little inconsistency that's bugging me, though. All of the chapter headers are of the Iconic from each of the six original AP volumes, over the right side of the cover banner from the original issue of the AP. (For the Appendix, it's Karzoug on the right hand side.)

Except Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is supposed to have Harsk on the right side of the chapter break, it uses his face to mark the pages, but as for the chapter break itself, no big picture of Harsk, just the full background panel featuring the first 4 Iconics against a pair of Rune Giants, male and female. Nothing major, I know, but still a weird inconsistency.

That's... weird.

Because Harsk is right there on page 299 in the chapter break in my print copy. Might be a weird PDF error... hmmm.

Windows 7 64-bit, Adobe Reader X, Harsk is there.

Liberty's Edge

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

Just looked at all Version...

He is only missing on the PDF for the Lite version, both Full and separated.

He appears fine in the normal version of the PDF.

Shadow Lodge

Hmm. I can confirm that, at least for my setup, the Lite version is also missing Harsk. I blame James Jacobs...his hatred of dwarves is the stuff of legend.

Dark Archive

Well it is the Lite version, Harsk has been hitting the ale kinda hard and getting a bit of a ale gut on him. So maybe he is not lite enough to qualify for the lite version anymore. :)

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Lite Version for me, both Reader X and PDF X-Change, no Harsk.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kthulhu wrote:
Hmm. I can confirm that, at least for my setup, the Lite version is also missing Harsk. I blame James Jacobs...his hatred of dwarves is the stuff of legend.

Harsk is actually one of the dwarves I like. Mostly because he's UN-dwarfy in a lot of ways. Such as the fact that he doesn't booze; he's a tea drinker.


I apologize if this is obvious or has been answered many times, but I didn't see anything in a few quick searches. Is there no Print + PDF bundle? You have to buy both separately at full price? Thanks.


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Paizo doesn't offer Print/PDF bundles like many other publishers do. Instead, their business is based on a subscription model, wherein the customer subscribes to a product line and thus gets the PDF for free with their purchase.

In this case, the only way to get the PDF with the print copy is to preorder and be subscribed to the Adventure Path line at the time of shipment. That said, however, if you purchase the print copy from Amazon or some other store that is offering it at a discount, you could then buy the PDF from Paizo at full price and still get both for less money than you would pay for both at full price from Paizo.com. It's like a do-it-yourself bundle. :)


Another thing to note about the subscriptions - if you subscribe to the AP, you get a subscription discount that does apply to other physical merchandise (and subscriptions?).


Has the book reached the mass market yet?


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Release date isn't until Wednesday, and I'd be shocked if Amazon started shipping sooner than a week or two after that, considering their past performance with Paizo new releases. Ought to be in brick-and-mortar stores on Wednesday.

Liberty's Edge

Stratagemini wrote:
I get that Tsuto is a Half-Tian Half-Elf... But his face looks a lot less menacing now than it did originally. Just a bit too rounded. The stubble really didn't help there either.

Yes! I agree completely. There's less of a a snarl of contempt to this new art. (I like the piece of art by itself, just not in the context of Tetsuo though).

Liberty's Edge

I really love the new scene with Amieko's dad. It sucks we're past Burnt Offerings with my group, they would have loved to do the scene.

I almost did something similar to the new encounter in the Boneyard in my game. Scraped it in the end but it's a pretty cool idea.

A lot of the transitions from chapter to chapter are smother, though I don't love all of them. Like between 3 and 4. I like the idea of the PCs not knowing that the giant attack is going to happen until it does. Like there back for the 1 year anniversary of saving the town. knowing the attack really changes the mood and feel of that battle (not that it's wrong I just like the chaos of the original battle as written). Of course if the PCs hate the whole "run your own fort" then then knowing the battle is eminent and rushing back to Sandpoint is great.

All and all I see this as an extended cut with more options at my finger tips, which is awesome. I'm falling in love with Sandpoint all over again. It's such a great town. There was a thread a while back with the OP stated there was no place in Golarion where he would want to live. Well Sandpoint is that place more than anywhere else! It's the type of place people want to retire to. Amazing job James!

But..... Tetsuo still writes a letter in Minkian (which he doesn't have) to Ameiko (which according to her stat block in Jade Regent chapter 1 doesn't have either).


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Well it is the Lite version, Harsk has been hitting the ale kinda hard and getting a bit of a ale gut on him. So maybe he is not lite enough to qualify for the lite version anymore. :)

True Rangers are stealthy. Maybe he's stalking some prey across the pages.

Regards,
Ruemere

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

Is anyone else having any weirdness with the interactive map file?

Specifically it not being "signed" properly and at least one of the maps not showing up until you play around with the player view/gm view buttons?

Web Product Manager

BobROE wrote:

Is anyone else having any weirdness with the interactive map file?

Specifically it not being "signed" properly and at least one of the maps not showing up until you play around with the player view/gm view buttons?

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've gotten a couple reports about some map weirdness, and a few minor glitches. We'll be applying the changes and an email will automatically go out when the PDF gets updated.

The "signing" thing is normal, though. Acrobat and Reader consider the interactive elements to be "form" elements. You can disable this by going to your Preferences -> Forms and checking the box "Always hide forms document message bar."

Liberty's Edge

UPS JUST delivered my copy. Very nice. Thank you.


Still waiting on my sending notification. Hopefully it ships today.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

Chris Lambertz wrote:


Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've gotten a couple reports about some map weirdness, and a few minor glitches. We'll be applying the changes and an email will automatically go out when the PDF gets updated.

The "signing" thing is normal, though. Acrobat and Reader consider the interactive elements to be "form" elements. You can disable this by going to your Preferences -> Forms and checking the box "Always hide forms document message bar."

The signing bar doesn't come up for any of my other interactive map files...

Making that preference change did get rid of the "sign" bar but the first time you click on the file it brings up a dialog box that the file can be signed (which you can hide, but still, odd).


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path Subscriber
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Still waiting on my sending notification. Hopefully it ships today.

Just so you know, you're not alone. Of course I had some irregularity on my credit card so it held up the process two days. Not my fault but definitely not Paizo's.

I won't start running RotRL until the minis show up so really, no great rush. I've played it before (well, until the TPKs made the campaign implode in book 5) so it's not urgent for me.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Society Subscriber
Anguish wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Still waiting on my sending notification. Hopefully it ships today.

Just so you know, you're not alone. Of course I had some irregularity on my credit card so it held up the process two days. Not my fault but definitely not Paizo's.

I won't start running RotRL until the minis show up so really, no great rush. I've played it before (well, until the TPKs made the campaign implode in book 5) so it's not urgent for me.

I hope this is a sign that Paizo is doing really well. I've had my shipment for 6 days now.

Dark Archive

I'm not ready to write a review yet, but I have to say, this is gorgeous. Is the new font set and stat block header style going to be a regular thing? I really like it!

Also, the picture of Aldern is fantastic.


My GM did not get his PDF authorized for download yet. He is an AP subscriber and also per-ordered the RotRL anniversary edition. Who would he speak to, to get this resolved?

Dark Archive

visand wrote:
My GM did not get his PDF authorized for download yet. He is an AP subscriber and also per-ordered the RotRL anniversary edition. Who would he speak to, to get this resolved?

Tell him to join the club. Paizo is still in the process of sending out shipments. I got my email the 5th saying it was getting ready to ship and still no shipment email as of yet. Paizocon really slows things down to a crawl.

Patience is a virtue.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Quote:
Patience is a virtue.

Sorry, but this is the wrong threat for this statement. It's all about greed in this one!

Ruyan.


You may want to send a note to customer service if this item specifically has not shipped. If the pre-order was placed long ago, it may not be automatically combining with your regular monthly shipment.

Scarab Sages

Mine arrived today, unexpectedly (living in europe I am used to far longer shipping and I didn't realize this package was send via priority air mail). I hope to find some time for in depth reading this weekend, but I am already impressed just flipping the through the pages for art and layout.


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

For those of us in the USA, and if it is shipped via UPS-MI, it looks like UPS picked up a big batch yesterday from Paizo, because it just got entered into the UPS system, with a delivery date of 7/23. I'm in upstate NY, but others in the customer service forum have mentioned this also.

-- david
Papa.DRB

Dark Archive

Papa-DRB wrote:

For those of us in the USA, and if it is shipped via UPS-MI, it looks like UPS picked up a big batch yesterday from Paizo, because it just got entered into the UPS system, with a delivery date of 7/23. I'm in upstate NY, but others in the customer service forum have mentioned this also.

-- david
Papa.DRB

Yeah mine says the same thing and I live in the middle of the country.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Papa-DRB wrote:

For those of us in the USA, and if it is shipped via UPS-MI, it looks like UPS picked up a big batch yesterday from Paizo, because it just got entered into the UPS system, with a delivery date of 7/23. I'm in upstate NY, but others in the customer service forum have mentioned this also.

-- david
Papa.DRB

Yeah mine says the same thing and I live in the middle of the country.

Same thing here. 7/23 delivery to Alabama.

-Skeld


And a 7/23 delivery to Texas. However, if past experience has shown me anything it is a 7/23 delivery to the mail center in Austin with another 2 days to Houston.

Liberty's Edge

Just got mine today. WOW this is a pretty book!

Scarab Sages

7/23 delivery estimate to Michigan also.

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