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


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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RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Announced! Cover image is a mockup.


I'm first I'm first I'm First..oh frabjous day. Now all I have to do is keep my PbP running long enough to warrant buying this.


Will this be available as a PDF only order as well?

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

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Mark Sweetman wrote:
Will this be available as a PDF only order as well?

Yes.

Sovereign Court

Awesome! I can't wait to see this:

"Expanded articles on the locations of Rise of the Runelords: Sandpoint, Magnimar, Turtleback Ferry, and the ancient Thassilonian empire of Shalast and its sprawling capital."


Super excited but soooooo far away nooooooooooooooooo :)


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

Is this part of any of the subscriptions or do I need to add it?

Dark Archive

Well I promised to buy two copies if this was made but to er on the side of caution I'm gonna order three. Now to count down until release...

Dark Archive

Hardcover + PPM mini set = wallet self-destructs. ;D

Will this be part of the AP subscription?

Grand Lodge

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

Dark Archive

Pre-ordered. I pre-ordered SO HARD.


The Otyugh wrote:
Well I promised to buy two copies if this was made but to er on the side of caution I'm gonna order three. Now to count down until release...

T minus 10 months! Huzzah!

Grand Lodge

golem101 wrote:

Hardcover + PPM mini set = wallet self-destructs. ;D

Will this be part of the AP subscription?

According to the write up above: "The Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition is not part of any subscription, but Pathfinder Adventure Path subscribers who preorder this book will receive a free PDF edition of this book when the print edition ships. (Note that you will need to have an active AP subscription at the time the Anniversary Edition ships in order to receive the PDF for free.)"

Dark Archive

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Something to consider, Paizo trimmed the fat from the AP by removing some needless items, EXPANDED many parts in-turn, will sure to have GREAT production value, and is at the affordable price of $60!

I could have easily seen the product priced at $100 but $60 is awesome! That's like buying 3 issues of any other AP. Instead you get a whole campaign.

Kudos to you Paizo, for listening to fans and producing something I'm sure will have a large number of pre-orders by the end of the weekend.

Cheers!

See you in Sandpoint. ;)


It is rare that I am willing to fork out for physical product from the Paizo store... that pesky international shipping just isn't much fun, but for this I WILL MAKE AN EXCEPTION.

Dark Archive

Golden-Esque wrote:
The Otyugh wrote:
Well I promised to buy two copies if this was made but to er on the side of caution I'm gonna order three. Now to count down until release...
T minus 10 months! Huzzah!

Gonna need an exact release date so we can work it out to the hour!

Dark Archive

Pre-ordered and can't wait!

I had to put my RotRL campaign on hold when Real Life (tm) got in the way - this will be the perfect way to reboot/resume the campaign.


This is gonna be pretty nice indeed!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

How much for the PDF?


when is june?


Gorbacz wrote:
How much for the PDF?

If it follows their normal pricing model, it'd be $42...pricy, but it's a lot of material, and still cheaper than the 6 individual AP PDF's.

Dark Archive

Very cool, looking forward to next year.

Dark Archive

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Actually I do have a question. Will the players guide be part of it as well? And will the players guide be expanded and updated like the more recent ones?

Dark Archive

Oh, this is great news, RotRL updated to PF rules and released as a hardcover! Sold! :)


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

Preordered! Now where can I order new players to play this again?


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber

This is a must have for every Thassilonian library. The Peacock Spirit demands it!

Wait, where did I store my key ... ah, there it is.

Liberty's Edge

srd5090 wrote:
Pre-ordered. I pre-ordered SO HARD.

srd5090 pre-ordered so hard we felt it in the midwest!


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Oh, great.

Now I have to buy this, and a new, structurally-reinforced coffee table for it to sit on.

Liberty's Edge

YESSSSSSS!

Hope for something like this has been lurking in the back of my mind since the day I got sucked into Pathfinder.

When you guys announce a new product, my initial reaction is usually "This is exactly what I wanted and I didn't even know it." This time, you have actually given me exactly what I wanted. I love you guys.


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Scott Betts wrote:

Oh, great.

Now I have to buy this, and a new, structurally-reinforced coffee table for it to sit on.

That's nothing compared to Ptolus, Pathfinder Core Rulebook, or Tome of Horrors Complete. Of course, if you want to play Runelords with the Core Rulebook... Maybe you should pick up that industrial strength table...


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deinol wrote:
That's nothing compared to Ptolus,

I hear Monte Cook just re-published Ptolus in two-volume format. Apparently you don't even need a flatbed pickup to take it home from the store anymore.


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Scott Betts wrote:
deinol wrote:
That's nothing compared to Ptolus,
I hear Monte Cook just re-published Ptolus in two-volume format. Apparently you don't even need a flatbed pickup to take it home from the store anymore.

Yes, I quite recommend picking it up. I already have the original version, so I won't be.

For extra fun, replace Magnimar with Ptolus when you run Runelords again.

Dark Archive

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I have the original and will buy this anniversary edition. W00t!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Preordered.

Now if I could just find that Ptolus book...


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Matthew Morris wrote:

Preordered.

Now if I could just find that Ptolus book...

I believe the Print on Demand two volume version (which sold out at Gen Con?) will be available at RPG Now shortly after Gen Con.

Dark Archive

deinol wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Preordered.

Now if I could just find that Ptolus book...

I believe the Print on Demand two volume version (which sold out at Gen Con?) will be available at RPG Now shortly after Gen Con.

There's a Pathfinderized version of Ptolus now?


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
joela wrote:
There's a Pathfinderized version of Ptolus now?

No, Ptolus is unchanged. It is now available in print again though. As a 3.5 setting book, it is easily usable with PF though.

Liberty's Edge

I'm down for this!


This works out since I only have AP issues 2, 4, and 6.


Supercribed!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Humina humina humina humina.

Once I have this, my AP collection will be complete!

Shadow Lodge

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

Sweet zombie baby Jesus! O_O "Want" just doesn't cover the NEED I have for this.

Even as a mock up the art works.

Dark Archive

Twin Dragons wrote:
Supercribed!

Show-off! ;)

Scarab Sages

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HOT!!! DAMN!!! :D
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Maybe I'm just hopeful or have my references mixed up - but is there a complete mini set to go with this?


LoreKeeper wrote:

Maybe I'm just hopeful or have my references mixed up - but is there a complete mini set to go with this?

There are a set of RotRL minis coming out next year in combination with this, but I don't know how 'complete' it will be. I think the press release said there would be 60 different minis in the RotRL set.


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Justin Franklin wrote:
Is this part of any of the subscriptions or do I need to add it?

From the product description:

Quote:
The Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition is not part of any subscription, but Pathfinder Adventure Path subscribers who preorder this book will receive a free PDF edition of this book when the print edition ships. (Note that you will need to have an active AP subscription at the time the Anniversary Edition ships in order to receive the PDF for free.)

Lantern Lodge

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I know that it states that they stated they don't plan on doing this with other APs but it would be really awesome if they did this for at least the APs before the release of the PFRPG.

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