Pathfinder Module: The Emerald Spire Superdungeon (PFRPG)

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Secrets None Will Survive!

For ages untold, a gemstone monolith has pierced the heart of the Echo Wood. Now, as civilization intrudes upon this enigmatic splinter, a strange life once again stirs in the depths—one with ties to undying evils and a might beyond time itself. The promise of wealth and power calls to glory-seekers from across the Inner Sea region, tempting them into a labyrinth of monster-haunted vaults, defiled tombs, arcane laboratories, and worse, as they seek to unveil the secrets locked below the legendary Emerald Spire.

Pathfinder Module: The Emerald Spire Superdungeon is the largest adventure ever set in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Designed for characters of a wide range of levels, this megadungeon opens with challenges appropriate for 1st-level characters and can carry parties to 13th level or higher. Within this deadly super-adventure, you'll find:

  • Lethal dungeon levels crafted by the creators of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and a host of fantasy gaming's greatest authors and designers.
  • A gazetteer of Fort Inevitable, a bastion of merciless order near the Emerald Spire serving as a base for exploration or a launchpad for more adventures.
  • Insights into the region and plots taking central stage in the upcoming Pathfinder Online massively multiplayer online RPG.
  • A bestiary of the Emerald Spire's myriad monstrous menaces and inscrutable inhabitants.
  • Dozens of new treasures, maps, side-plots, and more!

The Emerald Spire Superdungeon is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can be used in any fantasy game setting.

Emerald Spire Essentials!
Don't miss out on the Emerald Spire Superdungeon Multi-Pack to get all the maps you need to run this deadly dungeon, and the Emerald Spire Superdungeon Campaign Cards for quick reference to quests, NPCs, and notable items!

Written by Keith Baker, Rich Baker, Wolfgang Baur, Jason Bulmahn, Ed Greenwood, Tim Hitchcock, James Jacobs, Nicolas Logue, Erik Mona, Frank Mentzer, Chris Pramas, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Michael A. Stackpole, Lisa Stevens, and James L. Sutter
Cover Art by Jesper Ejsing

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-655-3

The Emerald Spire is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet and additional rules for running this module are a free download (859 KB zip/PDF).

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Not for the faint of heart

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I had blast playing this for PFS. We finally finished it. Some levels are crazy hard if the DM runs it correctly. You could be fighting 2-3 encounters at once.

We had a couple players refuse to come back and play. They couldn't handle the pressure. Another player packed his stuff up like every other session crying for mommy :). We made our diplomacy rolls and so he stayed.

I played a paladin. I loved it. Talk about being heroic. I probably saved a dozen player deaths during the sessions with paladins sacrifice.

I would make sure you have some strong players and a well-built group. I would say you need a tank, healer, and rogue. Don't be afraid to max the table out and enjoy the beat down.


My precious

*****

One of the most "rail-free" modules for pfs - as gm you may put amazing roleplay opportunities there - there are enough backstory for npc`s (town and dungeon alike) to make them alive and have motivation. Combats are neat, exploration are neat, layouts are neat. My favorite module.


Good for earning XP and GP for PFS

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A huge dungeon crawl with minimum roleplay. I can't say the fights are easy... however most PFS gruops of The Emerald Spire are power gamers that put all source on combat. Just not challenging enough.

If you prefer roleplay or investigaion, skip this. It's made for buttkickers that want to build high-level PFS characters(with more gear than average).

I would not recommend this, but for who enjoy "draw a dungeon, than kill them all, get the treasure", that's what you're looking for.


Fun dungeon crawl but needs better editing

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I am running it for a group of players and everyone is having a blast. This module could have definitely been a five star rating if it weren't for all the errors such as wrong monster stats and conflicting tactics.


Bunch of fun

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GMed this all the way through. We had four PCs - gnome Sorc, Ranger, Inquisitor, Cleric. The challenges were good overall but mainly at the first few levels and the end - they managed the middle levels with relative ease. It had a wide variety of monsters and challenges and kept these experienced players a bit off balance. The continuity between levels was a bit of a stretch, but since we all expected a crawl, it was not that big of an issue. Overall - just multiple levels of fun...


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Dark Archive

After purchasing Thornkeep I'm really looking forward to this, any idea of ETA

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

It's presently estimated for Kickstarter backers in June 2014, so sometime after that.

Grand Lodge

Can't wait to see it! (I hope it comes out before 2014 but...I will wait! :) ).

Webstore Gninja Minion

Cover image is a mockup and subject to change.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Out of curisity when do Kickstarter backers get PDF access to this? (Same date as general Pdf release or earlier?)

Silver Crusade

Cool stuff!

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

do you know what the page count is?

The Exchange

Oh, hack yes.

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

/lick


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Does anyone know where the mock-up cover image is from?


How many players is it for?


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bignate013 wrote:
How many players is it for?

All of Paizo's adventures, with the exception of PFS scenarios, are written for the standard 4 players.


Joseph Wilson wrote:
bignate013 wrote:
How many players is it for?
All of Paizo's adventures, with the exception of PFS scenarios, are written for the standard 4 players.

Ah Thank you.

Grand Lodge

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SUPER DUNGEON? Sold

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

The waiting... Oh, the waiting...


Bellona wrote:
Does anyone know where the mock-up cover image is from?

That image is actually of Scarwall from Curse of the Crimson Throne.


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I can't wait for this....

Grand Lodge

Kevin Mack wrote:
Out of curisity when do Kickstarter backers get PDF access to this? (Same date as general Pdf release or earlier?)

Can I second this?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

With Thornkeep, i think it was just a tad early, similar to how all their subscription products ship.

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SUPERDUNGEON is now stuck in my head, and all I can envision is a giant emerald crystal jutting out of the ground, adorned with a fluttering red cape.

Hopefully the real cover will push that image out of my brain.


Why is this considered a pathfinder module?


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Nick O'Connell wrote:
Why is this considered a pathfinder module?

Um... because it's a Pathfinder module? A really BIG one!

I backed the PF:Online kickstarter last May at the level to get this as my reward (I don't really play video games), and I'm eagerly awaiting release!


I totally agree Haladir.


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Bellona wrote:
Does anyone know where the mock-up cover image is from?
Curmudgeonly wrote:
That image is actually of Scarwall from Curse of the Crimson Throne.

Thank you!

Grand Lodge

I did the same thing Haladir. I wasn't too interested in PFO, but wanted to support the project anyways and get Emerald Spire. Totally looking forward to getting my hardcopies.

I completely forgot the Michael Stackpole was working on a floor. It's been awhile since I've read something by him. Great author though. Really excited he contributed.

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Madclaw wrote:

I did the same thing Haladir. I wasn't too interested in PFO, but wanted to support the project anyways and get Emerald Spire. Totally looking forward to getting my hardcopies.

I completely forgot the Michael Stackpole was working on a floor. It's been awhile since I've read something by him. Great author though. Really excited he contributed.

ME three...

Oh, a Stackpole level! In the center is a fusion engine that if it takes 1 point of damage, the whole level explodes. :-)


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It's been bugging me and I can't find an answer.

Where in Golarion is the Emerald Spire?


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It's located in the River Kingdoms, I believe.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Cards, Class Deck, Companion, Maps, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

That's right. If you've got the "Thornkeep" module, the map inside the front cover shows the Emerald Spire about three miles SSW of Thornkeep.

Dark Archive

I liked Thornkeep, and I will certainly buy this! :)

I just wonder how many chambers each level has, i.e. how big the levels actually are? Small enough to fit a flip-map, or perhaps more like levels in Castle Greyhawk?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Asgetrion wrote:

I liked Thornkeep, and I will certainly buy this! :)

I just wonder how many chambers each level has, i.e. how big the levels actually are? Small enough to fit a flip-map, or perhaps more like levels in Castle Greyhawk?

Each level fits on a flip mat; same as Thornkeep's levels.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:

I liked Thornkeep, and I will certainly buy this! :)

I just wonder how many chambers each level has, i.e. how big the levels actually are? Small enough to fit a flip-map, or perhaps more like levels in Castle Greyhawk?

Each level fits on a flip mat; same as Thornkeep's levels.

I wonder if we'll get a Flip-mat pack for this like we did for Thornkeep...

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I know I'm asking a lot, but any chance we'll be able to buy it at Paizocon?


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Kemiroch wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:

I liked Thornkeep, and I will certainly buy this! :)

I just wonder how many chambers each level has, i.e. how big the levels actually are? Small enough to fit a flip-map, or perhaps more like levels in Castle Greyhawk?

Each level fits on a flip mat; same as Thornkeep's levels.
I wonder if we'll get a Flip-mat pack for this like we did for Thornkeep...

They'll be making it, so I suspect the answer is yes:

PFO Kickstarter rewards wrote:

$100 - RPG Print Pack Add-On

For Backers who want to get the Emerald Spire Superdungeon and Flip-Mat Multi-Pack in print as well as PDF. The RPG Print Pack includes a hardcover print edition of the Emerald Spire Superdungeon, featuring an exclusive
cover available only to Kickstarter backers; a print edition of the Emerald Spire Dungeons Flip-Mat Multi-Pack; a print edition of the Pathfinder Tales novel The Crusader Road; and an Emerald Spire Campaign Cards game
accessory. Also includes 2 bonus Reaper metal miniatures!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Yep—there will be a giant pack of Flip-Mats that match the multitude of levels.

And we should have it at PaizoCon.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

how many pages? does sound like it will be an awesome book!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber

Based on the size of the Thornkeep levels I'd guess at 256 pages.


Vic Wertz wrote:

Yep—there will be a giant pack of Flip-Mats that match the multitude of levels.

And we should have it at PaizoCon.

Hmmmmmmm... just how big is "giant"? ;)

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:

I liked Thornkeep, and I will certainly buy this! :)

I just wonder how many chambers each level has, i.e. how big the levels actually are? Small enough to fit a flip-map, or perhaps more like levels in Castle Greyhawk?

Each level fits on a flip mat; same as Thornkeep's levels.

Hmm, I was hoping for bigger levels, but perhaps the rooms will be in general a bit smaller than in Thornkeep?

BTW, did you guys ever discuss the possibility of doing big levels that would be on two or three flip-mats? Since it appears that you're publishing several sets for Emerald Spire anyway? Just being curious... :)

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Any idea as to when we may see a finalized cover as well as some interiors perhaps?


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:

Yep—there will be a giant pack of Flip-Mats that match the multitude of levels.

And we should have it at PaizoCon.

I hope there are flip-mats for all the levels, as the Thornkeep maps were short one level. I’m guessing it was probably because it was only one level (and they are ‘flip’-mats), but I would been ok with just a general square grid on the other side.

Sczarni

Wow, I had completely forgotten about this -- now I can't wait for June! :)

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Hobbun wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

Yep—there will be a giant pack of Flip-Mats that match the multitude of levels.

And we should have it at PaizoCon.

I hope there are flip-mats for all the levels, as the Thornkeep maps were short one level. I’m guessing it was probably because it was only one level (and they are ‘flip’-mats), but I would been ok with just a general square grid on the other side.

I'm pretty sure that was because the first layer of Thornkeep was designed to also work as a MMO dungeon, and it turns out for MMO dungeons having more space to move around is much better for gameplay. If you take a look at the first level it's huge. That would take multiple flip mats to have out at once.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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The book is 160 pages encompassing 16 levels—one level from each author.

The Flip-Mat pack is 8 double-sided Flip-Mats, covering all 16 levels.

I'd expect to see the final cover and description go up within the next month or so.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Iammars wrote:
Hobbun wrote:
I hope there are flip-mats for all the levels, as the Thornkeep maps were short one level. I’m guessing it was probably because it was only one level (and they are ‘flip’-mats), but I would been ok with just a general square grid on the other side.
I'm pretty sure that was because the first layer of Thornkeep was designed to also work as a MMO dungeon, and it turns out for MMO dungeons having more space to move around is much better for gameplay. If you take a look at the first level it's huge. That would take multiple flip mats to have out at once.

Correct.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Someone is going to ask this, it may as well be me: is this a subscriber module or add-on?

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I liked the environs part of Thornkeep, and some of the dungeons seemed neat. But many, many people did not like the Thornkeep dungeons. It really seemed like too much was going on in too little print space, and that's a lot of the feeling I'm getting here.


GreatKhanArtist wrote:

Someone is going to ask this, it may as well be me: is this a subscriber module or add-on?

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I liked the environs part of Thornkeep, and some of the dungeons seemed neat. But many, many people did not like the Thornkeep dungeons. It really seemed like too much was going on in too little print space, and that's a lot of the feeling I'm getting here.

From the product description:

Quote:
The Emerald Spire Superdungeon is not part of any subscription, but Pathfinder Module 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 Pathfinder Module subscription at the time The Emerald Spire Superdungeon ships in order to receive the PDF for free.)


I have preordered my copy.

When will the flip mat super set be made available for pre order? Also hoping to get PDFs of all 16 maps. Assuming the maps become available for pre order, will a similar PDF deal apply?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

We'll be putting up preorders for the print edition of the Flip-Mat set soon. The PDF edition will be available when the print edition is released in June. (The PDF edition will be a subscription benefit for Pathfinder Maps subscribers who preorder the maps, not Pathfinder Modules subscribers.)

Liberty's Edge

Well,

being a KS PF-OL crowdforger guild member, I will already receive a PDF of adventure and maps.

Is there a way to get those at a slightly cheaper price since I'll get the PDFs ??
(I think I have seen a discussion about this elsewhere)

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