Pathfinder Module: The Emerald Spire Superdungeon (PFRPG)

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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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An amazing story to be told, in a complex and rich dungeon

5/5

We just finished this adventure, and what a ride. It is quite difficult, we lost a ton of characters, but almost everything felt fair.
I completely disagree with the "lack of RP" there are plenty of opportunities and tons of lore for the fans of Golarion. (The end level was... just amazing, what a reveal!)
Some levels are really mean, and it will frustrate players no doubt, but if they want to be challenged, and you like playing to the will of the dice gods, they will have a blast.
We loved the characters on Fort Inevitable and it is most fun when paired with Thornkeep. We ended up doing a lot of sidequests and meeting very interesting NPCs (Dremagne, Iliara Starcloak, Oritian, Abernard are some of my favorites) *When I say interesting NPCs, I mean that they have a lot of potential, not that they come fully fledge and with 3 pages of backstory as some GMs might expect from a written adventure. (I'm fond of the simpler NPC, so I can have fun making them my own)
I was going to give a rundown of the levels, but I feel it would had too many spoilers and I liked the feeling of surprise that we had with every new step we took towards the bottom.

Number of Sessions; 26 over 1 year 1 month.
Hours of Playing; 165+
Major NPC Deaths; 2
Character Deaths; 11 (Strix Medium, Aasimar Cavalier, Gnome Inquisitor (2 times), Undine Hellknight, Fetchling Wizard, Grippli Monk, Human Armiger, Half-Orc Oracle, Aasimar Warpriest, Suli/Elf Tecnomancer)
The final party that completed the Spire were; Grippli Monk, Aasimar Warpriest, Suli/Elf Tecnomancer, Human Gunslinger)

Spoilers:
Hardest Enemy; Lady of Thorns and Lady Estrekan of Almorain Blue
Hardest Level; 13 Throne of Azlant; for Abadar, Lady Estrekan and the Abraxas trap destroyed our group. We ended up with just 1 survivor. An incredible way to finish the Crowned Skull Quest
Best moment of the Campaign; Klanky (Controlled by our Tecnomancer) defeating the final boss of the Spire

I Completely recommend this adventure. Is not just a Superdungeon, it's an amazing story to be retold over and over.


Not for the faint of heart

5/5

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

5/5

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

3/5

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

4/5

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.


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If a map would fit in a space that's 24 squares by 30 squares, we *could* do it as a Flip-Mat... but if you look at the things we do as Flip-Mats, they tend to be fairly generic, because, let's face it, a Tavern or a Forest will sell a lot better than a Glassworks.


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Love the cover. Hope it doesn't upset the "everything is going Sci-fi" crowd. Those totally look like clockwork soldiers or fancy iron golems to me. Nothing sooper-sy-fy-tekanojikal about them at all. Nope sirree. Clockwork and Golems, nothing to see here. 'Sright!

Dark Archive

Is anybody else getting multiple requests to finalize their pledge and yet it say's here at good old Paizo it is? I am having serious doubts as to Goblinworks abilities!

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Is anybody else getting multiple requests to finalize their pledge and yet it say's here at good old Paizo it is? I am having serious doubts as to Goblinworks abilities!

I think KS really wants you to put something in that text box at the bottom of the survey and hit submit.

-Skeld


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

They send the reminder to everyone, which was a good thing in my case as I forgot a step.

Dark Archive

Well as my stuff is currently pending I will assume everything is okay.

Silver Crusade

Vic Wertz wrote:

Please see this post to find out why we don't do full-size battle mats for our AP volumes.

Plus, you can now see that 16 maps that each cover a space of 120x150 comes with a cost of $80—and some of the individual maps in our APs would need to be 4 times the size of one of those.

Why make a flip-map then? Why not one of the map packs? We could just put the cards together to form the large map. That doesn't seem terribly difficult or expensive. You could even sell them as a series.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

One map pack covers the same area as a flip mat and costs $13. It would cost $104 to get a map pack that is the same area as 8 flip mats, which means Vic's comment about maps being 4 times the size would cost $408. Now there would probably be some bulk discount*, but you're talking about around $400 for one map pack for one map from an AP. Granted, it's probably an important map if it's that big, but that's still way too much to be spending on a map. You might buy that, but I doubt it would sell well, especially if it was a map for the later half of an AP.

*

Spoiler:
8 flip mats would usually cost $104, but the emerald spire pack costs $80, so assuming the same approximately 20% discount the mega map pack would cost about $320. That's still absurd.

Grand Lodge

A local store is already selling this...do they get advanced copies or something?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Woot! Downloading... opening... swooning!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Gentelmen...........It begins. Muhahahahahahahahahahahaha (I get an evil laugh)hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

nogoodscallywag wrote:
A local store is already selling this...do they get advanced copies or something?

No. The release date is not until June 25th. You can email distributor.orders@paizo.com with the store information and the sales team can talk to the distributor.

Webstore Gninja Minion

nogoodscallywag wrote:
A local store is already selling this...do they get advanced copies or something?

If they are, they are breaking street date...as Sara pointed out.

Liberty's Edge

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Sartoss vs. Drizzt: Fight!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Downloaded mine today. It looks great and each level is very flavorful, but has a good connection between the levels. Really glad I will be getting the hardcover as well. All of the authors did a great job. It will be hard to pick my favorite level.

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

I just downloaded the PDF as well. Can't wait to check it out!

Dark Archive

Mine was showing as pending and now it's not can somebody explain?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:

Mine was showing as pending and now it's not can somebody explain?

Where are you seeing this change? Your order is fine on our end. I'm looking at your order history and they all appear as pending.

Dark Archive

currently pending

1x Pathfinder Flip-Mat: The Emerald Spire Flip-Mat Mega-Pack Print Edition
1x Pathfinder Campaign Cards: The Emerald Spire Superdungeon
1x Pathfinder Tales: The Crusader Road Print Edition
2x Pathfinder Miniatures—Goblinworks Kickstarter Combo Pack: Baron Tervin Blackshield & Murgmo~
1x Pathfinder Battles: Emerald Spire Full Set~

Just spoke to someone there and they said it's spawning (sounds dirty but if it works)

Dark Archive

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followed your link looks good. Was a bit worried I am really looking forward to getting it. Currently looking at the pdf but it just isn't the same.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

Where are you looking that you are seeing the above (just out of curiosity).


Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:


Just spoke to someone there and they said it's spawning (sounds dirty but if it works)

Indeed, Paizo being dirty has kept me as a loyal customer for eight months now...

uh...

No, wait, that didn't come out right.

Scarab Sages

Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
Mine was showing as pending and now it's not can somebody explain?

Maybe it stopped being 'pending', when it jumped into your downloads?

Liberty's Edge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

Just downloaded my PDF....mega-awesome!

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path Subscriber

Got the PDF as well. Very nice indeed, very nice. This is asking for a few long weekend sessions! :)

Liberty's Edge

Skimming through it now.

And the Vault Builders are....


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

When we will have PFS sheet for this?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Scrolled through the PDF. I am happy.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Gayel Nord wrote:
When we will have PFS sheet for this?

I am already working on the sanctioning notes and Chronicle sheets with volunteer assistance. I anticipate their being available close to the book's street date.


The availability says usually ships within 2 to 6 business days, does that mean it's available through Paizo.com now?

Webstore Gninja Minion

ParagonDireRaccoon wrote:
The availability says usually ships within 2 to 6 business days, does that mean it's available through Paizo.com now?

If you order it directly, yes.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Representative

Liz Courts wrote:
ParagonDireRaccoon wrote:
The availability says usually ships within 2 to 6 business days, does that mean it's available through Paizo.com now?
If you order it directly, yes.

I had it in my sidecart but the subscription order authorization email I got today did not include it. Will it be on the July sub instead?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

DiegoV wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
ParagonDireRaccoon wrote:
The availability says usually ships within 2 to 6 business days, does that mean it's available through Paizo.com now?
If you order it directly, yes.
I had it in my sidecart but the subscription order authorization email I got today did not include it. Will it be on the July sub instead?

Fixed and sent you a new email.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Representative

Sara Marie wrote:
DiegoV wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
ParagonDireRaccoon wrote:
The availability says usually ships within 2 to 6 business days, does that mean it's available through Paizo.com now?
If you order it directly, yes.
I had it in my sidecart but the subscription order authorization email I got today did not include it. Will it be on the July sub instead?
Fixed and sent you a new email.

Thank you very much! You guys rock

Dark Archive

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Oh wow. This has information on something I've been looking forward to for a long while, and I wasn't even expecting it.

Final Level:
This explains who/what the Vault Keepers/Builders are, has stats for them, has one of them appear in the adventure, has an explanation on how Vaults of Orv are created, and gives the PCs a means to travel between several of them.

Silver Crusade

Just finished my read-through - I *really* like this whole thing! PFS credit or no, I'm excited to run my fellow local players through this!

Well done to everyone involved!

(and an echo to what Lord Gadigan said just above!)


Lord Gadigan wrote:

Oh wow. This has information on something I've been looking forward to for a long while, and I wasn't even expecting it.

** spoiler omitted **

Please, any details would be welcome.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber
Alleran wrote:
Lord Gadigan wrote:

Oh wow. This has information on something I've been looking forward to for a long while, and I wasn't even expecting it.

** spoiler omitted **

Please, any details would be welcome.

As you wish:
They are primal earth elemental beings (Think Crystal Insectoids) of two castes: Keepers and Builders. The Builders are Mythic. Their species name is similar to the Xorn: Xiomorn

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

When are the books expected to be shipped out to the KS backers?

Paizo Employee CEO

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Hobbun wrote:
When are the books expected to be shipped out to the KS backers?

If all the ducks align, it is scheduled to start shipping next week along with all the subscription stuff. But since this is the single biggest and most complicated shipping that we have ever done, I have a feeling we may start a day or two later than we want to due to the difficulty factor. But maybe the stars will align and everything will flow on schedule. Because of the size, I expect it is going to take a full two weeks to ship everything.

-Lisa


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Lord Gadigan wrote:

Oh wow. This has information on something I've been looking forward to for a long while, and I wasn't even expecting it.

** spoiler omitted **

Yeah, I wasn't expecting that at all. It was a really nice surprise.

Dark Archive

This is once again not showing in my pending orders 3144920.

Dark Archive

The top of the page says it,s in my sidecart? And says it will be shipped with a future order?


Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:

This is once again not showing in my pending orders 3144920.

Just a suggestion; you will get more help if you post this in the Customer Service section.


I've only flicked through the pdf, but looks good so far. My group has been keen on running a super dungeon too, so this comes at a great time for us.

Also, I hadn't noticed how there are now direct download links on the page for purchased product. I really like that touch. Kudos to Gary and the team!

Liberty's Edge

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

Just started reading it but it seems to be missing some important things.

A map of the area the Emerald Spire is located:

It would have been nice to see an area map in the actual module showing where it is located in comparison to everything else in the river kingdoms.

Expected PC level for each level of the dungeon:

This seems to be an important thing missing from the module.

The first I can say for fact is not in the module, I have not seen the second. Did they really forget to add the expected level of the PCs per level of the dungeon or did I just miss it?

Silver Crusade

Iammars wrote:

One map pack covers the same area as a flip mat and costs $13. It would cost $104 to get a map pack that is the same area as 8 flip mats, which means Vic's comment about maps being 4 times the size would cost $408. Now there would probably be some bulk discount*, but you're talking about around $400 for one map pack for one map from an AP. Granted, it's probably an important map if it's that big, but that's still way too much to be spending on a map. You might buy that, but I doubt it would sell well, especially if it was a map for the later half of an AP.

*** spoiler omitted **

How about PDF only? I can't see much production cost in that. Paizo fans would be the most likely to purchase online, anyway so why not PDF only? We could purchase them and print them as we need them (like we're able to print the Sandpoint Cathedral Square).

Scarab Sages Modules Overlord

Rob Rose wrote:
How about PDF only? I can't see much production cost in that. Paizo fans would be the most likely to purchase online, anyway so why not PDF only? We could purchase them and print them as we need them (like we're able to print the Sandpoint Cathedral Square).

Actually that's also covered in James Jacobs' reply in the link Vic posted:

James Jacobs wrote:
It would cost us less to pay someone to write and illustrate a module than it would to pay for battlemat scale maps for an average volume of Pathfinder.

The fact is that battlemat-scale maps aren't just zoomed-in versions of the larger-scale map. And pdf only sales would be unlikely to recoup the costs of recreating them.

Dark Archive

Dragnmoon wrote:

Just started reading it but it seems to be missing some important things.

A map of the area the Emerald Spire is located:

It would have been nice to see an area map in the actual module showing where it is located in comparison to everything else in the river kingdoms.

Expected PC level for each level of the dungeon:

This seems to be an important thing missing from the module.

The first I can say for fact is not in the module, I have not seen the second. Did they really forget to add the expected level of the PCs per level of the dungeon or did I just miss it?

there is a map of the area the the thorn keep book.

Liberty's Edge

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

Yup, I am aware there are maps in other books, would be useful in emerald spire though.

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