Pathfinder Adventure Path #71: Rasputin Must Die! (Reign of Winter 5 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Chapter 5: "Rasputin Must Die!"
by Brandon Hodge

Worlds at War
The search for the Queen of Witches finally ends when the Dancing Hut travels to Baba Yaga’s homeland of Russia on the planet Earth. The year is 1918, and the First World War rages throughout Europe. The heroes find themselves in the wilds of Siberia, where they must face Russian soldiers armed with twentieth-century technology to infiltrate an ancient monastery and rescue Baba Yaga from her estranged son, Grigori Rasputin. Can the heroes kill the “Mad Monk”—who has already cheated death once before—and free Baba Yaga, or will they fall before the horrors of modern war?

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the Reign of Winter Adventure Path and includes:

  • “Rasputin Must Die!”, a Pathfinder RPG adventure for 13th-level characters, by Brandon Hodge.
  • A look into the cultural climate of Russia in the midst of revolution, along with rules for her weapons of war, by Adam Daigle and Brandon Hodge.
  • Revelations on Szuriel, the Horseman of War, and her brutal quest for souls, by Sean K Reynolds.
  • Spiders versus sentient dolls in the Pathfinder’s Journal, by Kevin Andrew Murphy.
  • Four new monsters, by Adam Daigle, Brandon Hodge, and Sean K Reynolds.

Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-496-2

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Player review.

I had been looking forward to this one simply on account of the title. I have to say that the story elements and the setting were top notch. Where we all found it lost points was just how overpowered we found most of the fights. Even for experienced players we found them too difficult for the levels.


Absolutely amazing!

5/5

Everything about this book - from Brandon Hodge's introduction to the back-matter to the inside-cover items - was a joy and a pleasure to read!

This is, by far, my favorite book/module/scenario/AP to have read and GM'd - slightly edging out "The Flesh Collector" PFS scenario, even!

My players were having so much fun with this book that I purposefully dragged out RP and certain sections of it so the book took us longer than any of the others, and they loved every minute of it.

Bravo!


Two words : Must-Buy

5/5

It is simply amazing.
There are several 'look so mad' things, but,
actually all of them are perfectly harmonized without way over the line.
Rasputin must Die! is definetly top of the adventure path line.
Highly recommend!


,One of the best adventures I have ever read

5/5

Brandon Hodge was definitely the best choice for this adventure. He expertly handled historical content and mixed the fantasy with real world elements in a way that enhanced the story. I love this adventure and he it gives me hope for seeing more boundary pushing content from Brandon and from Paizo as a whole.


Amazing adventure

5/5

I admit when this was first announced I was at best sceptical of the entire idea however having read and Dm'd it I can say I have never been happier to be completly wrong about a product before. Ths is an incredible adventure path instalment and I cant recomend it enough.


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Silver Crusade

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Would it be tacky to paint a pinup of Szuriel on the side of the tanks like they do with bombers?

Dark Archive

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Today perhaps?


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Rysky wrote:
Would it be tacky to paint a pinup of Szuriel on the side of the tanks like they do with bombers?

marvelous pigments have so many uses...

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sounding like a broken record here but cover today maybe?


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Sorry for possibly sounding rude to the pazio staff but you have given us two months of new material which I am grateful for and would purchase, but in that amount of time of new materials there hasn't been any update to this months products, descriptions and covers.

While I do understand the pressures of gen-con(?) I do believe that with this volume in particular the suspense will cause a few agitated persons to go berserk with the suspense. So while I do like that you take your time making these products, an update would be helpful to the stress of suspense many of us are feeling.

Your loyal fan,
Zergtitan


My theory of holding back the top secret image until release is getting stronger.

Paizo Employee Developer

What makes this cover so special? There are dozens of other products that still have mockup covers and non-final solicitation text.


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

Rasputin!


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True, but how many take place on Earth? ;)

Also you did stir the pot a bit earlier with your teasing :p

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yeah there was the teaser that and I dident want to be mentioning the same thing in about 5 or more other threads. (Just seems to be taking a very long time for covers to update.)

Webstore Gninja Minion

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Updated to final cover and description!


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Liz Courts wrote:
Updated to final cover and description!

Oh man. Oh man oh man oh man.

Oh man.

Awesome.


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Squeee!

Valeros brought a knife to a gun fight. And he's winning.


Was the Mystery cut? Or is that in the gazetteer of Russia?


Mark Moreland wrote:
What makes this cover so special? There are dozens of other products that still have mockup covers and non-final solicitation text.

They are all eager to fight their own species and tanks, which you can do in every war-game out there already...

Checking the cover I think its better if I skip this part (the first AP I ever will skip hopefully) or the bestiary must have some pearls, but me thinks they are based on humans and their weapons now everything points that way.


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Sincubus wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
What makes this cover so special? There are dozens of other products that still have mockup covers and non-final solicitation text.
They are all eager to fight their own species and tanks, which you can do in every war-game out there already...

I can kill orcs and fight dragons while using advanced technology like high quality blades and extremely protective armor in every single other fantasy roleplaying game too, but I somehow am still able to be excited about releases where you can do these things.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Sheer awesome, Brandon must be pleased.

Silver Crusade

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I hope there are TANKS WITH LAZORS there!


Gorbacz wrote:
I hope there are TANKS WITH LAZORS there!

Piloted by giffs, of course!

Paizo Employee Developer

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I've removed a post. Everyone's entitled to their opinions about what's cool and what's not. Let's not resort to personal attacks over differing taste, please.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Cheapy wrote:
Was the Mystery cut? Or is that in the gazetteer of Russia?

The mystery is still in there.

Silver Crusade

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Odraude wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I hope there are TANKS WITH LAZORS there!
Piloted by giffs, of course!

And with Modron infantry brandishing LIGHTNING GUNS.


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LOVE the picture of Rasputin! Especially since it is obviously based off one of the most famous photos of the real person. Fantastic!


As much as my personal image of Rasputin is based on the Hellboy version, I like the less stylized take on him quite a bit.

It's the eyes.

Silver Crusade

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Oh hell yes.

Everything in that picture. From the RL cues in Rasputin's art to Weird War vibes. Love.

looks at the featured iconics in the background

The internet's OTP, together at last. <3


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"THIS IS RUSSIA!" *throws desk over in glee and kicks Baba Yaga in doll form over into an endless pit.*


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Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Wow, great job to the people at Paizo, you didn't just provide this months images but a whole slew of cover art and description updates leading into August! To you I give a standing ovation. :) *clapping hands for 5 mins*


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zergtitan wrote:
"THIS IS RUSSIA!" *throws desk over in glee and kicks Baba Yaga in doll form over into an endless pit.*

Careful there.


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Several Russian soldiers: "Ты моя мама?"


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Kajehase wrote:
Several Russian soldiers: "Ты моя мама?"

It'll be Daleks next, mark my words. And worse luck, not a sign of the minor artifact known as Ace's Baseball Bat....

Dark Archive Vendor - Fantasiapelit Tampere

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I waited so long for this cover, and then this great cover pops up! Amazing work yet again!

Shadow Lodge

HUZZAH!!!


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I want this to sell so well that they do a dieselpunk earth based sourcebook.

I wonder if Mr Hodge, Paizo, and Kobold could put their heads together and come up with a post apocalyptic 1918 magic has been unleashed on Earth source book.


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"Heh, look, a sword in a trench fight..." schlurk!!

Mmmmm ... mustard gas ...

Grand Lodge

Wow!!!! One of the best cover ever.


Reposting this out of sheer joy!

I am so stupid excited to GM this one, you have no idea :D


You and me both. XD


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Those gas masks are the scariest part of the cover IMO. Perhaps because it is almost a mockery of a human face. Rasputin is immediately identifiable, so the artist did a good job capturing his image.
As to what class the soldiers have: most would probably be 1st level commoners, truth to be told, with the NCOs being warriors and the commissioned officers being nobles, occasionally at a higher level than 1st for veterans. The aforementioned article at The Alexandrian points out why.
I´m very interested to see that one. I like crazy crossovers - anyone remembering Top Ballista? I thought it was hilarious. (And seeing now that it was written by Carl Sargent, whom I consider one of the best writers in that time at TSR, might explain why I like it).

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Stebehil wrote:

As to what class the soldiers have: most would probably be 1st level commoners...

Maybe for some adventures... but not for one for 13th level characters.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Stebehil wrote:

As to what class the soldiers have: most would probably be 1st level commoners...

Maybe for some adventures... but not for one for 13th level characters.

Balancing this adventure's high level requirements with our perception of what realistic skills and abilities we expect "real world" veteran soldiers to have was one of the toughest things to get right with this one, but I'm really excited for everyone to see what we came up with!


Brandon Hodge wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Stebehil wrote:

As to what class the soldiers have: most would probably be 1st level commoners...

Maybe for some adventures... but not for one for 13th level characters.
Balancing this adventure's high level requirements with our perception of what realistic skills and abilities we expect "real world" veteran soldiers to have was one of the toughest things to get right with this one, but I'm really excited for everyone to see what we came up with!

I think surviving trench warfare, "Russian" (sorry we dont have enough rifles or bullets here is a stick) style and a revolution would bump you up 5 or so levels.


I don't know yet how Rasputin survived and got to where he is, but it only stands to reason he would want to bring only elite troops with him.

Of course, I'm not even sure whose troops they would be. Not likely Red Army. Maybe Whites? More likely surviving Tsarist soldiers.

Dark Archive

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Look like cossacks to me.


thejeff wrote:

I don't know yet how Rasputin survived and got to where he is, but it only stands to reason he would want to bring only elite troops with him.

Of course, I'm not even sure whose troops they would be. Not likely Red Army. Maybe Whites? More likely surviving Tsarist soldiers.

The Civil war went on for years White (Tsarist), Black (Anarchist), Red (Communist), I think there even Blue (Democratic reformist)Russians ...

The Whites were still a major force in 1918.

Not relevant but interesting.

Numbers of foreign soldiers who occupied the indicated regions of Russia:

50,000 Czechoslovaks (along the Trans-Siberian railway)
28,000 Japanese, later increased to 70,000 (in the Vladivostok region and north) [10][11]
40,000 British (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions (these include troops from the Empire that left their own armies and signed on into the British army))
17,000 Poles - mostly 5th Rifle Division (almost 12,000 men) in Siberia and 4th Rifle Division (ca. 4000 men) in "Southern Russia", also a single 400-men-strong battalion in Murmansk within the Anglo-Slavic Legion
13,000 Americans (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions)
12,000 French and French colonial (mostly in the Arkhangelsk and Odessa regions)
11,500 Estonians in northwestern Russia[4]
4,192 Canadians (in the Vladivostok region)
1,100 Canadians (in the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions)
41 Canadians (in the Baku Region)
4,000 Serbs (in the Arkhangelsk region)
4,000 Romanians (in the Arkhangelsk region)
2,500 Italians (in the Arkhangelsk region and Siberia)[10]
2,300 Chinese (in the Vladivostok region)[12]
23,351 Greeks (part of I Army Corps under Maj. Gen. Konstantinos Nider, comprising 2nd and 13th Infantry Divisions, in the Crimea, and around Odessa and Kherson)[13]
150 Australians (mostly in the Arkhangelsk regions)

These numbers make a total of 255,503 foreign troops stationed in Russia during the civil war.


The 8th Dwarf wrote:
thejeff wrote:

I don't know yet how Rasputin survived and got to where he is, but it only stands to reason he would want to bring only elite troops with him.

Of course, I'm not even sure whose troops they would be. Not likely Red Army. Maybe Whites? More likely surviving Tsarist soldiers.

The Civil war went on for years White (Tsarist), Black (Anarchist), Red (Communist), I think there even Blue (Democratic reformist)Russians ...

The Whites were still a major force in 1918.

The Whites weren't quite Tsarist. After awhile, they were pretty much anyone who wasn't pro-Bolshevik. Mensheviks, Kerensky's remaining supporters, etc.


I don't think the Mensheviks were ever considered part of the Whites. Even where the Mensheviks fought the Bolsheviks, in the Caucasus, they weren't considered part of the White Army. Stooges of the Whites? Sure (Trotsky's book about the war with Georgia was originally called Between Red and White), but not Whites themselves.

Looking over the bios of White Army leaders (Denikin, Wrangel, Yudenich, Kolchak) it doesn't look like any of them were calling for the restoration of the tsar, mostly, I imagine, because the family had been executed. They all tended toward an autocratic, anti-semitic, Russian nationalist "democracy."


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50,000 Czechoslovaks (along the Trans-Siberian railway)

28,000 Japanese, later increased to 70,000 (in the Vladivostok region and north) [10][11]
40,000 British (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions (these include troops from the Empire that left their own armies and signed on into the British army))
17,000 Poles - mostly 5th Rifle Division (almost 12,000 men) in Siberia and 4th Rifle Division (ca. 4000 men) in "Southern Russia", also a single 400-men-strong battalion in Murmansk within the Anglo-Slavic Legion
13,000 Americans (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions)
12,000 French and French colonial (mostly in the Arkhangelsk and Odessa regions)
11,500 Estonians in northwestern Russia[4]
4,192 Canadians (in the Vladivostok region)
1,100 Canadians (in the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions)
41 Canadians (in the Baku Region)
4,000 Serbs (in the Arkhangelsk region)
4,000 Romanians (in the Arkhangelsk region)
2,500 Italians (in the Arkhangelsk region and Siberia)[10]
2,300 Chinese (in the Vladivostok region)[12]
23,351 Greeks (part of I Army Corps under Maj. Gen. Konstantinos Nider, comprising 2nd and 13th Infantry Divisions, in the Crimea, and around Odessa and Kherson)[13]
150 Australians (mostly in the Arkhangelsk regions)

TRULY the Baku Canadian Regiment was a force to be reckoned with.

(breaks up snickering)


They did their job.

Centrocaspian Dictatorship


The 8th Dwarf wrote:
thejeff wrote:

I don't know yet how Rasputin survived and got to where he is, but it only stands to reason he would want to bring only elite troops with him.

Of course, I'm not even sure whose troops they would be. Not likely Red Army. Maybe Whites? More likely surviving Tsarist soldiers.

The Civil war went on for years White (Tsarist), Black (Anarchist), Red (Communist), I think there even Blue (Democratic reformist)Russians ...

The Whites were still a major force in 1918.

Not relevant but interesting.

Numbers of foreign soldiers who occupied the indicated regions of Russia:

50,000 Czechoslovaks (along the Trans-Siberian railway)
28,000 Japanese, later increased to 70,000 (in the Vladivostok region and north) [10][11]
40,000 British (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions (these include troops from the Empire that left their own armies and signed on into the British army))
17,000 Poles - mostly 5th Rifle Division (almost 12,000 men) in Siberia and 4th Rifle Division (ca. 4000 men) in "Southern Russia", also a single 400-men-strong battalion in Murmansk within the Anglo-Slavic Legion
13,000 Americans (in the Arkhangelsk and Vladivostok regions)
12,000 French and French colonial (mostly in the Arkhangelsk and Odessa regions)
11,500 Estonians in northwestern Russia[4]
4,192 Canadians (in the Vladivostok region)
1,100 Canadians (in the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions)
41 Canadians (in the Baku Region)
4,000 Serbs (in the Arkhangelsk region)
4,000 Romanians (in the Arkhangelsk region)
2,500 Italians (in the Arkhangelsk region and Siberia)[10]
2,300 Chinese (in the Vladivostok region)[12]
23,351 Greeks (part of I Army Corps under Maj. Gen. Konstantinos Nider, comprising 2nd and 13th Infantry Divisions, in the Crimea, and around Odessa and Kherson)[13]
150 Australians (mostly in the Arkhangelsk regions)

These numbers make a total of 255,503 foreign troops stationed in Russia during the civil war.

Jeez...so many foreigners. Were they all supporting the same faction, or did they just show up to support various geopolitical interests?

Ahem. Anyway, If I end up playing this, I'll probably roll a Ranger and take Favored Enemy: Russians.

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