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

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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

Rasputin Must Die! is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure Path and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (639 KB zip/PDF).

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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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Adam Daigle wrote:
We SO wanted to use Tunguska, but the timing was problematic.

Meteor Swarm gone awry?

Silver Crusade

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I just wanted to say, I was going to cancel my AP subscription at the end of Shattered Star. I thought, I've got Runelords, Jade Regent and Shattered Star. That's a great set of adventures there. How many adventures do I really need? A the Winter AP? Kind of dull.

And then they went to Triaxus, and I was interested, but...

Alternate History Civil War Russia?!?

Damn you, Paizo! I was almost out!

I was almost free...

Shadow Lodge

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uriel222 wrote:

I just wanted to say, I was going to cancel my AP subscription at the end of Shattered Star. I thought, I've got Runelords, Jade Regent and Shattered Star. That's a great set of adventures there. How many adventures do I really need? A the Winter AP? Kind of dull.

And then they went to Triaxus, and I was interested, but...

Alternate History Civil War Russia?!?

Damn you, Paizo! I was almost out!

I was almost free...

Yea... me too...

Silver Crusade

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Cheapy wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
We SO wanted to use Tunguska, but the timing was problematic.
Meteor Swarm gone awry?

Somebody used a portable hole and a bag of holding as Dancing Hut keys?


I was thinking of an explanation that involved the Mana Wastes, but I like that too

Liberty's Edge

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

Wow... I did not Expect this...

Though I am excited now that I know...

That said... you are really running out of Chapters for Greg A. Vaughan to write... Don't ruin your perfect record... ;)

That said, Love seeing Brandon Hodge!


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Will there be Spads, Sopwith Camels, Albatrosses, and Fokkers.

Will we see the Ghoul Lord Barron Von Richthofen and his undead flying circus.

Contributor

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Adam Daigle wrote:
We SO wanted to use Tunguska, but the timing was problematic.

I'll back Daigle up here. Even months after we'd totally discounted Tunguska from the equation, I was trying to figure out some way to pull it back in, even during my final weeks of writing.

"But...but...Rob. Adam. Listen. What if the events of the finale are so awesome they shunt the hut back in time 10 years, just so the PCs can look out of the window, see what they did, acknowledge the real-world reference, fist bump, and then start Chapter 6??? Pleeeease?"

This adventure breaks some crazy ground, but even we have our limits. =-)


Thanks Paizo! This, and Memories of Light coming out tomorrow have made my night!


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Gorbacz wrote:
Artwork of Lem driving a Renault FT-17 tank or I start a Monk thread.

Technically we want Lem riding the Renault, otherwise we would never know...

On the other hand, Lem is one of the few who could drive it & not be cramped as all hell, those things were tiny.


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In my opinion adventures like this are awesome, however if it happens in any time period WWII and later, the ability to romanticise and put fantasy into an earth senerio are lost and are not possible without greatly changing the game of the pathfinder universe.

So thumbs up on remembering this unspoken golden rule of earth magic fantasy RPGs.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

Not only can't I wait for this one to come out, but it makes me wonder, is this a Paizo test of modern day (and possibly future) gaming, akin to Pathfinder Modern?

Shadow Lodge

WANT.


:::wipes drool from her mouth:::

I have to get a job!

Silver Crusade

Calling it now. This will be my favorite AP installment this year, if not of all time.

YES!


Could the Tunguska event been similar to the star stone and the characters need to race verious competing factions Red, White, Green, & Black Russians, Germans, Japanese, Austro-Hungarians, Turks, Americans, British and French to find the stone.

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Next AP, 8th. =-)


Excuse me while I kiss the sky.


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Jim Groves wrote:
All of Reign of Winter is one big roller coaster.

So it's gonna be rail-roady? ;p

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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
Excuse me while I kiss the sky.

I doubt the authors would be allowed to tell us the Dancing Hut key combo needed to meet him.

Silver Crusade

Kajehase wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:
All of Reign of Winter is one big roller coaster.
So it's gonna be rail-roady? ;p

How close to the Trans-Siberian railroad does this take place?

(I actually just recently saw an old Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing/Telly Savalas(?!) movie set in this area, set in 1906. The monster was weird enough to be right at home in old D&D.)


Adam Daigle wrote:
We SO wanted to use Tunguska, but the timing was problematic.

It was used in FGG's Fane of the Fallen already. Not that you couldn't use it again though...

Silver Crusade

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Brandon Hodge wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
We SO wanted to use Tunguska, but the timing was problematic.

I'll back Daigle up here. Even months after we'd totally discounted Tunguska from the equation, I was trying to figure out some way to pull it back in, even during my final weeks of writing.

"But...but...Rob. Adam. Listen. What if the events of the finale are so awesome they shunt the hut back in time 10 years, just so the PCs can look out of the window, see what they did, acknowledge the real-world reference, fist bump, and then start Chapter 6??? Pleeeease?"

This adventure breaks some crazy ground, but even we have our limits. =-)

You could retroactively claim that the Tunguska Event was a glancing blow from the shot fired ages ago by the weapon that did in both Eox and the probably the Twins. ;)

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Mikaze wrote:
(I actually just recently saw an old Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing/Telly Savalas(?!) movie set in this area, set in 1906. The monster was weird enough to be right at home in old D&D.)

I have seen that flick! Heh. Blast from the past.


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Hoorah! I seem to be in the minority about wanting tanks or Tunguska, but I'll darn sure be looking at every possible way to instead shoehorn in the Ogdru Jahad, the founding of the BPRD, an infant demon with a stone Right Hand of Doom, and of course rules for the Good Samaritan and a swarm of cats (with obligatory Spooky and Kai cameos).

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I can't wait to see what the twisted and vile mind of the Hodge has cooked up for this, awesome!

Silver Crusade

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
and of course rules for the Good Samaritan

Modified siege weapon? ;)

(when the nature of Baba Yaga and Rasputin's relationship in Pathfinder was revealed in the description, Hellboy was the first thing to come to mind)

Dark Archive

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Normally I'd avoid this kind of module like the plague but I'm actually pretty excited about this one. Why? Because there's a Paizo logo on the cover. Paizo's track record with adventure design is second to none and I have no doubt that this kind of wackiness is in good hands.


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Mikaze wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
and of course rules for the Good Samaritan

Modified siege weapon? ;)

(when the nature of Baba Yaga and Rasputin's relationship in Pathfinder was revealed in the description, Hellboy was the first thing to come to mind)

Her reach is long.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32

3 people marked this as a favorite.

...I want to marry this adventure and have its children.

Is that legal?

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I-I-I thought I c-could handle this, but-but,.....the tears of joy, they won't stop coming. This is too awesome, and I must keep this secret from my players at all cost!

....tear, they wont stop.....


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I feel so... dirty for getting excited about this.


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Gorbacz wrote:
Artwork of Lem driving a Renault FT-17 tank or I start a Monk thread.

I want to ride an animated tank myself. Pretty sure I'd be able to pull off a better pose if I don't have to bother with the steering.


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I'd name it Thomas.

Contributor

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Cuing up "Once Upon a December...."


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Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Artwork of Lem driving a Renault FT-17 tank or I start a Monk thread.

Technically we want Lem riding the Renault, otherwise we would never know...

On the other hand, Lem is one of the few who could drive it & not be cramped as all hell, those things were tiny.

Double or nothing, he pulls the old "DRIVE ME CLOSER! I WANT TO HIT THEM WITH MY SWORD!"

And dammit, I was planning on canceling my AP sub once Shattered Star was done! How do you keep doing this sort of awesome thing!?

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Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote:
Cuing up "Once Upon a December...."

Damn it, Kevin! Now I HAVE to use that song in this adventure. Or, more like, CAN use now that I think about it...:D


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Soo many awesome options for soundtrack:
RA RA RASPUTIN!

Silver Crusade

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Kevin Andrew Murphy wrote:
Cuing up "Once Upon a December...."

"Come my minions!

Rise for your ma-a-aster!
Let your evil shiiiiine!"
"inthedarkofthenight inthedarkofthenight inthedarkofthenight!"

Silver Crusade

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erikdlan wrote:

Soo many awesome options for soundtrack:

RA RA RASPUTIN!

This too (MILDLY NSFW)

The Exchange

*jibber, jibber* OMG! Sqweeee!

Dark Archive

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I'm actually unable to express how insanely excited I am for this AP not only because I can finally play again (I always GM ALL the APs) but because of the great writer line up and fantastical setting and storyline. Now please let Greg A. Vaughan bring this baby home for volumne 6 - he HAS to, it's been way too long since he was allowed to write a high level chapter.


I'm in shock.


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I'm still in shock about how amazingly awesome this is.

Please for the love of madness include a robust section on 20th-century weapons!

But my one, serious question about this all, is that does this adventure also involve an element of time travel as well? Or is it presumed now that Golarion's 4713 is parallel to Earth 1918?


GM Lilith wrote:
This. This adventure right here makes me want to run this Adventure Path.

I had recently resigned to the fact that GMing wasn't currently for me, but this...this might bring me back.


Weird. This would be completely unacceptable for my players, but fascinating nonetheless. Subscription not renewed.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

wow. just, wow.


Interesting.


Cheapy wrote:
GM Lilith wrote:
This. This adventure right here makes me want to run this Adventure Path.
I had recently resigned to the fact that GMing wasn't currently for me, but this...this might bring me back.

Everybody should GM at some point. Running an adventure that you're excited for can only help.

Scarab Sages

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Welp, this makes some definite ontological claims to the Golarion universe (that it is 'real' - coexisting with our own reality).
This opens the door to all sorts of possibilities.
Hey, what if a bunch of kids get stuck on a carnival ride and get transported to Golarion, only to be come heroes fighting ultimate evil in a desperate attempt to get back home?

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