Pathfinder Adventure Path #85: Fires of Creation (Iron Gods 1 of 6) (PFRPG)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path #85: Fires of Creation (Iron Gods 1 of 6) (PFRPG)
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Dawn of New Gods!

The Iron Gods Adventure Path begins with "Fires of Creation," an exciting new adventure set in Numeria, land of barbarians and super-science! In the town of Torch, the settlement's unignorable tower of violet flame has gone out. The only clue to its disappearance is a newly discovered cave dug nearby. Are the heroes bold enough to unearth the otherworldly secrets that sleep beneath the city and reignite the fires of Torch? Or will their first foray into Numeria's ancient mysteries be their last?

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path launches the Iron Gods Adventure Path and includes:

  • "Fires of Creation," a Pathfinder adventure for 1st-level characters, by Neil Spicer.
  • A Gazetteer of the Numerian town of Torch, by Neil Spicer.
  • A look into the mysteries of artificial life with an ecology of androids, by Russ Taylor.
  • A bittersweet homecoming for a Numerian explorer in the Pathfinder's Journal, by Amber E. Scott.
  • A host of new monsters, by Neil Spicer, Mark Garringer, and Mike Welham.

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: 978-1-60125-673-7

"Fires of Creation" 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 (874 KB zip/PDF).

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An Excellent Start!

5/5

I have to admit that I'm heading into Iron Gods as someone who hasn't read a Paizo adventure path since Savage Tide, back in the day of Dragon/Dungeon magazine so I'm not familiar with current Adventure Path trends. That said, Iron Gods: Fires of Creation strikes me as a very well designed adventure that is a great spring board for future adventures.

I don't want to give away spoilers, but the overall AP synopsis has me very excited for the next parts of Iron Gods but I do have one minor complaint but it is one that made me waver back and forth between five stars and four. You go into Iron Gods expecting sci-fi, that's a given, but the atmosphere of this sci-fi is that it's mysterious, wonderful, and terrifying which Fire of Creations delivers on! The problem is that aside from some fairly minor encounters at the very beginning of the adventure, you're thrown into the deep-end of sci-fi mixing with fantasy from undead aliens to killer robots and there's no...no contrast for it.

It certainly gets the right feel of Sci-Fi mixed with Fantasy, thanks to solid writing and planning, but I would have enjoyed a bit more equality between the high-tech adventuring mayhem and the savage barbarism that's supposedly in Numeria. You don't really see signs of that second part in Fires of Creation though and you don't really get context for how bizarre the tech-dungeon is supposed to be compared to the norm. Sure, you are supposed to go back to Torch often since there's no real time limit on the adventure and there are encounters there, but they don't feel like enough. Lords of Rust seems like it won't have that problem, just from the synopsis that I've read, but my hope is that it does find the right balance between the two extremes.

On the stuff aside from the main adventure path, I found the write-up of the major NPCs very interesting and enjoyable. I'm going to be looking for ways to incorporate them into the adventure, especially Meyanda's (the android on the cover) who is frankly awesome. The new tech items, on their own, are pretty cool but compared to the ones in Technology Guide I find the inferno pistol a little...underwhelming. The Ecology of the Android article was wonderful, especially considering I've always loved ecology articles and it was nice to -finally- see a case where a species created life (the androids) an it -didn't- horribly backfire on them. It might not seem like much, but it was a nice little touch that made me really enjoy the android's race history.


Gorbacz got drunk and wrote a review, enjoy

5/5

Like pink plastic
this is fantastic
robots with lazors
no place for war razors
written by Neil Spicer
some kind of genre splicer
sci-fi in my fantasy
makes me full of ecstasy
high on fumes
from Numeria's dunes
gotta run this one
set my phasers to stun


Very good start

5/5

I didn't played yet, but read as DM.
Iron Gods have intereting background, and excellent stage.
Although I think Rasputin is better than this one, it still qualify itself for five stars value.
I recommend especially who likes fusion style fantasy.


Fires of Brilliance

5/5

Paizo is no stranger to introducing non-fantasy elements to their setting, but they've never quite dedicated an entire Adventure Path to something so unconventional. Numeria has always been there, but for half a decade little was said about it. Then, Distant Worlds came about and sold like hotcakes, and Paizo took notice. Robots were introduced, slowly but surely, in various supplements, and again Paizo did not ignore the overall positive response.

"Rasputin Must Die!" had its fair share of naysayers, yet was still extremely successful. Yet again, the blue golem took note. And that, it seems, finally gave them the confidence to create what I firmly believe will be the greatest adventure path yet.

"Fires of Creation" is the first in a six-part series that I have a feeling is going to blow people's socks off. "But Neongelion," you might say, "I don't like science fiction in my fantasy. That means I won't like this!" That's what people also said about "Rasputin Must Die!". "Going to the real world? This is jumping the shark!" Yet even the most entrenched naysayers admitted that the writing and overall quality of the module trumped its premise.

Iron Gods, I think, will have a similar effect. Not liking genre mixing is fine. But would you not give it a chance, even if the writing is stellar, the adventure exciting and interesting, the overall feel reverberating with the freshness of science fiction yet familiar feelings of heroic fantasy?

If you are firmly against sci-fi in your fantasy, that is your prerogative. But for those on the fence or the curious, I'd seriously consider looking at this book. Paizo's writing has rarely failed to disappoint, even when its concepts were out there (ie going to Earth).


In love so far

5/5

Something truly new. Its dripping with flavor.


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I would think Lini will end up with the least tech amount of stuff among them.

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Kevin Mack wrote:
I would think Lini will end up with the least tech amount of stuff among them.

Naaa she is going to be full biotech. Robot snow leopard and all.

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brad2411 wrote:
Kevin Mack wrote:
I would think Lini will end up with the least tech amount of stuff among them.
Naaa she is going to be full biotech. Robot snow leopard and all.

She'll try to fight it, try to resist it, but her gnomish curiosity will get the better of her and yea, total cyborg. Maybe there will be rules for the consequences of druids and other nature-centric character classes going a bit too far into cybertech.


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If cyborg parts don't count as "wearing metal armor" something's very wrong here. No, biotech's the way to go. Not a robot snow leopard... a GUYVER leopard. :D


Cthulhudrew wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
No mention of undead in the Inner Sea World Guide around Torch. There's some undead involved anyway.

Ah, can't remember where I got that impression.

Probably just visions of radioactive zombies and sugarplums dancing in my head. :)

maybe you where thinking of that town in Isger?


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zergtitan wrote:

Maxim's next Issue, Babes of Golarion: pictures, Interviews, and more.

Take my money NOW!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Egads! Out of work and no immediate job prospects, but I must have this... Can anyone at Paizo tell me what is the latest date that I can get an Adventure Path subscription for this and still get the first issue in the mail?

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steelhead wrote:
Egads! Out of work and no immediate job prospects, but I must have this... Can anyone at Paizo tell me what is the latest date that I can get an Adventure Path subscription for this and still get the first issue in the mail?

You can start your Adventure Path subscription with this volume up until we release Volume 2, so any time through August and you should be fine. :D


Isn't the PDF supposed to come out on Wednesday instead of Thursday?

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32

I think this launches on the first day of GenCon which is a thursday.

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BobROE wrote:

I think this launches on the first day of GenCon which is a thursday.

Correct.


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Please tell me this will get a pathfinder battles set.

Liberty's Edge

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jimibones83 wrote:
Please tell me this will get a pathfinder battles set.

It doesn't look like it will happen.

Pathfinder Battles: Iron Gods, how likely is it?

There should be a pawns set though.


Danubus wrote:
Neil Spicer wrote:
Danubus wrote:
I hope you will have a lot of copies of this at GenCon because even if I get screwed on going this year someone is going to pick me up a copy.
I'll be at the Paizo booth hopefully selling the heck out of this thing. Have your friend track me down and I'll sign it for you.
Cool! Will do!

I don't know which critters he did in this volume, Danubus, but Mike Welham will be at Gen Con as well. I'm sure he wouldn't mind signing it if you'd like his signature too.

Dark Archive

Wow, my eyes are terrible. I'm like 'Who's the little goat-headed dude in front of Lini?' Oh. Just Damiel, crouching. Nevermind...


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Unruly wrote:


<snip>

And I'm secretly hoping for a nuke. I really, really want a nuke. Or a bunch of them. I wanna pull an Urza on the Abyss after reading through WotR.

We know they can have them. In the "Beyond the Campaign" section of WotR, there is a description of what happens if the PCs fail. The Technic League delves deeper and...

This IS the end!:
On Page 68, they wrote:
Their engineers work feverishly to study a device they feel could be a weapon to truly turn the tide. Hastily assembling the purported weapon, an engineer accidently triggers the device and a blinding explosion rocks Starfall, reducing the city to a pile of ash spread around a deep crater. The explosion can be seen for miles, and its mushroom-shaped cloud billows high into the air. Radioactive dust veils the sun and the Inner Sea’s winds spread this deadly mix far and wide.

Grand Lodge

About the minis -
I spoke with the guy directly responsible for minis getting made at Paizocon. He explained that Iron Gods most likely wouldn't get a battle set, as the nature of a lot of the minis would not be general enough for regular non-AP usage. If the set doesn't have a general enough appeal that wouldn't be a good business decision.

While disappointing this decision makes sense. I will be running it as soon as I can, but it will probably be in the mid fall, once I finish the other games.


Any idea when the Player's Guide is going to come out for this adventure path?


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I believe some point after next week, after July's products are released.


zergtitan wrote:
I believe some point after next week, after July's products are released.

Dangit! I LITERALLY cannot wait another week! My body is slowly curling up into a ball against my own will as I type!


Is the Player's Guide released yet? I can't seem to find it...

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AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:
Is the Player's Guide released yet? I can't seem to find it...

Nope

Paizo Employee Developer

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It is not out yet, and sadly I can't give an accurate estimate of when it will be available for download. We're all stretched pretty thin right now as GenCon nears, but rest assured I'm working on it! (At home after hours, even.)


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Adam Daigle wrote:
It is not out yet, and sadly I can't give an accurate estimate of when it will be available for download. We're all stretched pretty thin right now as GenCon nears, but rest assured I'm working on it! (At home after hours, even.)

Just post back here when it's up Adam, and don't stress too much, you have two full weeks to release it in, take your time. :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Telling a Paizo employee to "Don't stress too much!" is like telling an actor to not break a leg.


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I'm just trying to make sure Adam doesn't have to take a vacation in an asylum due to work stress. *hands out tea and cookies to the staff members*

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zergtitan wrote:
I'm just trying to make sure Adam doesn't have to take a vacation in an asylum due to work stress. *hands out tea and cookies to the staff members*

Pretty sure you'd have to commit most of the staff if that were the case.

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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And some of the freelancers.

Silver Crusade

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And some forum regulars.


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Neil Spicer wrote:
And some of the freelancers.
Gorbacz wrote:
And some forum regulars.

"Some?" ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?

:D


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:( I was just trying to help.

Anyways, I can't wait to see the Player's Handbook when it comes out! :)

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zergtitan wrote:

:( I was just trying to help.

Anyways, I can't wait to see the Player's Handbook when it comes out! :)

And I appreciate that! :)

For an update: It's unlikely that the Player's Guide will be available for download when subscribers begin getting access to their PDFs (which is what has happened almost every time before now), but it looks like we're on track to have it available by the street date of the first volume of the AP.

Dark Archive

^cant wait!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

"Shipping soon" e-mail! Omygoshomygoshomyogshomygosh!!


I will look at this one 2nd.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Wow, that is like, super early. :o

Hopefully I will get download link before I leave on my holidays * fingers crossed *


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Isn't it the case that they don't start shipping August releases until the first day of Gen Con?


ericthecleric wrote:
Isn't it the case that they don't start shipping August releases until the first day of Gen Con?

I'd probably drop dead right now if that was the case. I wasn't kidding earlier when I said I cannot wait on a biological level. My body is now 50% rollie pollie ball.

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ericthecleric wrote:
Isn't it the case that they don't start shipping August releases until the first day of Gen Con?

No. I've had years where my GenCon releases get to my door by that Thursday. We should probably start to see shipping notices as soon as tomorrow or Thursday.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Interesting. Thanks Kvantum.
It's particularly important this year because I move at the end of the month!


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

THE PLAYER"S HANDBOOK IS HERE! LOOK AT THE BLOG! :D

Paizo Employee Developer

You're faster than me! Thanks for keeping an eye out, zergitan!


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Thank You Adam for giving us this wonderful surprise! I didn't expect this until Thursday at the earliest. :)

Paizo Employee Developer

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Don't just thank me. Thank the rest of Team AP, the art team, and the Robot for getting it on the site.


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Go Team AP! :)

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I'm downloadin' my copy of Fires of Creation right now. :D


I have only one question, what are the monsters in the bestiary?

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Critters:
Three alien critters (one that can be used as a familiar, two that can be animal companions), a collector robot (with three variants), a barely-sentient aberration that looks like a desert mollusc and sucks your fluids, and a floating, grabbing, spore-shooting gas-bag fungus.


Thanks N'wah, sounds like some interesting creatures to me.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Thanks N'wah, sounds like some interesting creatures to me.

No prob! If it helps, none of 'em are over CR 3, as well.

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