Tavern Tales—Mini Adventure #3: It Starts With a Brawl (PFRPG) PDF

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When the motley group of "heroes" that burned down Tuffy's previous establishment return to town, the tavern owner offers a reward to the PCs for their capture. Can they save the dingy dive from meeting the same fate as Tuffy's old joint? Or will Tuffy be forced to find a new place to pickle her pigs feet?

"It Starts With a Brawl" is designed to accompany Tangible Taverns: Tuffy’s Good Time Palace and is suitable for four characters of level 5-6.

Tavern Tales: Mini Adventures are two page Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible adventures designed to accompany various Tangible Taverns by Dire Rugrat Publishing but may be easily inserted into your own tavern or campaign.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

3/5

This supplemental sidequest for Tuffy's Good Time Palace clocks in at 6 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let's take a look!

What's Tuffy's Good Time Palace? Well, it is a nice little tavern released in the Tangible Taverns-series before. While you can use this module as a stand-alone, it is primarily intended to add some additional oomph to the place and provide a solid go-play addition.

This being an adventure-review, the following will contain SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion.

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All right, only GMs around? Great! Well, remember that "former" establishment of Tuffy's? Well, the "Endless Knights", a group of a-hole adventurers, figured that the shady clientele inside would warrant burning the old place to the ground...including the patrons. Yeah, how they maintain CN as an alignment, I have no idea. Their statblocks are found via hyperlinks on the SRD. Tuffy is NOT happy they're back in town and they waltzed right in, poured dwarven spirit on the bar and set it ablaze. In the ensuing chaos (Tuffy had learned to keep sufficient water to extinguish the flames), the Endless Knights make their escape, but not before adding insult to injury by filching a prized bottle of dwarven spirits Tuffy wants returned. Note that, as written, the PCs are not supposed to be present here - if you elect to go the more interesting route and throw a good brawl their way, I'd suggest getting Raging Swan Press' "Barroom Brawl"-supplement.

Anyways, Tuffy tries to hire the PCs to deal with the knights and they have taken a warehouse for themselves. Odd: Killing them/starting a fight may provide trouble with the authorities, while the knight's behavior is ignored...sure they authorities don't like Tuffy...but arson has traditionally been punished harder than murder due to the threat to the cities...

Beyond this logic bug, the little module with its b/w-cartography of the hide-out of the rival adventurers is solid apart from one of the traps lacking a Perception DC to spot. Diplomacy yields pretty much nothing, so if the PCs want to succeed in getting the arsonists to Tuffy for a little roughing up, they'll need to take them in alive, which is at least a slightly unconventional task.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are solid, with no too grievous glitches. Layout adheres to a no-frills, printer-friendly two-column b/w-standard and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length. Cartography is functional (though it has no scale - assume 5-foot-squares per default) and while there is no player-friendly version of the map, at this length I don't necessarily expect one.

Kelly Pawlik's "It Starts with a Barroom Brawl" is a decent sidetrek - while the eponymous brawl is intended to be pretty much absent from the module per default, it is the aftermath here that is the meat of the mini-module. As a means of further fleshing out Tuffy's, it does a decent enough job; as a standalone, it loses some of its charm and becomes a rather generic endeavor. That being said, at the same time, this is a PWYW-product and as such, it deserves a bit of slack. It's not a module that'll be remembered for ages to come, but it deserves being checked out as a bonus if you already have Tuffy's. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 3 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.


Short but sweet

5/5

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this product.
Second Disclaimer: I will repeat many of my thoughts on this product in the other entries in this series, as most of my points apply.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this product, I can't help but think that it was too short. The mini adventure is excellent, and does well to highlight Dire Rugrat's other products. Having already gotten those products, this mini adventure was all the more enjoyable.

However, I can't help but feel that they should be somehow bundled with their sibling products (in this case Tuffy's Good Time Palace). Alternately, I think that I would have liked to see a string of adventures rather than a mini adventure, perhaps. Maybe a series of plot hooks that could bring the players closer to the tavern of choice, and that could easily be adaptable to other taverns or campaigns. I would eagerly pay for a sort of "Big Book of Taverns" that compiles this and other taverns and adventure hooks, both generic and specific.

But that's not to say that this mini adventure isn't good. It's everything that it should be, but it does make me want more, just as most Dire Rugrat products do. In that it did not fail.

Though my reviews for the other products were much the same, this mini adventure in particular does stand out in that it does a great job of presenting a robust combat encounter with many combatants, and does so in a way that was efficient (referring to the PRD rules in a way that makes the adventure short but thorough).

5 out of 5 and the royal seal.



Announcing the third Tavern Tale!
We're giving away a free copy to each of the first 10 people to post on this thread saying they'd be interested in this product.
Reviews appreciated.


I would love to give this product and try and review it for everyone!


Looks interesting


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I liked the first two, so I'd like to give this one a try, too.
Count me in, please.

Ruyan.


Loving the support, guys! Thanks!
I will make sure Liz gets all the names so she can send you over your free copies.


I've sent the three names above to Liz. You guys should be getting your free copies as soon as she has time.

There are still a few copies left, so if anyone else is interested, call dibs!

Community Manager

PDFs sent, and more free copies are available!


You had me at "Free." :)


I'd like to take a look, please. Have a few guys that I know might be interested in giving this a shot.

Community Manager

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Done and done. Five more copies available!


Liz Courts wrote:
Done and done. Five more copies available!

Thanks, Liz! And a big thank you to Dire Rugrat Publishing (awesome name btw).


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DM-DR wrote:
(awesome name btw).

Thanks, DM-DR :) And you are most welcome.

A big thanks to Liz for being on top of this!


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Definitely interested!!

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Elorebaen wrote:
Definitely interested!!

In your inbox!

Four more copies available!

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1 person marked this as a favorite.

I'm in for one. And you know I will leave a review!


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Lorathorn wrote:
I'm in for one. And you know I will leave a review!

Ken and I were just talking about you! Glad you are in.

I think that leaves three more copies, folks.


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Liz Courts wrote:
Elorebaen wrote:
Definitely interested!!

In your inbox!

Four more copies available!

Thanks Liz!

The Exchange

Kelly P wrote:

I've sent the three names above to Liz. You guys should be getting your free copies as soon as she has time.

There are still a few copies left, so if anyone else is interested, call dibs!

I call dibs!

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

I've been watching this line with interest for a while, but haven't yet bit. Might I ask for a sample?


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Hrm, interesting. Any left?


Thanks guys; that's a wrap! The free copies have been given out, but we'd still love it if you picked up a copy.

Theliah Strongarm - Nice!
Drogon - You got it!
Warhawk7 - The last copy is yours :)

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

Kelly P wrote:

Thanks guys; that's a wrap! The free copies have been given out, but we'd still love it if you picked up a copy.

Theliah Strongarm - Nice!
Drogon - You got it!
Warhawk7 - The last copy is yours :)

Yay! Thank you.


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Kelly P wrote:

Loving the support, guys! Thanks!

I will make sure Liz gets all the names so she can send you over your free copies.

Thanks a lot, Kelly P!

I just downloaded it (thanks, Liz!) and will read it tonight. I'll be back with feedback/review or possible questions until the end of this week.

Ruyan.


RuyanVe wrote:

Thanks a lot, Kelly P!

I just downloaded it (thanks, Liz!) and will read it tonight. I'll be back with feedback/review or possible questions until the end of this week.

Ruyan.

Awesome! We love feedback.

I should note this mini has a bit more background than the others, which just dive right into the adventure, so keep that in mind.

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All PDFs have been granted—enjoy!


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Sweet, thank you.

I'll check it out shortly.

The Exchange

Thanks for the PDF! Looking forward to reading it and playing it with my group soon!


Warhawk7 wrote:

Sweet, thank you.

I'll check it out shortly.

Theliah Strongarm wrote:
Thanks for the PDF! Looking forward to reading it and playing it with my group soon!

Looking forward to the reviews, folks! Happy gaming!


Lorathorn wrote:
I'm in for one. And you know I will leave a review!

A big thanks to Lorathorn for his review! If you haven't checked it out yet, what are you waiting for?


Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtreka nd GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

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