Pathfinder Adventure Path: Curse of the Crimson Throne (PFRPG)

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A Campaign Fit For a Queen

The kings and queens of Korvosa have long ruled under the shadow of the Curse of the Crimson Throne—an infamous superstition claiming that no monarch of the city of Korvosa shall ever die of old age or produce an heir. Whether or not there is any truth to the legend of the curse, Korvosa's current king is but the latest victim to succumb to this foul legacy. Now, the metropolis teeters on the edge of anarchy, and it falls to a band of new heroes to save Korvosa from the greatest threat it has ever known! This hardcover compilation updates the fan-favorite campaign for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, including new and revised content and nearly 500 pages packed with mayhem, excitement, and adventure!

This hardcover edition of Curse of the Crimson Throne contains:

  • All six chapters of the original Adventure Path, expanded and updated for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
  • An in-depth gazetteer of the city of Korvosa as it exists under the rule of its new queen.
  • An array of new rules options for characters, ranging from campaign traits to spells to magic items.
  • An expansive appendix with statistics, descriptions, backgrounds, and rules support for the 12 most important NPCs in the campaign.
  • A bestiary featuring nine monsters from the original Adventure Path making their debut under the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules.
  • Dozens of new illustrations, never-before-seen characters, location maps, extensive new encounter locations, and more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-890-8

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Frick it my review got deleted

5/5

I wrote fricking long review about great time I had with running the whole campaign(and post campaign) and then it got deleted by the fricking "too much backtracking" page dagnabbit

I'm not gonna write the entire thing again, so here is in short: This campaign has great recurring NPC cast(most of later APs have problem with introducing cool NPCs and then rest of books never mentioning them again), great themes, great villains, Kazavon's awesome hair, allows multiple approaches to different situations(such as infiltrating with sneaking or talking through places instead of just fighting through them. Kinda reminds me of Deux Ex computer games in a way), awesome locations, awesome post campaign potential and is one of my favourite APs ever.


Good value, but some reservations

4/5

Short Version: A smart buy but held back by structural issues.

It's hard to get better adventure value for your dollar than this or the Rise of the Runelords collected edition. If I were reviewing on that alone, this would be 5 stars and then some. But there's more to an adventure than that.

The AP's hook is quite good, but almost immediately discarded in favor of saving the city. This can be helped a good session 0, but still feels artificial.

Even looking at the new plot, many elements feel shoehorned in. People point to volumes 4 and 5 for this, but there are sections in 2 that exist only to kill time as the plot advances and an entire dungeon in 3 that is cool but can seem forced if the players don't kick in the door right away. Any of these alone would be fine, but each makes the next more obvious.

That being said, there's a lot of cool stuff going on here, it just takes at least a star's worth of work to stitch it together.


3.5 vs. Pathfinder comparison!

5/5

I´m gonna list the differences between the original AP#7s chapters and it´s adaption into the hardcover edition:

Inside front cover:
The "Korvosan Hierarchy" overview is not reprinted.
Part 1:
The illustration on page 6 is exchanged for a cartoony new one on page 12 of the HC.
Page 10 of AP#7 has a map where the 8 locations in Korvosa that are important for book 1 are marked and named. This map is reprinted on page 400 of the HC but that one shows ALL important locations of the campaign at once, marked with letters and numbers.
"Lamm´s Lambs" stats are upgraded to young human on page 18 of the HC.
"Yargin Balko" now has a full body illustration instead of an upper body one. "Hookshanks Gruller" gets a full body illustration. "Giggles" gets a fbi. "Gaedren Lamm" gets a fbi.
Part 2:
King Eodred Arabasti gets a head illu. "Imps and Dragons" gets an illustration. "Meet the mob" gets a "Amin Jalento" head illu and his battle stats.
Part 3:
The illustration of "Sabina Merrin" on page 25 is not reprinted (she gets a new one on page 455).
Part 4:
"Cressida Croft" gets a head illu (and fbi on page 443). The Queens gets a new veiled head illu (the old one is more mysterious). The "renegade guards" stats in "All the Worlds Meat" get new stats. "Verik Vancasterkin" is upgraded from fighter 3 to fighter 4.
Part 5:
The "Ambassadors Secret" gets a new head illu. The fbi of "Vencarlo Orisini" from page 34 is not reprinted. The fbi of "Devargo Barvasi" on page 37 is replaced with a new one that is very much less impressive. He is upgraded from rogue 4 to rogue 5. "Majenko" is changed from pseudodragon to house drake. The illustration on page 41 is replaced with a new one (page 57). Both are equally creepy.
Part 6:
The "Trinia Sabor" fbi from page 43 is not reprinted (she gets a new look on page 460, but the old one is flashier). She is upgraded from bard 4 to bard 5. "The Shingle Chase" gets a better illustration. Curiously it features the old flashier Trinia Sabor outfit instead of the new.
Part 7:
The Owlbear skeleton gets gorgeous art on page 59 of the HC. The cool illustration on page 52 is replaced by a cool new one on HC page 61.
Cabbagehead´s head illu is replaced by a fbi. The "Gaekhen" head illu is not reprinted. "Vreeg" gets a much better new fbi.
Concluding the adventure:
The famous "green dress Illeosa Arabasti" illustration from page 56 (on which the first miniature is based) is NOT reprinted!
The Blackjack illustration from page 57 is replaced by a much better one on HC page 67.
Appendixes:
The 4 page Harrow article is updated to a 14 page one!
The 8 page "people of the road" article about varisians is not reprinted.
The 6 page Pathfinder´s journal is not reprinted.
Bestiary:
The illustration of the "Dream Spider", the only creature that hasn´t been adapted to a Bestiary yet, is not reprinted from page 82 but it´s stats are.
Inside back cover:
The "Korvosas enemies" overview is not reprinted.

While the new edition HC is better overall and everything needed for playing the campaign is included, updated and streamlined, quite a few cool things are left out.
I´m glad i got the original AP #7 too.


Even better than the original

5/5

Read my full review at Of Dice and Pen.

It was perhaps inevitable that Curse of the Crimson Throne would one day also receive a similar treatment to Rise of the Runelords. There’s no special anniversary to celebrate this year, but does there really need to be? Much like its Runelords predecessor, the new hardcover compilation of Crimson Throne updates the adventure path to Pathfinder rules and also expands on the story where beneficial and streamlines in other areas. It also takes advantage of the most recent rules supplements, making use of newer monsters, classes, and feats where appropriate.

At nearly 500 pages in length, it is actually a substantially larger tome than the hardcover Runelords (a good 50 pages or so longer), and its extra length is certainly put to good use. Indeed, it manages to make one of the best adventure paths even better.


The Best Just Got Bester!

5/5

Ahoy hoy everyone!

Welcome to the officially official first review of Captain Yesterday's not so official reviews of everything and life... or is that too cumbersome... how about an acronym... The O.O.F.R.O.C.Y.N.S.O.R.O.E.A.L... that will have to do for now.

Now that I've milked how many words on that, let me say without a doubt this is one beautiful book, and hefty too! With upwards of 480 pages you really get your money's worth.

This might take awhile so I'll most likely come back and edit and update, so stay tuned!

The campaign traits - this is one of my favorite parts of the book, while there are only six traits, each one has two different options, they do an excellent job at both getting your party to really hate Gaedren Lamm, they also do an exceptional job at giving the player's a glimpse of Korvosa. So five stars!

Alright, gotta go for now! But I'll be back soon!


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Troodos wrote:
I really want to run this, the issue is finding players. I've been gushing about how much I love Ileosa to most of my regular players, so they know way too much about her to really be a good group for this campaign XD

I knew most of the plot to Alien before I saw the movie, and it remains my favorite movie of all time. AKA: a player's knowledge of some portions of a campaign won't necessarily ruin it in play. You'll just need to make sure the players know that player knowledge and character knowledge are not the same thing.


Exactly Mister Jacobs!

I mean I told my players that "Carrion Crown was in Transylvania" and they still didn't realize about the ghosts until the end. ;)


James Jacobs wrote:
Troodos wrote:
I really want to run this, the issue is finding players. I've been gushing about how much I love Ileosa to most of my regular players, so they know way too much about her to really be a good group for this campaign XD
I knew most of the plot to Alien before I saw the movie, and it remains my favorite movie of all time. AKA: a player's knowledge of some portions of a campaign won't necessarily ruin it in play. You'll just need to make sure the players know that player knowledge and character knowledge are not the same thing.

The problem is that I find that the players (at least this group) has *much* more fun when they're going in blind.


In any case, is there new art for Krojun? He's one of my favorite NPCs.


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Still looking super forward to this. Only question is, do I buy the pdf and the pawn set, or the hardcover. Because god knows I'm not allocating more money than that to...

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Who am I kidding I'm getting the pawn set and the special edition and nothing will stop me.


Going to grab this for a 5E game, probably play it after my boys defeat the Storm King and his THUNDER (kajigga kajigga...)


Sqn Cdr Flashheart wrote:
Going to grab this for a 5E game...

That's my plan, though my players are impatient so we've started already. Hopefully I can stall them long enough that we're still in book 1 by the time the hardcover arrives.


Want it!


I want it too. But I don't think James Jacobs takes cash payments through the mail...

The Exchange

Very keen to hear details about the limited edition. Hopefully soon.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Kayos. wrote:
Very keen to hear details about the limited edition. Hopefully soon.

Seconded.


Rysky wrote:
Kayos. wrote:
Very keen to hear details about the limited edition. Hopefully soon.
Seconded.

Thirded.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Troodos wrote:
I really want to run this, the issue is finding players. I've been gushing about how much I love Ileosa to most of my regular players, so they know way too much about her to really be a good group for this campaign XD
I knew most of the plot to Alien before I saw the movie, and it remains my favorite movie of all time. AKA: a player's knowledge of some portions of a campaign won't necessarily ruin it in play. You'll just need to make sure the players know that player knowledge and character knowledge are not the same thing.

Alternatively, you can just change the True Villain™ of the AP. Most of the best APs have red herrings, Lieutenant style henchmen and other personalities that provide context and a fabric to enrich the AP. They also serve as a large pool within which to bait and switch out the villains and protect your players from having had their game plot "spoiled".

CotCT has all of that and more. With a little work (and maybe a lot of work depending on how far you want to go with it) you can tweak some elements of the AP so that the whole thing is significantly altered by the end -- yet still flows seamlessly throughout most of that AP as written. A little goes a long way.

I have already put in a fair bit of work to doing just that including significant changes to the first volume of the AP and I expect it will all go off more or less swimmingly. YMMV.

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Kayos. wrote:
Very keen to hear details about the limited edition. Hopefully soon.
Seconded.
Thirded.

Very keen to provide them, also ;)

I've gotten some things firmed up, waiting on a couple others. We will make it known far and wide when this is available.

Silver Crusade

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Kayos. wrote:
Very keen to hear details about the limited edition. Hopefully soon.
Seconded.
Thirded.

Very keen to provide them, also ;)

I've gotten some things firmed up, waiting on a couple others. We will make it known far and wide when this is available.

Yay! Thankies Chris ^w^


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Yes thank you Chris! :D

Also thank you Rysky! :)

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Not sure why I'm getting thanked but I'll take it!


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Steel_Wind wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Troodos wrote:
I really want to run this, the issue is finding players. I've been gushing about how much I love Ileosa to most of my regular players, so they know way too much about her to really be a good group for this campaign XD
I knew most of the plot to Alien before I saw the movie, and it remains my favorite movie of all time. AKA: a player's knowledge of some portions of a campaign won't necessarily ruin it in play. You'll just need to make sure the players know that player knowledge and character knowledge are not the same thing.

Alternatively, you can just change the True Villain™ of the AP. Most of the best APs have red herrings, Lieutenant style henchmen and other personalities that provide context and a fabric to enrich the AP. They also serve as a large pool within which to bait and switch out the villains and protect your players from having had their game plot "spoiled".

CotCT has all of that and more. With a little work (and maybe a lot of work depending on how far you want to go with it) you can tweak some elements of the AP so that the whole thing is significantly altered by the end -- yet still flows seamlessly throughout most of that AP as written. A little goes a long way.

I have already put in a fair bit of work to doing just that including significant changes to the first volume of the AP and I expect it will all go off more or less swimmingly. YMMV.

Never. Ileosa is such a good villain, I could never replace her.

I'm going to try to get a group together at my college for it, I wouldn't be able to run with my usual players anyway, since they're all away at other schools.


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Rysky wrote:
Not sure why I'm getting thanked but I'll take it!

Eh I just felt like it. ;)

Mean time, MORE Blood pig!


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Not sure why I'm getting thanked but I'll take it!

Eh I just felt like it. ;)

Mean time, MORE Blood pig!

You just want Paizo to release Blood Pig as a board game, don't you?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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TheAuldGrump wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Not sure why I'm getting thanked but I'll take it!

Eh I just felt like it. ;)

Mean time, MORE Blood pig!

You just want Paizo to release Blood Pig as a board game, don't you?

Meh

It would play better as a LARP.

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

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James Jacobs wrote:
TheAuldGrump wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Not sure why I'm getting thanked but I'll take it!

Eh I just felt like it. ;)

Mean time, MORE Blood pig!

You just want Paizo to release Blood Pig as a board game, don't you?

Meh

It would play better as a LARP.

True, but who wants to be stuck playing the pig?!


James Jacobs wrote:
TheAuldGrump wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Not sure why I'm getting thanked but I'll take it!

Eh I just felt like it. ;)

Mean time, MORE Blood pig!

You just want Paizo to release Blood Pig as a board game, don't you?

Meh

It would play better as a LARP.

Perhaps but only if they did in the rain and plenty of thunder in the background...


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JoelF847 wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
TheAuldGrump wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Not sure why I'm getting thanked but I'll take it!

Eh I just felt like it. ;)

Mean time, MORE Blood pig!

You just want Paizo to release Blood Pig as a board game, don't you?

Meh

It would play better as a LARP.

True, but who wants to be stuck playing the pig?!

You mean you don't include live animals in your LARP sports? Filthy casual.


Fedora,

I try to only include squirrels since they run much faster than I catch them. Especially moreso than pigs that might get eaten by underfed wolverines.

Liberty's Edge

So, I'll ask the dreaded question: is the recent insolvency of a large trans-Pacific shipping company going to impact on the release date? Any update on eta?


Steel,

I pray to Thor it doesn't. It's on my Birthday/Christmas list this year.


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber
Steel_Wind wrote:
So, I'll ask the dreaded question: is the recent insolvency of a large trans-Pacific shipping company going to impact on the release date? Any update on eta?

Asked and answered HERE.

Essentially, no impact.

-- david


Well that's good Papa.

I'd hope to have it for something to enjoy next year for sure. :)


James Jacobs wrote:
From the department of expectation management: There will not be a new player's guide for Curse of the Crimson Throne.

But the existing one is 3.5...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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A Mite Excessive wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
From the department of expectation management: There will not be a new player's guide for Curse of the Crimson Throne.
But the existing one is 3.5...

It's also more of a Player's Guide to Golarion than a true player's guide to Crimson Throne.

But never fear.

We're working on a solution of sorts that, while it won't be a full player's guide (we simply don't have the resources at this point to do one), it will fill the role of such a guide.


So does that mean I'll get to see more illustrations of my favorite Harrower, Mister Jacobs perhaps?

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James Jacobs wrote:

But never fear.

We're working on a solution of sorts that, while it won't be a full player's guide (we simply don't have the resources at this point to do one), it will fill the role of such a guide.

Very glad to hear it! Thank you! ^_^


*agrees with Kal*

Just makes my day. :)

Silver Crusade

Kalindlara wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

But never fear.

We're working on a solution of sorts that, while it won't be a full player's guide (we simply don't have the resources at this point to do one), it will fill the role of such a guide.

Very glad to hear it! Thank you! ^_^

I'm pretty hyped to hear this too, although there's a copy of the original player's guide sitting at my local comic shop I should bother to pick up.


Jolly,

Mine is sitting on my shelf.


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Does anyone know how easy it would be to switch their order from this version to the limited edition that's allegedly coming out? I'd prefer the limited/deluxe edition, but if it's out of my price range I'd like to have a pre-order on this down so I can get the PDFs.


MageS,

Ask one of the lovely Customer Service peoples about it. I'm sure they can arrange it.


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Any news about the deluxe edition?

Silver Crusade

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*offers Rubit a cookie*

Liberty's Edge

I wonder how this book will handle

Spoiler:

the rakshasas in book 3, since in the original adventure, they were downgraded to CR 8


Paladinosaur wrote:

I wonder how this book will handle

** spoiler omitted **

I'm sure James Jacobs took that into account when writing this.

Zaister,

I think the news is "Wait until the end of the month."


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

Ok :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Paladinosaur wrote:

I wonder how this book will handle

** spoiler omitted **

I'm sure James Jacobs took that into account when writing this.

Zaister,

I think the news is "Wait until the end of the month."

Turns out, we've more types of rakhsasa today than we did back when Curse of the Crimson Throne was first published. Some of those new types of rakshasas are even CR 8 right out of the box.


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How convenient :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Zaister wrote:
How convenient :)

I prefer to think of it as "well-planned," frankly, since one of the reasons WHY we built the CR 8 rakshasa was to fill a slot that the 3.5 rakshasa thematically filled in the previous version of the game.


Andrew Winder wrote:

I hope Paizo are going to do the rest of the Adventure Path's in this form as I will buy the all of them

I will as well. Even some of the later APs that I was not able to get, it would be great to have in a bound edition. I hope they keep this up.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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GameMaster Since 1st Ed wrote:
Andrew Winder wrote:

I hope Paizo are going to do the rest of the Adventure Path's in this form as I will buy the all of them

I will as well. Even some of the later APs that I was not able to get, it would be great to have in a bound edition. I hope they keep this up.

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EXPECTATION MANAGEMENT:

So far, we've put out hardcover compilations at the rate of about one per five years, but publish Adventure Paths at the rate of 10 per five years.

AKA: At this rate we will NEVER EVER "do the rest of the Adventure Paths in this form."

Sovereign Court

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In addition, there are factors that affect whether a hardcover compilation will be made, as explained in great detail by Mr. Wertz.

So if you want a Second Darkness or Legacy of Fire hardcover, start buying out the remaining stock. ^_^


Kal is correct, the best way to get Second Darkness and/or Legacy of Fire to be HC is to buy up the remainder of the stock.

But keep expectations lower.

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