Pathfinder Module: Heroes for Highdelve

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Highdelve is in danger, and only true heroes can save the day!

Young human cousins Brialla and Meraina, as well as Kiliuk the tempestuous half-orc and Torgen the stoic dwarf, find themselves engrossed in Highdelve's joyous summer festival, the Brightbloom Jubilee. But all is shattered when the youths being honored return to town battered and bloodied. What's more, bullies robbed them of an amulet that's precious to the townspeople as well as to the regal gold dragon who protects them. As the visitors venture up a mountain to confront the culprits, they find that the situation is stickier than it appeared. Can the heroes stop a tiefling mastermind and his plan to unleash an ettin upon the festival? Or will mayhem win the day?

Heroes for Highdelve is an adventure for the four pregenerated 1st-level heroes in this volume, written for the award-winning Pathfinder RPG. The adventure takes place in Highdelve and surrounding areas of Brevoy in the official Pathfinder campaign setting, and is the perfect introduction to the game and its world!

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-002-6

Upgrade Your Game! Specially designed to accompany Pathfinder Module: Heroes for Highdelve, Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Cavernous Lair contains two of the main encounter maps from the adventure.

Note: Heroes for Highdelve is published by Games & Gears under license from Gen Con and Paizo in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Gen Con, taking place August 17-20, 2017. It will be available for purchase at both the Games & Gears and Paizo booths, as well as paizo.com on or after the show.

Note: Due to the special nature of this product, it is NOT part of the Pathfinder Modules Subscription.

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Heroes for Highdelve is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild.

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A good introduction using concepts from other games, without the fun twists

3/5

Heroes for Highdelve is a module written specifically for Gencon, with slots of uncertain length, that is supposed to be good for introducing new players to Pathfinder. And, if the ads are any indication, for selling Gencon junk.

It borrows the structure that was used with great aplomb in adventures like We Be Goblins! with roleplaying followed by dungeon delving. For new players, for whom the idea is new, this can be a beautiful experience! For old players, though, this is just going to play as "We Be Humanz!" without much of the charm. That said, meeting the [redacted] is sort of cool (again, more cool for new players...) and that's worth something. Plus, you can skip huge chunks of this and make it run in just a few minutes.

Of course, the huge volume of ads for minis of questionable quality eat up space that could have been used elsewhere. As has been mentioned before, the room descriptions are sparse (casualties of low wordcount, perhaps?) and the conclusion got typefit right off the printed page, which is also sort of a travesty.

As you can tell, I have mixed feelings about this. For new audiences, it can be an awesome experience, although you probably need a GM who's been around the block at least a couple times to really make it shine. But that's exactly the situation it's written for! So while it's not as unique as it could have been and it does have shortcomings, it's hard to hold them against it--at least too much. So I guess I'd rate it par. It is perfectly good at what it's designed to do--but it doesn't really succeed beyond that.


Not worth fifteen dollars

1/5

Pedestrian adventure whose concept has been successfully executed many times before, this is written with the intent of using the (incorrectly built) pregens that come with the 20 page book.

The book has like 20 pages, 4 of them advertisements for add ons for this adventure, 4 pages for pregens, 1 page for credits, and 11 pages of adventure. Box text for areas consists of sometimes as little as 1 sentence. The entire conclusion is missing. Plot hooks are incredibly dependent on the pregens and do not translate to built characters.

This would be a good way to bring random characters together and start an adventure if We Be Goblins, Neverwinter Nights 2 and Hoard of the Dragon Queen didn't already do it better.


Short and easy to prepare; great for new players and GMs

4/5

I’ve ran Heroes for Highdelve twice now. Above anything else I have to say this is a short module that is rather easy to prepare. You can finish the adventure in as little as 90 minutes if you and the players really want to. In that case you’ll skip most of the role-playing and get straight to the fights and subsequent dice rolling. The fights can be scary as there can be quite significant hits, but I personally wouldn’t worry too much about it. The final encounter can be scary for any low-level character though.

While it is certainly doable to tackle the module that way, it is my firm belief that you’re missing out on the greatest strength of this module: role-play potential. Especially at the start there’s a lot of opportunity for both the players and the GM to improvise and really get into character. If the players are willing to showcase what their characters are like based on their descriptions and don’t take things too seriously, they can have a lot of fun exploring the festival. This is especially the case if the GM can improvise well. I myself had a blast of a time responding to and setting up all sorts of shenanigans. Considering some of the players had tears of laughter, I think it’s safe to say we all enjoyed it.

The pregens are solid, but not overly special. They do somewhat foreshadow things, but they’re all useful throughout the module. The only minor complaint that I have concerns Meraina and combat situations.. Both times I’ve GMed the module, Meraina ends up being the ‘I got nothing better to do, so I’ll just walk around and hand out potions’. And that’s a shame. While her spells, scrolls and touch make sense considering her persona, I don’t think there’ll be many moments where players will use them because of a variety of reasons. Especially her touch ability is rather risky to use given her hitpoints. So while the spells available to her make sense, I feel like other options could have had more of an impact and would still have made sense on a thematic level. That said, she’s still a solid and fun pregen though.

The first segment, with all the activities, is therefore the highlight of the module for me. While the rest isn’t bad, it just feels a bit more generic and, dare I say, standard. The words railroad come to mind for the second portion and some of the ‘clues’ early on in the third part were a bit too forced. To conclude I think that this module is an interesting option for timeslots that are roughly between 2 and 3 hours. While veterans can still have fun with the role-play options, I’d say this module is better suited for new players and I would certainly recommend it to them.


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Liberty's Edge

Still no update. :(

Grand Lodge

I know right I'm a rather impatience person so this is killing me.

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

It has been one month since Gen Con...

Dark Archive

I want to know before plan to Dm this module, how many time we need to run the module ? A standard PFS Slot of 4-5 Hours is Ok ? Or we need to plan 2 Slots ?

Dark Archive

ordered!

Grand Lodge

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Sorry, but is there no PDF that I can buy? Maybe in a month? Just wondering because there's no option with a wait-date.

Liberty's Edge

Natasha Salisfer wrote:
I want to know before plan to Dm this module, how many time we need to run the module ? A standard PFS Slot of 4-5 Hours is Ok ? Or we need to plan 2 Slots ?

I ran this last month. It took about 4 hours.

Grand Lodge

:,( I have waited for a bit longer than 1 month for the PDF for this module and now that it's out in papper I have to wait even longer for the variant I desire (and that's assuming it will even come in this medium). I would truly appreciate a time table for releases like these to assuage my concerns but I understand that Paizo is not the publisher just the distributer.

Silver Crusade

Natasha Salisfer wrote:
I want to know before plan to Dm this module, how many time we need to run the module ? A standard PFS Slot of 4-5 Hours is Ok ? Or we need to plan 2 Slots ?

I've ran two tables of it so far. One was 2.5 hours and the other was 3 hours.

Grand Lodge

FireElemental wrote:
Natasha Salisfer wrote:
I want to know before plan to Dm this module, how many time we need to run the module ? A standard PFS Slot of 4-5 Hours is Ok ? Or we need to plan 2 Slots ?
I've ran two tables of it so far. One was 2.5 hours and the other was 3 hours.

Was that with pregens or their own characters?

Silver Crusade

kevin_video wrote:
FireElemental wrote:
Natasha Salisfer wrote:
I want to know before plan to Dm this module, how many time we need to run the module ? A standard PFS Slot of 4-5 Hours is Ok ? Or we need to plan 2 Slots ?
I've ran two tables of it so far. One was 2.5 hours and the other was 3 hours.
Was that with pregens or their own characters?

Both of my groups played with the pregens.

Dark Archive

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VykkDraygo wrote:
Natasha Salisfer wrote:
I want to know before plan to Dm this module, how many time we need to run the module ? A standard PFS Slot of 4-5 Hours is Ok ? Or we need to plan 2 Slots ?
I ran this last month. It took about 4 hours.

Other Question where we can find a Copy of this Module ? Seem No PDF available.

Silver Crusade

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Yeah, a PDF would be nice to have.


Weird, why wasn't this released via PDF?

Silver Crusade

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Any news on when this will be PFS reportable?

Grand Lodge

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Soon.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Still no word on pfd release? I would probably run this as play by post, and for that the pdf is almost required. Unfortunately, as long as it's paper only, I will not be purchasing.

Liberty's Edge

Finally reportable!

Scarab Sages

Made it a point to pick up the module, and the associated miniatures (except the Female Ranger; it was Sold Out) while I was at GenCon this year. Pretty great score. Looking forward to running this.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32

Can anyone who has this tell me the number of pages? And also what levels will PCs go through during the module?

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

I don't have it in front of me, but IIRC the number of pages of actual module (excluding NPCs and advertisements) are around 10 or so. It is for 1st level PCs (and the PFS chronicle sheet is for 1-2, so the standard rules for how to apply credit in PFS apply).

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns Subscriber

The module runs from page 2-12; the entire book with pregens and advertisements is 20 pages. Maps are found on the interior pages of both the front and back cover. From the way it looks I do not believe you will be level 2 by the end of the module.

Liberty's Edge

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

Will this be released also in PDF format or is it a print-only product?

Grand Lodge

Nikosandros wrote:
Will this be released also in PDF format or is it a print-only product?

I too am wondering about this.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

I suspect that if they haven't released a PDF already, there isn't going to be one. So I ordered a print copy. I suspect that'll be missing the text Amanda posted upthread, but since she posted it that only bothers me a little. :-)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Bump.

Any word about a PDF version?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I've given up on this coming out as PDF, and so removed both this and the physical copy of the map it uses from my wishlist.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Still hoping for a PDF, here, but that hope is running low. For GMing online, we've had to fall back on scans of the physical book itself. Perhaps in January we'll see a PDF released... :)


Damn. Was holding out for PDF since I have the map. Now it’s unavailable physically. I’ll still buy the PDF if it becomes available. Please make it so!

Grand Lodge

The Black Arrow wrote:
Damn. Was holding out for PDF since I have the map. Now it’s unavailable physically. I’ll still buy the PDF if it becomes available. Please make it so!

I second this. I too have the flip mat, but was not at Gen Con to buy this physically. Would really appreciate the PDF being available.


I hope that will have special boons for PFS.

Silver Crusade

is this an evergreen module?

Grand Lodge

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Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Yes. It is a Tier 1-2 adventure, which may be replayed in accordance with the Roleplaying Guild Guide.

Silver Crusade

Nice. It looks like it is more for a face to face game though if there is no pdf :(

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
I hope that will have special boons for PFS.

This has been sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild since August 2017. See the download link near the bottom of the product description on this page. As a Tier 1–2 module, it is replayable for credit at 1st level.

Grand Lodge

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Quintillus Hispaninus wrote:
Nice. It looks like it is more for a face to face game though if there is no pdf :(

I intend to run it for my Roll20 group when I have the time, and would likewise be willing to run it in PbP once my plate is less full.

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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As for a PDF version of the module, I've inquired about this several times with management. There are several considerations that need to be sussed out before I believe Paizo would be prepared to make a statement about when and whether a PDF version of this module would be available. At this point it's above my pay grade.

However, Paizo's entirely aware of the desire for a PDF version.

Grand Lodge

John Compton wrote:
However, Paizo's entirely aware of the desire for a PDF version.

That's at least a little promising.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Thanks for the update, John. Fingers crossed the upper echelons of Paizo can get a PDF out there.


Thanks for the update!


John Compton wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
I hope that will have special boons for PFS.
This has been sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild since August 2017. See the download link near the bottom of the product description on this page. As a Tier 1–2 module, it is replayable for credit at 1st level.

Looking at that download link: is the permanent boon in there just for familiars and spirit animals or for the whole entire suite of pet friends possible and imaginable? (animal companions, phantoms, etc.)

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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GM PDK wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
I hope that will have special boons for PFS.
This has been sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild since August 2017. See the download link near the bottom of the product description on this page. As a Tier 1–2 module, it is replayable for credit at 1st level.
Looking at that download link: is the permanent boon in there just for familiars and spirit animals or for the whole entire suite of pet friends possible and imaginable? (animal companions, phantoms, etc.)

This only applies to a companion creature that uses the familiar rules. That includes familiars and spirit companions, and the boon's language leaves the naming conventions slightly open-ended in case there's something else out there that uses the familiar rules.


Awesome, thank you! It always amazes me how you guys care and how fast you come on the boards to provide answers! Greatly appreciated!

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

GM PDK wrote:
Awesome, thank you! It always amazes me how you guys care and how fast you come on the boards to provide answers! Greatly appreciated!

Admittedly, it's a combination of factors, not least of which is coincidence and when I happen to take a break from what I'm working on. I regularly skim over the most recent posts in a bunch of different sections, and if there's something I spot that I can answer quickly, I try to do so.

Contributor

Will this be reprinted? I’d love to get a copy, whether digital or physical.

Sovereign Court

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It's available on Amazon if that helps.

Grand Lodge

Cylyria wrote:
It's available on Amazon if that helps.

Only on the American version of the site.

Dark Archive

Ah, nice to know that pdf version for this might eventually be a thing

Grand Lodge

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I wound up purchasing a physical copy on Amazon. I'm too impatient! However, I do wish that they would at least put the pregens available as PDFs. I had to scan them at work in order to be able to print out copies to give to my players.

Hmm

PS Amanda, I decided to do this as my 150th PF1 table. Kind of fun to do a light little adventure that no one else has run locally.

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