Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns

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Whether they're seedy bars in a city's roughest district, upscale joints where society's elites hobnob over artisan wines, or sleepy boozing establishments in pass-through villages, taverns are a staple of every adventurer's career. They're a place to meet contacts, to collect the juiciest gossip, or simply to knock back a hearty ale in between monster-slaying sessions.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns presents six ready-made, fully fleshed-out taverns for use in games that take place across Golarion. Each entry includes a full-page map of the establishment, stat blocks for both a commonly met tavern proprietor or bartender and a powerful local who might serve as a foe or an ally, a full history and description of the tavern's clientele, and a detailed gazetteer of the tavern's grounds. A selection of rules for bar fighting and pub games rounds out this invaluable tome.

This book contains details about the following taverns, and more:

  • Aeylinth Vineyard, a sophisticated treetop wine bar in the bustling city of Greengold, a prominent port of call in the elven nation of Kyonin.
  • Formidably Maid, a rough-and-tumble pirate bar located on the dockside outskirts of Port Peril, the capital of the privateer-infested archipelago known as the Shackles.
  • Runoff, an underground speakeasy in Starfall, where the drinks are spiked with mysterious fluids and the resistance against the Technic League is strong.
  • Whispering Stone, a partially open-air gambling hall and lounge in Osirion's Wati famous for the ancient, mostly buried statue that serves as its centerpiece.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns is intended for use with the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it can be easily adapted to any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-016-3

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Good flavor, wonky mechanics

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This book has some good flavor to inspire and provides unique locales for the next time PCs need a place to get a drink. The Elven Aeylinth Vineyard in particular is very well done, beautiful artwork too.

The new inebriation and bar fighting mechanics in the back third of the book seem a bit off, shoe horning in yet another sub system of rules.

If you want some cool ideas for bars and taverns, this book is a solid purchase.


I Got Memories on Tap

*****

You like cool bar write-ups? This has cool bar write-ups.


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Some of those sounds like an interesting read but so far not enough to buy it.


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By the way, love the "lark's tongues in aspic" shoutout. Great album, one of my favorites. I wonder who sneaked that in...


Cool! I’m definitely getting the PDF as soon as it’s available. Every section sounds like it has something useful for me.

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Feros, thank you so much.

And holy crap, Whispering Stone gets full treatment? That will be useful for my Mummy's Mask campaign! Also nice to see Formidably Maid, although for obvious reasons it won't be long for the campaign...

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We tried to get an even mix of taverns mentioned in previous products (but never fully mapped) and completely new places.

Eagle-eyed readers might remember the Wicked Fork from the Corentyn article in Cities of Golarion!


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Color me even more excited. I just started up a Mummy's Mask campaign (they're midway through the first book), so I'm also glad to see the Whispering Stone getting more detail. Also interested in the pub games and bar fight rules...tomb raiders love drinking and brawls!


Marco Massoudi wrote:

I hope the "Rusty Dragon Inn" is included. ;-)

It would also be nice if one or two of these could be used with existing flip-mats.

Product Description wrote:

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Taverns presents six ready-made, fully fleshed-out taverns ...

  • Aeylinth Vineyard
  • Formidably Maid
  • Runoff
  • Whispering Stone
  • Blog wrote:
  • Ha! Here! The Whispering Stone in Osirion
  • Oh, and here's the Porthmos Club over in Taldor!
  • Sad. No Rusty Dragon Inn.


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    I'm disappointed to hear that the Rusty Dragon is not included. :(


    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    Wait! Isn't the Formidably Maid the bar that kicks off Skull And Shackles!

    Liberty's Edge

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    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    It is indeed.


    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    Sweet!

    Paizo Employee Developer

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    Bellona wrote:
    I'm disappointed to hear that the Rusty Dragon is not included. :(

    As James Jacobs said over in the blog thread: We have our reasons. Stay tuned!

    Liberty's Edge

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    Maybe the Sandpoint Boxed Set is finally happening...

    ...or at least, more in the realm of the possible, a Sandpoint Campaign Setting...


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    Samy wrote:
    Maybe the Sandpoint Boxed Set is finally happening...

    *goes into fingers crossed, toes crossed, legs crossed wishing mode*


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    *Crosses eyes for good measure*

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    Don’t forget to cross your heart!

    Dark Archive

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    I'm kind of assuming it will be in Return of Runelords since JJ implied in another thread they were at least previously planning to write it so that Ameiko could make cameo in it <_< Still hoping they don't end up doing that since I'm definitely planning to run Jade Regent before Return is released in our campaign world.

    But yeah, Shadows Under Sandpoint or something similar getting released would be uber cool indeed

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    CorvusMask wrote:

    I'm kind of assuming it will be in Return of Runelords since JJ implied in another thread they were at least previously planning to write it so that Ameiko could make cameo in it <_< Still hoping they don't end up doing that since I'm definitely planning to run Jade Regent before Return is released in our campaign world.

    But yeah, Shadows Under Sandpoint or something similar getting released would be uber cool indeed

    Pretty sure JJ has confirmed that Jade Regent would take place after Return for specifically that reason.

    Silver Crusade

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    Heh, just noticed Meri on the cover hiding behind the table with her drink.

    Silver Crusade

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    Also I LOVE the pic of Besmara, Cayden, and Calistria drinking together, it’s awesome.

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    AGENDER LICH BARKEEP!

    Silver Crusade

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    Imrijka and Valeros! Yay!

    Silver Crusade

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    Oh gods Len with the chalk XD

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    *reads Extreme Mood Swings Feat*

    Oh hey it me.

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    Rysky wrote:

    *reads Extreme Mood Swings Feat*

    Oh hey it me.

    No, you're the "Caffeine and Sugar Overdrive".

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    Gorbacz wrote:
    Rysky wrote:

    *reads Extreme Mood Swings Feat*

    Oh hey it me.

    No, you're the "Caffeine and Sugar Overdrive".

    That plays a part yes.


    Let Merisiel enjoy her drink!


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    Rysky wrote:
    Heh, just noticed Meri on the cover hiding behind the table with her drink.

    And someone taking the opportunity to pay his tab (I'm sure that's what he's doing back there, right?).


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    The new drinking rules shall now be mandatory in all Paizo products going forward. Please.

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    Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
    Rysky wrote:
    Heh, just noticed Meri on the cover hiding behind the table with her drink.
    And someone taking the opportunity to pay his tab (I'm sure that's what he's doing back there, right?).

    Is that Seltyiel?

    Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

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    Paladinosaur wrote:
    Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
    Rysky wrote:
    Heh, just noticed Meri on the cover hiding behind the table with her drink.
    And someone taking the opportunity to pay his tab (I'm sure that's what he's doing back there, right?).
    Is that Seltyiel?

    No, that can't be Seltyiel. The inside front cover clearly states that he's not allowed in the bar after committing "high larcen-." Oh. Oh, I see now. Yes, maybe that is Seltyiel.


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    Wow. I'm starting to regret not being subscribed for this one. Maybe I'll sign up to have it as part of next month's subscription shipment, if I can. (While I'm putting my Player Companion subscription on a one-month hold.)


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    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    Wow. I'm starting to regret not being subscribed for this one. Maybe I'll sign up to have it as part of next month's subscription shipment, if I can. (While I'm putting my Player Companion subscription on a one-month hold.)

    Yeah, same here. I'm gonna order the PDF at the first opportunity.


    Are there any stat blocks in this book?

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    Yep.


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    Jason Keeley wrote:

    When I pitched the idea for this book and wrote the outline, I wasn't fully convinced about including archetypes and feats. I wanted the subsystems for extra levels of intoxication (enjoying alcohol as much as I do) and narrative bar fights that any character class could participate in.

    But after we brainstormed some ideas for the contents, I realized that we could have some fun with these player options! So I convinced Amanda and Adam to let me write those bits. So now we have a mixologist alchemist that make intoxicating bombs and a teamwork feat for getting drunk with your allies! The archetypes and feats work best with the new subsystems, but I tried to make the feats not too niche.

    And the rest of the book is just *chef kiss*. The writers and Amanda and Adam took my original ideas and ran with them!

    I am very excited for this book to be out in the wild soon!

    I fully understand that I might be in the minority with this concern, but my group in particular hates being roped into taking teamwork feats to begin with, and now there's one for drinking? Drinking in battle maybe, there's archetypes for fighting drunk; maybe it ties into the bar brawl mechanic? Unless the campaign is about sword-n-sorcery bar crawling, why would they invest in that? I have a hard enough time convincing my players to use "social combat," and it's not that they hate the diplomatic route; they hate the chase rules as well, preferring to improvise the combat system.

    Sorry for the rant, if that's what it was. This might not be the right book for my table, but I really want it to be.

    Liberty's Edge

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    If your biggest concern with this book is that there's one feat that people might not want to use, I'd say they're doing pretty well.

    I can't think of the last product I've bought where I didn't skip a single feat...


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    Besides, a teamwork drinking feat is excellent for a drunken wizard with a skunk valet familiar. Plus two fortitude, and he'll be exactly as drunk as the skunk.


    QuidEst wrote:
    Besides, a teamwork drinking feat is excellent for a drunken wizard with a skunk valet familiar. Plus two fortitude, and he'll be exactly as drunk as the skunk.

    Nicely done.


    Drinking rules summary:

    Spoiler:

    Five stages:
    Sober
    Tipsy
    Drunk
    Soused
    Unconscious

    Progressing from sober and tipsy happens at a number of drinks equal to half your Con mod, minimum one. That means that a Con score of 1 through 17 gets you tipsy off one drink, and drunk off a second within an hour of finishing the first.

    Drunk advances based on full Con mod for drinks within the hour, so everybody gets drunk just as quickly, but Con really starts impacting after that. Additionally, it progresses for more than one drink in an hour for Con mod hours. Penalties for drunk are slightly gentler than sickened.

    At soused, any further drinking involves a save to not pass out. Penalties for soused are worse than sickened.

    Alchemist's Kindness is an absolute steal to avoid a full day of sickened from a hangover, and a wider array of spells can now deal with drunkenness penalties or hangovers.

    I suspect the feat to boost all morale bonuses on you will be a staple.


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    QuidEst wrote:

    Drinking rules summary:

    ** spoiler omitted **

    Spoiler:

    That means that a Con score of 1 through 17 gets you tipsy off one drink, and drunk off a second within an hour of finishing the first.

    Yeah, that sounds about right for me. :) #cheapdrunk


    Interesting feats!

    Spoiler:

    Well, for a feat, rage can now grant a +5 bonus to Str and Con! There's a feat to boost all your morale bonuses by +1. You also take a -1 penalty vs. emotion and fear, but that doesn't matter because you're probably boosting some morale bonus to will saves. Both increase if you're at least drunk, but that doesn't matter because the penalties for being drunk outweigh this. No prereqs, so you can grab it at first level to save influence your point buy for the rage classes.

    Evil casters now finally have a way to possess or control somebody despite Protection From Evil. Grab a feat, get drunk, and you can have spells and effects treat you as an adjacent alignment. No prereqs!

    Drunken Sing-Along is very amusing, and actually a pretty good way to speed up diplomacy checks for information. Just need a skill rank in each of two skills.

    The feat for mitigating the effects of drunkenness is behind Great Fortitude. Unsurprising, but it does make it difficult to use, since you're probably going to need at least one more feat to give you a reason to be drunk.

    There are some more good feats, but those are the ones that I liked in particular.


    I heartily approve these drunken rules! :)


    QuidEst wrote:

    Interesting feats!

    ** spoiler omitted **

    Alas, Muddled Morals doesn't work like you think to let you bypass Protection from X. It lets you change your alignment one step for purposes of effects that affect you (like Smite X or Blasphemy), not for spells you cast that affect others, like Dominate Person or Possession.


    Xenocrat wrote:
    QuidEst wrote:

    Interesting feats!

    ** spoiler omitted **

    Alas, Muddled Morals doesn't work like you think to let you bypass Protection from X. It lets you change your alignment one step for purposes of effects that affect you (like Smite X or Blasphemy), not for spells you cast that affect others, like Dominate Person or Possession.

    Hmm. I was focusing more on the "Protection from Evil stops me from possessing them because I'm evil", but you're probably right.

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