Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast

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Welcome to Sandpoint

The town of Sandpoint has been through a lot, whether it's goblin raids, dragon attacks, or crazed killers stalking the night. In Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast, this fan-favorite town is presented in rich and vibrant detail, including full stat blocks for the region's important NPCs, dozens of quests, and expanded information on every major location in the town and the hinterlands beyond. Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast also includes a double-sided, pull-out poster map of Sandpoint and the surrounding area, a region that has featured prominently in Pathfinder since the campaign setting's birth in 2007, including in the best-selling Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box and iconic Adventure Paths like the Rise of the Runelords. This oversized, 96-page campaign setting book is a guide to creating your very own campaign in Pathfinder's most popular town!

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast is intended for use with the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it can be easily adapted to any fantasy world.

Note: The fugitive adhesive holding the map to the back of the book can be quite robust. Use care when removing the map from the book or fugitive adhesive from the map so as not to tear the map.

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Yes, it really is ALL here!

5/5

I've read the threads and the other reviews, and many suggest that there is so much material in this book, one could do an entire adventure in Sandpoint alone! Well, actually, it's 100% true. How do I know? I was in one. THE ONE.

I had the extremely good fortune of being one of the players in James's The Shadow Under Sandpoint . All the things detailed in this book...they were there. The Old Light? Yes. Chopper's Rock, and the ghost of Jervis Stoot? OH YES. Paupers' Graves? Yep! Even Goblin Squash Stables and Hosk's big pickled goblin in a jar (first thing I looked for, actually). The Pixie's Kitten? Ah, er...um...yes.

And all the characters, from Ameiko to Pillbug Pokider, Kanker (damn him), the Red Bishop. Plus MORE. There are lots of people and places that are even new to me (and some that I really wish we could have interacted with now that I see them!).

I am thrilled to get to read this, and I am equally thrilled that everyone else does now too! To have James pull back the curtain on such a great setting has been a real treat for me. Reading through the book has brought a smile to my face as I remember some wonderful roleplaying moments that I will treasure forever. I hope that the content of this book provides all of you with similar roleplaying experiences in the years to come. THANK YOU, JAMES.


I wouldn't change a thing

5/5

The first order I ever placed with Paizo was for Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to Korvosa. It immediately went to the top of my list of “gazetteer products” produced for any system and has remained there until this week, when I received Sandpoint – Light of the Lost Coast.

This book is an absolute gem. I struggle to find anything critical to say about it. There is a great poster map – the town on one side and the surrounding countryside on the other. There’s also a brilliant two-page illustration showing the town which will prove a godsend for helping players “get” the local geography (I hope this becomes a regular feature, going forward).

This focus on usability at the game table really shines through every page of the book. There are fifty two places of interest detailed within the town. In addition to the purpose/function of each location, they all come complete with an NPC, a rumor and a plot hook (generally tied to the NPC’s rumor). The whole book is structured to help the DM really make the place feel real to the players.

There are plenty of adventure sites sketched out – not enough to run an adventure out of the book but plenty to get you started creatively. Reading it feels like you could take PCs from 1st level all the way through to their teens without ever leaving the town. The adventure sites are all set securely within the history of the town – a brilliantly balanced plot hook that gives you enough that the players won’t know what’s yours and what’s “official” yet leaves plenty of scope to build exactly the adventures your group likes.

Although brief, the section on the Sandpoint Hinterlands really stood out to me. The “areas of interest nearby” sections of town/city RPG books are rarely very good, in my experience. They generally feel tacked on and incomplete. In this case, the care the author took in the first sections is still very much in evidence. It seems like no matter what bits of the setting pique my PCs’ attention, there’ll be plenty there to help me keep them entertained.

It’s difficult to articulate exactly why this book stands out to me, but I’ve been buying “campaign starting points” since Village of Hommlet and I can honestly say this is the best one I’ve ever seen. It’s my new favourite Paizo town/city book (and I suspect it’s going to take another ten years to dislodge it).


All the details you need.

5/5

Mr Jacobs did a fantastic job detailing the iconic town of Golarion.
If you want to use it with the original Rise of the Runelords the current Return of the Runelords or in your own home-brew game you will have more then enough details for anything you want to do.
Fully fleshed out NPC's area details, adventure hooks and rumors all included for various levels of play.


Incredible Book

5/5

Amazing amount of detail on every location in Sandpoint (down to their street address). Lots of NPC statblocks and quest ideas for each establishment is great.
Also includes a lot of info for the hinterlands around the town.
AND an amazing 2-sided map of Sandpoint and the Hinterlands.


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Srota wrote:

Awwwe, I'm finally getting to start my dream of running Rise of the Runelords, but this book won't be out in time for me to start. :(

Either way, I will be buying this book because I love how much character this town has and I will want to do campaigns set there in the future! Thank you for making this!

Don't feel bad. This book wasn't out in time for ANYONE that ran this adventure. ;P

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Brother Fen wrote:
Srota wrote:

Awwwe, I'm finally getting to start my dream of running Rise of the Runelords, but this book won't be out in time for me to start. :(

Either way, I will be buying this book because I love how much character this town has and I will want to do campaigns set there in the future! Thank you for making this!

Don't feel bad. This book wasn't out in time for ANYONE that ran this adventure. ;P

Or for anyone who WROTE the adventure. :-P


The only way to get this book is with a TARDIS...or waiting.


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Cole Deschain wrote:
The little town where it all began... awesome!

Marketer crying out: Small town where big adventures start.

Local: Thankfully it has been wonderfully boring for a few years now.

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Updated with final product description and cover image!


Nice cover art!


Sweet! Sandpoint Devil! :D

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I do concur on that sweet Devil!


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I prefer Merisiel. Then again the whole cover is pretty awesome.


I prefer the pixie cat rodeo!


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The Purity of Violence wrote:
I prefer Merisiel. Then again the whole cover is pretty awesome.

YAY!


Nice cover.

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Ye, girlfriends out for a night on the town about to get their stab on after being rudely interrupted.


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Is their any way that we could possibly get a flip map of the Rusty Dragon from Sandpoint? PLEASE! 0ne side could have the 1st level of it, the otherside could have the 2nd level?

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kevin bienhoff wrote:
Is their any way that we could possibly get a flip map of the Rusty Dragon from Sandpoint? PLEASE! 0ne side could have the 1st level of it, the otherside could have the 2nd level?

There is. I specifically designed the map of the Rusty Dragon that appears in this book to fit on a flip mat (ground floor on one side, upper floor and basement on the other).

It does NOT appear as a flip mat in this book and instead is presented as a standard half-page map, but should the stars come right at some point in the future, it'd be pretty easy, I think, to translate it into a flip mat.

At the very least, GMs will be able to fit a whole floor on a blank flip mat!


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

THANKS, Mr. Jacobs for that info! With LUCK and the stars align, we could see that in the future, maybe!

Dark Archive

Just one month to go! ;-)

Will the pull-out poster map of Sandpoint & surrounding area be all-new?
If so, who's the artist?

We already have the very cool Flipmat for the very first Rise of the Runelords (Anniversary Edition Hardcover) encounter(s), i would love a "Rusty Dragon Inn" flip-mat & even more.
One thing about the Pathfinder Playtest which was great, was the Flip-mat Multipack.
I wish EVERY Adventure Path would receive at least one flip-mat for it's starting book or even better a multipack for it's most prominent encounter areas...

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

Just one month to go! ;-)

Will the pull-out poster map of Sandpoint & surrounding area be all-new?
If so, who's the artist?

We already have the very cool Flipmat for the very first Rise of the Runelords (Anniversary Edition Hardcover) encounter(s), i would love a "Rusty Dragon Inn" flip-mat & even more.
One thing about the Pathfinder Playtest which was great, was the Flip-mat Multipack.
I wish EVERY Adventure Path would receive at least one flip-mat for it's starting book or even better a multipack for it's most prominent encounter areas...

The poster map won't be new art.

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How much relevance does Sandpoint have to Return of the Runelords? (I.e. do the PCs also start there with it being a sequel?)

I planning on getting that (we're about to start running the last half of Rise very shortly, but Sandpoint is not as relevant after the start) at some point (and also running Jade Regent); if it shows up in Return as well, it makes this something I might get on release, rather than waiting a while.

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Aotrscommander wrote:

How much relevance does Sandpoint have to Return of the Runelords? (I.e. do the PCs also start there with it being a sequel?)

I planning on getting that (we're about to start running the last half of Rise very shortly, but Sandpoint is not as relevant after the start) at some point (and also running Jade Regent); if it shows up in Return as well, it makes this something I might get on release, rather than waiting a while.

Judging from the campaign outline on page 91 of AP#133

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It plays no role at all, but this book will be very useful for book #4 & #5 of Rise of the Runelords, as both books opening parts take place entirely in Sandpoint!

As someone who gamemastered RotR, i wish i had this Sandpoint Campaign Setting book then, even if only for the later half of the AP, as there was still quite a lot of roleplaying done in Sandpoint.
Having a 64 page sourcebook instead of the 18 pages in the Anniversary Edition will make fleshing out AP#4 & AP#5 much easier and complete.


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So this focuses on Sandpoint, excuse my ignorance but is there a guidebook or source for more information about Varisia as a whole?


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The Painted Oryx wrote:
So this focuses on Sandpoint, excuse my ignorance but is there a guidebook or source for more information about Varisia as a whole?

There is this Player Companion.

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The Painted Oryx wrote:
So this focuses on Sandpoint, excuse my ignorance but is there a guidebook or source for more information about Varisia as a whole?

We released Pathfinder Player Companion: Varisia, Birthplace of Legends a few years ago. That might help a bit.

Edit: I'm too slow for David! :)


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And it is EXCELLENT!

(^_')=b

--C.


I'm SUPER excited for this book! I'm planning to run RotR next year as my first ever running a campaign! I was building everything out in Roll20 and adding details to NPCs that I thought were lacking and then I discovered this and have halted my efforts till I get the book, lol!

Questions I'm curious about:

Will there be rules for the Hagfish challenge?

Are there any more NPCs listed out with the noble families? EG: I noticed it seems that Titus is the only Scarnetti.

Is there any more on the town guards than just the one stat block for the 12?

Also one of my players has elected to be a half-orc witch named Hagar (based directly off of Voltron) with a sihedron rune branded on her hand who moved to Sandpoint just before the late unpleasantness and after the murders, moved onto Chopers Isle and has gone to great lengths to make herself more creepy to the towns people. Obviously that's gonna present it's own set of challenges in the game, lol. I'm curious though, how much will the new content for Choppers Isle complicate Hagar living on it? I was going to just say they didn't burn down the house and stairs but I dunno what all you're gonna throw in there now, lol.


TorrinRappidfire wrote:


Also one of my players has elected to be a half-orc witch named Hagar (based directly off of Voltron) with a sihedron rune branded on her hand who moved to Sandpoint just before the late unpleasantness and after the murders, moved onto Chopers Isle and has gone to great lengths to make herself more creepy to the towns people.

Er, I mean after the late unpleasantness, not before... Still working out that timeline, lol. She is supposed to have been working for but escaped one of the other lamia matriarch's at work in Riddleport. Although neither the player or character are aware that she was a lamia.

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TorrinRappidfire wrote:
Will there be rules for the Hagfish challenge?

Yes.

TorrinRappidfire wrote:
Are there any more NPCs listed out with the noble families? EG: I noticed it seems that Titus is the only Scarnetti.

Yes.

TorrinRappidfire wrote:
Is there any more on the town guards than just the one stat block for the 12?

Not really, no.

TorrinRappidfire wrote:
Also one of my players has elected to be a half-orc witch named Hagar (based directly off of Voltron) with a sihedron rune branded on her hand who moved to Sandpoint just before the late unpleasantness and after the murders, moved onto Chopers Isle and has gone to great lengths to make herself more creepy to the towns people. Obviously that's gonna present it's own set of challenges in the game, lol. I'm curious though, how much will the new content for Choppers Isle complicate Hagar living on it? I was going to just say they didn't burn down the house and stairs but I dunno what all you're gonna throw in there now, lol.

It will potentially complicate things very very much. ;-P


Gorbacz wrote:
They could be Sorcerers wandering the shore, or Arcanists hanging around a bay...

I demand a Shorcerer archetype, as well as Beachcomber Alchemists.

Will there be a wares section for the Pixie's Kitten?

Liberty's Edge

Does anyone know if there will be a Hero Lab release that includes the stat blocks for each NPC included in this book?


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Hey James!!

Any chance this book goes into more detail about the taxes and economy of Sandpoint at all? I was always curious what sort of difficulties one would run into trying to start up a business out there rather than in Magnimar.

My group has been looking for that information for months now so any extra details help!

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Gloom wrote:

Hey James!!

Any chance this book goes into more detail about the taxes and economy of Sandpoint at all? I was always curious what sort of difficulties one would run into trying to start up a business out there rather than in Magnimar.

My group has been looking for that information for months now so any extra details help!

Not that much, no. It focuses more on the story and the characters of the region than the economy. It does talk about lots of shops and business, but not from a "how do they make money" viewpoint, because I don't find that as interesting to write about.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Not that much, no. It focuses more on the story and the characters of the region than the economy. It does talk about lots of shops and business, but not from a "how do they make money" viewpoint, because I don't find that as interesting to write about.

Any chance you're able to clarify here what sort of tax burdens that players might expect to run into out in Sandpoint? The only reason I'm asking is because of the deals between the noble families in Sandpoint and Magnimar. It's been frustrating the locals but doesn't really go into what sort of impact it would have on players starting up businesses there using either the downtime rules in the Ultimate Campaign book or the alternate profession rules in the Unchained book?

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Gloom wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Not that much, no. It focuses more on the story and the characters of the region than the economy. It does talk about lots of shops and business, but not from a "how do they make money" viewpoint, because I don't find that as interesting to write about.
Any chance you're able to clarify here what sort of tax burdens that players might expect to run into out in Sandpoint? The only reason I'm asking is because of the deals between the noble families in Sandpoint and Magnimar. It's been frustrating the locals but doesn't really go into what sort of impact it would have on players starting up businesses there using either the downtime rules in the Ultimate Campaign book or the alternate profession rules in the Unchained book?

Nope, no chance. Sorry.

In my experience in playing the game, making PCs pay taxes is not fun, and thus time spent building up complex subsystems to track taxation is time better spent focused on building up other things that are more enjoyable in play. If your table enjoys this element of verisimilitude, feel free to build it up in your game. Use Ultimate Campaign as a starting point if you wish, I guess.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Tsuto is dead (as is his dad).

No he's not...he keeps trying to show me kitty butt when I type.

My cat is named Tsuto after that character. We were playing RotRL when we got him 5ish years ago.


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So is anyone else having trouble downloading their copy?
As in a I can't find it in my digital assets & the "downloads" tap on the product page won't even load.


Nate Z wrote:

So is anyone else having trouble downloading their copy?

As in a I can't find it in my digital assets & the "downloads" tap on the product page won't even load.

I'd imagine it's because they aren't releasing the PDF until Wednesday.


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I had no trouble downloading mine on October 4th.


Does the purchase of the book not come with the PDF?

Silver Crusade

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TorrinRappidfire wrote:
Does the purchase of the book not come with the PDF?

Only if you're a subscriber to that product line.


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I eventually got it downloaded. Only done a quick scroll thru so far, but it looks great! :D

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Awesome book, with lots of details. I really like like some of the „old storylines“ have turned out - like the Glassworks!

But, why, oh my why - didn‘t you put the 2 page picture of Sandpoint as a map into the book as well?! This is such an awesome and usefull picture! We had so many maps of Sandpoint and its hinterlands, but this pic - boy, I would love to have this as a poster!
I didn‘t get it why you haven‘t included that as a poster map as well...

Liberty's Edge

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Brother Fen wrote:
Srota wrote:
Awwwe, I'm finally getting to start my dream of running Rise of the Runelords, but this book won't be out in time for me to start. :(
Don't feel bad. This book wasn't out in time for ANYONE that ran this adventure. ;P

Well, my party is closing in on wrapping up Hook Mountain Massacre in a few months, so I think this book will be just about perfectly timed for me to use for Books 4-5.

Dark Archive

Would this be particularly helpful for running Shattered Star or Return of the Runelords?

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Davor Firetusk wrote:
Would this be particularly helpful for running Shattered Star or Return of the Runelords?

It is particularly helpful when running any campaign that takes place in Sandpoint.

Shadow Lodge

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There any bestiary in this one?

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doc the grey wrote:
There any bestiary in this one?

No, but there is dozens of dozens of statblocks for npcs

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If I may, I haven't gotten more then a few pages into prepping Shattered Star and Return so I don't know if they spend any time in Sandpoint.

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Davor Firetusk wrote:
If I may, I haven't gotten more then a few pages into prepping Shattered Star and Return so I don't know if they spend any time in Sandpoint.

Oh okay. Well both are in Varisia, Shattered Star is mostly in Magnimar(as in, you travel to Thassilonian places all varisia, but Magnimar is your "home base"), but contains visit to Kaer Maga. So not much Sandpoint stuff I think? Maybe it has one visit there. I know that in returns there is brief Sandpoint while traveling to somewhere else, but Returns is pretty much Varisia road trip aka you vist all the major cities(except Janderhoff *sadface*). Either way, you could use book to expand the visit to Sandpoint during returns if you want to

So most Sandpoint heavy APs are RotR and Jade Regent, though to be honest this book contains enough material you could run your own AP with it

(Book does feature details and map on cool Thasslonian ruin, so you could technically include it as bonus dungeon during Shattered Star)

Grand Lodge

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Just ordered this and can't wait to get my hands on it. I have a few questions on some of the contents for anyone who may have the pdf already.

Does this contain any of the adventures from The Beginners box or the Bash Demos. It would be nice to see those adventures made cannon. Also do any of the card game b deck stories in here such as Podiker leaving poison traps around town and Jubrayl Vhiski having stats and being an actaul threat in town.

Either way I hope to use this book to great effect in My Rise Anniversary game that I am starting tonight. I have the original Rise modules that I recieved from a friend and I bought the anniversary edition this year and just got the opportunity to run it. Needless to say this book is a culmination of what actually drew me into Golorian lore and I hope to see more like it going forward.

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Nicolas Paradise wrote:

Just ordered this and can't wait to get my hands on it. I have a few questions on some of the contents for anyone who may have the pdf already.

Does this contain any of the adventures from The Beginners box or the Bash Demos. It would be nice to see those adventures made cannon. Also do any of the card game b deck stories in here such as Podiker leaving poison traps around town and Jubrayl Vhiski having stats and being an actaul threat in town.

Either way I hope to use this book to great effect in My Rise Anniversary game that I am starting tonight. I have the original Rise modules that I recieved from a friend and I bought the anniversary edition this year and just got the opportunity to run it. Needless to say this book is a culmination of what actually drew me into Golorian lore and I hope to see more like it going forward.

It assumes those adventures already happened, both Thelsikar and Blackfang are assumed to be dead

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