Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Sandpoint, Light of the Lost Coast

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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.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-080-4

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Yes, it really is ALL here!

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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

*****

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.

*****

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

*****

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.


If you like Sandpoint, you'll love this product.

*****

Rather than repeat CorvusMask's review, I'll just add my own enthusiasm for this product.

Despite portions of text being lifted 'whole cloth' from previous entries from older products, there is a LOT Of fresh new material here. Really brings Sandpoint to life more than before. Certainly enough to run a homebrew campaign with info/hooks/quests to keep a party busy for a long time. You can see the attention to detail and care put into this product - THIS should be the benchmark all Paizo products should aspire to.

One of the best products from Paizo I've seen. Got the PDF and now seriously considering getting the Print Edition too. VERY happy with the purchase, I must say.


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CorvusMask wrote:
Nicolas Paradise wrote:
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It assumes those adventures already happened, both Thelsikar and Blackfang are assumed to be dead

That is cool. I want to slot those stories in as Do whenever side quests if the party ever needs a break from the main story and to get some extra gear and xp since I am running a 6 person party.

What about the Adventure card game stuff like Pillbug that I mentioned?

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Note: The fugitive adhesive holding the map to the back of the book appears to 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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Sara Marie wrote:
Note: The fugitive adhesive holding the map to the back of the book appears to 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.

Best method I’ve found is to lay the back cover of the book flat and then patiently “spin” the map repeatedly until it twists off (it can take a little while).

If there’s any residual sticky bits on either surface, bundle up the blob of glue and roll it over them to clean it up (scratching with a nail can leave marks or creases).


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Reviewed. This is the best town/city gazetteer I've ever bought.

Awesome job, James.


Sara Marie wrote:
Note: The fugitive adhesive holding the map to the back of the book appears to 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.

Too late for me. After 5 solid minutes of gently loosening the molecularly bonded material from the back cover, my map is torn and wrinkled! I am livid. Why not glue along the plain brown border edge instead of right in the middle of Father Tobyn's mausoleum? Ugh.

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6 reviews in a week towards the end of an edition's life cycle for a GM-side product, when player-side products don't even get one. What was that about Varisia being "overdone" and "fully covered already, please give us Goth Loli Kingdoms of Sarusan instead" again? ;-)


Well, when we finally get something that we've been waiting for, of course people are going to buy it up. Unfortunately, we won't ever get a proper adventure or sourcebook for the Starstone which is a real shame for fans of this edition.


COOL!!! :)


Loving the book. But noticed what I think is an error on page 6. It lists Shalelu Andosana as a half-elf. Isn’t she full elf?

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Andrew Karst wrote:
Loving the book. But noticed what I think is an error on page 6. It lists Shalelu Andosana as a half-elf. Isn’t she full elf?

She's a full elf, as indicated in her stat block on page 77. The half-elf bit on page 6 is a typo.

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The other half is elf too.


Fantastic addition to our campaign, we just crossed over to Pathfinder after 20 years of 3.5 and are running Rise of the Runelords Anniversary campaign this was perfect timing!
I bought the digital copy from Paizo while waiting for the hard copy to come from Amazon unfortunately I'm on my 3rd hard copy because the first two had to be sent back because the Sandpoint map is glued to the back cover and tears the map when removing! I'm planning on leaving the map attached to the book and printing the map from the digital copy now.

Paizo hopefully your printer will sleeve the map or tuck it between the pages when reprinting!

5 star on content and presentation, 2 star on printing!!!


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Anybody notice that it's difficult to find this in your FLGS? I'm in suburban Philly and this has yet to appear. When I checked CSI it also has not arrived nor did Runeplague.


@imflynt, for the poster map, try the method Steve Geddes gave a couple post back. Works perfectly and I'm prety sure that if I had not seen it before I would have teared the map removing it.

And thanks Steve for the tip.


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Thanks for the Heads up @DanyRay, I tried that on the second copy I bought and it still tore, 3rd copy I used a hair dryer on the back cover and it worked perfectly!

Using a hair dryer on hot about 4 inches away from back cover for about 2 minutes and the map fell loose. The another minute or so heating the glue on the map and rolling it into a ball with my thumb and off the edge it went, map & cover undamaged!

Your right about availability, I have not found this in any game store and had to order online.

Hats of to James Jacobs, this is one of the best city supplements I've owned since Greyhawk!


Considering the issue with the glue, has Paizo considered printing and selling just the map? That way, those who don't want to risk damage to their book/map can leave the one in the book.


Another quick question. In the Valdemar Manor portion (section 47, page 59) something referred to as "leather babies" is mentioned as an enemy. Is there an enemy stat block anywhere?

Any tips @James Jacob?

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Andrew Karst wrote:

Another quick question. In the Valdemar Manor portion (section 47, page 59) something referred to as "leather babies" is mentioned as an enemy. Is there an enemy stat block anywhere?

Any tips @James Jacob?

They're pretty much just Advanced homunculi.

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James, I would just like to say what a fantastic book this is. I am inspired to run a campaign using the hooks in this book. It will be a very local campaign, just cleaning up the place and pursuing some of the rumours.

Bravo!!!


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Finally arrived at The Compleat Strategist in KoP yesterday. The hair dryer trick worked really well to get the map out. Agree with everybody: this is how to do a town/city supplement!


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I have just bought the PDF and love it!

Just one question for the moment: the map on p. 71 has some yellow and red dots - is this some particular mapping convention, or have I missed something in the text?


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Yellow is an exit outside and red is a secret door.

I asked about it in JJ's thread.


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Thank you for that information!

Are the outdoor exits also technically secret doors? Any particular DCs to find them?

... It seems to me that Sandpoint is littered with secret doors, what with the tunnel system's door, Kaye's doors, and probably others which I haven't found yet (pun not originally intended) in the book.


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Kaye's doors?


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The Pixie's Kitten.

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