Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-00: Origin of the Open Road

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for level 5 pregenerated characters.

Over recent decades, numerous incidents at the Pathfinder Society's Grand Lodge in Absalom have damaged the priceless collections, destroying many documents outright. The Society has sent the PCs to Nexus House in the arcane metropolis of Quantium, hoping that the second oldest Pathfinder lodge might contain duplicates of the lost texts to copy and study. Yet the PCs are not the only ones interested in the secrets preserved in Nexus House, and the PCs find themselves on the trail of unlikely criminals.

This adventure makes use of the 5th-level pregenerated characters available as a free download.

Written by Ron Lundeen.

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Challenging Intro to PFS2

3/5

I liked the back story to this one and the way it sets up an interesting plot for the season. The full-page art was good and fun to show to my players. I also thought the use of existing flip-maps was well-done.

The two reasons I’m not rating more highly are length and difficulty.

Based on the numbering (1-00) and name (“Origin…”), this seemed like a good adventure to use as a kick-off to the new season and rule set. However, with the amount of activity (skill check sections, encounters) plus time for handling player questions on the new rule set, we went over our allotted time even without reaching the final encounter. Keeping this in a tight 4-5 hours with new players may be tough.

This also has an encounter that can be brutal to your players if they don’t learn some key info about their opponent or bring the right mix of pregens. Our gang enjoyed the story/new rules but were crushed by this encounter, ending the scenario prematurely.


Brutal for Players, Brutal for GMs.

1/5

I ran this just last night and I had some major issues with it.

GM specific difficulties:

There was a mechanic requiring you to keep track of time with, as far as I could tell, no actual consequence for time taken. There was a long research section which was written in such a way that it was impossible to bridge the skill checks and the information being conveyed with any sort of role-playing forcing that section of the scenario to be very gamey where it certainly didn't have to be. The way Sebnet was written waa really quirky but the answers to the questions assumed a sort of video game call and response that was dependent on the questions being asked in the order and manner the scenario presents them.

The final fight calls for the summoning of a large number of oozes but the mechanics for this are somewhat unclear as the text in the encounter area and the mechanics in the 5 and 6 player adjustment sidebar are contradictory. All in all I ended up spending my prep time doing things that the scenario should have done for me which took away from my learning the rules of the game or having other things such as the exact mechanics for the yellow mold hazard.

As for the rest, the scenario itself seems like it was setting up the pregens for failure. Ron Lundeen has produced some other fair but challenging scenarios but they have always at least been fair. But the conditions presented here where the PCs are pregens and have limited ability to prepare based on changing information and much of the difficulty presented is rather difficult for the chosen pregens to handle.

Ultimately, the players struggled mightily with the hazards and fights presented the party only narrowly avoided wiping. Overall for a scenario intended to be your introduction to a new game this did a lousy job and I wouldn't blame a player whose first introduction to Pathfinder or Pathfinder Society was this scenario if they chose to never come back

But maybe this scenario set up interesting plot hooks and was in itself compelling? In a word, no. The enemies are presented as bumbling idiots (which makes their brutally efficient tactics a bitter pill to swallow) and the plot set up by the Pact of the Open Road doesn't strike me as immediately 'hooky' and to the extent it does it is difficult to envision where the PCs would factor into it.

Overall, skip this one if you can.


Fun introduction to the new edition!

5/5

I played this adventure at GenCon and really enjoyed it! Seeing the pregens for the new edition at 5th level was great, and the adventure had a good mix of encounter types that let us try out different abilities.


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The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Pathfinder Accessories, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Any word on the maps?

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32

Seconded on the Maps list, please.

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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This scenario's still in development, and although I don't expect any map changes, I'd like to be clear that this is a non-final list.

Maps for Origin of the Open Road:

  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Arcane Library
  • Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Bigger Sewer

    There are no custom maps.

  • The Exchange

    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Pathfinder Accessories, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    Thanks John!

    Liberty's Edge

    Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

    How can it be in development? It says season 1 and we're in season 10 or something. Season 1 was passed long ago.

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

    There are two versions of PFS now.

    Liberty's Edge

    Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

    Oh! How do I know which one a product is? Is there something in this product webpage that should have told me the version?

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

    Not yet.


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

    The products whose numbers start with 10- are PF1 products, while the ones that start with 1- are PF2 products, barring serious thread necromancy for the latter.

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

    PFS1E scenarios in Season 1 also don't start #1-XX. They were numbered #XX.


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

    So no ambiguity until season 2 of 2nd edition. That is good to know.

    Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

    Will this be openly available on July 31st / August 1st or is this going to be restricted to conventions? Asking since this one says unavailable while the others are listed as being available on one of those dates.

    Thanks!

    Dark Archive

    Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
    Rusty Ironpants wrote:

    Will this be openly available on July 31st / August 1st or is this going to be restricted to conventions? Asking since this one says unavailable while the others are listed as being available on one of those dates.

    Thanks!

    it’s also not listed in the list of scenarios in the PFS subscription, so i’m reasonably certain it’s either convention or star locked.

    Grand Lodge

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    Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

    The last I heard none of the 2E scenarios are restricted. Unless something has changed that is likely a webstore issue.


    Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
    TriOmegaZero wrote:
    The last I heard none of the 2E scenarios are restricted. Unless something has changed that is likely a webstore issue.

    It is definitely not part of the PFS scenario subscription here.

    Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    https://paizo.com/community/blog/v5748dyo6sgme?Upcoming-Convention-Special- Events

    "Even though this is a special adventure, it's not an exclusive scenario; run and play it at any venue."

    Sounds like it'll be open to all :)


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

    So now the question is when this adventure will be available.

    Dark Archive

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    Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    Is there a product image that can be shared? I’m running this for a group that wants to try the new edition and I want to start promoting it.

    Paizo Employee Developer

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    Kurt Wasiluk wrote:
    Is there a product image that can be shared? I’m running this for a group that wants to try the new edition and I want to start promoting it.

    Tell them Ron Lundeen wrote it!

    ...wait, I don't know whether your group is going to consider that a plus or not.

    Silver Crusade

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    Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
    Ron Lundeen wrote:


    Tell them Ron Lundeen wrote it!

    ...wait, I don't know whether your group is going to consider that a plus or not.

    That's a plus for me. ;)

    Dark Archive

    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
    Ron Lundeen wrote:
    Kurt Wasiluk wrote:
    Is there a product image that can be shared? I’m running this for a group that wants to try the new edition and I want to start promoting it.

    Tell them Ron Lundeen wrote it!

    ...wait, I don't know whether your group is going to consider that a plus or not.

    Definitely a plus! i will put your name in all caps and watch them line up around the block.

    Dark Archive

    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
    Kurt Wasiluk wrote:
    Is there a product image that can be shared? I’m running this for a group that wants to try the new edition and I want to start promoting it.

    Here you are.

    The Exchange

    5 people marked this as a favorite.
    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    How do you get access to this scenario? It's listed as unavailable.


    Pathfinder Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

    As a general rule, scenarios like this are only made available after the convention. I would expect it to become available next week.

    The Exchange

    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    Ok; that makes sense!


    1 person marked this as a favorite.

    I am confused about how we're supposed to award the credit for this scenario. The chronicle says it can be rewarded for levels 1-5, but they only show gold for level 5. Should we be awarding level 5 gold to level 1 characters? Or is the amount supposed to be different?

    Dark Archive

    2 people marked this as a favorite.
    Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    When will this be made available? I’m trying to kick off local PFS2 play with this in August but need to get prepping!

    Scarab Sages

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    Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

    There seems to be a lot of confusion about this scenario. According to the blog it is not exclusive and will be open to all, but it is not dropping as part of the subscription, or to VOs, and is still listed as unavailable....which is it?


    1 person marked this as a favorite.
    Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber
    Avram Suson wrote:
    I am confused about how we're supposed to award the credit for this scenario. The chronicle says it can be rewarded for levels 1-5, but they only show gold for level 5. Should we be awarding level 5 gold to level 1 characters? Or is the amount supposed to be different?

    At Gen Con we were informed that players could opt to save it for L5 and use the treasure table as written or apply it immediately at L1 in which case the treasure is 1.4 GP per treasure bundle (this is the standard L1 treasure) or 14 GP if all 10 treasure bundles are found.


    numbat1 wrote:
    Avram Suson wrote:
    I am confused about how we're supposed to award the credit for this scenario. The chronicle says it can be rewarded for levels 1-5, but they only show gold for level 5. Should we be awarding level 5 gold to level 1 characters? Or is the amount supposed to be different?
    At Gen Con we were informed that players could opt to save it for L5 and use the treasure table as written or apply it immediately at L1 in which case the treasure is 1.4 GP per treasure bundle (this is the standard L1 treasure) or 14 GP if all 10 treasure bundles are found.

    Thanks for the information! That definitely helps a lot and will make it easier to run.

    However, are you saying that they could gain more money from playing as level 1 and getting all treasure bundles than if they played at level 5? Or does the level 5 gold count as per treasure bundle?

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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    Avram Suson wrote:
    numbat1 wrote:
    Avram Suson wrote:
    I am confused about how we're supposed to award the credit for this scenario. The chronicle says it can be rewarded for levels 1-5, but they only show gold for level 5. Should we be awarding level 5 gold to level 1 characters? Or is the amount supposed to be different?
    At Gen Con we were informed that players could opt to save it for L5 and use the treasure table as written or apply it immediately at L1 in which case the treasure is 1.4 GP per treasure bundle (this is the standard L1 treasure) or 14 GP if all 10 treasure bundles are found.

    Thanks for the information! That definitely helps a lot and will make it easier to run.

    However, are you saying that they could gain more money from playing as level 1 and getting all treasure bundles than if they played at level 5? Or does the level 5 gold count as per treasure bundle?

    Since gold is determined by character level, we no longer list the total gold for the scenario; instead we provide a table right before the Chronicle sheet that shows you the per bundle value for treasure bundles at that level, and then you simply multiply that by the number of treasure bundles the party actually finds. The section immediately below that table should call out any easily missed or tricky bundles.

    Unfortunately, we lost the 1-4 table entries for this scenario (likely an accidental last minute "clean up" since this is only intended for play with 5th level pregens), but if you have any of our other scenarios, you can pull the treasure bundle values from those when applying the Chronicle to a level 1, 2, 3, or 4 character.
    If you don't have another scenario to check that table, the numbers are:
    1 - 1.4 gp
    2 - 2.2 gp
    3 - 3.8 gp
    4 - 6.4 gp

    We should have a full table for these values added to the guide in the near future, and I'll look into seeing if we can get the table in this PDF updated appropriately.

    The Exchange

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    You use the 5th level treasure bundle value per bundle found.

    SUPER Ninja'd by Michael!


    I would love an update on when this will be available, I played this at Gen Con and it would be perfect for getting my group into 2e.

    The Exchange

    Me too... just a release date would be great, as I am trying to plan a one-shot to get us to switch.

    Silver Crusade

    Missing some monster stats, and Aonprd.com doesn't have the full stat blocks either, so currently you can't run this scenario without access to the bestiary. Hopefully, this will be resolved soon.

    Missing monster stats:

    Gelatinous Cube & Sewer ooze


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

    Will this be made available to buy soon?


    I'm supposed to run this next weekend. Please make available as soon as possible. Thanks!

    Scarab Sages

    Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    VOs might want to email them if they have not got the PFS2 scenarios yet. I email them and received mine the next day. Hopefully they will get it worked out for everyone else soon. Since this is a Special, you will have to buy it separately from any subscription, or that is how it has worked in the past.


    maldar wrote:
    VOs might want to email them if they have not got the PFS2 scenarios yet. I email them and received mine the next day. Hopefully they will get it worked out for everyone else soon. Since this is a Special, you will have to buy it separately from any subscription, or that is how it has worked in the past.

    Who did you email exactly? Just so I can make sure to contact the right people.

    Sovereign Court

    Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber

    I have a non spoilery question. There is an opportunity for the players to acquire something for 15gp. If they spend money from their pregens do they have to show that as spent on their chronicle? What if they are taking 1st level rewards? Would seem cruel to charge them 15gp on their 14gp income.


    Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
    Donovan Du Bois wrote:
    maldar wrote:
    VOs might want to email them if they have not got the PFS2 scenarios yet. I email them and received mine the next day. Hopefully they will get it worked out for everyone else soon. Since this is a Special, you will have to buy it separately from any subscription, or that is how it has worked in the past.
    Who did you email exactly? Just so I can make sure to contact the right people.

    The contact e-mail at the bottom of this page: customer.service@paizo.com


    Joining of the ranks of the people who would like an answer to the question: when is this being released? Please?

    Liberty's Edge

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

    Many of us could really use this going up for sale. I know it had been a pain in the ... to get this to my GMs because I am the only one that has it.


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

    I just got an email advertising this adventure, and it's still unavailable. Weird.

    The email also advertises a new ACG guild scenario, but that links just goes to the front page.

    Dark Archive

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    Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    The communication on this has been terrible! It's frustrating that you have people anxious to try your new system and maybe pull in new players with what seems like a kick-off scenario. You've previously communicated it would be available at launch. You're advertising it in your e-mails. Yet people can't buy it and no one is sharing what the deal is or when it will be available. If there's a reason to hold back (such as an intention to make it a convention exclusive for a period of time) then please let people know.

    Dark Archive

    Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    Looks like it's available! Thank you, Paizo.

    Sovereign Court

    Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber

    Is there a link somewhere to the pregens? Not seeing them? (Or do we just use the 5th level Iconic pregens?)

    Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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    Jib916 wrote:
    Is there a link somewhere to the pregens? Not seeing them? (Or do we just use the 5th level Iconic pregens?)

    Use the 5th level iconic pregens.


    Is this a multitable special or can it be run with a single table?

    Grand Lodge

    nick gray 117 wrote:
    Is this a multitable special or can it be run with a single table?

    Single table. "Multi-table special" would (probably) be listed in the Scenario Tags section.

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