Pathfinder Adventure Path #154: Siege of the Dinosaurs (Extinction Curse 4 of 6)

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The heroes and their circus arrive in Willowside, a swamp community in dire need of diversion from the relentless expansion of the blighted land known as the Welt. Willowside soon experiences a problem of a different sort, as dinosaur-riding xulgaths blockade the town. The heroes mount a defense of the village and learn what has brought the xulgaths to this isolated settlement. When the heroes break the siege, they learn that the xulgaths follow a monstrous ex-slave and have forsaken their directive to assault a nearby aeon tower. The tower's current occupants know more, and put the heroes on the path to reach the fifth and final aeon orb.

“Siege of the Dinosaurs” is a Pathfinder adventure for four 13th-level characters. This adventure continues the Extinction Curse Adventure Path, a six-part, monthly campaign in which the heroes lead a traveling circus as they unravel a plot to eradicate all life from the islands of the Inner Sea. This volume also includes a gazetteer of the town of Willowside and lore about the inhabitants of the Abyssal realm of Gluttondark, as well as new monsters and xulgath-themed rules.

Each monthly full-color softcover Pathfinder Adventure Path volume contains an in-depth adventure scenario, stats for several new monsters, and support articles meant to give Game Masters additional material to expand their campaign. Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world's oldest fantasy RPG.

ISBN: 978-1-64078-226-6

The Extinction Curse Adventure Path is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (972 kb PDF).

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An excellent addition to an excellent AP

5/5

The good:
-This leg continues to carry the strong aesthetic feel of the AP — traveling circuses roaming between small towns, with vaguely menacing threats looming in the wild and the past. *Feels* like a natural continuation of the preceding APs.
-Follows the best parts of the Age of Ashes in making skill tasks an important part of the AP. I’ve been missing these in the first few legs of this AP. So here’s my plea to Paizo to include more things like this!
-Nicely logically laid out, spelling out clear consequences if the party delays too much or retreats to rest at various points.
-The first leg of the AP to make a real effort to address the “why are all the grunts now high level?” puzzle, with camps of hundreds of actual low level grunts serving as a backdrop to some key parts of the adventure.
-The description of the town includes the levels of the major NPCs. Awesome!
-A bit of a welcome Lovecraftian horror vibe in a couple parts.
-A nice bit of fey horror sprinkled in as well.
-A *fantastic* article on Gluttondark (Zevgavizeb’s layer of the abyss). Really imaginative and evocative and alien, and sprinkled with adventure hooks.

The bad:
-The “high level grunts” issue still arises (the Banyan Boys — local heroes who defend the town — are 12-14th level?!) though various attempts to mitigate this are made.
-A big picture map of the town and where the surrounding areas are related to it would have been nice.

The pretty:
-The art continues to be beautiful, and appropriately creepy. The fey art in particular is great here, as is the Gluttondark art. But really, a ton of beautiful stuff here.


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Dark Archive

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I just have to say this: I was sold on this AP when I heard about the subterranean dinosaur invasion part :D

Silver Crusade

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Is JJ writing this?

Contributor

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Rysky wrote:
Is JJ writing this?

Nope. :)

Silver Crusade

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Kate Baker wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Is JJ writing this?
Nope. :)

Then I wonder who, hmmmm? :3


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If the dinosaur fort spell is not in this book I will be very disappointed.


I'm loving all this Zevgavizeb supplements we are getting! Well, we are against his most common worshipers after all.

Are we perhaps getting xulgaths as a playable race in the future?

Dark Archive

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This is the first volume oft "Extinction Curse" that Sounds interesting to me, but only because it would allow me to use my HUGE & GARGANTUAN dinosaur minis/toys in an adventure setting.

So far these are the Second Edition Bestiary Dinosaurs:

-Ankylosaurus HUGE level 6
-Brontosaurus GARGANTUAN level 10
-Deinonychus medium level 2
-Stegosaurus HUGE level 7
-Triceratops HUGE level 8
-Tyrannosaurus GARGANTUAN level 10
-Velociraptor small level 1

All but the two gargantuan creatures should be in november 2019s upcoming Bestiary Pawn box, but i think the Adventure & it's pawn set will contain a few extra dinosaur and also new ones?

In the same month as this volume, there will also be the Bestiary 2 coming out and that will probably contain even more dinosaurs.

At least this should have the "Pteranodon", as that creature is included in octobers upcoming "Pathfinder Battles: Legendary Adventures" prepainted minis set!

Contributor

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Pteranodon is actually in the first Bestiary under Pterosaur!


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*Jurassic Park song mixed with Welcome Jungle begins playing as I crest the hill on a Brontosaurus* F*~+ YEAH! I really want to get this one.


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I wonder whether the Plesiosaurs will be in this one or B2?


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You had me at "Siege of the Dinosaurs". xx


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mikeawmids wrote:
You had me at "Siege of the Dinosaurs". xx

Word


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How in the world is this *not* written by James Jacobs?

Paizo Employee Developer

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Mogloth wrote:
How in the world is this *not* written by James Jacobs?

Because he's a super busy guy! Fortunately, Kate Baker was on hand to tackle this one, and she really brought the awesome.

Shadow Lodge

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Even though he didn't write this, I'm more interested in James Jacob's Squee Count for this volume.


Will there be more dinosaurs and dinosaur animal companions now?

Paizo Employee Developer

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Will there be more dinosaurs and dinosaur animal companions now?

Yes! (A few reptilian companions, at least.) I'd like to make one point about dinosaurs: we have some new dinosaurs in this adventure path, but they're not in the Adventure Toolbox as "new monster writeup" creatures. As their stat blocks are usually fairly simple, they're included in the text of the adventure itself when they show up.


Thank you.

There is also the Mokele-mbembe in the Age of Ashes campaign.

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Cover art has been updated! Not gonna lie, I'm getting big Gaston vibes.


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Looks like I now have competition in the long hair beefcake category.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Katina Davis wrote:
Cover art has been updated! Not gonna lie, I'm getting big Gaston vibes.

What's the likelihood that guy is a self-absorbed jerk beloved by his town?

Liberty's Edge

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That is what we in the industry call a "Himbo", fellas


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No one crits like Gaston!
Loads their die like Gaston!
Rolls six straight eighteens for their stats like Gaston!


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

Gaston the Belgian cartoon? I'm not seeing it.


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Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.


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

Oh ok, never heard of him before :)


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Zaister wrote:
Oh ok, never heard of him before :)

But there's no man in town as admired as him!


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When I was a lad, I ate four dino eggs
Every morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown, I eat five dino eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge


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Nooo oooone
Fights like Gaston
No one chides like Gaston
No one rides a massive mastadon like Gaston!


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Staffan Johansson wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Oh ok, never heard of him before :)
But there's no man in town as admired as him!

Yeah well, I don't watch animated movies.


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Zaister wrote:
Staffan Johansson wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Oh ok, never heard of him before :)
But there's no man in town as admired as him!
Yeah well, I don't watch animated movies.

Then you are in luck. ;)

Silver Crusade

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Joana wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Staffan Johansson wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Oh ok, never heard of him before :)
But there's no man in town as admired as him!
Yeah well, I don't watch animated movies.
Then you are in luck. ;)

Well played, well played indeed.


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Oh, I didn't know they deanimated it :)


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

why is Gaston on the cover?

Silver Crusade

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Why not Gaston?


7 people marked this as a favorite.
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Biztak wrote:
why is Gaston on the cover?

'Cuz no one plots like Gaston,

Takes cheap shots like Gaston,
No one persecutes harmless crackpots like Gaston!


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What do y'all mean "Gaston"? That's clearly skinny Obelix!


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Troodos wrote:
What do y'all mean "Gaston"? That's clearly skinny Obelix!

That's even more dangerous!

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

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I hope you have fun with the new dino/xulgath bonus material from yours truly in "Toolbox" part of this book!

Shadow Lodge

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*Comes into make observation about cover dude looking like Gaston.*

It appears my work here is done.


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Jason Nelson wrote:
I hope you have fun with the new dino/xulgath bonus material from yours truly in "Toolbox" part of this book!

Sweet, I've always enjoyed your work. I'm even more curious now.


Great cover


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

So EC 4 of 6 is not on sale as part of the Paizo Spring Sale. But EC 5 of 6 is. Based on other pre-order PDF's being on sale, I think that this one should be on sale too, yeah?


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redeux wrote:

So EC 4 of 6 is not on sale as part of the Paizo Spring Sale. But EC 5 of 6 is. Based on other pre-order PDF's being on sale, I think that this one should be on sale too, yeah?

It's in a weird spot. Currently it says it's expected to start shipping next week. The Absalom book got yanked but so far Bestiary 2 and EC 4 haven't been slated for delays... I have no idea what to expect anymore. I think it depends on what they've gotten printed already, but I'd be surprised if either have seen a full run of printing?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Really looking forward to this one! My favorite title of the Adventure Path for sure.


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Downloaded!

Toolbox has the following companions: cave gecko (helps you with maneuvers), monitor lizard (disrupts opponents), cave pterosaur (covers you with its wings).

Blood Feast spell makes for a nice visual. Interestingly it doesn't have the attack trait.


Franz Lunzer wrote:

Downloaded!

Toolbox has the following companions: cave gecko (helps you with maneuvers), monitor lizard (disrupts opponents), cave pterosaur (covers you with its wings).

Blood Feast spell makes for a nice visual. Interestingly it doesn't have the attack trait.

Very cool! Mind sharing what's in the bestiary?


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Sure:

Giant Aukashugi (Creature 14), a very big (sort of) centipede from the Gluttondark

Brughadatch (juvenile Creature 7, midlife Creature 10, and elder Creature 13), some froglike fey

Faceless Butcher (Creature 11), a humanoid with a remove face [AA] attack, and the ability to wear said face (why else would you have that attack) and transform into the previous owner's body.

Harrow Doll (Creature 8), a neutral large construct that's going to throw it's cards at you, if you don't like the future they laid out for you.

Qurashith (Creature 17), a huge winged fiend from the Gluttondark

Tallow Ooze (Creature 11), [joking]the bane of all fitness gurus[/joking]

Xilvirek (Creature 12), a fiend with a hypnotic stench and psionic scent (nice combo[?])

and the

Xulgath Gutrager (Creature 10), because Extinction Curse. I'll call it "advanced stench", and boy does it get ugly when they go down.


I'm curious about what sort of player-focused material they have in the toolbox, if any.

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