Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-04: Bandits of Immenwood

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A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–4 (Subtiers 1–2 and 3–4).

The Pathfinders are sent forth to aid their own! A Pathfinder mission returning from a long sea voyage ran aground on the Isle of Kortos and were forced to leave behind many of their discoveries so they could press on to Absalom and receive much-needed medical care. The PCs are sent to the site of the wreck to retrieve the relics and charts their peers were forced to leave but the relics have drawn the attention of some of the Immenwood's most volatile inhabitants. Will the PCs be able to return the documents and relics to Zarta Dralneen, the Grand Lodge's Chief Archivist? Or will they fall prey to the unusual bandits dwelling within the coastal reaches of one of Kortos's most infamous forests?

Written by Scott D. Young.

Scenario Tags: Faction (Grand Archive)

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A different kind of escort mission

4/5

Bandits is an escort mission and pure combat scenario.

I really enjoy the odd combat only scenario and I thought this scenario had a lot of great ideas in it. The combat could get tactical in this scenario, which I liked.

I thought the box text was very usable, which is not usually the case. I also like how encounters are laid out for GMs now in PF2.

Unfortunately:
- The environmental factors make PCs much less proficient than normal, and it’s out of their control. Some players won't like that.
- The combats can last longer than normal but are non-threatening.
- There are factors where you can lose treasure bundles, maybe even significant ones, and most players hate that.

Detailed rating:

Length: Long (5 hours) without optional encounter and my players skipped some things.
Experience: GM at subtier 1-2 with 4 PCs (15 CP)
Sweet Spot: ?
Entertainment: Was OK, started to feel repetitious near the end. (7/10)
Story: Decent but the GM needs to do work. (7/10)
Roleplay: Almost none. (N/A)
Combat/Challenges: I liked the starting and ending encounters. There were perhaps too many. (7/10)
Maps: Flip maps. (7/10)
Boons: A very good boon. (9/10)
Uniqueness: I thought this was fairly unique, which is why it gets 4 stars instead of 3. (9/10)
GM Preparation: Fairly easy.

Overall: A long but fairly interesting combat railroad. (7/10).


2/5

The unluck mechanic is super frustrating and unfun. A normal difficulty encounter where your first hits all turn into misses could easily be too hard. An easy encounter where your first hits turn into misses is just a boring slog.

Adventure is very much get on the rails and encounter things until the end, no chances for players to make any meaningful choices.

Final combat is interesting at least which saves the adventure from 1 star.


Trivial combats and not much else

2/5

I ran this scenario for a group of 4 level 1s and a level 3. All of the combats felt very trivial with no actual threats. Part of it might have been I was not rolling well and some players were, but even without that I don't think any of the combats would have been a challenge. With the combats being so easy and there being so many of them, the scenario quickly became boring for both the GM and the players.

This might be a good scenario to run for newer players due to the low threat of dying, but it could also take a long time due to the number of combats


2/5

I was confused for most of the scenario. At first, I thought it was the GM, but I think it was just the scenario. It just felt like we were on a conveyor belt - things appeared and we fought them, I guess.


combat! combat! combat!

3/5

This one is a good chance to put your character through their paces in terms of combat. Not a very varied scenario, but nice to have in the rotation.

The ending makes me think there will be a "sequel" later down the line.


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Scarab Sages

Huzzah?!

Looks interesting. I like the idea of exploring Kortos (and working for Zarta too).

Scarab Sages

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ZARTA

Dark Archive

Woo for (not!Dark) Archive :D

Grand Lodge

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Can we get a map requirement list under spoiler so we can prepare to run this in October? Thx

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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Bandits of Immenwood uses

Grand Lodge

Thank you Michael!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

Do we have an anticipated release date?

Thanks!

Horizon Hunters

Nice cover! And I’ve really been loving this season so far!

Shadow Lodge

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Michael Sayre wrote:

Bandits of Immenwood uses

** spoiler omitted **

Map Errors/Questions:

"Flip-Mat: Tavern Multi-Pack" is listed in the scenario as "Flip-Mat: Tavern" - which isn't really a big deal. However, instead of using "Flip-Mat: Forest Multi-Pack" the scenario appears to have two custom 30x20 maps instead.

Were the map notes posted on Sept 5th intended for a different scenario, or did something else happen in the interim?

I ask in part because tomorrow I have to explain to a local GM that he may not have needed to spend money on the Forest Multi-Pack two weeks ago, and I cannot predict what his reaction will be to finding out that the maps posted here were not correct.

Thanks in advance.


so dose this happen to everyone who orders the subscription that its not in your downloads on day of release even though you paid the day before?


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber
Braxton stormflower wrote:
so dose this happen to everyone who orders the subscription that its not in your downloads on day of release even though you paid the day before?

Yes, the scenarios don't necessarily appear in your account at the beginning of the day.

Grand Lodge

The Map C. High Coast Road in the appendix on page 38 is not clean. There is an "R" still printed in the map. If we have to give these maps to a printing shop as these are not Flip-Mats it would be great if you can offer a version of this map without the "R" in it.

Dark Archive

So after reading and prepping this game I need to ask. Is it just me or is this game super tough? This game seems extremely brutal especially at level 1-2. Between weather mechanics and misfortune, you can easily one shot low characters on accident


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Alvarious "Alfred" windrunner wrote:
So after reading and prepping this game I need to ask. Is it just me or is this game super tough? This game seems extremely brutal especially at level 1-2. Between weather mechanics and misfortune, you can easily one shot low characters on accident

It hasn't worked out to be super lethal in my playthrough or run.

Don't forget the hero points.


I didn't like the combats in this one at all. The initial fights are all basically trivial encounters that feel like filler content because there is no real threat at all, but then the last fight is quasi-difficult in a way that's also very frustrating due to the special rules that it applies, with no warning, that can render many characters next to useless.

I'd imagine depending on your party makeup that last fight might be trivial if you've got a bunch of buff melee types who can just run in and clobber the guy, or feel next to impossible if your damage is mostly ranged. The ranged players at my table were left with not much to do, but as usual the boss went down in a heap once a melee got into his face and did the whole crit with a magic striking weapon and do 30+ damage.

Scarab Sages

I'm fairly certain there are wind environment effects, but the scenario doesn't make it entirely clear if it's just for the one effect in the last combat, or through the entire last combat. I read it as describing the one, localized effect. That made archers feel less useless.

Also, telekinetic projectile is hilarious.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Alvarious "Alfred" windrunner wrote:
So after reading and prepping this game I need to ask. Is it just me or is this game super tough? This game seems extremely brutal especially at level 1-2. Between weather mechanics and misfortune, you can easily one shot low characters on accident

Played this as my first non-quest PFS2 session, and I've gotta say, if I let this set the tone for how PF2 plays, I wouldn't play it. I didn't see the stat blocks, so I can't say for certain where the blame lies, but according to the GM,

Spoiler:
the swarm of perfectly normal squirrels has DR 6 against all physical damage types.
Makes it a little hard for a character to have literally any effect in that encounter if they're not a mage or a beatstick.
Silver Crusade

Spoiler:
Swarms simply resist physical damage, rather than being outright immune (for fine or diminutive, half for tiny) like they were in P1. Which is a bit more manageable.


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Michael Sayre wrote:

Bandits of Immenwood uses

** spoiler omitted **

One of those maps is listed as a "classic", yet it is unavailable as a physical product.

Will it be reprinted?
Do maps from the relevant multi-pack replace it?
Can you replicate it using the map tiles?

It would be helpful if maps for the current season were actually available to use.

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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CrystalSeas wrote:


It would be helpful if maps for the current season were actually available to use.

Our general priority for maps in organized play adventures is-

1 (Preferred)- Currently in print flip-mats, map packs, or flip-tiles

2 (As necessary)- Custom maps (no print version exists) or PDF-only maps (maps that are appropriate to the encounter but which we no longer sell a print version of)

While we prefer to use maps that we have available in print, PDF-only maps that are appropriate to the encounter still provide more options to the consumer than custom maps and lower our development time (since we don't need to review new maps and send them off to a cartographer when that work has already happened), so there are still going to be situations where that's preferable for everyone. And again, the work on the GM's side between a custom map and a PDF-only map is literally identical, except they also have the option of buying the PDF for printing and/or exporting.

Grand Lodge

Anyone else notice the issue with the Frog Swarms in high tier being small? Is this a typo? Cause the frog swarms in low tier are large...


Also, the halfling druids in Tier 1-2 have

"lesser bottled lightning, club, minor elixir of life, halfling
slingstaff (10 bullets), leather armor, mistletoe and holly,
12 sp" for items

while Tier 3-4 halfling druids have

"club, halfling slingstaff (10 bullets), holly and mistletoe,
leather armor, 22 sp"

and the higher tier aren't that much harder.

Grand Lodge

I have got a question.
What is a "tjerbute" (from the handout). I can't find this in any pathfinder book I own, nor does google or translation tools hint me to it.

Silver Crusade

Terbutje

Vigilant Seal

We just finished running this adventure for Society play. A very fun gauntlet of struggles and fights against the environment as well as the creatures about. It does a fantastic job of making you feel the progression of the storm and just the circumstances and bad luck affecting your characters as you make it deeper and deeper into the woods. Highly recommend although make sure you have someone trained in nature or... hire someone to drive the carriage or you are gonna have a bad time.


Also cross posted in the GM discussion, did we ever get a CP adjustment for 16-18 low tier?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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NicoleH wrote:
Also cross posted in the GM discussion, did we ever get a CP adjustment for 16-18 low tier?

No. The 16-18 low tier scaling option didn't exist until well into the season and we have not had an opportunity to go back to the scenarios that predated the update. We've got it on our schedule to go back and update the early wave adventures, but it's unlikely that will happen before the end of the year.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Card Game, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Extra Fame and Rep from this only available to Grand Archive Faction members? It could be A) No, any party member who fulfills the conditions; OR B) only if you have Grand Archive Champion boon?

Which?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure, Card Game, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Can anyone answer my question above?

Dark Archive

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Sliska Zafir wrote:
Can anyone answer my question above?

Answered by Linda Zayas-Palmer in the GM Discussion thread: https://paizo.com/threads/rzs42s73?PFS-104-Bandits-of-Immenwood

Quote:

With that in mind, please strike out the phrase "If any of the PCs are members of the Grand Archive faction," in the faction notes section at the beginning. Have Zarta talk to the PCs regardless of their faction affiliation (if none are representing the GA, you'll probably want to paraphrase the boxed text a bit).

Then at the end of the scenario, if the PCs meet the conditions listed in the faction notes section, every PC gets the bonus Reputation with the Grand Archive faction.

Horizon Hunters

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I have a question about one of the encounters.

Spoiler:

In Encounter B2, the Squirrel Swarm. The stat block says they are small, however, on the map that shows their starting location, they are shown as taking up 4 squares, which would make them large.


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Mark Stratton wrote:

I have a question about one of the encounters.

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
The swarm as a whole is a Large creature, the individual creatures it is composed of are Small or Tiny.
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