Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-05: Trailblazers’ Bounty

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

The powerful nation of Cheliax has posted a public bounty that would richly reward the first team of explorers to chart a viable route across the Menador Mountains, linking the nations of Isger and Molthune (all to bypass the economic powerhouse of Druma, which has recently imposed higher taxes on key goods crossing its borders). Yet the Menador Mountains are an imposing obstacle, replete with steep slopes, snowy peaks, and territorial orcs. Even so, there are no finer explorers than the Pathfinders, and the Society has dispatched a team to collect the prize. Are the PCs ready to not only explore the foreboding mountains but also to compete with the rival teams and local inhabitants?

Written by Tineke Bolleman.

Scenario Tags: Faction (Horizon Hunters)

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Very Engaging, Slightly Dangerous

5/5

Full table of level 2s resulting in high sub-tier, so the challenges were actually challenging, just like a mountain trek should be. Solid RP opportunities and players were beginning to really work together to get around the skill challenges after a bunch almost died to a particularly dangerous one. Really pulled out all of their tactics to get the jump on the big bad and the writing was great throughout to support a GM trying to wrangle a bunch of cats at their table.
Highly recommended!


Great Scenario!

5/5

This scenario had a lot of balance of combat, skill challenges, and RP, as well as lots of scenery and interesting places. I feel overall it's a simple-to-understand scenario, but that's not always a bad thing!

(I will say that I have seen a theme of a lot of wilderness/outdoors adventures in the early scenarios, though)


Interesting edition

4/5

I played this at high tier, base four players which was a bit of a concern. We had five level 2's and a level 1 so were pushed into tier 3-4 by the new ACP system.

Overall we did pretty well. We brought a good team (2 rangers, a druid, others with crafting) and made a good success of the travel and investigative portion. Wild Empathy was actually useful although I am not sure if that was the GM adlibbing or provided for by the scenario.

I would have liked to see some specific benefit inclued for having relevant skill feats. They are hard enough to get much benefit from normally in PF2 as they tend to be quite niche, it would be nice of authors to explicitly account for them. Given the nature of the scenario I would expect things like forager or survey wildlife to at least provide a small benefit.

Overall I enjoyed playing this and would be happy to see more of its kind, it certainly plays to the explore element.


Nice Roleplay, a lot of wilderness, rather lackluster encounters

4/5

I GMed this for a group of 4 at low tier. The group had a lot of fun and the story and different challenges were received well by them. Since this was my first time GMing this particular adventure, I didn't give the first scene get as much room as I would do on subsequent runs. But the interaction was interesting for all parties involved.
Then came the exploration part, which was pretty interesting as well. Most characters had ways to really contribute to the overall success, though predictably the wilderness focussed players really shined here.
Up till close to the end, the experience was pretty perfect. The only slight issue, and the reason I give it only four stars, are the encounters. Those are rather boring and well kind of anticlimactic, so if your group is into interesting fights, this is not the adventure for you. If you love exploration and roleplay, though, this one had some pretty interesting things to offer!


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Dark Archive

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Yay Tineke!

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

Grand Lodge

bump

Silver Crusade

Are these to be released this month or next? Apsu must know!

Grand Lodge

Wednesday, September 25th

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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Grand Lodge

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The Scenario also bears the Tag: Repeatable


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Maps Question:
It looks like the Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Falls & Rapids was initially available physically earlier this month but now shows as unavailable. It's in my sidecart as a physical order. I'm assuming I will not be getting it?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

Talon Zorch wrote:
The Scenario also bears the Tag: Repeatable

That's an error on the title page. 1-05 is not a repeatable scenario, but 1-06 will be. Sorry about that!


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The artwork on pg 2 seems to be wrong. It matches the artwork from #01-04, and makes more sense on that one.


Linda Zayas-Palmer wrote:
Talon Zorch wrote:
The Scenario also bears the Tag: Repeatable
That's an error on the title page. 1-05 is not a repeatable scenario, but 1-06 will be. Sorry about that!

Not only on the title page. I just reported a session of this adventure and it was listed as repeatable there, too.


Am I missing something? I can only find 9 treasure bundles in the adventure:

Tresure Bundle locations:

1 from the ravens nests
3 from the orcs
1 in the cave entrance
1 in the bedroom
1 from the ogre's gear
2 from his victim's bodies

And then again, the four lesser elixir of life you find don't count as treasure at all. Am I correct in assuming that those represent the missing bundle?

Also, I found a weird mismatch in the stats of one NPC:

NPC mismatch in stats:

The ogre has listed an ogre hook in his items in low tier. The weapon he uses, though, is a battle axe, which can not be found in his items.
In high tier, he uses a greataxe, which is correctly listed in his items. The picture shows him using a hook, though. So, which information is correct?

Last and probably least: The adventure has at one point listed a 7 player adjustment. Since the actual adjustment is not dependent on the number of players anymore, but on challenge points instead, how can that ever come into effect? The CP list doesn't mention any 7 player adjustment, so it will never be used, will it?

Oh, and about those adjustments: there are certain checks in the adventure that have an effect, if a number of checks equal or greater than the number of players are successes. Does that refer to the actual number of players at the table or to the number of players the challenge points tell you to adjust the adventure to?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Developer

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The.Vortex wrote:


Oh, and about those adjustments: there are certain checks in the adventure that have an effect, if a number of checks equal or greater than the number of players are successes. Does that refer to the actual number of players at the table or to the number of players the challenge points tell you to adjust the adventure to?

Actual number of players. This should smooth out overall as we transition fully over to using CP scaling in sidebars (as long as that continues to be the preferred methodology.


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Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Hi

Any news on when this is releasing to subscribers who haven't had it yet. Disappointing to have to wait beyond release date to get subscription copies.

Thanks

Medriev


Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Medriev wrote:

Hi

Any news on when this is releasing to subscribers who haven't had it yet. Disappointing to have to wait beyond release date to get subscription copies.

Thanks

Medriev

You should have it by now. Since you don't, you should start a thread in the Customer Service forum asking the Paizo folks to fix this for you, or call them on Monday if you prefer.

Scarab Sages

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The.Vortex wrote:

Am I missing something? I can only find 9 treasure bundles in the adventure:

** spoiler omitted **

I'll answer in a spoiler as well.

treasure bundles:

In my final draft, the bedroom had two treasure bundeles. While the optional encounter gives loot, they do not count towards the treasure bundles, so as not to penalise players that skip it, while helping those parties that face a very challenging encounter.


Woran wrote:
The.Vortex wrote:

Am I missing something? I can only find 9 treasure bundles in the adventure:

** spoiler omitted **

I'll answer in a spoiler as well.

** spoiler omitted **

So, I will go with how your final draft was ment and just add the missing bundle there. Thanks. And thanks for a really good adventure :)

Scarab Sages

The.Vortex wrote:
Woran wrote:
The.Vortex wrote:

Am I missing something? I can only find 9 treasure bundles in the adventure:

** spoiler omitted **

I'll answer in a spoiler as well.

** spoiler omitted **

So, I will go with how your final draft was ment and just add the missing bundle there. Thanks. And thanks for a really good adventure :)

Thank you!

Liberty's Edge

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

So I just started reading through this scenario to run it this coming Friday, and so far it sounds fun. I don't want to sound like I'm knit-picking, but I think it's important. Not that it's significant, but there's something should be addressed and corrected.

Spoiler:
In the box from Calisro Benarry, the scenario calls for Cold Weather Gear. In the Core Rulebook, there is no Cold Weather Gear, just Winter Clothing under Clothing.

Especially here at the beginning we need to strive to use the 2E terms. I've asked forgiveness from my players many, many times for using 1E terms. They tell me not to worry about it, but I should. I'll admit, it's been challenging converting over from 1E to 2E and using new terminology for so many things. But, while we may know what we're talking about, new players who haven't played 1E won't know what to look for. And the PDF search feature will only turn up the correct phrase, not automatically convert from 1E to 2E.

If I find any more, I'll post them here. If I should follow a different protocol, please message me directly.

Thank you!


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Question about a reward on the chronicle.

Spoiler:

The GM said the scenario grants 1 extra Horizon Hunters fame instead of the 2 granted by other factions so far. Is that a typo?


Pathfinder Maps Subscriber
Bigguyinblack wrote:

Question about a reward on the chronicle.

** spoiler omitted **

That is how some of the scenarios were handled in Starfinder Society. Not saying it is the same since it is a seperate system. It is not explained as clearly as in the Starfinder Scenarios.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Bigguyinblack wrote:

Question about a reward on the chronicle.

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
You still get the 4 to your primary, but the scenario just says 1 extra for Horizon Hunters

A nitpick for wiki purposes: is Jasper Caperinas a typo for Jasper Caperina?

Scarab Sages

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Yes, that appears to be a typo on my part. It was defenitely ment to be Caperina, the family appearing in the Siege of Absalom special of PFS.

Liberty's Edge

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Shouldn't there be some kind of bonus for having Forager in the section where you see whether the PCs can forge for food?

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Ran it today as a non-PFS game. It's a damn fine scenario and although it's linear, you'll never feel it. Great encounters, engaging challenges, good "let's chart this route" feel, excellent NPCs. Two thumbs up!

Grand Archive

Aw why would you take repeatable off of this. This is an amazing "this is the spirit of Pathfinder society" scenario, both inside game lore and outside of the game. This scenario is more the definition of Pathfinder Society than even Absalom Initiation. Initiation is kinda meh. This had actually decent stuff. It's not like yall care about society play anyway. Repeatable are the only thing saving you at the moment and that's barely working as is.


How difficult would this be to run in an online game?


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
How difficult would this be to run in an online game?

In my experience, the only difficulty in running any scenario online is getting the maps for the online platform you're using. Actually running it is really no different than running in person.


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Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I just noticed the B, C, and D encounter maps are in the PDF upside down lol

If the Treeline map is hurting your brain to look at it, just flip it 180 degrees!

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