Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-08: Revolution on the Riverside

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

In the heart of the River Kingdoms, revolution and turmoil boil just beneath the surface. The PCs are called to investigate rumors of an old, abandoned Pathfinder Lodge, but discover that their investigation leads them into a firestorm of danger and intrigue. What starts as a simple task becomes a revolution sweeping a nation, and the PCs' actions will inevitably shape the future of an entire kingdom.

Written by Kalervo Oikarinen.

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My new favourite scenario

4/5

I gmed this scenario twice now and look forward to gm it again. I certainly enjoyed both games a lot and hope my players did so as well. So with this out of the way - why do I rate it 4 stars and not 5.

Pros:
This scenario is a sandbox. It allows a lot of flexibility and might end up as a very different game depending on the decision and dice rolling of the group.This makes it great for a GM who wants to run it multiple times as you don't know ahead of time how the group approaches the scenario.
The scenario offers a lot of help and background how to handle different decisions from the group.

Cons:
I don't know how many different scenarios I prepped during my time as PFS GM. This was certainly the one I spend more time prepping than any other scenario before - by a wide margin. I can blame part of the extra time for moving from PFE1e to PFE2e and from F2F to roll20. But it still needs a lot of prep. And even then I got caught flatfooted by the decisions of my groups in either game.
The lot of background info can drown out the info you might need. A whole page of text helping you to gm might become redundant (apart of a few lines) because the group veers off from the anticipated paths.
You need to keep the group inside the sandbox without railroading them and taking away from the fun they have.

Balancing the Pros and Cons leads to my rating of 4 stars (base rating).

If you prefer roleplay over rollplay feel free to add a +1 circumstance bonus to the stars I handed out.
If you are an experienced GM and love a challenge / look for a scenario that will lead to very different stories and outcomes then feel free to add a +1 circumstance bonus to the stars I handed out.

If you prefer rollplay over roleplay feel free to add a -1 circumstance penalty to the stars I handed out.
If you are inexperienced, short of time, afraid that you can't keep a group inside the sandbox feel free to add a -1 circumstance penalty to the stars I handed out.

I had to improvise slightly in both games I ran as both groups went on minor side paths not described in the scenario with any DC / if they are allowed or not. Some PFS GMs / players regard this as anathema. So you are warned that you might get into a situation where you either improvise slightly or railroad the group in a major way to force them to follow the script.

I would like to congratulate the author on this enjoyable (for me) scenario. You created something like DrPepper or Marmite. You will have GMs and players who love it - but don't be discouraged if you have some who will hate it.


Scarab Sages

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Pathfinder Maps, Pawns, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Developers - it would be super helpful in these scenarios if you would add a treasure bundle summary/w award conditions for GMs at the end of the scenario for quick calculation and to move along the chronicle process quicker. Super annoying if you forget to jot notes during the running then have to go back and count what the players earned.

Scarab Sages

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

What tier is this for?

Paizo Employee Organized Play Lead Developer

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logic_poet wrote:
What tier is this for?

It's a Tier 1-4 scenario.

Dark Archive

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Do we know what maps this will be using?

Grand Lodge

Northern Dreamer wrote:
Do we know what maps this will be using?

Please keep this as non-official. There seems no description that I found on the Paizo pages - but the following maps got mentioned when I added a slot to warhorn

maps used according to warhorn:

Maps used: Pathfinder Map-Pack: Palace, Ruined Village


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Adding to the unofficial map list

maps:

Pathfinder Map Pack: Ruined Village (used for two maps)
Custom map (approximately 16x24)
Pathfinder Map Pack: Palace


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Curious what River Kingdom will be involved in this


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Vorsk, Follower or Erastil wrote:
Curious what River Kingdom will be involved in this

Spoiler:
Artume

I've purchased it searching for a political scenario. Found a total mess. The mcguffin is annoying, the combats are pointless and the political intrigue plays out itself. I thought... Perhaps it's an oportutinty for a bard to shine but...no! Everybody foolishly trust you for no reason! Please, make interesting political scenarios. I love merchant's wake. I love blackrose matrimony. This is just some lazy excuse to feel "political". That is not the way. I ended up purchasing #1-07 and it's far better. We don't want to kill spiders for no reason. Without a true sandbox there's no point in making some "political flavored" adventure. Please take more seriously that kind of stories.

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