Pathfinder Society Quest #4: Port Peril Pub Crawl

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

Venture-Captain Calisro Benarry has arranged for the PC's transport to the pirate haven of Port Peril to make contact with Free Captain Stella Fane and negotiate a contract with her, facilitating Society movements through the pirate blockades in the area. The job seems simple: track down the the pirate captain, secure the agreement, and then return to Absalom. But few things are simple when a den of villainous pirates is involved, and it's unlikely the PCs will be able to leave Port Peril without throwing a few punches in a proper pub brawl!

Written by James Case.

Scenario tags: Repeatable

Note: Pathfinder Society Quests are not included in the Pathfinder Society Scenario subscription.

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Yarr

5/5

Bar Brawl is really fun, but the mechanics of the zones could be a little clearer.

Nice variety when replaying

Makes good use of Golarion Lore and PFS plot.


Flavorful Bar Fight

4/5

Played and ran this multiple times. Colorful NPCs. Good replay value. Fun bar fight :)
Downsides for me:

Spoiler:

Module expects some metagaming from the players with the abstract zone rules. This might be OK for some but the first playthrough was highly off-putting for me.
Module doesn't do a good job at explaining what the players could do to pacify an area. Having discussed this with other GMs I currently use these rules: zone can be disabled (e.g. diplo or intimidate) with 2 actions (standard hazard rules) while being in or next to a zone, yet this is not pointed out explicitly, so many GMs run it differently.
Similarly, in my interpretation the pacified areas should still fire their "speciality" every turn (unless everything is pacified already), yet many GMs don't run it this way. Some clarification would be nice on these topics.


Paint the town red!

5/5

Ran this once for a level 1 party.

Great fun was had all around. I guess the players need to be okay with some railroading (see spoiler tag), but all in all it is just plain fun with some quite diverse locations for nice replayability.

Railroading:
The bar fight is hard-coded, so even if the players try to stay out of trouble, they will be drawn into it no matter what they do. My group was totally fine with that but some players might take offense.


Pirates! What More Do You Need?

5/5

I've run this a couple times, and I love it. It's a fun, breezy romp in a pirate town. The combat is novel and provides a good opportunity for everyone to exercise their narrative skills.


I really wanted to like this one

2/5

The combat is quite cool, especially the water themed pub. I found it quite shallow though, with not enough meat to the situation to make it feel like anything more than a pub fight.

A part of a longer adventure I think this would easily hit 4 stars though, and I appreciate the attempt. Keep experimenting Paizo!


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Dark Archive

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Do we know what map(s) this will be using?


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Northern Dreamer wrote:
Do we know what map(s) this will be using?

Not yet, but if I had to put money on something, I'd bet on Pub Crawl.


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Kaushal Avan Spellfire wrote:
Northern Dreamer wrote:
Do we know what map(s) this will be using?
Not yet, but if I had to put money on something, I'd bet on Pub Crawl.

Or maybe this one instead, which you can still get?

Grand Lodge

David knott 242 wrote:
Kaushal Avan Spellfire wrote:
Northern Dreamer wrote:
Do we know what map(s) this will be using?
Not yet, but if I had to put money on something, I'd bet on Pub Crawl.

Or maybe this one instead, which you can still get?

Umm, those are the same map. I'm betting it's gonna be Waterfront Tavern seeing that pirates are involved.

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roll4initiative wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
Kaushal Avan Spellfire wrote:
Northern Dreamer wrote:
Do we know what map(s) this will be using?
Not yet, but if I had to put money on something, I'd bet on Pub Crawl.

Or maybe this one instead, which you can still get?

Umm, those are the same map. I'm betting it's gonna be Waterfront Tavern seeing that pirates are involved.

Yes, they're the same map, you can't purchase the first version however, you can the second one David linked.


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Rysky wrote:
roll4initiative wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:
Kaushal Avan Spellfire wrote:
Northern Dreamer wrote:
Do we know what map(s) this will be using?
Not yet, but if I had to put money on something, I'd bet on Pub Crawl.

Or maybe this one instead, which you can still get?

Umm, those are the same map. I'm betting it's gonna be Waterfront Tavern seeing that pirates are involved.
Yes, they're the same map, you can't purchase the first version however, you can the second one David linked.

Which was my bad, honestly. I'd forgotten the GameMastery stuff was out of print.

Liberty's Edge

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I'm hoping for Tavern Multi-pack. So, well there be drinking rules? I'm thinking if running this one at home with my adult friends and turning it into Pathfinder the drinking game. Lol!


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So when will this module be for sale? I figured we would be able to get it today, but obviously that didn't happen.


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As it was added to my downloads, I can say this about the maps:

Spoiler:
Tavern Multi-Pack features here, 3 of the 4 maps. The road side one isn't used.

Sovereign Court

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This reads like a good one. I'm prepping it and putting it in my back pocket for drop-in sessions.


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Shouldn't this be available by now? It used to say November 27, right?


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Zaister wrote:
Shouldn't this be available by now? It used to say November 27, right?

Perhaps someone had to press the magic button but forgot to do so on the 27th, and now Paizo is closed for a long weekend after Thanksgiving.

Let's hope the magic button gets pressed when they come back on Monday.


Is there a reason why this was taken down and not available for purchase?


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bobtheworm1513 wrote:
Is there a reason why this was taken down and not available for purchase?

It's available for purchase now.

I'm guessing that someone pressed the magic button on Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend :)


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Anyone know what the 4th map is?


Maps:

Spoiler:
There is only three maps used. This quest uses the Tavern Tavern Multi-Pack. Of the four Tavern Multi-Pack maps, the road side map isn't used.


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Oh, great! Thanks.

Vigilant Seal

Huh? A two-star rating? Is there a more in length review about why?


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Tonatiuh Ramírez wrote:
Huh? A two-star rating? Is there a more in length review about why?

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This was a fun one to run - easily my favorite quest so far!

Grand Lodge

any suggestions on running this quest? Little confused when it comes to the bar brawl. Any advice would be welcomed.

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Kalen - RETIRED wrote:
any suggestions on running this quest? Little confused when it comes to the bar brawl. Any advice would be welcomed.

The bar fight itself is basically a big hazard that abstracts the fight, instead of there being dozens of minis on the board. The first round, pick one of the dotted areas (usually the one with the most people in it, even if those are enemies), and roll the bar fight's general mayhem Strike against everyone in it. Then, with the second action, use its Port Peril Specialty wherever you think it'll cause the most chaos. The actual units in the bar fight work just like normal enemies--you can flavor these as patrons who specifically have it out for the party, rather than the bar fight going on in the background.

Since quests are much shorter than scenarios and simply don't have as much time to set up characters and backstory, my suggestion is to really lean into the tropes when running them. For instance, rather than saying "the bar fight rolls a Strike against everyone" each round, I'd suggest describing it with as many zany bar fight movie scenes as possible, such as "a halfling gets thrown sliding down the countertop, his mug Striking everyone along the way" or "A chandelier falls from the ceiling, knocking over a table and sending forks and knives showering in a cone." In that vein, I'd also suggest having the PC's discussion with Stella happen in between the checks in the skill challenge, rather than having an infodump up front as soon as everyone gets to the bar, to get that "let's talk over cards" kind of feeling.

Also, if you're worried about having too much to prepare, it's perfectly fine to just decide which of the three routes you want to run and prepare just that one ahead of time.

I hope this helps!

Grand Lodge

I'm going to try this quest as my first attempt at online gaming. Is there a way to get the map without the dotted lines?

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