Pathfinder One-Shot #3: Head Shot the Rot

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Pathfinder One-Shot #3: Head Shot the Rot

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Taking a much-needed relaxing break in between escapades, four gun-toting adventurers post up in a dingy bar in one of Alkenstar's entertainment districts. Right across the street at a theater, people flood inside to catch the premiere of a highly-advertised play, but what comes out of the theater is far more dangerous. As people scatter to safety in the dusty streets, its up to the group of gunslingers in the bar to set things right.

This short Pathfinder 2nd edition adventure written by Michael Sayre is intended to be completed in a single session and includes four 3rd-level pregenerated gunslinger characters, who make use of the exciting new equpment and rules found in Pathfinder Guns & Gears, whose backstories and motivations tie closely to one another. This adventure can be easily incorporated into various virtual tabletops, run off of digital devices, or printed out and played at a table.

"Head-Shot the Rot" is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (963 kb PDF).

Pregenerated characters for this adventure are also available as a free download



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A lot of fun and a good time, consider using optional rule

4/5

I would love to spend more time and write a longer review but alas:

While sometimes a bit odd the pregens showcase the gunslinger class quite well, the optional rule helps the flow of the scenario and I think that this is the first case where the characters feel competent in a scenario. The author cleverly uses the right DCs and made sure that every character is competent in some core areas.

To improve upon this a bit would likely require higher quality map delivered with the pdf.
The cover is not very representative since it uses re-used art from Guns and Gears, but that is not a huge deal, though I would have liked to see the area illustrated since we do not have a lot of artwork of this part of Alkenstar.

EDIT:Updated the review a bit the only version was mangled by a very agressive spell checker.


Perhaps better without the pregens

3/5

Having played this with a sniper pregen, it really gives a bad impression of the class/way. Dealing 1d6 damage per turn because of having to reload is absolutely not fun. To make things worse, none of the pregens have any decent healing so if one PC goes down it easily snowballs into a tpk.
If I run it, I will only run with custom characters.


I love it!

5/5

This scenario runs about 2.5-3.0h. It is utterly fun. Flexible enough in how it is structured that the GM can adjust what happens with what the PCs do. The pregen are not perfect but totally fit for purpose! (I almost like gunslingers now!)
I have one regret only, that it is not repeatable.
Will likely replay just for the fun of it!


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so when is this going to be available?

Scarab Sages

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Can't wait!


"Unavailable"?

Dark Archive

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For Free RPG Day, maybe?


DeciusNero wrote:
For Free RPG Day, maybe?

Paizo is already doing two other releases for Free RPG Day.

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I believe (and hopefully Aaron can straighten me out when he's back on the clock if I'm wrong) that it's releasing on October 27th.

Per the blog-
"Watch the live-play on twitch.tv/officialpaizo on October 27 at 6 PM Pacific and then download your copy!"


I love it, a full gunslinger party should be interesting.

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Michael Sayre wrote:

I believe (and hopefully Aaron can straighten me out when he's back on the clock if I'm wrong) that it's releasing on October 27th.

Per the blog-
"Watch the live-play on twitch.tv/officialpaizo on October 27 at 6 PM Pacific and then download your copy!"

Correct! Just working out the time of day.


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Is that the final cover? Seems to be the same art piece from Guns & Gears, and the three key characters there don't correlate to the PCs in this one-shot, like what's found in Dinner at Lionlodge.

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Ezekieru wrote:
Is that the final cover? Seems to be the same art piece from Guns & Gears, and the three key characters there don't correlate to the PCs in this one-shot, like what's found in Dinner at Lionlodge.

The long and the short of it is that the intended cover piece had some issues that couldn't be rectified in the timeframe called for with this adventure, so we had to use a substitute piece that at least embodied the tone and spirit, if not all the specifics, of this adventure.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
Ezekieru wrote:
Is that the final cover? Seems to be the same art piece from Guns & Gears, and the three key characters there don't correlate to the PCs in this one-shot, like what's found in Dinner at Lionlodge.
The long and the short of it is that the intended cover piece had some issues that couldn't be rectified in the timeframe called for with this adventure, so we had to use a substitute piece that at least embodied the tone and spirit, if not all the specifics, of this adventure.

(For anyone curious about this, the art shown at Gen Con featured people with modern guns and a neon-lit movie theater - it seemed like some wires got crossed for the artist when they heard “guns” and “theater.”)

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Hey folks,

This One-Shot is now available for purchase!


Ah sad that its lvl 3, so Pistolero cant get Paired Shots, How do the Pregens look in this one?


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So I noticed almost all of the streamer-friendly art files and separated maps (tagged and untagged) from the first 2 One-Shots are missing from this one. The .ZIP file only contains the adventure and the pre-gens, with the other parsed-out image files missing. Was this intentional? I was looking forward to possibly running a stream of this One-Shot during the Halloween weekend.

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Ezekieru wrote:
So I noticed almost all of the streamer-friendly art files and separated maps (tagged and untagged) from the first 2 One-Shots are missing from this one. The .ZIP file only contains the adventure and the pre-gens, with the other parsed-out image files missing. Was this intentional? I was looking forward to possibly running a stream of this One-Shot during the Halloween weekend.

I do not think it was intentional and we have elevated this issue to the product developer for inquiry.


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Wait, does that mean the current file size is much smaller than the previous One Shots?


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For anyone who has this, what are the characters like? I love reading up on pregens, and I'm especially curious about the elf in this bunch.

EDIT: Nevermind - with the union recognized, I can buy this for myself! The elf is not Vourinoi, as I'd thought - none of the pregens are from Alkenstar (which is a shame, IMO) - but is in fact from Jinin. She has a mithril tree, which basically looks like a Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts. I like her the most of the bunch!

Zakzak is a goblin in all the ways I don't personally love, Doc seems pretty cool, and I'm actually decently fond of Booker - though I wish his art made him look Vudrani, as his writeup seems to imply.


The gunslinger has "improved initiative" as a general feat, which i assume means incredible initiative. This doesnt Stack with the pistoleros "ten paces" as both are circumstance bonuses


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Candlejake wrote:
The gunslinger has "improved initiative" as a general feat, which i assume means incredible initiative. This doesnt Stack with the pistoleros "ten paces" as both are circumstance bonuses

If we're talking about the ZakZak pregen, RAW, Improved Initiative doesn't exist in PFS-2e. Several have said they assume it means Improved Initiative. Why would it mean that, when it makes no sense in conjunction with Ten Paces? Barring an errata from Paizo, I would hope GM's would allow a legitimate PFS-2e General Feat to replace one that simply doesn't exist as currently written.

On a related topic, Ten Paces requires a one-handed weapon, yet inexplicably ZakZak doesn't have one. It makes no sense to introduce the Gunslinger class in a shiny new One-Shot with a pregen who can't take advantage of his own abilities. Hopefully, GMs allow players to swap out for an appropriate weapon, if desired.

With luck, Paizo will have an errata available before too long.


Professor Plum wrote:
Candlejake wrote:
The gunslinger has "improved initiative" as a general feat, which i assume means incredible initiative. This doesnt Stack with the pistoleros "ten paces" as both are circumstance bonuses

If we're talking about the ZakZak pregen, RAW, Improved Initiative doesn't exist in PFS-2e. Several have said they assume it means Improved Initiative. Why would it mean that, when it makes no sense in conjunction with Ten Paces? Barring an errata from Paizo, I would hope GM's would allow a legitimate PFS-2e General Feat to replace one that simply doesn't exist as currently written.

On a related topic, Ten Paces requires a one-handed weapon, yet inexplicably ZakZak doesn't have one. It makes no sense to introduce the Gunslinger class in a shiny new One-Shot with a pregen who can't take advantage of his own abilities. Hopefully, GMs allow players to swap out for an appropriate weapon, if desired.

With luck, Paizo will have an errata available before too long.

Definitely hoping for an errata soon. I'm planning on running this on the 7th for some PF2E newbies, and I just skimmed the four sheets. Zakzak's character concept makes great sense, as a goblin using a goblin gun, the flingflenser. The only issue is that that's a 2 handed weapon, which doesn't work with Pistolero; definitely more of a Vanguard.

In addition, Booker's sheet gives him a dwarven scattergun, also 2H, but his art piece has him wielding what looks closer to be a 1H gun. Maybe they decided to swap Ways after the art was done? Would definitely like some clarification.


Is "Head Shot" a verb? Shouldn't it be called "Head Shoot the Rot"?


CombatDoctor wrote:
Professor Plum wrote:
Candlejake wrote:
The gunslinger has "improved initiative" as a general feat, which i assume means incredible initiative. This doesnt Stack with the pistoleros "ten paces" as both are circumstance bonuses

If we're talking about the ZakZak pregen, RAW, Improved Initiative doesn't exist in PFS-2e. Several have said they assume it means Improved Initiative. Why would it mean that, when it makes no sense in conjunction with Ten Paces? Barring an errata from Paizo, I would hope GM's would allow a legitimate PFS-2e General Feat to replace one that simply doesn't exist as currently written.

On a related topic, Ten Paces requires a one-handed weapon, yet inexplicably ZakZak doesn't have one. It makes no sense to introduce the Gunslinger class in a shiny new One-Shot with a pregen who can't take advantage of his own abilities. Hopefully, GMs allow players to swap out for an appropriate weapon, if desired.

With luck, Paizo will have an errata available before too long.

Definitely hoping for an errata soon. I'm planning on running this on the 7th for some PF2E newbies, and I just skimmed the four sheets. Zakzak's character concept makes great sense, as a goblin using a goblin gun, the flingflenser. The only issue is that that's a 2 handed weapon, which doesn't work with Pistolero; definitely more of a Vanguard.

In addition, Booker's sheet gives him a dwarven scattergun, also 2H, but his art piece has him wielding what looks closer to be a 1H gun. Maybe they decided to swap Ways after the art was done? Would definitely like some clarification.

I didnt even realise flinglenser Was twohanded. Would make sense if he was the vanguard.

Technically you can still use the pistolero reload with a twohanded weapon so the character still somewhat works. Also if ten paces doesnt work with twohanded, i guess incredible initiative wouldnt be useless

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CyberMephit wrote:
Is "Head Shot" a verb? Shouldn't it be called "Head Shoot the Rot"?

It’s a common gaming term, especially in shooters.


Any update on those missing map and image assets yet?

Thanks

Tom

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TRDG wrote:

Any update on those missing map and image assets yet?

Thanks

Tom

No update known.

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Professor Plum wrote:
Candlejake wrote:
The gunslinger has "improved initiative" as a general feat, which i assume means incredible initiative. This doesnt Stack with the pistoleros "ten paces" as both are circumstance bonuses

If we're talking about the ZakZak pregen, RAW, Improved Initiative doesn't exist in PFS-2e. Several have said they assume it means Improved Initiative. Why would it mean that, when it makes no sense in conjunction with Ten Paces? Barring an errata from Paizo, I would hope GM's would allow a legitimate PFS-2e General Feat to replace one that simply doesn't exist as currently written.

On a related topic, Ten Paces requires a one-handed weapon, yet inexplicably ZakZak doesn't have one. It makes no sense to introduce the Gunslinger class in a shiny new One-Shot with a pregen who can't take advantage of his own abilities. Hopefully, GMs allow players to swap out for an appropriate weapon, if desired.

With luck, Paizo will have an errata available before too long.

Zakzak was written when G&G was still in development and had a late cycle way swap during adventure development that shook up some of his abilities. I'll follow up with the developer today and see if we can get him appropriately updated.


Where is the link to the pre-gens?


Cypher1 wrote:
Where is the link to the pre-gens?

It’s all one PDF, I think?

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CyberMephit wrote:
Is "Head Shot" a verb? Shouldn't it be called "Head Shoot the Rot"?

I, too, look forward to the sequel, where these characters take down a villainous druid circle, titled "Head Shoot the Root."

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keftiu wrote:
Cypher1 wrote:
Where is the link to the pre-gens?
It’s all one PDF, I think?

One folder to download with two PDFs inside.


Michael Sayre wrote:
Professor Plum wrote:
Candlejake wrote:
The gunslinger has "improved initiative" as a general feat, which i assume means incredible initiative. This doesnt Stack with the pistoleros "ten paces" as both are circumstance bonuses

If we're talking about the ZakZak pregen, RAW, Improved Initiative doesn't exist in PFS-2e. Several have said they assume it means Improved Initiative. Why would it mean that, when it makes no sense in conjunction with Ten Paces? Barring an errata from Paizo, I would hope GM's would allow a legitimate PFS-2e General Feat to replace one that simply doesn't exist as currently written.

On a related topic, Ten Paces requires a one-handed weapon, yet inexplicably ZakZak doesn't have one. It makes no sense to introduce the Gunslinger class in a shiny new One-Shot with a pregen who can't take advantage of his own abilities. Hopefully, GMs allow players to swap out for an appropriate weapon, if desired.

With luck, Paizo will have an errata available before too long.

Zakzak was written when G&G was still in development and had a late cycle way swap during adventure development that shook up some of his abilities. I'll follow up with the developer today and see if we can get him appropriately updated.

Any Update on this before we begin the event this weekend?

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GM Lea S wrote:


Any Update on this before we begin the event this weekend?

My understanding is that it's in queue and the updated file just needs to be pushed to the website. The quick summary is that Zakzak has a spoon gun instead of a flingflenser and he has 3 more HP from taking Toughness instead of Incredible Initiative.


Michael Sayre wrote:
GM Lea S wrote:


Any Update on this before we begin the event this weekend?

My understanding is that it's in queue and the updated file just needs to be pushed to the website. The quick summary is that Zakzak has a spoon gun instead of a flingflenser and he has 3 more HP from taking Toughness instead of Incredible Initiative.

Thank you for the update Michael. Very excited as someone that's going to be playing Zakzak, that he'll be playing with a spoon gun.


Michael Sayre wrote:
GM Lea S wrote:


Any Update on this before we begin the event this weekend?

My understanding is that it's in queue and the updated file just needs to be pushed to the website. The quick summary is that Zakzak has a spoon gun instead of a flingflenser and he has 3 more HP from taking Toughness instead of Incredible Initiative.

I'm sure it's too late for the file to he updated, but another point of note: I believe Booker's melee damage ought to use the increased d6 damage die due to the reinforced stock being on the two-handed dwarven scattergun, right?


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Doc Featherton's Stealth modifier is also calculated incorrectly

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zebeev wrote:
Michael Sayre wrote:
GM Lea S wrote:


Any Update on this before we begin the event this weekend?

My understanding is that it's in queue and the updated file just needs to be pushed to the website. The quick summary is that Zakzak has a spoon gun instead of a flingflenser and he has 3 more HP from taking Toughness instead of Incredible Initiative.
I'm sure it's too late for the file to he updated, but another point of note: I believe Booker's melee damage ought to use the increased d6 damage die due to the reinforced stock being on the two-handed dwarven scattergun, right?

Correct.


Aaron Shanks wrote:
keftiu wrote:
Cypher1 wrote:
Where is the link to the pre-gens?
It’s all one PDF, I think?
One folder to download with two PDFs inside.

So can a player not preview the pregens without purchasing the scenario?

The Concordance

Cypher1 wrote:

So can a player not preview the pregens without purchasing the scenario?

Not without having connections to someone who does own the scenario (like the GM), no.


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Michael Sayre wrote:
GM Lea S wrote:


Any Update on this before we begin the event this weekend?

My understanding is that it's in queue and the updated file just needs to be pushed to the website. The quick summary is that Zakzak has a spoon gun instead of a flingflenser and he has 3 more HP from taking Toughness instead of Incredible Initiative.

Any chance these assets can be pushed? I'm playing the one shot tonight and would like a not blurry map if possible.

Dataphiles

Yako Zenko wrote:
Cypher1 wrote:

So can a player not preview the pregens without purchasing the scenario?

Not without having connections to someone who does own the scenario (like the GM), no.

This is a bit weird as the other One Shots have pregen PDFs linked


Realo Foxtrot wrote:
Yako Zenko wrote:
Cypher1 wrote:

So can a player not preview the pregens without purchasing the scenario?

Not without having connections to someone who does own the scenario (like the GM), no.
This is a bit weird as the other One Shots have pregen PDFs linked

Yeah.

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Laclale♪ wrote:
Realo Foxtrot wrote:
Yako Zenko wrote:
Cypher1 wrote:

So can a player not preview the pregens without purchasing the scenario?

Not without having connections to someone who does own the scenario (like the GM), no.
This is a bit weird as the other One Shots have pregen PDFs linked
Yeah.

Honestly I did not know that the pregens for other One-Shots were available as a free downloads. I feel like that happened post-launch and so I did not ask that #3 launch that way. But I like it, it makes sense, and will place an order for that to occur.

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Sorry for the mixup, folks! The pregens should now be linked as a free resource above.


Booker has the Munitions Crafter Feat but is missing the Alchemical Crafting feat and the 1st level formulas.

Are there specific formulas he should have or are players free to pick?

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JenkinsMyMan wrote:

Booker has the Munitions Crafter Feat but is missing the Alchemical Crafting feat and the 1st level formulas.

Are there specific formulas he should have or are players free to pick?

He has the formula for black powder but otherwise the players are free to customize their formula loadout within the feat's parameters or GMs can assign a loadout, as appropriate to the venue.


Awesome! Thank you for the clarification.


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Are there any plans to release the digital assets like you did with the first 2 one-shots? I still don't have them available in my downloads.

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SpartanCPA wrote:
Are there any plans to release the digital assets like you did with the first 2 one-shots? I still don't have them available in my downloads.

They need to be. That is the point of the product. I'll advocate internally.


Pathfinder Society question about the Chronicle Sheet;

The Chronicle only lists a firearm in the items list, does it also grant access to it's ammunition?


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
SpartanCPA wrote:
Are there any plans to release the digital assets like you did with the first 2 one-shots? I still don't have them available in my downloads.
They need to be. That is the point of the product. I'll advocate internally.

Aaron, the digital assets are still not added to the download. Could you please follow up on this product?

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