Pathfinder Lost Omens: Absalom, City of Lost Omens

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Pathfinder Lost Omens: Absalom, City of Lost Omens

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THE CITY IS YOURS

For nearly 5,000 years, the great city of Absalom has stood at the center of the Inner Sea region's culture, commerce, and prophecy. Now, after the death of its founder-god Aroden, the disappearance of its lord mayor, and new attacks from some of its greatest foes, Absalom stands at the crossroads of a new and uncertain destiny!

This lore-packed 400-page guide presents a fascinating locale suitable for years of Pathfinder adventures! A huge poster map of the city, more than 250 locations, and more than 400 interconnected NPCs set the scene in unprecedented detail, beckoning your characters to walk upon streets paved with centuries of history. Follow in the footsteps of generations of questing heroes to chart a new path for the City at the Center of the World!

Written by: Allie Bustion, John Compton, Jeremy Corff, Katina Davis, Vanessa Hoskins, James Jacobs, Virginia Jordan, Erik Mona, Matt Morris, Liane Merciel, Dave Nelson, Samantha Phelan, Jessica Redekop, Mikhail Rekun, Brian Richmond, David N. Ross, Simone D. Sallé, Shahreena Shahrani, Abigail Slater, Chris Spivey, Diego Valdez, and Skylar-James Wall

Content Warning: While Absalom, City of Lost Omens contains a great deal of content suitable for everyone, it also presents themes of slavery, ableism, body horror, and human experimentation. Before you use this material in a campaign, understand that player consent (including that of the Game Master) is vital to a safe and fun play experience for everyone. Talk with your players before using these themes at the table and modify descriptions or scenarios as appropriate.

ISBN: 978-1-64078-235-8



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Centerpiece

5/5

I'm really, really impressed by the quality of the product.


Pretty good

5/5

I got this to flesh out my Agents of Edgewatch campaign and it has served me very well so far.


Granular - maybe TOO granular?

4/5

This book is a mouthful, that's for sure. And I'd say it's for two kinds of people: Hardcore fans and theatre kids who never leave Absalom.

It honestly reminds me of Shadowrun's Seattle sourcebooks - an excellent deconstruction, neighborhood by neighborhood, with all the important locations. However whereas Seattle/New Seattle were tailored towards locations that might be of interest to a certain type of person (shadowrunners) this is just a blanket treatment of the city - almost like more of an atlas/tourists guide to Absalom than anything else.

Unfortunately it reads like a phone book - and that's great, if that's what you're angling for. I think I prefer Owen K C Stephens style over this personally. But if you do anything in Absalom, it's certainly worth picking up.

I would have liked to have seen more than four pages about the outskirts -- Absalom the City is very well charted and travelled, especially with the six part AP Agents of Edgewatch. But Absalom the country remains regrettably poorly plotted. Not even Otari gets a shout-out, and that's been the location of at least three adventures, one of which is the most popular PF2 adventure so far. When your supposed atlas to a country says "See the beginner box for info about this town!" that's a cash-grab.


2/5


An important book in the Pathfinder Library

4/5

Initially, I wasn't sure what to expect from this massive, nearly 400-page book. It consolidates and repurposes information about Absalom found elsewhere in the Pathfinder modules and PFS adventures -- a long overdue task that has thankfully materialized.

For seasoned GMs and Players, this tome brings most things you know about Absalom together under one proverbial roof with a poster map of the city and enumerated inset maps with gazetteer-like descriptors of places of interest. NPCs you have come to know through adventures and modules can be found here, along with a few updates for 2nd Edition.

For the newcomer to Pathfinder, this will give you a handy (if initially expensive) reference to Absalom that you can use as you might an encyclopedia. If you keep that in mind, this tome may be worth the investment when adventuring (or GMing).

Unfortunately, the sheer magnitude of consolidated and repurposed information here is only the tip of Absalom's proverbial iceberg. Depth of coverage about the city's history, lore, politics, geography and intriguing aspects (on the whole) will be adequate for most purposes. GMs with a bit of creativity will find ways to build new hooks and adventures from this material without too much difficulty, especially if using some of the rumors, points of interest, and NPCs included in the book. GMs designing "sequels" to PFS scenarios from 1st Edition or 1st Edition adventure modules may find this book to be an adequate assistant to that end. But GMs who want a comprehensive guide to the city (is there ever such a thing in any speculative RPG?) will get close -- but will have to either wait for future adventures and supplements to flesh out the missing bits or create their own lore in the meantime.

As a GM and Player, I truly appreciate the hard work this book represents in putting the bulk of Absalom in a one-stop reference. As such, it justifies its place on my bookshelf.


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Are we looking at a 2022 release?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Cyfer wrote:
The Paizo blog listed this book as being a December release. Is not showing that here, and on the release schedule. Is the date not final?

I wrote the blog based on internal expectations of December. However, given international shipping, no dates are final.


I do hope that the book is worth the long wait.


There is only one criticism I agree with though.

There should be more concurrent and visible on the head of the product page <not a post that will be one of 260+ posts and get lost in visibility> information on the state of release and what the current status of this is. If a date advertised is not going to be met, notify and update ASAP.


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General Orc wrote:

There is only one criticism I agree with though.

There should be more concurrent and visible on the head of the product page <not a post that will be one of 260+ posts and get lost in visibility> information on the state of release and what the current status of this is. If a date advertised is not going to be met, notify and update ASAP.

I don't think they've ever given us a date, just a target month. But we are getting close to December with no specifics. I'm hoping we get it this year just because I need to drop off a couple sub lines in January and I'd like to get this big ol book discounted...


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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
I do hope that the book is worth the long wait.

I suspect it will. It isn't as if Absalom won't have adventuring potential anymore.


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Have y'all seen the recently-announced B&G premium edition? Looks enticing to me.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, LO Special Edition, Pathfinder Accessories, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Me too. Somebody over on JJ's thread called it a "boxed set". Is there other stuff in it besides the book?


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I don't think we have any concrete details, but given Beadle and Grimm's oeuvre is "extremely high quality box sets with tons of little fiddly bits and handouts," I think the expectation is that it'll be a fancy box set, probably with stuff like coins and minibooklets or gm screens or something.

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

Specifically jewelry has been mentioned

Sovereign Court

Also a short adventure I believe was teased to be in there.

Paizo Employee Webstore Coordinator

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Hey folks,

Just doing some product page updating and wanted to let you know that this book is now officially on the subscription schedule for December. If anything changes, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop as best we can.

Thanks!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

Wooooooooooo

Customer Service Representative

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I've removed some posts and quoted content that don't particularly have a place on this thread. Please stay on topic here. There are currently several threads going that are more appropriate for the discussions I have removed. Thank you!

Grand Lodge

Interesting choice to conflate critical, but unrelated posts from month's ago with the current ones and purge all of them.


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Katina Davis wrote:

Hey folks,

Just doing some product page updating and wanted to let you know that this book is now officially on the subscription schedule for December. If anything changes, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop as best we can.

Thanks!

Great news! Been waiting for this one for so long.


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Cancel culture is censorship, or an attempt at it. I support Eric, love his work and can't wait for this book and will put my money into supporting this product and Eric.


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General Orc wrote:
Cancel culture is censorship, or an attempt at it. I support Eric, love his work and can't wait for this book and will put my money into supporting this product and Eric.

Yet you've misspelled his name, twice :D


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Totally Not Gorbacz wrote:
General Orc wrote:
Cancel culture is censorship, or an attempt at it. I support Eric, love his work and can't wait for this book and will put my money into supporting this product and Eric.
Yet you've misspelled his name, twice :D

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