Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults

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Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults

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When the mysterious Gauntlight, an eerie landlocked lighthouse, glows with baleful light, the people of Otari know something terrible is beginning. The town's newest heroes must venture into the ruins around the lighthouse and delve the dungeon levels far beneath it to discover the evil the Gauntlight heralds. Hideous monsters, deadly traps, and mysterious ghosts all await the heroes who dare to enter the sprawling megadungeon called the Abomination Vaults!

Pathfinder Second Edition's most popular campaign yet bursts from the pages of this massive hardcover compilation, containing all three adventures in the fan-favorite Abomination Vaults Adventure Path, a dungeon-delving campaign like no other, along with support articles, rules, monsters, and more!

Content Warning: While Abomination Vaults contains typical Pathfinder action and adventure, it also presents themes of suicide, ableism, body horror, and human experimentation. Before you begin, understand that player consent (including that of the Game Master) is vital to a safe and fun play experience for everyone. You should talk with your players before beginning the adventure and modify descriptions or scenarios as appropriate.

Note: This Abomination Vaults compilation hardcover is not included in the Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscription. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscribers who preorder Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults will receive a free PDF when their physical copy ships.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64078-410-9

"Abomination Vaults" is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. The rules for running this Adventure and Chronicle sheet are available as a free download (907 kb PDF).

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The best way to play the best 2e AP.

5/5

This is, top to bottom, one of the best APs Paizo has put out. The only other megadungeon I've ever felt positively about is 13th Age's "Eyes of the Stone Thief", and this tickles me in all the same ways. The adventure is great, and the Foundry module support is absolutely stunning. Well worth the money, even regardless of me not getting discounted for having the original 3 in PDF (which, whatever, sucks but hey).

The changes made in the compilation themselves are great too - adjustments to a couple encounters, improvements in connectivity and layout... It's just all around a stellar package.


A Masterpiece

5/5

Dungeon-crawls aren’t really my thing. But this is the best dungeon-crawl style adventure I’ve seen.

It has an overarching plot driving the exploration, giving the adventurers a sense of purpose and urgency. It’s filled with sub-quests tied to the different factions in dungeon and to the people in the nearby town. It presents a number of entertaining NPCs and role-playing possibilities for the players to take advantage of. (Make sure the party has someone who can speak Undercommon and Aklo!) And it weaves in some mystery-solving, with a scattering of clues about the dungeon’s history (and about the main plot) well-distributed throughout.

It does a nice job of explicitly presenting the dungeon in a dynamic way, describing some of the likely movements of various occupants of the dungeon over time. It introduces “Environmental Cues” to the sidebar descriptions of each level, providing some nice aesthetic guidance for the GM to elaborate on. And unlike the early PF2 APs, it’s pitched at a more reasonable difficulty level.

But the most impressive feature of this dungeon is how organic and well put-together it is. Each room has a history, a reason for why it’s there. The occupants of each room make sense, and tie into the history, and the other occupants of the dungeon, in natural and organic ways. The levels are nicely integrated with each other. It all just makes sense.

I tend to dislike dungeon-crawl-style adventures because they often seem to consist of a bunch of random rooms, filled with random monsters; and if you’re lucky, the monsters on a level might be thematically related to each other, although the levels themselves rarely are. This adventure is the exact opposite of that. And even though dungeon-crawls aren’t my thing, it’s hard to deny that this one is a masterpiece.


One of my favorite APs

5/5

This has been my favorite 2e AP and I am now running it for a second time from the hardcover. The hardcover is spectacular and its foundry support top notch. The small changes to the hardcover don't change how I feel about the AP as a whole as it was already a 5 star release but those small improvements were nice.


It's great, but...

2/5

the way Paizo have hanbdled the VTT release of this, giving the owners of the PDF a discount on the purchase, but UH OH, only the newly released all in one PDF is compatible with said discount! It's really disheartening to see a company that presents itself as so consumer friendly make such a blatant money grabbing decision that actively screws over so many of their existing customers. The module is really well put together, but I feel absolutely fleeced.


2/5


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This product makes a ton of sense; new groups can roll straight out of the Beginner’s Box into a full campaign, all nice and tidy in one book for them. I imagine no new content?

Is Abomination Vaults really a best-seller? That’s good to know.


Is this going to be what we can expect from future three-part Adventure Paths?


This is great news!

You know, it has been very difficult to find any copies of this adventure path where I'm at (so many reasons why...). So, having them collected as a single book may be the only option I'll get!

Q: Will this compilation include the article on Nhimbaloth?
(I really hope so...)

Please & thank you.

Carry on,

--C.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Barbaric Gug Swarm wrote:
Is this going to be what we can expect from future three-part Adventure Paths?

That depends on how each one sells. It is not a guarantee. ;)


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Will this be included in any subscription or do we need to order it individually?


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Did not see that coming…


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path Subscriber

Oh wow. That's awesome.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Great!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

No idea why I would buy it, since I have the 3-booklets version, but maybe as a present for someone?

Dark Archive

I guess this is experiment on ap where it makes sense(to have everyone in same book) on whether hardcover compilation would kill sales for individual parts? O_o

Either way, this doesn't have any updates right, just compilation of all parts right?


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Is this going to be part of the subscription, because I gotta tell you, I don't really like this one enough to buy it twice.


Ooooo! I was just thinking the other day that I'd totally love if they did a collected hardcover for this AP.

So I guess I'll be buying this, as I've had an absolute blast with this campaign.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Wow! I honestly wouldn't have expected this! I didn't know Abomination Vaults was so popular to warrant a re-print like this but I won't complain, bring on the 3-part APs!

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Hardcovers are not included in the subscription. Usually, we have a deal where if you have the Adventure Path subscription, and you preorder the book, then you get the PDF. We will confirm.

Wayfinders

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Interesting!

I mean, it makes sense that AbV would be popular - as mentioned, this is a pretty natural segue from the Beginner Box (although you either need to reset your characters or make new ones, given how leveling works), it's a smaller investment as a three-parter than a full-blown six-parter, and people do love their dungeon crawls.

Silver Crusade

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RiverMesa wrote:

Interesting!

I mean, it makes sense that AbV would be popular - as mentioned, this is a pretty natural segue from the Beginner Box (although you either need to reset your characters or make new ones, given how leveling works), it's a smaller investment as a three-parter than a full-blown six-parter, and people do love their dungeon crawls.

If you lower the XP rewards based on how the encounters interact with party level, it should balance pretty quickly, and your players will feel a little more powerful on the first little bit of the Vaults before everything catches up to them.


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Loving running Abomination Vaults, so super pleased that it's getting a collected edition already!

Liberty's Edge

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It's the best AP Paizo has released in many years. This treatment is a good idea.

I have little doubt that it will be regarded as one of the best, if not The Best AP for Pathfinder 2nd Ed. To characterize it as simply a "dungeon crawl" misses the mark - as well as how adaptable the adventure is in terms of its structure outside of the Ruins below Gauntlight.


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Will the original pdf receive the balancing updates as well?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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H2Osw wrote:
Will the original pdf receive the balancing updates as well?

This will be the first time we've created a product like this - a compilation with no expansion and/or conversion to the latest version of the game - so I don't know yet. I would expect error corrections, but what balancing updates are you expecting?

Liberty's Edge

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At least Mister Beak IIRC. James Jacobs knows about this.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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The Raven Black wrote:
At least Mister Beak IIRC. James Jacobs knows about this.

Then, when the creative team has something to tell us, I will amplify them.

Developer

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H2Osw wrote:
Will the original pdf receive the balancing updates as well?

We have no plans to do so, no.

Further, there's not a lot of balancing to do. We're tweaking some encounters that have proven a bit problematic, but beyond "give a certain soulbound doll the phantom pain spell rather than vampiric touch," there's not a lot of dramatic changes.

That said, if you've seen other huge balance issues, please let us know!

Dark Archive

GGSigmar wrote:
No idea why I would buy it, since I have the 3-booklets version, but maybe as a present for someone?

Due to global shipping delays, I ended up purchasing all three parts of this AP as PDFs. I eventually received my physical copy of Ruins of Gauntlight, but it took my FLGS months to deliver, so I decided that having the last two installments as digital copies is enough.

I soon began to regret my decision, however, because I just prefer printed books over digital stuff, always (and also find them easier to read and utilize as a GM).

Then this hardcover edition was announced, and I didn't even need to think twice about whether to pre-order it or not -- even though I've already spent close to a hundred bucks on Abomination Vaults. And why not? It is not only the best 2E adventure path so far, IMO it's the best Paizo AP Paizo has published in years. It features well-designed and consistent maps, plenty of great encounters and fantastic lore, and more than a few cleverly hidden treasures and secrets for the players to discover. And, as CorvusMask said, to me it makes sense to have the whole adventure in one book. :)

Dark Archive

Ron, I get that there won't be many changes, but it'd great to have a separate illustration and handout section at the end of the book -- with maybe a few extra handouts and illustrations, if I can make a modest wish! :)

Developer

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Asgetrion wrote:
Ron, I get that there won't be many changes, but it'd great to have a separate illustration and handout section at the end of the book -- with maybe a few extra handouts and illustrations, if I can make a modest wish! :)

We have some additional art going into this (as of right now; it's not off to the printer yet, so nothing's final!). We haven't put them into an "art section" in the back like I've seen some RPG products do; that's not our style.


Ron Lundeen wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Ron, I get that there won't be many changes, but it'd great to have a separate illustration and handout section at the end of the book -- with maybe a few extra handouts and illustrations, if I can make a modest wish! :)
We have some additional art going into this (as of right now; it's not off to the printer yet, so nothing's final!). We haven't put them into an "art section" in the back like I've seen some RPG products do; that's not our style.

I think they mean like a handout section, like Call of Cthulhu does.


Psiphyre wrote:
Q: Will this compilation include the article on Nhimbaloth?

Repeating this because it was never answered, but also extending it to ask whether the support articles from the individual volumes of this AP will be included.

Please & thank you.

Carry on,

--C.

Sovereign Court

I seem to remember (maybe one of the interviews from GenCon/Paizo Live) that it won't include the back matter articles. Just the adventure (and presumably any NPCs/items that are directly linked to the story).

Liberty's Edge

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Some art showing what Belcorra looked like when alive would be appreciated.

Dark Archive

Well there IS art of:
large flesh golem ghoul cultists are creating as body for her
in abomination vaults pawn collection so presumably at least her hair style was similar to that picture :p

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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I can't imagine not including all the back-matter articles, but the product is not done yet, so Marketing can't say. I'll see what I can find out. :)


Thank you, Aaron.

Carry on,

--C.

Dark Archive

Ron Lundeen wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Ron, I get that there won't be many changes, but it'd great to have a separate illustration and handout section at the end of the book -- with maybe a few extra handouts and illustrations, if I can make a modest wish! :)
We have some additional art going into this (as of right now; it's not off to the printer yet, so nothing's final!). We haven't put them into an "art section" in the back like I've seen some RPG products do; that's not our style.

Thanks for your swift reply, Ron! It's fantastic that there'll (likely) be additional art in the final product.

As captain yesterday noted, I did indeed refer to Call of Cthulhu style handout section. I personally feel that it's easier to cross reference and photocopy handouts that way, but I understand why Paizo wouldn't want to do it (=additional work on the layout process, and it'd also probably increase the page count).


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GGSigmar wrote:
No idea why I would buy it, since I have the 3-booklets version, but maybe as a present for someone?

I'm purchasing it for sentimentality.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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With an Anniversary Edition of an AP, Paizo has added value and content. In fact, if I am not mistaken, every hardcover compilation has also updated the Pathfinder edition, either from 3.5 to PF 1, or as in the case of Kingmaker, from PF1 to PF2. This will be the first time Paizo has compiled three virtually sold out AP volumes into one hardcover so soon. Thus, not a lot of revisions. We just want to get it printed and in the hands of players ASAP. It could be for collectors as a sentiment, but I see it mostly for new players. It is a popular seller and Otari is a well developed location. We want to make sure new players can get the whole AP experience for years to come.


Will they be producing a Map Pack to go along with this? I hate drawing those maps!

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Whew! I gave this its final approval pass on Friday, and it's off to the printer now!

There are a lot of tweaks in here. Some were just necessary for the revised layout (when a new piece of art made text on the page flow differently, for example), others are minor corrections and polishes.

We've got some new art for this, including the often-requested image of a certain ghost when she was still alive.

I want to thank everyone who weighed in on issues or fixes on these forums. I looked over lots of those and made many improvements based on those--thanks!

The hardcover is formatted a bit differently, as well. Instead of looking like three volumes between two covers, we rearranged this to have 10 sequential chapters, one for each level of the dungeon (along with a few other chapters for a campaign overview, the town of Otari, info about Nhimbaloth, the adventure toolbox, and so on).

People who aren't familiar with the three-volume nature of this AP are going to find the hardcover to be very accessible; people who already have the three volumes might prefer to have it in this more cohesive whole.

I'm proud of this, and it's going to look great!


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Any way that oft-requested image could be posted to the GM forum for the AP or something? It would be immediately helpful for those of us actively running the existing volumes of the campaign.

Dark Archive

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Guess Mr. Beak with phantom pain is now a thing officially :O (if I run this campaign again though, I'm going to stick with Mr. Break with worm's repast because I love foreshadowing that spell going to show up later at use of Mr. Break's creator x'D)


Aaron Shanks wrote:
Hardcovers are not included in the subscription. Usually, we have a deal where if you have the Adventure Path subscription, and you preorder the book, then you get the PDF. We will confirm.

Aaron - apologies if I missed this previously but can you please confirm if subscribers will be getting the PDF if we pre-order the hard cover?

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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AJCarrington wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Hardcovers are not included in the subscription. Usually, we have a deal where if you have the Adventure Path subscription, and you preorder the book, then you get the PDF. We will confirm.
Aaron - apologies if I missed this previously but can you please confirm if subscribers will be getting the PDF if we pre-order the hard cover?

I have just asked. I have also asked that we create a workflow where such deals would be announced when we post the product to the store, in the future. Thanks!


Thanks Aaron.

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CorvusMask wrote:
Guess Mr. Beak with phantom pain is now a thing officially :O (if I run this campaign again though, I'm going to stick with Mr. Break with worm's repast because I love foreshadowing that spell going to show up later at use of Mr. Break's creator x'D)

That's an excellent substitution as well!

Grand Lodge

To preorder or not, that is the question.

Grand Lodge

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Paizo has turned every campaign I run into a compiled hardcover couple months after I start it. Lol.

No new content, so pass.

-Skeld

Dark Archive

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I'm going to get it anyway since 1) I don't have the AV books physically so getting this one would be nice 2) I want to see what small patches they made and new pic of Belcorra Haruvex while she was living

Dark Archive

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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Hardcovers are not included in the subscription. Usually, we have a deal where if you have the Adventure Path subscription, and you preorder the book, then you get the PDF. We will confirm.

BTW was there confirmation that if we preorder this we will get pdf as freebie?


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I'm still hoping the original owners of AV get the balance updates to their pdfs.

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