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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One of Paizo's Best Adventure Paths

5/5

I'll be honest, I didn't understand why everyone was raving about this adventure until I read it. The concept and story are nothing new, but the execution is superb. The villains are foreshadowed well, the dungeon levels have distinct themes, all the monsters are there for a reason and make both narrative and thematic sense.

The fights are well balanced. They are difficult without feeling unfair or insurmountable. And there's still roleplaying opportunity even with many of the dungeon denizens!

I'm having a blast running this adventure and it's one of the best Paizo has ever made. I'd put it with the likes of Curse of the Crimson Throne, easily.


3/5

Pros: Interesting story and new monsters.
Cons: Insanely difficult and unforgiving combat encounters which required highly optimized party.


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.


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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?

Yes. Pathfinder AP Subscribers who preorder this compilation will get a free PDF. The Webstore team will update the product page to reflect this.


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Thank you for confirming this Aaron.

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Removed a post discussing illegal activities as well as a post that quoted the removed post.

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To set expectations, this will be a near reprint with very few changes. This is a product that will appeal to players who are looking to play the AP for the first time, not an expansion for those looking to replay this hit Pathfinder Adventure Path.

Likewise, there will not be a PDF update of the existing individual volume PDFs.

Not every AP will get a complication. This is a victory lap for the AP. Future compilations are decided on a case by case basis. Subscribers to the AP line still have the best value: high quality without the wait.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:

To set expectations, this will be a near reprint with very few changes. This is a product that will appeal to players who are looking to play the AP for the first time, not an expansion for those looking to replay this hit Pathfinder Adventure Path.

Likewise, there will not be a PDF update of the existing individual volume PDFs.

Not every AP will get a complication. This is a victory lap for the AP. Future compilations are decided on a case by case basis. Subscribers to the AP line still have the best value: high quality without the wait.

That’s a relief!!! I am however happy that this one is so complicated, and look forward to purchasing it in this more complex format.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

LandSwordBear wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:

To set expectations, this will be a near reprint with very few changes. This is a product that will appeal to players who are looking to play the AP for the first time, not an expansion for those looking to replay this hit Pathfinder Adventure Path.

Likewise, there will not be a PDF update of the existing individual volume PDFs.

Not every AP will get a complication. This is a victory lap for the AP. Future compilations are decided on a case by case basis. Subscribers to the AP line still have the best value: high quality without the wait.

That’s a relief!!! I am however happy that this one is so complicated, and look forward to purchasing it in this more complex format.

I apologize for the typo. I meant compilation, of course. ;)


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If we preorder this (and are not Adventure Path subscribers), will the PDF be included? If not, how much will the PDF cost as an add on?

As it stands, without the PDF, it would be better to preorder this on Amazon and save the shipping charges.

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Neil Lilley wrote:

If we preorder this (and are not Adventure Path subscribers), will the PDF be included? If not, how much will the PDF cost as an add on?

As it stands, without the PDF, it would be better to preorder this on Amazon and save the shipping charges.

Yes. (I answered that above.) The PDF price has not been released.


Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I see the answer that AP subscribers will get the PDF with their print preorder. My question is will non-subscribers get the PDF with a print preorder?

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Non-subscribers have never gotten a free PDF with preorder, so I don't see that changing here.

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Neil Lilley wrote:
I see the answer that AP subscribers will get the PDF with their print preorder. My question is will non-subscribers get the PDF with a print preorder?

Sorry, my mistake. Non-subscribers will not get a PDF for pre-ordering, no.

Subscribers and purchasers from the Paizo Store often get their product faster than Amazon due to choices Amazon makes. Amazon is less expensive, often slower and, I have been told, does not product their packages as well as Paizo does. But they offer free shipping.

We are not completing with Amazon or any other retailer in terms of price. We charge MSRP. We support you in choosing the source that works for you.

I have not been given the PDF price.

Adventures Ahead!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

I can attest to Amazon’s packaging. Half the books I’ve ordered through Amazon have been bent upon arrival or had some pages coming out of the spine.

Although they somehow accidentally sent me 3 copies of King of the Mountain in 1 package when I only ordered one.

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 32

Is there any news on whether this release will spur Roll20 to offer this adventure?


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Disappointed the original ldf won't get any of the balancing changes. No matter how small.

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Grumpus wrote:
Is there any news on whether this release will spur Roll20 to offer this adventure?

I don't have the information one way or another yet.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

Aaron Shanks wrote:
Neil Lilley wrote:
I see the answer that AP subscribers will get the PDF with their print preorder. My question is will non-subscribers get the PDF with a print preorder?

Sorry, my mistake. Non-subscribers will not get a PDF for pre-ordering, no.

Subscribers and purchasers from the Paizo Store often get their product faster than Amazon due to choices Amazon makes. Amazon is less expensive, often slower and, I have been told, does not product their packages as well as Paizo does. But they offer free shipping.

We are not completing with Amazon or any other retailer in terms of price. We charge MSRP. We support you in choosing the source that works for you.

I have not been given the PDF price.

Adventures Ahead!

Sorry for the typo. I meant competing, not completing. I'll start enlarging my font. Have a good, safe weekend.

Grand Lodge

Will contain separate maps that we can use for running AV?

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fingerzz wrote:
Will contain separate maps that we can use for running AV?

I am researching this.


Super excited for this adventure path to be published into one book!!!


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Aaron Shanks wrote:

To set expectations, this will be a near reprint with very few changes. This is a product that will appeal to players who are looking to play the AP for the first time, not an expansion for those looking to replay this hit Pathfinder Adventure Path.

Likewise, there will not be a PDF update of the existing individual volume PDFs.

Not every AP will get a complication. This is a victory lap for the AP. Future compilations are decided on a case by case basis. Subscribers to the AP line still have the best value: high quality without the wait.

But there are balance changes as suggested before, surely a black and white old style errata document could be put out.

Heck do you need the community to do it?

Just because not all APs will get this treatment doesn't mean it is any less of a slap in the face to those of us who have already bought it.

(Btw I am not attacking you personally for this decision, but it is very anti consume to not even offer a minor updates pdf)

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I bought the AP and I do not feel entitled to any additional work from Paizo beyond what I paid them for. If they manage to do it and give me additional value without me paying, great. If it does not happen, I don't feel slighted at all.


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Apparently this is being converted to 5e. I must have missed an announcement somewhere.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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The Gleeful Grognard wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:

To set expectations, this will be a near reprint with very few changes. This is a product that will appeal to players who are looking to play the AP for the first time, not an expansion for those looking to replay this hit Pathfinder Adventure Path.

Likewise, there will not be a PDF update of the existing individual volume PDFs.

Not every AP will get a complication. This is a victory lap for the AP. Future compilations are decided on a case by case basis. Subscribers to the AP line still have the best value: high quality without the wait.

But there are balance changes as suggested before, surely a black and white old style errata document could be put out.

Heck do you need the community to do it?

Just because not all APs will get this treatment doesn't mean it is any less of a slap in the face to those of us who have already bought it.

(Btw I am no attacking you personally for this decision, but it is very anti consume to not even offer a minor updates pdf)

Paizo's Editorial Department has no plans to create such a document. The Marketing Department needs to find a way to communicate what has changed at the 30,000 level. We do not have a list of changes. We have scheduled Mr. Ron Lundeen to write blogs about both this compilation and the 5e product. After that, we will see if there are gaps. He has said the changes are minor.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Fumarole wrote:
Apparently this is being converted to 5e. I must have missed an announcement somewhere.

The product page is the announcement. Paizo's Marketing & Media team (2 FTEs) generally focuses on near-team products.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Fumarole wrote:
Apparently this is being converted to 5e. I must have missed an announcement somewhere.
The product page is the announcement.

Yup, that would be what I missed.

Grand Lodge

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I am kind of salty that the 5E version looks way cooler.

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Nicolas Paradise wrote:
I am kind of salty that the 5E version looks way cooler.

They have the same art. We did the 2E version first, is all, and didn't have the final art in when we were making the mock-up cover, and once a mock-up cover is out in the wild it's pretty much impossible to change.

In this case, the salt is unneeded. You can save it for proper dinner seasoning! :)

Dark Archive

Yeah its fairly obvious the 2e one is mockup since paizo never reprints art from inside book on hardcover covers :D

(one of my players seems to prefer that cover though xD)

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Want to know more about the Abomination Vaults compilations? Watch Know Direction 273 - Abomination Vaults Everywhere!


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I can't wait to get this for Foundry VTT! :)


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A new sad issue for those of us who bought the previous books rather than the upcoming compilation.

Gotta rebuy the whole lot if you want the foundry vtt module :S.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

I wonder what happens if I own the old pdfs but preordered the compilation now? Will I get the free pdf, will I get the module discounted? I ordered the hardcover because I never got around to buying the softcovers as they're always sold out in Poland.

Grand Lodge

Tangorin wrote:
I wonder what happens if I own the old pdfs but preordered the compilation now? Will I get the free pdf, will I get the module discounted? I ordered the hardcover because I never got around to buying the softcovers as they're always sold out in Poland.

AFAIK you do not receive free PDF's. They are separate purchase which sucks. Also no information regarding discount so you will have to wait to find out.

Silver Crusade

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They've said the discount will be the price of the PDFs for any modules. What we don't know yet is the full prices of the modules, but we will on Wednesday for sure (if not earlier) when the first Outlaws of Alkenstar volume goes live.

Grand Lodge

Cori Marie wrote:
They've said the discount will be the price of the PDFs for any modules. What we don't know yet is the full prices of the modules, but we will on Wednesday for sure (if not earlier) when the first Outlaws of Alkenstar volume goes live.

I forgot new AP is released this week. They said that it will contain also VTT part?

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fingerzz wrote:
Cori Marie wrote:
They've said the discount will be the price of the PDFs for any modules. What we don't know yet is the full prices of the modules, but we will on Wednesday for sure (if not earlier) when the first Outlaws of Alkenstar volume goes live.
I forgot new AP is released this week. They said that it will contain also VTT part?

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults on Foundry VTT will be available for purchase on Wednesday. There is no product page yet.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
fingerzz wrote:
Cori Marie wrote:
They've said the discount will be the price of the PDFs for any modules. What we don't know yet is the full prices of the modules, but we will on Wednesday for sure (if not earlier) when the first Outlaws of Alkenstar volume goes live.
I forgot new AP is released this week. They said that it will contain also VTT part?
Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults on Foundry VTT will be available for purchase on Wednesday. There is no product page yet.

Aaron is mistaken here.

Abomination Vaults re-release does not occur until May, Outlaws of Alkenstar's first book - Punks in a Powderkeg releases on Wednesday, coinciding with the release of the premium content module for Foundry VTT.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

AnathemaMask wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
fingerzz wrote:
Cori Marie wrote:
They've said the discount will be the price of the PDFs for any modules. What we don't know yet is the full prices of the modules, but we will on Wednesday for sure (if not earlier) when the first Outlaws of Alkenstar volume goes live.
I forgot new AP is released this week. They said that it will contain also VTT part?
Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults on Foundry VTT will be available for purchase on Wednesday. There is no product page yet.

Aaron is mistaken here.

Abomination Vaults re-release does not occur until May, Outlaws of Alkenstar's first book - Punks in a Powderkeg releases on Wednesday, coinciding with the release of the premium content module for Foundry VTT.

I was mistaken. Thank you.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
AnathemaMask wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
fingerzz wrote:
Cori Marie wrote:
They've said the discount will be the price of the PDFs for any modules. What we don't know yet is the full prices of the modules, but we will on Wednesday for sure (if not earlier) when the first Outlaws of Alkenstar volume goes live.
I forgot new AP is released this week. They said that it will contain also VTT part?
Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults on Foundry VTT will be available for purchase on Wednesday. There is no product page yet.

Aaron is mistaken here.

Abomination Vaults re-release does not occur until May, Outlaws of Alkenstar's first book - Punks in a Powderkeg releases on Wednesday, coinciding with the release of the premium content module for Foundry VTT.

I was mistaken. Thank you.

I mean it will be available on a Wednesday! Just one at the end of May instead. :D

Dark Archive

Sidenote, I do hope this book does come up with small fixes like "encounter says refer to map markings that don't exist" :'D

(but yeah hmm what is deadline for preordering this book for pdf along with physical? :'D )

Silver Crusade

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CorvusMask wrote:

Sidenote, I do hope this book does come up with small fixes like "encounter says refer to map markings that don't exist" :'D

(but yeah hmm what is deadline for preordering this book for pdf along with physical? :'D )

You would need to be a subscriber of the Adventure Path line I believe to get that.

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Cori Marie wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Sidenote, I do hope this book does come up with small fixes like "encounter says refer to map markings that don't exist" :'D

(but yeah hmm what is deadline for preordering this book for pdf along with physical? :'D )

You would need to be a subscriber of the Adventure Path line I believe to get that.

Yeah hence why I'm asking when do the APs ship since I figure out I don't have long to make decision on how to spend my money :'D

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Both "Know Direction 273 - Abomination Vaults Everywhere!" and "Abomination Vaults Comes To D&D 5E! Everything You Need To Know With Ron Lundeen" from Really Dicey have additional insights into this compelation.

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CorvusMask wrote:
Cori Marie wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Sidenote, I do hope this book does come up with small fixes like "encounter says refer to map markings that don't exist" :'D

(but yeah hmm what is deadline for preordering this book for pdf along with physical? :'D )

You would need to be a subscriber of the Adventure Path line I believe to get that.
Yeah hence why I'm asking when do the APs ship since I figure out I don't have long to make decision on how to spend my money :'D

Subscription payment Authorization date is scheduled to be 5/5 and to start shipping on 5/9. Subject to change.

Dark Archive

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Realized I can check the price so let's see...

"Subtotal (2 items) $79.98
Estimated Sales Tax $12.01
Shipping & Handling $40.18
Order Total $132.17"

...Welp guess its cheaper to buy physical from local store and pdf separately

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CorvusMask wrote:
Sidenote, I do hope this book does come up with small fixes like "encounter says refer to map markings that don't exist" :'D

We caught as many of these as we possibly could!

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Back cover text:

Enter the Megadungeon!
Spiteful evil stirs beneath the mysterious lighthouse called Gauntlight. When the lighthouse emits an eerie glow, locals suspect that something sinister threatens the countryside. Brave heroes must explore the ruins around the lighthouse and delve into the dungeon levels beneath it. Hideous monsters, deadly traps, unexpected allies, vengeful ghosts, and more await the heroes who dare to enter the sprawling megadungeon called the Abomination Vaults! The Abomination Vaults Adventure Path is a complete campaign taking heroes from 1st to 11th level.


With the new compilation coming out is there any plans to release flip maps for the vaults, would be really nice to have especially if sold as a bundle featuring each floor

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