Asian / TianXia themed Adventures?


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I played Jade Regent and really liked the TianXia part of it, so i´m looking for some more adventures there. Since Paizo is reluctant to follow up on that, perhaps someone knows of Pathfinder compatible adventures?
I know of "Kaidan" what i will look at in the near future probably.

Thanks for other suggestions!


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There is the PF module "the Ruby Phoenix Tournament". There's also some PF scenarios you can adapt for home use.
"The Deepmarket Deception"
"Defenders of Nesting Swallow"
"The Edge of Heaven"
"The Haunting of Hinjai"
"Karma Reclaimed"
"Of Kirina and Kracken"
"On Hostile Waters"
"Red Harvest"
"The Lost Legacy"
"Tide of Harvest"
"Way of the Kirin"

Dungeon 89 (available as a PDF here on paizo.com) has a fairly interesting adventure for 3.0 called "Honor and Eta", it's set in Rokugan but you could convert it.


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Kaidan is awesome, but more horror-themed. I'd suggest checking out Rite Publishing's "Infernal Romance at Moon Temple" and Legendary Games' Jade Regent AP-plug-in modules as well.


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Yeah i think Kaidan should have a certain "Chinese Ghost Story" vibe going on, what should be really cool. Also a fit for occult classes and stuff possibly!


what is "Kaidan"?


@Diminuendo: Kaidan is Rite Publishing's Japanese Ghost Story/horror-setting. They have a free module, several race-pdfs and an excellent 3-part adventure arc released (and some neat stand-alone modules), with the campaign setting currently in production.


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Besides Dreaming Psions PFS suggestions (thanks for that!) and Kaidan there seems to be nothing though.
Not even good things from 3.5 which could be ported?

Seeing how L5R got bought and there isn´t likely to be something in the next 2 or more years, that seems to be an unoccupied market niche...


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Rite's Heroes of the Jade Oath and Little Red Goblin Games' Dragon Toger Ox satisfy my rules-niche for WuXia. Particularly the latter HotJO-supplements are pretty cool and offer some superb fluff...but Wuxia-adventures...not so many out there.


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Actually i think with the unchained rogue and monk, samurai, ninja, swashbuckler, kineticist as well as other occult classes combined with style feats there´s a lot of wuxia like possibilities to play.
Many other classes have asian flavored archetypes too like the lotus geisha bard. And after all, class names are just names, it´s the flavor and personality a character is played with that makes it.

I´m really more on the search for adventures than mechanics here^^


Yeah, hence my recommendation for modules like Infernal Roamnce and Kaidan's material. Still, I concur, there is a lack of a full-blown WuXia-campaign; After running the Kaidan 3-part-saga, I really wished that setting got an AP.

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/me writes down notes... :)


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In the most favorite AP´s threat are numerous things people liked about Jade Regent or not as well as many new ideas.

Some general things:
-Jade Regent was not really about Tian Xia, but about a varisian caravan travelling. That was meh on several levels, from not starting in Tian Xia up to the caravan rules.

-When doing asian flavored things, it always serves to make good research. Begins with names. Some stuff might sound cool in american english, but if it´s original it will sound even better and serve for deeper flavor. Same is true for history stuff, places, monsters, anything. Also don´t mix different countries stuff like China and Japan into one big pot, seperate them and give them to different adequate ingame origins.

-Paizo made a big mistake with samurai and ninja if you asked me, mainly by naming them that way and making them alternative classes.
An archetype for every class would serve much better, but is not even necessary. More flavor tie-ins would be better.

-Strike a balance between the clientels.
Many people get a crisis when they hear "asian stuff". Some because of overjealous history freaks, others because of cheap and silly anime stuff. This is a fantasy game, so historical reenactment is out. Can serve as inspiration though.
Most anime go overboard for this purpose as well. It´s not One Punch Man, Dragonball, YuGiOh or some furry-tentacle party for a reason.
Also i have to say, the best manga and anime seldomly get translated and exported.
It´s possible to get some inspiration there, but it should be handled carefully and with style.

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Please more Asian themed stuff. I always get so excited when Tian Xia or Kara Tur gets announced then disappointed that its never supported.


It's been mentioned, but Dragon Tiger Ox also has an adventure or two at the back.

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Problem with Jade Regent is that you don't even get there till the 4th book. They should have made the ENTIRE game in Tian Xia rather than name it Jade Regent but base 1/2 the game of the game in a non-oriental setting. That is why Jade Regent is a poor adventure path.

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Darkfire142 wrote:
Problem with Jade Regent is that you don't even get there till the 4th book. They should have made the ENTIRE game in Tian Xia rather than name it Jade Regent but base 1/2 the game of the game in a non-oriental setting. That is why Jade Regent is a poor adventure path.

I do not share this opinion. But then I am the GM, I read the entire AP and many threads about it before play started and I was very clear to my players about what they should expect.

JR is NOT the Eastern AP. It is a "strangers in strange lands" AP


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The Raven Black wrote:


JR is NOT the Eastern AP. It is a "strangers in strange lands" AP

Exactly. That´s what many people are disapointed about too.

And hence my hint that asian adventures are really underrepresented.

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