PF1: Scenarios with optional Hard Mode to recharge mythic boon


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Liberty's Edge 1/5

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My 6th level arcanist received the Moment of Glory boon as part of PbP Game Day VIII. This is the boon that gives you a bit of mythic power for three rounds. It's a single use boon, except that every time the character with the boon completes a scenario in "hard mode" -- and the GM signs the boon chronicle attesting to it -- the character gains another use of the boon.

Naturally, this lead me to search the boards for a list of scenarios with "hard mode" as an available option so that I could make sure to play those scenarios with others interested in taking the hard mode option. I was unable to find a list, so I have tried to put one together, starting with scenarios that people claimed to have played on "hard mode" and then checking the product pages and reviews for the scenarios mentioned.

So far, I have confirmed seven scenarios (listed below, by tier) with a formal "hard mode." Do any of you good people know of any others not listed here?

Tier 5-9:
Weapon in the Rift (PSS 5-13; tier 5-9)

Tier 7-11:
Waking Rune (PSS 4-26; tier 7-11)
The Sealed Gate (PSS 5-20; tier 7-11)
On Sevenfingers's Sails (PSS 10-17, tier 7-11)

Tier 12+ (Seeker):
All for Immortality, 1-3 (PSS 7-20, 7-26, 7-29, tier 12-15)
The Rasping Rebirth (PSS 10-09, tier 12-15)
Passing the Torch, 1&2 (PSS 10-22, 10-23, tier 12-18)

5/5 Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

My recollection is that the Bonekeep trilogy all count as well.

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Thanks, Pirate Rob, that clarifies a post I saw in another thread about “hard mode” where someone said “Bonekeep IS hard mode” - I thought the poster might have been speaking more casually. Adding it to the list now.

The revised list is below. Anything else? So far we don’t have anything from Seasons 6, 8, or 9.

Tier 3-7
Ruins of Bonekeep, Level 1: The Silent Grave (Season 4 special, limited access)
Ruins of Bonekeep, Level 2: The Silent Grave (Season 5 special, limited access)

Tier 5-9:
Weapon in the Rift (PSS 5-13)
Ruins of Bonekeep, Level 3: The Wakening Tomb (Season 5 special, limited access)

Tier 7-11:
The Waking Rune (PSS 4-26)
The Sealed Gate (PSS 5-20)
On Sevenfingers's Sails (PSS 10-17)

Tier 12+ (Seeker):
All for Immortality, 1-3 (PSS 7-20, 7-26, 7-29, tier 12-15)
The Rasping Rebirth (PSS 10-09, tier 12-15)
Passing the Torch, 1&2 (PSS 10-22, 10-23, tier 12-18)

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

I honestly don't remember Bonekeep being given the "hard mode" classification but I will freely admit to never having looked into that before (and personally, I think they should be). I would recommend trying to find an official ruling on those three before passing that list on to other players.

If the Bonekeeps are considered "hard mode" it might stand to reason that The Gauntlet could be, also. If you ask about the Bonekeep series, you might also inquire about this one as well.

The rest of your list looks good, but is missing one other scenario:

#9-25: Betrayal in the Bones (Tier 12-15)

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

Yea, unfortunately, looking at John Compton's posts (Here, Here, and Here), it appears that while the Bonekeep series was intended to be exceptionally challenging, it was never given the same "hard mode" rating of the other scenarios on the list.

Devs have been known to change their minds when presented with good arguments, though, so who knows whether or not that will remain the case!

5/5 Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

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I remmber a post specifically allowing bonekeep to recharge said boon. I'll see if I can track it down.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, France—Paris

Speaking about informally, I'd think Siege of Gallowspire also counts as such (as long the group started champion, not soldier)

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