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Reign of Winter, Abridged

Reign of Winter - Forum
Pathfinder - Golarion

The sleepy village of Heldren has rarely seen so much excitement or concern. Hunters from the nearby Border Wood speak of unnaturally cold weather at the height of summer that descended on the forest just days ago. Heavy snow followed, and those who returned spoke of an uneasy presence in the woods, as well as new, dangerous predators. No one knows what this event means, but the town's soothsayer, Old Mother Theodora, claims dark times lie ahead.

As if in proof of that dire prophecy, a badly wounded mercenary arrived in town yesterday, claiming to be a bodyguard of Lady Argentea Malassene. He told the village council that the noblewoman's escort came under attack by bandits and strange, wintry creatures near the edge of the Border Wood. He alone escaped, and Lady Argentea was dragged away into the forest. Now the townsfolk cast fearful eyes toward the snowy forest, worried what else might emerge to threaten their peaceful village.

Game Description:

The Reign of Winter Adventure Path is on its way, and unseasonable pockets of winter are appearing all over Golarion. Itís surely no coincidence that this is the time when the Queen of Witches, Baba Yaga, is scheduled to return to the frozen land of Irrisen. Will the PCs discover the sinister plot behind these winter pockets and stop them from spreading, or will Golarion be locked in an eternal ice age?

This will be an abridged version of the Reign of Winter Adventure Path. While it's a great adventure to run on a tabletop or virtual tabletop, PBP has certain constraints. I've run this adventure at home before, to great results, but.. there are certain encounters within the storyline that seem to serve little purpose other than to pad the page numbers, expand the PC's list of loots, and give experience. I intend to trim down about 50% or more of the encounters.

I forgot a few relevant details, such as:

This game is for 5 players.
New application cut off is on Sunday, March 18th.
Final selection will be announced Sunday, March 25th.

Play by post. Not virtual tabletop or anything like that. Purely text based, with the occasional picture to spice things up.

I love an abridged AP. I have cut out a bunch of Kingmaker encounters for the same reason in PbP.

If you’re uncomfortable with it (or feel like people are missing out on loot), another option you could do that I have done, from one GM to another, is have each player take one of those dumb side encounters where there is no real chance of someone dying (or no good narrative reason to fear it). The player makes all the necessary rolls and then summarizes in a mega post what all went down, on their own time. That way it takes almost no time because no one is waiting on someone, but there is still XP and loot collecting. And players take a little more responsibility.

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How do you apply to this?
For future reference with game apps, there is a link at the top of an ad that says {Game name} - Forum.

Thatíll get you where you need to go if the ad poster doesnít include any other links. It took me a few to figure that out.

Duskblade, can I use a previous character that was in this Pathfinder module? The game died off in its early stages.







 

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