Book Review – Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Curse of the Crimson Throne

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Curse of the Crimson Throne
Publisher: Paizo Publishing
Release Date: October 28, 2016

I have to confess: for all the years I have spent dabbling in Paizo’s worlds, I have never played the original Adventure Path CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE campaigns. I had heard of them, but for some reason, they never crossed my path, so to speak. So, when Paizo released this hardback compilation, I figured it was time to give them a look.

I am so glad Paizo decided to release this in a deluxe collection, because this campaign is simply awesome. Massive in scope and beautifully drawn out in the book, the CRIMSON THRONE is an excellent addition to the Pathfinder universe. I daresay I have only scratched the tip of its potential, and I can’t wait to see where my group winds up within it.

If you are not familiar with CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE, here is the book’s synopsis courtesy of Paizo Publishing:

Return to a classic Pathfinder Adventure Path with Curse of the Crimson Throne, one of Paizo’s most popular campaigns! The city of Korvosa is in chaos, and her new queen may well be the source―can a ragtag group of heroes stand before the might of one of Golarion’s most notorious villains? This immense book collects the six classic Curse of the Crimson Throne adventures, and has everything you need to run an entire, full-length campaign covering months and months of play!

The Curse of the Crimson Throne hardcover includes:

• Updates the classic Adventure Path to the Pathfinder RPG rules for the first time!
• Explore expanded adventures, including a brand new mission written by Paizo’s Creative Director, James Jacob,s that sends the heroes into a perilous dungeon run by the queen’s infamous Gray Maidens!
• Features dozens of evocative new illustrations of classic characters!
• New and updated rules for monsters, magic items, and character options

As with the majority of Paizo’s books, the artwork in this one stands out like a beacon. I love the intricate detail the artists infuse into each picture. The images tell discreet little stores that help heighten interest in each section of the book.

CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE is very in-depth and explains, in great detail, everything needed to run the campaign. The information is laid out in easy-to-understand sections, but it is not overwhelming and does not bog down the GM with unnecessary elements. This aspect is one of the main reasons I keep playing the Pathfinder RPG; the core system AND the add-ons are easy to use, and they never fail to entertain.

I think my favorite feature of the CRIMSON THRONE campaign is the ability to change the rules options for characters. This can range from campaign traits to spells, and doing so can create all sorts of deviations in gameplay. I have to yet to try this out, but I love just the prospect of being able to do so.

CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE is a major win for me, and as I mentioned above, I can’t wait to see how it plays out. My group has only been in it for a month or so, and I feel like we’ve got A LONG way to go still. But even so, I’m very excited with how far we’ve come. This campaign is available now, and it will make an exciting quest for even the most veteran of players.

MSB

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