Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Legendary Planet Adventure Path

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Legendary Games or that I'm a fan of Kickstarters.  What I'm really excited about is Legendary Games' new Adventure Path, Legendary Planets!  They are planning 7 linked adventures that take characters across space (and time, even if it's only forward) in a space and swords craziness in either 5th edition or Pathfinder rules.  Best of all, they are going to make lots of use of all the ridiculous Pathfinder Mythic stuff they've been working on for the last couple of years!  Since the last of these was a well-funded and well-executed Kickstarter to fund Mythic expansions for every feat, spell, and monster in the game...I'm looking forward to them getting to use their proven track record to make some awesome stuff!

Don't just take my word for it.  Visit the page or watch the video:

As of today, just the second day of the Kickstarter, they're already funded for 3 (really 4) of the books.  Here's a quick rundown of titles and authors to whet your whistle:

The Assimilation Strain by Tom Phillips and Neil Spicer
40 pages long for a party of 1st level adventurers
Already written and run a few times at PaizoCon by the Legendary Games team.
Presumably it's introducing the PCs to space.
Neil Spicer wrote the first installment in Paizo's Iron Gods Adventure Path.  It was an excellent introduction to technology for fantasy RPG characters and this promises to be a good next step.

To Worlds Unknown by Jim Groves
Jim Groves is all over the Paizo boards as a poster and all over Pathfinder products as an author.  I've enjoyed everything he did, including the opening adventure in the Mummy's Mask Adventure Path.  Since The Assimilation Strain is supposed to be a sort of pre-quel to the space adventure, Legendary Games has done something smart by placing another good AP-opening author on their official first adventure.
It's already 96 pages long (64 adventure, 10 Bestiary, 10 page planetary gazetteer, and 12 pages TBD) because of stretch goals.
This one is designed to cover levels 2 through 5.

The Scavenged Codex by Mike Shel
Another experienced adventure writer is jumping on board here.  This one has also funded to be a 96-pager (same format for all modules).  It will cover levels 5-8.

The Dead Vault Descent by Matt Goodall
Another experienced hand.  This third adventure has also funded at the 96-page level.  So, if nothing else, we can expect to get three amazing adventures post haste.  The Legendary team has promised to finish the AP even if their Kickstarter stretch goals for doing so aren't all met...it will just take them much longer to do so.  This adventure covers levels 8-11.

The Dead Vault Descent is the most recently funded item thus far.  From here on out, the formula works as follows:
+ $2,000 beyond last book: New book written at 64 pages
+ $2,000 more: 10 page Bestiary is added
+ $2,000 more: 10 page planetary gazetteer is added
+ $2,000 more: 12 more pages bonus content for 96 pages total

+2,000 more: another book is opened and the process starts again.

The rest of the series is:
Confederates of the Shattered Zone by Richard Pett for 11th to 14th level player characters.
The Depths of Desperation by Steven T. Helt for 14th to 17th level player characters.
Mind Tyrants of the Merciless Moons by Tim Hitchcock for 17th to 19th level player characters.
To Kill A Star by Jason Nelson for 19th to 20th level player characters.

What more could you ask for?  Maybe all of them bound together in a single hardback book?  Well, that's happening.  Plus, as more people sign on, more content gets created.  Jason's being coy on the Paizo.com boards, but it's pretty clear that one of these sharing or people joining on goals will be a free player's guide.  So get out there and get signed up!