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Adventure Review Roundup Part 1

So I wondered this morning when the last time I had a review roundup. Oh it was only May 2017!!! Oops. Well Let me do a new review roundup. There have been enough that I will have to do them in small groups or else it will take me many more months before this one gets done. Today we are going to start off with adventures, and even then we have enough that we have to split them into multiple posts. Quick FYI, all my summaries are spoiler-free. I can’t make that same claim about the reviews themselves that we link to.

Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet

First up, we have the Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet. Endzeitgeist gave this adventure “5 stars + seal of approval – and this qualifies as a candidate for my Top Ten of 2017” So what did he say?

Gauntlets are hard to make and cater to a specific demographic. And they often suck hardcore. … A good gauntlet is a bit like the extreme-sport version of dungeoneering: It remains constantly challenging for PC and player; it is lethal – but it needs to remain fair. It needs to alternate the way in which it challenges the PCs and players without getting boring…and in a published adventure, it also should tell a decent story, remain plausible. …

[The Gilded Gauntlet] manages just that. This is one of the hardest dungeon-complexes I have ever had the pleasure to run…

This is a module that requires both brains and brawn to solve and it will challenge even groups that usually waltz through published modules. In short: This is glorious.

Download Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion

Next up we have another review by Endzeitgeist, this time for the Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion adventure. This one got rated 4.5 Stars. Why did it earn such high praise?

Joel Flank’s “Chaosfire Incursion” is a module that starts off with a great bang: The first act is cool and makes clear that the stakes are high … Once the PCs have found the apparatus, things become amazing, though: The idea is glorious…

This [adventure] sports some seriously nice scenes: The monsters are often modified in unique ways; the module is challenging and the final boss appropriately brutal. Moreover, we a) don’t get many modules in the high-level range and b), the artifacts that can be gained … can make for absolutely fantastic ways to transition the PCs from regular adventuring to the wonders of the planes.

Download Deadly Delves: The Chaosfire Incursion for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider

Now for the three-in-a-row reviews from Endzeitgeist and back to back adventures written by Joel Flank, we share with you the review of Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider. He gives this one a solid 3.5 rating!

Joel Flank’s “Along Came a Spider” is a solid critter-theme module; the foes employed are pretty deadly for first level characters, making this a challenging, but fair module, particularly if the PCs don’t try to murder-hobo everything. I absolutely love the BBEG of this module and how it can be used as a great recurring villain that could theoretically carry a whole campaign

Download Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Now in Print Feb 2018

While JBE is primarily a producer of electronic books, we know that some of our fans prefer to hold their books in their hands. To that end, we have made a number of our most recent books available for print at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG. See what we’ve got.

Pathfinder

When You Call Forth The Dead, What Horrors Will Answer?

The Barony of Petane has lost its sole remaining heir at sea, and the artifact which the Petane noble line wields to ensure the region’s prosperity will only function for a member of their bloodline. To ensure that her family’s legacy continues for the sake of her realm, Baroness Jelia Petane seeks a group of experienced adventurers to delve into the Tombs of Valor and resurrect a long-lost ancestor using a powerful ancient amulet secured by the Barony’s operatives—just find his tomb, activate the amulet, and escort him back to the Baroness. Easy, right? Right…

Order your copy of this 12th level Pathfinder adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

Fifth Edition

Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardmen have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?

Order your copy of this 7th-8th level Fifth Edition adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

Swords and Wizardry

Rumors of death move like a plague through the Crannogtowns of the Great Swamp—of ranger patrols mysteriously disappearing on routine scouting missions, of a winged shadow that blots out the midday sun, and of entire villages slaughtered, their homes left burning and the victims’ flesh melted from their bones. All evidence gathered from the sites of these massacres points to the heart of the Great Swamp, where an ancient and primitive tribe of lizardmen have ruled from an abandoned human temple for centuries on end. The Crannogtowns’ protectors, the Stormhammer Rangers, warn that horrid half-dragon monstrosities still stalk the bogs and travelers would do well to stay away from the inner swamp. Yet the killing and the carnage continue, and the people of the Crannogs plead for heroes to aid them now as they did in days long forgotten. Are you up to the challenge?

Order your copy of this 6th level Swords and Wizardry adventure today at the JBE Shop and DriveThruRPG.

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Pathfinder: Art of the Cats of Doom

For today’s preview of the Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane, we want to show you some more of the artwork inside of this adventure. We pride ourselves on having some exceptional artwork by amazing artists. The cover image was created by Luis Antonio Salas Lastra and is of a particularly nasty leukodaemon—a plague daemon—using its breath of flies ability on F’haisa, our signature lizardfolk magus, while Lindiwe our signature elan psychic warrior, charges in for an attack. I love that one. Look for it soon as wallpaper you can download for your computer.

Up next we have a fun interior drawing by Brian Brinlee of a half-fiend aboleth having snagged Khol Saka, our signature catfolk slayer while F’haisa rushes in to save her ally.

Last up we have some more images by Brian Brinlee. A total of two catfolk, but the question is, are there more in the adventure? Hmmm? Also, we have two different psionic classes shown. Deadly… Lastly we have one Hell of a demon. (Well, I guess technically, that would be one Abyss of a demon, but that doesn’t flow as nicely.) All of this and more are inside Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane.

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: These Catfolk Are Out of Their Furry Minds

We at JBE know that you want to use more of your library in your game. To this end, we choose to be less constrained in the number of sources we utilized for the Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane adventure. So instead of our typical monster that we share every Wednesday, today we are sharing an NPC.

Like I mentioned earlier when showing off the amulet of nine lives, the amulet summons in defenders to help take the amulet back when used by a non-catfolk. One of those catfolk is referred to as a Ba-Lord, a wielder of psionic power. The perfect class for this summons is a wilder, using Dreamscarred Press’ Ultimate Psionic rules. The wilder class is a spellcaster class but specializes in amplifying the psionic powers they manifest. They cannot do as much as a psion, making it easier for a GM to incorporate into their game, while still being memorable.

We hope that you enjoy this NPC as well as the 9 Lives for Petane adventure.

Ba-Lord CR 9

XP 6,400
Catfolk wilder 10
NE Medium humanoid
Init +7; Senses low-light vision; Perception +11


Defenses

AC 26, touch 16, flat-footed 20 (+10 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 66 (10d8+20)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5
Defensive Abilities elude attack


Offense


Speed 30 ft.
Melee claw +8 (1d4+1)
Ranged surge blast +10 touch (3d6 force)
Special Attacks surge blast
Wilder Powers Known (ML 10 (13 if wild surging); concentration +15 [18])
5th—upheaval (DC 22, surged)
4th—claw of energy, psychokinetic charge
3rd—physical acceleration, psionic blast (DC 18)
2nd—endorphin surge, energy stun (DC 17)
1st—energy ray, inertial armor, mind thrust (DC 16)
0 (at will)—energy splash


Tactics

Before Combat If the amulet is used inside a locked or barricaded room, the Ba-Lord will surge manifest a swift action physical acceleration and claw of energy, mostly to trigger its surge aura for itself and its allies.
During Combat The Ba-Lord uses upheaval to damage foes and create areas of difficult terrain, relying on its allies’ superior movement speeds. It places spreads of upheaval which maximize the distance between itself and any opponents, then spends subsequent rounds using mental blast to stun any enemies who approach. If it must seek a new vantage, it uses psychokinetic charge to hurl itself to a new position.
Morale The Ba-Lord fights to the death, although it will gladly sacrifice allies to protect itself. It may use a psychokinetic charge to interpose allies between itself and its foes.


Statistics


Str 12, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 6, Cha 20
Base Atk +7; CMB +8; CMD 21
Feats Expanded Knowledge (inertial armor), Expanded Knowledge (physical acceleration), Expanded Knowledge (psychokinetic charge), Surging Aura
Skills Acrobatics +16, Bluff +12, Diplomacy +12, Knowledge (psionics) +8, Perception +11, Spellcraft +10; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception, +2 Stealth, +2 Survival
Languages Common, Daemon
SQ surging euphoria +1
Other Gear headband of alluring charisma +2

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: The Amulet of Nine Lives – A High Level Artifact

The thing that makes high level adventures so tough is that you have to take high level magic into account. Why walk into a dungeon when you can teleport in? Well the solution for the high level adventure writer is to make the dungeon so it can only be teleported into. But even then, sometimes high level players need a unique magic item or artifact to help them out of particularly difficult challenges. It can’t just be your run of the mill scroll or staff. For it to be memorable at this level, such a powerful item has to be massively unique.

The Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane adventure—masterfully written by Christen N. Sowards of Lost Spheres Publishing—has one such high level magic item. In this adventure, you are looking for the remains of someone, but you have no idea which remains are the right ones, and there are lots of remains and the fact that the cult of the demon lord Zeraghal has been using the tomb as their own personal nercromantic playground does not help matters. So this level 12 adventure is going to require more than a single casting of a spell to bring someone back to life, and those high value diamonds add up fast.

Enter the Amulet of Nine Lives. This powerful item can bring just about anyone back from the dead, but there is a catch. Read the artifacts description and see if you can figure it out. (Spoiler Alert: I bolded a section of the description that should catch your eye.)

The Amulet of Nine Lives

Aura overwhelming conjuration (healing); CL 25th
Slot neck; Weight 2 lbs.


Description


This artifact, known formally as the nine lives’ amulet of Heshatta, was crafted in the ancient city-state of Khys by the high priests of the goddess Heshatta, known among her faithful as the Voices. The Tomb Dancer’s magics were forbidden in the extreme and involved the sacrifice of many of her own worshippers to fuel the amulet’s dark powers. Eventually human barbarians heard of the amulet and assaulted the city-state, overwhelming its keepers. In a final vengeful act, the High Voice of Heshatta cried out for a miracle from his mistress.
He laid a curse on the amulet as it was taken so that those who fell defending it would rise to reclaim it from its thieves. Thus, when the powers of resurrection are called upon by anyone using the amulet, they are also joined by rebirthed catfolk defenders of Khys who are sworn to slay anyone near the amulet and return it to their homeland. Each of the amulet’s nine ruby jewels contains the power to restore a life as per true resurrection (CL 20th). The jewels darken as the powers of the amulet are used. For each month that passes during which the amulet is not used, one ruby regains its ability to restore life. In order to activate the amulet, it must be placed around the neck of the corpse to be resurrected; the activating creature must then touch the cat-face of the amulet and whisper in Daemonic “Dance back from death.”
The amulet can resurrect any creature that has been dead for less than 300 years.
When the amulet is activated by a non-catfolk who does not worship Heshatta, the miracle of her High Voice is enacted and vengeful warriors are called forth to battle those who possess the amulet, and to return it to Khys if possible.


Destruction


To destroy the amulet of nine lives, it must be depleted of all remaining charges, all summoned guardians must be defeated, and it must be returned to the ruins of Khys. Once in Khys, the
body of the High Voice who cursed the artifact must be adorned with the amulet, and a true resurrection spell must be cast on it beneath a new moon.

Deadly Delves: 9 Lives for Petane is an adventure for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and is designed for a group of four-to-five 12th-level characters and will be released tomorrow. You can download this adventures at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

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5e/Pathfinder: 3 Steps to Start GMing

Deadly Delves: Along Came A Spider (PFRPG)

Being the game master is a rough business. There’s a ton of rules, you never know where the players are going to go, and no one knows how things are going to turn out. Despite this, there is a yearning inside you to be the one that is not just a player in the story but the one telling the story. So here are our hints and tricks to help get you started in this new year as the game master.

1) Know that Everything Will Be Alright

More than anything else I can tell you, knowing that everything will be alright is the most critical step to being a game master. You are not running a giant multinational corporation; you’re just setting the getting in front of your friends for one evening and telling a story. You can do that, and you’ll be fine afterwards.

Put it another way: what is the worst that could happen? Will your friends stop being friends if the game goes poorly? Absolutely not. Will you completely flop, proving to the world that you are not fit to play a character, let along be the GM? Definitely not. Will you start a spiral of suckatude so great that it will form a trans-dimensional vortex that pulls in all matter from the universe, collapsing all of space and time around us? No. Even Bob in Accounting didn’t do that his first time GMing (no offense to anyone named Bob that works in accounting).

So what will most likely happen? Well you do great at some aspects and others will need improvement, just like everyone else. Ask your gamers afterwards to tell you what you did good and what needs improved. They’ll tell you. The parts that need improved, try harder next time. You can do this.

2) Ask Someone Else to be Your Rules Arbitrator

It can be really intimidating to have to know all the rules for every corner case, because you know there’s one gamer at the table that will try to find some loophole to do something crazy. That is where a rules arbitrator comes in. Ask a player you trust at the table to be the one says, “I’m sorry, Mike, but that is not allowed,” so you don’t have to make that call. This way, you can focus on the story.

Now there’s the critical part of that, make a note on that rule question and after the game ask the rules arbitrator to show you exactly where that rule is and explain to you exactly what it means. Then read that rules and all the rules around it since you probably missed them as well. This will help you be a better GM.

3) Use a Pre-Published Adventure

This is exactly why adventures are written: to help new or busy GMs with the story they want to tell. For your first game or two, run them as is, so you can see how it goes. As time goes on, vary up the adventures some: vary up a few monsters, add an NPC to connect it to one of the characters’ backstory, change the reason they are going on this adventure. Make the adventure your own.

The place to start is with short adventures, not a long campaign book or a full adventure path. First find out if you like GMing. Once you get the bug and want to do it more and more, then look at those longer campaigns.

You can find our collection of adventures right here at JonBrazer.com. I recommend starting with Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider, available for both Pathfinder and Fifth Edition. It is a great 1st-level adventure to start off with involving a bunch of spiders taking over a town. If you like it, you can follow it up with Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven, also available for Pathfinder and Fifth Edition. You can get these adventures today for 30% off their regular price with the “holiday2017” coupon code. Download these today, and run your first game. Take your first steps into a whole new world.

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Pathfinder: Mummified Servants

Deadly Delves: Quests of the Sands (PFRPG)

Sometimes we need lower level versions of a classic monster to help fit the theme you are going for. Take the mummy for example. It is a solid CR 5 monster, but what if you are delving into an Egyptian-style tomb at level 1, or you are using a mummy, but you want a few lower level monsters with it so it is not a solo encounter. Today, we have the mummified servants just for you. This monster was first presented in Deadly Delves: Quests of the Sands.

Mummified Servants CR 1

XP 400
LE Medium undead
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +7


Defenses


AC 12, touch 10, flat-footed 12 (+2 natural)
hp 15 (2d8+6)
Fort +3, Ref +0, Will +5
DR 1/—; Immune undead traits
Weaknesses vulnerable to fire


Offense


Speed 20 ft.
Melee slam +2 (1d6+1 plus mummy rot)


Statistics


Str 13, Dex 10, Con —, Int 6, Wis 15, Cha 16
Base Atk +1; CMB +2; CMD 12
Feats Toughness
Skills Perception +7 Stealth +5
Languages Common


Ecology


Environment any
Organization solitary, warden squad (2–6), or guardian detail (7–12)
Treasure none


Special Abilities


Mummy Rot (Su) Disease—slam; save Fort DC 14; onset 1 minute; frequency 1/day; effect 1d2 Con and 1d2 Cha; cure 2 consecutive saves. Anyone who dies from mummy rot turns to dust and cannot be raised without a resurrection or greater magic. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Mummified Servants first appears in Deadly Delves: Quests of the Sands. Support our efforts to bring you another monster every Wednesday by downloading this adventure for your Pathfinder game today at the JBE Shop.

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Pathfinder: Lizardfolk Sorcereress

Today we don’t so much bring you an NPC instead of a monster. With next month seeing the 5e and Swords and Wizardry versions of the Pathfinder/13th Age adventure Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin, I’m sharing with you one of the NPCs from that dungeon. I know spellcasters take longer to create than martial types becuase of all the spells they have to choose, this is a perfect one to share. I hope you enjoy it.

Lizardfolk Sorceress CR 5

XP 1,600
Female lizardfolk sorcerer 6
NE Medium humanoid (reptilian)
Init +1; Senses Perception –1


Defense


AC 21, touch 11, flat-footed 20 (+4 armor, +1 Dex, +2 natural, +4 shield)
hp 45 (6d6+24) plus 1d10+6 temporary
Fort +5, Ref +3, Will +4
DR 10/magic vs. ranged weapons (max 60 damage reduced); Resist acid 10


Offense


Speed 30 ft., swim 30 ft.
Melee mwk spear +4 (1d8)
Ranged ranged touch +4 (by spell)
Sorcerer Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th, concentration +8)

5/day—elemental ray (1d6+3 acid)

Sorcerer Spells Known (CL 6th, concentration +8)

3rd (3/day)—fireball (acid, DC 15)
2nd (6/day)—false life, protection from arrows, scorching ray (acid)
1st (7/day)—burning hands (acid, DC 13), mage armor, magic missile (acid), shield, vanish APG
0 (at will)—acid splash, bleed (DC 12), daze (DC 12), detect magic, flare (DC 12), resistance, touch of fatigue (DC 12)
Bloodline elemental (earth)


Statistics


Str 10, Dex 12, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 14
Base Atk +3; CMB +3; CMD 14
Feats Eschew Materials, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Toughness
Skills Appraise +7, Spellcraft +7, Use Magic Device +9; Racial Modifiers +8 Swim
Languages Draconic
Gear masterwork spear, anatomy doll UE, potion of bear’s endurance, wand of vitriolic mist UM (3
charges), war paint of the terrible visage APG

Download the Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin today at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and Open Gaming Store.

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Pathfinder: Adventures Ideal for Conventions

We mentioned last week a number of Fifth Edition adventures that are perfect for running at a convention if you are looking to run something a little different than the norm. We also have a number of Pathfinder adventures that make excellent convention games that you should check out.

Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet – Level 9

The city of Hunstoc is experiencing a rash of calamity. Livestock and horses are falling ill, children and elderly people are dying off without any explanation, and the city’s clerics can’t manage to cure the mysterious malady. The Mayor’s Office has posted a bounty on strange clockwork creatures that keep emerging from the nearby foothills outside Hunstoc’s gates. Investigating these sinister happenings leads to a massive underground complex full of devious puzzles, dangerous traps, and alchemical wonders beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings—and only the most cunning of adventurers will survive the journey into its depths! What would you do for limitless wealth? How far would you delve? What horrors would you be willing to face?

Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven – Level 2

When hobgoblin raiders kidnap a caravan full of workers and supplies, the adventurers set off to get them all back. But neither the raiders nor the adventurers know what terrifying horrors await them in the depths of their cavern hideout. Now, the adventurers must risk it all to prevent the minions of an ancient enemy from visiting death and destruction upon the land. Can the heroes rescue the captives from the hobgoblins and deliver them from this ancient foe—or will they all perish, ushering in the rise of a forgotten deity?

Deadly Delves: Along Came a Spider – Level 1

Giant spiders have overrun Mossdale, and every last villager is either dead and dessicated, or cocooned and abducted. But what were they after, and who coordinated the vermin to attack en masse? Could it have been the local ettercap or a crazed arachnophile druid… or was something far more sinister behind the attack? Can the adventurers rescue the missing citizens and foil the plans of the nefarious mind behind this dastardly deed before it is too late?

Deadly Delves: Doom of the Sky Sword – Level 1

Following the disappearance of personnel at a lumber camp, a mysterious sword drops from the sky, cleaving the very earth to deliver a pronouncement of doom upon all who refuse to leave the logging site. Can the adventurers ferret out the source of this ominous portent and put a stop to it before it wreaks further havoc on the loggers?

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Pathfinder: Dungworm

Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface (PFRPG)

While it is always good to use classic and well-established monsters in your games, it is even better to keep your players on your toes from time to time with a monster they haven’t memorized. All of our adventures feature at least one new monster and frequently a new magic item. Here is one of the new monsters in the exciting Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface adventure.

Dungworm

The pale yellow skin of this three and a half-footlong worm darkens towards the rear; the tail segment is a dark brown and glistens with black pus.
Dungworm CR 1/2
XP 200
N Small vermin
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0


Defenses

AC 12, touch 12, flat-footed 11 (+1 Dex, +1 size)
hp 8 (1d8+4)
Fort +6, Ref +1, Will +0
Immune disease, mind-affecting abilities


Offense

Speed 20 ft.
Melee bite +1 (1d4)
Special Attacks Dung packet


Statistics


Str 10, Dex 12, Con 18, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 6
Base Atk +0; CMB –1; CMD 10


Ecology

Environment underground
Organization solitary, pair, brood (3–10), infestation (11–20)
Treasure incidental (dung packet, dung pressings)


Special Abilities


Dung Packet (Ex) Organic and mineral matter passes through the dungworm’s digestive tract and collects in its tail. Once per week, as a standard action, a dungworm whips its tail and flings the engorged body segment at a foe. The dung packet acts in all respects as a tanglefoot bag with the addition of a powerful stench that accompanies the splattering projectile; a target that fails its Reflex save by five or more takes a direct hit and is sickened by the stench until the splatter hardens and cracks away.

Download the Deadly Delves: To Claw the Surface for Pathfinder at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Open Gaming Store, and Paizo.com.

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Pathfinder: Clockwork Sentry

In case you had not seen it, Endzeitgeist gave our Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet a 5-STAR review, his seal of approval, and put it up for candidate for his Top Ten Products of 2017 (read the full review here). Like all good adventures it uses a blend of monsters we all know and love from the Bestiaries as well as new monsters. The first monsters the players meet is an ant-looking sentry made of clockwork parts. To give you a small preview of this adventure, we’ve got it for you right here.

Clockwork Sentry CR 4

XP 1,200
N Small construct (clockwork)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0


Defenses


AC 17, touch 15, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +2 dodge, +2 natural, +1 size)
hp 37 (5d10+10)
Fort +1, Ref +5, Will +1
Immune construct traits; Weakness vulnerable to electricity


Offense


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +6 (1d3)
Ranged internal pistol +8 (1d6/x4 plus 1d6 fire, automatic, semi-automatic)
Special Attacks automatic weapon, self-destruct, semi-automatic weapon


Statistics


Str 10, Dex 14, Con —, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 1
Base Atk +5; CMB +4; CMD 16
Feats Improved Initiative B, Lightning Reflexes B
SQ process ore, swift reactions, winding


Special Abilities


Automatic Weapon (Ex) A clockwork sentry can fire a burst of shots to attack all creatures in a line starting from any corner of the sentry’s space and extending to the limit of the weapon’s range or until it strikes a barrier it cannot penetrate. The sentry makes a separate attack roll against each creature in the line. Each creature in the line can be attacked with only one shot from each burst. Each attack roll takes a –2 penalty. Effects that grant concealment do not affect an automatic weapon’s line attack. Roll to confirm each attack roll that threatens a critical hit separately. A single burst with an automatic weapon consumes 10 bullets.
Process Ore (Ex) A clockwork sentry can consume a chunk of lead ore and process it into pistol ammunition as a move action. This process creates enough bullets for 10 ranged attacks or 1 burst of automatic fire from the creature’s automatic weapon. The lead is superheated during this process, causing the ammunition to deal 1d6 additional fire damage on each successful hit.
Self-Destruct (Su) A clockwork sentry explodes 1 round after it is destroyed. During this round, the thing shrieks and thrashes about as if undergoing convulsions. On what would normally have been the clockwork sentry’s next action, it explodes, dealing 1d6 points of piercing and slashing damage in a 5-foot radius (Reflex DC 10 for half damage). A DC 20 Disable Device check made as a
standard action can halt the sentry’s self-destruct sequence, but does not prevent it from dying. A clockwork sentry that self-destructs automatically destroys any ore that it is carrying. The save DC is
Constitution-based.
Semi-Automatic Weapon (Ex) A clockwork sentry can take a full-attack action to fire twice, as if using the Rapid Shot feat (including taking a –2 penalty on all attacks).

Download this excellent adventure, Deadly Delves: The Gilded Gauntlet, today for your Pathfinder game at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, the OpenGamingStore, and Paizo.com. Order yourself a physical copy of the book at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and at Amazon.com.

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What Are We Up To?

We love to hear what our favorite game companies are working on as much as everyone else. Typically we do not announce very far in advance, but frankly, there is no reason not to share with you what we are working on. So here we go:

Coming in September is the previously announced Book of Magic: Dragon Spells and Archetypes. This book helps you to theme your character like someone that admires dragons, draws their power from a draconic ancestory or wants to hunt down dragons. With archetypes and class options like the draconic implement for the occultist or the wizard discoveries, there are quite a few ways you can create the character you want. Even more, there are spells in here ideal for those taking on a dragon, those that want to associate with dragons, or for dragons themselves. These spells enhance the natural abilities of dragons, making these creatures even deadlier, or penetrate straight them, turning them into useless wyrms. Look for this next month.

October sees the release of the Deadly Delves: Reign of Ruin adventure for both Fifth Edition as well as the Swords and Wizardry. Whether you prefer your games with modern rules or an excellent revisit of the classic game, this is an adventure your players will not soon forget. A black dragon attacks a town and the players track it back to its lair and encounter more than a few surprises along the way. Prepare for more than you expected in this adventure. We are hoping to bring you both version of this adventure at the same time, but one may be delayed (hopefully not too long).

This is where our schedule starts to get a little uncertain. We are working on the equivalent of the d66 Compendium for Starfinder (currently unnamed). I am just not certain it will be ready for its target launch in November. This book will be a handy toolkit for gamemasters of science fantasy names. It contains names of aliens, planets, moons, robots, guns, and a whole lot more. No Starfinder gamemaster will want to be without this book.

Coming in December is the Pathfinder adventure Deadly Delves: Nine Lives for Petane by Christen N. Sowards of Lost Spheres Publishing. They have a Kickstarter going on now; check it out. In Nine Lives the players need to resurrect someone from a crypt, but which corpse is the right one? To make matters worse, an evil cult has been using the crypt as their own private playground. Even worse, monsters keep appearing out of no where. Good luck solving the mystery when your GM decides to run this 13th level adventure.

That is all we have for you right now. We are working on so much more than that, but I cannot pin down a date when any of it will come out at this point in time. We hope you are as excited about it as I am.

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