Rise of the Runelords – Party Time
My players and I have started our new Pathfinder campaign, Rise of the Runelords. It’s always been a well-received adventure path, but with the release of the Anniversary Edition, it is now considered one of the best.
It starts off with the players getting together for something called the Swallowtail Festival in the town of Sandpoint. The party, like most good parties, ends with fire and carnage. But until things go south, I wanted my players to enjoy themselves at the festivities.
What is a festival without games, am I right? And games is what I wanted the characters to get involved with (even though they ended up really not caring one way or the other). Still, good games really help set the festive mood.
As luck would have it, the community minds over on the Paizo forums came up with some extra games for the players to indulge in. Games such as:
The Devil Hunt
Do you have what it takes to bring down the infamous Sandpoint Devil and keep him from menacing the surrounding area? Take a shot and see. This is an archery range setup on the beach down by the Lighthouse. Two large targets, with silhouettes of a scary looking winged horse on them, are set up 50 yards away from a firing line. The bull’s-eye is about where a horse’s heart would be. There are bigger concentric circles around the bull’s-eye.
One copper piece per play. Using the longbows provided, fire two arrows at the target, scoring the best one. Hitting a bull’s-eye wins a small pie. Hitting anything else wins progressively cheaper trinkets for each band outside the bull’s-eye, with nothing for a miss. Hitting AC 20 gets a bull’s-eye, each band out side that is AC 18, AC 16, AC 14, and AC 12.
This game is being run by Jodar Provolost (CG male human Expert 1/Ranger 3), an older balding Varisian with black hair, a big thick black mustache, and a noticeable big belly. He is a mediocre carpenter, but is considered one of the best hunters in Sandpoint. He is friendly, but has lots of bad jokes, and particularly likes telling his (untrue) stories of his encounters with the Sandpoint Devil. The pies have been provided by Alma Avertin from Sandpoint Savories. They aren’t her best work, but they are good enough for what they are.
Sheriff Hemlock has asked Jodar to quietly make note of anyone who scores a bull’s-eye, or gets both shots in either of the center two circles, so that he can later approach them about joining the militia. Jodar asks anyone who wins his or her name and then announces quite loudly “Attention! Insert name has done Sandpoint a great service. He or she has slain the Sandpoint Devil! Here’s your pie!”
If you’re planning on running this Adventure Path, check out the link above for ideas to bring more games and merriment to your players… before it all disappears in a bundle of fire and teeth and blood.