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Pathfinder Chornicles - Rise of the Runelords - Chapter 2: The Skinsaw Murders 01.04.2008
Saving Throw's review of The Skinsaw Murders.

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Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords - Chapter 2: The Skinsaw Murders
published by Paizo Publishing reviewed by Martin Drury
96 pages, 2007, $19.99
Story 18
Enjoyability 16
Adaptability 14
Intelligibility 16
Overall
16
Solid Hit
Review Scoring

   Chapter two of the Rise of the Runelords campaign embroils the players in a rousing murder mystery in the familiar surrounding of Sandpoint and concludes in the sprawling metroplis of Magnimar. The author of this chapter's adventure, Richard Pett, lives up to his reputation with a stirring story mixing the familiar with the deadly to keep the players on their toes. The story is excellently written with more than one opportunity to both scare the players and test their deductive abilities at the same time. The maps provided with this chapter are once again top notch, as are the illustrations of NPCs, monsters and locations.

The background provided for the city of Magnimar fleshes out the second major city in the Rise of the Runelords campaign, and provides ample ways for a Game Master to tie it into an existing campaign, if necessary. However, the story, characters, and organizations introduced and expounded upon in this chapter increases the difficulty of that task somewhat.

This chapter once again presents an entry in the Pathfinder's Journal, helping to introduce the Game Master to other areas surrounding Magnimar not presented in the main adventure and a bestiary covering typical monster encounters. These new monsters range from low to mid level, so adding them here or there as needed is simply a pick and choose task.

With the second chapter of the Rise of the Runelords campaign, Paizo has once again delivered on their promises to the readers of Dragon and Dungeon magazines, and continued to meet the expectations of excellence in their products.



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