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Postby Nate Christen » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:43 pm

For those who haven't seen it, Green Ronin has posted about plans for 2015. I'm glad to see that Return to Freeport is still in the works, even if it is a year behind schedule.

http://greenronin.com/blog/2015/01/19/g ... n-in-2015/

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Havard » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:05 pm

Wow, I just noticed this while writing this post about GRR's plans for 2015.

I am super excited about the Return to Freeport series as well as the Pathfinder Freeport Rulebook. I am so happy that GRR continues to support our beloved city :)

Green Ronin wrote:We’ve also sent Freeport: The City of Adventure to print. This monstrous tome is the biggest book we’ve ever published. 544 glorious, full color pages detailing a setting that goes back to Death in Freeport 15 years ago. It’s classic fantasy + pirates + Lovecraftian horror. Lots of great Pathfinder content too: new classes, feats, spells, and more. The pre-order for Freeport is still going on, so you can get the PDF for only $5 if you pre-order the book now.

The follow-up is already in the works. Return to Freeport will be a six-part adventure series perfect for kicking off a new campaign. We will release this as a PDF series over the course of the year and then collect it up into a print book when it’s finished.


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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:01 pm

I'm very excited about the Freeport PF book, too! I finally got my Advanced Bestiary errata page finished and posted, and hope to get caught up on all the remaining Freeport errata pages before that beast arrives, so I can dive into it without too many distractions.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Havard » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:33 pm

timemrick wrote:I'm very excited about the Freeport PF book, too! I finally got my Advanced Bestiary errata page finished and posted, and hope to get caught up on all the remaining Freeport errata pages before that beast arrives, so I can dive into it without too many distractions.


Are there any Freeport links in the Bestiary?

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:42 pm

No, the Advanced Bestiary has no Freeport references. But it does have many templates that beg to be used in Freeport, such as the eldritch (which turns the creature into a Lovecraftian horror), the various "dread" undead, and several outsider-possessed templates.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:16 pm

The new Freeport book arrived a few days ago! We have a house guest this weekend, so I've barely had any time to look through it so far. But it's a lovely (and massive!) book so far.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Havard » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:08 pm

timemrick wrote:The new Freeport book arrived a few days ago! We have a house guest this weekend, so I've barely had any time to look through it so far. But it's a lovely (and massive!) book so far.


Hmmm...I am pretty sure I will have to get this one at some point. Is this the Pathfinder one? I feel like I am not up to date on the lastest Freeport stuff anymore...

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Angel Tarragon » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:06 am

It is the second Pathfinder one, Havard, and requires no other books to use it. The first Pathfinder one required the Pirate's Guide to Freeport for the full experience.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Legendarius » Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:08 pm

I supported the Kickstarter and have the great huge new hardback. It's an excellent book even though I've yet to have the time to really read much of it. At some point I plan to use it when I get the chance to run the second part of the original Freeport trilogy. I ran Death in Freeport a few years back using Pathfinder and this book will be a great asset. I'll be getting the PDFs for the new Return to Freeport adventure as a backer but I'm sure I'll pick up the combined print edition too.

Has anyone who has the new Freeport core book had time to do a full review yet?

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Nate Christen » Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:23 am

Legendarius,

Here's the review from my blog.

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Freeport: City of Adventure Review
This book weighs in at 545 pages. It includes a brief introduction, one chapter with a history of the city and one that presents an overview of Freeport. Chapters 3-12 detail each of the city's neighborhoods in turn, while Chapters 13 and 14 detail the surrounding islands of the Serpent's Teeth and the greater World of Freeport. In Chapter 15 are detailed some of the major players in Freeport life, complete with color illustrations of the characters. That is followed by the crunchier parts of the book, with chapters dedicated to races, classes, supplemental rules, goods & gear and spells & magic. Finally there is a sixty-page adventure, "The Ironjack Legacy," which is designed to immerse characters thoroughly in the city.

The Old and the New
One major question people might have about this book is now much new content it provides. After all, there's already a Pathfinder rules supplement for the old, system-neutral Pirate's Guide to Freeport. What this book does is to update the timeframe for the setting by two years. It adds new characters and plot elements, including the dreaded salt curse. It also incorporates many of the additions that Pathfinder has made to d20, including rules for settlements and vehicles. Some of the classes that were added in the PFRPG rules supplement have been modified for use as archetypes instead of as separate classes. All told, it does a much better job of weaving the rules into the setting. That, along with the aforementioned advancement of the city's history, helps to keep the setting vibrant and makes this an excellent supplement for those who want to run an urban and nautical Pathfinder campaign.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Angel Tarragon » Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:09 am

Is there any reference to Hamunaptra in the new book?
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Nate Christen » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:56 pm

There are three references. (One argument in favor of the PDF is that it can be searched.) 1. Ships from Hamunaptra are seen from time to time in the Docks. 2. Certain sun-worshiping clerics who lie naked in the middle of the Temple District are said to come from Hamunaptra. 3. Hamunaptra is an example of a far-flung civilization that was not influenced by the serpent people of Valossa.

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Angel Tarragon » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:13 am

Thank you, much appreciated.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:13 am

This week, Green Ronin shared Part One of Return to Freeport with backers of the Freeport: The City of Adventure Kickstarter. I have finished reading the adventure and compiling an errata page for it: Part One: Curse of the Brine Witch.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Big Mac » Mon May 02, 2016 5:53 pm

timemrick wrote:This week, Green Ronin shared Part One of Return to Freeport with backers of the Freeport: The City of Adventure Kickstarter. I have finished reading the adventure and compiling an errata page for it: Part One: Curse of the Brine Witch.


If that got shared with Kickstarter backers, this week, does that mean they might have time to incorporate your errata before it gets printed?

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Wed May 04, 2016 9:49 pm

Part One is now available in PDF form in the Green Ronin online store. I don't know when the next one is due, but I think they said some time back that they were planning to release them every couple months until all 6 are out..
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:10 am

Part Two is available at the Green Ronin online store. Backers got their copies a couple days ago, and I finished reading it today. Expect my usual "errata and notes" treatment later this week, as soon as I find time to write it up.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:50 pm

And here it is: errata for Return to Freeport, Part Two: The Abyssinial Chain.

ETA: And it seems very fitting that the Abyss gets mentioned in this, my 666th post! :twisted:
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:56 am

FCA Kickstarter backers received Part 3 of Return to Freeport yesterday, and I've just finished reading it. I will be posting errata and other commentary in the very near future.

The cover and interior art makes me very curious who else will get a Heroes of Freeport write-up in future Ronin Round Tables. Part 3's cover features the iconic noble, who AFAIK is never named in FCA. [Elise Grossette gets the class's flavor quote in FCA, but it's definitely not her.] I'd love to hear more about her, Jess Blueboots (survivor), the dwarf on the cover, and the guild wizard who shows up in some of the Return spot art.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:01 pm

The Green Ronin news feed has posted a link to Part Three in the online store, so I can go ahead and share this new errata page: Return to Freeport Part Three: Storming the Razor Caves.

I have also added a new index page for information on the Pathfinder Freeport Iconics.
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Havard » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:39 pm

Nice! I haven't been able to keep up with this.

Do you have a link to the store?

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:29 pm

Havard wrote:Do you have a link to the store?

The Freeport section of the store is here: http://greenroninstore.com/collections/freeport
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Nate Christen » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:51 pm

I downloaded #3, read and reviewed it for my blog.

http://d20pirates.blogspot.com/2016/12/ ... eview.html

All in all, I'm interested to see where this is heading now that the adventures have set sail from Freeport.

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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby timemrick » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:07 pm

I'm a bit impatient to see the rest of the series, too. On the other hand, I won't be running more Freeport for a while, so I'm pretty confident it will be complete by the time I do.

One thing I'm noticing about these adventures is that, like FCA, they draw from a wide range of Pathfinder books--not all of which I own yet, so I've had to check the PRD a few times. That's both awesome and frustrating. :? (I did, however, get PDFs of the ACG, UC, and UM with the PF Humble Bundle, and found cheap used print copies of them just a couple weeks ago. Still reading through them all.)
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Re: Return to Freeport

Postby Nate Christen » Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:52 pm

timemrick wrote:One thing I'm noticing about these adventures is that, like FCA, they draw from a wide range of Pathfinder books--not all of which I own yet, so I've had to check the PRD a few times. That's both awesome and frustrating. :?


That's a good point. It's a lot different from back with D&D 3.X, for which I only ever really used the core three books along with the Freeport material. I have to remember that sometimes, when a scenario seems a little short, that's because it doesn't have all of the stat blocks in it.

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