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04-30-2011, 07:52 PM

The World of Torn (http://www.tornworld.com/) just published their first Pathfinder adventure. It can be found at RPG-now (http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=91095). The Goblins Stir is a challenging introductory 3.5 OGL Pathfinder adventure for the Shattered Blade Campaign in the Torn World: Shadow Vale setting. Designed for 4-6 1st level characters, The Goblins Stir can equally be used as stand-alone material for any fantasy setting

RecklessEnthusiasm and me did the maps for this adventure.

cheers, DJ

04-30-2011, 10:02 PM
Great to see more Guild work being published! Any links to low res versions of the maps you guys did?

04-30-2011, 11:06 PM
Cool looks like I may be doing work for them as well, awesome sauce that I would work with DJ and RE. I'm thinking they wanna ramp up production.

05-01-2011, 12:51 AM
Very cool. I went on rpg and looked at the demo pages which showed one of DJ's dungeons - So Awesome of course. I didn't see anything of Reckless's however :(

Still, extremely cool to see our Guild friends getting their work published! Congrats to both of you.

05-01-2011, 02:06 AM
You can take a look right over here! http://www.tornworld.com/geography.asp

05-01-2011, 03:44 AM
I can really see your style in the dungeon map DJ but the keep map is a bit different then your usual. Reminds me of crazyred's stuff on D&D doodle. Did you find inspiration from Albert Uderzo for this map?

05-01-2011, 06:51 AM
Thanks guys, and Geamon I hope you join in the fun (they got a lot going on, and they really are nice people at Torn) As for the Keep, I didn't know this D&D doodle blog (but it's pretty cool so thanks), it was inspired by the fort nieuw amsterdam image, I created some time ago. cheers, DJ

Steel General
05-01-2011, 08:19 AM

05-02-2011, 11:13 PM
Cool looks like I may be doing work for them as well, awesome sauce that I would work with DJ and RE. I'm thinking they wanna ramp up production.

Ah, my friend geamon, my apologies for not getting you involved sooner - last week was crazy with last minute book layouts, proofreading, tweaks, and finally uploading everything!

I'm just finishing up on another tile set and then I'll be able to turn my attention to the next full blown product: Shadow Vale Player's Guide, and the next module The Shattered Blade (which I'm going to want your help with as per our emails!). I'm hoping that by the middle of this week we'll be tearing into that together, as I get RE into the other Shadow Vale settlement maps.

And to everyone here: these guys have done awesome work thus far; you can see from the cover of the Raven Downs Keep Map Pack that the work really stands out - it's slick, clean, and really, really professional.


I see great, great things down the line and I have much debt to the awesome artists that are part of the Torn World.

~ Alyssa

05-03-2011, 08:44 AM
Grats on this DJ and RE, nice to see you guys making a name for yourselves. Long may it continue. :)

06-02-2011, 10:45 PM
Just an FYI guys, we have the first review in and it's a stellar 4/5 stars from a distinguished reviewer: Peter Ingham

Check it out:

The Goblins Stir is the first adventure in the Shattered Blade saga set in the Torn World campaign setting. This is an introductory adventure for 1st level characters for the Pathfinder RPG, and takes place in the Shadow Vale region of the campaign setting. Here the PCs come together during uneasy peace talks between the various races of the Shadow Vale, and are thrust on a mission of vital importance as the goblins start making inroads into territory they have not been in for hundreds of years. This adventure can be played as part of the larger campaign setting or as a stand-alone adventure.

The adventure is a 56 page pdf product. Production quality is very high, in particular some of the stunning artwork and the various maps. The product does an excellent job of providing everything a DM needs for the adventure, including more maps and artwork representations than are strictly required. I was impressed by this kind of quality in the first product from a new publisher, and I'm excited to see what future products are going to be like. Writing and editing is good - the author also has additional comments strewn across the adventure which makes for interesting takes on the designer's mind. The chapter format and overall layout is excellent, with encounters neatly presented with clear and concise rules and instructions for running them smoothly. Professional presentation and high quality.

I enjoyed this adventure. It's logical and follows a well-defined path without being rail-roading. There's plenty of good combat to be had where tactics and thinking are required, as well as ample scope for fun roleplaying in a tense situation. Characters of all sorts will find this an enjoyable and challenging adventure. Here and there the adventure could've used a little more direction, particularly in the final parts where the adventure can be quite dangerous and it doesn't appear within the scope of the original adventure mission as given to the characters at the start. That said, it still makes for a fun part of the adventure, and will challenge the players and the DM to make a dynamic final part to the adventure. Wilderness travel and dungeon exploring can both be found - it fact, I'm willing to say that this adventure almost has a little bit of everything in it, and in that sense is very balanced.

Overall, I think this is a good and balanced adventure - well constructed, good attention to detail, and something for everyone. It's not the most amazing plot in the world, although it's perhaps a little early to tell, and I wish this adventure had alluded a bit more to things in the future, particularly on the history and background of the Shattered Blade. Barring a few minor niggles, a good, fun romp that most GMs can play easily. I'm looking forward to the sequels to this adventure and other stuff to come from Torn World. Good adventure.

RPGNow.com - The Goblins Stir: A Torn World Adventure Reviews (http://www.rpgnow.com/product_reviews.php?manufacturers_id=3583)

Steel General
06-03-2011, 07:59 AM