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Pathfinder: Punks in a Powder Keg | Review and Page-Through

Jeff takes on the first chapter of the latest Pathfinder adventure path

Pathfinder AP #178: Punks in a Powder Keg (Paizo Inc)Game Title: Punks in a Powder Keg (Outlaws of Alkenstar part 1 out of 3)

Publisher: Paizo Inc

Authors: Vanessa Hoskins with additional writing provided by Stephanie Lundeen

Artists: Denis Zhbankov, Shafi Adams, Tuan Duong Chu, Rael Dionisio, Rob Lazzaretti, Vladislav Orlowski, Ian Perks, Christoph Peters, and Sandra Posada

Year: 2022

Genre: Pathfinder roleplaying adventure

Pages: 96 pages

MSRP: 24.99 in softcover or 17.99 in PDF

I share my thoughts about the Punks in a Powder Keg adventure for Pathfinder. Will your player characters want to dance with these punks in the first chapter in the Outlaws of Alkenstar adventure path? Or would you just be better served tossing a match into this powder keg and watching it go up? You’ll find out!

1:32 Diving into Punks in a Powder Keg
20:06 Final thoughts and review score
23:46 Wrapping up

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I really can't recommend picking up this first chapter in the Outlaws of Alkenstar adventure path. This entry is packed with many things I seriously dislike about a lot of recent roleplaying game adventures: lack of just about any player agency, far too many *blah* combat encounters, one note NPCs, absolute reliance on dice rolls and stats/skills/feats on the character sheets as opposed to challenging the players to actually think, and many more shortcomings. There are some interesting nuggets to be found within but if I were going to run this I'd need to tear this adventure apart and build it back up into something the RPG players I know would enjoy; I don't feel it would be work that time and effort. Obviously, your milage will vary. Also, if you have no interest in black powder weapons, steampunk, or clockwork creatures and gear, this will be a hard pass.
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Jeff McAleer

Founder/Editor-in-chief of The Gaming Gang website and host of The Gaming Gang Dispatch and other TGG media, Jeff tackles any and all sorts of games but has a special fondness for strategy, conflict sims, and roleplaying games. Plus, he's certainly never at a loss for an opinion...

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