The 2nd Edition of the Pathfinder roleplaying game by Paizo can handle a large number of adventure styles due to Golarion, its fantastic “kitchen-sink” setting that is branded as “Lost Omens.”
To make it easy for game masters (GMs) to run a sweet campaign-style adventure for players, Paizo innovated (and then perfected) the “Adventure Path” model. These Adventure Paths are a series of 6 monthly 96-page softcover books.
Each of the 6 individual volumes provides one part of a serialized adventure, as well as back matter articles and an “Adventure Toolbox” to help GMs run the adventure path. The 6 parts have a connecting theme and story that link all the parts into one epic campaign that starts at 1st level and takes players all the way to level 20.
The Pathfinder Adventure Paths have long been the flagship of the Pathfinder RPG and this continues into 2nd Edition (2E). The Adventure Paths create a myriad of story options to choose from, with more releasing each month. So, we’ll be keeping this article updated!
Pathfinder 2nd Edition Adventure Paths
Age of Ashes
(July – Dec 2019) James Jacobs, Creative Director for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, says this, “Age of Ashes is our first Adventure Path for Pathfinder Second Edition, and I wanted to ensure that the storyline was suitably epic, gave players a good look at numerous locations in the Age of Lost Omens, and played to the strengths of the new rules—all while giving players a host of memorable villains and allies to meet, fight, and befriend.”
Now, here’s the marketing copy: “Fires burn atop the ruined citadel on Hellknight Hill, sending plumes of red smoke into the air that could be a call for help. Within the old keep, strange invaders from a distant land, mysterious long-lost ruins, and the machinations of a shadowy organization await discovery. Something dire is building toward an apocalyptic event, and it falls to your characters to stop the end before it begins.”
For those who don’t intend to play Age of Ashes, listen to it being played. The Dragon Punch Podcast is using Age of Ashes as the framework for their play-through podcast.
– Get volume 1: Hellknight Hill
(Jan – June 2020) Whereas Age of Ashes was intended to give players an epic adventure that that showed off the locales and cultures of the Lost Omens setting of Golarion, Extinction Curse is designed to show off the quirky fun and characterization that is available in Pathfinder 2nd Edition.
If you guessed an entire adventuring party of circus performers, please collect your winnings from the office betting pool.
“Players begin as leaders of the Circus of Wayward Wonders when tragedy strikes. But as these heroes lead their motley band of performers and roustabouts around the Isle of Kortos, they uncover a sinister plot to exterminate life from the Starstone Isle. The dead god Aroden may be gone, but his legacy lives on, as do his old enemies who would destroy the wonders he raised from the sea. Spectacle meets savagery as the heroes strive to stop the Extinction Curse!”
– Get volume 1: The Show Must Go On
Agents of Edgewatch
(July – Dec 2020) Agents of Edgewatch is city-based, taking place in Absalom, the city at the center of Golarion.
From the first volume: “Get ready to shine your badge and report for duty—the Agents of Edgewatch Adventure Path begins! In this thrilling new Pathfinder campaign, players assume the role of fresh recruits of the Edgewatch, the newest division of Absalom’s city watch.
Tasked with fighting crime during this year’s Radiant Festival—a grand centennial gathering of exhibitors and wonders from around the world that this year celebrates the grand reopening of Absalom’s treacherous Precipice Quarter, long a ruined haven of monsters and criminals.
Soon after taking on the new beat, the detectives learn that the fair has attracted not only cutpurses and vandals, but also poisoners, ransomers, and even a sadistic serial murderer, and it’s up to the Agents of Edgewatch to crack the case and bring these villains to justice!”
– Get volume 1: Devil of the Dreaming Palace
(Nov 2020) The Kingmaker hardcover might feel out of place in this list, as it is most remembered as an early Adventure Path for Pathfinder 1st Edition.
But Paizo is looking for creative ways to bring more support to 2nd Edition and if they can do that by pulling forward some of the best stuff from 1st Edition, all the better.
The solution there was a highly successful Kickstarter for a hardcover edition of the old school Kingmaker adventure path that converts it to 2nd Edition rules, while also codifying content introduced in the Kingmaker video game.
The ambitious project is scheduled for a November 2020 release and will be more than 1,000 pages of content, including the hardcover Adventure Path, a hardcover Bestiary, and an optional Bestiary for D&D 5e.
(Jan – Mar 2021) Abomination Vaults is something brand new for Pathfinder, although it has been done in the Starfinder line: It’s a 3-volume AP, as opposed to 6 volumes. As a result, it takes characters from 1st up to 10th level, which is the sweet spot for roleplaying games quite frankly.
Abomination Vaults is a dungeon-based campaign, set in the sleepy little town of Otari, just like the adventure designed for the Pathfinder 2nd Edition Beginner Box and that companion adventure to that, Troubles in Otari. To that end, it tells a parallel story to those set in Otari, serving as a companion adventure for new players who may have just come into the game via the Beginner’s Box.
The first chapter of Abomation Vaults, Ruins of Gauntlight, will be written by Creative Director James Jacobs.
Fists of the Ruby Phoenix
(Apr – June 2021) But, Clave, won’t a 3-part adventure path throw off Paizo’s release schedule?” Well, not if they follow Abomination Vaults up with a second 3-chapter adventure path.
Fists of the Ruby Phoenix is a campaign that starts at 10th level, which means any Abomination Vault players can pick it right up after that adventure concludes or it can stand alone as its own story by creating brand new level 10 characters.
That will in no way be all from Paizo when it comes to adventure support for Pathfinder 2nd Edition. As a result, we’ll keep this post updated.
In just a year after the release of Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Paizo has released two full Adventure Paths that will take characters to level 20, plus announced several more. In addition, they’ve shown a willingness to be creative and break the script with the Kingmaker hardcover and two 3-volume APs. Needless to say, it’s a great time to be a gamer.