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20 Pathfinder Witch Quest Ideas

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2019 by boccobsblog

Witch Quest Ideas

Today’s Witch Quest Ideas come from writer/musician Mark Russel:

  1. The Usual Suspect:  A town your witch has recently been visiting starts having the local children go missing.  The leader of the local town guard suspects the witch, and it is up to them to find the children and clear their name.
  2. Improved Familiar:  Your witch’s familiar reveals that it is actually a different sentient creature.  The witch and her familiar still share the same bond, but the familiar seems distant.  When the witch questions their familiar, it lets them know that a collection of similar creatures is in danger.  This is a good way to tie Improved Familiar, a common witch feat choice, into the game world.
  3. Broken Covenant:  A coven of hags has learned about your witch, and wishes to bring them into the fold.  If your witch resists the pull, the party can seek out and destroy the coven.  If, however, they find the offer intriguing, the hags can become patrons of the party.
  4. A Past Life:  An item that the party finds reveals itself to be sentient.  If the Witch interacts with this object in any way, it will reveal that it knew the Witch in a past life.  This can be used to link the witch directly to the events of your main campaign, or lead to a side quest where the Witch can find a powerful magical item.
  5. Healing Wicca:  The party comes to a town where the residents are ill.  The party Witch finds the notes of a past witch who lived in the village, detailing the ingredients needed to cure the illness.  Finishing the potion, however, will require the heart of a powerful monster that lives in the woods.
  6. From Beyond The Grave:  The Witch starts receiving dreams of a person in duress in a nearby cave.  This person shares similarities to the Witch, like a shared trauma or a similar upbringing.  The witch knows that the person is already dead, but the ghost in their dreams promises to lead the witch to a cache of jewels if their spirit is avenged.
  7. A Curse Lifted:  The party comes across a town where the residents seem to be joyless.  The Witch discovers that the town has been cursed by a previous Witch who had a magic item stolen from them.  If the Witch completes a ritual to cleanse the town, they may get the magic item as a reward.
  8. A Total Fraud:  As the party travels through town, they come across a man selling healing potions for a very low price.  If the party buys one, the witch can make a dc 10 arcana check.  On a success, they will notice that the potion is fake.  When the man is questioned he reveals that he is a member of the local thieves guild.
  9. True Love?  The local magistrate has been acting strangely lately.  If the witch gets to talk to him, they can make a DC 10 Arcana check to reveal that the magistrate is under effect of a charm person spell.  When questioned, the magistrate reveals he has recently been smitten by a local shopkeeper.
  10. A Helping Hand:  As the party travels, a girl in a tattered cloak approaches the witch.  The girl reveals that she is a changeling, and that she is currently being hounded by her mother to join a coven.
  11. The Black Cauldron:  While researching at a local library, the witch discovers that there is a magical cauldron in an abandoned estate nearby.  The estate, the report says, was once owned by a mad noble, and is reported to be haunted.
  12. Park Ranger:  The Witch’s Familiar starts acting strangely.  When the Witch communes with their familiar, they sense that it is angry and afraid.  Searching the local woods shows evidence of a person or creature killing animals en masse in some sort of strange ritual.
  13. Bad Dreams:  A local noble comes to The Witch to buy a potion to soothe their dreams.  If the Witch makes a DC 10 Arcana or Religion check, they will realize the noble is being haunted by a banshee.  The noble reveals he recently killed a peasant in a duel.
  14. Animated Object:  As the party travels along the road, an animated broom approaches the Witch.  If the party follows the broom, it will lead them to another witch who is being besieged by monsters.
  15. An Unhappy Medium:  A famous medium has swung through town, promising to reconnect people with their dead loved ones.  If The Witch decides to attend a séance, a DC 10 Arcana or Religion check will reveal that the medium is not communicating with the dead, but is instead using cold reading techniques to part people from their coin.
  16.   An Invitation:  Through dreams, the witch receives a vision of a circle of mushrooms in a local wood.  Upon awakening, an NPC that the party likes, a favorite shopkeeper for example, has gone missing.  When the party goes to the NPC’s residence to investigate, they discover a fey creature.  It says that it will free the NPC if the witch attends a ball as a representative of her patron.
  17.   Overdue:  When the party wakes up from a long rest, they find a Barbed Devil in their room/campsite.  The Devil tells the witch that he has recently bought the debt that she owes to her Patron, and if the party does not find a certain cursed pair of shackles, he will have the legal right to the witches soul.
  18. Outer God’s Favor:  The party hears about a nearby town that has recently gone dark.  When the Party goes to investigate, they find the townspeople have all gone mute.  When the townsfolk see the witch however they point to them and say, “Behold, the master’s chosen has arrived!”
  19. Return the Favor:  The witch receives a letter from a person they have helped in the past.  The letter reveals a location of a very powerful magical item buried deep within a tomb of a long dead witch, deep in the jungle.
  20. Friends in High Places:  While relaxing at a tavern or similar public place, The Witch is approached by a woman wearing a mask.  She promises the witch a considerable amount of coin if she will place a curse on a powerful public official. 

Mark Russell is a writer, musician, and cheese packer. His current project is Ribashda, a high fantasy, horror-influenced world that is 5 times the size of our own. Featuring 5 new classes, 10 new races, tons of new monsters, and new mechanics for GM’s to play with, Ribashda is an exciting and dangerous new homebrew setting for 5th edition. Come adventure in the playground of the gods, just be careful where you step.

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Pathfinder 2nd Edition Playtest

Posted in Pathfinder with tags , , , on September 12, 2018 by boccobsblog


Today we sit down with Patrick Schreurs to discuss the Pathfinder second edition playtest. Patrick is a venture lieutenant for the Pathfinder Society in Illinois and spent a great deal of time at Gen Con 2018 running players through the playtest materials.

Did any classes get deleted or added?
The “core classes” are back, they also included the Alchemist into the core group. During the design they looked at the “core” question and landed with the list as it sits now (Alchemist, Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Paladin, Ranger, Rouge, Sorcerer, Wizard). But don’t worry, in future products they will look to include the other base and expanded classes that have become so popular in 1st ed.
Did they fix the stacking modifiers?
This one is hard to answer, I’ve played a lot of lower level play, but have yet to expand in higher level which normally has those stacking modifiers. Looking at it, it does look like they have addressed this issue as there are fewer modifiers but that could also be that I haven’t come across it yet. Time will tell.
Does it resemble 5e or is still it’s own thing?
It felt like Pathfinder to me. I’ve played some 5e, and it doesn’t fell like it to me, but I can see why some think so by simply looking at it and not playing.
What do you like best about the redesign?

There’s a ton!

Encounter mode (combat mode), the simplicity and elegance of the three-action a round is widely understated! The ability to get through a combat round with ease and near limitless option in choices, in my opinion, is by far the best change in the game. It’s Simple, Quick, and effective!

Spells, for as long as I’ve been playing RPGs, have had some form of requirements for spell casting such as verbal, somatic, and material, or some other forms. In this edition is the first time I am aware of that those requirements fit into the action-based economy perfectly. It just makes sense to me, I love that.

How closely does it resemble Starfinder?
Pathfinder 2ed has similar feels when it comes to character creation, and it does use the “bulk” rules for item incumbrance which seem to come straight from Starfinder.

Will it take much work for DMs to use their 1e materials?
I don’t believe this will be an issue. Its never simple to convert one game material to another as a general rule, but being so close in concept and design it can be done.

What did player dislike during the Gen Con playtests you ran?
I’ve run a ton of demo play so far (all lower level), the only dislikes I’ve heard is players want the classes they had in 1st Ed, which will come in time, and the general hesitation or reservation in the beginning of play that would wash away after the game finished. I assume that’s the normal reaction to something new, especially after they’ve played the same game for years and are now looking at a New game.

What is the estimated release date?
2ed release date is schedule to launch at Gen Con 2019.
Play testing is running from Gen Con 2018 – Gen Con 2019. Paizo has been and will be collecting information and feed back from the surveys and adjusting the game as they find areas that don’t work or need tweaking. They have already adjusted rules based on those feeds backs, so please if you play, take a minute or two and fill out those surveys, they can and will impact the game in its final version.


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Lodge Con – February 9th and 10th 2019, is an annual consumer fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, and hobby game convention in Peotone, Illinois. In February gaming enthusiasts will converge to share their love for all things gaming, from tournaments, guest appearances, vendor hall, seminars, and workshops.
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