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Review – The Sinking: Epicenter Rising

15 March, 2012

The Sinking: Epicenter Rising is straight forward introductory adventure that ties a group into a major happening in the Great City, but with a little work could easily be adapted for other cities.  While rather structured, the adventure has a good internal logic and should provide a satisfying play experience for most groups.

The Sinking: Epicenter Rising, an adventure for 1st level characters is a 16-page PDF (11-pages if you remove the covers, ads and OGL page) for any the Pathfinder RPG written by Tim Hitchcock and published by 0one Roleplaying Games.  This is Season 1 – Pilot of the Great City Campaign Serial.

Epicenter Rising has a traditional two column layout and is easily readable.  The limited art is solid black and white work and four maps are included within the work.

Epicenter Rising hinges on a simple plot, the characters are hired to investigate a smuggling ring, and many ways to get the characters involved are discussed (always nice).  The investigation lead to the characters visiting the sewers just in time to be trapped by an earthquake!  After which the adventurers must make their way through the winding tunnels to find a way back to the surface.

While the adventure is a bit linear, it is fair for an introductory adventure and the setting is engaging, almost a classic adventure movie setting that I think many players will find fun to play through.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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4 comments

  1. Do you think that this would be a good introductory adventure for brand new players? I’ve been poking around for something to get a group of newbies interested in without having to draw up something myself


    • Yes, it is a good introductory adventures so is Kingmaker.


      • I’m personally in the process of playing a game of Kingmaker. The last adventure I ran newbies through was Council of Thieves, and I’ve had a lot of good experiences with the Pathfinder premades, but I’m specifically looking for something a little less epic so I can get new players used to D&D with a single module and THEN start them on their epic 😉


        • Different Kingmakers, the one I was linking to is very old school and a single module.



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