Art of the Genre

I have to say, I always love me some Pathfinder.  I certainly don’t play it as much as I once did, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t respect the work the company does or the quality of the product [which is why I still subscribe to the Adventure Paths because they are just too filled with crunchy goodness to pass up!]

Today I’m going to have a look at Adventure Path #4, Legacy of Fire.

Written by Erik Mona, with new fiction by the lovely and talented Elaine Cunningham, this book takes us into the deserts where we can get some down fine Arabian inspired adventure.

Enter the kingdom of Katapesh, ‘land of fortunes and wonders’, where a first level party can begin a campaign that features all the things about the setting we love, while also adding in the content that makes Pathfinder such a draw to its hordes of fans.

That artwork is no less inspired, bringing in the talented Jesper Ejsing for the cover.  Ejsing’s work has always been a favorite of mine, and I think his ‘sketchbook with color’ style lends incredibly well to the setting of this Adventure Path.  Certainly, he was a great choice by art director Sarah E. Robinson.

Inside, the adventure takes on the now standard practices by Paizo of visceral combat scenes paced with anime-reflective character shots.  All color, all digital, this work is genre specific for the brand Paizo has worked incredibly hard to foster.  Where D&D could go hither and yon depending on the time period, or even the product, Paizo always delivers the goods as promised, and with the same level of care.

Artistic talent such as another personal favorite, the incomparable [and Thor-look alike] Tyler Walpole is found within, as well as Jeff Carlisle, Kevin Yan, Svetlin Velinov, David Bircham, and the Concept Art House which does the finishing for the remainder of content.

In all, this is a great setting, incredible well written by folks that know both adventure and fiction, and a very, very pretty product.

Artistic Rating: 3.5 [out of 5]

Written by Scott Taylor — August 05, 2013

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