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I have never run or played an Adventure Path campaign but I am considering starting the subscription. If I understand it correctly each of the 6 part Adventure Paths start the player at 1st level and run then up to 15th or so (or higher even). The "Shattered Star" path is coming out in the next month or so and my question is would it be a good idea to start play with this one? Or would I be missing something by not going back to "Rise of the Runelords" and playing through all of them? Basically is there a storyline that carries over from one path to the next?

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The Adventure Paths are all standalone; each takes a new set of characters from level 1 to somewhere in the teens. Some NPCs or relatives of NPCs show up in later APs (like Sandpoint from Rise of the Runelords reappears in Jade Regent, and various Vancaskerkin relatives appear in many of the APs), but that's more of a cool Easter egg than a necessary plot point.

Start with whichever AP you'd like, based on whether you want traditional mixed-field D&D (Rise of the Runelords), horror (Carrion Crown), sandbox empire building (Kingmaker), Asian (Jade Regent), etc. I'd recommend starting with a recent one just so it's easily available and so there's active discussion going on on paizo.com. Also, APs before Council of Thieves were all actually 3.5e rules and not Pathfinder. Rise of the Runelords does fit that category, though - they are re-releasing a Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition this month (July 2012) all in one volume, updated to the Pathfinder rules, with lots of other hullaballoo around it. So if I were starting from ground zero, I probably would go with this reissue of the classic personally. (And I own all of them, have played most of them, and have GMed some of them.)

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Thanks. That is just what I was hoping to hear. I am fairly certain that I am going to start the subscription when the first book of Shattered Star is released. –  etank Jul 13 '12 at 22:16
    
I was not aware that some of them were not Pathfinder. I had assumed that they all were. I may have to get the anniversary version of Rise of the Runelords. Or at least ask for it as a birthday gift from my wife :) –  etank Jul 13 '12 at 22:48
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Just looked through the Anniversary Edition of ROTRLs at my local game shop. I am GMing this AP right now and our group is close to finishing the fourth book. The ROTRLs AP is really good. James Jacobs steered the ship on this one and got some really good writers to provide content of each book. It is a roller coaster ride from the start. I wish that I had access to the new Anniersary Edition when we began as it has all the content customized for the PF rules. It also has some other extras thrown in from what I saw. Plus at $59.99 it is a nice price for a LOT of gaming.

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I am hoping to get this one myself. –  etank Jul 23 '12 at 23:08
    
Hmm, I think RL is one of the hardest though. I played the first book with a killer GM and an un-optimised party. Things didn't go well.. (2 TPKs!) –  Macona Jul 25 '12 at 8:09
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