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The Barrows of the Forest Lords
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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-05-24 04:09 AM
Indeed I did; this is slightly spruced up from the original adventure I put people through. My players handled it just fine, and have no particular beef with such challenges.

Following your comment to Dossta above, you're absolutely right: the surviving baby proved the toughest challenge of all. The character in question proclaimed his intent to keep the baby, adopted him when they got back to civilization ... and then promptly checked out, preferring to keep his city focus on his social climbing and his aristocratic mistress. Happily, the party leader has a strong maternal instinct and cared for the boy, and took him with her when she became pregnant herself and relocated to the elven empire. It broke her heart to hear the now-toddler plaintively ask where his papa was and why he never wrote ("Is it because I'm bad, Auntie 'Laina?"), and she adopted him herself.

The child is now nearly six, and a good, sweet lad, but heck ... he's a creation of the freaking God of Pain, he sees and speaks to disembodied spirits, and the grownups are worried as all get out as to what he might become when he grows up. Go to Comment
The Barrows of the Forest Lords
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Old Dreamer's comment on 2011-04-03 07:24 PM


Well, let's see. Very descriptive description of the physical features of the barrow, no need for a map here as it seemed quite clear in my mind's eye. Thank you.



Would this be somewhat contrived and party disrupting if a large group encountered them? Most definitely. However, this would be pretty cool for an individual or pair of players interacting. 



I think I would break these up and scatter them across the forest, and also allow that some of them have been looted already. 



So there, likely useful for all of us.


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The Barrows of the Forest Lords
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Dossta's comment on 2011-04-13 08:20 AM


Interesting setup.  Forcing the players to stand alone like this could provide for some good gameplay, but I would still probably tweak it a bit to give my players the option of seeking more help.  Perhaps the barrier could allow a second player (or third) through if the subject of the test requested it?  There should be a significant penalty or other alteration to the test to make the first player hesitate to do this, however.  I would probably also remove the barrier against sound entirely, so that the rest of the party can at least stand by and shout advice, thus remaining more involved.



A few other small nitpicks: challenges one and two (judging the baby case and dealing with the live baby) are significantly easier than the rest of them, and might cause a party to cry foul when faced with the later challenges.  Also, you forgot to include the answers to the three riddles.



Overall though, well done.


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The Barrows of the Forest Lords
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-03 05:03 PM


Overall, I like this. The puzzles are interesting and practical and I think there is enough description to carry it through.



I probably wouldn't use it myself. While I see the challenge in making a single player face a barrow alone (and I would applaud a GM who could pull it off), I don't like the idea of making the rest of the players wait around. The few times I've ever done something like this, I've lost control of the group (players would lose interest, get up and wander around, and have trouble getting back into play.) Maybe that says more about my limitations as a GM, but I have more success when I keep as many players involved as possible. Plus, I like seeing how a group responds to a challenge. That kind of group energy is the reason I play so few video games (and I'm too set in my ways to try those new-fangled MMORPGS.)



While I could be wrong, I think Echo's point is that this feels a little contrived. Your point about the classic dungeon being far more unrealistic and contrived is a good one that I fully agree with, which is why I don't run them.



I do prefer subs with some extra prose. Even though I would never read stuff like that off to the players, I find that that extra bit of flavor helps bring the ideas to life for me. I understand that that is a personal preference, so I don't knock off points for subs that don't do it. You provided enough detail to make it understandable and I commend you for that.



And bonus points for using barrow mounds. I've always been fascinated by them.


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The Standard
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-14 02:03 PM
I like the idea of them. I imagine they would be on the top of castles or keeps of the rulers when not in use on the battlefield. I would assume that their magic continues no matter where they are. Neat. Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-14 02:07 PM
Alignment:
Idly imagining if some wondrous event may take place if all the flags were brought within a mile of each other or put into some other kind of alignment. I felt the need to believe that these were obviously made to be used together for some larger purpose. Perhaps the configuration would do something dramatic but I have no idea what or how many possible alignments there are causing some number of different affects. My mind wants to make ideas but I can't come up with any. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-03-31 06:03 AM


The plot hooks section is quite slim, especially with the mischief and outright disaster an anti-magic banner can wreak.



Also, I'd suggest adding some quirks and more personality a) to the known banners b) to the banners in general. So far, they're indestructible anti-magic banners. Woo.



It's okay, I guess.


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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-03-29 11:55 PM


Really good, this is written well enough to rock my world.


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Ted's comment on 2011-03-29 05:06 PM
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RGTraynor's comment on 2011-03-30 08:57 AM
Update: Mm, should have mentioned in the first place that the banners bear no emblem beyond the phoenix sigils capping the flagpoles ... Go to Comment
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RGTraynor's comment on 2012-10-13 06:00 AM
Huh. That's not a half-bad notion, and one I never thought of. Come to that, never mind all of them ... what happens if you put ANY of them in close proximity? Should Avanar and Vallia go to open war again, that might put as many as four Standards on the same battlefield (Avanar's third Standard is a thousand miles from the Vallian border, and the other two known Standards are several hundreds of miles apart as well.)

Beyond that, the Vallian-Avanari border's been the world's most contested for centuries now, and a lot of the same battles are fought over the same plains they've been fought over for generations. Who's to say that the burial mounds over there don't contain a forgotten Standard, which will have that synergistic effect on/with the others? Go to Comment
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RGTraynor's comment on 2012-10-13 06:03 AM
You assume correctly; they work just fine no matter where as long as they're unfurled and there's a wind.

The problem with keeping them on palaces, though, is that they defeat *friendly* magic as well. Go to Comment
The Standard
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-29 06:39 PM


An effective item whose strategic value would have to be weighed before use.



I like the irony of an army marching under a banner not their own.


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Ride My See-Saw
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Cheka Man's comment on 2010-07-13 12:58 PM
Keeping everyone from storming the ship will most likely require some ultraviolence. Go to Comment
Ride My See-Saw
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Drackler's comment on 2010-07-25 10:46 PM
I especially like the format; it is easily understood and organizes things rather well. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2012-05-12 06:31 PM

Brutal.  Great job!


 


 

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RGTraynor's comment on 2010-07-13 08:35 AM
This follows Steve Darlington’s excellent format for designing adventures: take an evocative song you like and use it as your inspiration. For the ones I’m posting here, I use Moody Blues’ songs; this one is Ride My See-Saw. The adventure was written for my Firefly campaign, but it works in any SF campaign. Unlike a number other of these plots, it’s not as adaptable to other milieus, but were I to do so, I’d make it an invasion plot: the orcs/Apaches/NVA are coming with an unstoppable force the party cannot hope to defeat or thwart, and they have to manage the evacuation. Go to Comment
Ride My See-Saw
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RGTraynor's comment on 2010-07-17 10:04 AM
Which might backfire, unless you can launch a ship in seconds. Presuming you have your crew all inside and the ship buttoned up ... well, think a mob of five hundred people on the pad, given about ninety seconds, could make the Space Shuttle unable to launch? I could easily see it happening here. Go to Comment
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RGTraynor's comment on 2010-08-01 06:59 AM
It really is. Steve designed it for doing Buffy games, where sessions are deliberately episodic, and it's surprisingly useful for the format. Absolutely give it a try: just pick song titles from your favorite band and go for it. Go to Comment
Legend of a Mind
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Drackler's comment on 2010-07-25 10:53 PM
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Castoria, Land of Shattered Stars

       By: Veretrix

Castoria was once a thriving and prosperous nation, a rich trade center for the surrounding lands. This all changed when, on one fateful night nearly a century ago, the Mist of Eternity rolled in and surrounded the land, obscuring more of the outside world as days and nights passed.

By the time the Mist blocked out the sun, a new light shone during what was assumed to be daytime: The Starpoint Spire, a mysterious place atop Castoria's highest peak in the northern-central region. Some say that there is some sort of building atop the mountain shining the dim "sunlight" onto the land, but it is only ever too bright or too dark to fully make out any structure, not to mention the mountain's immense height.

Not a month after the Spire's light lit up, the stars fell. Flaming rocks and debris from far-flung edges of space plummeted downward onto the eastern region of Castoria. Once the shower subsided, a strange energy from within the fallen stars transformed the eastern lands in what are now known as The Voidwastes, a barren gray land littered with craters and strange alien creatures (these can vary, but I had Pathfinder's Akatas in mind).

To the south, strange mechanism of eldritch origin are again at work after aeons of rest in the Ruins of Kchuthngnl, an ancient city of non-human creation that is estimated by scholars to be no less that five millennia old.

To the west, the once peaceful and serene forest, now known as The Plagued Woods, has been experiencing corruptions of the wildlife and humanoids living there. Some humans have reported creatures that appear not unlike a halfling, except that they can open their mouths to massive proportions to swallow creatures the size of an ogre.

When adventurers and citizens alike try to make an escape from Castoria, they are never seen again, and it is utterly unknown whether they found hopeful sanctuary or agonizing death withing the Mist's depths.

What is unknown to all residents of Castoria is that all of these events occurred because of the actions of a secret but powerful cult loyal to the Elder Gods who call the space between the planes their abhorrent home. The cult still lives on, larger than ever, and their plan is for the alien horrors to incubate and thrive within the dome of mist that now envelops Castoria, so that when the Elder Gods return as the cult's prophecy foretells, they will have an army of blasphemous creation at their disposal that they will use to make war with and enslave the denizens of the Material Plane.

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