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"Gazing down form the pinnacle of
Hardway Mountain, who would not be drawn by the far-off glint of the
Serpent's Eye? The descent will be hard, the mountains know neither
mercy nor compassion. Many are the lessons to be learned, but fate has
left you little choice - are you equal to the challenge?"UK5: "Eye of the Serpent" (1984), by Graeme Morris, is the fifth UK line of adventures Needleshttp://email@example.com
They are all that remains of the lost spirits that inhabit the wastes, the souls of the damned of Atlantis and Lemuria.They are encountered without rhyme or reason when some ancient relic is carried by the Boreas winds to the shores of ancient lands. When encountered in the wastelands they can very dangerous as they carry with them the curse of the damned and dying.
The force of suns had Needleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
southlands of Eor are being despoiled. Merchants will no longer run
their caravans on the main highway past the quiet village of Waycombe.
The peasants are fleeing their lands, and all are demanding protection
from the powerful Count of Eor. The goodly count has sent a troop of his
trusted fighters to exterminate the brigands believed responsible for
these outrages, but weeks have Needleshttp://email@example.com
Roman senate door by antmoose
So last night I got together with Steve & his players for a bit of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyeprborea. This isn't my regular group of players so I was kinda with my back to the wall. Yeah well I did have couple of aces up my sleeve in the fact that I've been running a weekly The Islands of Purple Putrescence game powered by the Astonishing Needleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
I was talking with my systems guy about Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea & C1's blog entry yesterday. He was a bit put out because we're playing a lower level tier campaign at the moment involving Venger Satanis's Islands of Purple Haunted Putrescence.
He was saying its not like there is a low level adventure that can really exploit the Hyperborean countryside? Well, Needleshttp://email@example.com
C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan has an aura of pulpy danger that seems to call to players like moths to an old school flame. Hidden treasure, danger, & some very weird old school flavor seem to add to trap laden old school play. But what if you want to place it within your favorite old school home game campaign setting? What about a more pulpy sword & sorcery angle?
Alright so let's Needleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
So last night I was going through the Vaults of Pandius website for some research into one of my all time favorite modules S4 "The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth". Over the Easter holiday a fellow old school dungeon master clued me in on "Original Lost Caverns of Tsojconth - found in Karameikos? by Paleologos"
article. The basis of the article is very interesting to me,
"The original version Needleshttp://email@example.com
So Venger Satanis put together an "Alpha Blue Campaign Manager"which basically let's you keep track of the sci fi elements of your Alpha Blue rpg sci fi references. This isn't that bad of a work sheet at all and in the words of the designer,"Specifically, I was imagining my sleazy sci-fi RPG Alpha Blue and
how it's a mash-up of so many TV shows and movies. It can be difficult
to keep a Needleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
I got a chance to play catch up over the holiday with some very interesting old school dungeon masters whom I usually catch a beer or two with. We were talking about low level adventures & introducing sword & sorcery PC's into a higher level old school campaign setting without slaughtering them. There were some interesting discussions but one of the more interesting options that came up Needleshttp://email@example.com
So I was talking with a friend of mine whose home for the Easter holiday today. He's a dungeon master of some experience & with an old school background. He was talking about using B10 Night's Dark Terror as the fodder for the lands surrounding the AD&D 1st edition classic I6 Ravenloft. This gives the over all campaign the look and feel of a wild Hammer style pseudo Russian or old world countryNeedleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis & the crimson shod swords of barbarian hordes cross the wastelands there were numerous treasures lost to the sands & waters of time.Some of these riches contained potent artifacts & relics in their own rights. Men & women of plunder often saw opportunity for wealth and power in these treasures or perhaps it was the darker hands of fate moving Needleshttp://email@example.com
Out in the wastelands there are places with all of their own personal agendas, these places have slipped between the cracks of reality & become places of torment for a wide variety of prisoners from places better off forgotten or lost. These strange adventure locations appear throughout the dimensions causing mayhem for whatever or whomever they can. They almost have a malevolent or dangerousNeedleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
There are ladies who don't have time or wait for anyone to 'take care' of them. These lady adventurers are forces of nature in their own rights and might if the party acts nicely take them in hand to help them out. Perhaps to act as patrons or information brokers, often these adventurers can be found at the fringes or dimensional borderlands between worlds. For sufficient treasure they'll be Needleshttp://email@example.com
There are multiple planes of existence & places in the wastelands between worlds where adventurers should not set foot. These places are often at the cross roads of many existences & lives. They attract the foolish, stupid, & dangerous in equal turns. But they also attract some of the most dangerous horrors of undeath the worlds have ever seen. Adventurers should exercise extreme caution whenNeedleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
Original box set courtesy of tekumel.com
So last night I got together with friends for a game of the original Empire of The Petal Throne box set; we generated characters & began to explore the underworld of the city of Jakalla. We were fresh off the boat barbarians. Things went from weird to stranger as we were hired by a small group of xenophobic Tsolyani patron priests.They were hiring usNeedleshttp://email@example.com
Tonight I got a chance to get into my Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea & Warriors of the Red Planet hybrid campaign known as 'Old Mars'. The adventurer came across an ancient ragged & ruined city inhabited by strange bird creatures after their sky ship crashed near a weird city. There they came across one of the original races of Mars the 'Thoth'. They opened trade from their Needleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
"Your peaceful evening has been interrupted by an unusual request. As
a thief, your skills are unmatched, but can you rise to the challenge
of thieving for a powerful and frightening wizard? Do you have a choice?"There are old school modules that are unique in both structure & goals,O1 The Gem and the Staff (Basic) by John Van De Graaf, & Laurie Van De Graaf certainly qualifies for Needleshttp://email@example.com
Last night it was time for my group's weekly The Islands of Purple Putrescence game powered by the Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea first edition rpg engine. There's been a lot happening since last game.
The PC's have been messing around with the crystals on the islands & getting into as well as out of all kinds of trouble. Two things came in handy for last night's game Needleshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org
So Don Rickles passed today, Rest in peace putz. They don't make em like that anymore so in honor my friends had Kelly's Heroes playing in the background. Great WWII flick if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Since I had very little time to get anything ready I faded back to one of my favorite adventures from Venger Satanis & his Kort'thalis Publishing products.
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Not my beer image by (c) 2005 ZubroLots of good ideas seem to start over a beer in my town & end of the hobby. Let's start with last night's discussion & workshop with B/X Dungeon's & Dragon's Journey To The Rock. Will the deconstruction, discussion, & ideas from last night's old school bar visit work?
Book cover of Journey to the Rock by Michael Malone, artwork by Larry Elmore
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