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I'll whip up an option or two. Love 5th Ed and loved I6 from 20+ years ago. Will post a single character completely stated up within a few hours.
Edit: Any additional money for armour, equipment, weapons?
I've not played a 5th Ed Bard before but not sure if the Melee is sewn up (that said there are a Barb and Paladin on new offer), and then there is monk (which is on my 'haven't played' list but I don't think it fits the Ravenloft.
Nac Mac Feegle wrote:
I just ran the first half of TotB / sorry I missed this.
Okies. That sounds better. I'll go for a round 8 total including Alpha. That will hurt em considerably.
The party will be fresh before the combat so that should fly ok.
I really love these forums because of the aid people provide. A big thanks to everyone.
Its a rustic setting so decided to go with 10 wolves and 2 advanced template wolves (Alpha male and Alpha female.
Action economy is on the side of the wolves. The terrain is open but with a bridge nearby that they can make it to in order to avoid being flanked.
According to herolab 12 wolves is a CR8 encounter. The party is CR8 - have I balanced this right?
Yeah - there needs to be motivation. It can be gold, it can be personal.
Start them off on a pirate hunting raid (Hermea is an island, presumably the dragon can't be everywhere... hence pirates - or better yet, slavers who want genetically more beautiful slaves) - hit the island. The players are involved in the rescue mission.
Have the rescued inhabitants be very err.. physically grateful... for the rescue. They offer to let them be the village leaders (as part as the local committee at any rate) who will enjoy the benefits of station etc.
Now the players are invested - they got something.
And now? Take it away from them.
Have a duegar scouting party make a raid or even monsters fleeing the approaching dark dwarves... or a fey uprising etc.
Now they are the leaders of a dead village (or at least a reduced village)... and there is a dragon that wants answers, a dragon that is interested in results, a dragon that promises them wealth and position for success and certain agonising fiery death (or worse... "I believe in pursing perfection for my people. One aspect that I prefer not to advertise is that I, on occasion, hire certain specialists to test my people - the priests of Zon Kuthon who reside here are VERY good at their trade. You would find the price of failure to be... exquisite")
Now they have a) lost something they care about b) have a motivation to look for solutions (both stick and carrot)
Huge fan of 5e here. Most of the PbP games I am in ATM are 5e
Theres still room for me to play PFS at tournaments and run a Carrion Crown campaign. Liking one doesn't mean I need to give up another. Hells, I'd be playing Call of Cthulhu and Saga Ed Star Wars if I could find a group who played that as well.
Right here on the forums. Wont spoil it for you though.
I make the following recommendation to anyone running a paizo AP. First read all 6 books, then come on the forums and outright STEAL any idea that makes the AP a more seamless whole or foreshadows certain themes etc.
Much of my HoH stuff was inspired or outright stolen from the posts of other players/GMs
I've run it PbP and I'm running tabletop right now.
I can back up the above poster.
Know your materials for the module. Print out a calendar for the month you want to start it. Pre-plan village events to happen (roughly speaking - changes on the fly are necessary).
Have your maps and miniatures ready. Have handouts - players LOVE handouts.
I'll PM you a link to my Campaign site that has a lot of handout style materials you can print up.
I 100% recommend that you add in story/plot devices to keep the players AWAY from Harrowstone. They'll get there soon enough. I included a local law forbidding people to enter Harrowstone (rescinded after the townhall meeting) a spring festival/cooking completion, a Barn raising and a funeral or two for the cleric (of Pharama) to officiate at, as well as a trial for someone who is is involved in certain events - it was great foreshadowing for trial of the beast.
Believe me, the party will find its way there on its own.
Trust as a score is a tricky mechanism. Some GMs ignore it, others add to it by generating some positive events (such as the afore mentioned barn raising). I am tracking it as an individual score and adjusting due to negative (and the odd positive) event.
The village itself should be run as an NPC, along with the other NPC characters. Its atmosphere makes the game, not the prison (which can degrade into hack and slash very quickly, making it just another dungeon, which is a pity).
Prep yourself with descriptive language for the prison itself - that will set the right tone. Play music in the background (I found a Youtube video of 8 hrs of dripping water sound that is in an echoing windy cave that is great for atmosphere).
If you have Module 6 of CC you'll find information on the protagonist - I recommend STRONGLY that he at the funeral along with Embreth Daramid (module 2)- have both of them leave straight after the funeral. I also had Madame Ivanja (module 3) and Garius from the Carrion Hill adventure but I did that to create connections to future events/games.
So far so good. I started with 6 with 2 no shows, then 8 with an additional no show, now its gonna be 10.
Am I managing? So far so good... I am blessed with one player who has seeming narcolepsy so it's not quite as an intensive as it seems.
I am adding a 6th villain of Harrowstone.
'Mother Comfort' from the Undead unleashed book - a variant Allip. I'm going to put her in the same room as the straight jacket in a box... which if you read up on her is rather ironic.
I love this adventure - I've actually made a fair swack of complementary materials for it.
Straight up bard. combat themed.
All about Borden wrote:
X3 has the dumbest villains of all time but for the 80's it was good intrigue. I've run them as a little more intelligent but ultimately easy enough for most players to outwit them.
Castle Amber? Rocks. However I've enhanced it somewhat adding a second story (it is after all a big ass mansion) and spread out some of the encounters as a result making it less of a kick down door... Oh, a monster (or crazy Amberville).
Character creation guidelines in case there is enough interest (so I don't have to put it in a later post that people can't find):
Starting Level and Wealth 1 and you may choose to pick from the starting equipment of your class
Alignment Any is open: LN
Ability Scores and HP 27 Done - Level 1 start?
Backgrounds You may mix and match elements from different backgrounds to create a custom background if you want, and also take the module specific Background features:
- Customised The Acolyte somewhat heavily. Undertaker Tools and Herbalism Kit fit the man who will bring comfort at your deathbed in what herbs etc he can, and then the skills to make a coffin, grave marker, dig your grave and perform the burial service... which fits the god and related branch of the faith to a 'T'
Where can I go to reference the module specific background features?
Trinkets You may take any number between 0 and 3 trinkets 1d4 - 1 ⇒ (3) - 1 = 2 choose them freely or randomly generate them. They will likely not be of any story significance though, unless I happen to be inspired by one of them.
Character formatI'd like you to make an Alias with a profile layouted like this example. I want to be able to look up you character's stat information quickly and for that uniform statblocks are tremendously helpful. If you want to be especially DM friendly you can also add spoilers with descriptions of you class features, feats, spells etc. but that is hardly required.
Done - you'll see when I post the character. Crunch all done, background still running around my head but I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Ok - having a rare snow flake moment.
Kelemvor is the god of the dead that hates undead... so why his domain is death (with all the nasty necromantic spells that really suit a moustache twirling villain rather than a god of a clergy who actively seek out the unquiet dead) is anyones guess.
I will make a cleric of war and hope you hand wave it as the 'order militant' of the faith of Kelemvor - it seems you have an open door policy to tweaks and changes.
Hi guys - still here.
I'm back on my meds and its lifting me - I think I'll be ready again next week - life is looking a crap load better than a few weeks ago.
I'll send everyone a PM thanking you for your patience and telling you we're back on later.
Guys - full disclosure. I am trying to get my s!#$ together and its not going well. I decided to go off my meds (depression) around January and for a few months all was well but at the moment I am at the bottom of a black pit and I'm trying to claw my way out. Its all I can do to even get out of bed in the morning and hold down my job.
I'll be making appointments with my Psych (who I haven't seen since Nov) and getting myself back in track. Its gonna take some time.
That said, this game REALLY matters to me. I will try to post something as soon as I can. If you wish to quit then I totally understand but please let me know if you are willing to stay for now.
Sorry guys. I did insane amounts of work over the weekend and am still fried. Gimme a bit to keep this moving.
Also had a PM from Emmett. He may stay in the game but take a week or so break. Here's hoping he decides to stay in on our game.
Hi - making up some details on a potential copy of the Umbral Leaves... and want to make it a sort of spell book (yeah, technically not needed for clerics).
Any suggestion on spells, mostly clerical but any arcane as well, that I can pop in the book?
Agreed Phantom, it isn't really that sort of game - I just wanted to get a base line of Opinion as I was working for a backstory for a campaign and wanted a sanity check/guideline for the backstory.
However a level 1 character is unlikely to be able to lay claim to a 'professorship' with a single rank or 'research fellow' - roles that traditionally require a doctorate.
I do have one game (E6) where I allowed the player to start as a professor but its a very low level campaign and one where commoners rarely make it beyond level 3, but thats the exception rather than the rule.
Anyways thats where I am coming from.
I decided to make the character a graduate working on their masters (History of Ustalav, from restoration of crown rule to present day) given their ranks in History, Nobility and Local (which also covers laws) and their decent bonuses +8, +7, +6
Given the character is about to attend a funeral in Ravensgro I am pretty sure that while their knowledge skills will rise, they won't have time for academic accreditation once things get moving.
So an NPC would need to be level 7? Yeah - I'll let that slide. I never was a fan of high level commoners and the like.