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Skull & Shackles

Silver Crusade

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Ahoy there!

Hey all, with the great big Seabox that Skull & Shackles is there's an opportunity to insert a bunch of great 3.5 era Dungeon Magazine adventures.

Be aware that even if you don't want the adventures there's some great maps to be found in these issues and many of them can be downloaded FREE.

Also I'm putting stars on the titles I'm most likely to convert and use myself (keep an eye on my various Dudemeister's S&S threads for those conversions). The others are here for GM inspiration.

With Paizo's big sale on here's some adventures I'll be using adapting and borrowing:

Dungeon 104* - Dragon Hunters (Level Range 5-10)

Spoiler:
I just really like this adventure

Dungeon 105* - The Stink (Level Range 2-7)
Spoiler:
Could easily be set in one of the larger ports around The Shackles.

Dungeon 106* - Tammeraut's Fate& Pirate Seacave Stronghold Map (Level Range 6-10)
Spoiler:
Possible Sequel to Cracking the Rock in Book 2

Dungeon 107* - Freeport: Dead Man's Quest (Level Range 1-5)
Spoiler:
The Return of Captain Morgan!

Dungeon 111* - Strike On the Rabid Dawn (Level Range 15-20)
Spoiler:
Secret Asmodean Cultists among the pirates and the PCs must stop Asmodeus' Herald from being called to the fray. This fits so perfectly I might spit.

Dungeon 114 - Torrents of Dread (Level Range 6-10), Backdrop: Isle of Dread
Spoiler:
If you're going to drop the Isle of Dread anywhere, the Shackles is the place to do it.

Dungeon 118* - Box of Flumph (Level Range 1-5)
Spoiler:
FLUMPHS! 'Nuff Said... oh alright, another great ship map, a great map of a port town and probably something I'll use to expand Rickety's Squibs.

Dungeon 121* - The Styes (Level Range 7-12)
Spoiler:
An incredibly popular adventure that could be placed anywhere in the Shackles.

Dungeon 123* - Salvage Operation (Level Range 1-5)
Spoiler:

Dungeon 125 - Seekers of the Silver Forge (Level Range 15-20)
Spoiler:
Replace Gith with Gillmen, add some Aboleths, and Gol-Ghan references to taste.

Dungeon 130 - Map: Jungle Trading Port
Spoiler:
Within the Circle is a great low-level adventure, and if you plan on running Jade Regent then Palace of Plenty should give you more bang for your buck.

Dungeon 137 - The Spider Eaters (Level Range 1-5)
Spoiler:
A Pirate Island, and some sexy spiders.

Dungeon 138* - The Weavers (Level 9-11)
Spoiler:
Highly regarded Sequel to the Styes

All of the following have bits for the Savage Tide Adventure Path: A great AP and you should collect everything from 139-150 anyway it'd make a great Sequel to Skull & Shackles you can force one of your players to run (or make 'em walk the plank).

Dungeon 139** - There is no Honor (Level Range 1-5)

Spoiler:
Great maps, Parrot Island!, Pirate Ship Map

Dungeon 140 - The Bullywug Gambit (Level Range 1-5)
Spoiler:
Great Maps, awesome encounters

Dungeon 141 - The Sea Wyvern's Wake (Level Range 1-5)
Spoiler:
(Great for Random Sailing Encounters)

Dungeon 142 - Here there be Monsters (Level range 7-11)
Spoiler:
Nothing particularly piratey about this one, but some great island exploration encounters.

Dungeon 143 - Tides of Dread (Level Range 8-11) Backdrop: Farshore
Spoiler:
Steal some encounters

Dungeon 144 - The Lightless Depths (Level Range 9-13)
Spoiler:
Some neat Aquatic Encounters

Dungeon 145 - The City of Broken Idols (Level Range 14-16)
Spoiler:
Taboo Island works well as a Gol-Ghan ruin.

Dungeon 146 - Serpents of Scuttlecove (Levels 13-20); Backdrop: Scuttlecove
Spoiler:
Again some good maps and great encounter ideas.

Dungeon 147 - Into the Maw (Levels 16-19)
Spoiler:
A little Piraty, and a good way to expand beyond the campaign as written.

Dungeon 148 - Wells of Darkness (Level 17-20)
Spoiler:
Nothing particularly piraty about this one, useful for expanding beyond the AP.[/spoiler
Dungeon 149 - Twisted Night, Enemies of my Enemy (Levels 8-12 & 19-20) [spoiler]A nice Varnhold Vanishingesque adventure, and a little something to help you continue the campaign.

Dungeon 150 - Prince of Demons (Levels 20-21) [spoiler]Extraplanar Piracy![/url]

BONUS: Dragon Issues - More support and inspiration for Players and GMs.

Dragon 305 - Learn to Fight with Flair!
Dragon 315 - Shark Cultist prestige class.
Dragon 318 - Pirate Equipment and a great write up of the historical pirate city of Port Royal.
Dragon 334 - The Kraken, 6 Serious Spells for Seafarers and Booze in D&D
Dragon 345 - 3 Sinister Sea Serpents
Dragon 349 - Dagon Arises!
Dragon 353 - Savage Tidings: Advancing the Wyvern (More ship upgrades)

If there's any others you can think of or other adventures from 3pp, PFS adventures or Modules line modules that you think would make a good fit, post them below.

Yoho me hearties,
Dudemeister.

Osirion

This is spectacular, thank you.

I was looking for adventures that feature sea hags (I have a changeling PC in my upcoming game) and found:

The Sea Witch

Spoiler:
for 10th level. A lighthouse that has been overrun by Black Molly and her crew of ogres. She's turned off the lighthouse and demands ransom before relinquishing it.

and in Dungeon Crawl Classics #48 there's Tide of Evil

Spoiler:
For 4th level. I plan on replacing Tidewater Rock with the village in this adventure

Silver Crusade

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Completely forgot about Wizard's Free adventures. There's some good ones in there.

Osirion

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Shoals of Intrigue seems ripe for adapting.

Sczarni

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There's a Sea Hag adventure in the 3.5 hardcover Stormwrack.

Andoran

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Looking back at some much older issues (these are mostly 2nd edition, but should be relatively easy to convert):

Dungeon 63 - Huzza's Goblin O' War (lv. 4-7)
Huzza's the big man on board. It's even more hilarious with Golarion goblins.

Dungeon 64 - Grotto of the Queen (lv. 6-9)
A magic ship has been stolen.

Dungeon 65 - Flotsam (lv. 6-8)
It even takes place in "a pirate-infested archipelago"!

Dungeon 66 - The Sunken Shadow (lv. 1-3)
Salvaging a shipwreck.

Dungeon 66 - Operation Manta Ray (lv. 6-9)
A spy has been captured by an enemy nation. Heroes to the rescue.

Dungeon 74 - The Scourge of Scalabar (lv. 1-3)
A gnomish submarine? Yes please!

Dungeon 77 - To Walk Beneath The Waves (lv. 3-5)
Something is attacking and sinking fishing boats. What?

Dungeon 80 - Fortune Favors the Dead (lv. 5-7)
Finding the treasure will be easy. Getting the map? Now that's a different story.


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I've been compiling a list of Dungeon and Paizo adventures that I can use for Skull and Shackles. Here is my (by no means complete, but still worth mentioning, I think) list:

Dungeon Magazine:
002 - Keep at Koralgesh, The
003 - Deadly Sea, The
006 - After the Storm
009 - Ghostship Gambit, The
011 - Wards of Witching Ways
012 - Light of Lost Souls
012 - Intrigue in the Depths
015 - Wreck of the Shining Star, The
016 - Vesicant
019 - Serpent’s Tooth, The
021 - Incident at Strathern Point
023 - Old Sea-Dog
033 - That Island Charm
034 – Isle of the Abbey
034 – Lady Rose, The
035 - The Whale
039 - Last of the Iron House
040 - Draven Deeps' Menace, The
047 – When the Light Goes Out
048 – Oracle at Sumbar, The
049 – Dark Place, The
049 – North of Narborel
050 – Back to the Beach
050 – Vaka's Curse, The
051 – Nbod's Room
058 - Caveat Emptor
063 – Huzza’s Goblin O’War
063 - Beauty Corrupt
064 – Grotto of the Queen
065 – Flotsam
066 – Operation Manta Ray
066 – Sunken Shadow, The
070 - Maze of the Morkoth, The
071 - Wildspawn
074 – Scourge of Scalabar, The
077 - To Walk Beneath the Waves
079 - Akriloth, The
096 – Hollow Threats
099 - Fish Story
106 – Tammeraut’s Fate
111 – Strike on the Rabid Dawn
113 - Practical Magic
114 - Torrents of Dread
118 - Box of Flumph
120 - The Forsaken Arch
123 – Salvage Operation
137 - Siege of the Spider Eaters
Plus many of the adventures from the Savage Tide AP.

Pathfinder Modules/Society Scenarios:

From Shore to Sea
Treasure of Chimera Cove
Silent Tide
The Hydra's Fang Incident
Perils of the Pirate Pact
The Devil We Know—Part I: Shipyard Rats
No Plunder, No Pay
Murder on the Throaty Mermaid

AD&D 2nd Edition Modules:

TSR 9542 - Evil Tide
TSR 9550 - Night of the Shark
TSR 9560 - Sea of Blood
TSR 9422 - The Murky Deep
TSR 9478 - Thief’s Challenge II Beacon Point

Andoran

Caveat Emptor was the one I was originally trying to find (I have that issue somewhere in my collection). That one would be a great scenario to run, since it's heavily investigative. When I tried to run it about six months after it was published, my group never did figure out what was causing the problem.


The Dark wrote:
Caveat Emptor was the one I was originally trying to find (I have that issue somewhere in my collection). That one would be a great scenario to run, since it's heavily investigative. When I tried to run it about six months after it was published, my group never did figure out what was causing the problem.

I really liked Caveat Emptor. It was set in Ted Zuvich's "Volkrad" setting, which was low magic - which is why one of the side quests in it was to find a rare +1 weapon to defeat the bad guys.

Speaking of, does Pathfinder have the equivalent of a sea wolf lycanthrope? Could they just be werewolves with the aquatic subtype and amphibious sq?

Sczarni

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Valadorn wrote:
Speaking of, does Pathfinder have the equivalent of a sea wolf lycanthrope? Could they just be werewolves with the aquatic subtype and amphibious sq?

Well, there are weresharks, and now werecrocodiles as of one of the later volumes of this AP.

Spoiler:
And one of the Free Captains is just a straight up werewolf, as is his crew.

Shadow Lodge

Dudemeister has lots of great ideas. My group just finished book 1, so I didnt get to use a lot of that. I still may toss in the salvage operation as they leave rickety's. I am going to the box of flumph there, as well.

Spoiler:
Changing the "local thieves guild" to the Aspis Consortium up from Bloodcove, and instead of having the Angelina risk hitting an undead reef, it might slam into the moored Strix and leave a very angry Pegsworthy the PCs will have to negotiate with. Also, given my group isnt exactly good, I will will present some more grey choices... the captain of the Angelina is going to be fairly selfish, so maybe they'll want to side with Dusty and help his mutiny. Furthermore, they could turn in Garkle to Rickety for a squib discount, give him over to Aspis for some Infamy, or do the mine operation themselves and gain some "plunder" representing teir share of the mines.


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I saw an adventure in the store where the pc's encounter a wrecked ship at sea. I can't seem to find the right keywords to search it, so I'm hoping for some help here. Can anyone name that adventure?

Silver Crusade

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tumbler wrote:
I saw an adventure in the store where the pc's encounter a wrecked ship at sea. I can't seem to find the right keywords to search it, so I'm hoping for some help here. Can anyone name that adventure?

Salvage Operation from Dungeon 123?


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Nope, it's a third party adventure. I looked perfect as a side trek.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

Well I have no idea. Was it from the Freeport series by Green Ronin?

Or that Sinister Adventures short adventure?


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Finally found it. Ship of Fools.

ship of fools

Looks like it would be a nice distraction, also includes a printable battle map of the ship.

RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32, 2012 Top 4

tumbler wrote:

Finally found it. Ship of Fools.

ship of fools

Looks like it would be a nice distraction, also includes a printable battle map of the ship.

Highly recommended! ;-)

Qadira

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Pretty awesome stuff here, thanks everyone for all of the information


I was definately thinking of adding the Treasure of Chimera Cove as a side adventure. Has anyone else thought likewise? It looks like a really cool adventure. I may move the setting closer to the Shackles.


Gnomezrule wrote:
I was definately thinking of adding the Treasure of Chimera Cove as a side adventure. Has anyone else thought likewise? It looks like a really cool adventure. I may move the setting closer to the Shackles.

Had thought about it, but never really liked the whole "locks" effect... including sailing fully rigged ships through a barely 15' (?) high tunnel mouth... or sailing inside a windless cave.... Or the action of ocean waves... inside the cave, rolling in and over the locks, flooding the whole complex. Yeah, over-realistic me.

But the whole "secret pirate weapon" aspect might of course be worth it as a sidetrek...


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Dark Waters Rising

I will add it at Rickety's Squibs after the wasp encounter but before the landing. I think it will make a great addition! *evil grin*

Grand Lodge

Is DM aka Dudemeister suggested that these adventures be side adventures while running the Skull & Shackles adventure path or is he suggesting that these adventures be run in a later campaign in which these adventures are relocated from Greyhawk/Forgotten Realms etc. to the Shackles?

Grand Lodge

In adapting "The Stink" for Golarion, is Apollyon the best replacement in the Golarion pantheon for Incabulos "The Black Rider"?

Grand Lodge

TritonOne wrote:
In adapting "The Stink" for Golarion, is Apollyon the best replacement in the Golarion pantheon for Incabulos "The Black Rider"?

Urgathoa, goddess of disease, gluttony, and undeath?

I have also noticed that the City of Corentyn (24,300 souls) in Cheliax is about the size of the City of Suncliff (24,500 souls) in terms of approximate population. Or relocate the adventure to Ilizmagorti (10,500 souls) or Port Peril (43,270 souls)? Elsewhere in the Shackles? The events of the adventure happening during "Raiders of the Fever Sea"?

Silver Crusade

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TritonOne wrote:
Is DM aka Dudemeister suggested that these adventures be side adventures while running the Skull & Shackles adventure path or is he suggesting that these adventures be run in a later campaign in which these adventures are relocated from Greyhawk/Forgotten Realms etc. to the Shackles?

They make great side adventures for the S&S campaign.

Grand Lodge

DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
TritonOne wrote:
Is DM aka Dudemeister suggested that these adventures be side adventures while running the Skull & Shackles adventure path or is he suggesting that these adventures be run in a later campaign in which these adventures are relocated from Greyhawk/Forgotten Realms etc. to the Shackles?
They make great side adventures for the S&S campaign.

Since I am not familiar with the Dungeon adventures in question, I was concerned that the players might be at higher levels/experience points (XP) by running these side adventures before embarking on later adventures of the Skull & Shackles adventure path. Do later adventure(s) require much modification or re-writing when adding these side adventures so that they are sufficiently challenging or fit in the main plot? Or is little modification necessary except for changing the campaign setting from Greyhawk to Golarion?


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TritonOne wrote:
Since I am not familiar with the Dungeon adventures in question, I was concerned that the players might be at higher levels/experience points (XP) by running these side adventures before embarking on later adventures of the Skull & Shackles adventure path. Do later adventure(s) require much modification or re-writing when adding these side adventures so that they are sufficiently challenging or fit in the main plot? Or is little modification necessary except for changing the campaign setting from Greyhawk to Golarion?

My advice would be to use the slow advancement, so that you can get some of this fun stuff in and not hurt your level progressions. Also, S&S doesn't take PCs up as high in level by its completion as most of the other APs do, so these can be good options for continuing adventures.

Silver Crusade

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I would change the progression to slow progression if you're going to add these adventures in.
Alternatively throw out experience points entirely.

The adventures I've suggested are all 3.5 so the conversions are pretty simple usually just grab the bestiary equivalent of monster manual monsters, and for anything else just calculate CMB/CMD and you're good.

Grand Lodge

Sub-Creator wrote:
My advice would be to use the slow advancement, so that you can get some of this fun stuff in and not hurt your level progressions. Also, S&S doesn't take PCs up as high in level by its completion as most of the other APs do, so these can be good options for continuing adventures.

Thanks for the information, Sub-Creator. It doesn't look like my concerns are an issue.

DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

I would change the progression to slow progression if you're going to add these adventures in.

Alternatively throw out experience points entirely.

The adventures I've suggested are all 3.5 so the conversions are pretty simple usually just grab the bestiary equivalent of monster manual monsters, and for anything else just calculate CMB/CMD and you're good.

Have you had a chance to run the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path with the additional Dungeon magazine side adventures?

Silver Crusade

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We reached the end of book one with the addition of Salvage Operation. Using xp with 6 players it kept the players at recommended levels.

Grand Lodge

I presume that the Wormwood cannot simply travel around the Inner Sea region without forged papers and false flags, perhaps national flags confiscated when prizes were taken. Without these papers, I imagine that the Wormwood and her crew would be regarded with suspicion and may be assumed to be outlaws and/or pirates. Tying up to the docks at Corentyn may result in the confiscation of the ship by Chelaxian authorities and imprisonment or hanging of her crew.


I will probably be looking for a short adventure after the Wormwood to raise 4-6 characters up to level 5. I figure they are going to be just short of level 4 at the time. I am considering The Stink for this, or is it too involved?


Soooo . . . Those of you who are adding adventures are you waiting till after the Mutiny or are you using them to break up the time on the Wormwwod. There are a couple of low level adventures I want to add.

I love Dudemeister's plan to add Salvage Operation. But I was thinking of "Dead Man's Quest" and maybe some of the low end of Savage Tide.


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Gnomezrule wrote:

Soooo . . . Those of you who are adding adventures are you waiting till after the Mutiny or are you using them to break up the time on the Wormwwod. There are a couple of low level adventures I want to add.

I love Dudemeister's plan to add Salvage Operation. But I was thinking of "Dead Man's Quest" and maybe some of the low end of Savage Tide.

I'm using Treasure of Chimera Cove (Old Paizo 3.5e module that only needs minor tweaking to still work) in place of the final act of Book 2, but I did still give my players the map to Mancatcher Cove as an alternative. They plan to head back there later. Mostly I gathered a bunch of modules and adventures together and let them have adventure hooks to grab on to.


Yeah I might be adding that one as well. Once they have their own ship adding things gets easier. Some of the adventures I liked were lower level and I was wondering if and how people are breaking up the press ganged portion of the AP or if they are tweaking low level adventures to be tougher for after the pirates have their own ship.

Adding "Dead Man's Quest" is easy because at least as I saw it you can use the elements of the module to make it worthwhile for Harrigan to let the PCs act on his behalf. Because their success is more valuable than a few crew members.

My concern is not getting them away from the Wormwood its getting them back aboard and potentially loosing what they have gained. So I was wondering what everyone was doing with some of the adventures. Before moving on to the Man's Promise.


I ran the Wormwood basically as is because like you I was having difficulty rationalizing why they would come back if they weren't being kept on a short leash. You could always have Plugg or Scourge (or really any of the rest of Harriagan's officers) go with them to keep them in line, but that either sets up a situation where a DM-PC eats the spotlight or they stage an early mutiny against said officer. Either situation is not fun. I think it's best to simply wait on adding things until they get on to the Man's Promise where mutiny is expected to occur at some point and the adventure on Bonewrack Isle is less important to the overall plot.


I have a pretty good call on how I will get them back on board but it only works once, I don't want the time to be long away from the ship and I don't want to take away EVERYTHING a second time.

I wondered how other DM's were approaching it.


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May be using the Four Dollar Dungeon, Horn of Geryon between the mutiny and Bonewrack Isle.
I have Ship of Fools as an additional Fever Sea encounter if we feel up to it by then.
Also considering Treasure of Chimera Cove as a treasure map adventure.
Finally, if they fail the Dominator encounter or get caught by slavers, can use No Response From Deepmar as a last resort chance to regain freedom.

All in all should be fun. May have to up the ante on some of the Big Bads by the end of the AP though.


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Dot! So I don't have to search every time.

Osirion

Wreck of the Keening Crone

I don't own this one, but from the description, it sounds like this adventure could be imported into Skull & Shackles pretty easily. Bloodcove or Eleder could substitute for Mor Aldenn, and the capsized riverboat could be delivering for the Deeptreasure Mining Company.

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