Hex Crawl Chronicles 3: Beyond the Black Water (PFRPG) PDF

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When the game was invented and sold in a little woodgrain box, the author told us a required supplement was an Avalon Hill game called Outdoor Survival. This was a wilderness survival game that consisted of a hexagonal map system that players would travel around, trying to find their way back to civilization, all the while trying not to die of thirst or get eaten by bears. This game map was used as the first wilderness "hex-crawl" for what eventually became D&D. Later, Judges Guild took this to a whole new level with the Wilderlands series. For many years, hex crawling was just the way the game was played. This series brings that back, or supplements existing games that use that system of travel.

What a hex crawl is, literally, is a wilderness sandbox of areas, encounters and villages that players travel around in. It provides no story line, just hundreds of story hooks and possibilities.

These books provide a sub-setting in your own campaign world. They populate the world, and allow you to let your players explore that world, rather than just "travel 20 days" to the dungeon. Written by John Stater of NOD fame, each of these supplements details an area with a specific theme. Monster and NPC statistics are provided for each encounter area detailed.

Among the reasons many adventurers choose to end their days in the cannibal-ridden, hurricane-savaged isles of the south is the immense distance it puts between them and the terrible land beyond the Black Water. The Black Water is a great inland sea filled with black, viscous water that sits as still as death. Nobody but a fool would willingly cross the Black Water, save for the strange men who sail the black arks, but many fools have crossed those waters in search of a lost love or a secret taken to the grave, for beyond the Black Water and its grey shores lies the icy Land of the Dead.

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Epic Hex Crawl in the land of the dead on earth

5/5

The 3rd in FGG's line of Hex Crawl Classics is 48 pages long, 1 page of front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 3 pages of ads, leaving 42 pages of content, so let's check this out, shall we?

This being an adventure review, the following contains SPOILERS, thus I encourage any potential players out there to skip ahead to the conclusion.

Still here? All right! Remember those creepy, black-clad guys with their black arks and undead slaves from HCC 2: The Winter Woods? Yeah, well, this is their homeland. And they are about the nicest guys your PCs will encounter in this wasteland that could have been ripped straight from the thanatosian pits of hell itself. The ethnicities of this land of desolation, where corrosive ochre rains fall and deadly, yet short-lived toadstool men sprout after the rainfalls, are necrophage, worshippers and embalmers and strange swamp-dwellers.
Giant mosquitoes swarm over the forests, damned souls race on their chariots forever against one another and don't get me started about the other monstrosities that roam the land under the command of the 9 pretty deaths, almost godlike, deadly individuals with extremely lethal unique talents that rule as eternally feuding godkings over this land of the dead that has been stranded in this world. These beings will challenge the best of PCs, most of them clocking in at over CR 20 and making for truly worthy adversaries.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. layout adheres to the 2-column b/w-standard and the b/w-artworks and map is nice. The pdf comes with bookmarks. The other HCCs were good. This one is EPIC. HCC3 oozes orphean flair and while reading you practically picture yourself rescuing Eurydice from this Hades-on-earth. The unique foes, the politics of the place, the bleak and deadly desolation - this is a land that even veterans of Kingmaker will find fun and challenging to explore - which is especially what I'd recommend this pdf for. The fact that it seamlessly ties in with its predecessors is another great bonus. Atmosphere, environments and foes are even more unique than in HCC 1 and 2 and I have nothing to complain about - John M. Stater delivers a stellar Hex Crawl that will be very hard to surpass. My final verdict for this excellent piece of adventure will be 5 stars and the Endzeitgeist seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


Dark Archive

Well looks like this one is correct. Now if only the first two can get fixed.

Contributor

All of the Hex Crawl Chronicles versions have been fixed and updated.

Dark Archive

That's cool, have no idea what happened. I mean I know in vague terms. i was only posting to draw attention to it that at that time it still had not been fixed. Which i assumed was just due to a misunderstanding between FGG and Paizo about what was and was not actual out.

Frog God Games

Thank you Liz! :)


Reviewed here, on DTRPg and sent to GMS magazine. Cheers!


Hmm, I noticed #4 and #5 are coming up on Paizo as Pre-Orders for Print/PDF bundles. Any chance of getting print/pdf bundles for #2 & #3? :D

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Now available as a Print/PDF bundle!


Woohoo!

Frog God Games

Thanks Liz!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber
Dawn R Fischer wrote:
Thanks Liz!

Is this single version no longer available as a Print/PDF bundle? It says Unavailable as opposed to backorder. The other four are all available and in my Shopping Cart.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber
Kata. the ..... wrote:
Dawn R Fischer wrote:
Thanks Liz!

Is this single version no longer available as a Print/PDF bundle? It says Unavailable as opposed to backorder. The other four are all available and in my Shopping Cart.

Getting ready to really order the other 4. :) No Print/PDF Bundle?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber
Kata. the ..... wrote:
Kata. the ..... wrote:
Dawn R Fischer wrote:
Thanks Liz!

Is this single version no longer available as a Print/PDF bundle? It says Unavailable as opposed to backorder. The other four are all available and in my Shopping Cart.

Getting ready to really order the other 4. :) No Print/PDF Bundle?

Just noticed 3, 4 and 6 are again available as a Print/PDF Bundle. Now in my Cart. Thanks.

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