Princes of the Apocalypse 4

  1. GM: Law
    1. Ari: Guldinyon Bent (Drow sorcerer/cleric w/ scale)
    2. AJ: Ajax (Human Fighter. Chainmail and greatsword)
    3. Andrew: (Jehssail Brighteyes. Aasimar bard)
    4. David: Tobius Carter (Human Fighter)
    5. Thor: Mollywong (Dragonborn paladin)
    6. Thorun: Dwarf ranger
    7. Apollo: Tiefling Warlock Hexblade
  2. Wamford: 1.5 day travel from Red Larch
    1. On way, we stop at Barge’s Right Inn, a woodened walled town, which is across from Womford
    2. Talking to Guard:
      1. Caravan from Mirabar that was supposed to arrive a week ago but has disappeared.
    3. Only stone building is the Barge Right
  3. Wamford doesn’t have any walls. People walking heading home for the evening
    1. Docks is shady, but that’s the place for where people buy and sell
    2. When we went onto the boat and asked about the dwarven books, the captain showed us another book and then pushed Guldinyon into the water. Combat with the sailors ensues! They are water cultists, and almost kill us.
      1. Found another two captives that were caravan guards.
      2. Also more books of dwarven geneology
      3. Some treasure and a map
        1. There’s symbol of likely hideout upstream – ~20 miles
      4. Captain was blue-tinged, and tried to flee, but a Magic Missile from Guldinyon killed him.
  4. Water keep
    1. We talked our way into the boat dock at the bottom of the keep.
    2. But was unsuccessful, as a group of 5 bugbears attacked us on the dock.
  5. Rewards:
    1. XP: 400 each x6

 

Princes of the Apocalypse 3

  1. GM: Law
    1. Ari: Guldinyon Bent (Drow w/ scale)
    2. AJ: Ajax: Human Fighter. Chainmail and greatsword
    3. Andrew: Jehssail Brighteyes. Aasimar
    4. Apollo:
    5. David: Tobius Carter, human fighter
  2. Crossed river at bottom of the canyon (~100 ft), back to same side as tower by climbing up stone arch, and then back down.
    1. Attacked as Guldinyon and Ajax climbed back down
      1. 4 Gnolls and a hyena
    2. Further west of the canyon, a plateau 20′ up. Cave there with the carcasss of one of our hippogriffs at the entrance. A pair of griffins fly by…
      1. Find 2 eggs
    3. Further west, came across group of 4 gnolls that are tougher
    4. At far west end, meet Karokai – a humanoid bird. Call themselves Aacockra
      1. I informed them that tower is now known as Brighteye Tower
  3. Back to Red Larch
    1. At inn (Helm at Highsat), hear that dwarf merchant is at Valevos Sundries
    2. At Valevos’, we ask about any art. Bought from a peddler
      1. Shown a book. Comp language shows it is a list of geneology of dwarven clans of Mirabar
      2. Tell merchant that is Dwarven erotic poetry
      3. Said he bought it from a shady keel-boat skipper in Womford. Came across other similar books.
    3. We found 3 boats. One of them showed us a similar book, and when Guldinyon reached out for it, got pushed into the water.
  4. Rewards (for 2 sessions):
    1. XP: 1,700

Princes of the Apocalypse 2

  1. GM: Law
    1. Ari: Guldinyon Bent (Drow sorcerer/cleric w/ scale)
    2. AJ: Ajax (Human Fighter. Chainmail and greatsword)
    3. Andrew: (Jehssail Brighteyes. Aasimar bard)
    4. David: Tobius Carter (Human Fighter)
    5. Thor: Mollywong (Dragonborn paladin)
  2. Tower:
    1. Went to look for the fleeing leaders
  3. Canyon

Princes of the Apocalypse 1

  1. [We first played this mod a few years ago when it first came out, but stopped after just a session or two. We decided to return to it after playing some D&D Adventurer’s League, but couldn’t remember most of our characters, so created new ones.]
  2. GM: Law
    1. Ari: Guldinyon Bent (Drow w/ scale)
    2. AJ: Ajax: Human Fighter. Chainmail and greatsword
    3. Andrew: Jehssail Brighteyes. Aasimar
    4. David: Tobius Carter, human fighter
  3. Red Larch, 8 days south of Neverwinter, few days north of Waterdeep
    1. Journeyed there from a few places.
    2. Sinkhole in the road.
    3. Inn: Helm of Highsat. Met other PCs
  4. Delegation from Mirabar has been missing for 1 month.
    1. Harpers want us to find Brodenthar, part of the delegation.
    2. Brother Irdin: Follower of Lathander:
      1. Delegation was in Beliard 2-tenday ago
    3. A shepherd says he saw new graves in the hills!
  5. To the hills
    1. Four graves, one, a dwarf with good artisinal clothes
  6. Feathergill Spire: Knights from Waterdeep house here
    1. Hippogriff decorations
    2. Joined a Manticore hunt
    3. At night, almost murdered by humans dressed as servants! (con’t next day 2018 Oct 16)
      1. Captured one alive, but all he would do is hiss at us.
    4. Found a caravan guard, bound. He said they were attacked on the river but “stone people”, who then got attacked by “feathered people”, which brought them to the tower. Brodenthar was in the caravan.
    5. Proceeded up the tower, and more servants attack.
    6. Savah came running up the stairs asking what is going on.
    7. We went to top to inform the leader, and then they ALL turned on us. We killed Savah and a monk, but fighter, as well as two guards on vultures got away.
    8. We were very wounded, but on the way out, three more knights blocked our way. I released an eagle battering ram, and took one down, but we were very damaged. Had to flee, but Tobi captured again.
  7. We rested very quickly, and then came back and rescued Tobi.
    1. Searching the tower, we found a parchment.

GenCon picture 8 – Adventurer’s League

D&D Adventuer’s League at GenCon.

Trouble stirs in the Moonshae Islands, as the tensions between the Ffolk and the Northmen are highlighted with the appearance of a massive army of gnolls led by fiends…

Tracking the source of the magic to the Giant Druid.

Lost Mines of Phandelver 1

  1. GM: Law
    1. 5 kids (grades 10, 9, 8, 7, 5), playing (respectively) Bard the Bard, Merlin (Wizard), ?? (Wizard), Mordek (? Rogue), Thorin (Ranger), and Andrew playing Bertie the Big Nose (named on account of his prominently protruding probosis, a Cleric
  2. Side note:
    1. My friend’s kids have been wanting to play D&D since I introduced them to the game about 3 years ago (but they were still fairly young). Since then, they’ve watch the Hobbit movies, and are more familiar with the fantasy genre. I also invited over some co-workers kids, all of whom had heard of D&D, but never had played. I was pretty surprised at the awareness of the game, not really realizing the penetration of it into the cultural awareness. One mom said she’d heard about it “from Sheldon on Big Bang Theory”, and another mom and daughter from Stranger Things. And, as we just started playing, the youngest said he had played this game at a camp and there was a goblin ambush coming up!
    2. Law, who had previously played through the first part of Lost Mines of Phandelver GM’ed the game, and it was a great deal of fun! The kids all had a good time, and didn’t want to stop, even though it was quite past their bedtimes. Over the past few days, they’ve been telling their parents they could get their friends to play, and wanted to game again.
  3. Story:
    1. We were newly hired caravan guards helping to guard provisions to be delivered to the town of Phandelver. Our employers first set out a few days before us. However, as we neared our destination, we came upon the dead horses of both of them, black arrows sticking out of their flank. As we deliberated what to do, a flight of arrows caught us by surprise as a group of goblins ambushed us! With a set of fantastic rolls, we easily overcame them. But our employers were nowhere to be found. There was an empty map case on one horse, and a set of tracks leading away to the north.
    2. The party tied up the horse with the caravan, and went north in search of the missing pair – as we couldn’t get paid without them! The tracks led into the mouth of a cave that had a small stream coming out of it. There, we were once again attacked by goblins – we overcame them, but not before one of them got out a cry for help.
    3. Nevertheless, we proceeded into the dark cave, lit only by the light of a small globe summoned by Bertie. We moved past the sounds of some growling on the right, and as we neared a bend in the stream, just caught sight of a bridge up ahead. There was a passage way to the left which we decided to take, but only Thorin and Merlin were able to get there before a torrent of water suddenly filled the passage and washed the rest of the party back out into the forest. A few bumps, but no major damage.
    4. Making our way back, we found ourselves entering into the heart of the goblin camp – complete with wolves, and a pair of naked bathing goblins! A fight ensued, but we were victorious but exhausted of resources. However, we located ?? Who was tied up in the back. He told us the had taken Rockseeker away.
    5. Retreating to rest and recover, we proceeded back along the stream the next day, and came upon a cavern full of crates of provisions – and were ambushed by more goblins hiding amongst them! Even as combat was entailed, a sudden sound caused Bertie and Bard to realize that an extremely large goblin had snuck up behind us with a pair of large wolves! Several of us were clobbered in the fight, but magical healing kept any of the adventurer’s from perishing before defeating the goblin leader.
    6. Amongst the recovered goods, we found a clue leading us onward.
  4. Rewards:
    1. XP: 350 each

 

Dark*Matter #23: Greed Island 1

      1. Game date: 2018 Jul 04
        1. GM: Law
        2. PCs: David (Ari), Malakai (AJ), Percival (Andrew)
      2. 2012 Summer, hot & humid
      3. At Hoffman Institute
        1. David Irving
          1. 32 yo 6′ tall, white, well-groomed, fairly well-built, with glasses
          2. Greatest desire: To do good, and want to not be tempted to do evil anymore
        2. Malakai
          1. Looks like Forrest Griffin
          2. History: Story of triumph/victory – graduated trade school, carpentry. Did that because didn’t want to go to college.
            1. Wanted to do amateur MMA as a kid.
        3. Director Johnson calls them into office
          1. Team from Detroit has checked in, but Pulson hasn’t.  Rest of team busy on another mission
          2. Need them to look for Pulson. Give address of apartment on Long Island
      4. Long Island
        1. Visit run down apt complex. Apt door is slightly ajar, but inside is nicely furnished
        2. Ambushed by a pair of thieves, but they easily defeat them
        3. The two find a Playstation 1 memory stick
          1. Plug it in. All 15 spots taken up by one saved memory stick. Title of game is Greed Island.
      5. Repair store
        1. Got into computer, and saw Pulson had been looking at Greed Island on the internet.
        2. He was communicating with Lido of Lido’s Game Store.
      6. Starbucks
        1. Met Brandon
          1. Rarest of rare games – less than 100 copies made.
          2. $5.6M PER game
          3. Unknown who made it.
            1. Rumor has it a guy named Jin made it.
            2. No one knows who he is.
            3. For sale about a month after PS1 made. 1996-1997
          4. A few copies coming up for auction
            1. Barrett Young – billionaire philanthropist, including money to Church.
              1. Plethora of organizations – YMCA, Boys and Girls club
              2. Rumor is he’s putting in bids. Trying to get all 5 copies.
            2. Old man. Previously married.
            3. His company is Barrett Core. Corp offices at Barrett Tower
              1. Investment company. Buys companies and resells.
              2. One of the taller towers in Manhattan
          5. Auction in 2 weeks.
      7. Barrett Tower
        1. Met with Barrett Young and his bodyguard.
          1. Percival spoke with security and reception to get his way into Young’s office.
          2. Entered just as hearing Young say something about “18-20 players”
      8. Back at Hoffman Institute
        1. Fill in Johnson
          1. He says to see what happens at auction in 2 weeks.
          2. Who else bids, and amount
      9. Auction hall
        1. Grab catalogue
        2. Copy of Greed Island sold by the estate of a Gary, in a will.
          1. He was an avid player, and his will said if he was gone for 5 years, it was to be auctioned.
        3. PS turned off, and save copy showed a Gary
          1. Auction said that the game protects itself as well as powers itself.
          2. 4 guard shoot the PS with handguns, but no damage comes to itself!
        4. First copy bought by Young for $20M
        5. 2nd copy:
          1. Someone bidding up Young, a younger fat Asian man. Young still won by $25M
          2. Bodyguard leaves, Malachi follows him out
            1. He went in elevator to another floor, and in following him, a car on fire and a couple of bodies bleeding out.
            2. As they confront each other, a car peels out and almost rams into them, but the bodyguard pulls Malachi out of the way
        6. Other copies won by Barrett Young for $28M, $32M, $35M.
          1. He makes it a show of winning
        7. Barrett afterwards comes up and says that it is time for us to learn the truth. Gives us an address in the Hamptons to meet the next night.
      10. Hamptons
        1. Very nice house. Dinner party going on. About 30-40 people
        2. Barrett says he will say that he tell people about the game, but we can first all audition
          1. Bodyguard is tough, but we passed after 3 tests
            1. Ask why we are interested in Greed Island
            2. Power test
            3. Spirit test
        3. Greed Island
          1. Some are just curious. Some think it is a gate to hell
          2. Created by a powerful person named Jin. Motivation unknown.
          3. Players don’t disappear. They are transported to another world.
          4. Barrett would like to recruit us in beating the game. Reward of $10M awaits them. All rights and properties and other items solely belong to Greed Island. If agree, then he will let us play. If agree, sign the contract.
            1. Skim them – long winded, but fairly straightforward
        4. The bodyguard is a player, but has been gone for the past 3 weeks! He goes and comes back!
          1. “The strong can” come back he says.
          2. Leads us to the cellar. 15-16 PSs.
          3. Some consoles have connectors that allow up to 8 players to play. One entrant at a time.
            1. How to enter? “Hold hands over consoles, and channel spirit into the game.”
              1. A 13 y/o kid enters easily, disappearing into the console, others take a few more minutes.
              2. Malachi disappears
              3. Pervical disappears
              4. Then Irving enters
      11. Greed Island
        1. We each individually appear in an empty hut, wearing just knit shorts and woolen shirts.
        2. Go down stairs and meet a floating lady who tells us that to  stop an evil mage, need to collect 6 sacred stones.
          1. She also says that death in the game is death in real life.
          2. Won’t tell us how to get out of the game.
        3. Went down another set of stairs, which leads to a plain where we see the other two.
        4. To the left is a volcano, and on the right is a city
      12. Epilogue:
        1. XP: 4 each

 

Dark*Matter: Manuel “Percival” Archuleta

Law offered to run a game in our Dark*Matter Campaign, so I got to create a PC to play! As the other PCs are currently about ~70 XP, my PC started with 40 XP (8 advances). So here is Manuel “Percival” Archuleta

Manuel is an American-born fillipino. Because of all his troubles in school and with the law (having been arrested a few times), his family sent him to the Phillipines to live with his extended family. There, he didn’t fare much better, and got involved with the various street gangs that plagued Manilo. He was a father by age 18, and that stabilized his life a little. Nevertheless, it was not enough that he could be a good father regardless of how much he loved his daughter and found he was becoming a grandfather before his 35th birthday.

Going to visit his daughter and her mother one evening, he arrived at a scene of horror – their gruesomely mutilated corpses amongst a dozen others, and a pack of demonic beasts ravaging the village. He managed to survive fighting off the beasts with the aid of a priest who had been hunting the creatures, which was led by an Aswang. The priest, it turned out, was a member of the Templarios – a sect within the Church that rooted out and destroyed such beasts of hell.

It was a turning point for Archuleta, and he dedicated himself to the fighter against such evil, and was christened by Father Ricardo as Percival.

  1. Human
  2. Stats
    1. Str d4
    2. Agi d10
      1. Fighting d10 (4)
      2. Shooting d6 (2)
      3. Driving d4 (1)
    3. Vigor d4
    4. Smarts d6
      1. Streetwise d6 (2)
      2. Notice d6 (2)
    5. Spirit: d10
      1. Faith d10 (4)
  3. Hindrances: 1 Major or 2 minor
    1. Code of Honor: Catholic
    2. Minor Vow: Chastity
    3. Bad Eyes: -2 beyond 10 yards
  4. Advances
    1. Two-Fisted
    2. Arcane Background (Miracles)
      1. Deflection
      2. Smite
    3. Str d6
    4. Vig d6
    5. Martial Artist
    6. Adept
    7. New Power: Healing
    8. New Power: Puppet

Dangwaru

​The Tortle have a saying – “we wear our homes on our backs”. And yet, this one seems intent on asking for your help in returning to her birthplace at the Snout of Omgar. There, she says, she will pay you handsomely for ridding Dangwaru – theTyphoon Palace, of the monsters that terrorize the youth of Ahoyhoy.

  1. GM: Andrew (DCI #:5109855060)
  2. Players and Rewards:
    1. Omni – Human Ranger 1
      1. 1265 XP, 490 GP, 20 Downtime days, 0 Renown
    2. Gundy Hazel (Solid) – Human Monk 3
      1. 1265 XP, 490 GP, 20 Downtime days, 0 Renown
    3. Primus Ivoriil (C.Z.) – Half-elf Paladin 4
      1. 1265 XP, 490 GP, 20 Downtime days, 0 Renown
    4. DAL59 – Human Wizard 3
      1. 1265 XP, 490 GP, 20 Downtime days, 0 Renown
    5. Sonic – Dragonborn Rogue 1
      1. 302 XP, xx GP, 10 Downtime days
    6. Ayberk – Human Paladin 1
      1. 212 XP, xx GP, 10 Downtime days, 0 Renown
  3. Monsters
    1. Lizard:

      50/6=8.3333

      Shadow

      400/6=66.6667

      Mimic

      450/5=90

      Topi

      600/4=150

      Xorn

      1800/4=450

      Shadow

      200/4=50

      Slug

      700/4=175

      Ghost

      1100/4=275

  4. Treasure:
    1. From Treasure room, everything converted to GP is 1,960 GP. Divided by 4 = 490

Storm King’s Thunder #1 – A Great Upheaval 1

  1. GM: Andrew (DCI #:5109855060)
  2. Players:
    1. Sparlock (Chad): Half-elf Warlock Hexblade 1
    2. Zarr (Daniel): Half-elf Bard 1
    3. DAL 59 (DAL): Human Wizard 2
    4. Phenaus (Brandon): Dwarf Cleric (Grave) 1
    5. Arara (Wolffine): Drow Sorcerer 1
  3. 1485 DR: The Year of the Iron Dwarf’s Vengeance
  4. Nightstone: A fortified settlement located a few miles south of the Ardeep Forest, in the untamed hills between Waterdeep and Daggerford.
    1. 5 traveling companions are making their way there after having heard rumors of goblins terrorizing the settlement. The High Steward of Nightstone, Lady Velrosa Nandar, a Waterdhavian noble has offered a reward to anyone able to deal with the goblin threat.
    2. Leaving the main road for the trail to Nightstone, the more perceptive of the group begin to hear the tolling of a bell a few miles into the 10 mile journey. It continues unceasingly for the remainder of the trip…
    3. Cresting the last hill reveals the town situated on a small rise in the middle of a large river, forming a natural moat. A wooden palisade surrounds it, with a lowered drawbridge flanked by stone watchtowers. Further to the right, a stone keep overlooking the village is partially collapsed; likewise the wooden bridge that connects the keep to the village.
    4. No activity other than the continuous ringing of the bell is seen or heard.
  5. Goblins!
    1. Making their way through the towers into the abandoned town square, the group encounter a pair of large wolves tearing at the corpse of a dog – no doubt, an unlucky pet. Noticing the arrival of the group, the wolves aggressively attack!
    2. The sounds of fighting draw out several goblins from the surrounding buildings! More mayhem ensues, but the party is victorious in vanquishing the little monsters.
    3. Curiously, there are enormous 5-foot rocks scattered among the town square – as well as similar boulders smashing through the roof and walls of several of the buildings. There is also a large gouge in the ground some 6 feet deep in the center of the square.
    4. Investigating the buildings leads the group to find a pair of goblins swinging from the bell-rope in the church. The entranced goblins have long since been deafened by the bell over the past several hours that they don’t even notice the party.
    5. Questioning a captured goblin, she reveals that “Boss Hark” sent them to the human’s home 2 nights ago to look for treasures when the humans came to their home in the caves o the north. The goblins didn’t kill the humans here, and she doesn’t know why they went to their home. Letting her live, she tells them her home is in the dripping caves a mile north of the village.
    6. The party barricades themselves in a building to rest.
  6. Epilogue:
    1. XP: 10 Goblins (50 xp each) & 2 Worgs (100 XP each) = 700 XP Total; 700/5=140 Each
    2. Treasure:
      1. Goblins carry:
        1. Stolen utensils

          0

          3 Vials of perfume

          5

          Battered copper flagon emblazoned with grinning visage of a halfing

          1

          gold wedding ring

          25

          Coin

          0.39

          3 blocks of incense

          15

          Silver amulet shaped like a unicorn’s head

          25

          “poor box”

          .52

          Sack of food!

        2. 81.91/5=16.382
    3. Downtime: 5