Nick, could you tell me what is the Dungeon Tile set you used for chapter 2, other than Caves of Carnage?
Follow my blog and Twitter feed with Dark Sun campaign design and DM tips!
Dark Sun's Ashes of Athas Campaign is now available for home play (PM me with your e-mail to order the campaign adventures).
Nick, could you tell me what is the Dungeon Tile set you used for chapter 2, other than Caves of Carnage?Tilesets for Chapter 2DU3: Caves of CarnageDT6: Dire Tombs
Always a GM, never a player (not really but sometimes feels like it).
Tilesets for Chapter 2DU3: Caves of CarnageDT6: Dire Tombs
FYI, you do periodically see old tile sets for reasonable amounts. First, check your favorite local gaming store - it can be a nice surprise to find out what old sets they have on their shelves. Second, if you make a practice of scanning Amazon for the tiles you will eventually find them at original prices. It takes persistence, but I've found two copies of every set other than the first for original price or better. You can sometimes get lucky on E-Bay, but that is much harder.(All of this assuming you don't want to just use the provided map)
i guess the only real problem is our dm believes that you should follow the modules directly and do real little editing, not something i agree with. he eventually sorta changes it as in 1-4 after we die we immediately get ressurected as from a short rest seeing as how we all died in the first turn, poor castri had only 11 hp rest his soul
Clarification for Encounter 1-5Creature 'A' - Simple Nature check (moderate DC) to discover that the anhkeg is wild and a potential ally. Contested Nature checks should be minor actions (both for assisting and the actual check itself). I would give a bonus for good roleplaying (banter with the ssuran and such). Visually, physically, how did you envision the players using these nature checks to manipulate Creature A? I'm having an akward time realizing how this should play out at the table in a role-playing/interaction sense beyond just saying, "Roll a contested nature check, if you succeed, you can make 'A' attack the lizards."Ssurans - Also, these ssurans have been sunwarped (though they don't have the cool template; i wasn't allowed), so describe them as such. Blistered flesh, brillant colors, weird minor mutations, etc. Cool, didn't realize these ones were warped like the Wastewalker. Will have fun with this...
ShowThere's mention in the module of being able to fashion about 3 torches out of their supplies.Don't know why they'd wanna do that considering they have 4 adventurer's kits between them, each of which has 2 sunrods. They're should be just fine for light I think. : )
Nick, could you share what tile sets you used for chapter 3 so i can start looking for those?
Sun Sickness: As per the rules on DMG page 49 (under the heading "Infection", the disease will make an attack against the PC (in this case, at the beginning of Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, if necessary). If the attack hits, the PC immediately suffers the initial effect. There is no save for environmental effects that cause disease. If you're hit, you're infected.
Under the section "Disease Progression" at the bottom of page 49, it states: "Once you're infected, make an Endurance check after each extended rest to see if you improve, worsen, or maintain your current condition."
Chapter 2 finale: They actually emerge in the cloudless, dusty, barren side of the Ringing Mountains.
Encounter 2-1 pit: It's listed in the pit stat block: "Miss: The target returns to the last square it occupied and its move action ends." This means if they fell from the bridge, they end up back on the bridge. If the bridge fell too, they end prone on the top of the nearest cliff face.
Encounter 2-2 crystals: I would say moderate DC Dungeoneering check, unless a player has another interesting idea. An example interaction might be:
DM: "There are some crystals here that faintly glow purple and occasionally shimmer brightly."
Player X: "I examine them closely, are they arcane?"
DM: "No, they don't appear arcane at first glance, but if you know anything about underground passages, make me a Dungeoneering roll."
You get the idea...
Encounter 2-3 dart throwers: Pick any three squares along the edge of the room.
Encounter 2-4 challenge: This is another encounter where the PCs might use a diplomatic approach to solve this encounter. Grabbing one hejkin and negotiating from a position of power might work to the PCs advantage here. They aren't the smartest creatures, so they might be easily mislead by creative ideas from the PCs.
Overall mystery: There are really two main goals to the story of this Chapter. First, to provide a sense of history to the world of Dark Sun. Long ago, during the Green Age, great empires of men ruled over a verdant world and built tombs to honor their dead. This is one of those lost tombs, and it houses restless spirits tied to Athas and awaiting a return of the balance of primordial forces that shaped their world ages ago. They know about the defiling and preserving arcane forces and believe the preservers hold the key to the future of Athas. They also know of the Wastewalker from their connection to the escaped elemental flame spirit, with whom they have a magical connection. The spirits try to convince the PCs that the Wastewalker is misguided and can be reformed rather than merely eliminated.
Second, and secondarily, the tomb is a place where other adventurers have explored and died. It is filled with the necrotic energy of the dead explorers, which has made it a restless place and all the more dangerous. Small relics litter all the passages of the cave and lower tomb, like fuel for the necrotic powers that animate the dead. It is a restless place that wants to be found, but only by those who might help revive Athas, not by those who seek to gain fortune for themselves.
I hope this helps and you all enjoy Chapter 2!
That was beautiful, Nick. THANK YOU.
Info on future Dungeon TilesChapter 3 uses the Desert of Athas tiles. I don't remember how many sets you need to make them. I think i limited it to two.Chapter two uses both the Caves of Carnage and Dire Tombs. I realize the latter is out of print, but c'est la vie. I also don't remember how many of each set i used; I think one of each.
tilesets for Chapter 32x Sinister Woods2x Deserts of Athas
tilesets for Chapter 32x Sinister Woods2x Deserts of Athas Oh noes.. Hmm hopefully by next month, i can talk the wife into letting me get a couple more..
I could be wrong, but i'm erring on the side of extra sets. It could be 1x and 1x.
D&D Home Page - What Class Are You? - Build A Character - D&D Compendium
Would it be possible for the author to contact his WOTC contacts and ask them if they can consider changing the format the modules are printed in. i.e print them like the LFR modulesThis would make it much easier on new DM's and experienced DM's alike.
looking at the maps, it appears to be one just of each of those, but may i askwhere you're getting Dire Tombs from, as i've been unable to find it?
Would it be possible for the author to contact his WOTC contacts and ask them if they can consider changing the format the modules are printed in. i.e print them like the LFR modulesThis would make it much easier on new DM's and experienced DM's alike. The LFR format is very different than the standard WotC format. I suspect they will not change. They seem to really like splitting up the encounter setup and the actual combats. I share your disagreement with the format.looking at the maps, it appears to be one just of each of those, but may i askwhere you're getting Dire Tombs from, as i've been unable to find it?I got in the habit of searching Amazon every week. I was surprised to find every now and then one of the tile sets I would need would be on there from a third party for a reasonable price (at or below the original cover price). Every now and then I would also score a reasonable bid on E-bay or on another book site, but it is hard to have that work. Unfortunately, it takes time (until the new Master tile sets come out).
While i think the discussion of adventure formatting is a good one, please remember this thread is intended as a Q&A with the author (me). Please keep your posts on topic and if you wish to discuss other topics, create a new thread.