WotC's Chris Perkins Describes Tomb of Annihilation
  • WotC's Chris Perkins Describes Tomb of Annihilation


    With the adventure coming out in just a few days (September 8th), WotC's Chris Perkins summarises the concept and drops a few hints.





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    1. Sacrosanct's Avatar
      Sacrosanct -
      I am really happy they have it set up so it supports an open living world style of play, in addition to the traditional "here's your plot, go to the jungle" linear style.
    1. GarrettKP's Avatar
      GarrettKP -
      I love the map included in the adventure! Can run an old fashioned Hex Crawl with it!
    1. Mistwell's Avatar
      Mistwell -
      This sounds great. I appreciate how much thought they've put into adventure design, and call-outs to prior adventures, and the progression through the adventure, unveiling mysteries as you go, all of it.
    1. lyle.spade's Avatar
      lyle.spade -
      First thought: he looks like Howie Mandell in that picture.

      And the module sounds cool, too.
    1. Istbor -
      Man, I never thought of pronouncing Acerack that way. Hmm.... Not sure which way I like best.
    1. Sacrosanct's Avatar
      Sacrosanct -
      Quote Originally Posted by Istbor View Post
      Man, I never thought of pronouncing Acerack that way. Hmm.... Not sure which way I like best.
      It's wrong. Like when people pronounce "drow" as in "throw".
    1. Istbor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sacrosanct View Post
      It's wrong. Like when people pronounce "drow" as in "throw".
      Oh man, people do that? I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I do hear Skim-a-tar often enough though. *twitches*
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Istbor View Post
      Oh man, people do that? I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I do hear Skim-a-tar often enough though. *twitches*
      And “min-it-arr”.
    1. Azzy's Avatar
      Azzy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Istbor View Post
      Man, I never thought of pronouncing Acerack that way.
      Which way? The questioner or Chis Perkins?
    1. Istbor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Azzy View Post
      Which way? The questioner or Chis Perkins?
      The interviewer.
    1. Azzy's Avatar
      Azzy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Istbor View Post
      The interviewer.
      Ah, yes. Agreed.
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      I have trouble with gods just letting Acererak drain their resurrection energy without doing nothing. Especially if it affects people resurrected before Acererak did this. Chult should be crawling with clerics and paladins.
    1. Charles Rampant's Avatar
      Charles Rampant -
      I'm looking forward to reading this module, and certainly raiding it for a wee trip to Chult expedition for my campaign, but none of my groups displayed any great interest for "zombies and dinosaurs in an Indiana Jones jungle crawl", to my great confusion, so it seems unlikely I'll run it in its entirety.

      Saying that, Out of the Abyss was a fun read and thus I'm happy with my purchase, even though I'm fairly sure that I'll never run that as a whole.

      They seem to be refining their campaign concepts as time goes on. Tyranny of Dragons isn't all that thematically tight - other than DRAGONS! - nor is Princes of the Apocalypse. However, Out of the Abyss, Curse of Strahd, and now this all seem much more focused on providing a cohesive experience that brings its own tone and style to the game, rather than just a pleasantly themed set of dungeons. I think that really helps to sell the package.

      Lastly: I always thought of it as Acerak, and it constantly surprises me to find that there is a rogue ce lurking in the actual name. This adventure is likely to have many more difficult to pronounce names...
    1. hastur_nz's Avatar
      hastur_nz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kramodlog View Post
      I have trouble with gods just letting Acererak drain their resurrection energy without doing nothing. Especially if it affects people resurrected before Acererak did this. Chult should be crawling with clerics and paladins.
      Yeah, "low level PC's save the world", I too have a problem with that over-used theme. That said, I'm interested to see, and hoping (but not betting on it), that they have taken the many many months that have passed since it was first written, to give it a good overhaul of the adventure and not just spend time on marketing stuff.
    1. EthanSental's Avatar
      EthanSental -
      This adventure appears to be a fun exploration into Chult.

      i believe Perkins has said the gods have kinda left the world alone or less likely to make an appearance since the sundering event....hands off if you will.
    1. SkidAce's Avatar
      SkidAce -
      Hehe, I always pronounced it like the interviewer.
    1. lyle.spade's Avatar
      lyle.spade -
      How bizarre...I've always pronounced Acererak as "Chuck." I've no idea where these other bizarro butcherings of the name are coming from. What's up, folks?

      I can go either way on Drow, however, and in fact had never heard it said like "grow" until recently, when it sounded different and deliberate, which blew some of the dust of them for me.

      Whatever. It's all cool, right?
    1. Jhaelen -
      In 13th Age, there's even a designer's comment about the pronounciation of 'drow', explaining it's origin (see Trow), so it seems to be common to pronounce it wrong.
    1. CapnZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kramodlog View Post
      I have trouble with gods just letting Acererak drain their resurrection energy without doing nothing. Especially if it affects people resurrected before Acererak did this. Chult should be crawling with clerics and paladins.
      Come Sept 8, it will 😉

      Sent from my C6603 using EN World mobile app
    1. secondhander's Avatar
      secondhander -
      When our group first played the original Tomb of Horrors, our DM pronounced it "Acerack." I quickly realized he was mispronouncing it, based on the spelling of the name, but I always liked how it sounded better than the official spelling and pronunciation. So in our group and in my world, his name is "Acerack," not Acererack."
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