Lost Laboratory of Kwalish: A D&D Adventure For Charity
  • Lost Laboratory of Kwalish: A D&D Adventure For Charity


    WotC has released a 60-page adventure called Lost Laboratory of Kwalish over on DMs Guild, the proceeds for which go towards the Extra Life charity. "Lost Laboratory of Kwalish explores an alternate expedition into the Barrier Peaks. The legendary inventor disappeared in the peaks eons ago… as it turns out, finding a crashed planar ship and studying its technology to fuel his own experiments—only now, Kwalish’s lost research is desperately needed!"





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    Lost Laboratory of Kwalish explores an alternate expedition into the Barrier Peaks. The legendary inventor disappeared in the peaks eons ago… as it turns out, finding a crashed planar ship and studying its technology to fuel his own experiments—only now, Kwalish’s lost research is desperately needed!

    For characters 5th-10th level.

    This adventure explores two locations within the Barrier Peaks, and includes new monsters, magic items, and spells, plus sci-fi trinkets, random encounters, and even rumors of the area submitted by the player community! Further featuring new art, maps (from Claudio Pozas), and even a cartoon (from Jason Thompson)—as well as the famed suit of powered armor, as edited by Jeremy Crawford on the Dragon+ livestream!

    Best of all, all monies that Wizards of the Coast receives from sales of this PDF are donated to Extra Life. Your purchase of this adventure goes to a truly great cause!

    About Extra Life:

    Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for sick and injured kids. Sign up today and dedicate a day of play for kids in your community!

    Thanks to Cliff for the scoop!

    In addition, the adventure features items and spells named after Galder, the character of a fan known as "SomeHairyGuy" who passed recently of cancer.
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. jmucchiello's Avatar
      jmucchiello -
      That game is off-the-wall as folks who donated early were able to add stuff to the game when the DM or players wanted them to or not.
    1. vpuigdoller's Avatar
      vpuigdoller -
      This seems like avery fun adventure! Can't wait to have my players go thru it.
    1. Alzrius's Avatar
      Alzrius -
      Does this adventure actually have stats for Kwalish?
    1. pukunui's Avatar
      pukunui -
      @Morrus: *Ahem*

      Quote Originally Posted by Alzrius View Post
      Does this adventure actually have stats for Kwalish?
      It just says to use the evoker statblock, which doesn't make much sense to me.
    1. R_Chance's Avatar
      R_Chance -
      I'll have to pick this up. Interesting that it describes the crashed ship as a "planar ship" as opposed to a crashed starship. So "planar" as in alternate explanation for the sci fi elements of Barrier Peaks or are they talking Spelljammer / planar as a substitute for it? The Barrier Peaks were in Greyhawk… so did they transplant it to the Realms or just leave it alone in Greyhawk or unmoored from any setting? Then too it's interesting as a comparison to the crashed starship in Blackmoor's "City of the Gods". Or the starships standing on Tekumel's Plane of Towers in EPT. With all of Tekumel pushed into an alternate plane through the use of interstellar drives (maybe) it just sounds... fun. I may never use / run it but it sounds too interesting to pass up. Anyway, they finally found something I can't pass up from DMs Guild and a donation to charity as a bonus

      *edit* Spelling and added thought about Tekumel etc...
    1. Paul Farquhar's Avatar
      Paul Farquhar -
      There isn't much on the craft itself. It's more of a plot device for a magi-tech themed adventure.
    1. R_Chance's Avatar
      R_Chance -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Farquhar View Post
      There isn't much on the craft itself. It's more of a plot device for a magi-tech themed adventure.
      Other than as an exotic dungeon locale that's pretty much all the ship ever was, so that's cool.
    1. Ymdar's Avatar
      Ymdar -
      Is this a Greyhawk adventure? Are there suggestions in the adventure on how to use it in Forgotten Realms?
    1. Jay Verkuilen's Avatar
      Jay Verkuilen -
      Quote Originally Posted by R_Chance View Post
      Other than as an exotic dungeon locale that's pretty much all the ship ever was, so that's cool.
      Depends on how you ran with it, but you could certainly treat the ship that way, or elaborate it. I played Barrier Peaks... oh, damn, twenty years ago. Part of it involved dipping into the XCom lore a bit, with the ship being a human ship but highly influenced by alien technology. The campaign's big adversary (later proven to be a frenemy) Keraptis (yes of White Plume Mountain fame) was looking for it and there were some stranded XCom personnel looking for a way out of Oerth. At the time I hadn't played XCom so I didn't actually know the backplot, which was fun. It's hard to describe how overall crazy the scenario was, but the weapons from Barrier Peaks stayed with us for a while essentially as highly limited use magic items even after the XCom group gathered up all the Elerium to power their own ship back.
    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      Will it be AL legal?
    1. Alzrius's Avatar
      Alzrius -
      Quote Originally Posted by pukunui View Post
      It just says to use the evoker statblock, which doesn't make much sense to me.
      That's disappointing.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ymdar View Post
      Is this a Greyhawk adventure? Are there suggestions in the adventure on how to use it in Forgotten Realms?
      Based on the free preview, it has suggestions for use in Greyhawk and the Forgotten Realms. It specifically suggests putting it in Chult, or near Waterdeep.
    1. Paul Farquhar's Avatar
      Paul Farquhar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ymdar View Post
      Is this a Greyhawk adventure? Are there suggestions in the adventure on how to use it in Forgotten Realms?
      It's only nominally Greyhawk. It has suggestions for Forgotten Realms and other settings. Pretty much any mysterious mountains would do. It does have some tie-ins to White Plume Mountain.

      Tonaly, it would fit in well in Chult, as an extra for ToA, but I intend to locate it in The Spine of the World, because that is where my players are.
    1. Paul Farquhar's Avatar
      Paul Farquhar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alzrius View Post
      That's disappointing.
      You aren't intended to fight him. He is basically just the Mcguffin the party is trying to find.
    1. Zaukrie's Avatar
      Zaukrie -
      Just bought this.......and I just got Sandy Peterson's Cthulu book in pdf.....it's like they were meant to go together......
    1. R_Chance's Avatar
      R_Chance -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay Verkuilen View Post
      Depends on how you ran with it, but you could certainly treat the ship that way, or elaborate it. I played Barrier Peaks... oh, damn, twenty years ago. Part of it involved dipping into the XCom lore a bit, with the ship being a human ship but highly influenced by alien technology. The campaign's big adversary (later proven to be a frenemy) Keraptis (yes of White Plume Mountain fame) was looking for it and there were some stranded XCom personnel looking for a way out of Oerth. At the time I hadn't played XCom so I didn't actually know the backplot, which was fun. It's hard to describe how overall crazy the scenario was, but the weapons from Barrier Peaks stayed with us for a while essentially as highly limited use magic items even after the XCom group gathered up all the Elerium to power their own ship back.
      Sounds fun. I never DM'd it, I ran in it when it was new... early 1980s iirc. I was the main DM for my group, running a homebrew game, and a friend ran modules to give me a break sometimes. Good times.
    1. Alzrius's Avatar
      Alzrius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Farquhar View Post
      You aren't intended to fight him. He is basically just the Mcguffin the party is trying to find.
      So I picked this up earlier today, and as it turns out the adventure does overview the possibility of the PCs fighting Kwalish. Twice, in fact.
    1. Paul Farquhar's Avatar
      Paul Farquhar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alzrius View Post
      So I picked this up earlier today, and as it turns out the adventure does overview the possibility of the PCs fighting Kwalish. Twice, in fact.
      It suggests alternative ways to stat him (Shield Guardian, Lich) if you intend the party to fight him though.

      "Use an Evoker" is pretty much if you don't intend the party to fight him, but they decide to do so anyway.
    1. Ancalagon's Avatar
      Ancalagon -
      oooh... this could work well as a capstone for my Yoon Suin campaign.... there is a large mountain range, there is "need", I already put in some subtle clues about some high tech stuff...

      Has anyone reviewed the adventure yet?
    1. Paul Farquhar's Avatar
      Paul Farquhar -
      I'm not doing a full review, but I will make these points:

      It requires quite a lot of work from the DM before play. It doesn't include maps, apart from town/village scale, so you would have to prepare battle maps for locations fights are likely to break out. It is also full of bits where "it could be this" or "it could be that", so the DM has some choices to make before starting.

      The only connections to the original Barrier Peaks adventure are some of the magic items that can be looted, and the suggestion that levels from the original adventure could be added into the planar craft.


      There is a lot of fun stuff in it, and it probably lends itself more to a comic tone than anything very serious.
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