Goodman Games' Next Reincarnation Is Expedition To The Barrier Peaks
  • Goodman Games' Next Reincarnation Is Expedition To The Barrier Peaks


    Following on from Into the Borderlands and The Isle of Dread, Goodman Games is next bringing 1980's sci-fantasy adventure Expedition to the Barrier Peaks to D&D 5th Edition.




    Announced at Gary Con this weekend, Expedition is due out in September. Like the others in the Original Adventures Reincarnated series, it contains the original module, handouts, and an updated 5E version.

    The adventure features a crashed spaceship, robots, ray guns, and plant people.

    You can find out more directly from GG's website here.
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    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      Quote Originally Posted by chaoshead87 View Post
      Guess I'm the only one not excited for this one. Hard Skip for me.
      No, it's not for me either. It does make me wonder why they don't just make deal with GMG to do the Greyhawk setting book, that why they don't have to worry about it, I mean GMG is already doing Greyhawk nodules.
    1. Obvious_Ninja's Avatar
      Obvious_Ninja -
      Fantastic!!! Cant wait the reread this and possibly even play it. I have fond memories of this.
    1. TheZigZagist's Avatar
      TheZigZagist -
      Turned out to be a downed Robotech Master ship my last run through in the late eighties. Kinda launched us into a whole other RPG by the end of it. lol
    1. Whizbang Dustyboots's Avatar
      Whizbang Dustyboots -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheZigZagist View Post
      Turned out to be a downed Robotech Master ship my last run through in the late eighties. Kinda launched us into a whole other RPG by the end of it. lol
      I think, canonically, it's supposed to be a portion of the Starship Warden from Metamorphosis Alpha (and at least one edition of Gamma World). Conveniently, that's also published by Goodman at the moment.
    1. MerricB's Avatar
      MerricB -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
      I am surprised. I thought WOTC would want to revamp this themselves for 5e.
      I think the maps alone might give them pause.

      This one's also full of making up weird mechanics for technology, which doesn't quite fit with the streamlined nature of 5e. I can see them avoiding it purely for that reason.

      Cheers!
    1. chaoshead87's Avatar
      chaoshead87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gyor View Post
      No, it's not for me either. It does make me wonder why they don't just make deal with GMG to do the Greyhawk setting book, that why they don't have to worry about it, I mean GMG is already doing Greyhawk nodules.
      I'm not against them doing the modules, this one just isn't for me. Have run through this one a couple times and have never really enjoyed it. I think they are doing a pretty good job with the revamps. I wouldn't complain if they did the Geyhawk setting book....I might even buy it.
    1. thundershot's Avatar
      thundershot -
      I have the first two books, and I love them, however my only disappointment is that whatever deal they have with WOTC prevents them from publishing them in PDF format. I want printable maps!!
    1. Capital_Q's Avatar
      Capital_Q -
      I would have bet experience points that it was going to be B3, since that module also had multiple printings. I'm ok with this though!
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by gyor View Post
      No, it's not for me either. It does make me wonder why they don't just make deal with GMG to do the Greyhawk setting book, that why they don't have to worry about it, I mean GMG is already doing Greyhawk nodules.
      It sounds like Mearls has Greyhawk plans. This is the only Greyhawk modules in this series, so far: OAR 2 had a bunch of setting info for the Known World, though.
    1. Dire Bare's Avatar
      Dire Bare -
      Quote Originally Posted by Whizbang Dustyboots View Post
      The only wrinkle on Dungeon and Dragon revamps is the rights issue. I don't know what the old contracts said, but unless they're perpetual rights, WotC would need to renegotiate the use of those old adventures. (Obviously, it's a lot easier when Mearls wrote one of them.)

      But yeah, there's a treasure trove of old material they could dust off, either as its own product or to flesh out module re-releases.
      Only the oldest issues of Dragon, not sure which numbers. Dungeon I'm fairly certain is 100% with WotC.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
      I am surprised. I thought WOTC would want to revamp this themselves for 5e.
      They did revamp it: LOST LABORATORY OF KWALISH
      Available on D&D Beyond and, I think, on DMs Guild.

      I'm looking forward to getting this. I'll run Barrier Peaks and then run the same players, but with another group of characters through Kwalish. Need to find players from whom all this stuff is new for the best impact.

      I've bought the first two books and will buy this one as well. They are geared more for collectors as only a third of the pages--if that--are needed to run the adventures in 5e. I wish they would release just the 5e portion on D&D Beyond and DMs Guild. I think a lot of people are turned off paying for a thick hardbook that serves better as a game-history text book than a convenient adventure module.
    1. ParanoydStyle's Avatar
      ParanoydStyle -
      GOD DAMN MOTHERERS. Sorry. BALLS!

      (I was also working on (almost) EXACTLY this. I should REALLY stop work on it now, Goodman Games' version due for publication makes it redundant. There's a LOT of things I need to be doing and...you know what, no. My thing isn't a reincarnation, it's a sequel. It always has been. It can exist alongside this reincarnation.)
    1. corwyn77's Avatar
      corwyn77 -
      The one I would like to see is Desert of Desolation. And Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh...The two I'd like to see are...
    1. Whizbang Dustyboots's Avatar
      Whizbang Dustyboots -
      Quote Originally Posted by corwyn77 View Post
      The one I would like to see is Desert of Desolation. And Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh...The two I'd like to see are...
      I've got some good news about Saltmarsh ...
    1. EthanSental's Avatar
      EthanSental -
      I’ve picked up the first 2 and enjoyed them, probably pick this one up as well as I’ve never played or read the original one.
    1. LuisCarlos17f's Avatar
      LuisCarlos17f -
      Quote Originally Posted by Whizbang Dustyboots View Post
      I think, canonically, it's supposed to be a portion of the Starship Warden from Metamorphosis Alpha (and at least one edition of Gamma World). Conveniently, that's also published by Goodman at the moment.
      Wikipedia says it isn't the starship Warden from Metamorphosis Alpha but one like this.

      * I would like the return of the PC races from d20 Future, and not only Star Frontiers, Star*Drive and Dark Matters, but also from Gamma World.

      * After buying my Eclipse Phase corebook now I miss mind transfer and digital immortality in my space fantasy games.

      * What is the next, White Wolf with the 5th Ed of Ravenloft?
    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      Quote Originally Posted by corwyn77 View Post
      The one I would like to see is Desert of Desolation. And Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh...The two I'd like to see are...
      They won't let Good Man Games do Desert of Desolation because it's been tied into FR lore and history (and yes I know it wasn't originally set there, but it got moved there during a key point in FR history).

      DoD was the first adventure and the first game product for the Forgotten Realms, I'm talking about the second FRified version.

      It also massively shaped the Eastern half of FR, radically forcing it to change from Ed's original vision, especially the South East of Faerun which had a huge ripple effect.

      See the mention of Mulan race, the Durpari race,
      and the Imaskari race, as well important geographical areas perdates the grey box that otherwise introduced the realms, because of DoD 2.0.

      So of all FR adventures I'd argue that DoD had the biggest impact shaping the realms.

      DoD changed key things about the old Kingdoms region, which later shaped the Unaporoachable East Region, and eventually even KaraTur.

      For the old empires region first the themes were shaped by DoD, then it was detailed in The Old Empires regional book, then Powers and Pantheons, then Lost Empires, then the Spellplague 4e FRCG, which radically transformed it, then the Sundering (SCAG, last parts of the Brimstone Angels Saga), where it was a mix of the old and new elements, in a new time.

      So they won't give up a module so vitally to a huge chunk of their default/star/favoured setting to another company.
    1. Myrdin Potter's Avatar
      Myrdin Potter -
      I have the first two books (each bought at GaryCon in subsequent years). They are fairly well done. As noted above, no PDF makes VTT play a lot harder, but the modules themselves are fine.
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      Desert of Desolation would be cool, but I mostly remember it for its absolutely gorgeous and evocative Parkinson cover.

      I doubt we’ll see the Slavers series, since the 1e versions already got a deluxe reprint a few years ago.

      Goodman Games seems to be leaning in on the earlier classics. Maybe the next one will be a Forgotten The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth / Temple of Tharizdun pairing?

      I imagine the licensing would be tough, but I’d love to see a Palace of the Vampire Queen / Dwarven Glory release. Considering how rare they are and their place in D&D history, I think that’d be a solid choice.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by gyor View Post
      They won't let Good Man Games do Desert of Desolation because it's been tied into FR lore and history (and yes I know it wasn't originally set there, but it got moved there during a key point in FR history).

      DoD was the first adventure and the first game product for the Forgotten Realms, I'm talking about the second FRified version.

      It also massively shaped the Eastern half of FR, radically forcing it to change from Ed's original vision, especially the South East of Faerun which had a huge ripple effect.

      See the mention of Mulan race, the Durpari race,
      and the Imaskari race, as well important geographical areas perdates the grey box that otherwise introduced the realms, because of DoD 2.0.

      So of all FR adventures I'd argue that DoD had the biggest impact shaping the realms.

      DoD changed key things about the old Kingdoms region, which later shaped the Unaporoachable East Region, and eventually even KaraTur.

      For the old empires region first the themes were shaped by DoD, then it was detailed in The Old Empires regional book, then Powers and Pantheons, then Lost Empires, then the Spellplague 4e FRCG, which radically transformed it, then the Sundering (SCAG, last parts of the Brimstone Angels Saga), where it was a mix of the old and new elements, in a new time.

      So they won't give up a module so vitally to a huge chunk of their default/star/favoured setting to another company.
      I agree DoD is probably not going to be licensed, but not because of a latter-day FR connection. They are unlikely to give it out because it is perfect for a Ghosts of Saltmarsh/Curse of Strahd style project, maybe mixing in some other desert modules and rules for desert exploration...

      I've thought about the DA modules as being perfect for Goodman Games, being as old school as physically possible and providing a good wacky sandbox that WotC probably won't go for.
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