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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 04:43 PM
    Thanks. And I agree - it is badass! I left it at an early cliffhanger last week when Uriel interrupted the execution - as I would do if a fight was about to break out. Did a lot of head-shaking and tutting. The players had had the temerity to interrupt the readaloud text, and must be punished! So I think they were quite relieved by Vitus' measured response this week, and that they managed to...
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    Friday, 19th April, 2019, 07:17 AM
    Vitus Sigismund did not appear to be surprised by their intervention. He raised a calm hand to forestall any retaliation from his followers. Looking Korrigan straight in the eye, he asked, “The new King of Risur walks among us. Why have you chosen to interfere in this matter, your majesty?” As he spoke, the angels above him stopped circling and hovered in the air, poised to strike. The most...
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    Tuesday, 16th April, 2019, 07:26 AM
    The crowd marches through the open doors of the cathedral, where priests in soot-dappled armour and monks in funereal robes watch for signs of dissent. The monks intone low hymns, slowly repeating parts of the chant for the sacrament of apotheosis. Ten-foot wide fluted columns rise eighty feet to support the ceiling, from which statues of holy figures hang, their eyes turned skyward. Some of...
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    Sunday, 14th April, 2019, 06:19 AM
    The God Trial The dull roar of a crowd in Plaza Hyperion can be heard from over a mile away. When the unit gets to the Plaza, they are treated to the spectacle of a makeshift stage assembled from toppled marble masonry, rising ten feet above the rest of the plaza. Atop it, eight armored priests, their platemail doused in volcanic ash, hold the ends of chains. Together they watch a feeble...
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    Friday, 12th April, 2019, 08:54 AM
    I think that would count as a major spoiler. Let's just say it's mixed. (Uru in particular bears a grudge for her 'gift' of the bottled quasit Tokoloshe, who left him to die in the Bleak Gate on Cauldron Hill; Quratulain was trapped in sea-ice by Ashima-Shimtu for about 500 years - albeit at Nicodemus' request.)
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    Friday, 12th April, 2019, 06:19 AM
    Things Got Dark The Dons had fingers in every part of the city, and they’d been coordinating ways to keep order, using generosity when possible, broken noses when necessary. Donna Aneenya gave the unit a brief synopsis of Crisillyir’s woes, and what was beyond the Family’s control. After the the stars vanished, many hierarchs killed themselves and left suicide notes claiming they had lied...
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    Wednesday, 10th April, 2019, 07:28 AM
    NB: Much of this, and several subsequent entries, is taken verbatim from the adventure text. Cippiano arranged for them to use a teleportation circle that led from an innocuous building onto one of the city’s central plazas. The unit had been here before, but Kai had not, so Korrigan brought him along to see the great capital of the clergy. It was a city best viewed in sunlight, however. In...
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    Monday, 8th April, 2019, 06:05 AM
    Soon after the rift closed, Tzertze stomped over, clutching the vsadni weapons he had managed to save. “I will fight for you when the time comes, against this ‘Obscurati’. Now I will go back to that tower and claim it.” He turned and strode away, back up the valley. They decided not to stop him. They had refused to bargain for possession of Bhad Ryzhavdut. The problem was now Drakr’s. ...
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    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 09:09 PM
    Maybe it was the personal connection - making Rumdoom's friends part of her cult way back when, and having her steal the Stone of Not. Also, having to shift the venue from Bhad Ryzhavdut to Mirsk shook things up a bit and raised the stakes. I really enjoyed this part of the adventure. After the labyrinthine marathon of Ursalina, this really did feel like a nice, simple, frosty breath of fresh...
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    Friday, 5th April, 2019, 06:35 AM
    Uriel blessed his allies with the Staff of the Hierophant. Heid ducked behind Kamanov’s throne. Quratulain took steady aim at the chest cavity of the vsadbni, Hamul. She realised her lantern blaster and pistol would not be of that much use here, and that the angle was all wrong for a good shot. Korrigan swigged a potion of giant strength from the Borenbog’s Gourd. Uru appeared from hiding...
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    Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019, 05:41 PM
    Bit of bathos to lighten the mood. And extended proximity to the Stone of Not caused the champion to collapse. Just a warning to my players not to weaponise it without caution.
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    Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019, 06:36 AM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYnVYJDxu2Q Dear Reader, as you listen to the chorus, kindly change the lyrics of this song to: "Grandis Kamanov, Servant of the Voice of Rot..." etc. Kamanov’s command caused a path to open through her troops. They advanced cautiously. As they went, Korrigan weighed up their odds. They were bad. While the steps they had taken – negotiating with Tzertze,...
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    Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019, 12:40 PM
    I would use Leone to the fullest. Put the willies up your group with his adventure 7 stat block (modified because there are no trains to throw, just engineering equipment). From up on the scaffolding he should be fairly terrifying. Then when Grappa reaches him, and wakens Borne, he gets removed from the picture and the party can concentrate on the colossus.
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    Sunday, 31st March, 2019, 07:22 AM
    Mirsk was not heavily fortified, but there were sufficient defences to stave off a simple assault by small bands of raiders, or hostiles from the far north. Such things had not happened for centuries. The worst violence experienced by Mirsk had been the destruction of the railyard just over a year ago, an incident that was squarely blamed on the new king of Risur and his accomplices. ...
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    Friday, 29th March, 2019, 07:00 AM
    A quick call to Uriel confirmed that the message used an old method of timekeeping based on the constellations. The Volgir Valley was home to several ancient rings of stones—the Old Cairns. Centuries ago giants crafted these hundred foot megaliths as an astronomical clock. Later, dwarves and humans buried their dead among the massive stones. All they needed to do was find the nearest circle. ...
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    Thursday, 28th March, 2019, 08:29 AM
    Nice!
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    Wednesday, 27th March, 2019, 07:19 AM
    Uru used the same ritual he once used to walk along the rivers of his jungle home, to enable the group to traverse the deep snow drifts of the Volgir Valley. They were also protected by another of his rituals from the extreme cold. Fearing another massacre in Mirsk, Korrigan was keen to make haste and so they planned as they marched. They talked about passing into the centre of the army under...
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    Monday, 25th March, 2019, 07:11 AM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OJS8U30Yxk The Coaltongue was on its way. There had been some delays in its refit, but it would be in the air above Mirsk in about half a day. The doomsday army had camped for the last time before its final day of travel down the Volgir. King Baldrey placed his clairvoyant eye high in the air, far in the distance, to see how close they were. He could see...
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    Saturday, 23rd March, 2019, 06:25 PM
    Yes, it was a fun, flavourful player-driven extension of the narrative. Korrigan has been working on this in the background for a long time - since his days courting journalists and politicos in Flint, but more pointedly since Sentacore came on board. It was nice to see it all come to fruition.
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    Saturday, 23rd March, 2019, 03:47 PM
    Gupta wished that Uriel and Leon were there, so she could talk to them about religious belief in general and Vekeshi Mysticism in particular. She tried to talk with Thurgid about it – about being the forward arm of a religious movement, but he did not appreciate the attention, or the implication that he had any real free will or choice in the matter. It was clear that he felt more comfortable...
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    Thursday, 21st March, 2019, 06:59 AM
    Over the course of time, it became clear that they would only gain on the doomsday army very slowly, by virtue of the fact that Uru could man their sled-ship on his own (with the aid of his ghostly friends) and so could continue overnight while the army was encamped. Korrigan gradually established this by creating a psionic link with an item he hoped was still in Kamanov’s possession: the handle...
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Friday, 7th July, 2017

  • 10:20 PM - SanjMerchant mentioned gideonpepys in post Flint: Real World Parallels?
    Aodhan and Ethelyn have African racial features. So do Heward and Nevard Sechim (in adventure 2), Malia Baccarin (in 4), plus Ken Don and Vitus Sigismund (in adventure 8). Plus, of course, Rock Rackus. I forgot about Sechims and Baccarin altogether (although I didn't think Baccarin was Risuri, but that's a bit beside the point of this particular tangent). And I have no idea how I forgot about Sigismund when writing that post when I've been literally reading about him in gideonpepys 's campaign journal (though, again, I think I was thinking of Risuri specifically). No fracking clue how I, or anyone, could just forget about Rock. TL;DR, I have no idea what I'm talking about. :-P Eladrin have Indo-Persian features. I'm trying to recall how many elves we had -- Nilasa is a half-elf and sorta Indian-y, while most of the other elves (like Ottavia Sacredote, Livia Hatsfield, or Lauryn Cyneburg) are more European. But elves, as we all know, have lots of sub-races. I keep forgetting that Ottavia is not straight up Human. (By the way, I realize it was probably born of the Pathfinder Oracle's Curse class feature, but her being deaf and Luc speaking sign language with her is a great touch.)

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017

  • 06:45 PM - Truename mentioned gideonpepys in post What's the "win" scenario in adventure #3?
    @gideonpepys, I agree that this is a reasonable approach to take. But it doesn't appear to be supported by the text. It does say that moving the seal away from the portal releases the Thing from Beyond, but it doesn't say that doing so ends the ritual. (In fact, it says the opposite: the ritual cannot end unless the seal is next to the portal.) For Collapse, "a dangerous collapse can be achieved" but not "if the seal is not next to the portal." If you collapse the portal (by destroying all 8 lanterns while the seal is next to the portal) then The Thing emerges when the link to Apet ends. But it doesn't say that the link ends when The Thing emerges. @RangerWickett, what was your intent?

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Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

  • 10:11 PM - Zipster quoted gideonpepys in post Clergy hierarch information
    If the hierarch in question impregnated Linia against her will, is it possible that the child was held in stasis in some way, either by her or by the clergy? I ask only because one candidate who springs to mind is Cardinal Silvestri. But he died 500 years ago. Hm. Slvestri is possible, but definitely not what I was originally thinking. Seems there isn't a whole lot of information about many hierarchs. I can't imagine that the vault doesn't have any sort of things which would keep something in stasis. PC trapped there for 400 years as an infant in stasis, freed by Masardik after returning from Risur. It could definitely work. Thanks for a different idea!

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018


Monday, 11th June, 2018

  • 03:19 PM - Karma Kollapse quoted gideonpepys in post [ZEITGEIST] Ekossigan, Adventure #5 and dark stuff in Zeitgeist (Spoilers. Obviously)
    I never mentioned in my earlier post, but my players failed to stop Ekossigan and he murdered all the orphans. I really didn't expect that to happen and it was exceptionally dark. It was the first time the group's failure had had such dire consequences, and really built up tension for the finale. Eeeeep! Did they end up encountering Ekossigan in the complex later? I feel like one of those threads is bound to end in failure - terrorists cause a lot of murder, Ekossigan kills a lot of orphans, or the B-Team are all brutally murdered / mutilated by Kell.

Sunday, 8th April, 2018

  • 12:16 PM - VisanidethDM quoted gideonpepys in post Of iron, wood and flesh - a 4E ZEITGEIST chronicle
    From a roleplay perspective, though, if Boyd knows Gale, surely the Vekeshi might at least approach him to try and send her a message in adventure 2? (I guess no one needs to be asked to assasinate Rock, though. It doesn't add a huge amount.) Yes, I plan to play out his relationship with Gale, and knowing the guy who plays it, he's going to try to infiltrate the cult anyways, so he can pick up the roleplaying threads as a double agent.
  • 12:14 PM - VisanidethDM quoted gideonpepys in post Of iron, wood and flesh - a 4E ZEITGEIST chronicle
    Quick question about using 4e, if you have time: Does the character builder still work? Or are you guys somehow managing without? It still works if you have a running sub (and since they introduced the 5E online tools, you can resub for the 4E ones too). ddi.wizards.com still has everything. Of course Zeitgeist material has to be updated manually.
  • 10:49 AM - VisanidethDM quoted gideonpepys in post Of iron, wood and flesh - a 4E ZEITGEIST chronicle
    Might Boyd also have an affiliation with the Vekeshi? I ask only because that theme always felt to me like it should be played out in secret, not writ large, given it is a clandestine organisation. (One of my players was a martial scientist, but also a mystic.) The vekeshi subplots are well worth exploring. (In fact, it's the only theme that involves an actual plot rather than occasional bonuses and areas of interest.) It was the Danoran tiefling general who pretended to be the guy who killed him, right? I suggested the theme to Boyd's player but he wasn't really interest. I think the guy who plays Bruce may "double dip" (in roleplay terms) in that part of the story.

Saturday, 7th April, 2018

  • 09:23 AM - VisanidethDM quoted gideonpepys in post Of iron, wood and flesh - a 4E ZEITGEIST chronicle
    Me too. Love the crunch! But yes, the fights take a long time. I've found that I now pack minis only for fights I know the players can't avoid. Because if you pack minis, you want the players to fight, right? Still, 4e combats are great. Like a hugely thematic tactical boardgame. I know at least one of my players who really misses that aspect of the game. (But I know at least two who definitely don't!) Your roster of characters is exciting. I'm looking forward to reading more. Pretty much, yeah. 4E asks for your time but doesn't waste it. If the fights are well staged and well played and there's not too many of them, the payoff is huge and something other systems rarely can replicate. I'll be posting the last character and the chronicle of the first 2 sessions later today.

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

  • 08:12 AM - Karma Kollapse quoted gideonpepys in post [ZEITGEIST] Ekossigan, Adventure #5 and dark stuff in Zeitgeist (Spoilers. Obviously)
    Thanks for the replies! The thing is - and this is my hot take of the thread reading it only half way through, not having actually GMed it - I feel like the fact that Ekossigan is able to do something this evil is half the point. The Cloudwood has lost most of its police force, so everything that is happening is a direct result of the chaos that the Obscuriti are (unintentionally) inflicting on the world. Add some really nasty witchy panic to the townspeople and I think it makes for an interesting scenario to parallel with the terrorism and gang war. Toning down Ekossigan himself (making his targets adults or even in-mates) makes the plot less compelling, and I feel it'd be easier just to take it out and give the other two threads more focus. I'd rather not put in lots of work to make a less interesting version of the sub-plot. Asrabey can just show up unannounced later (I can't recall whether there's anything he needs to know or do beforehand). That's if the players veto the idea of running...

Wednesday, 21st February, 2018

  • 11:48 AM - Morrus quoted gideonpepys in post Views?
    So, moving forward, will 'number of views' be permanently removed? I don’t currently have an answer to that question beyond what I said. Sorry! :)

Thursday, 7th December, 2017

  • 06:06 PM - Tormyr quoted gideonpepys in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    BOOOM! *snip* Korrigan sent to Han Jierre again: “Thanks for the message. I regret to say that the messengers ran away before I could give them my reply.” This whole episode was inspired by Tormyr's earlier post, without which I would not have reflected on the fact that this would be a nice, dramatic moment to have a concerted attack against the unit. I really beefed up the porteurs, making the squad on the submarine the elite of the elite, boosted by potions and rituals. Having the attack come at night on board ship added some variety (the characters weren't awake or equipped), but it soon became apparent that the marines stood no chance of making a kill. It was fun though! *snip* Hey, I rewrote the future! ;)

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Monday, 9th October, 2017

  • 05:03 PM - hirou quoted gideonpepys in post Question about starting Zeitgeist
    I think it makes a great, comedic counterpoint to the oppressive high stakes of Cauldron Born. Also, it's fun for the players to really let rip in a foreign land, without having to sneak around or investigate a complex mystery. Talking about complex mysteries... I know you didn't mean it, but this sounds unexpectedly sarcastic after my session. The party finally started to wonder whether they are actually the good guys after murdering poor captain Thrag Vidalia and then realizing he was mind-controlled "by purple-skinned Risuri enchantress". And they have close to no means of proving this to a fort full of orcs on a brink of war. Oops. While the new player lightheartedly signed a contract with potential 600k gold loss for Risur at Liss Railways.

Sunday, 8th October, 2017

  • 02:06 PM - Tormyr quoted gideonpepys in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    *In a prolonged encounter that went unreported at the time, Korrigan really did take one for the team: the Governor of Macdam was a ridiculous gentleman who wore very old-fashioned, lace-fringed clothes buttoned tightly over his rotund frame, and a very obvious wig. To complete his 'look' he sported a tiny moustache beneath his bulbous nose. A man of some pretention, he was overjoyed to receive an official guest and personally ‘entertained’ Korrigan over dinner with a rendition of the national anthem of Risur, performed on a screechy violin. All the while, his pet capuchin gorged dates from a bowl in the centre of the table, and spat the pits with suspicious accuracy – ricocheting off the silverware and pinging off wine glasses to whizz past Korrigan’s head. [Here, Korrigan employed ‘I love the smell of witchoil’ for the second time in as many days and remained unphased by the monkey.] The end result of this interminable dinner was that Korrigan got what he came for. ** Uru had been fading...

Sunday, 1st October, 2017

  • 07:41 PM - Nevvur quoted gideonpepys in post GMs of EN World: What player behavior annoys you the most?
    I read a Chris Perkins article once where he advised DMs not to get irked when players whip out their phones. He said he regarded it as part of the challenge for the DM to keep players off their phones. I have a great group, but the players do spend a lot of session time staring at a screen, faces all lit up by something that has nothing to do with our game. Following Perkins I have so far resisted asking them to stop, and tried to persuade them to zone out by increasing tension, changing the tone of my voice, etc. But modern technology is hard to compete with. (Just ask my 4-year-old who would rather spend time on the ipad than do just about anything else.) It does get under my skin sometimes, especially when more than one player - sometimes three or four out fo a group of six/seven - has succumbed to the lure of social media. Especially since if I did the same myself the whole game would grind to a halt. I'm tempted to do so in a passive-aggressive demonstration ("See? How do you like i...
  • 07:21 PM - robus quoted gideonpepys in post GMs of EN World: What player behavior annoys you the most?
    I read a Chris Perkins article once where he advised DMs not to get irked when players whip out their phones. He said he regarded it as part of the challenge for the DM to keep players off their phones. I have a great group, but the players do spend a lot of session time staring at a screen, faces all lit up by something that has nothing to do with our game. Following Perkins I have so far resisted asking them to stop, and tried to persuade them to zone out by increasing tension, changing the tone of my voice, etc. But modern technology is hard to compete with. (Just ask my 4-year-old who would rather spend time on the ipad than do just about anything else.) It does get under my skin sometimes, especially when more than one player - sometimes three or four out fo a group of six/seven - has succumbed to the lure of social media. Especially since if I did the same myself the whole game would grind to a halt. I'm tempted to do so in a passive-aggressive demonstration ("See? How do you like i...

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017

  • 03:39 PM - SanjMerchant quoted gideonpepys in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    All of them! And were you able suppress the ominous, maniacal laughter you no doubt felt welling up inside? :D Seriously though, I would've thought either Tomas would go all "My faith Triegenes will protect me!" or Amielle would say something along the lines of "Hokey religions and ancient magic are no match for a good pistol at your side."
  • 12:57 PM - SanjMerchant quoted gideonpepys in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    ... Amielle explains their mission (in a very Pythonesque French accent): ... Weirdly enough, despite knowing full well that Danoran is French, I can't help but imagine Amielle with a Texan drawl. "Stand still, ya little varmint!" Of course, now I want her to tell off the witches: "Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!" :p (Oh, and did the players accept Lang's "help"?)

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

  • 02:20 AM - roadtoad quoted gideonpepys in post BSI: Bosum Strand Irregulars
    Funnily enough, we're losing a player to the States in a few weeks. If you weren't so far ahead of us, we could have swapped! Great to hear about high-level lunacy in preparation for epic tier. ha! "Kasvarina is having another episode. Time for yet another new personality!"


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