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    Yesterday, 05:31 AM
    “Yar!” Four dragon fliers ranged ahead. Directed by Uriel, they strafed the decks of outlying ships, killing many, scattering the rest. Still, there were enough full crews for the priests to combine into magical artillery. “Yar!” they all shouted, and four hooks fired into the air: one missed; one clipped a dragon flier causing it to veer away, badly damaged; another snagged a second...
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 07:33 AM
    Retreats and Reversals “We’re close!” responded Uriel: when Korrigan wondered, they all could hear him. Uriel was already working up a storm, to blast the pirates with lightning and douse the pyres before the flames took hold. This turned out to be a bad idea – though Hunlow remained dormant (Gods were slow to react to mortals) storms were nonetheless his to command here on… Hunlow. ...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 05:55 AM
    I had Heid mention that he was off to another philosophical conference in Northern Drakr and left it at that. The biggest problem is that because the PCs have met him since the Great Eclipse, they can ‘send’ to him, and he to them. If I were to run the AP again, I would leave Heid out of the conference in Cherage. Give him a reason to use the box trick and stops the players phoning him every 5...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:15 PM
    My favourite bit about the box is that Heid makes no reference whatsoever to the fact that he just met the PCs in Cherage at the end of the last adventure (and was most likely saved by them). Still, I enjoyed it, melodrama and all.
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 07:00 AM
    We're using Cypher System. Combats can be pretty quick, but this one certainly wasn't. It took up the whole session (so about three hours). But in 4e I think it would have taken more than one. It was exhausting but a lot of fun. I'll write up my DM Notes after I've posted the session reports. I really enjoyed the balanced, tactical combat of 4e and so did a lot of my players, but I have...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 05:52 AM
    “Kill This Idiot!” Captain Thrusty sneered, gesturing at Korrigan, as Admiral Taracle turned with a snarl to face Rumdoom, drawing a pair of golden axes from under his sodden robes. Before any of the pirates could react, Korrigan gave Uru the order to shoot, but Uru’s shuriken was already airborne, and bit deep into Captain Thrusty, laden with necrotic poison. Uru hoped to drop the...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 03:28 PM
    DM's Notes Hex-crawls are always a challenge to run because there are no limits to the direction a party can go, and it is therefore difficult to fully prepare for every eventuality. The Gyre is even more challenging because some of the hexes can be fairly complex in nature, and the level of detail means that a quick glance at the text is insufficient to jog the memory. The players...
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 06:22 AM
    Deadly Seas There was nothing for it but to press on. They all took some solace from their shared vision of the future, which showed them returning to Lanjyr somehow (albeit with an abject sense of failure). Leaving the ship to continue recharging, they flew on their stone discs to Padyer, leaving Leon and Uriel behind once again. Calily also stayed on as host. After a few...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 06:01 PM
    Kinava Monastery A few hours' flight – the discs were manoeuvrable but not swift – took them through the asteroid fields of Urim (where they saw the giant native worms moving gracefully from crater to crater) and to the edge of the plane of Caeloon. Calily’s home was a land of rolling hills covered with pines, where a continual light breeze blew between the silent tree trunks. No ...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 03:42 PM
    “If safety is in our power to grant, it is yours,” Korrigan replied. Calily thanked him, and half an hour later she jogged into view, wearing loose-fitting sand-brown clothes, hooded and carrying a staff. When close enough to make eye contact she pulled back her hood to reveal the white hair and wrinkled face of a woman far older than her agility would suggest. Enthusiasm bubbled...
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 06:17 AM
    Strange New Worlds The Coaltongue was crippled, laying on its side. Alongside it was a scorched, dead vaknid – killed by the Tyrant’s Eye. Admiral Smith welcomed them on board and they quickly established that no one had seen Rock, Sly or any of the other fey refugees. Uru began repairs at once. Korrigan and Gupta volunteered to help. It was vitally important to get the Coaltongue...
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 05:52 AM
    The Not-So-Nice Spiders As the monstrous spiders crawled up from below, the whining from the web vortices became a deep growl, and in this manner, the Voice of Rot spoke to them: “What have my precious little vaknids found for me? Ah, I witness the last lords of a dying land. Come, foes, if you can.” Three huge vaknids pounced on isolated foes: one attacked the devils Leon had left behind...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 05:57 AM
    Motes of Gold When they awoke, their circumstances were bizarrely different. Wind whistled and whined around them. Each unit member found themselves stretched out on a rock, alone, and only as they began to pick themselves up did some of them realise that one or two of the others were close by: Rumdoom was on the same, large expanse as Gupta; Leon was on a smaller body above them. ...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 04:02 PM
    It's quite understandable. You've waited almost eight years for that particular bucket to fall on my players' heads. And I worked very hard to have it fall right at the end of the session, so I'm glad you appreciated the comic timing.
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 05:04 AM
    Cracked Shell Before anyone had time to start making plans for a rescue, a roar and flash of light came from outside the palace. “Constables,” said Rock Rackus, with awkward solemnity, pointing out of a window , “Is that an asteroid I do spy?” Streaking across the sky, it disappeared from view, but a moment later light flashed and the ground shuddered. Moments later came the...
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 06:49 AM
    Copperhat the Headless is back on the loose!
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    Wednesday, 19th June, 2019, 05:38 AM
    Thistle Palace They chose the very far northeast corner of the palace to enter, in the hopes of finding some fey holding out in the bunker. Leon teleported them down there, leaving the Coaltongue airborne, then he got them into the palace with a dimension door. The whole eastern wing of the palace was eerily empty. Magic designed to keep the place in fine condition was busy scrubbing...
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    Monday, 17th June, 2019, 07:08 AM
    Silent Cavalry The next few moments were even more desperate: Gupta succumbed to the dominion of the Star Marshall and began to disrobe; the enslaved mantis-creatures created insane illusions of praying statuary that prevented the unit from seeing their foes and blinded Leon completely. Hidden outside the radius of this, Uru realised that Lacacia must have issued fresh, telepathic...
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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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Monday, 13th May, 2019

  • 04:59 AM - SanjMerchant quoted gideonpepys in post [ZEITGEIST] The Continuing Adventures of Korrigan & Co.
    OK, apologies for reaching backwards a bit, this exchange They did not charge towards him, as he expected, but one began to declaim: “I apprehend you to be unmatched warriors whom I could call peers. I welcome you to a place of negotiation…” A shot rang out and the ghoul fell. ... Looking askance at its fallen brother, a second ghoul took up the speech: “ Let us set aside titles and honours and speak among the ancient stones. Much time has passed since I rode through these lands, and…” Another shot. The second ghoul fell. ... just reminded me of a bit of banter from the set up to my never-even-got-onto-the-damn-Coaltongue attempt at running this: I posted about how non-lethal KO's were being handled at said this: (Plus, I'd like not to have to write up a lot of replacement NPCs, thank you.) To which one of my players naturally responded: Player: I shoot Bunthar Jorgensen! DM: (rolls dice) Well, he's dead. Coincidentally, a man steps out of the crowd and intr...

Saturday, 27th April, 2019

  • 11:07 AM - Zipster quoted gideonpepys in post Adventure 12 Question [Spoilers, natch]
    Okay, so we DMs know how the PCs are getting back from the Gyre, but how do they think they are doing it? I don’t think my players will be happy about going if the trip is theoretically one way.I think, at this point in the game, the PCs are generally on a level of resourcefulness that they should be thinking that they can find a way; that something will present itself. If it's played up as necessary to save reality, or to stop Nicodemus then the PCs will have little reason not to go. At this point, hero has an implication of sacrifice I think.

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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...


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