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A druid with goodberry

And a 5th level druid with goodberry could sustain 90 people a day if they used all their spell slots.

Still keeping the animals warm and the crops running would be difficult. Although ome can always assume perhaps some level of divine intervention to save the plot/day.
They dont have crops. Its the Arctic.

And like Inuit peeps have lived in similar conditions for centuries without magic. Pretty sure the locals could manage for 2 years.
 

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Burnside

Space Jam Confirmed
They dont have crops. Its the Arctic.

And like Inuit peeps have lived in similar conditions for centuries without magic. Pretty sure the locals could manage for 2 years.
Inuits don’t live anywhere where the sun doesn’t rise for two straight years.

In any case, that part is an easy fix. The DM can shorten the amount of time this has been going on.

Auril having no goals or plan is the more egregious design issue.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
My FLGS told me it's shipping out to me. I pre-ordered it late by accident (like, the day before yesterday), so I didn't expect it in the mail until today.
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
A druid with goodberry

And a 5th level druid with goodberry could sustain 90 people a day if they used all their spell slots.
I'd get pretty bored if I had to eat 1 goodberry every day for sustenance :)

And consider the economic consequences of there being no restaurants! Just a hut for the worn out druids cranking out goodberries.
 



ccs

40th lv DM
Have they improved the opening sequencers? Or Does this one also have an absurd rationale for why low lv characters are acting irrationally/being sent to fix the problem?
For ex;
ToA - low lv pcs sent to jungle to halt the Death Curse.
Avernus- So you want my 3rd-5th lv pc to journey to Hell- to rescue a dude who should be replaceable.
SKT - so cloud giants have just bombed & raided this rown & now one is offering us a ride.....
DH - 1st we become tavern owners, then we're expected to investigate the death of a random gnome in the street.... ok.
Abyss - escaping the drow, fine. Running around HELPING the evil underdark cities....:(

So whats the opening hook here?
 

Parmandur

Legend
My FLGS delivered it yesterday, gave it a once over. Art is great, love the structure: the modular nature of the material is bound to be handy. Some really wild stuff in there, particularly tied into the Secrets and various side quests and dungeons.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Have they improved the opening sequencers? Or Does this one also have an absurd rationale for why low lv characters are acting irrationally/being sent to fix the problem?
For ex;
ToA - low lv pcs sent to jungle to halt the Death Curse.
Avernus- So you want my 3rd-5th lv pc to journey to Hell- to rescue a dude who should be replaceable.
SKT - so cloud giants have just bombed & raided this rown & now one is offering us a ride.....
DH - 1st we become tavern owners, then we're expected to investigate the death of a random gnome in the street.... ok.
Abyss - escaping the drow, fine. Running around HELPING the evil underdark cities....:(

So whats the opening hook here?
There are 12 possible opening quests, that are decidedly low level. The opening quest opens up into a sandbox that includes the other quests, and building regional renown. By the time the PCs are Tier 2, they are local heroes that people know, and the ramp up looks pretty slick, though things escalate quickly after Level 6 or so.
 





I received my copy yesterday, but started with the appendices to start with.
Custom spells, some cool artifacts, and useful monsters, and probably the best NPC stats I've seen in a WotC module to date.

Also the module states there has not been a summer in Icewind Dale for two years...which is not the same as saying that there has been no sun for two years.

To counterbalance a previous post, I like how Auril is portrayed. Auril is a runaway god on the Material Plane, essentially just trying to setup a quiet little home, out in wilderness.
Being the goddess of winter's wrath, means not giving a 💩 about complicated motives.
 


Reynard

Legend
Four hours of twilight, 20 hours of darkness every day for two years. That’s what it says.
Civilization is in the midst of collapse, and it will collapse within "a year or two" if the PCs don't save it. I don't understand what the issue is. The population is going through its stores, surviving mostly on knucklehead and using communal body heat to survive. Not to mention the occasional human sacrifice to Auril that may or may not net them some "goodwill" from the goddess.

ThatTen Towns isn't completely dead YET is not so unbelievable as to make the scenario unplayable IMO. It's desperate, but it is supposed to be.
 

Burnside

Space Jam Confirmed
Civilization is in the midst of collapse, and it will collapse within "a year or two" if the PCs don't save it. I don't understand what the issue is. The population is going through its stores, surviving mostly on knucklehead and using communal body heat to survive. Not to mention the occasional human sacrifice to Auril that may or may not net them some "goodwill" from the goddess.

ThatTen Towns isn't completely dead YET is not so unbelievable as to make the scenario unplayable IMO. It's desperate, but it is supposed to be.
I didn't say it's unplayable. In fact, I said it's easily fixable by just shortening the amount of time it's been going on.

But if you think any civilization would still be this intact after two years on four daily hours of twilight and temps averaging 50 below - or that there would be any significant wildlife or plant life left alive (the adventure is full of animals) - I'm not sure what to tell you. I mean, you're completely wrong, but whatever. The place would be a desert of ice. It doesn't ruin the adventure (which seems to be overall a good one) because like I said, easy to change.

I really like the 5E hardcovers - all of them, even the dodgy ones like Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Horde of the Dragon Queen. But each of them, to varying degrees, has nonsensical flaws that are exactly that: flaws. The climate here is a flaw - they went too far. Auril is a bigger one - they didn't write her any goals.

I don't understand the compulsion some fans have to deny that any flaws in these adventures are there, and to defend them against the slightest criticism.
 


Under those conditions, life would not be possible. The ecology should have totally collapsed, the Ten Towns would have been starved out. What they are describing is basically Antartica, but somehow people and animals are still living there as if it's more like Alaska or Iceland or northern Canada. Someone should have considered this a little more. Even saying it's been winter for a year would be better. After two years of this, the situation would be WAY worse than what's depicted.
My copy is in theory at my FLGS, waiting for me to pick it up. One thing I don't like about working from home is not being within walking distance of it on my lunchbreaks. I could manage the trip in the car, but that's more hassle and rush than I want.
 

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