DMs Guild Review: Destiny Abroad: The Voyage of the Rose Marie

A review copy of Destiny Abroad: The Voyage of the Rose Marie was provided for the purposes of this review.

Designed by: Matthew Gravelyn

DMs GuildIf you can’t already tell by the title, “The Voyage of the Rose Marie” is a ship-based adventure that takes place during a lengthy sea voyage. It’s designed for brand new level 1 PCs, and at 11 pages you should be able to finish it within a single session. It features a heavily scripted mix of role-playing, combat, and skill checks, and even a major choice for the party to make at the end.

Apparently there is a whole “Destiny Abroad” series planned, though this adventure can easily be played as a stand-alone, as well as incorporated into any campaign or world that features sailing ships. Continue reading “DMs Guild Review: Destiny Abroad: The Voyage of the Rose Marie”

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D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 41 Recap

We rescue Harshnag and officially delve into the Eye of the All-Father temple.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

More empty rooms. The barracks within the Eye of the All-Father were as giant-size as everything else, but also completely barren. I poked my head into one of the side bedrooms while Bryseis darted further into the receding darkness of the long hallway.

As I turned to leave the ground began to shake. I heard Bryseis make a startled sound and saw glimpses of her running, followed by the brimstone poof of her Misty Step.

That’s all I saw before the open doorway in front of me suddenly became a solid stone wall, as if there had never been an opening.

“Uh, guys?” I called out, my voice echoing off my newly sealed tomb. 

The rumbling grew louder and louder, as did the shouts and screams of my friends. I took a few steps back as something large rolled by, violently shaking the ground. I pressed my head up against the stone, heart beating rapidly as I listened for the sickening crunch of bone.

It never came. The rumbling began again, but this time slower and more rhythmic. As it passed by once again the stone wall magically melded back into the sides. I raced outside. To my left I saw a massive stone boulder rolling back into the darkness. To my right I could make out the prone forms of Bryseis and Halfred panting, with a wild look in their eyes. But they were alive.

This week we finished our battle with the giants, and delved further inside the Eye of the All-Father temple. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 41 Recap”

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 40 Recap

We come up with a plan to free Harshnag and battle the giants at the entrance to the Eye of the All-Father.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

Halfred and I crept along the ledges that flanked the massive hallway leading to the main doors of the Eye of the All-Father temple. Though we were 20 feet above ground we weren’t even eye level with the giants who stood around the bound Harshnag. One of them was wearing robes and wielding a staff, and stood chanting before the sealed doors.

Harshnag was berating the mage for his folly of trying to enter the temple, and received a massive blow to the head from one of his stone giant captors.

As we approached I reached out with my mind, alerting the slightly dazed Harshnag to our presence. His body language changed slightly as he nodded in acknowledgement. He shifted and turned. His hands were bound behind his back by massive chain manacles, which he now rested on the ledge. Right next to me.

I turned to Halfred. Or where I thought Halfred was, as we were both still invisible. “Fly back to the others,” I said in his mind. “We need a plan.”

We knew we had a big battle on our hands this week. So big we didn’t even finish it over our nearly three hour session!

Our little group has not been the best at planning our actions around hostile encounters. It’s probably why we end up splitting the party and getting in less than optimal situations.

This time, however, we actually spent a good chunk of time planning exactly what we wanted to do. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 40 Recap”

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 39 Recap

We officially unite the warring dragonborn tribes, gain the final relic, and make our way to the Eye of the All-Father.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

All the dragonborn, blue and white together, respected Korinn’s new leadership role, immediately recognizing the armband she had taken from Rygen. I’d never seen her so confident and commanding.

Despite their animosity and history, the blues and whites agreed to join their dwindling forces together, there in the Great Worm Cavern. Survival can be an excellent motivator. 

I approached the altar in the cavern, reaching out with my mind. As I got closer, the mysterious disembodied voice responded. “Welcome back, mortal. I no longer sense the corruption on these dragonborn.”

“There were some…complications,” I replied. “But everyone’s safe now.”

“I’m glad to hear it.” The statue shimmered and vibrated as the ghostly form of a feathered serpent materialized out of it. The gathered dragonborn stood with mouths agape as the couatl nodded its head respectfully. “Look back upon the gong and take your prize.”

I glanced over at the ancient gong. Where once had been a missing indentation, there was now a length of bone inscribed with a glowing rune. The final Ostorian relic.

This week we wrapped up our battle with the summoned ice golems at the dragonborn camp, then officially united the two warring tribes. Our reward was the final Ostorian relic we could use to gain entrance to the Eye of the All-Father. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 39 Recap”

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 38 Recap

Korinn is forced into a duel for control of her old blue dragonborn tribe.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

The weather was bitterly cold but the air around us was electric. The entire warband of blue dragonborn had turned out. Many looked to Korinn like a returning savior, while others spat at her feet.

Unfortunately for us, Rygen was firmly in the latter camp. Despite Korinn’s attempts at diplomacy, only a test of strength would decide who would lead the tribe from here, and Rygen wasn’t going down without a fight.

We had taken turns bestowing various blessings, spells, and magical artifacts on our dragonborn sorcerer. She was nervous, but resolute.

A ring was formed around the two blue dragonborn. Rygen towered over his brethren, put his hands together and pulled them apart, lighting arcing between them until a blade of living lightning materialized in his hands.

“Step forward and face me in single combat, Korinn.”

[NOTE: This will be a shorter recap, as I was wholly absent for this entire session thanks to the flu]

This week we took the fight to the aggressive neighboring blue dragonborn tribe – Korinn’s tribe, forcing her into a duel for control of the warband. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 38 Recap”

No D&D this week – We’re PAX South bound!

We have to do a rare cancellation of our weekly D&D session this week. But for good reason: most of the Graham Gracker Crew will be headed to San Antonio for PAX South this weekend.

Read about my experience at PAX South 2017!
Read about my experience at PAX South 2016!

It’s become an annual tradition for the last few years, even though we just all saw each other for New Year’s (our other annual tradition). A little annoying that PAX South was moved two weeks up this year to make it even sooner, but we love the expo and hanging out together. Plus it’s a great chance for me to work with a media badge.

So while there won’t be any D&D this week there should be some content forthcoming from our PAX South trip. Stay tuned!