Tomb of Annihilation Session 14 Recap

Their path through the jungle leads into a horde of strange plant-zombies. Naturally our heroes charge right into the fray.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 3 Human Inquisitive Rogue
Khaless, level 3 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 3 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 3 Tortle Battle Master Fighter
Therin, level 3 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

Even a hostile random encounter needn’t be an instant fight. Sneaking or persuading should always be reasonable options, depending on the foes. But what trumps everything is the character’s personalities.

I was imminently please when, upon reaching  a horde of zombies that the party could’ve easily sneaked through, our undead-hating druid shapeshifted into a bear and charged them. What followed was an epic battle that lasted nearly the entire session.

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DMs Guild Review – The Heir of Orcus: Verse II

Pick up where Verse I left off by delving into the demon-infested temple of Orcus in the conclusion to this pixelated Tier 1 adventure.

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Designed by: Anthony Joyce

dms guildThe Heir of Orcus: Verse II” picks up right where the first one left off, with our heroes entering the Temple of Orcus to recover a fallen angel. It’s a direct continuation of the Tier 1 adventure designed for a 3rd level party, featuring plenty of demon battles amid a straightforward dungeon crawl.

It’s a bit shorter and simpler than Verse I and is made up entirely of the three-room temple dungeon, though like the first one the included art assets and attention to detail for each area are top-notch.

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DMs Guild Review – The Heir of Orcus: Verse I

Embrace the quirky pixel art style in part 1 of 2 in this demon-themed Tier 1 adventure.

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Designed by: Anthony Joyce

I have a huge amount of nostalgia for pixel art and 8-bit games. They helped define my childhood and put me on the path to eventually write about games for a career.

Tabletop RPGs and video games have a lot of obvious crossover, but I’d never seen a DMs Guild module use actual pixel art in its maps, tokens, and handouts, until now.

The Heir of Orcus: Verse I” is the first-half of a two-part series, using the colorful backdrop of the never-ending war between angels and demons. It’s designed for a party around 3rd level and could be run as a one-shot depending on the number of combat encounters.

Verse I has lots of opportunities for fun role-playing and exploration. There’s a heavy focus on the richly-designed NPCs, though the adventure abruptly ends before the third act, requiring you to continue the story in Verse II.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 13 Recap

When leaving Camp Righteous the party is ambushed by goblins, demanding they hand over the treasure for their “Iron God.”

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 3 Human Inquisitive Rogue
Khaless, level 3 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 3 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 3 Tortle Battle Master Fighter
Therin, level 3 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

Long resting inside the shrine of Man and Crocodile allowed the sneaky goblins who had been spying on the party to set up an ambush. When the party exited, Yokka and nearly a dozen goblins in wooden masks demanded they hand over the treasure for their “Iron God.” Azaka and the canoes were gone, and Inete was held at sword point.

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DMs Guild Review – Heaven Is a Place on Faerun (Truly, Madly, Deeply Part 3)

Help a small town with a pesky insect-summoning wizard in this underwhelming adventure for 3rd level.

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Designed by: Chad Cray and Patrick Higingbotham (NZS Games)

dms guild reviewBalancing a written adventure with the ad-lib nature of D&D is tricky. How do you create content when the players and DM are actively creating their own content while playing? If you go too broad you risk not giving DMs enough information; go to too narrow and you stifle any creativity from the players.

Heaven is a Place on Faerun (Truly, Madly, Deeply Part 3)” suffers from the latter. It’s a short mini-adventure for a 3rd level party involving a town and a nearby dungeon that features a very specific delineation of events and characters.

A truly stellar story can make railroading your players worth it, and while the individually written characters are surprisingly deep, the actual story presented here isn’t very compelling.

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DMs Guild Review – Cult of the Glutton

Delve into a troglodyte-infested cave in this thematically-rich dungeon crawl for 5th-10th level.

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Designed by: JVC Parry

Cult of the Glutton” is a one-shot dungeon crawl designed for Tier 2 play – that’s 5th-10th level heroes, although a Tier 2 party would have a hell of a time actually beating the final CR 20 boss at the end!

It’s an old-fashioned dungeon in that it’s devoid of story in favor of combat, traps, hazards, and lots of loot. On the plus side the actual dungeon design is absolutely delightful, with multiple branching paths, dungeon denizens that actually make sense, and plenty of secret passages and fun trap ideas. Continue reading “DMs Guild Review – Cult of the Glutton”