Roll20 Review: Princes of the Apocalypse

A press review copy of the module was provided. Find more Roll20 Reviews on my website and YouTube channel.

Since partnering with Wizards of the Coast to convert the official Fifth Edition campaigns into Roll20, the Roll20 modules have been released out of order. Each of the campaigns are technically stand-alone, but some events and characters are referenced in other stories, such as Artus Cimber and the Ring of Winter in Storm King’s Thunder and Tomb of Annihilation.

Originally released in Spring 2015, Princes of the Apocalypse was the second ever Fifth Edition campaign, following Tyranny of Dragons. It now has the honor of being the final Fifth Edition campaign to receive the Roll20 treatment. [UPDATE: It has since been pointed out to me that Out of the Abyss has yet to be officially adapted. Oops!] Continue reading “Roll20 Review: Princes of the Apocalypse”

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D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Epilogue & Recap

Our final session of the campaign is a tell-all recap of our adventures

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This is it, the final session report for “Princes of the Apocalypse.”

The timing actually worked out where we did the full epilogue to our campaign directly after the final battle in Session 57. This week’s session was entirely devoted to recapping our year-plus long campaign, as well as revealing all the maps to the players, analyzing the paths and choices they made, and giving our final thoughts to this official published adventure.

Instead of regurgitating the full recap in written form, I’m going to use this space to list some fun facts, outline our general plot flow, and give my thoughts on “Princes of the Apocalypse” from a DM perspective. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Epilogue & Recap”

D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 57 Recap

It’s the final countdown as our heroes reach the fire node and battle the Prince of Fire himself, Imix.

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Previously on “Princes of the Apocalypse”

With the final elemental node dungeon taking us a bit longer than I anticipated, I was afforded extra time to set up the finale and epilogue to our year-plus long campaign of “Princes of the Apocalypse.”

The party had a bit of prep time after their encounter in the shrine to take stock of their supplies and consumables – mainly in downing all their remaining health potions. They were far from full strength, having exhausted all Hit Die from short rests and about half their spell slots.

But there was no time to withdraw. The fire portal lie ahead, and the ritual drew near. The final battle was at hand. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 57 Recap”

D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 56 Recap

We survive a flameskull caucus, rescue some prisoners, cross a bridge of fire, and battle cultists within a shrine.

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Previously on “Princes of the Apocalypse”

This week we delved further into what is easily one of the most well-designed dungeons of a very dungeon-heavy campaign. While the other three elemental dungeons do feature their own unique quirks and interesting layouts, too many of them simply look like the same caves the PCs have been trapsizing through for weeks. Earth and Air are particularly egregious.

I’m glad we saved the best for last. The Weeping Colossus is the shortest of the elemental node dungeons but packed with dangerous hazards, cool enemies, and tons of lava. This week our party made it from the first room to the final one in the span of a single session. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 56 Recap”

D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 55 Recap

We descend into the volcanic shaft of the final elemental fire dungeon and battle its fiery guards.

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Previously on “Princes of the Apocalypse”

This week we dove into the final of four elemental dungeons – the volcanic realm of the fire node known as the Weeping Colossus. It’s the smallest but also the most impressive. The party takes a magical floating elevator down into a lava pit to get started, and from there things just get crazy.

Brief aside: the live stream went much more smoothly this week. I ironed out the CPU encoding issues. No more freezing! Please join us on Friday evenings if you want to watch us live. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 55 Recap”

D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 54 Recap

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Previously on “Princes of the Apocalypse”

Apologies for the technical hiccups in the video. We live streamed this session for the first time in a year and I clearly still have some settings to tweak. Work in progress! 

In coming down to our final of four elemental-themed dungeons, I really wanted to crank up the tension. The story and plot derail a bit at the end of “Princes of the Apocalypse”, boiling down to a series of Zelda-like dungeons complete with boss fights and magic items that defeat them.

I had each dungeon tell more of a story to make them more engaging, even as my players stomp their way through them with barely a sweat. The aboleth guarding the water node, the complete collapse of the earth dungeon, and Miri briefly turning on the party to act as a temporary air prophet in the Howling Caves.

It was the latter that gave me the idea to properly introduce Vannifer, the tiefling prophet of fire. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Princes of the Apocalypse” Session 54 Recap”

D&D Live Stream Tonight!

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Those of who you have been watching our weekly D&D adventures may recall that we used to live stream, first on Twitch then directly to YouTube.

We stopped and switched to offline recording for two main reasons – my internet connection was crap for live streaming, and our schedules rarely let us start on time – often up to 30 minutes late.

Both of those factors have improved over the last few months. I moved into a new neighborhood with much improved internet and we’ve been able to get together at a much more consistent basis. Continue reading “D&D Live Stream Tonight!”