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Hyperborea » Winter is coming » Today 9:13 pm

As I re-immerse myself in Hyperborea I've found myself thinking about what Hyperborean winter must be like. The boxed set makes it clear it is an absolutely horrifying experience - a year of night, and the years around it not much better. It's an idea I like a lot but also one that I find stretches my suspension of disbelief.

The challenge I'm finding is figuring out how the inhabitants are able to stockpile food - with no daylight growing crops will be quite challenging. Some Googling shows some plants are able to grow with minimal sunlight and I imagine Hyperboreans keep growing them as long as they can as winter approaches - and I also imagine they are likely better at preserving food than one would find in the Middle Ages - necessity being the mother of invention.

I could see how magic might play a roll - sorcerer's being able to create food would be quite valuable, though it is a 3rd level spell. Being able to purify food would likely be of great advantage, stopping food from going bad - and plant growth might have some interesting applications in a hungry community.

I'm a big fan of Stephen King's Dark Tower books and one thing it often features is the occasional remaining technological artifact. With Atlantean artifacts, I could see some communities in Hyperborea having as their most precious possession a set of ultraviolet lights that allow them to grow crops throughout the long winter. Finding a new power source could make for an adventure, as could trying to retrieve stolen lights.

This is just some stream of consciousness - anyone have campaigns take place during winter and have some interesting game experiences/ideas to share?

General Discussion » AS&SH Reviews » Today 8:07 pm

foxroe
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Nice review!

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » Today 12:06 pm

chainsaw
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Breschau of Livonia wrote:

Thanks for the welcome. I'm greatly looking forward to the second edition - and backed the Kickstarter for it.

Funny thing... One of the things that really got my attention when I bought the first boxed set was the small handwritten thank you note included with it.

I think you mean, Jeff (Ghul online), but I agree 100%. Those personal touches are awesome and why I love supporting his game. 

General Discussion » AS&SH Reviews » Today 10:16 am

I think I've enough posts to now include links... Way back in 2013 I put a review on my blog - it's one of the more higher viewed posts I've made as it turns out -
https://19thlevel.blogspot.com/2013/03/rpg-review-astonishing-swordsmen.html

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » Today 10:13 am

Thanks for the welcome. I'm greatly looking forward to the second edition - and backed the Kickstarter for it.

Funny thing... One of the things that really got my attention when I bought the first boxed set was the small handwritten thank you note included with it.

General Discussion » Hyperborean Encounter Tables! » Today 9:35 am

Blackadder23
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foxroe wrote:

Hey, some hunters love a challenge. ;)

Hyperborean hunters are in luck then. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

It's that time again: daily encounter! In this episode, your players are journeying down the River Yys, where Apollonians, degenerate Dagonites, and Esquimaux have territorial conflicts. Will the PCs get caught in the middle? (Probably.)

1 giant weasel (night only)
1 giant weasel (night only)
Hunting party of 14 fish-face degenerates and 7 dogs led by Istar. They haven’t bagged any game yet.
Hunting party of 11 fish-face degenerates and 13 dogs led by Tnendaim. They haven’t bagged any game either.
Hunting party of 12 Apollonians and 11 dogs led by Rellrennia. They also haven’t bagged any game.
96 bats! but only at night
Sleet storm
Stellar conjunction!
8 giant rats
Hunting party of 14 fish-face degenerates and 4 dogs led by Ossargo and accompanied by Ganos (9th level priest!) The power of prayer is proven yet again, as this party has bagged a falcon!
1 giant weasel (night only)
4 giant bees
Hunting party of 15 fish-face degenerates and 7 dogs led by Thandor. They have managed to bag 7 giant river rats for dinner!

I'm proud of myself for not making another "squeal like a pig" joke. (Oh, darn it!)

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » Today 7:28 am

chainsaw
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Breschau of Livonia wrote:

Hey there. I'm Dan Stack...

Welcome to the Hyperborea forum, Dan. We have a good group here, so feel free to post away as your game develops. Plus, with the second edition's release only a few months away, you have joined at an exciting time. Very cool that your daughter may enjoy the hobby too! 

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » Today 5:02 am

foxroe
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Welcome, Breschau! I think you'll enjoy it around here. They're a good lot, these AS&SH'ers, they are.

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