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Convention and Game Day » Gary Con X (2018) » 7/17/2017 9:03 am

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Ah I see. Sand box wouldn't really be understood by newbies either.

Convention and Game Day » Gary Con X (2018) » 7/17/2017 8:10 am

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chainsaw wrote:

Death in Every Shadow. Some foul abomination has crawled out of Khromarium's ancient underbelly, feeding on men, women and children alike. Now it has crept into your uncle's cellar, taken him and disappeared back into the darkness below! Desperate to save your last living relative, or at least preserve your claim on his wealth, you enter the dank tunnels, where death lurks in every shadow. A site-based adventure for up to six player characters of levels 1-3.

This sounds fun!  What is a site-based adventure specifically?

General Discussion (Off-Topic) » Still at positive HP » 7/06/2017 6:36 pm

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Oh good I can recall the retrieval teams.....

Convention and Game Day » Gamehole V (2017) » 7/06/2017 6:31 pm

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Sounds great!  Escape from Kor sounds like 3 hour running skirmish, hold on to your hats! The Descent adventure sounds cool as well. I sounds like lots of negotiation and exploration.  Will there be lots of differing factions to deal with?

Hyperborea » "...the old uns, as want to come back." » 7/01/2017 8:07 pm

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I like this whole line of campaign sharing...lots of good ideas.

Hyperborea » "...the old uns, as want to come back." » 7/01/2017 12:42 pm

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chainsaw wrote:

jcstephens wrote:

I'm referring of course to Apollo and Artemis, the divine patrons of Hyperborea before it fell to Chaos.  I just wonder, what would an ancient conspiracy cult of Law look like?  I'm thinking there would be masked vigilantes righting wrongs and aiding the helpless, with Paladins being more El Zorro than Sir Galahad.

Sounds reasonable to me.

In my games, I kind of view them as Jedi in the time of Episodes IV-V-VI. Most regular people consider them relics/frauds of a bygone era, whereas more powerful, knowledgeable priests of other divinities would realize their potential and want to snuff them out. So, they need to keep their profile low.

In my campaign Artemis is relegated to a copper tower on Phobos where she is attended by a group of holy amazons...Its about time some of those Jed..er..holy warriors returned to Hyperborea to plant the seeds of defiance against Xathoqqua.
 

General Discussion » Photobucket » 6/29/2017 4:26 pm

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The two panel Xathoqqua artwork looks cool at the top of the forum.

Hyperborea » Winter is coming » 6/29/2017 10:25 am

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Blackadder23 wrote:

^
In addition to the above, I would imagine the large cities have underground mushroom farms, perhaps operated by Krimmean expatriates.

Actually, that gives me an idea for an adventure. Hmmm.

Great idea! A year of eating mushrooms would definitely have life changing effects...

Hyperborea » Winter is coming » 6/29/2017 8:14 am

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Breschau of Livonia wrote:

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?

When you have such a long cycle between seasons you may have an entire campaign without encountering the year of night!  

Though magic would be helpful to the few the majority of savage races would simply endure, hunting the red dear. After a year of darkness many would be lost to i

General Discussion » AS&SH Reviews » 6/29/2017 7:48 am

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Breschau of Livonia wrote:

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

Very thorough!! Welcome!
 

Literary Inspirations » John Jakes » 6/26/2017 6:32 am

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Had not heard of Brak the Barbarian, by John Jakes and picked up several used books in the series this weekend.  I was pleasantly surprised that the first book isn't that bad. Obviously a Conan like figure, Brak is thrust into the wiles of civilization as he travels to his destination of a gleaming golden city called Khurdisan.  Not REH but fun none the less.

Convention and Game Day » NTRPG Con X (2018) » 6/12/2017 1:44 pm

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Chainsaw wrote:

Death in Every Shadow. Some foul abomination has crawled out of Khromarium's ancient underbelly, feeding on men, women and children alike. Now it has crept into your uncle's cellar, taken him and disappeared back into the darkness below! Desperate to save your last living relative, or at least preserve your claim on his wealth, you enter the dank sewers, where death lurks in every shadow. A site-based adventure for up to six player characters of levels 1-3.

A New one....sounds fun!
 

Convention and Game Day » Origins Game Fair 2017 » 6/12/2017 7:10 am

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My Origin Events have sold out!!  In preparation for my Astonishing Swordsmen events a little lite reading.....http://i64.tinypic.com/zoiy34.jpg

General Discussion » Hyperborean Encounter Tables! » 6/11/2017 8:52 pm

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foxroe wrote:

Narath/Tarath needs more claymation dinosaurs and rock-star cavemen with perfect teeth.

...and Raquel Welch.

General Discussion » Hyperborean Encounter Tables! » 6/08/2017 8:49 am

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Hahahaha! Awesome.  Just finished reading the "Seven Geases"last night.

Convention and Game Day » NTRPG Con IX (2017) » 6/05/2017 6:29 pm

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Chainsaw, the gaming tables appear to be spread out with lots of space.  Looks like a great venue in which to run games.  The pics are terrific as well!!

General Discussion » Hyperborean Encounter Tables! » 6/05/2017 6:25 am

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Blackadder23 wrote:

Welcome back once more to daily encounters! In this episode, your players have traveled to the swamps of the aptly-named Lizard Coast. What will they encounter there?

Thunderstorm
3 giant draco lizards!
5 lizard-men
4 lizard-men
1 giant python!
2 lizard-men
5 giant draco lizards!
1 water snake!
Insect swarm!
1 giant python!
3 giant draco lizards!
Smoky lotus!
2 giant elk

Giant reptiles ahoy! Those elk won’t last a day.

A lizard bit of this....a lizard bit of that...Most of these would not necessarily challenge a stalwart party of adventurers but does show that travelling unprepared in Hyperborea is dangerous beyond belief.  Several of the smaller lizard man parties could be scouting the party for a larger marauding group or combined with the Draco Lizards to be a greater challenge.  This is why this is such a valuable tool as you can (particularly if automated) tweak the entire day by omitting, combining, and personalizing the results.  As a GM I'm pretty dang excited about this, but as a lazy GM I'm even more excited about the automation part.
 

General Discussion » hyperborea encounter tables - as code » 6/05/2017 6:12 am

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gizmomathboy wrote:

Blackadder23 wrote:

Wow! I can't believe you went to all that trouble. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/smile.png

It wasn't too much trouble once I figured out a decent way to get the tables into a text file of sorts (YAML in this case). Once I did that it wasn't too bad.

I had contemplated doing a manual copy and paste...but I quickly lost interest in that. :-)

The general process was:

1. pdftotext
2. munge the text a bit. I think this was mostly removing the number for the tables or something. I don't recall offhand
3. write a program to run through that text and dump into files.
4. check the tables for accuracy and errors
5. attack the harder stuff (still slogging through this bit)

The harder stuff is like rolling up the patrols, npcs, and the like. I have the "base" tables down for the various locales, terrains, and "sub tables".

I'm slowly working on making this something that could be a web app and having a web page where you can input some values and get a bunch of encounters.

I can't wait to see this!!
 

General Discussion » Hyperborean Encounter Tables! » 5/27/2017 10:04 am

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Blackadder23 wrote:

Time for your daily encounter! This is another very special one, as your players have entered the city of Khromarium, erstwhile capital of the Hyperboreans, largest city in Hyperborea, center of the civilized world, and also a wretched hive of scum and - sorry, I thought about the prequels and threw up in my mouth a little. Anyhoo, what will your players meet in this grandest of Hyperborean cities?

Patrol of 15 light infantry led by Rhulrhana (2nd level fighter). Looking for trouble or causing it?
Patrol of 18 light infantry led by Zennquann (8th level fighter). Maybe Khromarium isn’t as lawless as rumors would have it…
Patrol of 16 light infantry led by Rhul (12th level fighter!) …unless the city watch are also the criminals?
Patrol of 16 medium infantry led by Zullesta (1st level fighter). Holy cow, there must be a great disturbance in the city to warrant this many patrols. I wonder what’s happening.
4 beggars
17 zombies (well, there’s your problem…)
Aroon (7th level Neutral fighter) accompanied by 11 2nd level medium infantry mercenaries/zombie hunters
Vermin (Luckless PC lost his food, probably to rats or jaundice-centipedes)
1 viper
Poison gas! Sewer broke and released a stinking cloud!
Patrol of 16 light infantry led by Qarrdunnia (5th level fighter). Probably still zombie hunting.
Zullesta the Quick (6th level Chaotic Good thief). Will she propose some daring heist to the PCs while the city watch is distracted with the zombie outbreak?
10 giant black centipedes

Khromarium really needs some full-time zombie hunters. And a plumber.

Best one yet!  Another great day in K-ciy!

Announcements » Platinum Status » 5/25/2017 3:09 pm

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http://i66.tinypic.com/25zqbs1.gif

I was looking for new reviews of my favorite system and noticed the symbol above on Drivethru RPG.

It took 5 years but the land of Hyperborea has been lifted to the lofty heights of Platinum status.  It was not a meteoric rise of a product that found favor and then quickly faded.  Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea made the long hard slog through the Lug Wasteland to finally be recognized.  It will soon be time for the second edition to issue forth from deep places and take the same journey. To the first edition I say well done.

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