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6/26/2014 3:10 pm  #21


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

What is the time frame for release for this?

 

6/29/2014 12:10 pm  #22


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

The Marmoreal Tomb was the right approach for us at GP. We were searching for a way to introduce gamers at large to the Hobby Shop Dungeon world and campaign. That's when TSR jumped in and proposed to publish a module. This was perfect because the audience of the magazine has old school leanings without being too focused, so we could present an introductory setting of adventure the way we wanted to (namely, using 1st edition rules and assumption) while at the same time demonstrating the versatility of our offerings and how it could appeal to a variety of gamers.

North Wind as far as I understand is in a different place, with an already established game, and an audience (we are slowly getting there now with GP as well). So it makes perfect sense for North Wind to consider different options and to not necessarily follow the same path. 

You know of my particular affection for AS&SH, Jeffrey. It is one of those games which would actually work great with the Hobby Shop Dungeon in my mind, in no small part because of the particular tastes and inclinations we share for classic Swords & Sorcery and Weird Tales sources. I will hang out on the forum more regularly from now on, I hope. I would love to get into what makes the dungeon and setting tick, and how that blends so well with AS&SH's assumptions.


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6/29/2014 12:24 pm  #23


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

That sounds fantastic, Ben! I hope we do hear more from you and how your GP Adventures might work in the Hyperborea setting. No doubt, we are cut from the same cloth, old pal!


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1/03/2019 10:32 pm  #24


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

With the long university holiday we managed to squeeze another day of gaming in and our group tackled the Mystery at Port Greely.  A bit challenging in that a couple players are big Lovecraft fans and obviously know the story but they did a good job of staying in character.
A few highlights (and spoilers for those who haven't played the module):

The party are a suspicious lot and mostly foiled the bartender by having the huntsman, who has a periapt of proof against poison, down most of the drinks.

They did pretty well in town, but got captured and freed by the drunk and set off for the islands.  And the scout got blinded by the glyph in the temple so he was largely out of commission, though he donned a ring of invisibility for the duration. 
Luckily they searched the lighthouse and found the wand of freezing, which the cryomancer put to devastating use later.  In the Temple of the Deep Dwellers, there were a couple interesting developments.  The blinded scout managed to backstab and kill the guard captain with some crazy rolling.  Then, after they got caught by the trap leading to the aboleth lair, they met Mother Hydra, who rose from the pool (they discovered the illusory bridge) and immediately took out the huntsman and the berserker with tentacle attacks.  As the shaman tended to them with cure disease scrolls, the cryomancer nailed the aboleth with her wand of freezing and killed her in one strike due to exploding dice (and the fact that the wand works better for cryomancers).
In the subsequent battle with the sub-chiefs, thanks to a critical, the berserker, recently cured of his potential transformation into a fish-man, was reduced to a single hit point.  But they forged on after rescuing the prisoners and determined that the high priest must be in the last chamber.  So, using a wand of phantasm, they created an illusion of the sub-chiefs bringing prisoners to Merlokk.  This bought them time for the shaman to cast darkness on him from her Staff of Stygian Purpose.  Then the berserker came in and opened fire with his flamethrower (from Ghost Ship, I think) and barbecued the high priest in one blast.

They ended up bringing all the documents they scavenged back to Khromarium and turned them over to the authorities, but chose not to pursue the full recovery of the town themselves.  They then gave the mace of command and some jewelry recovered to the Church of Apollo in exchange for a cure blindness spell for the scout.

This was an interesting adventure in that it was the cryomancer and shaman who really shined this time rather than the warrior types.  And the pyromancer and cryomancer are great for those who like offensively oriented magic users. 

P.S.--Loved the "Aqualung" reference, Ghul!

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1/07/2019 6:54 pm  #25


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

Spider of Leng wrote:

With the long university holiday we managed to squeeze another day of gaming in and our group tackled the Mystery at Port Greely.  A bit challenging in that a couple players are big Lovecraft fans and obviously know the story but they did a good job of staying in character.
A few highlights (and spoilers for those who haven't played the module):
 

Nice write up!!  Did your party ever get into the attic at the Fane in town?  Or find out the use for Merlokk’s scepter?  My party had quite the interesting times with those two aspects of the module...


"Story is your opportunity to create in your listeners' imagination an experience that feels real.“
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1/08/2019 12:39 pm  #26


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

They did get to the attic, but left the demon there; even taunted him a bit!  They did not divine the purpose of Merlokk's scepter because they torched him before he got a chance to activate it and the automaton.  So they simply took the scepter as loot.


"Behind closed eyes,realize your sight."--Blue Oyster Cult
 

1/08/2019 12:54 pm  #27


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

Spider of Leng wrote:

They did get to the attic, but left the demon there; even taunted him a bit!  They did not divine the purpose of Merlokk's scepter because they torched him before he got a chance to activate it and the automaton.  So they simply took the scepter as loot.

Nice!  Yes my group had fun taunting the demon as well.  Can’t believe they didn’t want to set it free... my group now totally has the automaton just hanging out as a piece of art in their humble abode back in Port Greely “guarding” their treasure.  They had a really cool adventure getting it back there too.


"Story is your opportunity to create in your listeners' imagination an experience that feels real.“
Annette Simmons
https://asshpg.obsidianportal.com/
http://theshedgaming.blogspot.com
 

1/08/2019 2:21 pm  #28


Re: Mystery at Port Greely

Interestingly enough our group of players also chose not to take the ship from Ghost Ship.  They saw it as a hassle and they were freaked out about the effects of the green diamonds.  The one thing they did take, which will have implications later, was the Staff of Stygian Purpose out of the Xambaala adventure.


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