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2/10/2016 5:34 pm  #1


Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

So, my group just completed this in a frenetic two-day affair over Superbowl weekend, and have secured the orichalcum prize of the Amazonian Skyship...I'm pondering how to deal with that, but wonder if anyone else has played through this? I haven't done the math yet on how far they can get on the green diamond shards they have...the easy answer is "as far as the nearest roc will let them get", but that would be cruel.

The worst they took was one victim of lycanthropy, soon cured by the Cleric of Apollo.

Since my mixed group of clever grey-hairs and their offspring made a bee-line for the wreck of Ymir's Serpent I think they may investigate some of the side sites now (all of which they ignored in favor of the real goal).


"He combined insouciance and flair with dignity; his repartee coruscated with brilliant allusions and turns of phrase; when aroused his wit was utterly mordant."
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2/10/2016 6:02 pm  #2


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

Rhialto, my friend, I have been where you now are.

I have done the math, and the diamond supply can get them pretty far. At least to New Amazonia, for example, if not back. My players found that flying 100' of Hyperborea (or the Hyperborean Sea) is pretty dangerous. And that owning an Amazon skyship makes them targets in "civilization." They should start looking for a way to be rid of it at the best price they can get! It's a great way to introduce a powerful NPC as benefactor/patron/inevitable betrayer* if you want.

*Patent pending!

 

2/10/2016 9:01 pm  #3


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

rhialto wrote:

So, my group just completed this in a frenetic two-day affair over Superbowl weekend, and have secured the orichalcum prize of the Amazonian Skyship...I'm pondering how to deal with that, but wonder if anyone else has played through this? I haven't done the math yet on how far they can get on the green diamond shards they have...the easy answer is "as far as the nearest roc will let them get", but that would be cruel.

Sounds like fun! I am jealous. Yes, that would be cruel, heh. Anyway, I played it at Gary Con, but obviously the convention format didn't have quite enough scope for us to have to worry about powering the ship.

The worst they took was one victim of lycanthropy, soon cured by the Cleric of Apollo.

What happened:

to the wizard? They kill him?

Since my mixed group of clever grey-hairs and their offspring made a bee-line for the wreck of Ymir's Serpent I think they may investigate some of the side sites now (all of which they ignored in favor of the real goal).

We missed those when I played at Gary Con. Love to know how it goes!


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2/11/2016 4:35 am  #4


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

Chainsaw wrote:

What happened:

to the wizard? They kill him?

Also cured of the madness: I may have stated before how free-wheeling I am as a GM, so when my player's asked, for example, "Can I use a Remove Curse on him?" I rolled randomly to see how he'd react. But they were all itching to dispatch him at a moment's notice after the episode with the hermit.

 


"He combined insouciance and flair with dignity; his repartee coruscated with brilliant allusions and turns of phrase; when aroused his wit was utterly mordant."
Jack Vance, The Last Castle
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2/11/2016 4:40 am  #5


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

Handy Haversack wrote:

Rhialto, my friend, I have been where you now are.

I have done the math, and the diamond supply can get them pretty far. At least to New Amazonia, for example, if not back. My players found that flying 100' of Hyperborea (or the Hyperborean Sea) is pretty dangerous. And that owning an Amazon skyship makes them targets in "civilization." They should start looking for a way to be rid of it at the best price they can get! It's a great way to introduce a powerful NPC as benefactor/patron/inevitable betrayer* if you want.

*Patent pending!

That is indeed far...does that include burning 10 shards/burst of the bow-crossbow? Because it would be *hilarious* if they went off sailing and shot themselves out of their remaining fuel...and yes, I've thought of all those scenarios above too: anything that cool is obviously going to draw attention of all the wrong kind.

Boy, I heard you had a reputation as a miserly GM: seems undeserved if your group had this to play with!


"He combined insouciance and flair with dignity; his repartee coruscated with brilliant allusions and turns of phrase; when aroused his wit was utterly mordant."
Jack Vance, The Last Castle
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2/11/2016 11:12 am  #6


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

Personally I think the ship should fly until it would be entertaining for it to crash. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/lol.png

Failing that, I would make the mileage per diamond random rather than fixed.  I don't like the players to ever be too sure of what's going to happen in a given situation. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png


"The fear of death, its risk each time, is one of the most stimulating parts of the game. It therefore behooves the referee to include as many mystifying and dangerous areas as is consistent with a reasonable chance for survival." - J. Eric Holmes
 

2/11/2016 5:44 pm  #7


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

Yeah, I don't think I'll give them a formula for how many miles to the shard...they'll just have to eyeball it.


"He combined insouciance and flair with dignity; his repartee coruscated with brilliant allusions and turns of phrase; when aroused his wit was utterly mordant."
Jack Vance, The Last Castle
     Thread Starter
 

2/11/2016 6:15 pm  #8


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

rhialto wrote:

Yeah, I don't think I'll give them a formula for how many miles to the shard...they'll just have to eyeball it.

I did the same. They had their theories. I had mysterious dice rolls.

Random encounters while flying included a regulation ghost ship (skeleton crew) near Orcist and a ghul in the desert who managed to hit one of them with a gelatinize bones as they flew past! And now every name-level Entowered in Khromarium knows what they have . . .

 

2/11/2016 9:25 pm  #9


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

Handy Haversack wrote:

Random encounters while flying included a regulation ghost ship (skeleton crew) near Orcist and a ghul in the desert who managed to hit one of them with a gelatinize bones as they flew past! And now every name-level Entowered in Khromarium knows what they have . . .

Mo' money, mo' problems, yo!


Blackadder23: Insanely long villain soliloquy, then "Your action?"
BORGO'S PLAYER: I shoot him in the face
 

2/12/2016 12:53 am  #10


Re: Ghostship of the Desert Dunes: Actual Play

Chainsaw wrote:

Handy Haversack wrote:

Random encounters while flying included a regulation ghost ship (skeleton crew) near Orcist and a ghul in the desert who managed to hit one of them with a gelatinize bones as they flew past! And now every name-level Entowered in Khromarium knows what they have . . .

Mo' money, mo' problems, yo!

Exactly. You get me, man.

 

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