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General Discussion » AS&SH on Humble Bundle » 9/19/2019 3:22 am

AS&SH is on humble bundle for $1. It's a good opportunity to spread the word about the most awesome weird fantasy setting ever. 

General Discussion » First Session Zero - feedback (long) » 9/09/2019 10:14 pm

Brock Savage
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RollingWithAdvantage wrote:

. He left excited about his character and the world that lays before him.  

That's about the best praise a DM can get. I think you were wise to take inspiration from R.E.H. and craft a solid two-fisted yarn to hook your player. 

I think you're doing it right by feeding your player small easily digestable bites of exposition. It's a strange world with lots of things that differentiate it from high fantasy Tolkien-derivative kitsch; it's easy to overwhelm players with fascinating details!

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » 9/05/2019 8:24 pm

Brock Savage
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Welcome to the board RollingWithAdvantage!

Hyperborea » Flora/Fauna » 8/29/2019 5:10 pm

Brock Savage
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Kevmo wrote:

Not trying to draw a line in the sand at all.

Sorry man, that was a poor choice of words, I was hastily posting from work.

Hyperborea » Flora/Fauna » 8/28/2019 3:55 pm

Brock Savage
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Hyperborea is more akin to a space ship or cosmic petri dish than a planet with natural biomes. There's all kinds of things about Hyperborea that don't make sense without powerful sorcery and alien science (e.g. Earth-like gravity, breathable air, seas spilling over the edge, hollow interior with mythic underworld, Lemurian Remnant's spatial anomaly). Why are you drawing your line in the sand over sunlight?

Hyperborea » Wild Boar Hunt » 8/14/2019 7:39 pm

BlackKnight wrote:

There an area on the map, along the river Vol where there is a section with 3 lakes and a branch of the Vol. it's an area about 26 miles in space, bordered on 3 sides (plus a little on the 4th side) with the river/lakes. It looks like a nice confined space and it's mostly grasslands (rolling hills). Unless you need a more hilly area, then there is a location to the east of the Kimmerian Stepp, it's a 26-mile grassland surrounded by hills, but it's more like a week travel.

Dude thanks a ton!
 

Hyperborea » Wild Boar Hunt » 8/13/2019 6:48 pm

gizmomathboy wrote:

Somewhere between Swampgate and Khromarium?

I should have said I am specifically avoiding the fens and marshes of the Lug Wasteland. I guess I'll go with some coastal plains. 

Hyperborea » Wild Boar Hunt » 8/13/2019 3:18 pm

I need a location within a day or two  of Khromarium that's ideal for a boar hunt during Apollonalia. It has to be isolated enough for a "hunter becomes the hunted" scenario with a swine daemon and his progeny but close enough to city for jaded elites to take a pleasurable hunting expedition without too much fuss. Thanks in advance for your help.

General Discussion » Founders and Legends II » 7/27/2019 8:11 pm

Brock Savage
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The DM should have let Ghul's character finish the invocation or at least clarified what the character was trying to do before adjudicating.. 

General Discussion » Founders and Legends II » 7/24/2019 4:03 pm

Brock Savage
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I put it on my calendar. 

Announcements » HYPERBOREA: Otherworldly Tales » 7/07/2019 3:00 pm

Brock Savage
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Great artwork, I can't wait to have this in my hands. What is that, a nightgaunt?

Hyperborea » Status of the Hyperborean Race? » 6/29/2019 4:59 pm

Blackadder23 wrote:

I would compare them to refugee Romanovs, or members of some other aristocracy that no longer exists. They are still arrogant and have elevated ideas about themselves, but they're not very numerous and nobody else cares. I see them pretty much forced to deal with other races of men, and not very happy about it (much like those same Romanovs and other so-called "royals" when forced to deal with peons, peasants, and assorted hoi polloi such as ourselves).

There may also be some pure enclaves of Hyperboreans hidden in (for example) the Spiral Mountains, but I doubt those are very numerous. It could make for an interesting adventure - perhaps such an enclave has gotten their hands on an ancient magical or technological weapon and is planning to turn it on Khromarium ("If we can't have it, no one can!").

Dang BA, you are spot on as far as I am concerned. I cast the Hyperboreans much the same in my own campaign, with Melnibonean eccentricity and arrogance, I imagine Hyperboreans who adventure are comparatively rare; when possible, they prefer to adventure in coteries with members of the same House along with an entourage of slaves and servants. It's hard for me to imagine many of them wanting to adventure with "subhumans" as an equal and not a leader so the ones that do are often forced to by circumstances.

I also took the idea of hidden Hyperborean enclaves and ran with it. I dropped B4 The Lost City in the Diamond Desert as the lost city of Xuthas populated with a long lost race of subterranean Hypeboreans and their mutant slaves replacing Cynidiceans and goblinoids. 

Maps » Swampgate and surrounding lands » 6/08/2019 8:26 pm

This is nice. May I ask what software you used to build this map? This happens to be my preferred format for hjexcrawl maps. Thanks!. 

Rules Discussion » XP for Magic Items (was "The Town of Swampgate question") » 5/24/2019 9:06 pm

Brock Savage
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I distribute experience points for treasure equally among the characters who secured it. The players are free to split the treasure among themselves however they like

Campaign » AS&SH Podcast: Tales from Hyperborea » 5/12/2019 2:24 pm

Awesome, I will try to check it out. I like your Obsidian Portal page. I use it myself and it's a nice tool for campaign management. 

Rules Discussion » A quick question about monster Hit Dice » 5/12/2019 2:20 pm

Brock Savage
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I try to keep prep work and bookkeeping to a minimum. I use average rolls for most monsters and assign 75-100% of max hp for alphas. 
 

Adventures » Yithorium » 5/07/2019 4:55 pm

Druvas wrote:

The city itself is based around a 100’ tower of alien origin.

The alien black towers are a big part of the Hyperborean mythology and yet were wisely left vague so DMs could make the setting their own. We can speculate based on the facts, however. Back in the day she was a common adventurer. Something happened when she claimed the black tower; it is undoubtedly related to the cyclopean skyscrapers of black gneiss in Khromarium. I imagine that within the tower she acquired the means to extend life. Perhaps the lovers she takes every so often are part of a ritual which must be performed every so often to ensure immortality.

Druvas wrote:

That sort of behavior doesn’t lend itself to long-term rule.

I agree and imagine that the Witch Queen was inspired by Salome and is not a mere copy. The Witch Queen has ruled Yithorium for nearly 700 years and encourages mining so long as she gets her cut. This implies that society under her is bearable and stable enough for regular life to go on. She may be cruel and capricious but people still live fairly normal lives going to work, raising children, celebrating festivals, and running businesses. Living in fear, most commoners either try to avoid her notice or give her cringing fawning worshipful submission. Long story short, run the Witch Queen like Uday Hussein, not Pol Pot.

Druvas wrote:

Anyway, I’m straying a bit but feel free to chime in with ideas for Yithorium. If you are one of my players, get the@$?! out of here. :-)

I am using the Witch Queen as a hook to the marvelous Operation Unfathomable. One of her lovers ran off to Underborea with an artifact of hers. Perhaps the very artifact crucial to her immortality (obviously the players won't know this). .

Druvas wrote:

My players are close to finishing up Xaambala and it seems they have some interest in seeking employment from the Witch Queen.[/quo

Announcements » The Lost Treasure of Atlantis » 5/01/2019 4:57 pm

Brock Savage
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I really dig the pulpy cover art. Please continue publishing adventures

Announcements » The Sea-Wolf's Daughter » 5/01/2019 3:12 am

Brock Savage
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I love the cover art of vikings and nightgaunts, when can I buy it?

Literary Inspirations » Karl Edward Wagner » 4/17/2019 2:04 pm

Brock Savage
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Thanks for the thread resurrection; I was pleasantly surprised to find the Kane books on Google Play for $4 each

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