Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Barrowmaze #6 The Butcher's Bill - April 2019

The way it's going, this list of my dead player characters could become a monthly fixture...

Kindroleth (Elf)

As we last let off we were looking forward to Kindroleth's long and stellar career.  After a delve in the Lost Pyramid, he made a single foray into the Barrowmaze and was almost immediately killed by skeletons.

By Von Allan Studios

Fate:  Killed by skellies.

Ginfu (Cleric of 'Shroom) 

King Shroom by  Naoto Hattori
Ginfu is an example of why I need to make these posts.  Until I went to my notes to check how Kindroleth died, I'd forgotten Ginfu completely and had conflated the two characters.


Ginfu managed to make it down the Barrowmaze for two short and disastrous delves.  During the second the party was surprised by Crab Spiders.  We managed to make a fighting retreat out of the room.  Ginfu was to close the door behind them, but was struck down as he did so.  His cry of “Get to the next one!” in their ears the surviving members fled.

Fate:  Killed by Crab Spiders

Bronn  (Barbarian)

Technically, Bronn wasn't a Barrowmaze character but took part in our parallel adventure in the Lost City.  Bronn made two delves and was lucky enough to acquire that thing most beloved of Barbarians (Lvl 1) - a magical sword - by the traditional method of wresting it from the shriveled hands of a desiccated corpse.


In exploring the Pyramid, the Barrowmaze group are very conscious that some of their members had been killed by Ghouls and still roamed the halls in an undead state.  Most gallingly, one (a Halfling named Saem) was still carrying the party's Bag of Holding.

Bronn met his fate when the show-down between the party and their former colleagues came to a head in an epic battle.

There were six ghouls verses three adventurers and three hirelings.  Moonwhisper the wizard disposed of two ghouls at once with his lightening rod. Bronn and the party's Ranger then stood in the doorway facing off three. Bronn clove (cleaved?) Saem in half with his mighty +1 sword, but both ended up paralysed. Moonwhisper got two in a Web spell, leaving one that attacked and paralysed him. His hireling (the other two had run away) finished it off, but instead of killing the ones in the web, waiting for Moonwhisper to recover and collecting the booty, he decided to carry Moonwhisper off.

So, in addition to whatever's in that room, there are ghouls with the Bag of Holding, two diamonds worth 500gp each, various loose change and a +1 sword.  Plans are being made...

Currently....

So I have two characters in hand

  • Decimus Stonehythe (Gnome).  Now a survivor of two Barrowmaze delves, during which we've discovered two interesting things: first, that Illusionists spells don't work on the Mindless Undead and, second, that Decimus is a duplicitous little fellow.  He is the kind of gnome who might end stabbing a chap in the back.
  • Dewin Hudd (Mage).  Waiting to go into the Pyramid and search for the Lost City.  Sadly I'll miss the session in which we're likely to go after the goodies left behind in the battle with the ghouls.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Paint Table Saturday




Various blurry adventurers

Generic henchmen/hirelings

Secret project

Those bloody skellies!




Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Easter Means It's... Dino Egg Hunt!

This seems a long time ago...

It being Easter, I'm taken the plunge to dust-off and redraft my old Egg Hunt rules (now more 'Tooth and Claw' than 'Pulp Alley').  What's more, I'm taking them out in public!

In a fit of boredom, last night suggested to the gaming chums that we try them out.  Accordingly, we may be booking slot at The Games Table next week.

We shall see what happens...


Saturday, 13 April 2019

Old-School Essentials Kickstarter



Readers of my recent posts on the RPG campaign I've been taking part in, will see that we've been using the B/X Essentials system (now renamed Old-School Essentials to make it less niche) produced by Necrotic Gnome - and indeed have been lucky enough to be involved in the play-testing of new material.

Well on Friday evening Necrotic Gnome (otherwise Gavin Norman) launched its Kickstarter for funding to produce the revised rules in high-quality hardback format (previously they were sold as print-on-demand).  And it was fully funded in the first two hours.

I owe four of the five current modules, but I've signed up to upgrade - these are lovely products and worth having.  The stretch-goals already reached include the  publication two more rules modules - Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules and Druid and Illusionist Spells, both of which I've used in draft form and would also recommend.

The rest in the words of Necrotic Gnome...
Rewards
We'll be producing two things for this Kickstarter:
  1. The Black Box: A luxury box set containing 5 slim hardcover rules modules covering all aspects of the game: Core RulesClassic Fantasy Genre Rules (your classes, equipment, strongholds, etc), Cleric and Magic-User SpellsClassic Fantasy MonstersClassic Fantasy Treasures.
  1. The Rules Tome: All the Old-School Essentials rules in a single, fat hardcover. 
Details:
  • Quality: All books will be produced as luxury, sewn-binding hardcovers.
  • Complete B/X clone: Both products form a complete retro-clone of the beloved Basic / Expert rules from 1981!
  • Limited edition Rules Tome: A leatherette-bound, foil-stamped edition of the Rules Tome, only available in this Kickstarter!
  • High-level rewards: Very limited rewards include your name in the credits on the title page of the books, and your face in an illustration!

Friday, 12 April 2019

Barrowmaze #5: Cupboards and Statues


This may be obvious but these AARs contain spoilers for those wanting to go into the Barrowmaze.  The message is that if you're going to, don't take advantage of them.  They're called spoilers because they spoil the fun.  DON'T BE A DICK!

OK, here are the write-up of the second and third delves we had last Sunday (the first is here).  Enjoy!

Barrowmaze – 7 Apr 2019 (Second Delve)

Player

Character
Class
Notes
John
Dungeon Master

Ash
Kull
Fighter (Lvl 1)

First ‘Maze delve.

Edwin
Ginfu
Cleric (Lvl 1)
First ‘Maze delve

Jacob
Glamar
Dwarf (Lvl 3)


Laura
Petel
Druid (Lvl 1)
Hirling: Theown Smith (Lvl 0 Fighter)

Lizzie
Natalia
Acrobat (Lvl 4)

Hireling: Esme Walden (torch-bearer)

Sophie
Sorlof
Moss Dwarf (Lvl 1)



Pre-Delve

Eight days had passed since the previous delve.

Two new party members were admitted.  Kull (fighter) had picked up one of Galmar’s fliers in the Brazen Strumpet, whereas the party had been recommended to Ginfu (Cleric of King ‘Shroom) by Hendon the Miller, local leader of the underground worshipers of the Old Gods.  Ginfu took the mushroom ring by Gerran’s bivouac as a sign from ‘Shroom.

The pre-delve plan was to return to the Room of the Three Pools, to harvest a sufficient quantity of ‘water’ to further Galmar’s researches into the Chaos Potions, and then to play by ear.

The Delve

The route across the Wilderness was dryer, though the party was plagued by flies.  The journey took four hours.

The party entered the ‘Maze via the Throne Mound and then moved on to the Long Gallery.  As they were moving passed the first pile of rubble they were attacked by four giant rats. 

 As Ginfu went to examine the rat-hole, two fire beetles attacked.  These were defeated (Theown showing her mettle in both encounters), but Kull was seriously wounded.  It was decided to leave Kull in a place of safety – the ‘cupboard’ between two secret doors being decided on.  A message to him was scrawled on the wall in fire-beetle blood (should he wake up and be able to read it in the dark).

The Reward

Back at the rat-hole, Ginfu searched a badly-gnawed corpse, recovering a bloodstone.  He was all for going further into the mound and rummaging through the nest, but it was decided that the danger of collapse was too serious.  The hole was blocked up.

Here again...

The party safely crossed the Trap Room and made our way to the Pool Room.  As they entered, four mutated rats emerged from the pools.  Three were immediately killed in a hail of arrows and sling-stones, the fourth in melee.

They come as mutant too...

At this point it was realised that one of the gallon-jars was in Kull’s backpack.  The others and a mismatch of odd flasks were used to collect a gallon of each liquid. 

It was debated whether to go on or to return.  The later was decided on.  Unexpectedly, Kull was found to still be alive, and he was carried back on an uneventful return to Helix.

Post-Delve

The bloodstone was valued at 200gp and sold to Huffenpuff, the proceeds being added to group funds.

Group Funds


Income
Expenditure

Wages

22gp, 1 sp

Gallon jars


3gp
Bloodstone
200gp



Encounters

Location

Nature
Casualties
Notes
Long Gallery
Giant Rats (x4)



Long Gallery
Fire Beetles (x2)
Kull severely wounded.


Pool Room
Mutant Rats (x4)




Treasure


Where and how acquired

Value
Notes
Bloodstone
On corpse in rat-hole
200gp



Score: 274



Barrowmaze – 7 Apr 2019 (Third Delve)


Player

Character
Class
Notes
John
Dungeon Master

Ash
Kull
Fighter (Lvl 1)


Edwin
Ginfu
Cleric (Lvl 1)
Killed by Crab Spiders

Jacob
Glamar
Dwarf (Lvl 3)


Laura
Petel
Druid (Lvl 1)
Hireing: Theown Smith (Lvl 0 Fighter)

Lizzie
Natalia
Acrobat (Lvl 4)

Hireling: Esme Weld (torch-bearer)

Sophie
Sorlof
Moss Dwarf (Lvl 1)




Pre-Delve

Sixteen days had passed since the previous delve.

Galmar had continued his experiments with Chaos Potions.

The pre-delve plan was to go back to areas south of the Front Door explored by B’Loxi in the early days of delving.

The Delve

The journey through the Wilderness was uneventful, taking four hours.

The party entered through Five Finger Mound and the Front Door.  It proceeded to the Damp Room, which was as expected, and south through there.

Just a statue.  Obviously.

In this next room were two unexpected 7ft marble statues of women holding up the ceiling.  Experience with Living Statues, and knowing these weren’t one B’Loxi’s map, the party was cautious.  When Natalia entered the room, the statues did animate, and a hard-hitting encounter took place.  The defeated statues’ swords were looted on the off-chance.


The party carried on south, through two doors.  A bricked-up archway (not mapped by B’Loxi) was noticed, and Kull spent some time working on it with his crowbar.  It was resolved to return with better tools.


The party turned to the west and entered a room with two doors on the diagonal.  While noting that the dimensions of this room were another failing of B’Loxi’s map (his lustre was beginning to fade) we were surprised by Crab Spiders.  The party managed to make a fighting retreat out of the room.  Ginfu was to close the door behind them, but was struck down as he did so.  His cry of “To the next one!” in their ears the surviving members fled.

The exit of the ‘Maze and the return to Helix was uneventful.

Group Funds


Income
Expenditure

Wages

22gp, 1 sp


Encounters

Location

Nature
Casualties
Notes
S of Damp Room
Living Statues? (x2)



Pointy Room
Crab Spiders (x2)

Ginfu killed


Loot


Where and how acquired

Value
Notes
Large swords (x2)
From the Living Statues

tbd


Score: 1,114

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Barrowmaze #4: Three Times Unlucky


This may be obvious but these AARs contain spoilers for those wanting to go into the Barrowmaze.  The message is that if you're going to, don't take advantage of them.  They're called spoilers because they spoil the fun.  DON'T BE A DICK!

We had three short, ultimately frustrating, delves into the 'Maze on Sunday.  The write-up for the first one is a little longer, so I'll post that today, and the other two together tomorrow.

Barrowmaze – 7 Apr 2019 (First Delve)


Player

Character
Class
Henchmen
Notes
John
Dungeon Master

Ash
Grump
Fighter (Lvl 1)

Beatrice Swinn (Lvl 0
Fighter)

First ‘Maze delve.

Died by misadventure.

Edwin
Kindroleth
Elf (Lvl 1)

First ‘Maze delve

Killed by skeletons.

Jacob
Galmar
Dwarf (Lvl 3)



Laura
Petal
Druid (Lvl 1)
Theown Smith (Lvl 0 Fighter)

First ‘Maze delve

Lizzie
Natalia
Acrobat (Lvl 4)

Esme (torch-bearer)

Sophie
Sorlof
Moss Dwarf (Lvl 1)




The Rainy Season

Six months had passed since the last delve due to the rainy season flooding the Barrowmaze.  We have now entered 843CR.

Galmar (Ranger) had gone to Ironguard Motte for research in the archives to see what lore, maps or other information could be found on the ‘Maze.  He had written back that the lore-masters kept their secrets close, but that he had met a disreputable ex-archivist who was going to sell him some maps.  Nothing more has been heard from him since.

Moonwhisper (Mage) and Blake (Cleric of St Ygg) had gone off to a newly-opened pyramid in search of the fabled lost city beneath it.  There they had partied with Grump and Kindroleth and seduced them with tales of the riches to be found in the ‘Maze.  A third new member of the party, Petal (Druid) had seen the posters Cedric had put up around Helix and joined along with her potted plant.

Natalia has built a house in Helix: 60x60ft made of stone, and with an attached gym, it is much more substantial than Galmar’s House.  Galmar keeps furtively disappearing into his cellar with a shovel.

Galmar has developed an interest verging on obsession with the liquids recovered from the room with three pools which form Chaos Potions.  He has been mixing various combinations and recording the results.

Pre-Delve

The Silver Standard Caravan Company’s base in Helix is now closed.  To the party’s surprise, Merg, their former hireling, has returned with his family.  He has realised that delving is a mug’s game and that the true wealth will be made by the middle-men and service-providers.  Accordingly, he is now running Merg’s Mercenaries, introducing hirelings and henchmen to adventuring parties.  Merg couldn’t provide a discount, but would advise his people that the party were a reputable one.

Good old Merg!

The party recruited three hirelings:
Esme Walder of the Wold, a non-combatant torch-bearer (11sp per delve)
Beatrice Swinn, somewhat venerable and ill-equipped fighter (2gp per delve)
Theown Smith, a former member of the Ironguard Motte garrison (21gp per delve)

The Delve

The pre-delve plan was to go back over some old territory and fill in the gaps in the maps – several options for further exploration were discussed and it was finally decided to go through the ‘Front Door’, to proceed to the room where Ranya was killed by the giant snake and then head north (possibly joining up with other, known territory to the east.)

The journey through the Wilderness was uneventful.  Due to the season it was hard going (4.5 hours).
 
Five Finger Mound
Reaching Five Finger Mound the party entered and found the familiar tripod over the hole in the floor. 

Kindroleth and Esme examined the mound for surprises while Natalia checked the integrity of the tripod.  As expected the rope, having been underwater during the floods, was slippery.  As Natalia began to fix her own rope up, Grump, our barbarian-like fighter, lost patience and attempted to climb down with a lantern.  He immediately lost his grip and fell, smashing the light.  There was no answer to our shouts to him.


Natalia finished fixing her rope and descended the 40ft to the ‘Maze proper.  Next to a pool of burning oil she found Grump’s dead, broken body.

She was suddenly attacked by two giant centipedes.  Having been bitten, venom took effect and she collapsed.  The rest of the party used ranged weapons to kill the centipedes from above.

Having seen her employer killed and Natalia attacked, Beatrice lost courage and refused to enter the ‘Maze.  She declined the suggestion that she stand guard at the entrance and return to Helix with the rest of the party, instead heading off on her own.

The party went down into the entrance room, tried to assist Natalia and stripped Grump’s body of anything of use. 

As those members who hadn’t been in the ‘Maze before were acclimatising and examining the wall carvings, they heard a sound from the corridor and were attacked by six skeletons.  These were defeated, but not until Kenroleth and Galmar had both been severely wounded: Kenroleth, it turned out, fatally.

With two members dead, one severely wounded, one poisoned and a hireling having deserted, the party had no choice but to call it a day and attempt to return to Helix safely.  Nobody thought to examine the skeletons’ remains.

Post-Delve

The return journey took 6 hours but there were no encounters.  There was no sign of Beatrice.

Natalia was taken to Brother Othar for healing, but he prescribed bed-rest.  She and Galmar healed-up over the next 8 days.

The gold recovered from Grump’s body was added to group funds.

Group Funds


Income
Expenditure

Recruitment


10gp
Wages

24gp, 1 sp

Recovered from Grump’s body

14gp


Encounters

Location

Nature
Casualties
Notes
Entrance room
Giant Centipedes (x2)

Natalia poisoned.
Only Natalia in melee.

Centipedes killed by ranged fire.

Entrance room
Skeletons (x6)

Kindroleth killed.

Galmar severely wounded.

Skeletons defeated.

Treasure


Where and how acquired

Value
Notes
None






Score: 90
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