Frequently Asked Questions
Petals and Thorns uses a milestone leveling system in which players might take anywhere from 2 to 5 sessions to level, depending on how much time they spend interacting with the town and factions compared to how much time they spend pursuing objectives in the dungeons (and on whether or not they get distracted from one threat to pursue another).Last updated:
What setting does Petals and Thorns take place in, and how hard would it be to port it to another setting?
The dangers surrounding Ramshorn and the factions the players might ally with (or alienate) in its defense are all deeply enmeshed with the political situation of the entirely original kingdom of Vintaria, as well as its immediate neighbors, especially the Clans of Tiamat to the north. However, Vintaria is small and the Clans' territory isn't any bigger, so they can be easily dropped into any existing setting wherever there's room. Wizards of the Coast is too trigger happy with their cease and desist letters for me to be comfortable giving specific examples, so suffice to say that there are definitely places where this adventure path could be slipped into all of their major campaign settings.Last updated:
Petals and Thorns is not a sandbox, but it's close. Ramshorn is besieged by a number of different threats and players are assumed to be helping local merchant Goldblum in defending the town from them, however it is entirely up to the players to decide what order to storm the dungeons and even to *find* the dungeons. Some threats, like the Order of the Bear, have known bases that the party can follow a road to, but others, like the spiders and the goblins, are simply known to have a lair out there somewhere which players must find by exploring the massive wilderness map (over 100x100 squares in Roll20).Last updated:
The wilderness will be replaced by a random encounter table, with encounters marked off when completed, and instructions to replace encounter X with encounter Y during downtime the same way the virtual tabletop version moves tokens around the wilderness map. I've talked about this kind of thing in detail in my GM's guide here: https://chamomilehasagmguide.gitbook.io/project/the-art-of-adventures/building-wilderness-journeysLast updated:
A vignette is a short scene taking place in the town of Ramshorn that the players may encounter whenever they visit the town to rest or resupply. They help make the town feel more alive and give the inhabitants a chance to show off a bit of personality, which helps remind the party what's at stake. There are actual people in Ramshorn, and if the spiders grow out of control, they will get eaten. A vignette can either serve as a roleplaying prompt for players to get involved and interact with the NPCs, or just a quick bit of flavor while they're in town. As an example, here is one of the vignettes involving the hireling Euphemia Greenbottle, the town blacksmith Ront, and the tavern keeper Bruen:
Euphemia Greenbottle and Ront are woken up by a bucket of cold water tossed over them by Bruen, having been dragged off to a corner to sleep off a hangover after blacking out during a drinking contest. Euphemia asks who won. Bruen tells her that he and Jerry Gammidge won, but she and Ront are welcome to try again that night.Last updated:
Most adventures are designed for print or .pdf initially, and are then ported to the virtual tabletop if there's demand for it. Petals and Thorns was designed for virtual tabletop, so the port goes the other way, from virtual tabletop to .pdf. I don't know why so many people find this so confusing/alarming.Last updated:
In November of 2018, I will begin distributing the 5e version of the adventure on virtual tabletop. This will include all the token stretch goals.
In December of 2018, I will begin distributing the 5e version of the adventure in .pdf format.
In January of 2019, I will begin distributing the Pathfinder version of the adventure in both virtual tabletop and .pdf format. I will also begin running the game as a professional GM for backers who supported at the $100 or $400 levels.Last updated:
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