Dangerous Descents are a collection of old school Gygaxian adventures for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. These one shot dungeons all feature compelling stories and high adventure and will take a party of 3-5 level appropriate adventurers 1-3 sessions to play through.
We strongly advise against players using characters that they are attached to, as they probably won’t come out the other side.
Bring your barge poles, bring your healer, bring multiple character sheets.
Each Dangerous Descents adventure contains everything you need to run the dungeon, including:
The Adventure backstory. Information on the background of the adventure site is included at the very beginning of every PDF. This may be learned by the players in time, or just used to inspire the Dungeon Master.
Call to adventure. How did the characters find themselves at the dungeon? Each adventure includes four great reasons that your endless stream of characters might be standing before the precipice.
Encounter Details. Each encounter features read aloud text, and flavour text for the DM’s eyes only. We also include details of monsters and items in each encounter, as well as information about how much treasure and XP to award the players.
Player map and a DM maps. Every adventure comes with a hand drawn DM map detailing all of the secret tunnels, traps, and other nasty things, as well as player-safe map that doesn’t ruin any surprises.
The Big Boss. What is the Tomb of Horrors without Acererak? Alien without the Xenomorph? Mordor without Sauron? Every great story needs a terrifying enemy, and these are no different. Each Descent features a truly terrifying foe to ruin your party morale.
How to expand the adventure. If your characters survive, they’ve earned great rewards. This section will detail how to take the surviving characters forward and continue their adventures.
Appendices of the custom NPCs, Monsters and items. Each adventure features at least one custom NPC, Monster or item. These are balanced, fun, and original to keep your players on their toes!
Dangerous Descents is a collection of four adventure modules for specified levels. Each module features level appropriate challenges, monsters, and traps for a party of 3-5 characters. The modules are presented as both full colour PDFs that look fantastic on any device, and as a printer friendly PDF designed to save you ink and look great on paper for that truly old school feel.
Many foolish travellers and merchants ignore the warnings, and attempt passage through the tall grasses of The Wailing Fields, dismissing the stories of the blood hungry Shiverworm as myth.
Nobody ever reaches the other side, and it is said that at night, you can still hear the endless screams of these poor souls.
Occasionally, a handful of treasure hunters will arrive at the fields, mad or greedy enough to enter, and attempt to claim the centuries of lost gold and precious stones.
"Every trading post within 100 miles of here is abuzz with rumours that the cult of the Rotwraith is operating beneath the ruins of Cadisium. According to the traders, the cultists are raiding towns and caravans to gather the required materials to strengthen the recently summoned Rotwraith.
If you ask me, that's a load of rubbish, if the wraith had been summoned, we would sure as fire know about it. Nonetheless, I want you to check it out.
Bring back proof that there isn't any cultist activity, or on the off-chance that there is, deal with it before the wraith gets a chance to leave the ruins"
They say that many centuries ago, the mad King Æthel had an entire mountain excavated and within was built his Kingdom's unbreakable vault. The King and his bloodline were the only ones who could deactivate the traps, stand down the clockwork guardians, and reach the treasury.
On what would be a rather fateful day, the King suddenly died without an heir, leaving the vault unreachable and throwing the ancient Kingdom into poverty and disarray. A whole Kingdom's worth of reward lays waiting for those who will deactivate the mountain, and take the gold within.
In the farthest reaches of the desert lays the tomb of the long dead Sultan Shirat. The great wealth and magical artefacts with which the Sultan were buried draw dozens of adventurers a year, each hoping to make it past the many traps and secret passageways of legend.
Will you be the ones to finally conquer the tomb and claim the treasure? Or will your corpses join the piles that already decorate the tunnels?
The stretch goals for this project will allow us to add extra art to every module and produce a fifth Dangerous Descent adventure module!
We will be using DriveThruRPG to distribute all the rewards for Dangerous Descents.
Risks and challenges
This is our fourth Kickstarter, and we think we've ironed out all the creases. The majority of the work for the adventure modules is already completed, and there are no expected delays.
Since this is a digital project, there are no risks involving shipping or production, the PDFs will be available to download by backers through DriveThruRPG.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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