SOMETIMES YOU JUST WANNA KICK A DRAGON'S ASS OLD-STYLE!
Do you remember D&D adventures which consisted solely of trekking to a dragon's lair and slaying it, old-school style? Have you fond memories of the NIGHT BELOW boxed set - in particular the first book which details the area of Haranshire and the various goings-on there?
If you love the idea of a small village setting, detailed with various plot hooks and sub-quests, followed by a good-old fashioned hex-crawl and a dragon slaying, this adventure is for you! It's NIGHT BELOW crossed with THE HOBBIT. Kinda.
SANDBOX VILLAGE --> WILDERNESS TREK --> DUNGEON CRAWL
Call it a large-adventure. Or a campaign arc. Call it what you like, but it's an awesome old-style experience which will cover several levels of game play. Right now we're aiming for 1st-6th level.
TO SLAY A DRAGON for the PATHFINDER RPG is divided into three parts:
THE ILLS OF HENGISTBURY details the village of Hengistbury and its environs. Numerous small quests and hooks bring the area alive - fey kidnapping children in the Weirwood, a werewolf roaming the moors, a hag enticing the lizardman tribes to attack fishermen, a passing adventuring group causing trouble, a ruined castle haunted by a poltergeist, and much more! This part is very sandboxy.
THE JOURNEY details the trek to Skull Mountain, the lair of the dragon. A traditional journey across a hex-map, with random encounters and notable locations along the way. The party will be harrassed by the dragon's kobold spies as they get closer to their destination.
INTO THE DRAGON'S LAIR details the lair of the dragon (a volcano, of course!) and the dragon itself, along with its kobold minions. This part is a classic dungeon crawl with a dragon at the end. Yep - a DUNGEON with a DRAGON in it.
The current (rough) table of contents is below. This is fully subject to change and - most definitely - to expansion! What is shown below is what had been written at the time of posting this Kickstarter project: mainly the first part of the adventure.
Hengistbury and Environs
-Other People of Note
Part I: The Ills of Hengistbury
-Quest I: Jack of the Weirwood
-Quest II: The Hound of Fogmoor
-Quest III: Troll Under the Bridge
-Quest IV: Memories of Brockendale
-Quest V: Lizard's Lament
-Quest VI: Escort Service
-Quest VII: Pandora's Box
-Quest VIII: Manhunter
-Quest IX: On Safari
-Quest X: Troublemakers
-Quest XI: Peculiar, Most Peculiar
-Quest XII: Kobolds of Thornbury
Part II: The Journey
-Lots of Stuff
Part III: Into the Dragon's Lair
-Lots of Stuff
So, what's the Kickstarter for?
Art and cartography, primarily, as well as paying me (the author). The more money we raise, the prettier the whole thing will be. $1000 is an absolute minimum, but to make this truly AWESOME we need to aim higher.
Yep, we have some ideas for stretch goals!
$2000: a 32-page sourcebook detailing the county of Holdenshire, its inhabitants, locations, and dozens of plot hooks. Every backer will receive the PDF copy for free.
$3000: NPC portraits collection - each NPC of Hengistbury and Thornbury lovingly presented. Every backer will receive the portraits in digital form.
$5000: A bonus, surprise adventure! I won't spoil it yet, but it might involve a vampire!
If by some miracle we raise even more than that, then we have some great further ideas for rewards and stretch goals, including poster maps, handouts, and all sorts of cool things. We'll post about them if it looks like it'll become relevant!
Some artwork copyright Matthew Myer, 2011. Licensed by Nevermet Press, LLC. Used with permission.
Some artwork copyright Claudio Pozas, used with permission
Some artwork copyright Lightworker. Used with permission.
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