November 23, 2005 at 4:43 pm #571827riddles
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Was that the crashed spaceship one? That was ace! Wow, I can feel myself reverting to a 13-14 yr old (can’t remember how old I was when I played it, it may have been later), and remembering the fun/terror of wondering round that. 🙂
And now, back to old age and 3.5… 😕December 10, 2006 at 4:04 pm #571828Thing wrote:Shathis wrote:Ravenloft is quite nice. But I’ve never liked Strahd.
I didn’t think you where supposed tio like Strahd. He’s a bad guy Shathis. 😆
If you think Strahd’s bad then try playing a non human in Falkovnia where non human creatures are considered “property”.January 16, 2007 at 1:14 pm #571829WhiteKnight
riddles wrote:Was that the crashed spaceship one? That was ace! Wow, I can feel myself reverting to a 13-14 yr old (can’t remember how old I was when I played it, it may have been later), and remembering the fun/terror of wondering round that. 🙂
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And now, back to old age and 3.5… 😕
That would be Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. One of TSR’s challenging S-series adventures. It was later re-packaged in S1-4 along with Tomb of horrors, White Plume Mountain (one of my personal favourites), and Lost Caverns of Tsojocanth (sp?).January 16, 2007 at 2:03 pm #571830Salubrai
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I never liked Strahd not because he was a bad guy, but because he was a darling of the writers, and became the untouchable character, when frankly- he’s just a particularly tough vampire.January 16, 2007 at 3:59 pm #571831ThingAdmin
Shathis wrote:I never liked Strahd not because he was a bad guy, but because he was a darling of the writers, and became the untouchable character, when frankly- he’s just a particularly tough vampire.
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Strahd had a bit more going for him then just another vampire, but realistically he has to be fairly melodramatic and unbalanced or he should just be able to take out the PCs. Then again, moving against most opponents in their own stronghold is a risky business.
I just picked up the Expedition to Castle Ravenloft and it looks pretty good. Mostly as I remember the original, but a few things fleshed out more.April 13, 2007 at 1:00 am #571832kafkonia
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I just picked up the 3.5 adaptation of the Gothic Earth/Masque of the Red Death setting for Ravenloft, and so far I’m loving what I’ve read of it — I may try to persuade some of my fellow gamers to play through (and record?) it.
I have the Ravenloft 3.5 player’s book coming c/o Ebay, mostly because you need a couple of the rules for MotRD. I just wish the covers were easier to tell apart! 🙂April 13, 2007 at 3:33 am #571833Fox
kafkonia wrote:I just picked up the 3.5 adaptation of the Gothic Earth/Masque of the Red Death setting for Ravenloft, and so far I’m loving what I’ve read of it — I may try to persuade some of my fellow gamers to play through (and record?) it.
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I have the Ravenloft 3.5 player’s book coming c/o Ebay, mostly because you need a couple of the rules for MotRD. I just wish the covers were easier to tell apart! 🙂
I’ve been thinking about that or running an Eberron game and recording it if possible. If you have any luck let us know! I know I’d be curious and eager to listen to a Ravenloft game as it’s been something I’ve been curious about for ages.April 13, 2007 at 9:32 pm #571834
The Ravenloft “Places to Die in . . . er . . . visit and people to meet” list:
Lamordia: It’s cold, it’s bleak, it’s a bad place for the party magic users. Ever wanted to step into a slightly altered bersion of Frankenstein? Here’s your chance. Don’t forget those pitchforks and torches! (Darklord: Adam [Dread Flesh Golem], creation of Dr. Victor Mordenheim [human])
Markovia: Can it be? A beautiful tropical island in the middle of the Demiplane of Dread? Too good to be true, of course, given that this is effectively the island of Dr. Moreau, but it’s still a nice vacation spot, right? (Darklord: Frantisek Markov [Human shapeshifter])
Kartakass: Loggers, backwoods charm, singing, and all that other wooded frontier stuff to your liking? Don’t mind worrying about being torn to shreads in the middle of the night by wild beasts? Try Kartakass! Bards welcomed, invited, and well paid! (Darklord: Harkon Lukas [Wolfwere])
Scaena: Ever wanted to be in a play by a master writer? This theatre domain gives you the chance! Of course, it’s all the chance of a nameless underling in a Quenton Tarentino film or a nympho cheerleader in a slasher flick, but it’s a chance, right? (Darklord: Lemot Sediam Juste [Human])
Vechor: Hey DMs! Ever wanted to play with reality while your players stood by helplessly? Ever wanted a villian that no matter how cheesed out and broken a character was, they could never kill said villian? Think the sun should be pink with purple polka dots? Think “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is a great template for an adventure setting? Easen the Mad and Vechor offer you these opportunities and more! (Darklord: Easen the Mad [Wild Elf, soul merged with unspecified demon])
Souragne: Dust off that Deep South accent and break out that little book of voodoo (literally), as Sourange brings Old South Louisiana to your PCs. Please keep the Night of the Living Dead and Waterboy jokes to a minimum! (Darklord: Anton Misroi [Zombie Lord])
Dominia: Nothing like making Ravenloft players make madness checks, eh? An insane party is fun, and this island/asylum is the perfect place to create one! (Darklord: Dr. Daclaud Heinfroth [Cerebral Vampire/Psychiatrist])April 13, 2007 at 9:34 pm #571835
You forgot Falkovnia: the place where numhumans are considered “state property” and treated worse than slaves.
You also forgot the dreamlans subdomain off the eastern shores of that horsey place. I can’t remember what it was called but it was a great little boxed set.
Oh, and that place where the entire domain is a house (with garden, chapel etc) and the darklord is an animated evil sword………April 13, 2007 at 9:42 pm #571836
1) Falkovnia and Invidia are places I wouldn’t even jokingly send people to!
2) You’re thinking of Shadowborn Manor. Most powerful entity in Ravenloft’s in that sword . . .
3) I also left out Barovia (`cause, odds are, you’ll probably visit anyway) and Darkon (ditto) (See: Strahd and Azalin Rex respectively).
4) On “Nasty realms for the living”, I could always have added Blutespur (Who loves mind flayers? C’mon, I know someone wants to play with the brain-suckers!) and Necropolis (Where death is a way of life!)April 13, 2007 at 9:47 pm #571837
Barovia? I’m thinking of the dream island related to the asylum where psychologists study the nightmares of inmates (but as Balgin would say “the logic of psycho’s? There ain’t no such thing. Load of tosh if you ask me. Anyway, all they do is go on and on all day about nonsense, my mate Sigurd Thordssen was a psyho logic ist and he said that all women have beard envy. Well that’s true, known fact is that, but he also said that psycho’s, nutters and headcases are all logical and make sense but everyone knows they’re just barmy. Maybe he’s a bit mental too….”)
Invidia? Invidia’s just funny, loads of invidious angry nasty people who can’t work together enough to pose a serious threat because they’re always turning on each other.April 13, 2007 at 9:53 pm #571838Quote:Dominia: Nothing like making Ravenloft players make madness checks, eh? An insane party is fun, and this island/asylum is the perfect place to create one! (Darklord: Dr. Daclaud Heinfroth [Cerebral Vampire/Psychiatrist])
This one? Was it at some point linked to that one nightmare realm place? (not to be confused with Far Realm, which, for some odd reason, doesn’t seem to see use in your typical campaign. Ah, to play a typically insane alienist. . . *ponders inquiring about the subject to current DMs*)April 13, 2007 at 10:32 pm #571839
Right, that does it, I’m heading out to my room to dig out the boxed set and check the domain name (I always thought Forlorn was good too (if a Blatant Rip Off of The Scottish Play with Morhault from Tristan & Isolde) but never got round to using it, although the Ravenloft “Scottish Goblyns” often get mentioned).
Okay, here goes then….April 13, 2007 at 10:53 pm #571840
On the eastern edge of Nova Vaasa lies the Clinc for the Mentally Distressed. There the Doctor Gregorian Illhousen has become aware of various recurring themes in the dreams of some of his greatly disturbed but incredibly sane patients. He is, in fact, on the verge of discovering the existance of The Nightmare Lands.
The Nightmare Lands are either situated off the eastern shores of Nova Vaasa and are unknown to most mortals.
There are no less than five darklords of the nightmare lands and what makes them scary is the shocking ammount of collaboration that they exhibit. They reach out beyond the borders of their realms and attempt to take control of the dreams of others, feeding off their emotions.
There was this lovely little system for resisting dream control (and eventualy learning to control your own dreams and fight back), eventualy breaking the darklords hold over your character).
When Sword & Sorcery Studio’s wrote the 3rd Ed BS powergamed Ravenloft stuff they did oen good thing (put Azalin back in charge of his domain and undid the “of the living dead” crap) but they also did a bad thing (missing out a few areas like The Nightmare Lands).
Oh yes, the box reference number was 1124 and the ISBN was 0-7869-0174-8 and the copywrite date on the back of the box is 1995 (although I suspect I might have bought it ayear or two after that).
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