20 Apr

Hellfrost Session #8

Warning: Potential spoilers below for the adventure, Jacob’s Well, from Dungeon Magazine #43 as well as D0: Hollow’s Last Hope from Paizo. Although neither are being used “as written,” spoilers for both may certainly be in the writeup below.

[This entry is from Rachel. As always, my GM comments in italics and brackets. It has been well over a week since this session and in that time, I hit up a few breweries and a great brewfest, Hickory Hops, in North Carolina so my memory of things may be a bit fuzzy and thus my comments more sparse than normal.]

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14 Apr

Hexy Hellfrost

Warning: This post is about my map of the Járn Vale but there are potential spoilers on the map for the adventure, Lair of the Vermin Lord, from Triple Ace Games.

I’ve been working on a map of the Járn Vale for my Hellfrost campaign. Since I plan on the campaign largely being located within the Vale, I it is probably a good idea that I get started on one. It’ll certainly help me plan things out and the direction and distance of, say, Eikstad from Dalsetter more consistent. I’m not the most artistic in the drawing department and so I’m all about the hexes. I recently grabbed a license for Hexographer (although the labels were added via Fireworks), read this great article on mapping with hexes: In Praise of the 6 Mile Hex, and did a little work. The map below the cut is the latest–pretty incomplete–draft but it is a start. Most of the locations on the map are places that the PCs have either visited or have been informed about. A number of them are from the last session…that writeup will be posted here eventually.

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08 Apr

Hellfrost Session #7

Warning: Potential spoilers below for the adventure, Jacob’s Well, from Dungeon Magazine #43. I’m not actually using it but it was certainly inspirational and provides a framework for the current situation.

[This entry is from Robert. As always, my GM comments in italics and brackets.]

The Velvetama had just killed Taran, and Erfiði the goat was running around as goats are wont to do. We were prepared to do battle, when a fire bolt shot out of the falling snow, nearly hitting Tor. The velvetama then leap 25 feet, landing on the roof of the stables and out of sight.

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05 Apr

A Lord and House Rules

A new player has joined the campaign. Well, not actually new. Todd had to quit playing for awhile but he’s back and, especially since he and I have known each other for almost twenty years, I’m quite happy about it. He’s going to be playing Sebbi ap-Howell, an Anari Heahwisard. Sebbi is also the newly appointed Lord of Clachmore, a manor in the Freelands that (surprise, surprise) has Dalsetter as part of its holdings. Todd took the Noble Edge (required since he wanted to be a Heahwisard). We worked it out that his family (from the Principality of Darovia in the Magocracy) has long held this manor. Being a younger son and the manor being sort of out of the way (at least to the Magocracy), it seemed like a perfect match when his uncle, Berwyn, the current Lord of Clachmore passed away suddenly. So Sebbi’s father sent him off to the manor to oversee it and maintain the family’s interests in the area.

It also ties in nicely with my desire to run a more community-based campaign.

Sebbi also has a “new” Hindrance: Dangerous Secret. Basically, the Dark Secret Hindrance from Ravaged Earth was the inspiration. I knocked it down to a Minor Hindrance. If the secret becomes public knowledge or known to certain NPCs, the Hindrance is changed to Enemy (Major) instead of the Wanted (Major) and -4 Charisma of Dark Secret.

We are using a few House Rules in the Hellfrost campaign (most of these come from the PEG forums):

  • Anyone can spend a Benny to re-roll damage.
  • On a critical failure, the GM can offer the player a Benny to NOT spend a Benny and re-roll and accept the consequences of the critical failure.
  • If Shaken and dealt a Joker for initiative, the character is automatically Unshaken.
  • We are not using Guts. If needed, it’ll just be a Spirit check.
  • If you miss the session, no XP for you.
  • And, of course, all the Hellfrost Freebies from Wiggy and TAG!

Our last session log coming soon…

Oh, Cuðbert, Lia, and Wulfwynn all got Advances after our last session and their character sheets have been updated.