Arabian Nights


Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 25

As Kamal’s ship neared Su-Chou they were swept into a gigantic whirlpool. The current was too strong and they were unable to row away. The ship was dragged in and crushed, throwing everyone into the sea. Kamal prayed for deliverance and in time he was washed ashore along with his loyal retainers. But they were […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 24

I wanted to give Kamal’s new followers, the pygmies, something unique. Magical items are a way, but just picking from a list did not seem sufficient. My earlier thoughts about their weapons being local but described by standards in the book gave me an idea. Since they are (future Indonesian) tribes-people the idea of magical […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 23

We are in a new part of play here where Kamal has to track his enemy Okil. We know Okil has gone to Samarkand, but Kamal does not. Right now his wealth is Rich meaning he can travel four spaces by land or by sea. But he  cannot simply head straight to Samarkand: he has […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 22

Kamal finds himself badly wounded far from home in the lost civilisation of Pan Pan. After having travelled so far, to have found the resting place of the great gem he sought, and to have fought and won against the Marilith protecting it, he was betrayed by his last remaining henchman. Okil stole the gem […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 21

When I started this story telling exercise I very specifically had in mind the Golden Voyage of Sinbad. When I was young this obviously made a strong impression and my D&D adventures have been strongly influenced by those claymation moments. One of the key moments in that movie was the scene where prince Koura animates […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 20

Kamal and party headed at last into the Pacific from Su-Chou. The junk was large and sea worthy but still not large enough to carry the horses as well. They had to sell them reluctantly before they faced the open seas. After a few days they sighted a hump floating on the waves. Kamal ordered […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 19

  I’m a good distance into this solo story about the wizard Kamal and his quest to gather the two sacred jewels that will make him the most powerful man in his city. For a change of pace I decided that the next encounter I’d trying playing out using Labyrinth Lord (D&D B/X). My final […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 18

They headed east across the top of Europe rather than cut back through Arabia. Kamal figured that his new companions would be too obviously recognised as ‘crusaders’ in his homeland. His plan instead was to cut across the top of the world into China and then take a ship down the coast to Pan Pan. […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 17

Kamal was disorientated by his experience and wandered for days amid the markets of Paris. Death was everywhere: the plague had returned. Corpses lay in the streets. He was at turns horrified and numbed. Eventually he found himself in a park of some sort. At one time it had been a thing of beauty tended […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 16

Kamal found himself beside a canal outside of Paris. He blinked and tried to orient himself. He felt dizzy and out-of-body. Where am I? he asked himself, his voice echoey in his head. He was alone, nearly naked, clutching a heavy stone tablet. The weight presented itself to him gradually, reminding his arms of the burden. […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 15

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha, Phokas and Celukwazi headed to the coast. The city of Zaila offered a resting spot from their adventures. One day, while exploring quiet section of the market, Kamal heard a rumour of a place called the Magnetic Mountain. Intrigued by this wonder, he made more enquiries to see if anyone had […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 14

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha, Phokas and Celukwazi headed through darkest Africa towards the Sea of Safety. Passing through Bilma again, Kamal briefly considered settling the score with the spider-keeping hag that he had met last time through. Relishing the relative safety in comparisons to their difficult times, Kamal accepted an invitation to attend a masked […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 13

Kamal was jubilant. He had found his companions, defeated his foes and was at the peak of his strength. The only direction to go was east to the coast. But for a reason he could not understand he led the party on a detour south to the jungles. There he found the citadel of a […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 12

When you are following randomised path through many potential seeds and then making that up into a story sometimes things come up that sit uncomfortably with your real world values. This is a part of the challenge, I guess, to make a story out of something unusual and perhaps even confronting. This happened in episode […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 11

This episode proved to be challenging as a story telling exercise because I approached it with some preconceived ideas. Therefore the randomness of my method threw up a real curly problem. It had been a while since I played out an encounter on the table using Labyrinth Lord and I had already decided to get out some […]

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