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A few years back, I built a massive pyramid using girlscout cookie boxes that filled my garage. I did not have any specific idea what I wanted to do with it. I had an overall idea of what I wanted to do with it. Nothing overly fancy, a dungeon crawl with a few surprises. Having play-tested it a few times each time adding new elements and making the dungeon more setting-neutral than the original version, I changed the target level band, some of the monsters and a few encounters completely to arrive at its final, current form. This is an adventure nominally set in Ravenloft but really, it can be adapted to your setting quite easily. Because of the nature of the adventure you can literally set it anywhere... This is the first pure dungeoncrawl adventure I ever written and I will say it was a refreshing and fun thing to write. Yet in spite of that, from the feedback, I managed to put in an interesting story line and an underlying plot. This adventure has new unique magic items and more than a few unique twists
Two more Akhamet adventures to released on DriveThruRPG! Dying of the Day This was an adventure I wrestled with writing but it came together and really took on a life of its own. This adventure features one of the most memorable NPCs I did for Akhamet, Prince Diogenes the son of Apollo. To this day, I have requests to feature him again as I read murderous intent behind the request. Yet the Prince is a hero... Getting the artefact was the easy part. Getting it to its destination will be more difficult than you can bear. Originally run as the FOE Gencon 2018 Special. A 5th edition adventure with an Egyptian flair and a touch of Greek myths for characters 1 through 5 (Optimized for level 3)Colloquially known as the "Prince Diogenes Adventure" Death in AnupolisAkhamet - Death in Anupolis is an investigation/ dungeoncrawl where the PCs are called in to find a missing priest. All of this set in Anupolis, perhaps the oldest and most ancient of cities in Akhamet. This adventure, Randy-P ran multiple times at Genc
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 FOE Special: Battle of FarelisI mentionned the multi-table special quite a few times, along with a number of pictures. The story started at Origins, in "Battle of Farelis, Part 1" where adventurers discover the dire situation in Farelis following the capture of the city by the forces of House Faremhi late last in-game year. The situation is not great with a strong rebellious streak. As the PCs travel across Farelis, things are in motion. Now back to Part 2, which was played at Gencon... They came through the Mists surrounding Farelis. They came from different worlds, some from the desert, some from the cold of the rain, and some from a tiny island... All of them came to investigate what happened and discovered a city unlike any in their own lands. After witnessing the odd nature of this place, they witnessed the many strange sights: from the dried-up river port, the nobles estates, or the private quarters where they were attacked by crazed locals and saw ghostly
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 ConclusionsGood- All four of my FOE GMs: Florence, Florent, Randy and Will made my work look - and play - awesome! A big thank you to each of them. My on-going elation and excitement about Gencon as a whole, I owe to these guys. - A huge shout-out to the FOE players who bought tickets and spent their time with us. Many of them more than once! With so many choices at their disposal, this makes it even more special. - I had most of my mods ready to hand out to my GMs, with only a few typos/corrections to do before giving them out. - Running Slot zeroes for most of the adventures mitigated some of the panic regarding the special. This means next year, I will need to have all my adventures ready around Origins. - Returning players from previous years and I'm not talking only of my friends like Derek and Steve, but people who played and returned. That really touched my heart and showed that we were doing something right and that I have a group of DM around me who are
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 SaturdaySaturday was my play-day. After waiting a whole year, I got to play another Heroes of Rokugan. This campaign is in the middle of a big story arc, one I am enjoying quite a lot with my little crane. She has serious flaws, but she has worked hard to work around them. Doji Haruhime promotes peace and the benefits of civilization such as origami, cleanliness, floral arrangements (ikebana), and pursuits that encourages quiet time. Her quirks makes her interesting to play. The second game slot left me two hours of free time. What to do... DEALER HALL! I walked over, roamed almost randomly. Spoke with the PCI guys before moving on to a place I have to avoid... The Crocodile Games booth. Like a kid in a candy store, I wnet through their goodies, their many goodies. I will post later about this. On my way back, I met some of the lads from the Nashville PFS group. We chatted a little and I noticed they bought Arcanis. Cool! Maybe get to play more of it here in the
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 ThursdayOur ride into the convention center on Thursday was made more interesting by a pair of events. First off, the closing of I-70 made for a detour through more of the inner streets of Indianapolis. The other was the reveal that Will did not have his copy of the special for the night. Remember last post? We got in, met Randy who was already waiting for us and waited for our players to filter in. I went over the guys to make sure everything was good and ready to rock. That time before we all sit down and set up my own table. I used the time and made a run to GM HQ, a mile or so away. I got the GM badges and got back on-time for our 8ish start time. In spite of the crazy mile-long line, we managed to have most of our players show up on time and all three tables went off without issue. Same went for the afternoon slot, for a while it seemed that Randy's table was at risk, but his table filtered in and he was able to run. During the afternoon, we got hit by a b
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Gencon. The Biggest gamer-event of the year. One that draws heavily from table-top, card, board, miniatures, and video games together. Every year, it is the event we all look for. From my first Gencon in 2013 after I had just moved from Colorado to Kentucky. I attended for the weekend only, playing PFS and WitchHunter. That year, I only played. 2014 was the first time I participated and GM'd for the first time. Since that time, that year, I ran 3-4 tables, and it has slowly grown and grown. Last year, Isabelle and JS did an awesome job, growing the FOE presence by doubling the previous number of tables, from 7 to 13. So this year, I was lucky enough to have no less than four crazy people: Flo-M, Florent-F, Randy-P and Will-M who accepted my offer to run games for FOE, which would take our total number of tables to twenty one. Ambitious and nerve-wracking but exhilarating. So what happened? Before Gencon: Repeated PanicsMonday came by, I had my mods done and s
Well where you are going to Gencon or not, FOE is having its massive "Send JP to Gencon Sale". This year, like previous ones, everything is on-sale for an additional 33%. That's on TOP of DriveThruRPG's Christmas in July. In short, everything is about 50%! (rounding is odd) This is your chance to get a super-cheap version of the Akhamet campaign setting, Rhym Campaign Setting, or Tyrants of Saggakar and related products. Link to Sale on DTRPG.
Just a quick word to you all... One of the regular artist working on FOE products is out there, you can meet the inimitable Britishark at Merida Comic Con in Merida, Yucatan in Mexico on the 13 and 14th of July! Man, I would LOVE to attend in the jungles of Yucatan... Another place on my bucket list! I think this is pretty cool and I wanted to boost the signal for someone who has been doing awesome work for the past few months. Illustrated a number of new characters for the coming books. You can get full details on the Tsunami Medida website. Stop by and say hello! You can find Britishark in the artist alley over there. Okay, as a total nerd, I put in the address of the Convention in Google Maps and I might make the beginning of the con if I left right now. It is a "mere" 43h's drive from Nashville and 10h of flying. If I'd known I would've loved to have attempted... practiced my Spanish! That would've been terrible for the attendee. Hola! Si, escribo mucho pero no en español. Juegamos a Akhamet. Es c
Just a quick note, if you are in the Nashville area for the weekend after Fourth of July. Why? Because it's Hypericon! I really liked it last year and this year, I'm coming back. Imagine my surprise when I realized it was in my backyard, the Clarion Inn on Old Fort here in Murfreesboro! I will be running Akhamet adventures throughout the con and give a panel on how to build an adventure, Saturday at noon. Come say hello, there will be a lot of time to play some D&D! Check out the full details on the Hypericon Website.
Part 1Part 3 FridayFriday morning, was another run of Battle of Farelis, Part 1. I am really digging this story more and more. I can't wait to run the Gencon element. That was the last of my running slots until Sunday. Next up: PLAY. I had tickets to play Arcanis, leading up to the big battle interactive on Saturday. My character, Kermina Gallia val'Borda who is an oracular nun. I will not go into details of the adventures but I will say that my character, after a retool two years ago, is now effective at more than using her tongue. Because she is a face character, at least she was but with time, she became much more of a caster. And now she can tweak Fate. This was a flavor character that is now surprisingly effective. She is fun to play because she is a devoted to her goddess who is also promiscuous. She now says classic lines like "Can't spell housewife without hoe!" or that she prays hard and fervently on her knees, every night. I keep it PG-13 but nearly everything I say has a racy connotation. I will
Part 2Part 3 Another year, another Origins. As every year, it is a roller coaster of highs and lows. Of great and suck. So let's take a trip down memory lane... Before OriginsFor a few months now, I have been writing, thinking, tweaking, and reviewing the adventures I wanted to run. This year, I would run Akhamet and Saggakar - I chose not to run Rhym in order to focus and force myself to put my time on specific locations. Getting there and WednesdayAfter a long day of work on Tuesday, where I touched a bunch of things and loaded everything upon my good friend in the QA department. My hope was that something would pass review and testing so that when I came back, they would roll out. I got on the road shortly around 3pm. Traffic in Nashville is much different at that time, as it would get much worse a mere 30 minutes later. The trip was uneventful. The road was clear, traffic light, and in good time, I was at my hotel north of Cincinnati. Sleep was good. I woke up late (around 8AM), showered and heade
A quick post to let everyone know that Gencon tickets are finally available. For another year, our tickets have sold really well. After just over twenty four hours, we have seven sold out tables already! There are currently 7 tickets left. As there is always a little a bit of movement in the tickets as people change, so you may luck out. But do not wait, get your tickets now! For your convenience, here is a link to FOE Events at GenconAs usual, I am touched and very appreciative of people interest in FOE products and events.
All of the FOE events have been approved by Gencon this year! I am super excited to announce an absolutely fantastic group of GMs who agreed to work with me this year. First and foremost, Will Allen Matthews who volunteered to help out for two days. Volunteering to help for a full day are (in alphabetical order) Florent-F, Florence-M, and Randy-P. I promise to get the mods in your hands quickly... "I'm working on them..." Thursday(2 tables, 8AM) - Legacies: Valley of the Mummies(1 table, 8AM) - Legacies: The Last Obelisk (2 tables, 1PM) - Legacies: Floating Temple of Seth(1 table, 1PM) - Legacies: The Last Obelisk (3 tables, 7PM, Multi-Table Event)Legacies: Battle of Farelis Friday(2 tables each, 8AM) - Legacies: Valley of the Mummies - Legacies: Floating Temple of Seth (2 tables each, 1PM) - Legacies: Floating Temple of Seth - Legacies: Valley of the Mummies (4 tables, 7PM, Multi-Table Event)Legacies: Battle of Farelis Sunday(1 table, 8AM) - Legacies: The Sun Never Sets No, ActionMan will not be a GM f
This year's Conglomeration began long ago. It started during the Holidays when I began plotting what I planned to run. I needed something cool to write about. Now if you follow this blog, you know that I spent a lot of time feeling blue about my writing, with bouts of the blues that struck me during the month of March, my least favorite month. With the return of April and of the nicer weather, my mood took a positive swing and after grinding through encounters and forcing myself to work. I got to play more, ran more, and planned a bunch of events for the coming summer. Conglomeration was the second event of the year for me (after MidSouthCon), the first out-of-state event. I struggled to complete my adventures. I just could not find the right twist, the right surprise, or the one unique element that made my adventure different from the others. I knew they were good: they had a mix of encounters, mix of challenges, a mix of story and dungeoncrawl, and unique NPCs providing different perspectives. But they ju