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I am putting the final touches on a saltmarsh campaign set in the Razor
Coast setting and it occurred to me that there were probably a number of people here who had run or played one or the other. Since this is my first time with the 5e system (though I have at least played all the others and it strikes me as very similar to AD&D with some improvements) I would like to see if there are mistakes I can avoid...
The group looka like it will be 7 if everyone shows up, three of them in their mid teens and I want to make sure they have fun while getting a taste of adventures that are not all hack and slash.
My reason for them to be there together at the adventure start is that they have recently completed their training/ finished their apprenticeship/ or finished with the service and this is the graduating task they have been given basically: comlete the secrets of sinister saltmarsh if you want the right to practice your trade in the name of your guild. I am hoping to avoid the first 2-3 sessions of 'I hate you all' and 'I'm better then you' garbage that seems to happen so often with the classic met in a tavern opening.
The planned adventure path will use the saltmarsh modules but I also want to work in
The sunless Citidel
The temple of Posidon (an old ADnD module that I personally love even though it's a killer from stage 1)
2 or 3 other dungeon crawls from old dragon magazines
I also want them to have access to the Razor coast adventures as optional adventures (I've started a table of swap outs that allow me to replace sections of saltmarsh if they take that option.
Finally, I have ship minis and I want to use them! So I am planning some naval encounters that they can run into
With all of this I am I am planning a slow progression allowing greater numbers in people to make the adventures a little easier but requiring more of them rather than increasing the cr of the encounters in the dungeon. As some of these adventures are killers I'm really not worried about the characters feeling unthreatened but some of the players are new and I don't want to clobber them Tomb of Horrors style (when I played temple of Posidon the first time we went in with 8 8th level characters and cam out with 3...) but I may need to explain the slow progression.
Two things I want to implement are:
a change to feats and multiclassing; I want to allow it but only if they find someone in game to teach it to them.
Race limitations.all the basic races are fine but race discrimination is a chunk of the plot and things will go very bad very quickly if one of the players is an aquatic race...
So with that said does anyone have recommendations for:
Dungeoncrawlers - I would love to throw in a few classic crawlers with classic monsters. I also have all my dwarven forge goodies I want to use!
Ship combat dos and donts particularly around cannon and boarding actions and piracy
Pointers for dealing with teens, they're good kids but can be rambunctious and distractable
An I trying too much on them? Ist possible for them to be embroiled in multiple plotlines and it could confuse them.
So with that, anyone want to lend an ear and make suggestions?
'Tis the season! I posted this a while ago before is got paint on him. Santac'Laus has featured in the Christmas one-shot games I've run for the last couple of years (and this year is no exception). He's gone from villain to lovable (but weird) friend, who rides a manta-ray-shaped sleigh, pulled by a team of beholders.
If you're one of my players, please don't read the spoiler!
The hat, sack and present were all made with green stuff. The snow was made with snow powder mixed with water effects.
Hello forum family, I wanna share with ya all my most recent fatigue: Marthragul!
I was in doubt if painting it into a realistical Earth dragon, or something more colourful... The Magenta won! :D
And I chose to don't cut corners, so no drybrush, no washes, no feathering... just dear, old layering, shading and glazing
...cause I'm a fast painter, as you know
And, yeah! This took me almost a month of at least two hours per day... basically I hate this dragon now
Enough talking, time for pics :D
I really hope you like it, if you have any question do not hesitate :)
As always every C&C is more than welcome.
Thank you :)
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