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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 7:27 am 
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Hey gents!

Luke Johnson here; I wrote DCC #19: The Volcano Caves. If anyone has any questions/comments/slander about the adventure, this is the place for them.

Thanks!

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Aye, Aye, Cap'n!! 8)


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Funny, was just about to post about DCC #19. My party's gonna be going into it a few levels higher than it's for (about 9-10ish) and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for buffinf things? One that occured to me, was, Immy grants Ziz 3 wishes a day. 3 wishes = +3 inherent to a stat. so assume Ziz and Immy had a week to give Ziz +3 inherent bonuses to all his stats, changing as followes:

Str: 19
Dex: 17
Con: 18
Int: 18
Wis: 21
Cha: 12

But asside from that, any tips on doing some buffing to compensate for a very resourceful party of higher lv?


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That sounds like a good plan, so far. I'd also recommend increasing all the classed NPCs by 3 levels or so. You might also add some HD or fighter/warrior levels to the klaklin, or doubling their numbers. Same with the salamanders and elementals. You might allow Ziz a wish or two to quicken spells like hold person, and perhaps also to grant him a permanent blur or displacement effect; 10th-level fighter types can probably take him out fairly quick. Spell resistance wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility, either.

Ah, wish. It allows us to make up so much stuff!

Have fun! I'd love to hear how it turns out.

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I don't suppose you could give me MORE background on Immolus and whatnot? One of my PCs is a fire-aholic so in preparation to run this module in a few months I gave him a prophetic dream of basixcally immolus asking him if he wanted power then him waking up...

Well, now he DOES want power, after fighting Devils and monsters etc, and is actively trying to seek out his dream visitor...its gonna make the module VERY interesting if nothing else.


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Sounds awesome.

Honestly, I didn't think much in detail aside from what's in the adventure. Immolius was a relatively important noble on the Plane of Fire, but ended up on the wrong side of a political rival, so he fled to the Material Plane to let the situation "cool off." (Ha!) He doesn't have any specific plans at the moment, aside from causing mayhem and, perhaps, striking at the old wizard with whom he fought back in the day, if she's still around.

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Going to enter the caves tomorrow... Yay for the plane of fire!

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I just used #19 in my campaign; well, the first floor really.

Our story line is based upon the Egg of the Phoenix, which I think has many neat ideas, but do not like most of how it is designed. So, the counsel of Elders at Northending told the party they had to find the portal gate to retrieve the Egg from Sepulcher. Again, I do not like most of how EotP is designed. So, I used the first level as the entry way. The monsters gave a good fight. I had mused prior to the session on how it would actually be a great affect if one of the party members died at any/some point. My thinking was the pyrohydra would do it. I thought that encounter was really well designed, with the low ceiling and hanging stalactites. And, the doorway to the second level was in fact totally secret and would only open if the correct yoga moves were done at the alter. As it is, the party pulled out a Quail's Feather Token Boat in order to cross the lava (I had no idea the still had that bit of loot from two years previous).

That whole floor played out very well.

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Say Luke;

I am looking now at floors 2 & 3 for my own nefarious purposes and have pause to wonder. What was the thinking involved for the little hatch at the bottom of 2-6? It is a neat little feature that I think encourages DMs to think a little outside of the comfort zone into the realm of 'hmm, what could I do with this?'

Was this to go somewhere but what cut on the editorial board by the additional word count?

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Losloris8 wrote:
Say Luke;...

I think it's cool that you're making use of these older modules. I have many of them myself, some of which I've never gotten a chance to run (but I'd still like to sometime, in some form...).

But you do realize that you're posting in threads that haven't been active for 5 years or more sometimes? Luke Johnson (according to his profile) hasn't logged on here since 2009... Sorry to say it, but it seems unlikely he's going to see that the question has been posed... :|

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—Here Be DCC Monsters—

VOORAK, L, Hunter, S10, A12, Sm10, P6, I13, L13, AC 10, HP 3, Spear +0 1d8, Init 0; R 0, F 0, W -1, Holy water, Pelt, 3 iron spikes, 1d ration, 4-leaf clover (Find secret doors) (+1), Com +1

SARKLA, C, Gatherer, S9, A14, Sm14, P15, I14, L8, AC 11, HP 4, Knife +0 1d4, Init 1, R 1, F 1, W 1, Chest, Basket of veggies, 2d ration, lg sack, waterskin, torch, Seventh son (Spell checks), Com +1

TARR, C, Hunter, S14, A11, Sm15, P13, I7, L7, AC 10, HP 3, Spear +1 1d8+1, Init 0, R 0, F 1, W 1, Holy water, Pelt, 4 torch, flint/steel, 1d ration, sm sack, Fox's cunning (traps), Com

TELVA, N, Herbalist, S13, A6, Sm9, P6, I12, L10, AC 9, HP 2, Club +1 1d4+1, Init -1, R -1, F 0, W -1, Chain 10', Herbs- 1 lb., 50' rope, 2d ration, torch, Speed of cobra (Init), Com


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:21 pm 
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You are totally right GB and, yah, noticed that mos of these posting have dust on them.

Two things; first, it amazed me to see how one module could produce totally different results. The best example was the sinister secret of saltmarsh where the outcomes and resulting affects on the campaign could not have been more radical. DCC are really well constructed and offer plenty of options and opportunity, at least to my way of thinking. I do not need the latest and greatest, just a good idea and some thought out mechanics. The hope is to find similar experiences.

Second, my campaign is now mostly done playing with DCC so i figured this must be the best place to find info on wherever we are going next. So, some of the posts egg me to respond, or the situation warrants, such as today's on 2-6. Have you used #19?

Rest assured , if time passes and no one feels like chatting it up then i will most certainly stop.

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I have to totally agree that the things are very well written, almost like you couldn't run them badly if you tried. They hold up to punishment really well.

Don't own a copy of the Volcano Caves, so I can't comment on it one way or another. :?

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—Here Be DCC Monsters—

VOORAK, L, Hunter, S10, A12, Sm10, P6, I13, L13, AC 10, HP 3, Spear +0 1d8, Init 0; R 0, F 0, W -1, Holy water, Pelt, 3 iron spikes, 1d ration, 4-leaf clover (Find secret doors) (+1), Com +1

SARKLA, C, Gatherer, S9, A14, Sm14, P15, I14, L8, AC 11, HP 4, Knife +0 1d4, Init 1, R 1, F 1, W 1, Chest, Basket of veggies, 2d ration, lg sack, waterskin, torch, Seventh son (Spell checks), Com +1

TARR, C, Hunter, S14, A11, Sm15, P13, I7, L7, AC 10, HP 3, Spear +1 1d8+1, Init 0, R 0, F 1, W 1, Holy water, Pelt, 4 torch, flint/steel, 1d ration, sm sack, Fox's cunning (traps), Com

TELVA, N, Herbalist, S13, A6, Sm9, P6, I12, L10, AC 9, HP 2, Club +1 1d4+1, Init -1, R -1, F 0, W -1, Chain 10', Herbs- 1 lb., 50' rope, 2d ration, torch, Speed of cobra (Init), Com


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 4:13 am 
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(Picking up from the Eye of the anight thread, with Khalil, Dorminder, Calori and Strombolini in pursuit of the EotN underneath the city of Blackhelm - so, starting at level 2 on the mines)

After descending thru Darius' pantry the party descended into the underdark and were quick to note how it was certainly hotter here. Down and about in a roughly hewn tunnel they came to a large passage and a side room; perhaps this is best described as a room of worship , for temple or such is too great a word. Therein was a fire beast offering his praise to Immolous. As battle started Khalil did not hesitate to whip out his Rod of Hiirward (found in Hiirwards school of magic (dungeon magazine) and now also containing a xorn (sunless garden) and a vapor demon (dunerian mines)). So laden with 28 of 36 max hd of elementals, Khalil opted to store the now heavy rod in his pack.

Further in Khalil entered a room with what was clearly a portal to some fiery domain, he having seen the room of portals in the chambers not far from NorthEnding (egg of the pheonix ). It was not clear why three salemandes were so intent on guarding this portal so he left that for Strombolini to address. S did by jumping into attack , blasting the lizards with lightning annd nailing the portal with an ice strom.

The next passage lead to a broad cavern, always lit by the occaisional torch , always going down. The darkness was disturbed by the kavetching of the mountain that actually burst with a bit of a volcanic eruption. A splattering of magma seared Ks arm as it flew past .

Onward , to a finely made doorway and passage fame, here lay a distinct border between finely crafted and savage hinterland. The lock was old and uniquely crafted but Khalil was deft and the experience of negotiating that lock forever improved his skill. This portal lead on to an odd large room that had only one passage off on the left which looked freshly crumbled in, a cloud of dust still hanging in the air.


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sorry for the delay. house chores and such get in the way..

I like thinking that our world, that where each of us play, is magical. It is really a chance to let aside the rules of reality, and just let magic rule the day.

Inroom 2-5 I decided to make the portal for the plane of fire always square with the viewer. That, as khalil moved around, his perspective was always square.

And so, we got the the ancient lock. The new room was totally alit with only a new buried passage off on the left. It all seemed strange . Dorminder noticed the floor seemed odd; a door was discovered in the floor. Once this was openned we were magically sucked in. Gravity still worked perfectly though we were now walking directly towards the center of the planet , at 90 degrees from where we had been. This was a well made passage that ultimately lead to a worship room that as populated by these blobs of flame. hmm. a dead end.

Back the way we came lead directly to the fire zombies . Back along the hallway with a touch of desparation, secret doors were found. Right and to the crypt , the moments where Calori went balistic, and ended the night bound, gagged, and at 3 hp; of Bezentaine providing information , context, Immolix the effreti , of allegiances pledged and accepted.

Down Calori, it was surprising to see khalil rush into the bath room and fall through the pit!

Through on the left the private apartment and then down the stairs. In the back of the big chamber that is your welcome to the third floor, thecway the pattern was described made me think of Corwin walking the pattern in Amber. As the module suggested three different elemntals i opted for there to be three individual lines, patterns on the floor. Instantly Bezentain was drawn in, magically induced to alk a pattern. He arrived at other end, said, oh now don 't i feel funny and promptly morphed into a


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