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 Post subject: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:40 am 
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I created papercraft versions of all the encounters in Isle of the Sea Drake. Would you be interested in seeing them here? Is there a special formatting I should do to make them hidden as spoilers?

As a teaser, those who know this module should recognize this encounter:

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 Post subject: Re: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:20 pm 
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Sure, I'm interested (and I don't even have that adventure)


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 Post subject: Re: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:17 pm 
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More, please. :mrgreen:

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Han Dee, (Weaver) Neutral Thief, Str 10, Agi 13, Stm 11, Per 11, Int 15, Lck 14, AC 13 (Leather), HP 25, Luck Die d6, Backstab 3, Sneak Silently 10, Hide In Shadows 9, Pick Pocket 10, Climb Sheer 10, Pick Lock 9, Find Trap 9, Disable Trap 9, Forge Doc 10, Disguise 3, Read Lang 5, Handle Poison 3, Cast Scroll d14+2, birth augur (Born under the loom) +1 to all skill checks (including thief skills), Banepicks (auto pick lock/disable trap, but lose 1d3 random ability loss, if a 3 then 1 pt is perm)


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 Post subject: Encounter 1-1: On a Strange Shore
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:48 pm 
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The party: Cavalier, Mage, Druid, and Rogue - all from Essentials.
The situation: Having been recruited into the Foresite Irregulars by Charles Forsite, they'd previously proven they could work together when investigating the Crypt of Col Fen http://cardboard-warriors.proboards.com ... hread=3526 - they were then hired out by the Two Shores Trading House to investigate the sinking of merchant ships near the the island of Coyoli.

I role-played out the mapping investigation, with them making friends with the crew members and mercenaries on their ship (a scale model - sorry no pics from that...). When their ship got to the encounter area, almost everyone was looking toward shore, where all the wreckage was. This meant they were surprised when the Sea Drake broadsided them and rolled a crit against the hull! The ship immediately listed and tossed most of the crew and company into the drink. The mercenaries were all in heavy armor and sunk to their deaths. The second hit dropped the mast into the ocean, along with the dingy. The quick thinking party members righted the shore-craft and climbed inside, rescuing a nearby sailor. During this, several other crew members were swallowed hole by the sea drake.

As the small overloaded rowboat was madly paddled toward shore, the ship that brought them here sank beneath the waves, and the drake turned it's attention to them. Some clever role-playing by the mage (ghost sounds) combined with nature knowledge requested by the druid "Do I know the natural enmities of the Sea Drake?" let to them being able to shoo it away from them (or the creature was recalled...)

This image is just after this "Encounter 0" - as they are about to land upon the beach (and encounter A-1 is waiting for them):

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The one surviving sailor didn't fare well with the island welcoming committee - the party buried him, hid the rowboat off the beach, rested briefly before heading inland, following the tracks of a native woman they saw during their battle (not pictured here.)

Materials: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8ou8?Game ... ate-Island is the terrain map
The boulders are from Fat Dragon Games: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... fs-fdg0104
The stray tables and chairs are from Arid Hill's Props: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/50700/Pro ... n-Features
The wreckage (sinking crates, barrels, etc) are a Kitbash from WWG: http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... product=34
The boat is from Dave Graffam Games: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/85879/Pat ... aper-Model
The lone remaining sailor paper mini is by Drywtheharper's Imperfect Ship's Crew: cardboard-warriors.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=drywtheharper&thread=1965

Next up: Encounter 1-2 - Fallen Tree


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 Post subject: Encounter A-2: The Fallen Tree
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:31 pm 
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Heading inland tracking the mysterious native girl, the party happens upon a large fallen tree - and an unfortunate native killed by the fall...
While investigating they disturb a family of Flitting Drakes.

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Initially the smaller ones simply buzz the party, grabbing at their packs and weapons. The mage decides to have none of that and uses a fire spell to take most of them down as they go through the trees, setting the branches on fire. The parent-drakes become furious and fight to the death. The Paladin searches the dead native and is infected with the Shivers, which only gets worse as the run away from the small forest fire they started (which draws the attention of hostile natives.) The successfully hide and use the path of their pursuers to find their way toward [A-5] The Coyomi Village...

Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8oua?Game ... Mat-Forest
Log: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... es-fdg0117
Drakes: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/63546/Jab ... be-Dragons!
Victim: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8qrk?Path ... y-of-Ashes
Area Effect Template (Fire): http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... roduct=105
Paper Mini's stand: http://www.rolcogames.com/product.php?id=83

I used small dice boxes and http://paizo.com/products/btpy8fl2?Game ... ght-Stands for 3D flight stands.


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 Post subject: Enconter A-5: The Coyomi Village
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:03 pm 
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The Forsite Irregulars were able to back-track the native hostiles to a small village, and approached it quietly, after dark to observe. The saw several native women and children tending to a large burned-out hut - but no men (becuase of the darkness, they couldn't make out the zombies chained near the large hut on the far end of the ancient village.

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After some tentative parley (using only a hand-written translation guide, found at A-1) with the frightened women tending the hut, battle breaks out! A gnoll commander comes out of the far hut to see what's happening and barks commands to the Comiqui warriors resting in the other huts. Here's a battle shot:

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The (captive) women ran to the other hut, but zombie attacks and kill two of them. The Mage created a flame zone that dispatched a large number of the warriors, and the party was able to focus fire on the commander, taking him down pretty quickly. The zombie mop-up was painful, but successful.

Out of hiding came Snake Sister - what was left of the tribal leadership of this village - which had been captured by the Comiqui warriors from the other (larger) island. She was appreciative of their help dispatching this group, but now feared for her sisters safety - if only they could liberate their men, who were being held captive in a nearby cave (Encounter A-3) - After granting a few boons (including Healing the Paladin's Shivers, and Comprehend Languages and Tenser's Floating Disk rituals) she sends the party with a native guide (the woman from the beach - who is married to one of the captive men) first thing in the morning.

Top-down showing my village map:
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Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8oto?Game ... pMat-Basic
Village (Core): http://www.rpgnow.com/product/99038/Esk ... ial-Center
Large Huts (inc. Burned Out): http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fpm/archive <- FREE
More Huts: http://paizo.com/products/btpy864j?SeaW ... Skull-Cove
Fire Pits: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... es-fdg0117
Native Figures: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/96865/Nat ... ans-II-Set
Comiqui Warriors: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8qrk?Path ... y-of-Ashes


DM's Notes: I should have moved the burned out hut closer to the center of the map, and made the PCs come further away from the map edge - tactical battle at map's edge kinda sucks for the monsters.


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 Post subject: Encounter A-3: Male Pens
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:26 pm 
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After resting and being supplied by Snake-sister, the party was guided safely to a safe distance from the cave being used to hold the Coyomi men captive...

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Goblins were guarding the men, and leading one of them to the large waste-trench outside the mouth of the cave...

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While the guards are divided and distracted, the thief sneaks through the trees while the paladin charges up the center (she has an excellent first-turn charge feat...) the druid's companion follows closely behind while the spell casters take up position in behind the treeline... All would have been fine, if there weren't goblin snipers in the trees!

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As long as they were able to use missile attacks, the goblins were able to do some damage, but quickly the tide turned against them - and one escaped into the heavy brush. The party was so swift, the contingency plan to kill the captives only took one casualty...

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After returning to the village with the men, Snake-sister and Jaguar-brother described the history of the island, how pirates had come to the island and had secreted their "great catamaran" somewhere on the larger island. A hand-full of quests were given to the party.

She also indicated that the rowboat they'd hidden had been discovered and burned up. The only ways to the other island were via a low-tide land bridge and catamaran, and all of those had been seized by the pirates and their new allies the Comiqui. Except one that they keep guarded in another cave [Encounter A4] - Jaguar brother agrees to lead them to the area.

A final look at the build from the DM's side...
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Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8oua?Game ... Mat-Forest [reuse]
2.5d Trees: http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... product=41
More 3D Trees (branchy pines & sniper tree): http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ns-fdg0056
Caves: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8607?CaveWorks

The Goblin sniper figures were new and from Paizo's new http://paizo.com/products/btpy8mq6?Path ... s-Monsters
A lot of these "lead" mini's are almost 40 years old - the yellow goblins, the human captives, etc. That's un-thinned Testor's enamel paint, unmixed on non-primed figures. I was a kid, and in a hurry. :-)


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 Post subject: Encounter A-4: The Hidden Catamaran
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:54 pm 
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Jaguar-son leads the party to the cave where the Catamaran is hidden...

[Pre-Session Build Photo]
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But the cave mouth his hidden under brush (see next photo) - The party sends the druid's wolf-comanion to sniff around in the brush in an attempt to flush out the guardians inside. It eventually works, and the paladin leaps into the fray while the party snipes from the entrance.

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They eventually force Inknose, the goblin wizard, to surrender the catamaran and they let him go, to taunt their new arch-enemy, his captain - Ulars Bhet! Tethering the boat to themselves, they guide it down the small stream/river until they can ride it to the ocean. They say goodby to Jaguar-son and head accross to the other island, near the tidal shallows in order to avoid the Sea Drake.

They make for a small stretch of beach that seems to have some kind of marker on it... (Encounter C-1)

Here's a top-down build photo:
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Map: The "Crossroads" map https://plus.google.com/photos/10472844 ... banner=pwa from the D&D Red Box http://www.wizards.com/dnd/redbox.aspx
Cave walls: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... os-fdg0068 (I like this better than the WWG cave walls I built for the A-3 encounter)
Catamaran: http://paizo.com/products/btpy864j?SeaW ... Skull-Cove
Trees: http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... product=41
Rocks: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... fs-fdg0104
Winch: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8648?Mayhem-Marina (re-skinned with wood texture from the docks within)

You'll also see crates of different sizes throughout my builds. Those come from everywhere - there are often white space filler in kits from Dave Graffam Models, Fat Dragon Games, and there are even free ones - http://www.stones-edges.com/freesamples

Notes: I really liked how adding 3D terrain mixed with the full-detail maps looks. This is a pattern I use going forward whenever possible.


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 Post subject: Re: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:56 pm 
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So - before I continue the adventure on the other island, I'd like to pause for feedback.

What do you like about these posts? What don't you like or think is missing?

It does take some work, so should I keep posting the sources of my materials? I'm happy to do it, but only if it provides value.

Should I increase the details of the encounters?

Oh yeah - do you like the photos? What do you think about 3D play builds?


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 Post subject: Re: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:36 pm 
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Speaking for myself, I really enjoy seeing these -- reminds me of the model building I did for WMP some years back, except mine were not in color with textures and all that!

I don't know that you need to break down the adventure, beat by beat. Picking out some highlights should make for enough eye-candy. :D

And, yeah, who ever heard of priming a miniature, back in the day?

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General Yoros, Warrior, Str 13, Agl 8 (10), Stm 17, Per 13, Int 11, Lck 8; Law, HP 39, AC 17, R+2, F+4, W+2, band/shld, warhammer, longsword, longbow, pitchfork

Han Dee, (Weaver) Neutral Thief, Str 10, Agi 13, Stm 11, Per 11, Int 15, Lck 14, AC 13 (Leather), HP 25, Luck Die d6, Backstab 3, Sneak Silently 10, Hide In Shadows 9, Pick Pocket 10, Climb Sheer 10, Pick Lock 9, Find Trap 9, Disable Trap 9, Forge Doc 10, Disguise 3, Read Lang 5, Handle Poison 3, Cast Scroll d14+2, birth augur (Born under the loom) +1 to all skill checks (including thief skills), Banepicks (auto pick lock/disable trap, but lose 1d3 random ability loss, if a 3 then 1 pt is perm)


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 Post subject: Encounter C-1: The Skull Totem
PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:09 am 
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The Irregulars hugged the coastline and landed at the beach closest to the Skull Totem, even though they could see a tower in the distance, they didn't do much to hide their landing. The examined the Skull Totem on the beach - clearly meant as some kind of warning.

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They dragged their catamaran off the beach and hid when they heard the cry of some great bird, that came swooping down the beach from the direction of the tower.

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A sacrifice of the Druid's wolf companion was sufficient to satisfy the Griffin's command to investigate what was on the beach. The party then stayed under cover in in an attempt to approach the tower [encounter C-2] without being detected before they could investigate further.

Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8ou8?Game ... ate-Island
Totem: The texture is from P16 of The Island of the Sea Drake module applied one of the pyramids in http://genetmodels.com/shop.php#ecwid:c ... t=12368548
Dragon Skull: http://www.etsy.com/listing/96979884/dr ... e-3d-print
Flight Stand: http://ghostofman.com/Models/Flight_Stand.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:05 am 
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I like the pics, but couldn't care less about 4E. The paper stuff is cool to me but I think legos have broader usefulness.

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Str 10 Agi 15 (+1) Sta 11 Per 11 Int 17 (+2) Luc 10 (Unholy House). Align: C. AC: 14. HP: 13. Melee +1, Ranged +2. Crit: d8, I. Save: Ref +5, Fort +3, Will +4.
Spells: 1: Choking Cloud, Comprehend Languages, Detect Magic (odd crystal growths), Magic Missile (mirror images), Runic Alphabet (Mortal) (ravenously hungry), Ventriloquism (rain of frogs)
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 Post subject: Re: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:29 pm 
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beermotor wrote:
I like the pics, but couldn't care less about 4E. The paper stuff is cool to me but I think legos have broader usefulness.


I think the photos apply to any ruleset (except probably the aoe templates... and maybe scale)

Have you posted any photos of your lego use in play? I'd love to see those.


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 Post subject: Encounter C-2: The Watch Tower
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The Irregulars decided that being spotted by the tower on the hill was probably a bad thing, so attempted to sneak up to neutralize the threat.

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The guardian was ready for them - but had sent his Griffons out on patrol, initially only one was present to engage for the first round, but it's swooping attacks were very effective...

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The paladin decided to charge the tower, and, after blowing the horn to draw reinforcements, the watchman was waiting for her, ready to push her off the ladder...

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But she was made of sterner stuff and held her ground on the tower top - melee ensued both at the top of the tower and on the ground. Griffons, and Coyomi hunters were causing significant damage to the party (even knocking the rogue unconscious) while the struggle on the top of the tower was making it very unstable. Eventually the paladin grabbed the watchman, and heaved him over the edge, to his death!

Seeing their captor dead, the griffons flew off in the direction of the highest peaks on the island. They collected the watchman's horn [quest-item] for later return to Snake Sister.

Build Pic:
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Map (play): http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx ... /244650000 and http://paizo.com/products/btpy8oua?Game ... Mat-Forest
Map (build): http://genetmodels.com/shop.php#ecwid:c ... t=12368548
Tower: [ Scaled up to 8" tall ] http://paizo.com/products/btpy864j?SeaW ... Skull-Cove
Cages: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... -4-fdg0093 - I'm glad I have a robocutter. If you'd like the cutfiles for these, let me know. :-)
Flight Stand: http://ghostofman.com/Models/Flight_Stand.pdf


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 Post subject: Encounter C5: Flickering Tower
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:01 pm 
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[UPDATED: Found some combat photos!]

They camped inland and on higher ground for the night. During the night the party was visited by an old man with grey hair, surrounded by 7 canaries. No one except the paladin could see him. He signaled that she should follow him, but she refused. He started saying her name, first quietly, then more loudly and she started shaking uncontrollably. Then she woke up to the rogue, who was trying to wake her by shouting her name and shaking her. "It was a dream!" - it was still night - she stood up an walked to the edge of camp to look in the direction indicated by the spirit of Bahamut, her patron deity. In the distance she saw a dim flickering flame near where they'd spied swampland earlier. "We go there at first light - there is something there for me."

As they approached the swamp, they could see a ruined tower in the soft, gooey center of the valley between two hills, with runnoff keeping the soil completely over-saturated... [Build photo]
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Indeed, there was a flaming sword flickering at the center of the ruined tower (effect provided by a battery-powered flicker candle)...

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While slogging through the swamp, the party was attacked by a hidden Vine Lord who did a very good job of immobilizing them with his tentacles while the clay guardians in the tower attacked at range with psychic powers. Using fire and range spells, the party drove off the vine lord (without killing him) and destroying the guardians. [The earthy area-markers are for quicksilt traps]

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The paladin claimed her prize, and the party camped on the ruined second floor of the tower so they could avoid being surprised by the Vine Lord's possible return.

Swamp map, and pillars: http://www.lordzsezseworks.com/46.html
Ruined Tower: http://www.lordzsezseworks.com/31.html
Flickering Flame: http://www.100candles.com/i/8288/Acolyt ... dle-On-Off
Area Effect Markers: http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... roduct=105


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 Post subject: Encounters C-4: The Thirsty Grandmother and B-3: The Coral R
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[There are no battle photos of these encounters]

From the ruined tower the Irregulars could see far to the north the old-city in the basin of the mountain range in the north, and could just make out the legendary ziggurat mentioned by Snake Sister. But rather than head directly there on foot, they returned to the coast and took the catamaran to complete the other side-quests she gave them. First to investigate The Thirsty Grandmother - Amiquitli - marooned on an island devoid of life for horrific crimes:

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As they came onto the island they spotted and carefully approached an abandoned hut [build pic]:

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They were accosted by a ghost of an old woman who beckoned them take her bones back to the main island for proper burial to be with her ancestors. When the party disturbed the rock-pile under the hut, the true demonic form of Amiquitli jumped out and attacked. It was a lopsided battle, with the party unloading their dailies in short order. Now she was truly dead.

Hugging the coastline, the party next went to recover the sunken items from wrecked ships at the coral reef. The giant rays and giant crocodile made their treasure recovery tricky (the hafling druid almost got swallowed hole). The booty included one of the items they needed to get off the island: navigational charts. Now they just needed a ship and a crew.

Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8ou8?Game ... ate-Island
Hut: http://papermau.blogspot.com/2012/02/si ... le-by.html (kitbash by me: http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/foun ... post274957 )
Catamaran: http://paizo.com/products/btpy864j?SeaW ... Skull-Cove


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 Post subject: Encounter C-6: Corpse Plantation
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After beaching their catamaran, hopefully for the last time, they had one last task to complete for Snake-Sister before climbing into the hills to find Ulars Bhet and his murderous slaver crew - they had to try to find out what happened to Owl-Brother's attempt to purge the land of it's undead influence. He'd last headed to the farms downhill from the old city.

The crops were being watered from a central irrigation system - apparently a local spring provided the pumping action, and gravity channeled the water to each field.

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The fields had strange containers dotting their rows - boxes, crates, and bags which turned out to be covering the heads zombies (each orifice filled with a black powder) that were being nurtured as Comiqui slaves. The party was attacked relentlessly by the undead under the control of their master...

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Every time a zombie fell, it was replaced by another from one of the fields. This meant there was no cover for the wizard, and he quickly knocked out. Fortunately, before they were totally overwhelmed, they managed to slay the overseer and seized his mask, immobilizing all the undead. The Paladin kept the mask, lest it be used for more evil. They recovered a foul smelling liquid on one of the zombies that was carrying Owl-brother's other objects. They poured it into the cistern which diluted it and pumped it to all the fields, destroying all the zombies-sprouts and purifying the soil.

Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8oto?Game ... pMat-Basic
Crops: http://www.davesgames.net/catalog-cropl ... -tiles.htm
Dais: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/60920/The-Lost-City
Well: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/50700/Pro ... n-Features (one of my favorite sets, with awesome staircases and furniture...)
Crates: (Assorted vendors)


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 Post subject: Encounter C-7: The Dead City (Part 1)
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:10 pm 
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[The next encounters took place over a very large map of the ruined city - so I'm breaking it into several posts...]

Climbing toward the Ziggurat on the mountain-top takes the Foresite Irregulars directly through The Dead City. Little did they know how devastated the city was...

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Ruined buildings everywhere with devastated civilians are barely surviving and hiding under whatever cover they can find. Before they can get very far into the city, they are attacked by skelton hounds and a fire-thowing ape.

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Though the ruined buildings provided some cover for our heroes, the enhanced maneuverability of their foes proved quite a challenge.

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Though ultimately successful, they considered a short rest, when they heard strange noises coming from the far end of the city. It looked like resting would not be possible without granting reinforcements for their enemy - so they ran toward the fountain at the base of the mountain cliffs and the gate marking the edge of town.

Map: http://davesgames.net/catalog-cobblesto ... ts-map.htm (printed on one 42"x60" sheet)
Tiles: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx ... /214430000 http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ns-fdg0116
Buildings: http://davesgames.net/catalog-slot-fit-ruins-bundle.htm http://davesgames.net/catalog-ruined-longhouse.htm http://www.lordzsezseworks.com/46.html http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ns-fdg0116
Props: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/50700/Pro ... n-Features (staircases) and various FDG and Dave Graffam buildings (fireplaces...)


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 Post subject: Encounter C-7: The Dead City (Part 2)
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:45 pm 
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As our heroes approached the high-end of the ruined city, they came to a square featuring a corrupted fountain, with a witch-doctor scraping black powder off a huge crystal growing out it's center. The water was vile and thick, and the entire square was littered with corpses in various states of decay - some of them recognizable as Comiqui and pirates that they'd previously defeated.

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Beyond the fetid fountain and the square was a great gate, over a path leading up to the temple on the mountain
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Battle featured witch-doctor alternating between ressurecting the dead around him with pressing panels on the fountain's side to activate various spewing traps, mostly keeping the party at a distance...
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Even then, the wolf-companion and wizard were able to effectively limit their enemies options, and defeat him.

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Still no sign of the pirate slavers or a any sort of crew. Next - the the long climb.

[Fountain Build Pic]
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Gate (Torii): http://www.mmiparchive.papermakeit.com/ ... ii.pdf.zip FREE
Crystals: http://www.ghostofman.com/Models/Crystal.pdf FREE (recolored)
Fountain: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... re-fdg0087 (kitbashed with sewer texture from http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... -1-fdg0071 )
Additional Tiles: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx ... 0786950195
[And all the stuff from the previous post:]
Map: http://davesgames.net/catalog-cobblesto ... ts-map.htm (printed on one 42"x60" sheet)
Tiles: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Product.aspx ... /214430000 http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ns-fdg0116
Buildings: http://davesgames.net/catalog-slot-fit-ruins-bundle.htm http://davesgames.net/catalog-ruined-longhouse.htm http://www.lordzsezseworks.com/46.html http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ns-fdg0116
Props: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/50700/Pro ... n-Features (staircases) and various FDG and Dave Graffam buildings (fireplaces...)


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 Post subject: Encounter C-8: Archway Path & D-13: Hopelessly Lost!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:42 am 
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Passing through the gate at the end of the city, the Irregulars began the long climb up the cliff sides toward the ruined temple on the peak - this would increase their altitude by hundreds of feet, and lead from cliff-side to cliff-side across rickety bridges:

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Along the way, they were surprised to set off a hastily set rolling bolder trap (see the boulders?):

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After seeing it miss its target, the party could hear Dwarvish curses "Die already, you scum sucking pirates!" in the fog ahead on another cliffside. They carefully approached the trap setter, suspecting he might be an ally - a good guess as it was the famished and weak (though still assertive) navigator of The Even Keel (who's charts the party already recovered) whom they quickly befriended. The navigator tells them that the slavers already have the rest of the crew imprisoned somewhere ahead, and he wants to help rescue them..

Cliffs: http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... roduct=209
Map: Some internet photo of Bermuda
Boulders: Irregular lava beads


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 Post subject: Encounter 1-1: Temple Summit and 1-2: The Castaways
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:51 pm 
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Our heroes +1 finally reach the temple summit to find it apparently abandoned, except for a lone campfire burning up the path between great stone statues.
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There are more giant chunks of onyx crystal growing everywhere, especially from the center of the (now) ruined tample.
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As they approach the temple, arrows fly passed their heads! An ambush! Goblins fire from the upper floors of the temple ruins and hobgoblins charge from hiding places inside. Lastly, an invisible imp appears whenever and wherever it can cause the most damage. Fortunately, the dwarf navigator happens to be a crack-shot with the crossbow.

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When the goblins are all eliminated, the party discovers a secret latch that releases a bridge over to another peak [no pics, but re-used one of the models from the previous encounter] - where 10 members of the Even Keel! The navigator agrees to stay with his crew mates, tend to their wounds, and hide them in the forest until it's time to leave. The Irregulars eventually discover a hidden shaft down into the mountain, which they agree to take after spending the night on the roof of the temple. [I put a bunch of meta-plot in here about the Onyx Crystals, and the catastrophe that caused all this damage - omitted here for brevity.]

Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8oto?Game ... pMat-Basic
Ziggurat Base: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/60920/The-Lost-City
Ziggurat Walls: http://www.davesgames.net/catalog-ruined-plaza-set.htm [Fold-flat variant: http://cardboard-warriors.proboards.com ... hread=3737 ]
Pillars and Rear Outbuilding: http://www.lordzsezseworks.com/46.html
Ruined Outbuildings: http://davesgames.net/catalog-ruined-longhouse.htm
Crystals: http://www.ghostofman.com/Models/Crystal.pdf FREE (recolored)


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 Post subject: Encounters 1-3 thru 1-5: Bhet's Lair
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:29 am 
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It was a very long climb down into the hidden natural basement, originally used for storage or some kind of rituals. Even so, there was evidence of the Onyx catastrophe even down here (not pictured.)
Entering the Antechamber they encountered two Mud Golems (replacing the module's Baboons - because I had two golem figures...)

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Soon after the fighting started, the Pirate Wizard Ulars Bhet entered through the double doors and did in some nasty ranged magic damage. The party quickly unleashed their dailies, almost bloodying him in two rounds, despite taking quite a bit of punishment themselves. There was a loud crash from behind the door, and water started seeping beneath and under his feet, so he spat something about "cursed devil!" and went back through the door, locking it. This caused the PCs to curse too! By the time they finally defeated the golems and broke through the door, the wizard had vanished!

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In his bed chamber they discovered a strange broken class structure - a man-sized water tank that had been knocked over and spilled it's contents everywhere - but the wizard and whatever was in the tank were gone. There were notes on Bhet's desk describing a coral crown that controlled the sea drake, and described a humanoid sea-creature as being the current wearer - and how he was having problems controlling him. Eventually, by tracking the water trail, they found a secret door out of the room...

[This build was mostly Fat Dragon Games stuff... I like their dungeon building stuff...]
Floor tiles: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... -4-fdg0093
Walls: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... os-fdg0068 and http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... on-fdg0059
Broken Tank: Column kitbash, printed on slide transparency, from http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ns-fdg0116
Table and Doorway: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/50700/Pro ... n-Features
Bedrolls: http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... product=53
Firepit: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... es-fdg0117
Braziers: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ds-fdg0048
Desk: http://www.lordzsezseworks.com/52.html


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 Post subject: Re: Isle of the Sea Drake 3D play photos...
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:44 pm 
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Through the secret door, following the water trail lead to dead-ended round room ringed with water-lizard statues and a clockwork structure in the center with it's two hands pointing at 12:00. There was no sign of any secret doors. [I substituted a puzzle for the simple leaver in the module, something that worked out wonderfully.] The party spent some time experimenting to discover that the room rotated.

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Eventually they figured out to move each hand in opposite directions to 6:30 in order to get the room aligned with the opposite exit. This lead to a long descending natural corridor, clearly worn out by centuries of water flow....

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After several rotations, and dropping hundreds of feet, they run into none-other than Ulars Bhet, obviously bloodied and running upward, away from some clearly deadly threat. As he arrived a loud ROAR ripps through the cavern. "If you want to ever get off this island, you'll get down there and kill stop that devil - he's commanding the Sea Drake to destroy my ship!". After acquiescing to the parties demand to disarm, they let him go (thus gaining their first recurring nemesis) and rush down to their final encounter!

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Tiles: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... -1-fdg0066
Walls: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... on-fdg0059
Braziers: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ds-fdg0048


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 Post subject: Encounter C-3 and 2-3: The Pool of Life and The Grotto
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:21 pm 
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[Note: Encounter C-3 The Pool of Life in deep in the woods and didn't really make any sense to me - a healing pool without any nearby encounters doesn't mean much in 4e with extended rests, so I moved it to a fountain adjacent to The Grotto, near where the sea devil was hiding controlling the drake... I also bumped it's power just a bit...]

Running down to the base of the mountain, heading directly for the amplfiying roars, they see a natural cave containing a fountain surrounded by several statues.
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This chamber opened into a large cave-grotto - where a large ship was docked an under attack by the Sea Drake.
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(Here's the grand table view of the action when it all starts...)
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The party hasn't been noticed by the pirates who are focused on attacking the monster with bows and ballista. They don't see the sea drakes controller anywhere and assume he's in the water somewhere. So the investigate the fountain -and find that drinking from it restores two healing surges as well as restores an encounter power! They would use this during the coming battle as well.
The paladin examines the statutes (as she did back in the round room) and notices that one of them doesn't have any dust on it. The party looks closely, and this lizard-like creature statue is wearing a crown, apparently modeled after the coral one that controls the Sea Drake. They quickly conclude that this must be the stone-form of their quarry and attack, doing no damage. Since 3 party members were close, the statue chooses to come alive and execute it's close-burst attack! The battle is joined, and draws the attention of some of the pirates as well!

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The sea drake, continues to take chunks out of The Raptor while battle continues.
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Eventually, the controller is vanquished and a few moments later, freed from the crown's influence the sea drake gives up the attack..
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The irregulars then take the fight to the docks - "Get those slaver scum!". There was much combat and intimidation. All of Bhet's crew were either killed, or jumped into the water and swam out of the grotto!

After securing the ship, The crew of the Even Keel arrived at the grotto, and everyone was able to sail home (after a brief trip back to visit with the Coyomi, and visiting one last time with Snake-Sister.)

Mission complete.

Map: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8otu?Game ... ont-Tavern (back is all water) + black construction paper
Sea Drake: YES - you know what that is! http://www.pokemonpapercraft.net/2011/04/gyarados.html (I built it with a positionable/removable head - see last photo below...) FREE
Pirates: http://cardboard-warriors.proboards.com ... 965&page=1 FREE
Walls: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... os-fdg0068
Docks: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8648?Mayhem-Marina
Ship: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... on-fdg0111 with a custom sail (not pictured) http://fatdragongames.proboards.com/ind ... ge=1#21377
The wreckage (sinking crates, barrels, etc): http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/in ... product=34
Other crates and barrels: Mixed sources including http://davesgames.net/catalog-wooden-casks.htm and http://davesgames.net/catalog-smugglers-rowboat.htm
Fountain: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/60920/The-Lost-City
Braziers: http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ ... ds-fdg0048

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 Post subject: Re: Encounter C-3 and 2-3: The Pool of Life and The Grotto
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:26 pm 
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oldschooldm wrote:
... Mission complete ...


I hope you all liked the photo-blog postings of my 3D version of The Isle of the Sea Drake. I enjoyed running it immensely. Please feel free to share what you think about these postings as of this weekend, I start running The Sellswords of Punjar and want to know if a liveblog of their passage through my 3D version of this module is of interest to those here...

Please share your thoughts.


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