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Adventure - Suggestions

Post by Bangrim » Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:55 am

Hi,

i already asked on the mailing list a few weeks ago, but now i want to get some suggestions here!

I changed my mind twice: first i wanted to run my own written adventure, then i wanted to run Drakken Ruins and NOW i want to ru "The Puzzle Box"

Only Problem:
The Adventure has no real end and it will be open game (i'll lead the game on montly game event), it isn't possible to split the adventure.

About the ending:
The PCs manage to escape from the tomb (or prison) and thats it.
They know WHO put them in there, but not why.
They leave the tomb, but don't know where they are

My Idea:
When the PCs left they realize they're in a old forlorn castle. One of the mounts stolen from the party can be found here, when the PCs want to investigate the only 2 rooms left in the Castle ( A Tower and something like a Throne room) they'll find Aquilane (the one who tricked them) + Pharesian helper. He looks suprised when he sees the PCs, probably he didn't thought that the PCs will survive...
Aquilane will say something like "I see. You survived. What a pitty, you deserve to die". Still the PCs don't know why. Aquilane will continue "Ahh i forgot, you can't remember"
---Now heres the problem: Its my first time as Gamemaster and i don't know if i just can say.. "Roll on x, success -> You remember that you saw Aquilane a few times, but you always treated him nice. Once you met him in the eastern lands, when you...when you were hunted by a group of Kang. The Kang never came near to your group, something seemed to stop them...Did Aquilane pass their way?"
(The PCs didn't warn Aquilane, they were in rush. Aquilane met the Kang, got beaten, lost one eye, became a slave, managed to escape, wants revenge, he thinks the PCs used him as a distraction)
The other variant: Aquilane put a spell on the PCs. They remember this event, BUT its blocked somehow. Thats why they never tought about it earlier, when they realized that they were trapped by Aquilane.
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After they spoke to Aquilane a fight will occure, he wants his revenge.

What would you do? I think the magic option is better? Its hard for me, because of the adventure i need to dictate "background" and its only a "one shot" adventure. I'm really not sure...
Thinking hard about a good ending...if you have any s uggestions please tell me!!


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Post by Mulsiphix » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:20 pm

Bangrim wrote:---Now heres the problem: Its my first time as Gamemaster and i don't know if i just can say.. "Roll on x, success -> You remember that you saw Aquilane a few times, but you always treated him nice. Once you met him in the eastern lands, when you...when you were hunted by a group of Kang. The Kang never came near to your group, something seemed to stop them...Did Aquilane pass their way?"
Alright I haven't read the adventure so my response is based solely on what I have read here. I just want to make sure I have this right. What is quoted above is hard fact right?

Bangrim wrote:
  1. (The PCs didn't warn Aquilane, they were in rush. Aquilane met the Kang, got beaten, lost one eye, became a slave, managed to escape, wants revenge, he thinks the PCs used him as a distraction)
  2. The other variant: Aquilane put a spell on the PCs. They remember this event, BUT its blocked somehow. Thats why they never tought about it earlier, when they realized that they were trapped by Aquilane.
I personally prefer the first option. Then again that is just me. I would like to think that a group of starting PC's didn't even attempt to warn Aquilane, much less attempt to aid him (assuming the Kang party was small).
Bangrim wrote:Its hard for me, because of the adventure i need to dictate "background" and its only a "one shot" adventure. I'm really not sure...
Thinking hard about a good ending...if you have any s uggestions please tell me!!
What do you mean by "background" exactly? Are you referring to creating a proper flashback or series of flashback scenes or about creating the story for what really happened with Aquilane and the party in the Eastern Lands?

I'm sorry for all the questions Bangrim. I've never had the pleasure of playing Talislanta myself. I hope to be remedying that in the semi-near future *crosses fingers*
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Re: Adventure - Suggestions

Post by Bangrim » Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:33 am

Mulsiphix wrote:
Bangrim wrote:---Now heres the problem: Its my first time as Gamemaster and i don't know if i just can say.. "Roll on x, success -> You remember that you saw Aquilane a few times, but you always treated him nice. Once you met him in the eastern lands, when you...when you were hunted by a group of Kang. The Kang never came near to your group, something seemed to stop them...Did Aquilane pass their way?"
Alright I haven't read the adventure so my response is based solely on what I have read here. I just want to make sure I have this right. What is quoted above is hard fact right?

Bangrim wrote:
  1. (The PCs didn't warn Aquilane, they were in rush. Aquilane met the Kang, got beaten, lost one eye, became a slave, managed to escape, wants revenge, he thinks the PCs used him as a distraction)
  2. The other variant: Aquilane put a spell on the PCs. They remember this event, BUT its blocked somehow. Thats why they never tought about it earlier, when they realized that they were trapped by Aquilane.
I personally prefer the first option. Then again that is just me. I would like to think that a group of starting PC's didn't even attempt to warn Aquilane, much less attempt to aid him (assuming the Kang party was small).
Bangrim wrote:Its hard for me, because of the adventure i need to dictate "background" and its only a "one shot" adventure. I'm really not sure...
Thinking hard about a good ending...if you have any s uggestions please tell me!!
What do you mean by "background" exactly? Are you referring to creating a proper flashback or series of flashback scenes or about creating the story for what really happened with Aquilane and the party in the Eastern Lands?

I'm sorry for all the questions Bangrim. I've never had the pleasure of playing Talislanta myself. I hope to be remedying that in the semi-near future *crosses fingers*
The whole "Aquilane Thing" would be "background story", because it happened if the player want it or not. They didn't played the eastern land "adventure", they start a inn a few months after that adventure.

What i mean with background? I mean something like: What the PCs done in their past, events that made the PCs the way they are. Maybe a player wants his character to be a complete rookie, whos the first on a "adventure". When i tell them that they have been to the eastern lands a few months ago, the PCs can't make up their own story.

But i should keep in mind its only a one-shot. Probably i'll never play Talislanta in the same round again. I think i'll use the first option!

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Post by Mulsiphix » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:16 pm

Ahh I see! Sorry, bit of a neophyte in pen and paper gaming. Been involved heavily since mid 2007 but my actual game participation (i.e. experience) is embarrassingly low. Option 1, for the win! ^_^
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Post by Azaghal » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:03 am

As a one-shot b.character background may be less important than just the playing, if you want you could type up a more detailed backgound for the pc`s to read (sometimes done for tourney play) that might make it easier to figure as you write it up. I`m not a fan of one-shots personally.
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Post by Mulsiphix » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:08 am

Azaghal wrote:As a one-shot b.character background may be less important than just the playing, if you want you could type up a more detailed backgound for the pc`s to read (sometimes done for tourney play) that might make it easier to figure as you write it up. I`m not a fan of one-shots personally.
Nor I. I have serious short term commitment issues :P
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Post by Azaghal » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:12 am

Mulsiphix wrote:
Azaghal wrote:As a one-shot b.character background may be less important than just the playing, if you want you could type up a more detailed backgound for the pc`s to read (sometimes done for tourney play) that might make it easier to figure as you write it up. I`m not a fan of one-shots personally.
Nor I. I have serious short term commitment issues :P
:lol: That`s one thing you could call it Mulisiphix, I still think you and the Mrs. should join my game, 1 to 2 emails a day.....
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Post by Mulsiphix » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:56 am

Azaghal wrote:
Mulsiphix wrote:
Azaghal wrote:As a one-shot b.character background may be less important than just the playing, if you want you could type up a more detailed backgound for the pc`s to read (sometimes done for tourney play) that might make it easier to figure as you write it up. I`m not a fan of one-shots personally.
Nor I. I have serious short term commitment issues :P
I still think you and the Mrs. should join my game, 1 to 2 emails a day.....
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Re: Adventure - Suggestions

Post by Bangrim » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:16 am

Azaghal wrote:As a one-shot b.character background may be less important than just the playing, if you want you could type up a more detailed backgound for the pc`s to read (sometimes done for tourney play) that might make it easier to figure as you write it up. I`m not a fan of one-shots personally.
I think one-shots are a good way to get to know a system and we have a quiet large and active community in this area. (At least 2 rpg events per month ect.) But a lot of people don't even know Talislanta here (ok, a few but most of them never played it) I'll hope that some of them will really like the system, because i want to play Tal regulrarly...

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Post by Mulsiphix » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:42 pm

Bangrim wrote:I think one-shots are a good way to get to know a system and we have a quiet large and active community in this area. (At least 2 rpg events per month ect.) But a lot of people don't even know Talislanta here (ok, a few but most of them never played it) I'll hope that some of them will really like the system, because i want to play Tal regulrarly...
Please note my comment assumes your playing said one-shot with your regular gaming group. When it comes to giving a system a go or checking out something completely new, I think they are quite handy. Folks over on the FUDGE mailing list have ridiculous success with one-shots at just about any public gaming event.
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Post by Azaghal » Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:49 pm

To learn a system, or decide if you want to check it out oneshots work quite well. Sorry for that.
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Post by writermonk » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:50 pm

I've run a few Talislanta one-shots at conventions where there's a dedicated group of gamers and a 4 hour slot to play.

What I did was have a stable of pre-made characters (I've mentioned them in another thread) and an adventure that I can just drop them into. The last time I did this, the adventure was to sail out on a windship to where another windship had crashed, salvage what they could from the wreckage, look for any survivors, and get back home.

I actually had 2 separate games built from this.

One was straight-forward. Sail there, 1 encounter nearby with some wind and storm demons. Find the ship, fight off some bad guys (za, beastmen, or araq; depending on how the group seems to be reacting to Tal's strangeness), rescue what's left of the crew, get some salvage, head home. Usually ran from about 2.5 to 4 hours depending on the group and the number of people in the group.

The second was slightly different. It was re-written for a tiered convention event where a group of folks play in one half of an adventure (about 2-3 hours), and then a second group finishes the adventure (also about 2-3 hours). You might have a completely different second group, it might be mostly the same folks, etc.

The re-write was mostly the same. Fly out, encounter on the way, deal with crossing some borders. Of course, once they got to the wreckage, there were complications. The windship that had crashed was actually not a friendly one, but one from the Midnight Realms and the Tarteran crew were a bit nervous about captured while in this strange land.

The first adventure was fairly straight-forward and meant to get folks involved in the game system; the re-write was more to take folks familiar with the system and explore some of the cultures with a tiny bit more depth.
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Post by Yaztromo » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:29 am

I got this adventure just now, years after it was written, but I think it's brilliant! Congratulations!
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