Monday, October 17, 2011
Hero's Journey: Castle Dunmere, Escape
Hero's Journey: Castle Dunmere is an example of what I just described. It is in no way a bad product it is just average in nature. There is nothing that makes the module stand out as great or even a great value. It fills a role simply as an adventure for characters level 5 to 7.
The module is set in the land of Myrra which is not unique in any real way. They have changed the names of the races but that is about it. The material presented for the adventure is done well enough but nothing that will make it stand out. The art is actually on the substandard side in my opinion and the cover price was $8.95 for a 32 page module which was average to high.
As for the scenario itself the premise is one that has been tried before and it in the end lack anything that is going to compel the players to undertake the mission except greed. Now greed in a roleplaying game, for lack of a better word, is good. It will usually work with most players. If it doesn't then the GM will need to put on their conductors cap and yell "All Aboard". The fare is standard ending in a four level crawl.
I really wish I could say better things but at least nothing has been truly negative. Since it was released in 2001 this was part of what became a flood of 3.x released product. The good news is that you had no lack of choices the bad new is that you had too many choices. If there was anything that can be said to have come from that it is perhaps the community that developed online to help others become aware of the chaff that was being sold. I normally don't do this but I would say you can pass on this unless you want to have the whole series of Hero's Journey or are using the world of Myrra for your own.
From the back of the module:
Secrets abound at the famous Dunmere Castle. The locals stay away from what they claim is a haunted estate.
Now the owner of the house, Count Carlisle himself, has gone missing. His disappearance is being blamed on an old legend surrounding the castle; that of Countess Carlisle's ghost haunting the old manor. Sightings of the Countess are on the rise and the town is terrified.
Is the legend about Castle Dunmere true? There's only one way to find out.
Enter Castle Dunmere!
A fantasy adventure for character levels 5-7.
Area of Effect: One Location
Casting Time: 3 Segments
Saving Throw: None
When this spell is cast the magic user causes a series of mystical footprints to appear. These will be visible only to the caster and their party. They will show the most direct path to a location that the caster will specify when the spell is cast.
The spell will allow the caster to declare one of three specific locations when the spell is cast. The first will be the closest uninhabited safe place. The second, if in a dungeon, will be the location of the nearest exit or entrance to the next level up or down. The third location will be the path to the exit from the current location regardless of where it might be in regards to distance or level.
The caster is actually calling upon an extra-planar being when the spell is cast. These creatures do not exist on the same plane as the caster but will have unerring knowledge of any location summoned to. It should be noted that they take the shortest path which may not always be the safest.
Casting this spell is not without its cost. The creatures summoned feed on spell or life essence. If the first option is selected the creatures will exact payment of one random spell from the mind of the caster. If the second option is selected then the creatures will pull a spell at random and take one quarter of the casters remaining hit points. The last option will result in no spell loss but they will take one half the caster remaining hit points.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
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