Saturday, January 14, 2012
Adventures in the Northern Wolderness, Magical Sting
The Adventures In the Northern Wilderness supplement added some great information on the Wolfen. This was not a race that I had any interest in for a long period of time until I saw this cover. I think of this cover to a great extent when I think of the game any more. The book also spends some time going over the environmental concerns in dealing with adventures in the north. I think that this should have been expanded on even more but then that leaves room for the GM to put their own stamp on it.
The book spends a some of its space dealing with the tribes and politics of the Wolfen Empire. I think that this is something that should have been expanded on even more than the weather. There is enough there to build a framework off of but other areas in the game world received a better treatment.
The real strength of this book is the six included adventures. Each of these are of varying length but each holds up well on their own and would provide the GM enough information to run as printed or serve as the start for something grander if they chose to work off of the adventure.
If there is an area that I think the book has a notable weakness in it would have to be some of the interior art. As great as the cover is some of the interior art leaves something to be desired. The work by Kevin Long is as always good but some of the other art is not up to what I would have expected from a professional book of this quality. It may have been an attempt to capture the rough nature of the area it is set in. I will leave it at that and hope that it is right.
I think all of the Palladium fantasy books are worth owning. Even if you never play the system the books are gold mines of maps and ideas. Many of the books seem to still be in print or were up to some point in the recent past. This is one of the last ones that went out of print and it crossed the editions of the game or was right at the end of the first edition. Still the books can be found fairly inexpensive online and I would suggest picking up any you can.
Front cover summary:
An adventure and source book for the Palladium RPG. Six stunning adventures!
Adventures in the Northern Wilderness is a 96-page sourcebook with six adventures: The Pirates of Dragon Claw, Journey to Darkwood, To Serve the Pixie Crown, Avaxa's Gate, The Forest of Broken Wings, and A Most Royal Conspiracy. The book contains rules for traveling during winter and many illustrations and maps.
Area of Effect: 6" Radius Sphere
Casting Time: 3 Segments
Saving Throw: Halves + Special
When this spell is cast the magic user causes those in the area of effect to suffer damage from the magic items in their possession. Those affected are entitled to a save but making the save could affect the magic items.
The victims of this spell will suffer 1d4 damage to to magical feedback from the magic items in their possession. Only higher types of magic items will cause any damage. Potions and Scrolls will be exempt but rings and wand up would still count. The spell can cause no more dice of damage than the caster has levels as well. So if the caster were 12th level and the victim had 20 magical items they would only suffer 12d4 of damage.
The victims of this spell are entitled to a saving throw. If the save is made they will only suffer half damage. If the save is made though the mitigated damage will affect the magic items that caused the damage. Each magic item will need to make a save at +4 or be destroyed by the magical feedback. Items such as Artifacts and Relics can not be destroyed in this manner. Instead the DM will need to come up with an new negative effect upon the owner of the item. This will persist for a number of game months equal to the owners level at the time of the change.
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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