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Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
TSR/wotc/hasbro (pick your own name variant) provided a decent module pack for this year's gamesday. Vault of Tthe Dracolich. This was a 5e playtest. I normally avoid beingan unpaid/unrewarded playtester but - dracolich....

It wasa multi party dungeon that was supposed to culminate in a central climatic finish. They provided a nice book, area maps and a final encounter map but did not provide full scale maps for the entire dungeon. ( it was very large)

I used my few intial sets of df to replicate (as best I could) the central 6 room area of the dungeon.

This took all of my diagonals (and what few DoE diagonals i have) as well as some cavern corners but i was somewhat limited by the collection.

As the event was 1 month ago most people who wanted to have prob already played it.

There are some spoilers - judge yourself accordingly

This is the initial setup just after the party teleported into the startup room

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Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
How is 5e? Just curious. I was an early on watcher but lost interest when monte dropped out. I hear someone else just dropped out also. The other reason is that I am really enjoying pathfinder.

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#54817
Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
it is surprisingly good - very reminiscent of 2nd (with a bit of 3/3.5 mixed in. first levels are not very powerful, a basic orc is a challenging oponent. magic is not overwhelming, and while there currently appears to be some opportunities for power builders the "holes" are deminishing with each playtest build.

my only quibble is that the cantrips have no casting limits - you can use one of them to continually give an unconsious party member 1 HP - put 2 or three party member with that cantrip inthe party and the DM has big trouble putting the evil invaders down. so - 1 overpowered cantrip.

but thats a small problem.

The bigger problem is that 5e wil be entering into an extremly fractured RPG landscape. I am not sure that Hasbro has the ability to steer their ship through those shoals.
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#54818
Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
here is the startup photo

players were teleported into the summoning chamber

the map is extremely large for a 1 off adventure - there was room and adventuring areas for 4 parties

you could enter through
the main door
the caves
the underground river
or teleport into the middle of the dungeon (that's what I chose as I had the peices to build it in DF)
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Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
Attempt number 3


Huzzah!
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Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
Duplicate
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Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
The party dithered for a couple of rounds and was then welcomed by a trio of Rocs (type 1 demons)

The piazo iron golem is a roc proxy. They werre able to summon buddy rocs to join the fay.

The party had to eventually deal w 5 rocs in total.

eventually the cleric atempted to turn off the summoning cirle (and was successful)


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Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
Party then proceeded to trigger a few traps including one that released a group of wraiths.

The cleric and ranger were hurt a bit by the wraiths but "turn undead" saved the day!

The party then carefully looted the treasury and worked their way to the the dracolich's lair
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Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
Things look bad for our intrepid adventurers!

Only the ranger is still up!

Rushing into the cultist's area theparty is set upon by the hardworking cultists in the achemy room and the dungeon communications centre. Foolish adventurers!

The party eventually defeated the cultists at the cost of most of their healing. It all came down to a 15+ saving throw by the ranger, which he barely passed!

The party, battered but ever-courageous, was ready to enter the final set of rooms to challenge the dracolich's minions and thwart the evil plans of dracoroyaster! And perhaps face off against the dracolich itself!
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#54824
Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
I used up all my stok of 20 diagonals and most of two sets of ABS 1 in making the dungeon. I had very few floor tiles left aafter building this.

the Kickstarter would allow me to build the remainder of the dungeon including the dracolich's lair and I 'might' have enough caverns to build the caves portion but the underground river/lakes section will require a resock of the rivers & lakes kits.
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#54826
Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
Good Post Galahad,

That's the biggest problem with replicating existing modules... Seems there is never enough of one tile or the other.... Just have to get more sets.

I noticed someone evil had fire pits in those pictures..... (Insert Evil Laugh).

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Re:Vault of the Dracolich - D&D Rpg gamesday 2015 1 Year, 2 Months ago  
I was lucky enough to have just enough diagonals for the proje t - I could not have done another room without more. The kickstarter will solve some of that inventory problem. Replicating printed dungeons will always be a challenge - i look forward to a caverns KS.

The fire pit was used as a teleportation circle - if you entered you were sent to anotherpart of the dungeon. The players loved them. Need toget the new colours you have made.

I have been gathering dungeon dressing materials since I made this dungeon. Need more bookshelves & alchemist vats, etc.

I was pleased with what I had for a first dungeon but I know I can do better! You people are a great resource!
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