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Runelords (prev Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Fu-Man Chu » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:53 pm

[EDIT 2016 Mar 27: I've posted up a continuation of my Runelords campaign on my blog with more DF set ups I've used. The links to the various sessions are located here http://rpgandrew.blogspot.com/p/rise-of ... urnal.html]

Hey all, I'm running my group through Paizo's most excellent Rise of the Runelords adventure path (the new anniversary edition one), and I am looking forward to using the Woodlands set for the thistle tunnels.

I know that I won't be able to reproduce the map per se, but I wanted to convey the same feel, so I put together this rough approximation. I was trying to go for a more "random" meandering path feel with varying widths of passages; that's why some have walls back to back. I was looking for some suggestions before I run it on Friday.

The upside down tile is to represent the Howling Hole, and I didn't have enough tiles with me to finish putting the walls for Gogmurt's area, but will do that once I get to the venue (this is 3 sets shown, and I brought a few other sets there already.)

Thanks!
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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Fu-Man Chu » Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:29 pm

The Woodlands set turned out wonderfully for the use as the layout for the Thistle tunnels leading to Thistletop. The PC's were all understandably scared of squeezing into the mound of nestles, wherein dozens of goblins were hiding.

The group was able to successfully navigate their way through, although Gogmurt proved quite elusive with his special ability to walk through the thistle walls!



Stumbling upon the Birdcruncher tribe:



Fighting Gogmurt, as he casts Entangle!









Tangletooth slain...
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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Fu-Man Chu » Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:41 pm

Making the way across the rigged rope bridge, the heroes of Sandpoint arrive at the crumbling keep. There they dispatch the distracted guards, and Warchief Ripnugget's hosts.

(Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of my pieces to fully make out the keep, so I didn't build out the courtyard or outbuildings. So just the front portion, watch towers, and throne room.)

Entering the open front doors:



Peeking into the throne room reveals the Warchief astride a giant gecko holding court over his tribe.





Exploring the courtyard:

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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Fu-Man Chu » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:51 pm

On the lowest level of Thistletop, the heroes found Nualia - the woman who united the goblin tribes in their common purpose. After a harrowing battle with her, they defeated her, only to find the memories of her haunted life flooding into their souls. Saddened at the loss, they nevertheless pressed forward, and discovered that she was far from the only source of danger in these ancient ruins.

A wolf-demon of enormous power!



A room hidden behind an entire wall that revolved to reveal the sarcophagi of the architects! Guarded by their undead spirits!





And the treasury, partly flooded... unguarded, or so it seemed...





(An overview of the layout - note, I took some liberties with the official map.)

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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by thebigteacher » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:52 am

I'm so going to pilfer that water idea and pass it off as my own!

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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by biowizard » Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:41 am

As thebigteacher, I'm impressed with the way you made the partly flooded room. Is this a Plastruct piece? If so, which Cat# as I never could choose which one to order to mimic what IO was doing.

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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Arcarius2001 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:15 pm

The water effect is brilliant! I love that you have the treasure below it. I too will steal that idea.

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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Fu-Man Chu » Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:15 pm

Thanks for the kind words all! And yeah, that "underwater" picture turned out a lot better than I thought it would. That reflection made it look very good.

As for what I used, I just went and checked, and unfortunately don't have the packaging for it anymore.

I have it stored next to two sets of Plastruct 91802 and 91804, and it's smaller in size than those, as well as a somewhat darker blue. The "ripples" are "finer" than the 91804, but coarser than the 91802. Sorry I can't be more specific! I bought them several years ago, but didn't really have an opportunity to use them until this adventure recently.

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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Kronos » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:44 pm

The water effect is extremely cool, I really like it! Great idea, thank you for sharing! :)

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Re:Thistletop suggestions? [spoilers]

Post by Feymous » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:09 am

As so many others have commented, the water looks great! Brilliant idea. Wanted to thank you for sharing as I will undoubtedly be borrowing that idea.

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