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1 hour ago, AlHazred said:

It's a good scenario, but difficult to implement prior to AD 531. I'm trying to figure out if it can be done with Uther.

Sure, it is written for the year 531. The kingdom is in peace, and that's why the "saxon" raiding is a mystery.

But, it could be adapted during Uther's reign. After all, the Saxons are active during this time. Maybe some knight from Levcomagus is behind the raiding? Or maybe some traitor from Salisbury, as in the original scenario? We can replace the attacking brigands with Saxons, trying to avenge their hanged friends.

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19 hours ago, AlHazred said:

Die schlafende Schöne (The Sleeping Beauty): From The Trodox - Ars Arcana, issue #37. As might be expected from the title, this is based on the story "Sleeping Beauty" from the Brothers Grimm, but there's a couple of twists. I have a few issues. I'll put them behind spoilers for people who haven't read it. Other than the quibbles I have below, I think this is a decent scenario, and works really well as a solo, perhaps for a knight who is still unwed after the rest of the party has started their families.

I totally agree with you.

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I think the vampire part could be instead some banshee, some undead sucking life, but please, not a vampire. For the curse, the damsel could say I was cursed by Queen Rhiannon, the one the Romans call Juno"I was cursed by the queen Rhiannon", and that's it. Otherwise a good adventure.

@Voord 99 Not really. It's really a sleeping beauty character, under a curse.

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Next one on the list:

Winterballade (Winter Ballad): From The Trodox - Ars Arcana, issue #40. This one is good. It's a winter scenario, so the GM is instructed to produce character sheets for regular people from one knight's manor -- a group of woodsmen. In the prelude to the scenario, all players play one of the woodsmen, who have an eerie encounter in the woods near the player knight's manor. When any survivors return to the manor, the scenario starts in earnest; it is recommend the player knight play his character while the other players play other NPCs from the manor or any surviving woodsmen.

The scenario concerns a mortal troubadour who became enamored of a fairy lady. He gave her his heart, and she did not return his love but also refused to return his heart. Now he haunts the winter (she's a winter fairy) as a kind of magical minstrel. The crux of the scenario deals with how the knight deals with this threat, as the troubadour could return every winter until he is decisively dealt with.

I like the idea of keeping this scenario for the session where you have one player show up and all the rest of the players bail out at the last minute, as an add-on to the previous session's Winter Phase. You could also modify the scenario to have it coincidentally take place at a point where one player knight is hosting the rest of the player knights at his manor, but the foes would probably need to be beefed up considerably.

I like this one a lot. Highly recommended.

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I was RPG Director for a local convention back in the day, and have a lot of acquaintances in the local gaming. So, I've got a line on the Spanish-language scenarios and have started translating those to add blurbs with the Googles.

I feel like, as an English-language gamer in the 80s and 90s, I missed out on a lot of good content from overseas.

Also, there are at least five or six scenarios with "White Deer" or "White Stag" in the title.

EDIT: I see I was mistaken. I had remembered there was an "Adventure of the White Stag" in The Great Book of Pendragon Treasures, a netbook that made the rounds online a while ago, but tracking that down I find that it's actually the exact same (translated) scenario as the one in Lider magazine. In fact, a few of the adventures in The Great Book of Pendragon Treasures are apparently copied from other sources: the two @ShannonA scenarios from Ye Book of Tentacles are in there, for example. Did not realize that was a collection of pirated material, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised at a Netbook for doing that.

Still:

  • “Adventure of the White Hart,” Beaumains #2 (1993) [EN]
  • “La Chasse au Blanc Cerf (The Hunt for the White Deer,)” Casus Belli HS #8 (June 1993) [FR]
  • “Les Cerfs Blancs (The White Deer,)” Tatou #16 (November 1993) [FR]
  • “Aventura del Ciervo blanco (The Adventure of the White Stag,)” Lider (2nd Epoch) #39 (January 1994) [ES]
  • “Adventure of the Hunt for the White Stag,” Tales of Chivalry & Romance (April 1999) [EN]
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D&D is an elf from Tolkien, a barbarian from Howard, and a mage from Vance fighting monsters from Lovecraft in a room that looks like it might have been designed by Wells and Giger. - TiaNadiezja

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thanks to @AlHazred, I learnt about the spanish side of the hobby. I manage to grab a few stories.

On 2/7/2022 at 5:58 PM, AlHazred said:

Aventura del Ciervo blanco (The Adventure of the White Stag,)” Lider (2nd Epoch) #39 (January 1994) [ES]

I read it. The figure of the white stag is not really exploited in the story.

The story itself is a nice little tale, with a touch of folklore. There is some riddles, and I love riddles.  However, the scenario itself is a bit short. The story is a solid 7/10 in my opinion. 

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Dosdediez #7 - La aventura de la doncella sitiada

The adventure of the bessieged damosel.

this scenario is a tribute to the story of Perceval in Chrétien de Troyes's story, especially the siege of Beaurepaire. It's always interesting to take an old tale, and make it a roleplaying scenario. Of course, if you know the original tale, it's a copy-paste.

8/10 if you don't know the original tale, 5/10 if you do (You have to change numerous details to make it works).

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Nivel 9 #12 - Do ut des

I didn't like it. It's more a synopsis than a scenario. The stakes are too high, and the obstacles too low. It was not easy to read either.

4/10.

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I don't like that young PK have to save Arthur in disguise before his coronation. It's a nice idea, I guess,but badly exploited.

 

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So far, of the foreign-language articles I've finally been able to read (thanks to friends with old-school collections and the wonders of Google Translate), there have been a few really outstanding scenarios. Everyone's table plays differently, so I'm not sure my ratings would help anybody, especially as I've not had a chance to run any of them yet. But of the magazine scenarios, I think the following are noteworthy:

  • "Premières Armes... (First Weapons)" from Casus Belli #74. Solid starter scenario. [French]
  • "La Dama Misteriosa (The Mysterious Lady)" from Nivel 9 #10. This one has a strong faerie element, and ties in to a major (but not crucial) character -- what a great way to have the PKs have a lasting campaign impact without totally derailing the GPC. [Spanish]
  • "Winterballade (Winter Ballad)" from Der Trodox Ars Arcana #40. A winter-time scenario perfect for when only one of your players can make it to a session. [German]
  • "The Adventure of the Reluctant Bride" from Ye Booke of Tentacles #2. A Shannon Appelcline scenario that I like because I can see it spun out any of a dozen ways, some of them wildly different from other similar scenarios. [English]
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On 3/28/2022 at 7:37 PM, AlHazred said:

"La Dama Misteriosa (The Mysterious Lady)" from Nivel 9 #10. This one has a strong faerie element, and ties in to a major (but not crucial) character -- what a great way to have the PKs have a lasting campaign impact without totally derailing the GPC.

I agree. It's a very nice adventure, with a nasty dilemna and many ways to solve the adventure. A solid 8/10.

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8 hours ago, Tizun Thane said:

Does someone know " The King Beneath the Hill", a pendragon adventure from white wolf magazine (#26)? It is good or not?

I have that at home. I'll give a mini-review once I have it in my hands.

EDIT: Okay, so first off, "This adventure is primarily designed for use with D&D/AD&D. It can also be adapted very easily for use with other roleplaying systems, and notes on Chivalry & Sorcery, Pendragon, Ars Magica, RuneQuest and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay are given at the end of the adventure." It's fairly "Arthurian-esque," even more so than "Le Goût des Cendres" from Casus Belli #103. It's not bad, but it requires work.

It takes place in the "Barony of Esca," where Lord Caradoc "has gradually carved a territory out of the wastes, but strange and unnatural prodigies still occur in Esca, albeit less frequently than in previous years. There are still adventures to be had..." This sounds like a good fit for the Forest Sauvage to me. There are several challenges which actually work better in Pendragon than D&D, although you have to do some editing. For example, there's a magic sword a character can claim; "The sword can only be taken by a true knight." In D&D and AD&D, there's some specifications how to determine that. For Pendragon, I'd make it a contest of Valorous rolls, to see who is "worthy." There are notes at the end for converting enemies to Pendragon stats.

I like it, but I feel like there is a missed opportunity I'd make use of. I'll put it in the spoiler.

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The main enemy is the "undead" King Marbonadius and his court of ghouls. The one who sends you on the mission is, as I said, Lord Caradoc who has "gradually carved a territory" here. In my game, I'd introduce Caradoc earlier and have a him give the PKs a few missions previous to this one; the missions should make it feel like the land itself supernaturally resists Caradoc's attempt to create a barony. It feels like there is an adventure in dealing with the cursed king and taking his crown back so that Lord Caradoc can finally claim true rulership of the lands, that would be cool to run for PKs during the Enchantment of Britain.

 

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D&D is an elf from Tolkien, a barbarian from Howard, and a mage from Vance fighting monsters from Lovecraft in a room that looks like it might have been designed by Wells and Giger. - TiaNadiezja

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9 hours ago, AlHazred said:

The sword can only be taken by a true knight." In D&D and AD&D, there's some specifications how to determine that. For Pendragon, I'd make it a contest of Valorous rolls, to see who is "worthy."

Maybe honor would be more accurate? Anyway, thank you. I will read it.

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2 hours ago, Tizun Thane said:

Maybe honor would be more accurate? Anyway, thank you. I will read it.

Or even require Chivalric Bonus and Honor 16+. In any case, I would threshold it rather than rely on the randomness of 1d20.

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So... I read the "king beneath the hill". It's a nice d&d aventure with a celtic touch. 

Is it a nice adventure for KAP? Probably somewhere ^^ I think you could change all the undeads by some faeries (or make the undead less D&D and more Pendragony), remove some magical items, place the hill/tumulus in some appropriate site. In the old boy king, all the "real word" tumulus in the Forest Sauvage are listed.

 

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You could appropriate one of the tumuli in the Forest Sauvage. My thinking on the undead is either "ghost kights" or faeries. I lean towards ghost knights, and using the whole thing as a metaphor for how Arthur is sweeping aside some traditions for something new, and the resistance against that. Although, going faeries gives the Hunt new meaning.

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Running: nothing | Playing: Battletech Hero, CoC 7th Edition, Blades in the Dark | Planning: D&D 5E Home Game, Operation: Sprechenhaltestelle, HeroQuest 1E Sartarite Campaign

D&D is an elf from Tolkien, a barbarian from Howard, and a mage from Vance fighting monsters from Lovecraft in a room that looks like it might have been designed by Wells and Giger. - TiaNadiezja

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