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I have spent the day prepping for my upcoming next module int the Carrion Crown AP. We had a four month hiatus to play through Dragon's Demand and some other fun while I took a break from the GM seat.

I decided to add Carrion Hill in as an interlude before Wake of the Watcher. But also the party is also 7-8th level right now. (lower because there are 8 bodies in the party) so I needed to bump the CR for the module. After some searchin I came upon a thread at Paizo descibing some effort to do this. I like Rakshasa's version best, as he made use of the classes that have come out since the module was written (alchemist, oracle) and infused it with a lot more lovecraftian feel in the monsters. 

One thing I run into that has me a bit concerned is that the hall of pillars (A10) has an encounter with Hounds of Tindalos. and just beyond is the grotto where the ghouls are hanging out. I'm kind of torn how to handle that. If the main nasty ghoul with the book hears the commotion...he might just grab his meal to go and drag it out the way we came in - which could lead to some interesting stuff. Or he might bully the other ghouls into joining in the fight (in which case it could be more than the party can handle) but either event kind of strays a bit far from the set up. I might separate the rooms with some heavy doors? just to reduce the change of the ruckus causing notice. (I do rather like the idea of the party arriving to see the ghoul contentedly chewing on a human leg while idly reading a book...like a kid reading a box of cereal at breakfast)

At any rate...with the stuff from Rakshasa entered into Combat Manager, and as I formulate strategies for the keepers...this is one deadly damned module now. 
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***Spoilerific for Dragon's Demand***



Yesterday, We finished The Dragon's Demand. 
I will say that I think it is the best Module I've played in yet. I really enjoyed the plot and the hooks to side quests and the climactic boss fight. 

THis being my birthday weekend, I was hoping to kill a dragon for my birthday, but my son kill-stole the last single HP. jerk. 

There was one bummer moment when I let my stubbornness get in the way when my buddy GMing was clearly going a bit sideways on ruling. It was fine in the end but it was a "Stop. take a breath. its a game" moment. After thinking about it later, what was making me crabby was that it was a moment when the GM needed to make a clear decision on how an action would work... and then stick to it THis was an ongoing action that I was doing and each time there would be some other hindrance or change to bonuses or something. 

SO for my own GMing, I learned a clear lesson: Make a decision. Stick with it. even if it doesnt quite work. Save the adjustments and deep rules research for in between sessions. 
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Everyone does. thats why no heard feelings were kept
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  #SPOILERS  Dragon's Demand

Note the SPOILERS tag!

I posted this to my RPG circle, and I'm reposting here. Apologies to any folks occupying the middle of the venn diagram





blank space because I dont want to wreck the suprise. 






So I am playing a pair of PCs in Dragon's Demand. Last night we ran into the Mummy Monk. and it took some serious fudging on the GMs part for us to survive. We had 5 5th level PCs and he said that was what we should have been. 

Is it just me or does he seem a bit overpowered

My cleric of Torag got knocked from full health to exactly 0 in one flurry of blows. It was only by the judicious use of a hero point and good roleplay to sell the GM on the idea of my cleric Bestowing a Curse as he collapsed "By Torag's Hammer you will never do that again" that he permanently nixed the mummy from using flurry again. 

It could be that we are lacking pure spell power as our wizard elected to be an illusionist. And my dice went ice damned cold. my Slayer character only narrowly avoided several fumbles. 

But that mummy is a bitch. AC  well above 20, stratospheric CMD. hit bonus AT most PC's AC. plus damage reduction and high saves. 

It didnt help that I rolled low on the two most effectively damaging spells - the flame daily from a flamestrike longsword and searing light from the potion infused cleric. 

I love a challenge, but that was a bit ridiculous. 

ok gripe over
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heh. not with this crew... 


thats good advice but this is a rather....chaotic bunch of players
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Ive managed to find time to read through Carrion Hill. Dayum I like that adventure. I dig the concept of the Hill and the atmosphere and the bazillions of tasty tasty plot hooks
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Now...where in Wake of the Watcher would be a good place to drop a Beholder + henchmen? ponders Where indeed....
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Yep. this is kind of a nod to us older players in my group. My son and his buddy won't catch the same significance and my two peers who played 1st Ed/od&d like I did. 
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With my conclusion of The Dragons Demand as a player, I will return to the GMs chair to continue the Carrion Crown AP.  

I'm going to insert Carrion Hill as an interlude as suggested in Wake of the Watcher. for the big bad guys, I really like to find a mini that serves well to represent the boss fight and is always fun to bring to the table with a flourish. 

unfortunately "Spawn of/Son of Yog-Shothoth" is proving hard to find as an exact match. I did find one in the UK but I'd rather source close to home and not have to pay that kind of premium. I would also like to avoid substituting for a mini that will be used in Wake of the Watcher (dark young, etc) I know that by description here it is invisible and they can be of any shape...But I'm looking for idea that will have an impact on the players at the table. something appropriately "cthulhuesque"
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Well today we continue through The Dragon's Demand. when last we stopped we had just barely defeated the * in the *. Maybe we will meet this dragon today? 
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WHoever is running the pathfindersrd site needs to take a look at the ads they show up. this frayed knights ad is obscuring a shitload of text. 

adblock to the rescue
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sweet. I just checked and it seems fixed from my end as well. Thanks!
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wait...Wake of the Watcher allows for Carrion Hill to be used as a sidequest??? Why did I not know this?

(btw that is a splendid idea...providing plot hook ideas for tacking on other modules to a given adventure)
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Question for the moderators:
Is there a way for me to filter the "Promotions" out of my viewing of the general community feed?
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I was asking because I saw a couple that were...a "GM Call" kind of borderline case. and it made me wonder if there was much bleed and if it was taken into account
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