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Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby mikemacdee » Sunday June 9th, 2013 7:42pm

Anyone wanting to provide feedback can get it here. I had it posted in another thread, but now it's a much bigger project than when I started it. I'm trying to make this adventure a high-stakes epic for seasoned heroes, with Men-at-Arms, undead, and Skaven (or greenskins if the players don't have Skaven) as the main adversaries. Heroes often go several quests in a row without resupplying at the shop, thus are forced to rely on whatever items they find.

Alkanis was once a powerful nation, but their most recent war plunged the land into two generations of famine and disease, leaving the easily-corrupted ration-holders as the de facto rulers of each city. In the capital city Cirius, our heroes attempt an expedition to the manse of the reclusive White Mage, whose powers may restore life to the land and save its people from the ration-holders...except the expedition is stopped by Sheriff Gallos, the most brutal ration-holder of them all. The heroes must escape the Sheriff and see the expedition through, or die trying.

I still lack reliable Skaven stats though.

UPDATE 6/10/2013
Been doing a playthrough with four fresh heroes, adjusting the adventure as I go. There's a lot of variety here now that I step back and look at it: the adventure ended up unintentionally divided into chapters every three or four quests (escape the law, Dawn of the Dead, mysterious wizard manor, etc) and each "chapter" could easily be played separately as its own smaller adventure.

So far there have been several close calls, one or two where I let a doomed hero survive the Quest just on the sheer merit of his/her moxie.
Example: Karnak the Magnificent is a pansy Wizard. At the end of the City Constabulary quest he had no spells, he had a single, solitary body point, and he was the last of the heroes to leave the dungeon. He was two spaces away from the exit door -- remember, with 1 body point and no spells -- when he got completely surrounded by 3 scouts and 2 halberdiers, with one scout (1 bp remaining also) blocking the exit door. I decided if Karnak survived all 5 attacks, then managed to kill or even hit the scout at the door, I'd award him with a narrow escape. And he did it.

And so far everyone has taken one or more turns being carried out of the dungeon like a sack of groceries.

Also, I thought of a way to balance the fact that I know where everything is while playtesting: when I get to an area with traps or secret doors, I have the hero roll a red die for each mind point. If he rolls a 6, he searches (as in, he takes the cautious approach). Later if a situation seems suspiciously familiar ("wait, last time this happened, I got electrocuted!") he does the smart thing on a 5 or 6.
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Re: WIP Campaign: Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby mikemacdee » Tuesday June 11th, 2013 7:59am

At the final "chapter" of the playthrough and I'm pretty excited about this project now. A couple of the quests are genuinely scary, including the manse of the White Mage.

First TPK occurred when the heroes were only one quest away from the manse itself, which was tragic. I let em survive anyway so I could continue testing...and lost a perfectly good Barbarian in the final stretch.

So far it looks like the adventure is best suited to a group of heroes who start with two equipment upgrades and maybe a potion or two.


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Re: Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby mikemacdee » Wednesday June 12th, 2013 2:16am

Playthrough is done. Everything tweaked and adjusted, and the download is updated. The climax was one hell of a brawl.

Again, anyone who reads/playtests and provides feedback and/or reliable Skaven stats will be super appreciated.


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Re: Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby Sjeng » Wednesday June 12th, 2013 4:36am

you could check my monster cards for some skaven. I've also made skaven spell cards for a white seer / warlock.

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Re: Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby mikemacdee » Wednesday June 12th, 2013 7:15pm

Were Giant Rats part of the original Skaven set? or just added by players later?

Thanks for calling attention to those. Part of the confusion comes from this thread. I don't see the White Seer's magic ability listed on your card, though, so I dunno if it changed with later expansions or what. At first I thought the ability was dumb, but after mulling over it for a bit it's actually kind of devious -- he's essentially stealing spells from the spellcasters, right?

EDIT: By the way I just now looked at this Questbook's page count. Forty-eight pages! That's about twenty more than my usual stuff!


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Re: Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby Sjeng » Thursday June 13th, 2013 7:02am

Well, I made my own skaven magic cards for use in the Sewers quests, so the White Seer is much like a chaos warlock, a monster with his own spells. If I wanted to give him the ability to steal a spell, I'd make a skaven magic spell card for that ability. I can always provide that card. I must have missed that ability in the marvel winter special :P

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Re: Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby Templar » Thursday August 29th, 2013 5:11pm

I have two questions regarding the dice game "Hydra"...

A) May I use it in a quest of my own please? :D
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B) It feels like the sigil "Dragon" should yeild a bigger payoff. All the other questing sigils follow the statistics of getting the combination (except knight, which is around half. I guess because you can't bet on other double shields?), yet the dragon is somewhat lower if I've not miscalculated, even considering that other double shields are off the table...It would be interesting to hear your reasoning on this?
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Re: Legacy of the White Mage [12 quests]

Postby Daedalus » Tuesday June 6th, 2017 5:43pm

A working download link can be found at [Quest Pack] [12 Quests] Legacy of the White Mage.
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