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ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

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ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby gootchute » Thursday December 5th, 2013 9:35pm

Hi everyone.

I have concocted a way to use HeroQuest modular tiles to replay old quests with random layouts. It utilizes nothing other than a short set of rules and a regular deck of playing cards. I call it ShuffleQuest.

Would anyone be interested in hosting the file, or should I just put it in my dropbox?

EDIT The rules: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x3xsql20w81xvlv/ShuffleQuest.pdf

I took the time to play-test this concept with the first (USA) quest. Enjoy the story...

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Our four heroes hesitantly enter the catacombs of Fellmarg's tomb, their quest: to eradicate the lurking threat of Verag, a recently awoken gargoyle who has taken up residence in the ancient acropolis. The corners of the room are thick with grave dust, but the path to the only door is well-worn. Something has been stirring in this darkness...


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Beyond the door lies a corridor twisting out of sight in both directions. Morgart the barbarian slams the only door in the hall off of its rickety hinges, startling a goblin trying futilely to spar with a fimir. Volynar the elf peers down the closest corner to spy more twisting passages. Meanwhile, as Ject the wizard surveys the entrance chamber for clues, a scouting orc rushes down the spiral staircase vaulting over Dorgin the dwarf, and brings his blade down narrowly missing Ject.


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Volynar the elf continues on his own to find an orc and goblin preparing a foul meal of manflesh in what looks to have once been a study chamber. The rest of the group ventures in the opposite direction to find more hallways.


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After swiftly and single-handedly slaying his opponents, Volynar opens the next door to find it packed with the minions of chaos. A deafening roar echoes through the catacombs as Verag, the four gargoyle, unleashes his battle-shout. The rest of the party rushes to help the beleaguered elf.


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Dorgin holds off the hoard in order to give Morgart time to arrive, as Volyna and Ject weave spells against the armored warrior charging at their stout ally.


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After a hard-fought battle the minions of Verag are slain. Just as the gargoyle is about to get the upper hand in its clash with Morgart, Ject intercedes with a summoned Djinn which distracts it long enough for Dorgin to dutifully dispatch the dastardly death-dealer.


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Looting Verag's throne room yields riches beyond imagining for these four intrepid adventurers. After a quick rest and some healing words, they continue to explore. The next room contains the animated remains of some of Fellmarg's champions. They are struck down with little trouble


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The elf and dwarf split form the others to track down some goblins hiding under a table.

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Morgart crunches across the skeleton's remains to find more greenskins in the next chamber.


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After encountering more undead, disaster strikes as Morgart is laid-low by a horrifying mummy! The rest of the group fights on against the stinking corpses...


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Before they can mourn the loss of their barbaric companion, Ject stumbles across a pressure plate which opens into a library inhabited by two studious warriors of chaos perusing its shelves. After a tough fight our heroes prevail, though their resolve is waning and their weapons hang loosely in their bloodied hands.


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Knowing that Fellmarg's tomb has yet to be discovered the heroes search the walls of all the places they have visited. Eventually the secret portal is found by moving the jawbone of a skull bricked into the wall of Verag's throne room.


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Tragically Volynar falls in the ensuing conflict. Fellmarg's undead remains are eventually vanquished and his tomb looted.


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Weary and grief-laden Ject and Dorgin trudge their path back to the spiral stairs. Much gold and glory has been found this day, but friends have fallen, and adventuring does not seem quite as glamorous as it once did in the eyes of these wearied warriors!

:greyheart: :barbarian: :redheart: :dwarf: :greyheart: :elf: :redheart: :wizard:


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An overview of the dungeon. The rules worked out quite well, although generating corridors can be tedious sometimes. Overall I think this is an interesting way to freshen up those old quests on your next play-through. Let me know how it works for you! (pending the posting of my rules)


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And here is the score of monsters slain. The dwarf has clearly been the mightiest warrior this day!
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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby chaoticprime » Friday December 6th, 2013 2:24am

Two down! Hot damn! Good man!


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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby Sjeng » Friday December 6th, 2013 3:25am

Quite interested in how you do this (the placing of the tiles that is)

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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby Sotiris » Friday December 6th, 2013 5:48am

Yes, which process is followed when a hero opens a door or explores a new corridor? Is it complicated with dice rolls and cards?


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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby The Road Warrior » Friday December 6th, 2013 6:03am

gootchute wrote:
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An overview of the dungeon. The rules worked out quite well, although generating corridors can be tedious sometimes. Overall I think this is an interesting way to freshen up those old quests on your next play-through. Let me know how it works for you! (pending the posting of my rules)


I would really like to see how this system works.

gootchute wrote:Would anyone be interested in hosting the file, or should I just put it in my dropbox?


Dropbox should be fine, I'm sure others use it. I use Google Docs. ;)
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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby TMU » Friday December 6th, 2013 6:08am

That's weird, but it must be still easy to play? Definitely if you've played these quests many times this would make it interesting again :)
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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby knightkrawler » Friday December 6th, 2013 12:20pm

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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby Andy P » Friday December 6th, 2013 1:39pm

Looking forward to seeing the rules. A random dungeon is easy enough... but how do you make a random dungeon that "feels like" The Trial, or any other specific quest?

It sounds like you played it solo; but this could equally be done with a GM. Wouldn't it make it more challenging for the GM to play tactically, not knowing the layout of the dungeon in advance?
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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby Ragnar IronFist » Friday December 6th, 2013 10:10pm

I'd be interested too! I've been wanting to incorporate by AHQ tiles but keep things a bit simpler than AHQ.
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Re: ShuffleQuest Playtest: The Trial

Postby gootchute » Friday December 6th, 2013 11:23pm

The rules: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x3xsql20w81xvlv/ShuffleQuest.pdf

To answer some questions:

chaoticprime wrote:Two down! Hot damn! Good man!


Well if defeating myself is worth praise I guess I'll accept it!

Sotiris wrote:Yes, which process is followed when a hero opens a door or explores a new corridor? Is it complicated with dice rolls and cards?


No dice needed to generate new dungeon. only a deck of playing cards and a chart. The polyhedral dice you see in some of the photos were not used ;)

I have tried to make it as simple as possible but don't know it is clear in the text. Also the whole double-wide corridor thing is awkward to communicate, might drop it.

The goal was to not require a special set of cards in addition to the modular tiles, but also not get trapped in the never ending dungeon generation tables of Advanced HeroQuest. I opted for playing cards. Having to print and cut modular tiles is enough work! Just be sure to have various 2, 3, and 4 square single corridors and a couple of the 2*5 double-wides.

Andy P wrote:Looking forward to seeing the rules. A random dungeon is easy enough... but how do you make a random dungeon that "feels like" The Trial, or any other specific quest?

It sounds like you played it solo; but this could equally be done with a GM. Wouldn't it make it more challenging for the GM to play tactically, not knowing the layout of the dungeon in advance?


I think my colorful descriptions are what made it feel like the Trial. No idea if it would be enjoyable for others to explore. You guessed correctly, this was a solo play-test. I have since tested it with my brother and have been more and more dissatisfied with the corridor generation. Suggestions welcome.

As far as strategizing as the EWP... how much strategy can one have when monsters can't open doors and the heroes carefully explore one room at a time...
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