The Eaten

System: 13th Age Glorantha
GM: Newt Newport

Its Sea Season at the Silverwind Stead in the land of Dragon Pass. It should be all dancing and alecakes, at this time of growth and renewal.

But outside the clan’s lands, the Tula, the forces of Chaos rages unchecked, taking all the clan’s effort to hold them back. Recently three of your clan’s greatest heroes Garmast the Windlord and his wife Vestala the Gentle, and the clan’s sage Ranulf the Beady went to perform a hero quest in a sacred yet secret place in an attempt to raise magical healing energies. It was not successful. Both Garmast and Ranulf was struck dead by an evil spirit which also drove Vestala mad. Fortunately, she has recovered her sanity, but a great famine has gripped the land, and now the clan is starving.  To make matters worse bandits made up of the routed enemy Lunar forces,  raid trade caravans loaded with emergency food from neighbours.

13th Age Glorantha is a fantasy D20 system written by two of D&D previous designers (3rd edition’s Jonathan Tweet and 4th Edition’s Rob Henisloo) set in Greg Stafford’s bronze age mythic world of Glorantha.  No experience of Glorantha or 13th Age required. This adventure is designed as a straightforward introduction to both setting and system.

 

 

After the Raid

A game for Go Play Manchester IV on Sunday May 26th 2019.

System: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition.
Maximum number of players 4.
GM: Newt Newport

In 1940 after the defeat of the British Expeditionary force in Europe and its desperate withdrawal at Dunkirk, Churchill told his Chiefs of Staff that “enterprises must be prepared, with specially-trained troops of the hunter class, who can develop a reign of terror down these coasts, first of all on the “butcher and bolt” policy”. One of the outcomes of this was Operation Claymore in 1941 where newly formed Commando groups attacked the Norwegian Lofoten Islands. It was hailed as a success as the commandos destroyed fish-oil factories, petrol dumps, and 11 ships while capturing 216 Germans.

[Actual Newsreel film about Operation Claymore, for background purposes.]

However, in the confusion a five-man team sent slightly further inland to attack a small outpost, were lost. Official reports have them down as missing presumed dead.

Now almost one year on in 1942, under pressure from relatives the War Ministry is sending in officers from the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to find out what happened to these missing men.

As a SOE Agent, you come from all walks of life. You’ve been selected and trained to work behind enemy lines. Currently, your commanding officer is Col. George Quietly, who has a reputation of tidying up other people’s messes. An old school Military Intelligence Officer, who is not fired up by Churchill’s words, his operations are carefully planned and executed, and his staff never go in all guns blazing. The rest of the service has nicknamed the people who work for George as “Quietlys” whose motto in Latin is “Quiete et molliter” or “Quietly and Gently”.

This is a game for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition, set during the 2nd World War, for up to four players. No knowledge of the game system, Cthulhu Mythos or the historical setting required. Given that it’s an investigative horror game, maturity is required.

 

The Heights of Orlanth

System: 13th Age Glorantha

GM: Newt Newport

Why is your adventurer going to Orlanth Heights?

Is it to visit the Puppet Troupe Shrine?

Perhaps you are a Troll checking out the rumours of a Lead Mine on this hillside?

Do you seek Sorcerer’s Tower that is built on its edge?

Or perhaps you just want to get to its vantage point and throw magic stones across the gorge at the fort of the hated Lunars.

There are many reasons to go to the sacred cliffside that is Orlanth Heights. In this 13th Age Glorantha adventure, you will explore them.

No experience of Glorantha or 13th Age required. This adventure is designed as a straightforward introduction to both setting and system.

Additional Information

Glorantha is a psychedelic mythological fantasy setting, with more in common with Ancient Bronze Age than the Medieval Period. For more information visit its dedicated web site.

13th Age is Jonathan Tweet’s  (3rd Edition D&D ) and Rob Heinsoo’s (4th Edition D&D)  love letter to D&D. As well as the familiar classes, levels, armour classes and hit points, it has many rulings that make it a more story focused narrative game.

13th Age Glorantha mixes the two together. Its probably the most accessible version of Glorantha produced, with a system familiar to D&D fans adapted to tap into Glorantha’s exciting themes, such as fighting chaos horrors and going on magical Hero Quests.

Produced by the fine people who publish Call of Cthulhu, Chaosium Inc, this review on the Gnome Stew blog gives a more comprehensive rundown of the game.

Bad King John

System: OpenQuest
GM: Newt Newport

All of England is aware of King John the First’s public shortcomings as a king. His disastrous wars to retrieve English lands in France paid for by an ever-increasing tax burden on his people. His irreverence and refusal to play along with the church got the Pope to declare him an Atheist publicly! His falling out with his Barons, who are at war with him after he annulled the Magna Carta, a powerful document of law to curtail his reckless spending, which they forced him to sign at the start of the summer.

As bondsmen of the Bishop of Norwich, a close ally of the King, you’ve also seen his majesty at his worst first hand at court. The drunken, murderous rages and the blasphemous words that constantly froth at his lips. The pale faces of those who cross him when they know they are going to be ‘disappeared’ by his lackeys after spending a rough night as his plaything. Whispers at court say he is in league with the devil, but you know he is willingly possessed by Satan!

Now your Liege Lord has called upon you to serve him. So, with a heavy heart you prepare to take yourselves through dark pagan woods that surround the godforsaken port of Bishop’s Lynn, on the North Norfolk coast, where the King and his army currently camp. You suspect heavily that the mad, bad king intends to take his army across the stinking marsh of The Wash to do battle with the rebel Barons in neighbouring Lincolnshire. It’s September now, and the weather is turning bad. This will be an ill journey, were cunning, treachery and baseness will have to be employed to keep body and soul together.

Additional Information

Bad King John takes place in a fantasy version of historical England, where magic and superstitions of the time are true.

OpenQuest is a D100 OGL rules system similar to Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, and Mythras. It is rules light and quickly picked up. Instead of Classes and Levels, characters are defined by percentage skills and every character has a bit of magic, as determined by their previous experience before becoming adventurers and membership of magical secret societies commonly known as cults.

More information can be found on the D101 Games website

 

The Sorcerer Under the Mountain

System: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
GM: Newt Newport
Players: Five

Description:
In ancient times the Sorcerer Khalack Maeki established a lair under Terror Peak Mountain. Being of an evil bent, he enslaved the local Goblinoid tribes and waged war against the Elves of surrounding Scarwood. It said that he was amassing a vast army when an alliance of nearby High Elf Warlords attacked his mountain stronghold. Khalack was killed in the final assault by powerful magic unleashed by the High Elves, although the legend macabrely states that his body was never found. The Ring of the Elements, a powerful magical item which was said to be the source of his power, also went missing much to the annoyance of the High Elven Archmages.

Khalack’s dungeon lair under the mountain lay deserted for hundreds of years. Keeping its secrets and treasures, since the Elves who now controlled the woods around Terror Peak shunned its lightless corridors. Powerful magical wards left by their warlords sealed the dungeon.

Your group of adventurers have assembled in the town of Goldrush, a town of human opportunists, traders and ner-do-wells which lies on the edge of Scarwood. In a local tavern, you met a charming young Half-Elf called Melanda, who claims to know where there is a secret entrance, long hidden from prying eyes by her kin, to the Sorcerer’s Lair. She owes no allegiance to the guardians of Scarwood and is willing to show you for a cut of the treasure. True to her word she has led you through Scarwood safely and you now stand amongst the trees in the shadow of Terror Peak.

An adventure for up to five players with characters of 1st Level, with obvious influences from 80s British Fantasy gamebooks.