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Even with these alterations, I knew the froghemoth would die quickly. ( Log Out /  They are truly classic walkthroughs. But it’s also a great deal of fun. The auto-damage dealt nicely with summon woodlands creatures shenanigans from the druid. Multiple applications of grey stuff were required, the first to simply stick the pieces together, the rest to smooth it out. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was an incredible experience. Episode 1 to 5 Episode 6 to 10 Episode 11 to 16 Episode 17 to 20 Episode 21 to 25 Rolling up close on an expedition to the barrier peaks after a weeb quest, but Pimp and Goblin shenanigans soon (TM). Power-Cthulhu offered a way to destroy the ship (to prevent an infestation of alien vegepygmyism) and directions to the exit if the party simply let him flee. Published in 1980, S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks has long been regarded as a classic adventure for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, First Edition, even so far as being ranked at number five in Dungeon magazine’s ‘The 30 Greatest D&D Adventures of All Time’, published to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Dungeons & Dragons. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. After seeing that first Jedi, I knew that fantasy and science I spent $4 on a two pack of mind flayer minis from the new Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures series, and cut off one’s hands and head. First of all, it’s clear that the mind flayer in this module is not your traditional robe-wearing squidhead. Some of the deadliest and most memorable were the S series of modules – Tomb of Horrors (S1), White Plume Mountain (S2), Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (S3)and Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (s4). The adventure includes elements of science fiction, and thus belongs to the science fantasy genre. Our group meets roughly once a month, for 3-4 hours each session. The froghemoth was blocking the only way out of the ship, you see. The casters had used up nearly all of their spells. The module, from 1980, is originally set in the titular mountain range on the world of Greyhawk, but I'm running it in a version of the Forgotten Realms, off the Sword Coast on Toril. I then mixed some more glue up, and applied it to the mini again, as I didn’t want pieces flaking off. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! In these remakes of the Expedition to the Barrier Peaks maps, Deck II (and later Deck V) are the decks where my style shines through a bit. It took all the 10th level party had to fell the beast. It's a mega-dungeon crawler of sorts, set inside a huge metal cylinder jutting out of a rockslide high in the mountains. Anyway, thank you if you took the time to read all of this. Stage 1: Froghemoth fights alone, the mind flayer simply observes. Plot summary Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place on a spaceship in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. A heavy coat of dark gray, then a lesser coat of medium gray, and finally a burst or two of white for highlighting. Time was short, so added one twisted eyestalk with eyes looking in every direction rather than three separate eyestalks. These were useful for disrupting concentration and blocking positions. I primed the creature using the gradient method. On to the main event, then: the dread Froghemoth. I decided to hew closely to the actual illustration from the module instead of modern reinterpretations. The guys just entered last session and began poking about, but so far seem completely mystified by the place. When he showed up, my players named him Power-Cthulhu. Few modules have dug their way into my brain the way Expedition to the Barrier Peaks has. The minis are great for vegepygmies, but also any plant-like humanoid, twig blight, moss man, whatever. I realize all the backtracking and finding new cards was part of Gygax’s intentions when he wrote it, but ain’t nobody got time for that. If I’d had more time, I’d have used toothpick ends to make some gnarly teeth, and better sculpted the eyestalks and nostril-thingies. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (E2tBP) is my favourite D&D adventure (along with the other classic death-trap dungeons of 1e era (I also have a soft spot for Dungeonland). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Some grey stuff and a paint job later, and the mind flayer was done. Confidential+informationof+Wizards+of+the+Coast+LLC.+ Do+not+distribute.+ +! Finally, I based them and sprayed them with a heavy coat of matte sealer. This project would require heavy customizing, more than simple limb/weapon swaps and such I was used to. They also burst spores upon death. Focusing on the highlights, making miniatures for key monsters, and tying it all together in a huge set piece finale will make your crawl through a fallen spaceship a memorable one. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island Ancient Giants of America: Suppressed Evidence and the Hidden History of a Lost Race I had a War Machine figure from an old game lying around, but a Heroclix Iron Man or even a 40K Space Marine would work fine. Post by timemrick » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:03 am Perhaps against my better judgment, I've been thinking about making another attempt at running the classic D&D module S3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks . Well, a couple of reasons. Good thing for the group that Power-Cthulhu was ready to parlay. An adventure for levels 8-12 From a mysterious cave high in the Barrier Peaks, they come: savage raiders of unknown origin laying waste to castle and keep, leaving no survivors. KNowing how OP my group’s characters already were, before they found power armor and stun grenades, I knew I’d need to really crank up the challenge. How was I to adequately and accurately describe them all? I beefed up the froghemoth with Legendary Resistance and actions, similar to those of dragons. I knew I wanted to use the froghemoth as the centerpiece of the big final fight. Power-Cthulhu offered a way to destroy the ship (to prevent an infestation of alien vegepygmyism) and directions to the exit if the party simply let him flee. Well, I totally cheated, that’s how. I used grey stuff to fill in the eye holes, smoothing out the head. 6! Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game written by Gary Gygax. This was the closest the group has come to a player death since level 2. Froghemoth is nearly dead, so Power-Cthulhu steps it up, unleashing his spells and stun attack. D&D v.3.5 and Pathfinder are far crunchier systems than 1st Edition, so running Expedition to the Barrier Peaks with either one would require me to track far more information. I was able to find no official vegepygmy miniatures, so I decided to make some myself. The perfect texture was easy to find; I just opened up a couple of teabags. It made sense that there would be maps on the walls in such a big spacecraft, and it really sped things along. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Prepping the frog was easy: just cut off the frog’s eyes and front feet. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game written by Gary Gygax. If your DM is running this adventure, you’d better move on. The module, from 1980, is originally set in the titular mountain range on the world of Greyhawk, but I'm running it in a version of the Forgotten S3 6. Keith does all sorts of things here on 9to5.cc, he works with the other founders on 9to5 (illustrated) , co-hosts our two podcasts: The 9to5 Entertainment System and Go Plug Yourself and blogs here as The Perspicacious Geek . After a significant break last year, I’m back in the swing of Dungeons & Dragons again. Based loosely on a tournament scenario from Origins II in 1976 that combined elements from Metamorphosis Alpha and a portion of Gary Gygax's Castle Greyhawk, 1980's Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is presented as "an exciting insertion into your campaign and as a primer on how to combine 'science' into your fantasy roleplaying." The froghemoth was too much for the kind flayer to handle alone, so he used the heroes to fight the beast for him. I’ve got plenty of zombies and skeletons already, so the Bones zombies and skeletons could be repurposed as vegepgymies. The land is in turmoil and only a band of stalwart heroes dares to launch an expedition into the soaring mountains to stamp out this vile menace. However, the delivery has been significantly delayed. Also, in the interests of expedience, I let the group find a red key card (which works on all locks) by the end of the first session. A TTRPG subreddit for any Dungeon/Game Master to share details of their story/campaign without spoiling it for your players! Then I sprinkled my tea bag mix over each mini, and let it dry completely. Dreams in the Witch House 2. I saw my first space wizard in 1977. I knew I wanted to get through the adventure in three sessions, so I really had to prioritize things. The second big take-away from running Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is the lack of miniatures for most foes. The legendary inventor disappeared in the peaks eons ago… as it turns out, finding a crashed planar ship and studying its technology to fuel his own experiments—only … Overall, I think the froghemoth turned out fine. I think the thing that excites me the most for next session is a Kobold settlement I added just outside a caved in airlock. As a backer of the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter, I had tons of unpainted minis available. What about that mind flayer? There were some very expensive alternatives, but I’m cheap. It was quite simple and the results were great! Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is an adventure written by Gary Gygax for use with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. Craft Sticks, Construction Paper, Giant Apes, and Dinosaurs, “More Game of Thrones, Less Time Bandits”, 4 days before I got a response to a support ticket, and 1 additional day before my characters were actually unlocke…, Running Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, or, Building a Better Froghemoth. ( Log Out /  I ordered this frog toy from Amazon, and used the tentacles of this octopus toy. I knew I wanted this fight to be the closer, and so a suitably epic miniature was needed. Brown Jenkin 3. Sure, it’s over the top, almost Monty Haul with all the technology, and by far the weirdest adventure in the history of D&D. It crashed through the Far Realms after a warp drive malfunction, into the phlogiston of the Prime Material plane and busted through the crystal sphere of the Forgotten Realms, crashlanding on Toril 30 years previously (at least in my version). I just started running a homebrewed conversion of Barrier Peaks for a few friends of mine. I made copies of the maps for level 1, 3, and 4, and simply gave them to players when the time came. All Images from “Expedition to the Barrier Peaks”, copyright Wizards of the Coast probably. [2] In the adventure's introduction, it is explained that the Grand Duchy of Geoff is under constant attack by a succession of monsters that have been emerging from a cave in the mountains. Sure, it’s over the top, almost Monty Haul with all the technology, and by far the weirdest adventure in the history of D&D. Those books (or the online SRD) might be useful for converting elements of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, and, of course, there is already at least one full-length fan conversion out there. The whole place is filled with crazy stuff across about 6 complex levels and all of it is totally alien to the player characters. It was a tough fight. The Grey Havens (To the Sea) 5. I backed it (late), and the anticipated delivery was last fall, well within my time frame. Check out more information about them at marcallie.com/books! In the other, we just finished Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. A simple mouth and tongue wrapped up the sculpting. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The kicker is that the whole structure is actually a part of a gigantic generation spaceship from another dimension, riddled with a deadly virus and broken off from the whole. The tentacles were tough to paint, with so many bits and bobs everywhere, but a coat of orange followed by a red drybrush ended up looking OK. Next, I washed it all with Nuln Oil, (from Games Workshop, the best wash IMO) and sealed it with matte spray. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks for 5e? Lost Laboratory of Kwalish explores an alternate expedition into the Barrier Peaks. < Episode 26 > Marching Change ). Expedition to the Barrier Peaks - Cartoon Style Walk Through This thing is huge. Incidents in the Butterfly Garden 4. I drilled small holes in the leg stump/midsection and each tentacle, then pegged a small piece of dowel in between. Additionally, this module features robots and mighty powered weapons such as blaster rifles and laser pistols. I’d rather see my players do something epic than collect colored keys and backtrack all over the ship. The third Bones Kickstarter offered a Froghemoth as an addon. 'Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place on a spaceship in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. In the adventure's introduction, it is explained that the Grand Duchy of Geoff is under constant attack by a succession of monsters that have been emerging from a … First of all, there’s just plain too much content in the crashed spaceship to get through in a reasonable time frame. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks by Olyphant, released 07 October 2016 1. The Barrier Peaks are a range of mountains in the Flanaess, rising from Ket's Banner Hills, and continuing west until joining with the Crystalmist Mountains, just west of Geoff's Hornwood Forest.The Peaks are flanked by the nations of Ull to the west, the Plains of the Paynims to the northwest, Ket to the north, Bissel to the east, and Geoff to the southeast. If you think a mind flayer is tough on its own, add in some spells and power armor. Here are some things I learned from the experience. Next up: painting! Cookies help us deliver our Services. Stage 2: Froghemoth is joined by charmed vegepygmy minions with 1 hit point (throwback to 4E). I also mixed in some green flock I had lying around, but you really wouldn’t need that. Nerds on Earth takes a look at Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, one of the all time classic Dungeons and Dragons modules. I decided that the vegepygmies, police robots, both medical androids, the telepathic plant, the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” plant, the froghemoth, and the mind flayer were must-run encounters. The module is 76 pages long but more than half of that is maps and illustrations. Very simple, and they look nice. Expedition to the barrier peaks is probably my favorite published adventure ever. I layed on a black basecoat, followed by a sloppy drybrush with dark green. The Expedition 7. Stage 3: Vegepymies all die. Making one was my only remaining option. Who knows what their grand plan is if they get to the moon, or if their design will even work in the first place, but I smile every time I work on that section. The module is intended for use with characters of 8th to 12 levels of experience. And yet they still had a mind flayer arcanist with a laser blaster and 100 hp of power armor left to face. The kobolds are scrapping parts from the outside of the wreck in an attempt to construct a simple lunar rocket. The rogue got swallowed by the mighty Froghemoth first, then the barbarian. D&DNext+Playtest+ ©2012+Wizards+! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Some dwarven clans inhabit concealed strongholds within the Peaks. I read through the module, highlighting cool scenes and encounters as I went. (Tim Wadzinski just posted a picture of him and Michael Curtis holding the oversized novelty cover mock … Next was a lighter drybrush with a brighter green, followed by a heavy wash in brown ink. I’m playing on an online campaign through Roll20.net, and DMing two different tabletop campaigns. You’ll thank me later. When I pulled the module out to adapt it as the capstone adventure for my first D&D5e campaign, I realized that I still But there were so many rooms! Have you read my books yet? S3 EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS 1981 Dungeons & Dragons 1st Ed Module $47.00 shipping: + $4.83 shipping AD&D 1st Ed Module - S3 EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS (RARE by … Giantsare also known to dwell in the mountains. It is challenging in the right ways without being impossible. (The process was similar to pinning a smaller miniature.) We were discussing the new Ghost in the Shell movie, and I commented that they added a Robocop element to the story (a forgotten identity). Still, my players thought it was pretty awesome when I dropped the froghemoth on the table, resting on a 5 inch square base. Go to the WotC site and grab this, White Plume Mountain and Tomb of Horrors. I went with glazes of thinned paint over the gradient, which ended up looking great and saved me lots of time. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game and was written by Gary Gygax. As the day of the Froghemoth approached, I had no mini to use. The story of "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks", begins with Metamorphosis Alpha (1976), a science-fantasy game that James Ward was designing in early 1976. When Gary Gygax saw some of Ward's "rough notes", he decided to "introduce the concept" through a tournament scenario: "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks". All the players have an investment in investigating the local kobolds, and some are looking to prevent them from freeing their god Kurtulmak, who was imprisoned by the moon goddess Selune. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Attaching the tentacles was tough. The wing attack was replaced by a RIBBIT power that dealt modest damage in an area, knocking foes prone if a save vs. Con was failed. If your Firbolg Paladin, Berrian was almost eaten alive by a flying sheet of muscly flesh last session, please read no further. ! There are plenty of mind flayer minis out there, why not just use one? ( Log Out /  When I ran it as part of my homebrew campaign back in the early 90's, the players did It's Expedition to the Barrier Peaks! Mixing a few drops of water into some plain old Elmer’s glue, I “painted” each mini liberally with the glue. An official Froghemoth mini was produced in limited quantities, but I was unable to find one. Of these the science fiction / fantasy mashup that was S3 ( ranked the fifth-best Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon magazine in 2004) was my personal favorite. I just started running a homebrewed conversion of Barrier Peaks for a few friends of mine. Second, I had a conversation with a player that led me to want to go in a different direction. The adventure was published in 1980 by TSR. Tsr 09033 S 3 Expedition To The Barrier Peaks Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item EMBED EMBED (for wordpress.com hosted blogs and archive.org item tags) Want more? Be courteous and have fun listening to other people's stories and sharing stories about your own ideas :P, Press J to jump to the feed. ( Log Out /  Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was an incredible experience. My buddy responds “DUDE we’d better run into Robocop somewhere in this spaceship.” That’s when I decided that this particular mind flayer would be wearing power armor. It seems so obvious to me, but I'm doing a lot of work on how I describe certain objects or creatures so as to maintain the mystery for as long as possible. Everything else would either be ignored totally, found dead, or just described before running away from the party in fear. In this stage, Power-Cthulhu hovers around, taking potshots at the party with the laser blaster in the armor. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks in the shop Amazon ~ DriveThruRPG Spoiler warning: The art can give away encounters. EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS by Gary Gygax AN ADVENTURE FOR CHARACTER LEVELS 8-12 This illustration booklet is specially designed for use with the module. So I went with a multi-stage fight where other residents of the spaceship, including Power-Cthulhu, made appearances. I knew I wanted to have some texture to the minis, so they wouldn’t simply appear to be green skeletons. All of the players are avid sci-fi nerds, and I know they are going to absolutely flip out when they start to figure out what is going on, but my obfuscation is working too well so far and I need a place to vent about this before I crack and start yammering at random people out my window (I'm in lockdown right now). One group is running Curse of Strahd. Let's take a look back at 'Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'! While Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is typically a fantasy game, the adventure includes elements of science fiction, and thus belongs to the science fantasy genre. 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