Please note that north is indicated on the maps (two maps, because of their size and aspect, have been rotated to better fit the constraints of this book). However. This is the third expansion to the Castle of the Mad Archmage megadungeon adventure. In this adventure, the characters are catapulted to a. Castle of the Mad Archmage is a lot of fun, let’s get that out in the open first. It’s a big layer cake maze of monsters and treasures and tricks and.

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The best bit about hhe encounter with the Barbarian Gladiator was that he could tell everyone how to get to the fifth level of the dungeon, as this one was still a little too easy.

Castle of the Mad Archmage

But it feels so oddball and funhouse it’s hard to really feel like it’s anything castpe an excuse to drink beer and roll dice with friends and hope the room you enter isn’t a teleporter, chute to level 10, no-save-death-by-pink room, etc. It contributes to the ” Dungeon Robber ” feel some sections have – I’ll risk another room and wait for my random punishment or reward for doing so.

The big issue I see is the number of staircases interconnecting Level 1, 2, and 3. I love those sorts of detail. A worst case scenario would result in commissioning new or, which would again only indicate a delay.

What I felt like we had some of in the converted DCC modules was a nice bit of tension and the feeling that we were messing with stuff we might not come off well from messing with. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. A hand-crafted, limited print edition, one of one hundred fo and numbered copies. Support Select this reward. Tenkar showed us a archmag description the other night, and it wasn’t any clearer to us what the heck was the point of the room than it was to him.

Reading the last “encounter” sort of explains the place. Castle of the Mad Archmage is a lot of fun, let’s get that out in the open first.

But, if one needs more reason to explore the place than “because it is there” then DM could sprinkle more foreshadowing, hints, bait as to what might await to make players want “to get to the bottom of this”, literally. In game, they serve to pull me out of game, because there isn’t a connection to some larger series of tests. I can’t think of a single published or released module that will have anywhere near ov right interconnect.


In addition arcjmage the PDF version, there will be a limited edition hand-produced print version in a very limited numbered edition of numbered and signed copies, exclusive to this Kickstarter, which will never, ever, be produced again.

Okay, what’s with that?

The Castle of the Mad Archmage

Some seem to work as puzzles you’d place to test folks the key roomfor examplebut even then, I don’t feel like I know what they’re there for aside to see what I know as a player. We can’t piece together clues because we don’t feel like we’re finding clues, only random stuff.

Has anyone released Castle of the Mad Archmage upper levels? Carlos de la Cruz September 11, at 5: Latud avoided being slain a second time in two sessions, and eventually the trolls were slain, with some bugbears looking on from the nearby secret door. I’d like to see some examples that I could either use as written or just use as a basis for inspiration.

Unfortunately, I’m clearly not the target audience to GM or play that. In this adventure, the characters are catapulted to a parallel dimension called Musicland where musical instruments are alive, people speak in musical notes, and the King of Instruments produces melodies that embody the Platonic ideal of music itself.

It was the way Greyhawk worked originally and how countless video games play out.

Castle of the Mad Archmage: Musicland by BRW Games, LLC — Kickstarter

There is a reward for doing it right, punishment for doing it wrong, and punishment for greed, but no reason I can see that it is there in the first place.

Numenetics 3, 19 Maybe that’s the point; Zagyg, the patron spirit of the thing, was a strange, chaotic being, so that’s what his abode-fortress should be like. Although I misread the entry and described him, initially, as appearing more like an Efreeti; I just had his form change as the discussion went on to emphasise his otherworldly nature. That is, it doesn’t seem to hang together in a way that indicates some overarching sense.


Want to play again? I think we officially crossed the line last session between having a bit of fun with the funhouse old-school megadungeon that is The Castle of the Mad Archmage over to goofing on it.

It made no sense as a section of the dungeon geomorphsand I’m not sure if Joseph found a much more clever implementation because nothing tells us to try it or not. Benjamin Morley September 9, at Haven’t read all the bits in between.

Musicland standard edition A standard print-on-demand edition of the book, plus the pdf version. We could figure it out – we could profit from seeing the risk and rewards correctly.

dastle Not only will the adventurers need to navigate this strange and deadly place, but they will need to figure out a way home, as well.

I rolled a d6 to discover which of the three groups of Barbarians he came from — Frost Barbarian came up trumps, which made this into a role-playing encounter rather than a combat encounter, which would have happened with a Snow Barbarian, as the two barbarian peoples hate each other! However, this lacking detail in the Monster Manual is pretty standard Gygax.

It’s not just you. I just created a cellar for the first four main staircases and I archmae I’ll flesh out what else is on the surface when the players mas the other entrances.

September 8, at 9: I’m not sure what the point is.

Castle of the Mad Archmage – Greyhawk Grognard

This might be the room that has a death trap or the pot of gold pieces. It made sense and there was a reason for why the monsters were where they were located. I just didn’t see the Castl rug, and was thinking it must just be me. And that’s kind of too bad. Or at least, like there isn’t a handle to get on it.

The clear factions, the overarching puzzle to be solved, the tricks there clearly to befuddle invaders – you can dig right into the conflict.