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? The auto-damage dealt nicely with summon woodlands creatures shenanigans from the druid. The Expedition 7. Our group meets roughly once a month, for 3-4 hours each session. The rogue got swallowed by the mighty Froghemoth first, then the barbarian. 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. Check out more information about them at marcallie.com/books! 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". When he showed up, my players named him Power-Cthulhu. 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. I’d rather see my players do something epic than collect colored keys and backtrack all over the ship. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game and was written by Gary Gygax. All Images from “Expedition to the Barrier Peaks”, copyright Wizards of the Coast probably. The casters had used up nearly all of their spells. I decided to hew closely to the actual illustration from the module instead of modern reinterpretations. It's Expedition to the Barrier Peaks! The froghemoth was too much for the kind flayer to handle alone, so he used the heroes to fight the beast for him. 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. I made copies of the maps for level 1, 3, and 4, and simply gave them to players when the time came. I’ve wanted to run this module for years now, and finally I did! 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. ( Log Out /  I knew I wanted to have some texture to the minis, so they wouldn’t simply appear to be green skeletons. Lost Laboratory of Kwalish explores an alternate expedition into the Barrier Peaks. Go to the WotC site and grab this, White Plume Mountain and Tomb of Horrors. They are truly classic walkthroughs. 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. The Grey Havens (To the Sea) 5. The perfect texture was easy to find; I just opened up a couple of teabags. 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 . I knew I wanted this fight to be the closer, and so a suitably epic miniature was needed. An official Froghemoth mini was produced in limited quantities, but I was unable to find one. Well, a couple of reasons. Some dwarven clans inhabit concealed strongholds within the Peaks. Very simple, and they look nice. The adventure includes elements of science fiction, and thus belongs to the science fantasy genre. Second, I had a conversation with a player that led me to want to go in a different direction. Multiple applications of grey stuff were required, the first to simply stick the pieces together, the rest to smooth it out. 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. One group is running Curse of Strahd. 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 … 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. It's a mega-dungeon crawler of sorts, set inside a huge metal cylinder jutting out of a rockslide high in the mountains. 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. Additionally, this module features robots and mighty powered weapons such as blaster rifles and laser pistols. I knew I wanted to use the froghemoth as the centerpiece of the big final fight. Stage 2: Froghemoth is joined by charmed vegepygmy minions with 1 hit point (throwback to 4E). I just started running a homebrewed conversion of Barrier Peaks for a few friends of mine. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com 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 process was similar to pinning a smaller miniature.) So I went with a multi-stage fight where other residents of the spaceship, including Power-Cthulhu, made appearances. 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. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. 6! 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. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks for 5e? 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). If your Firbolg Paladin, Berrian was almost eaten alive by a flying sheet of muscly flesh last session, please read no further. ! As a backer of the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter, I had tons of unpainted minis available. Next up: painting! It made sense that there would be maps on the walls in such a big spacecraft, and it really sped things along. 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). 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. Incidents in the Butterfly Garden 4. 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. 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. They also burst spores upon death. I’m playing on an online campaign through Roll20.net, and DMing two different tabletop campaigns. < Episode 26 > Marching 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." Well, I totally cheated, that’s how. I primed the creature using the gradient method. The module is intended for use with characters of 8th to 12 levels of experience. (Tim Wadzinski just posted a picture of him and Michael Curtis holding the oversized novelty cover mock … Expedition to the barrier peaks is probably my favorite published adventure ever. I ordered this frog toy from Amazon, and used the tentacles of this octopus toy. 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. 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). 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 … By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. I then mixed some more glue up, and applied it to the mini again, as I didn’t want pieces flaking off. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks - Cartoon Style Walk Through This thing is huge. 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. Still, my players thought it was pretty awesome when I dropped the froghemoth on the table, resting on a 5 inch square base. The kobolds are scrapping parts from the outside of the wreck in an attempt to construct a simple lunar rocket. I layed on a black basecoat, followed by a sloppy drybrush with dark green. It was quite simple and the results were great! First of all, there’s just plain too much content in the crashed spaceship to get through in a reasonable time frame. Many monsters made their first appearances in Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, including the aurumvorax, froghemoth, and vegepygmy. Finally, I based them and sprayed them with a heavy coat of matte sealer. I drilled small holes in the leg stump/midsection and each tentacle, then pegged a small piece of dowel in between. Next was a lighter drybrush with a brighter green, followed by a heavy wash in brown ink. 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. I saw my first space wizard in 1977. The froghemoth was blocking the only way out of the ship, you see. I backed it (late), and the anticipated delivery was last fall, well within my time frame. Stage 1: Froghemoth fights alone, the mind flayer simply observes. Cookies help us deliver our Services. The minis are great for vegepygmies, but also any plant-like humanoid, twig blight, moss man, whatever. How was I to adequately and accurately describe them all? I’ve got plenty of zombies and skeletons already, so the Bones zombies and skeletons could be repurposed as vegepgymies. 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. On to the main event, then: the dread Froghemoth. S3 6. The whole place is filled with crazy stuff across about 6 complex levels and all of it is totally alien to the player characters. 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 Everything else would either be ignored totally, found dead, or just described before running away from the party in fear. When I pulled the module out to adapt it as the capstone adventure for my first D&D5e campaign, I realized that I still In this stage, Power-Cthulhu hovers around, taking potshots at the party with the laser blaster in the armor. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game written by Gary Gygax. Brown Jenkin 3. The second big take-away from running Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is the lack of miniatures for most foes. What about that mind flayer? Here are some things I learned from the experience. Dreams in the Witch House 2. Attaching the tentacles was tough. 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. Stage 3: Vegepymies all die. D&DNext+Playtest+ ©2012+Wizards+! If you think a mind flayer is tough on its own, add in some spells and power armor. 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. A simple mouth and tongue wrapped up the sculpting. But it’s also a great deal of fun. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks by Olyphant, released 07 October 2016 1. A TTRPG subreddit for any Dungeon/Game Master to share details of their story/campaign without spoiling it for your players! This project would require heavy customizing, more than simple limb/weapon swaps and such I was used to. 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 Some grey stuff and a paint job later, and the mind flayer was done. 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. I went with glazes of thinned paint over the gradient, which ended up looking great and saved me lots of time. However, the delivery has been significantly delayed. Time was short, so added one twisted eyestalk with eyes looking in every direction rather than three separate eyestalks. The adventure was published in 1980 by TSR. Giantsare also known to dwell in the mountains. 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 … Then I sprinkled my tea bag mix over each mini, and let it dry completely. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game written by Gary Gygax. 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 . I also mixed in some green flock I had lying around, but you really wouldn’t need that. If your DM is running this adventure, you’d better move on. There were some very expensive alternatives, but I’m cheap. 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). And yet they still had a mind flayer arcanist with a laser blaster and 100 hp of power armor left to face. But there were so many rooms! As the day of the Froghemoth approached, I had no mini to use. There are plenty of mind flayer minis out there, why not just use one? Prepping the frog was easy: just cut off the frog’s eyes and front feet. 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). 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 is an adventure written by Gary Gygax for use with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. I used grey stuff to fill in the eye holes, smoothing out the head. 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. Let's take a look back at 'Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'! A heavy coat of dark gray, then a lesser coat of medium gray, and finally a burst or two of white for highlighting. I just started running a homebrewed conversion of Barrier Peaks for a few friends of mine. After a significant break last year, I’m back in the swing of Dungeons & Dragons again. 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. Confidential+informationof+Wizards+of+the+Coast+LLC.+ Do+not+distribute.+ +! This was the closest the group has come to a player death since level 2. 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. Change ). Froghemoth is nearly dead, so Power-Cthulhu steps it up, unleashing his spells and stun attack. 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. 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. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was an incredible experience. After seeing that first Jedi, I knew that fantasy and science It was a tough fight. It is challenging in the right ways without being impossible. 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). Good thing for the group that Power-Cthulhu was ready to parlay. ( Log Out /  I beefed up the froghemoth with Legendary Resistance and actions, similar to those of dragons. 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. [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. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was an incredible experience. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The guys just entered last session and began poking about, but so far seem completely mystified by the place. Have you read my books yet? 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. 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. 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