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Tournaments: The Sieve

The Sieve Excerpt from the transcript of “A short lecture on Orcish culture by Distinguished Professor Dunstan Clayborne.” Audience questions are recorded in a heavy hand. “There is no single event more revealing of Orcish culture than the tournament of the Sieve. It is simple and brutal, which should come as no surprise. Sieves always …

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Out of the Frying Pan: Fugitive of Hammerfell

Fugitive of Hammerfell Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who will want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict …

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Out of the Frying Pan: Loyalty Beyond Death

Loyalty Beyond Death Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who will want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict …

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Out of the Frying Pan: Eyes of the Iron Spike

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who will want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into …

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Out of the Frying Pan: Desert Dragonkin

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who will want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into …

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Out of the Frying Pan: Demons on the River Argent

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into the …

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Out of the Frying Pan: The Streets of Zobeck

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into the …

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Lethal Lairs

Lethal Lairs Contest Winner

Congratulations go to James J. Haeck, who wrote the Monument to the Thunderer Lethal Lair! Excellent job, James! Again, many thanks go to all who submitted entries, plus our judges and kobold supporters out there for looking over the entries and helping decide who designed the most lethal lair for this contest!

Encounter Codex: The Scribe’s Puzzle

Encounter Codex presents encounters you can quickly slot into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other game systems for that matter) with little effort—just add stats from your favorite monster manual. [previous encounter] __ Features of the Chamber • This cramped chamber has a domed ceiling nearly 15 ft. …

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Encounters of Fortune: Discarded Guardians (Part 3 of 5)

To celebrate the release of Open Design’s Soldiers of Fortune sourcebook for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, author Matt James brings you additional material for a military campaign. [previously] __ Azlazier, a wealthy merchant from the desert city of Cindass, has hired you to find an important relic. You have followed his map to where he …

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Encounters of Fortune: The Tower of Zazerlae (Part 2 of 5)

To celebrate the impending release of Open Design’s Soldiers of Fortune sourcebook for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, author Matt James brings you additional material for a military campaign. [previously] __ Encounter Background During the last encounter, the PCs located the entrance to the abandoned dungeon and were attacked by roaming giant camel spiders. Now, they …

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Encounters of Fortune: The Camel Spiders (Part 1 of 5)

To celebrate the impending release of Open Design’s Soldiers of Fortune sourcebook for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, author Matt James brings you additional material for a military campaign. __ The riches and treasures diverted through the city of Cindass are quite remarkable and fuel a burgeoning enterprise for those motivated by money. Wealthy investors …

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Encounter Codex: The Trial of Fate, Faith, and Fortune

Encounter Codex presents encounters you can quickly slot into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other games for that matter) with little effort—just add stats from your favorite monster manual. [previous encounter] __ A three-headed skeleton encased in ceremonial plate armor surveys this pillared hall from atop a …

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Encounter Codex: The Eye of Ihmrahotep

Encounter Codex presents encounters that can be quickly slotted into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other games for that matter) with little effort—just add stats from your favorite monster manual. [previous encounter] ___ A radiant yellow orb—like a miniature sun—gleams from beneath a veil of crushed rubies. …

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