Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Session Report – Barrowmaze – Session 35

[The first adventuring season comes to an end with the arrival of the rainy season.]

[Also?  SPOILERS!  This series will spoil what’s in Barrowmaze, so take that into consideration before reading.]

PCs (The Revengers)
Godric – male Dwarven Craft-Prelate (7th level Craftpriest)
Adam the Hesitant – male human Sorcerer (7th level Mage)
Boris the Fighter – male human Epic Hero (8th level Fighter)

Dergos – male human guide, still sold on the glory of adventuring, hired by Boris
‘Len – professional torchbearer, full name is Morgullen, but he never uses it, hired by Boris
Nolig – male human porter, hired by Hrglclxin
Verya [pronounced Vir-uh] – female human Exemplar (5th level Fighter), hired for 1/3 share of any treasure
Vorgand – female human porter, a university student earning coin, hired by Daphne
Dhekeon – a revenant seeking redemption

Out for Bedrest
Daphne – female human Blade-Priestess (8th level Bladedancer) [Out until 6 September]
Hrglclxin – male human Pathfinder (7th level Explorer) [Out until 20 September]
Scorpie – charmed giant scorpion following Daphne [Out until 13 September]
Sir Pelinore – male human Paladin, bound to serve the Revengers for 1 year [Out until 12 September]

Yggsday, August 31st, 1st year of the reign of King Vladik the Gamesman
With nearly half the team down for bedrest and Adam needing time to memorize new and higher level magics, the Revengers decided to take a week off from adventuring.

Hernesday, September 3rd, 1st year of the reign of King Vladik the Gamesman
Late on a very warm day, clouds started moving in from the southwest.

Magusday, September 4th, 1st year of the reign of King Vladik the Gamesman
The clouds were still moving across the sky, but on this day bands of light rain moved across the area.  The locals spent the day preparing their homes and bringing in those crops ready to harvest.  This bemused those in town for the final days of the Grand Party who instead party with greater intensity and abandon.

Taking a hint from the locals, Tripp had additional anchor lines added to the outdoor pavilions.

Cromsday, September 5th, 1st year of the reign of King Vladik the Gamesman
Late in the morning heavy rains moved in, along with strong winds.  Any unanchored tents were blown over or away, some with people and belongings still in them.  Rainy Season had arrived and Boris made a respectable amount of gold coin on the betting pool [he bet 212 gp on the first week of September at 2:1 odds, earning a total of 318 gp on his bet].

It will continue to rain for the next several weeks at differing levels of intensity.  Portions of Helix become very muddy, especially the public areas as the temporary residents [those only in Helix to attend the Grand Party] hire carts and wagons to get out of Helix.  Their goal is to get to at least Ironguard Motte where lodgings that are not tents can be acquired.  Gradually the rains make the roads in the Duchy of Aerik difficult to travel.  The run-off from the rains drain into the Barrowmoor and it quickly becomes impassible any but the frog people and lizardfolk.

Late in October the rains let up as winter sets in.  The roads in the Duchy of Aerik become passable again, but the moors are too full of water to traverse.  It will take several months for the waters to recede and the land to dry out enough for travelers to enter the Barrowmoor and start up Adventuring Season again – but that is a story for later.

End of Session

End of Season 1

[So that’s it for Season 1 of Barrowmaze using ACKS.  I’ve been very pleased with both ACKS as a rule system and Barrowmaze as a dungeon.  I recommend both products highly.]

[I will be compiling the blogs of session notes into a single PDF and posting it for download.  This might take more than a week as I fix any dating errors or other consistency issues that might have crept in.  I’ll also create some record blog pages for Season 1 and post links on the sidebar of the blog, similar to what I did with my Traveller campaign.]

[The group will be taking a break and playing Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok for the intro adventure Fafnir’s Treasure.  I’ll be playing in that to get some time in as a player and post similar session notes here.  Depending upon how long that runs, I may start Season 2 of Barrowmaze using ACKS with the experienced Revengers resuming their adventuring careers (and the plundering of Barrowmaze).  I need to spend a little time updating Barrowmaze and Helix in light of player activity this season - so if FOTN: Ragnarok doesn't take enough time, there might be another short campaign before Season 2 starts.]

[That’s it for now.  Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next blog post where I talk about creating characters for FOTN: Ragnarok.  Later!]

The Motley Crew
Session 1: The Start

Session 11: TPK

The Revengers
Session 12: Rise of the Revengers

Session 22

Session 32
Session 32A
Session 33
Session 34


  1. You'll be running FOTN? I bet I'll be making a purchase in the near future! Thanks again for Season 1. I'm looking forward to that pdf.

  2. Thx for the joyride! I followed your journal from the early beginnings and it was a real great time!