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Thursday, March 8, 2018

20 Questions for Lost Atlantis

  1. What is the deal with my cleric's religion?
    Your Cleric worships a pantheon of gods, although he might be more dedicated to one, such as the Special Priest of Jupiter, this isn't monotheism, all of the gods are important.
  2. Where can we go to buy standard equipment?
    Neptune City is it right now. It is currently the only civilized settlement on the entire continent.
  3. Where can we go to get platemail custom fitted for this monster I just befriended?
    Neptune City again.
  4. Who is the mightiest wizard in the land?
    Chief Arcanist Quintus Flavonius Dava, attached to the headquarters of the 9th Legion (Legio IX).
  5. Who is the greatest warrior in the land?
    Currently it's looking like Tiberius Virius Congrio, Dwarf, Veteran of the 31st Legion, current riverine explorer.
  6. Who is the richest person in the land?
    Tough to say, but most likely the Proconsular Governor of Atlantis province, Gaius Quinctius Flamininus.
  7. Where can we go to get some magical healing?
    The temple of Neptune Atlantis, near the port is your best bet, although the temple of Mars and Bellona in the forum is popular with soldiers.
  8. Where can we go to get cures for the following conditions: poison, disease, curse, level drain, lycanthropy, polymorph, alignment change, death, undeath?
    Currently your only chance here is going to be the temple of Neptune Atlantis.
  9. Is there a magic guild my MU belongs to or that I can join in order to get more spells?
    The Ordo Arcanum is the most common place to learn the arcane arts. They maintain libraries in most major cities in the empire, and have a school in Alexandria.
  10. Where can I find an alchemist, sage or other expert NPC?
    Pickings are slim in Neptune City right now, and it's your only shot, but more people are arriving every day.
  11. Where can I hire mercenaries?
    Neptune City, but there aren't any real organized bands there (yet), just individuals willing to sell their swords, or occasionally a small band of friends. They are all mostly legionary or auxiliary veterans, former gladiators or just desperate men willing to do what they can to strike it rich.
  12. Is there any place on the map where swords are illegal, magic is outlawed or any other notable hassles from Johnny Law?
    Not yet, currently it's the pre-Wyatt Earp old west here.
  13. Which way to the nearest tavern?
    Tenkar's is right inside the west gate, on the south side of the gate. It's the most popular with explorers and treasure hunters currently. Ferria's is just off the docks and is popular with sailors and dockworkers. The “Golden Goose” is at the foot of Patrician's Hill, and is popular with the wealthy.
  14. What monsters are terrorizing the countryside sufficiently that if I kill them I will become famous?
    Currently rumors fly of a Giant Crocodile near the area being cleared by the municipal slaves.
  15. Are there any wars brewing I could go fight?
    No, not just yet.
  16. How about gladiatorial arenas complete with hard-won glory and fabulous cash prizes?
    Absolutely, there is an arena in Jupiter City, across from the olive grove, and a Gladiator School (Ludus Gladiatorum) has opened near the south gate, next to the Spanish quarter.
  17. Are there any secret societies with sinister agendas I could join and/or fight?
    There are more factions in the empire than you can shake a stick at, the most reviled secret faction is the Temple of Set. The most admired is the Ordo Aquila. Neither are proven to actually exist, because they are secret societies, but the rumors and lore surrounding them make for compelling conspiracy theories.
  18. What is there to eat around here?
    Mostly fish and other seafood, and grain products. Almost all of the food in Neptune city is still imported from the empire proper. People are raising chickens, ducks and geese in the city, but they are mostly used for their egg production. One unpopular entrepreneur has brought over a cargo of pigs to raise for meat, and they keep breaking loose from their pen and wandering around the city. Fishing boats bring back a decent catch every day though, and the municipal slaves are slowly clearing and draining the land around the city with the aid of the corps of legionary engineers to start raising crops. There is a pre-existing olive grove in the city limits, but it hasn't produced a crop yet, and it will be a very small crop. The governor is desperate to find better farm land for crops and the grazing of sheep and cattle.
  19. Any legendary lost treasures I could be looking for?
    This is Atlantis, lost magic and technology are just waiting to be discovered.
  20. Where is the nearest dragon or other monster with Type H treasure?
    Only everywhere, who dares wins, eh? It's a booming, gold rush economy here, look how much Congrio's crew pulled out of the swamp yesterday.
Any other questions?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Name Your Poison

I am currently running a Roman themed AD&D (1st edition, heavy on the house rules) game on Roll20. I am giving serious thought to also running an OD&D (or Swords & Wizardry Whitebox) game there too. I am thinking of giving it a Norman/Crusader theme, kind of roll out with extra medievalisms, like jousting, maybe eliminate non-human characters so everything “other” is special and supernatural. Write up a bit of a culture packet, like I did with the Romans and see how that goes. I don't even know if I'll add Thieves.

The real kicker is that I think I might do it as a megadungeon campaign. My Roman themed “Lost Atlantis” campaign was decided, by player vote, to be a hex crawl and I'd kind of like to run some dungeon delving too.

I think I'd like to run jousting tournaments and stuff too. Maybe I'll have players make their characters like in Mike Davison's Flailsnails Jousting Tourney book.

I guess the point here is that I have a lot of time on my hands these days, since Mona died, and I'd like to fill it with some gaming. Pick either game, or both.

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Keep in mind that I am a "theater of the mind" guy, so I rarely use minis in person on a real tabletop, I have yet to even try on Roll20.