Pyramid of the Undying is my love-letter to my favourite DnD module, Moldvay's "The Lost City". I'm calling it a "fan-edit", and you can get it for free here: https://www.simoncarryer.com/pyramid_of_the_undying.html
For an online dungeon thing I'm making with, I'm stuck on how to make the interactions work. I have actions mapped to click and double click, but I need a third interaction. Right click is an option but it involves complex overriding of normal web behaviour. Hover is an option but it's a bit annoying. Am I missing something? Web development is really not a strength.
A thing I've started doing a lot is rolling a die when I need to know something about the detail of the fictional world. Can ghosts communicate with the living? Can skeletons write? Sometimes this leads to delightful surprises and exciting turns of events. Sometimes it leads to things that feel a little... "off" I guess. There's many cases where reasoning from principles and making a ruling is the better choice. I'm still figuring out what that line is.
This week's session of #TyrantOfMars saw us expand the theatre of operations to the whole of the City of Xanthe. A couple of characters were framed for a horrific murder by the mysterious Wax Men, so they're having to dodge patrols and are trying to discover a secret way in and out of the City.
Very nice review of my "Pyramid of the Undying" from 10-foot pole: https://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/?p=8010
What do you all reckon about "bad proposition" dungeons? Ones where the risks far outweigh the rewards, or where the rewards are a lie? I feel like they need a very particular campaign context to make sense, and I wonder if they're actually ever a good idea. But also I think I'm writing one at the moment.
@rthorm I took a look at "The Shipping Forecast". There are some interesting ideas in there and I think it's a good start. I think a useful approach could be to think about what *choices* you want players to make. What are the tactical decisions that players are concerned with, and what information do they have to base those decisions on?
I wonder if that translates into wider game design?
I'd be sad if this was a sign of a dwindling of the contest's relevance. There have been some great entries over the years. Maybe I should enter something - be the change I want to see, etc.
A mixed game of D&D today (3rd session of TYRANT OF MARS). The players had fun but I felt like my processes were not as clean as they could be. Too much rolling dice to decide, not enough reasoning from principles. One highlight though, the players coming away from the session saying "We need to get better organised! Marching order! Torch discipline!"
One thing I've started doing with random encounter tables is preferring flatter distributions in number encountered. 1d20 instead of 3d6 or 2d10. It leads to more dynamic situations and more "cat and mouse" interactions.
Conversely, if there's an organised force (like a military) I prefer fixed numbers ("a patrol is 6 mounted men with a captain"). It makes it easier for the players to make plans and strategise.
I want to prep more for my TYRANT OF MARS d&d campaign, but I really don't know what kind of material I'll need. All we know is that the characters are going to try to overthrow/assassinate the Emperor of Mars. I've written up Tharsis Palace, his Golden Ship, and some notes on his Death Legion and Eternal Guard. What else do I need?