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New Setting Guide!

January 6, 2011

Its been a while since I last wrote anything here, and I think its about time that I did! I mean… its not like Mor Aldenn is dead or anything, in fact, the setting may be more alive now than ever before!

And what do I mean by that?

Well, just this;

At the moment, a bunch of awesome designers are currently working on fleshing out and expanding the setting further, and adding a bunch of very cool rules for the Pathfinder RPG. You will see new monsters, lots of NPCs, feats, spells and yes, even a new base class!

Also, you’ll see a couple of minor adventures in the near future, staged in and around Mor Aldenn, of course!

To kickstart the new year, I have decided to open the bag a bit (just a bit!). Every thursday, from now and the next few months, I will try to reveal a little something from the City of Mages. Since this is a city setting, why not start by showing you a location?

Green Elixirs

This small shop is nestled between larger buildings in the southern part of Mor Aldenn. A small sign above the door display a couple of potions in varying greens.

Type shop (average), residence; Size small (1 floor, cellar)

Owner Vastian Breth (male human wizard 5, CG); Staff none

Typical Visitors adventurers, mages, wizards; Famous Visitors Lord Balsadarus

 

This small shop is owned and run by a guild mage named Vastian Breth, who (deep within his heart) is more alchemist than wizard. Vastian is well-known and liked around the mage guild, yet choose to live here, away from his friends. He does this, mostly because of his many experiments. Lots of amazing potions grace the windows of Green Elixirs, but none of them are real potions. Vastian makes potions on request, but only to other guild mages and his closest friends.

Looking for alchemical items? Well, Vastian has lots of strange concoctions and weird items on display in his shop. If you are ready to take a chance, you might even buy one of his more experimental items, but remember, all of these come with a severe warning!

Items bought at half price have a 75% chance of working, while items that are even cheaper have a 10% chance of exploding, causing 1d8 points of damage to the user.

This is a pretty typical site within the City of Mages. The location is supposed to be useful, to the GMs and to the PCs, and bring tiny rules that are unique to each site.

What kind of locations would you like to see in a City of Mages?

Also, because I want everyone to experience Mor Aldenn, I’ve decided to create a big bundle of goodies, available for almost… nothing.

You can find it here, at RPGNow.com

And what do you get? Well, both the Player’s and GM’s guide, the Mor Aldenn cartography, an adventure, a very cool map pack of the Barrowdelve, an inn named the Ugly Harpy and lastly, insight into one of three gods that exist in the City of Mages!

I truly hope that you’ll enjoy these, and dont worry, we are not altering much of the information here, we are basically adding new material in the upcoming Expanded Setting Guide, so all this wonderful material will be useful even then!

Welcome to the City of Mages, hopefully you’ll enjoy your stay!

First adventure… finally done!

February 28, 2010

Ah, I just finished (and uploaded) the very first Mor Aldenn adventure! It’s a nice feeling to finally be able to say that 🙂 It could have been published two months back, if my computer hadn’t crashed .

Oh well, it’s out there now!

As always, comments are welcome! Perhaps you have an idea of how I can make this adventure even better!

Oh yeah, and I plan on making a free pdf with all the creatures from the adventure, but until that happens, you are just gonna have to use the Bestiary.

You can find the adventure here; http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=79157

The Barrowdelve Map Pack!

October 14, 2009

Cartography by Rene WalkHeadless Hydra Games is proud to present yet another Mor Aldenn product, this time concerned with the ancient Barrowdelve!

We bring to you, a small map pack containing 4 full colour maps detailing the 4 uppermost levels of the Barrowdelve, and 4 greyscale maps of the very same levels. All maps were done by the newcomer, Rene Walk, whose work is splendid!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=65111

Just remember, this is just a map pack, not a complete walkthrough of the Barrowdelve! That will come later!

Barrowdelve teaser!

September 29, 2009

By unknown cartographer!My secret (and yet unknown) cartographer delivered the map today, after having worked on it for three days. Yes, I said three days. He is not only amazing, but also fast and efficient.

When I saw the map, I have to tell you, I laughed. A laughter of joy and amazement. It must be the best map I have seen to date, and I have seen many great maps. Well, since I attached a teaser to this post, you can judge for yourself, of course, you dont have the entire dungeon to judge from, but still it gives you an idea of the quality.

I delivered the remaining three levels of the Barrowdelve to my mystery cartographer, and these will be even more beautiful than the first level.

Soon…

New cartographer!

September 28, 2009

Just wanted to share the great news that… Headless Hydra Games have discovered a new great talent for making maps!

I will keep his name hidden for a while, just until I have something to show you. However, I can tell you that he is currently hard at work creating maps for the Barrowdelve, maps that are… of extremely high quality!

This also means that you should expect to see some of the Barrowdelve very soon, along with encounter information. Now I just have to find out how to write the encounters… what information to include!

Ideas are appreciated, as always!

The Mor Aldenn Notebook?

July 16, 2009

One of my products just got its first review today (I’m not gonna post a link, you can pobably find it if you want to). It was pretty positive, but it still got me thinking of how to improve it a little bit to make it even better.

For one, I’m thinking of adding a greyscale map, showing the really important parts of the city, allowing the GM (or players) to add notes directly to the map.

What do you think the Notebook needs to become an even better (free) product? Imagine that I had half an hour to spare on this and no budget (meaning no new art), what could I do to make it even more useful?

Oppinions please.

Colour map of Mor Aldenn!

May 11, 2009

Jonathan Roberts did the colouring on the Mor Aldenn map, and he did it extremely well! You can find his link to the right… in case you are looking for a really talented cartographer!

Anyways, check it out for yourself!

http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c11/brekkil/?action=view&current=Mor_Aldenn_smallColour1.jpg