Peter the skald wrote:
Thank you for sharing it with us, Arlun!
Steady on! I know Alun is a celt but to call him a barbarian is a little rich these days! I mean they have roads and bridges and everything.
Darn, I am reading too much Rethem history!
There is only one thing I am missing (besides the following two adventures
): information about the ship Breyta and its crew. There are only the descriptions of the captain and of Vigdis but nothing else. I have got the impression that there could be a complete background article missing. After all, it is one of the main locations of the adventure.
You correctly identify something that might have been. A write-up of the Breyta
was in the original campaign plan but several things intervened:
1. Time - I was conscious that if I didn't get it out soon then I might never finish the damn thing; I am not by nature a 'completer finisher'. I was much more interested in getting it out to people and then finishing Part 3 and getting the structure of PArt 4 into a place that could allow it to be finished. I'll look for the spreadsheet I used to get as far as I did with defining her - anyone is welcome to fill in the blanks and post her back here, with my gratitude.
2. The Mechanics - I did once create a ship to carry players to Hepekeria and my recollection was that it was more trouble than it was worth. Don't get me wrong I think the Pilots Almanac has much to recommend it but it's just a bit too dense for me to want to use the ship building section more than once every decade or so. This time around it was enough to use the PA rules for movement and to summarise that in the notes from Captain Grim's rutter.
3. Dead Weight - I'd meant to mention this in the introductory notes but forgot; it would be possible to use that ship instead of the Breyta as a source of crew and ship. I know it's not a knaar and you'd have to change crew motive a lot, but as a characterful collection of NPCs it could be helpful.
A complete write-up of the ship with PA stats, plans and details to all crew members would of course be the luxury variant. The simple solution could be to include a short paragraph with the ships type and size, the actual number of crew members and the number (and size) of the whale boats. This would already be very helpful.
Anyway - thanks for the feedback. I'd begun to think RoAE had disappeared without a trace.
200+ of you have downloaded it and the articles but few have commented.
One explanation could be that it really take some time to read all that stuff you wrote. Keep it shorter and you will get your feedback earlier!
I also spotted a few minor errors. If you are interested I can PM them to you.