Sunday, October 1, 2017

OSR Action With Merry Old School Campaign Commentary & DA3 City Of the Gods By Dave Arneson & Guy Richie

Today is Dave Arneson Day! So I wanted to take some time in this installment of my on going OSR commentary to describe the campaign mash up that we did back in '87 when our party of adventurers entered 'D3 The City of the Gods' in a mash up version of  Blackmoor & Greyhawk. Which was way more Blackmoor then Greyhawk.We had already gone through the 'S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'.

But now a different & far more dangerous adversary was threatening our world, the cult of the Sleeper of N'kai, also known as Zhothaqquah's cult had reared its head from the swamps! We had encountered its priests, the mutant frog horrors, & its machinations. The party had barely survived! My wizard was fried along with a good number of hirelings, bearers, & our cleric of Zeus was gone. Mr. Anseson has a lot to answer for let me you!

"Green Death... That's what old hands call the Great Dismal Swamp. For centuries, this tangled maze of sluggish watercourses, stagnant ponds, and festering marshes has defended Blackmoor's southwestern frontier. Large armies and smaller parties have disappeared altogether inside its vast, dripping, claustrophobic corridors.
Among those who have dropped from sigh in this arboreal hell is young Rissa Aleford, one of Blackmoor's most important leaders. Carried off to the sinister City of the Fron, she is now being held by the eccentric Monks of the Swamp. By making the baroness captive, the deranged monks have seriously weakened Blackmoor at a time when enemies already threaten it from all sides." We had survived all of the horrors & gathered the experience points but now there were new challenges awaiting our little party of heroes.  And then my uncle got his hands on D3 City of the Gods! Sweet old ones were we in deep trouble! Sure I've talked about D3 City Of The Gods before but what I haven't told you was that I was the cause of all of this.

"New Magic?
That's what the flying egg has. New magic unlike any ever encountered in Blackmoor. New magic of a type that could give the fledgling kingdom an important edge in the wars that are brewing on its borders.

There are only a few minor problems. Like the fact that the magician who piloted the metal egg to one of Blackmoor's sworn enemies, the monks of evil and eccentric Order of the Frog, are also interested in the magic represented by the egg. And, most important, the fact that the egg came from the distant and dangerous City of the Gods.

Set amist the blistered salt flats of the Valley or the Ancients, the City of the Gods is a strange and deadly metal metropolis whose powerful guardians do not welcome intruders. Yet it is to this place of deadly menace that Blackmoor's leaders now send a daring expedition? to bargain for aid in the coming wars? or to steal the magic of the gods"
That's the back of the module blurb and it sort of still haunts me. I had gotten my uncle three things for his birthday a collection of Clark Ashton Smith stories, a copy of D3 City of the Gods, and a full run of   Creatures on the Loose #16–21 (March 1972 – January 1973).
Creatures on the Loose was a Marvel adaptation of 
Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation by by writer Roy Thomas and the art team of Gil Kane and Bill Everett, and later written by Gerry Conway. Now your going to have to see if you can follow this chain my uncle had the Warden of S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks as part of a deep space mission that went very wrong. This fleet was a part of the same space fleet that created the crash landing of the ships from the DA1 Blackmoor & events from DA2 Temple of The Frog. We did these events as real time campaign events. The shadowy Egg's credo was in full effect. It goes something like;"the Egg of Coot's 'philosophy' or credo which goes something along these lines;" Might is Right. Might is Right. Don't Give a Sucker an even break. Winning _is_ everything. Get what you want by Hook or by Crook, but get it. The Ends always justify the means used to achieve it. The meek may inherit the Earth but that means the strongest will rule everything."You can find more secrets on the Comeback Inn's entry on the Egg of Coot.

So what happened aboard those ships that created the events of Blackmoor? Well as near as the party could piece together the corruption of Tsathoggua had infected various members of the crew & officers. Things went from bad to worse as the insanity spread. We had encountered some of the horror of this during our short run through
Robert Kuntz's machine level .
But this twist of the campaign was very different. There was always crossover between Greyhawk's Blackmoor, Mystara, & the original Blackmoor. The FTL drives of the ships had turned the dimensional barriers to Swiss Cheese. Our parties were always between the machinations of Tsathoggua & The Egg of Coot.  We found ourselves rescuing red & yellow savage Martian princes &  princesses who were hypersleep aboard the remains of one of the remaining wrecks of this fleet. For years there was fall out from this space fleet. Martian monsters would occasionally wake up & ravage the countryside. But where did they come from? They were more invasive monsters from the pages of   Creatures on the Loose #16–21 (March 1972 – January 1973). Creatures on the Loose was a Marvel adaptation of  Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation by by writer Roy Thomas and the art team of Gil Kane and Bill Everett, and later written by Gerry Conway
The crew had collected specimens & now they'd awaken very grumpy, pissed off and itching for a meal. Eventually we had several species of invasive Martian monster running around our campaign via the Marvel series. If you want the real story of Marvel's Gulliver of Mars check out this article of ERBzine.

More old school comic book & campaign commentary coming up! Keep em rolling folks.

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