Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Diving Blow The Surface of the Kickstarter For Jeffrey Talanian's Hyperborea Otherworldly Tales Modules

Time & again I see reminders today that the Kickstarter for Jeffrey Talanian's Hyperborea Otherworldly Tales modules is winding down with only four days to go. So if you wanna get in on the action then by all means dive into that Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea rpg second rpg kickstarter goodness edition action. These various blog posts & whatnot don't actually get into the modules at all. Let's start with the Lost Treasure of Atlantis right outta the gate; "The Lost Treasure of Atlantis, by Chainsaw, is an adventure in HYPERBOREA designed for from four to six characters of 6th through 8th level." This statement tells me volumes of information from the fact that this is a mid range adventure perfect for more experienced adventurers on the world of Hyperborea. 

"In the far reaches of Hyperborea’s Crab Archipelago lies a small, mountainous island known as Crystal Point. Passing sailors recently have witnessed a crimson glow in Crystal Point’s waters and beams of russet light shining up from its steep cliffs. Too, unusually frequent lightning storms in the area have torn the sky in blinding flashes, shattering the air with their awesome sound. The seedy wharf taverns of Khromarium and elsewhere buzz with these strange tales—some even speculate that Crystal Point may hold the lost treasure of Atlantis! "
Hyperborea’s Crab Archipelago is infamously known for being the region where one of the most dangerous places within the setting because of the Crabmen & their alien empire. They have their own cults, technology, alchemy, & are known for being one of the most dangerous races on Hyperobrea. Knowing the influences of AS&SH as I do I'd say that there is a high probability that this module is going to have a huge influence of Clark Ashton Smith & Robert J Howard within. 

If  "The Lost Treasure of Atlantis, by Chainsaw, is going to continue in the wake of other AS&SH modules of the past then we'll see even more details added into the world & setting of Hyperborea. And we may get some of the answers that AS&SH dungeon masters have been seeking about the fate of Atlantis & its relics in the game.

The Lost Treasure of Atlantis (Art by Peter Mullen)

"The Sea-Wolf's Daughter, by Jeffrey P. Talanian, is an adventure in HYPERBOREA designed for from four to six characters of 7th through 9th level." seems to have a very distinctive otherworldly flavor to it but the real fact is that this is another mid range & higher level module. This is an interesting trend with the latest Kickstarter.
"Your party finds itself in the employ of Ragnarr the Sea-Wolf, a jarl of New Vinland and a reaver of old. His daughter, a shield-maiden named Gunnhildr, has been abducted by a brute called Björn Blackbeard. During a desperate search, the Sea-Wolf crossed sails with a former rival, and from the blood-flecked lips of a dying foe, he learnt the location of Blackbeard’s stronghold. Now, deep in the misty fjords of Brigand’s Bay, where cutthroats, pirates, and freebooters thrive, you have been charged with liberating the Sea-Wolf’s daughter." 
There's a real mix of old world Viking & absolute alien Lovecraftian machinations going on here with the 
"The Sea-Wolf's Daughter, by Jeffrey P. Talanian. The cover with its endless night gaunts & broken Viking women warriors screams deadly encounters at the edge of Hyperborea. As per usual Del Teigeler is bringing the AS&SH boreas winds with his cover! 

But its 
 Val Semeiks.artwork for a new revealed part of the Sea Wolf's Daughter that sets a very different tone indeed. Something between classic Seventies Marvel & a wholly new adventure location to exploit in AS&SH campaigns;"In the nameless depths of a wind-swept desert whence scarlet cacti and leprous lichens thrive, there rises Towering Fortress of Blackened Steel, a place of danger and mystery. Intrepid adventurers may find themselves here whilst attempting to rescue Gunnhildr, the Sea-Wolf's Daughter. Illustration by Val Semeiks." 
Once again the Towering Fortress of Blackened Steel, reveals even more fantastical details about Hyperborea's Sword & Sorcery setting. The Weird Tales meets 2001 a Space Odyssey vibe is very strong. Because AS&SH is so close to B/X  with heaps of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons first edition this is set of modules that can be played with those classic old school systems as well. Knowing Jeffrey P. Talanian as I do I know he's gonna have a blast fuffilling our Sword & Sorcery Kickstarter dreams. So with only four days to go slap some coins down on this latest incarnation of the lastest additions in this ever growing lane of Sword & Sorcery OSR goodness!
Show Your Support For The Kickstarter for Jeffrey Talanian's

Otherworldly Tales modules Right Here! 

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