Friday, December 27, 2019

Adventures In Darkness - Cha'alt & Adventurer, Conqueror,King rpg Deep Dive - Session Report Eight

First of all Merry Christmas & happy New Year to all of my readers. The holidays is a time of reflection & being thankful for our family. Its also a time when we get together with friends. For me over the holiday it was getting together with old players for a beer or two. I've been running my Cha'alt/Godbound game campaign. But we got talking about our Adventurer,Conqeuror, King rpg game campaign that I ran about a year ago. The campaign ended badly due to bad scheduling,outside personal issues, & complete breakdown among players leaving me the DM with a pile of notes.
But recently I paid close attention to a Cha'alt session report from the Mixed DM's blog. Its his use of ACK's that grabbed my attention. I said my good nights got my Christmas hugs & paid for everyone's tab.

After paying for the beer & coming home I put on a pot of tea. I grabbed my note books & began to go through them. Everything starts with B2 Keep on the Borderlands by Gary Gygax but quickly moved to Barbarian Conquerors of Kanahu

Adventure events are moving way too fast but there's been a few changes in the ACK's line since I last looked. Namily the AX4: Ruined City of Cyfandir (ROC) book,AX3: Capital of the Borderlands, & finally Secrets of the Nethercity.  What does any of these books have to do with B2? Well, these books are a sort of ACK's homage to B2 Keep on the Borderlands. These books tie right back into  Barbarian Conquerors of Kanahu which is a perfect mate to Cha'alt. But AX3: Capital of the Borderlands has some killer source material to fill in desert sands of Cha'alt.

The ACK's books are set in a twilight or late Roman Empire sort of fantasy time period. This is perfect for an alien desert world.
 From the desert setting of the ACK's books to the smoldering remains of an Elven empire too the fact that  Secrets of the Nethercity could be used build the underground dungeons & remains of Venger's alien cities. 

So how does this tie in with my campaign events in California & the Slavers? Quite easily actually. The Slavers of AD&D Slavelords series of modules (A1-A4) have been taking full advantage of the Cha'alt dimensional rift that's opened up in Las Vegas. They've been raiding the california coast & their forces have taking slaves here & there. What their really interested in is aquiring xanthium-183 that's been filtering through the California underworld.
What the slavers forces have been avoiding is the Hyperborea armies that have been raiding parts of California. This campaign is set during the opening salvos of 
 Ragnarök when the Hyperborean armies that have been waiting for the stars to be right come to the surface to wage war upon humanity. 

The appearance of the Cha'alt dimensional tear & the Lovecraftian masters  has stirred the alien humanity & blood of the Hyperboreans! The time of the gods death is upon humanity & the chosen of the god's champions now walks among men. But their fighting each other instead of the enemies of humanity! So these campaign events are eluded to in Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea & I'm using that game as part of the basis for this on going campaign.
But the clock is ticking for Cha'alt is doomed as well!

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