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The more I look at this forum, the more I want to get involved with creating some scenarios (or at least, start getting some ideas onto virtual paper). Much like Darkmage7a's thread, I'll post some random ideas, and I appreciate any and all input/feedback.

I actually got a pic up, and there will be more to follow.

I'll divide the thread into a few areas: Dungeons, Campaigns, Alternate Tourney Rules, Traps, Treasure, and Random Ideas (which will hopefully evolve into one of the above). Please chime in with any thoughts, critiques, etc. I've been playing Heroscape for a long time and pride myself on unit analysis and competitive play, but I've never been much of a customs/scenario guy. I'm turning over a new leaf with this, and appreciate any help I can get.

The biggest project here is Betrayals of Utgar, which is gonig to be the biggest Heroscape campaign ever created (that I'm aware of, at least). It tries to incorporate every general aspect of Heroscape into one campaign - kill 'em all battles, scenario battles, dungeon crawls, common/uncommon/unique units, power and treasure glyphs, traps, plus new features I've created such as an Overworld (based on the map of Valhalla, with actual Valhallan locations and lore) you can traverse, random enemy encounters, shops where you can purchase Treasure Glyphs, Inns where you can rest to heal your wounds, Secrets that allow the Player to find more advanced treasure but aren't necessary to finish the game, and a colisseum that lets you fight hero vs. hero battles to win treasure. All of this is tied together with a story that attempts to explain how the war of the Valkyrie ended and the aftermath.

It's still a work in progress but is coming along nicely. There are previews of some of the dungeons and battles already up below (note that some of this may change slightly, but it will all be in the game for the most part). The Overworld Map and updated Beastiary is also up. The Shops available in each town are up below, but those will be changing as I've decided to just use the Treasure Glyphs we now have, since there are so many. There is also some of the beginning of the story dispersed throughout this thread to give you an idea of where I'm heading with it, and an overview of how the campaign works.

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The Tale of Sir Dupuis and the Chalice of Fortitude

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The Betrayals of Utgar [working title] - An RPG-Style Heroscape experience with an Overworld, random encounters and many dungeons. Absolutely epic in size.

[Overview]
[Prologue]
[Overworld Map]
[Darkness Dungeon Description]
[Light Dungeon Description]
[Nature Dungeon Description]
[Intellect Dungeon Description]

[Migol's Tomb (Courage) Dungeon - Download and Instructions]
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Community Project - Construction of BoU Maps and Scenarios:
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The Secrets of Breccon

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"Shining Force" type battle campaign

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"Overworld" and Random Encounters between towns/dungeons

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Betrayals of Utgar starts you out with the following heroes:

Drake RotV
Raelin RotV
Syvarris

Each Valkyrie Fortress you visit will offer you a choice of 3 additional heroes to recruit. You can choose one of the three that is then added to your party. There will also be additional heroes to recruit through various means and secrets. Here are the heroes you'll be able to recruit at each Fortress if you play through the campaign without finding any secrets:

Vydar's Fortress - James Murphy, Mika Connour, Agent Skahen
Ullar's Fortress - Theracus, Arkmer, Deadeye Dan
Einar's Fortress - Crixus, Ana Karithon, Valguard
Aquilla's Fortress - Brave Arrow, Migol Ironwill, Mogrimm Forgehammer
Jandar's Fortress (only if you visit later in the campaign) - Johnny "Shotgun" Sullivan, Concan, Sir Denrick

These characters can change if you recruit other heroes through secrets found in the campaign, which allows access to even more heroes through the Fortresses!

Also, there will be multiple "fixed" battles on the Overworld map. When the Player steps on that space, they'll have to participate in a battle against an opposing army controlled by the DM of equal or similar Point value (unlike the Dungeons, where heroes travel from room to room and only face a few enemies). These battles are marked with a glyph of Brandar on the Overworld map. These battles will require you to use different amounts of party members to augment other "Guest" units that the Player gets to control for that battle only.

For example, the first Battle the Player will encounter is the Soulborg Ambush at Stechavan Pass in southern Nastrauland. The Guests for this battle are Zetacron and 3 squads of Omnicron Repulsors. The DM's army consists of Deathwalker 8000, 2 squads of Deathstalkers and 3 squads of Deathreavers. The Player is allowed to add units to this army from the party to total 470 Points, so they may add 290 Points of Heroes. Since that's exactly what the Player begins the campaign with (Drake/Raelin/Syv) and there's no way to recruit additional heroes before that, those 3 will always be added. However, in future battles, the Player will be able to choose what units from the party will aid the Guests in battle. The party always earns all the Gold though when the Player's army is victorious.

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The ## Wellspring and the Amulet of Darkness
South Bleakewoode

This resting ground contains the remains of many warriors, and according to legend is where the Shades of Bleakewoode originated. The mystery of the Shades' origin has long been unknown to the people of Valhalla, and it was often speculated if a wellspring exists underneath their lair, animating these otherworldly creatures. A battle against death itself awaits our heroes in this deep and dark crypt.

4 Rooms, 2 Treasures

Room 1 – Rectangular Grass Graveyard (6 Road tiles as gravestones).

Enemies – Zombies of Morindan x1 + more

Special Rules – Heroes must touch each gravestone to unlock the magical entrance to the crypt below that contains the passage to the Wellspring. Whenever a gravestone is touched, the dead buried there is disturbed and a Zombie of Morindan appears on an adjacent space to the hero that stepped there.

Room 2 – Narrow dungeon room with shadow tiles and height dispersed throughout, and a sarcophagus at the back of the room.

Enemies – Shades of Bleakewoode x1, Sonlen

Special Rules – Sonlen came with the Nine to Bleakewoode in search of Utgar's Amulet, but his soul was consumed by a Shade during his travels, and they've led him here to their lair. If the player has the Holy Crucifix from the Light Dungeon, they can use it to restore Sonlen and have him join the team for the remainder of the dungeon. He then becomes recruitable after the dungeon.

Room 3 – Darkness – a 7-hex sand right in the middle of the hourglass shaped room, containing a face-down treasure glyph in the middle. The remainder of the room is otherwise dungeon tiles, shadow and stalagmites.

Enemies – Shades of Bleakewoode x2

Special Rules – This room is pitch black except for a small light that shows through from the ceiling of the room and illuminates the treasure and the hexes around it. The Heroes’ movement is decreased by 1 while in this room, and ranged attacks can only be used against enemies standing on one of the illuminated (7-hex sand) hexes. The Shades are not affected by the darkness.

Trap – The hole in the ceiling is covered, plunging the entire room into darkness. The treasure is lost forever, and the Player must remove an unrevealed Order Marker (that’s not the X) from one of their Army Cards. The Player can no longer use ranged attacks against figures on the 7-hex sand tile.

Room 4 – Triangular room with water surrounding an island, which is a reverse triangle in the center, which contains a face-down treasure glyph (Darkness Crystal). One Rechet of Bogdan sits in each corner of the room, and Sudema stands right in front of the treasure.

Enemies – Sudema (with a Talisman of Defense) and the Rechets of Bogdan

Special Rules – Sudema and the Rechets are statues, which cannot move, attack or be attacked until the Trap is sprung. Sudema owns a Talisman of Defense that she will drop as a face-up treasure glyph if killed.

Trap – The statues of Sudema and the Rechets spring to life, the DM immediately takes his Turn 1, and play proceeds normally. The Player must subtract 13 from their Trap roll when attempting to disarm this trap.

The Amulet of Darkness– The owner appears as a Shadow, granting the following abilities:
Phantom Walk
Thorian Speed

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Wow, It looks like you have an excellent assortment here. I particularly like the crystal powers and other treasures in that section. I also added a link to this thread from mine becuase it seems like you'll be adding to it on a fairly regular basis, and you are not just developing ideas but an entire campaign system and economy within a world.
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Wow, It looks like you have an excellent assortment here. I particularly like the crystal powers and other treasures in that section. I also added a link to this thread from mine becuase it seems like you'll be adding to it on a fairly regular basis, and you are not just developing ideas but an entire campaign system and economy within a world.
Thanks, Darkmage! I'm really excited about Breccon - we're planning on running that tournament in a few months up here in NE Ohio, after I get through tax season. I think it's gonna be a real blast.

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The Wellspring of Obsession and the Amulet of Light
Thaelenk Tundra

This mountain has always been a sacred place of Valhalla. A place where heroes would come from all around and attempt to prove their valor by scaling to the top. A place where citizens of Valhalla have come to offer possessions in return for their wishes to be granted. A place where, legend says, one can overcome his fears and purify himself of evil, if he possesses the proper strength. The search for the next Wellspring Amulet has brought our heroes here, and now they too will test their mettle against the sacred mountain.

4 Rooms, 2 Treasures

Room 1 – 10-hex wide rectangular room with higher rock ground in the far side a waterfall straight down the middle that ends in a small pool in the middle of the room.

Enemies – Protectors of Ullar x1

Special Rules – Heroes may throw any treasure glyph they own into the Wishing Pool (the small pool under the waterfall)when adjacent to it by discarding a treasure glyph they own and rolling the D20. On a roll of 1-5, their wish remains ungranted. On a roll of more than 5, they are rewarded with the Holy Crucifix. Whatever treasure they throw into the pool is lost.

Room 2 – Similar to the first room, only 8 hexes wide. All of the terrain is rock except the waterfall (which bisects the room), with height of the terrain increasing as you move further away from the first room. There is some snow and ice on the high ground.

Enemies – Sentinels of Jandar x1

Special Rules – Heroes attacking from afar must trust their heart rather than their eyes. As you move up the mountain, the light becomes blinding. Anyone attacking a non-adjacent figure must roll the D20 if they roll any skulls. On a roll of 1-7, the attack misses.

Room 3 – Similar to the first two rooms, but more narrow and with ice instead of water. Most of the terrain is ice and snow, but the 6-hex glacier is in the middle of the room from which the waterfall is coming extending from it to the beginning of the room. There is a face-up treasure glyph buried within it.

Enemies – Dzu-Teh x1

Special Rules – The 6-hex glacier is a destructible object with 4 Life and 4 Defense Dice. Once it is destroyed, it is removed from the board and the 6 hexes beneath it count now as slippery ice. However, if the treasure is not retrieved by the end of the round in which the glacier was destroyed, it is washed away over the mountain and down the waterfall, lost forever. At that point, any figures standing on the water or ice hexes is destroyed. As soon as the Sentinels are defeated, the group is transported automatically to the mountain summit – they may not stay to destroy the glacier after defeating the enemies.

Room 4 – Mountain Summit. A small, 3-hex wide room with the terrain being all snow and ice with one of the one-hex glaciers elevated at the back, representing the peak. There is a face-down treasure glyph (Light Crystal) directly in front of the glacier.

Enemies – Special.

Special Rules – There are no enemies in this room, unless the Trap is sprung. The Player must choose which Hero will attempt to take the Amulet first, and may only place Order Markers on that Hero until he’s dead. The dungeon ends when the Player obtains the Amulet of Light.

Trap – The Hero that springs this trap sees his reflection in the glacier, and must prove himself worthy of obtaining the Light Crystal by defeating the darkness within himself. The DM places another figure of the Hero (or proxies him) adjacent to the hero that sprung the trap, and a new round begins immediately. If the Player's Hero is defeated, the glyph remains there and face-down. If the Player's Hero wins, he obtains the Light Crystal. The Player must subtract 14 from his Trap rolls for this trap, and Darrak Ambershard’s “Disarm Trap” Special Power has no effect.

The Amulet of Light – The owner and any friendly figure within 4 clear sight spaces of the owner may roll one additional defense die when defending.

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The Wellsprings of the Forgotten Forest
Jotungard - The Forgotten Forest

Utgar long knew that the Forgotten Forest was home to two Wellsprings, and sent his Fiantooth servants to guard the entrance. None else know what awaits within this forgotten and forsaken land.

4 Rooms, 2 Treasures

Road to the Forgotten Forest – Shaped like a Y of grass with perches of elevation dispersed throughout, with a road that runs down the center to a water hex, with a face-down Glyph of Brander on each side. The road then forks to the end of each prong. The heroes start on the bottom. The prong ends contain Evergreen trees and Jungle Trees, respectively at each end.

Enemies – Dumutef Guard x2

Special Rules – The Player can choose whether to go to the Evergreen Room or the Jungle Room first, depending on which path they take. They do not have to defeat the enemies in this room to advance – they just have to proceed to either exit, which is the hex between the trees. The water hex serves as a teleporter to the final room, but it is locked by the 2 glyphs. The Player must find 2 other glyphs of Brandar in the dungeon to unlock the portal.

Room 2 – Evergreen Forest – a long, narrow expanse of grass and snow, with skinny Evergreen trees scattered throughout, and one large Evergreen in the center, with a face-down treasure glyph (Mother Tree Brooch) in front of it. A face-up glyph of Brandar is at the opposite end from the starting zone.

Enemies – Blade Gruts x1 and Nerak (with a Mother Tree Brooch)

Special Rules – All of the snow in this room is heavy snow. The Evergreen Tree in the center of the room is the Mother Tree, and Nerak holds a brooch made from one of its cones that he removed himself, which grants protection to the wearer and any friend close to them. Once Nerak is dead, his brooch disintegrates. When a Hero steps on the glyph of Brandar, remove a glyph of Brandar from Room 1. If that causes no glyphs of Brandar to remain in Room 1, place a face-up glyph of Brandar in Room 1 on the water hex. The Player must go back to into Room 1 after completing this room.

Trap – Roll one unblockable attack die against every friendly figure adjacent to an Evergreen Tree. If the trap is sprung, the treasure glyph remains there and face-down.

A Save Room connects the two prongs of this dungeon, and is accessible from the back of both the Evergreen and Jungle Rooms.

Room 3 – Jungle Forest – Exactly the same as the Evergreen room, except the snow is replaced with Swamp water, the Evergreen trees are all Jungle brush, and Evergreen the tree in the middle of the room is a Jungle tree, which also has a face-down treasure glyph (Nectar) in front of it. A glyph of Brandar also sits at the other end of the room.

Enemies – Blade Gruts x1 and Ornak

Special Rules – The Jungle Tree in the center of the room is the Father Tree. When a Hero steps on the glyph of Brandar, remove a glyph of Brandar from Room 1. If that causes no glyphs of Brandar to remain in Room 1, place a face-up glyph of Brandar in Room 1 on the water hex. The Player has to go back into Room 1 after completing this room.

Trap – Roll one unblockable attack die against every friendly figure adjacent to a Jungle Brush or Tree. If the trap is sprung, the treasure glyph remains there and face-down.

Room 1 again – The same as before, except one glyph of Brandar is gone for each other room the Player has defeated. If both are gone, a glyph of Brandar sits on the water hex in the middle.

Enemies – Arrow Gruts x2 and Swogs x2, plus any Dumutefs from this room that were not killed before.

Special Rules – Heroes start at either the Evergreen or Jungle Trees, depending on which room they just finished playing. Stepping on the Glyph of Brandar in the center of the room on the water hex will transport that Hero out of this room and into a Save room, which has a door to Room 4.

Room 4 – Nature and Nurture - A rectangular room with two elevated, surrounded pools of water (Wellsprings), and an insane amount of skinny Evergreen trees, Jungle Brush and Jungle Trees.

Enemies – Heavy Gruts x4, Tornak, Grimnak

Special Rules – The Mother and Father tree are enraged that the Heroes violated them. If you got the Mother Tree Brooch, roll “lava damage” at the end of each round for any hero adjacent to an Evergreen tree. If you got the Nectar, roll “lava damage” each round for any Hero adjacent to a Jungle brush or Jungle Tree.
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The Amulet of Nature – Grants the owner +1 to Movement and Attack.
The Amulet of Nurture - Grants the owner +1 to Life and Defense.

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Hey KC, if I'm reading this correctly you're basically using the overworld map as a way for the party to move around right? So wouldn't someone who doesn't have the terrain resources to set up the map and the battlefields be able to use a printout (or two) to handle that?

I'm thinking maybe an overhead shot of the VS rendering might work. But I suppose that would really depend on how much elevation matters in overland movement, though that wouldn't be an insurmountable problem.

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Hey KC, if I'm reading this correctly you're basically using the overworld map as a way for the party to move around right? So wouldn't someone who doesn't have the terrain resources to set up the map and the battlefields be able to use a printout (or two) to handle that?

I'm thinking maybe an overhead shot of the VS rendering might work. But I suppose that would really depend on how much elevation matters in overland movement, though that wouldn't be an insurmountable problem.
Elevation has absolutely no bearing on Overworld movement. On the Overworld, the player can only move on Level 1 unless he has a boat/airship (not that a boat or airship will be available in the campaign ). I envision just a Drake figure that represents the entire party to move from hex to hex along the Overworld until they get to a town/fortress, enter a cave/battlefield, or step on a random encounter hex.

So yes, some sort of 2D printout would work just fine - if it's big enough for a figure to walk on. The real purpose of the overworld is to dictate the flow of the campaign by using terrain blockers such as mountains and rivers to force the party to take a particular route, to control the strength of the enemies faced and to provide random encounters along the way (just like in every RPG video game ever created). It represents the journey from say, Nostrauland to Ekstrom as the heroes travel from Jandar's fortress to Ullar's.

What would be ideal is a big printout of the geographical map of Valhalla with a semi-transparent Lexan-style hex diagram super-imposed on top of it, and each hex being different colors, which represent either non-traverseable terrain or one of the colors in the random encounter grid. Then the players could lay down the mat, put rock hexes / trees / glaciers / what have you on the non-traversable hexes and move along the others while the DM checks for encounters. I might try and create something like this for download. It might even be possible to do it in VS if there's a way to get a "life-size" printout.

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Re: KC's Scenarios, Campaigns, Traps and Random Ideas

Just so you know, the link to Migol's Tomb Caverns isn't complete. The instructions for the battlefield are, but the story isn't.
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Re: KC's Scenarios, Campaigns, Traps and Random Ideas

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Just so you know, the link to Migol's Tomb Caverns isn't complete. The instructions for the battlefield are, but the story isn't.
Hmmm... I can't try the link because I'm at work, but if you can get to the build instructions, you should have the story. It's on the last page of the Instructions, intermixed with the scenario rules.

I also added a front page link to the Prologue I put up a few days ago, and updated the Overview link to a more relevant post.

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