Very pleased to announce that my 1st-level Parsantium adventure, Whispers of the Dark Daeva, is now available to buy for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. You can buy the PDF at drivethrurpg.com or Paizo for just $4.99
Praise for the 5th Edition version (also available)
“A stirring adventure which gives the party a chance to make a name for themselves… It’s full of neat tricks to build up atmosphere and add to the realism of the town, as well as to provide a suitably creepy feel that grows along with the body count!” – Megan Robertson
“Each act and area in the adventure reads as well thought out, planned and as [if] the author has a real passion for what they’re writing and the world they’ve created – The Dice Trip
We spent a lot of time on layout for both versions to get the monster stat blocks on the same page as the adventure text. If you’ve run or read the adventure, I’d love to know what you think about this!
Two (maybe even three) years ago I wrote a Parsantium article called “The Other Crossroads City” for a fanzine for Wolfgang Baur’s excellent Midgard setting. As some of you may know, the original Parsantium campaigns included several Midgard adventures, including Wrath of the River King, Courts of the Shadow Fey and Halls of the Mountain King.
Now, as I’m working on the updated Midgard setting for Kobold Press, the fanzine has finally been published!
Called Yggdrasil, it clocks in at nearly 100 pages and is absolutely free. You can download it here from Paizo.
Also, if you are interested in Midgard, a dark fantasy setting for 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder, influenced by Central and Eastern European folklore, check out the Kickstarter.
Thought it was about time for an update on Whispers of the Dark Daeva!
Kate has been incredibly busy with her day job as a freelance editor so we haven’t had much time to work on the adventure in the last few weeks. Nonetheless, we have managed to get the introduction, and first three chapters of the 5e version styled up and laid out, including stat blocks, art and maps.
It was a year ago that I first asked you all how you liked to see monster stats presented in adventures and overall the feedback was in favour of including the stats on the page with the encounter description – my preference too as a GM. I want to make the adventure as easy as possible for the GM to run so that’s what we’re doing with Whispers of the Dark Daeva. This can prevent layout challenges but so far I think we’ve managed to achieve this while keeping the layout as clean and uncluttered as we can. Formatting 5e stats in InDesign has been a bit tricky too but we’ve cracked it now (I hope!) and things should be easier for the final two chapters. That’s just as well as these contain lots of monster and NPC stats.
Once the 5e version is laid out, Kate will edit the text and then it will be on to the Pathfinder version. We’re off on holiday in the next few weeks too so it’s likely to be Autumn/Winter before the adventure is finally published unfortunately, but I’d rather take the time we need to get it right rather than rush things.
More news to follow in due course. Any questions, please do let me know 😃
We’ve been on holiday this week so I’ve been able to make good progress on Whispers of the Dark Daeva, my forthcoming Parsantium adventure for 1st level PCs.
I went through all the excellent feedback I received from the 5e and Pathfinder playtests in detail and made a number of improvements to the adventure, tightening up the story and the game mechanics. I’ve expanded some of the encounters and redrew the dungeon map with slightly bigger rooms to give the PCs and monsters more room to manoeuvre before tidying it up and labelling it in Photoshop. I had to remember to update both versions of the text too – thank goodness for Word’s track changes functionality. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the final drafts I will be passing over to Kate to edit.
I’ve now copied the 5e draft into InDesign and styled up the headings and most of the text. InDesign is tricky to master but I am learning a few tricks here and there which is cool. We do still need to come up with a style that works for the 5e and Pathfinder stat blocks as this is the first Parsantium release that has included monster and NPC stats.
Next, it’s on to editing and layout. More news to follow soon…
Here are the finished covers for the Pathfinder and 5e versions of Whispers of the Dark Daeva, featuring Joe Shawcross’ stunning cover art. Click the images below to enlarge.
The 5e version is still in playtest, but we’re hoping to publish the adventure later this Summer.
This weekend I finished the 5e playtest draft versions of my forthcoming adventure Whispers of the Dark Daeva, incorporating changes to several key scenes following the Pathfinder playtest I ran for our Monday night gaming group and other very useful playtest feedback.
Since the first part of the adventure involves investigating the violent incidents that have been taking place in the Dock Ward, it’s often hard when you’re writing to judge if you are making the clues too obvious or too obscure. In this case, I think things were a bit too obvious, and a really fun encounter was skipped as the PCs already had all the information they needed early on. I’ve now tweaked things following the feedback, swapping the order in which information is shared, and spreading the clues around a little more.
This has gone off to several groups of Parsantium gamers to playtest and I’m looking forward to hearing their feedback. I’m also running the adventure for our Saturday night gaming group (aka the infamous Juma Gang) this month which should be good fun. This round of playtesting will hopefully let me know if the changes I’ve made have improved the way in which the adventure unfolds, and if the 5e encounters are balanced for a party of 1st level characters.
The art is all in now, so once any changes from the 5e playtest are incorporated into the manuscript, we’ll be getting started on editing, layout and cover design. In the meantime, here’s Matt Morrow’s finished illustration of Calbiades Hot-Blooded, minotaur captain.
Art by Matt Morrow
Working on the 5e version of the adventure and seeing all the cool stuff coming out from 3rd party publishers and on the DM’s Guild has made me want to write some new 5e player material for Parsantium. I’m not sure yet whether this will be blog content or a new product, but please let me know if there is anything you are interested in seeing. Backgrounds, races and class options all seem like they would be fun to do.
Finally, if you haven’t bought Parsantium: City at the Crossroads, it’s on sale at 25% off at drivethrurpg.com until 30th April as part of their 5th Edition sale 🙂
Both of my Parsantium campaigns began in Flotsam. Now Matt Morrow has illustrated the boat town for Whispers of the Dark Daeva. I think it looks great!