Exploring the Obsidian Frontier

Our Obsidian Frontier sandbox campaign for D&D 5th Edition is proceeding nicely aided by the release of the Dungeon Master’s Guide in December 2014.

Chapters 1 and 2 has seen our heroes explore the Caverns of Quasqueton, home to the (allegedly) deceased adventurers Roghan the Fearless and Zelligar the Unknown (as featured in the B1 In Search of the Unknown).

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D&D: In Search of the Unknown, Part 1

The Obsidian Frontier campaign gets under way with In Search of the Unknown, Part 1, in which a group of fledgling heroes takes on the Caverns of Quasqueton. Read the saga on the GriffWiki.

We’ve added a number of pages to the wiki to support the campaign:

  • Obsidian Bay, CY 515: An overview of the city as it existed two years after its founding
  • Obsidian Frontier Primer: Essential NPCs, locations, and other organizations for the campaign
  • Obsidian Frontier Saga: All of the adventures associated with the campaign.
  • Frontier Era Category: A new category collecting all of the wiki pages related to the Frontier era
  • The Pomarj: An overview of the peninsula where the campaign is based. Updated to include information about the historical  baronies associated with the region.

Weird Pulp, Episode 12: Dreams of the Purple Lotus

Jian Zao (“Sword of Morning”) of the Red Hand Triad was desperate. His brother, Jian Zhang, had fallen under the sway of opium, and had become a frequent customer at the Green Dragon Opium Den.

The den, an uncommon sight in New York City in the 1930s, was opened by Ling Si, a Chinese herbalist, drug trafficker, and sorcerer in October 1937. Within weeks the den had captured dozens with its opium-tainted dreams.

Jian Zao could not rely on his own resources to save his brother, having been warned by his leader to leave the den alone. Desperate to save his brother, he approached Wardens Richard Shen and Andrew Buchanan to see if they could help.

Read more in Episode 12 of Weird Pulp “Dreams of the Purple Lotus”.

Also added to the site  is a write up on the Tears of St. Bernadette, a powerful divine relic capable of healing grievous wounds.



Obsidian Frontier D&D campaign launches

We’ve launched a new Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition campaign called Obsidian FrontierIt’s set in our old stomping grounds of the World of Greyhawk in our homegrown city of Obsidian Bay. Rather than follow the continuing chaotic adventures of the Blackrazor Guild however, the campaign goes back in time 75 years to the founding of the free city.

It’s an unexplored era for us; we’ve hinted at the events surrounding the Founding — the arrival of the Griffins Guild on the Pomarj to fight the tide of evil that had flooded it only a few years earlier; the discovery of the sprawling, seemingly endless subterranean complex of the Obsidian Maze; the “gold rush” as adventurers from around the Flanaess arrived eager to fight the Pomarj’s new goblin and orc rulers, and to  try their hand at exploring the megadungeon. The game runs on Sunday nights, and is meant to be a sandbox-style playtest of the new Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rules.

Obsidian Frontier is set in the Common Year 515, two years after the founding of Obsidian Bay, and three years after the independent human baronies of the Pomarj were overrun by orcs and goblins. The humanoids had in turn been driven out of their homes in the Lortmil Mountains by an alliance of elves and dwarves.

As its name implies, the campaign has a very Old West, frontier-style vibe that takes its inspiration from Deadwood and Hell on Wheels (though not nearly as dark).

The campaign is run by Ken Newquist, and he’s running a companion campaign of sorts as well — the Broken Land campaign is set in the same time period and the same locale, but features a different set of characters.

Weird Pulp, Episode 11: The Hopping Doom

Hopping vampires infect New York City in Episode 11 of Weird Pulp. This episode also sees the first appearance of Richard Shen, Chinese healer and investigator of the Unusual.

Other updates to the Weird Pulp website include:

Weird Pulp, Episode 9: The Terror in the Woods

Episode 9 of our Weird Pulp campaign is online, in which our heroes continue their investigation of the break in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and discover a darker secret behind the heist: the kidnapping of six teenagers.

Other updates to the Weird Pulp site include:

Weird Pulp, Episode 7: The Gala

“Episode 7: The Gala” of Weird Pulp is now online. In this episode the Wardens mourn the loss of their own, attend a gala in their honor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and get into an unexpected gunfight.

Other recent site updates include:

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