Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Veiled Invocation - Now in Print!

I received a nice surprise in my mailbox yesterday: a print copy of Dylan Hartwell's Labyrinth Lord compatible adventure module The Veiled Invocation. He had announced he was giving away some RPG stuff on his blog, Digital Orc, and I think that this is part of that giveaway. So, coolness and much praise to Dylan for sending me this awesome gift.

And this morning I learned that you, too, can get your hands on a print copy!

Dylan has decided to do a print run of The Veiled Invocation. At $3.99 (US), it's a reasonable price for a module that you could actually use to run a mini-campaign. Heck, I could even see this used as material sprinkled throughout an already existing campaign as a long-running side quest.

The hook for the adventure is an NPC hiring the PCs to find and return several missing pages of a document. To do so, the PCs must travel far and wide across a sandbox setting. There are several specific nefarious locations and much room for a creative DM to flex his or her creative muscles. Needless to say, there is a lot of material packed in this 36-page module, and it's fun reading, too.

Dylan has wrapped a lot of hidden messages and "easter eggs" in the module, and even offers a $10 RPGNow gift certificate as a reward to those who can figure them all out and how they fit together. And as the first person to figure them out, I can tell you that it is tough. Very, very tough. Like, makes-your-head-hurt tough. Sorry . . . I'm duty-bound to not provide any hints.

Click the picture to order the print version from Digital Orc.

Another cool feature of the module is that all of the NPCs are based on characters contributed by RPG bloggers who are loosely affiliated with the OSR. I contributed the above pictured NPC to this adventure, based on the first character I ever created in D&D back in the Red Box glory days. I was so fond of that dwarf that I even use him as a screen name on various RPG forums. Back in '85, Vlark died while taking a leak behind the Shady Dragon Inn, the victim of a goblin's backstab (moral: never trust a chaotic neutral drunken goblin thief to watch your back while you pee in an alley, even if he is a member of your party). Dylan made his fate much worse. Much, much worse. . .

All-in-all, this is an adventure worth your $3.99. I heartily recommend it.