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"An excellent adventure, full of interesting encounters!"

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The door slams open so hard that the wall shakes and the hinges groan. To everyone’s astonishment, a goblin staggers in. He is badly wounded, with dried blood covering about half of his body.

Only a moment before the air was full of the rattle of dice, the slap of cards, and cries of victory and defeat. Now the Gambling Golem is dead silent.

The goblin lurches toward your table then collapses right in front of you. “Help me,” he croaks, looking up at you with bloodshot eyes. “I’ll make you rich!”

Tower of the Mad Mage is a 4-6 hour adventure for 1st-2nd level characters. It features magic, mystery and thrilling combat encounters!


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Ryan W January 29, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Hi - I'm planning on running this adventure for my group but I'm a bit confused by the Specter encounter. The adventure states that the Specter cannot use its life drain ability... but that is the only action that Specters have so I was wondering how it is supposed to attack the party?
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M.T. B January 29, 2017 3:28 am UTC
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Ah, good catch. My written description for the encounter is misleading - here's what I meant.

When struck my a spectre, as well as suffering necrotic damage, the victim "must succeed on a DC 10 Constitution saving throw or its hit point maximum is reduced by an amount equal to the damage taken." It was the hit point max reduction that I was referring to, not the initial necrotic damage.
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Ryan W January 29, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Perfect. thanks a bunch!
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Ryan W January 30, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Hey - I had a bit of free time today and decided to create a high resolution map for this adventure. I figured I'd check with you first though to ensure you are ok with me posting the link to it here. Do you mind?
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Jason B March 03, 2017 3:41 am UTC
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^^ Is there a map now? If there is a Map I want to purchase today and run it.
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M.T. B March 03, 2017 3:59 am UTC
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Hi Ryan, I missed your comment. Sure, that is fine.
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M.T. B March 03, 2017 3:59 am UTC
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Jason, the adventure includes a map
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Jeff S December 20, 2016 3:55 pm UTC
I'm adding my review here since I bought this adventure through one of your adventure packs.

I give this adventure 5 STARS for being a ton of fun. I was actually quite surprised by this one. I thought it was going to be a typical dungeon-crawl-esque adventure, but the encounters designed here really made my players' heads spin at all the different ways they could approach them. To anyone running this module - I would recommend cutting out some encounters (unless you really like long sessions). I cut out about 6 of the encounters, even wiping out a whole floor of the tower, and that still only kept us in the 3-4 hour range, which I think is a perfect length for a session.

I noticed that in both this adventure and in Giantslayer, you give the players an enormous monster to face, way too overleved for them to defeat on their own at level 1, but you give them a creative solution to defeat it. I think this is super clever and a great way to design level 1 adventures. Again, thank you for making...See more
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Sion H October 16, 2016 2:14 am UTC
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Oh my goodness, this is awesome. I am soon to take a group through this as a one shot, and I can not wait. I've been reading through it in preparation and I haven't stop laughing.

Top marks to M.T. Black; quality is as high as all of his other products. Will come back and review it properly once I've run through the adventure.
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M.T. B November 05, 2016 11:29 am UTC
CREATOR
Many thanks Sion - I hope you have a great time!
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Phil D September 22, 2016 12:11 pm UTC
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How much extra work would it be to add references for when you need to look up something in another book? e.g. Next to a Monster name you put MM pg xxx. Next to a Magic item you have DMG pg xxx. I personally went through and added this myself before running the adventure, would have been the icing on the cake if it had already been there. Thanks for your work on this adventure, either way.
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M.T. B September 23, 2016 10:26 am UTC
CREATOR
Thanks Phil - I've done that in some more recent adventures.
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M.T. B September 23, 2016 10:27 am UTC
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There's part of me that doesn't like how it interrupts the flow of the story a little bit. On the other hand, I agree it is very convenient!
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Wolfie V September 17, 2016 4:35 am UTC
Wow! Had a great time running this with my group! Skwelch was certainly a lot of fun to annoy the PC's with...and much to one PC's chagrin, Skwelch ended up landing the killing arrow in the majority of the encounters. This greatly inflated Skwelch's ego and he loved to remind the characters of his triumphs on the battlefield! Thanks for a fun adventure!
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M.T. B September 19, 2016 8:33 am UTC
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My pleasure, Robert!
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Bou P September 13, 2016 12:39 am UTC
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I ran this and my players absolutely loved it. Skwelch was the PCs favorite character, so when the dragon bartered with them to hand over the little goblin the players wouldn't do it. In fact, they liked him so much they let him keep his share of the treasure (including the +2 shield). Looks like he'll be making a reappearance in their later adventures. Perhaps in the next dragon fight? After all, he now considers himself a dragon slayer twice over, even though she just flew off again.
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M.T. B September 13, 2016 2:56 am UTC
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Thanks Bou - glad you had such fun!
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kurtis N August 29, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
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I just wanted to ask as this will be the first time running someone else's adventure and want to be sure before I buy; is this a adventure for level 1 characters? it doesn't seem to say in the description or I could be just missing something.
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M.T. B August 30, 2016 9:18 am UTC
CREATOR
Yes, it is for first level characters
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kurtis N August 30, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
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awesome thanks man. I cant wait to run it
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Jonathan L August 28, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
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Regarding the "final boss", I'm wondering if there's a typo on pages 12/13. The boss's stat block seems at odds with the age and size mentioned in the backstory and personality blocks. It's easy enough to hand-wave the differences, but I'm curious.

As I'm planning on running this for a 4th-level group, I intend to make some modifications - one of which is definitely using a different stat block for greater challenge.
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M.T. B August 29, 2016 10:20 am UTC
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[spoilers]

Hi Jonathan, well spotted, I never noticed that before. Talantha should be about 5 rather than 15, I suppose. Since I like the "teenager" vibe, I'm going to go with the idea that she's a bit small for her age!
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Sergio L August 16, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
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Hi all! I'm considering running this module as a one-shot for a group of lvl 1 players, all of which are relatively new to D&D. How long would you say it takes to get through this? I'm looking for something between 1 to 3 hours in length. Thanks!
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M.T. B August 26, 2016 10:37 am UTC
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Hi Sergio - if you cut out the village and wilderness encounters, you could possibly just squeeze it into 3 hours.
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David E July 04, 2016 2:02 am UTC
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Had fun playing this on the weekend as a 1 shot when a few players couldn't make it. They were in stitches when they touched the book in the study that started running around. To emphasize it I played this until they caught him :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPRaEOTIYyM

They loved the goblin character. Being the "leader" I treated him like a bard. Whenever he shouted out his orders I gave out 1d4 inspiration to the order recipient. Was a lot of fun to make up stupid orders for him! The party decided to kill the goblins and Skwelch ran to the gold pile after the combat only to be roasted by the dragon while the players booked it.

A++ will run again.
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M.T. B July 12, 2016 7:48 am UTC
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Sounds like great fun, David! The music was inspired!
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Jonathan L September 08, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
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This was a wonderful idea. I did the same and the party was cracking up! This was perfect.
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April 18, 2016 4:02 am UTC
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I loved running this. It was an absolute blast. I have a couple suggestions to folks thinking about running this, though:
- I got rid of the constable and the lycanthrope. I felt they would slow down the action a bit too much.
- Change the Axe Beaks on the ground floor to something that makes a bit more sense for the locale and, therefore, takes no explaining on your end. I commented that the spaces around the door were stuffed with straw. They opened the door using Mage Hand and saw a bunch of spider webs. They asked if they were thicker webs than usual.. they weren't. They chucked a firebolt in there and upset a swarm of spiders that rushed out and enveloped the nearest PC. Much better than two big birds!
- Once they get under way, have the Goblin NPC (Skwelch I think) demand a large share of the gold found (50%, can be bartered down to 33%) in exchange for his help in the tower. If the PCs don't agree to give up the gold, the goblin refuses to aid them in combat. Make sure he gives them some...See more
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M.T. B April 19, 2016 11:44 am UTC
CREATOR
Glad you enjoyed the adventure! Those are some great ideas! Merric also suggested getting rid of the constable, so I may write her out in a future revision.
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Jeremy E April 09, 2016 3:53 am UTC
This looks the same as your adventure "Into the Dragons Den - 1st level adventure". Are you changing the name or is there a difference?
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M.T. B April 09, 2016 4:52 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Jeremy, that's right - the "branding" of the adventure wasn't really working, so I've re-skinned it. I've skill got a product page for "Into the Dragon's Den" as a number of pages link it, but it has a link to this page.
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