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Crab Cave: A Coastal Adventure for PCs level 1-2

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The Crab Cave is a very short adventure for characters level 1-2. It is intended as a short modular piece, a single lego brick, that can be inserted into any campaign taking place near an ocean. It uses terrain and tide to make simple animals into an interesting (and possibly lethal) challenge. It can be easily modified for higher levels by swapping out the monsters and raising some of the difficulty classes.

Playtesting round one complete. Changes made. Good version of new map to be complete by May 29.

Art overhaul by june 10. 

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Nicholas B March 15, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
I loved this short adventure. We had 2 of our 4 players absent during our last session and I had to quickly scrap up something for the other 2 lvl2 adventurers to do. I had their ship crash nearby the cave (the two that couldn't attend were "injured" and being taken care of by NPCs). The 2 PCs who played really enjoyed the cave and the final fight with Shelley. Both are also infected by the coral and will have some symptoms in the next session.

I was pretty bummed that they didn't search at all in the 2nd large chamber to discover the knife though.
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Evris W December 14, 2017 4:55 am UTC
So i'm going to run this game digitally on Roll20 but i can't download the map directly from the PDF File. Where can i get the full map file?
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Nicholas B March 15, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
I did this by taking a screenshot of the map page to use in Roll20.
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Kale A October 07, 2017 8:34 am UTC
Reading through this, the mechanics are interesting and well explained. The combination of combat and environment should make for an interesting encounter.

However, the DCs seem too high for the level intended. Except for the athletics & acrobatic checks which form the core of the adventure, all other checks are DC15-20, which is very high for 5th edition 1st-3rd level characters. An example in the adventure is a natural pitfall, which has a DC20 dexterity save (and thus as hard to avoid as CR17 Adult Red Dragon's firebreath).

I'll be using this adventure next week, so I'll provide an update soon!
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Graeme H October 30, 2017 6:03 am UTC
I wrote this a while ago, but as i remember, the high DCs were offset by the low price of failure, and by the ease with which they can be circumvented. However, just because that was what I meant to do, doesn't mean that's what will happen when someone runs it :) I would be interested to hear how it worked out.
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Duane C August 14, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
I just finished running Crab Cave for my group of 2nd and 3rd level characters. In my version, the cave was a Sahuagin lair and the Sahuagin worshiped Shelley as their demi-god. Overall I'd say the challenge level was just right. CR 2 seems about right for Shelley. The wizard cast Phantasmal Force on Shelley and made her believe that her claws were locked in manacles so she couldn't attack. I thought the ability checks for tidal surges were occurring a bit too often so I modified the mechanic a bit. I rolled a d6 at the start of every round with a surge occurring on a "6". Thanks for a fun adventure!
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Graeme H September 11, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Glad it was a success.
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Graeme H June 20, 2016 5:27 am UTC
This is a complex little adventure. There are a lot of things at work here, and I am not sure how precisely the difficulty is calibrated. I need feedback in order to determine if the adventure is too hard, too easy, or just right, and what makes it that way. If you have played the adventure, and you have the time or the inclination, could you drop a few lines in answer to these questions.
Monsters: too easy or too hard?
Ability check DCs: too easy, too hard, too often, not often enough?
Shelly: is she really CR 2?
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Graeme H May 24, 2016 5:12 am UTC
Comments. Complaints. Criticisms. All welcome.
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