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DM’s Kit: Defenders of the Dessarin Valley



This 50-page toolbox gives Dungeon Masters who are running Princes of the Apocalypse an array of resources that can help organize your presentation and add depth to the table experience.

This DM’s Kit includes:

Suggestions on displaying photographs of badlands to help players recognize the terrain of the Dessarin Valley.

Four DM handouts that can be used to seed your campaign with clues about the four elemental prophets and their backgrounds.

A chart and map that helps DMs keep track of factions and their respective contacts operating in the Dessarin Valley.

Seven PC handouts to help players grasp their adventure hooks.

Four DM screen overhangs to organize DM information about Red Larch and the Dessarin Valley. A map of Red Larch in abstract to keep locations organized.

Floor plans for the Allfaiths Shrine, The Swinging Sword, Helm at Highsun, Mother Yalantha’s and a blank for DMs to map out other town locations.

30 fleshed-out encounters that enhance and make many of the the random encounter charts in the books more story-focused.

An index of all the illustrations in the adventure, so DM’s can quickly find and show pictures of what the player characters are experiencing.

A Campaign Framework Sorcery and Six-Guns, how to layer a fantasy western motif — the Gilded Age of the Forgotten Realms — over the adventure.

Two suggested “soundtracks,” for the adventure, so the DM can play sound cues or background music depending on the situation, and advice for compiling your own campaign music.

Two adventure outlines for additional adventures for groups that complete Princes of the Apocalypse.

About the author: 
Troy E. Taylor has been writing and editing for roleplaying games since 2005. His publishing credits include Dragon magazine, Kobold Press and Engine Publishing. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the multi-Ennie winning GM advice site, Gnome Stew.

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Reg F November 29, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
I've just started running a few friends through PotA and found your guide really helpful.
The hook handouts in particular are great.
I'm stuck on the old dwarven map - what are the runes? The runic alphabet doesn't seem to correspond to anything I could find in a google quest.
A quick hint on where to get a translation would be appreciated, as one of the players has this hook in their character background
Thanks for the great content!
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Troy T November 29, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Consult the Dwarvish Script alphabet on page 122 of the Player's Handbook.
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Reg F November 29, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Hi Troy

Thanks for the super rapid response!

Don't I feel foolish? I was looking up Tolkein and LotR references, various true-type fonts that can be downloaded and a host of similar stuff. The actual book sitting on the desk next to me? Never occurred to me! Face, meet Palm.

Thanks again.
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Bryan S July 08, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
Lots of great content for DM's running Princes of the Apocalypse.
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Troy T July 09, 2016 12:48 am UTC
Thanks. Appreciate it.
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