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When the Stars Align - A Tome of Foes Adventure


Make a Wish on a Falling Star...

Evil is stirring in the tiny village of Akeley - an evil that reaches out to minds that drift through the inky void between the stars.

However, not all that comes from the skies comes with malice. A band of rather unusual warriors have are resolved to deal with the infestation before it can spread, though they cannot conquer it alone.

Perhaps it’s blind chance that brings together the players in this strange and terrible drama, or perhaps it was written in the stars long, long ago

This short adventure can either be run as a one-shot or neatly slotted into a long-running campaign. No matter which you choose, it provides both adventures and DMs alike a chance to try out some of the new monsters from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, including the bizarre Star Spawn and interplanetary mercanary hippos known as the giff (no, that's not a joke).

  • Recommended Level: 4-6
  • Estimated play time: 3-5 hours
  • Dificulty: Hard
  • Setting: Wilderness, Urban
  • Themes: Wilderness, Exploration Combat

Note: This adventure is intended to work with Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and requires a copy of the book to run succesfully.

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Nathan T October 07, 2021 3:25 am UTC
I bought the "tales from the tome" version so I can't post an actual review here, but I can copy my review from that page:

My players soured me on this one, a bit. Do keep in mind this adventure features space hippos with guns(!) and if you have players like a certain player of mine they may experience a sudden cessation of their higher brain functions, grab the guns and run into the woods rather than interact with the hippos (in an unconnected one-shot, the friggin loot goblin!) so... hopefully you won't need it but maybe have a plan for that? I think if I run it again there'll just be a dm-magic forcefield protecting the guns next time, because I only have four hours to run the damn things and you *really* can't do much with the guns before they break. Jeez.

Other than my players not wanting to interact with the group of NPCs they'd need to work together with to survive - probably should have just let them die, with how much I *still* get annoyed thinking about that game...See more
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Brandon S August 23, 2021 12:28 am UTC
So, the Ambush Map doesn't match the one shown in the PDF.
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Nathan T October 07, 2021 3:10 am UTC
Are you using the "Tales from the Tome" version? That's what I have and there's an "ambush" map and an "ambush-stars" map that is the right one.

Maybe that helps, lol.
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Logan G March 18, 2022 6:34 am UTC
also had this problem, had to track it down on drivethrurpg and buy it a second time to get the right map -- don't love that.
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Mark Angelo G July 09, 2019 9:33 am UTC
Will this one have a print friendly version?
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