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DDAL08-01 The Map with No Names

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Rumors abound of a map that leads to a treasure of unimaginable value. When chance drops the
map into your hands, you have the chance to become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. But
you’re not the only ones with that dream. The chase is on. Part One of the Umbral Aristocracy
Trilogy. A 2-4 Hour Adventure for Tier 1 Characters. Optimized for APL 3.

 
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Chris C October 13, 2018 4:15 am UTC
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If we're going to be expected to do more of the work for putting the modules to work with our players, based on the suggestions of how to handle the three pillars for each scene, it would be nice if the pillars were actually provided correctly. It got the scene's label right, but the copy/paste ruined the pillars themselves.

Despite the fact that the ward to which the players need to go is referenced no less than 5 times on page 10, it still managed to be referenced incorrectly the first time it appears under "Wrap-Up."
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AKIHISA T October 10, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
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Playing the Pillars (Scene B: Soaring Delights) and (Scene C2: Gang Hideout) are same texts. Hope that update The Scene C2's pillar modified. Others, I like this module!!!
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maxime S October 10, 2018 12:15 pm UTC
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J'ai dm l'aventure avec un party (APL 1). Très bonne histoire bien contruit et structurer. Ma table a bien aimé l'aventure. J'ai placé l'aventure entre le chapitre 1 et 2 de Waterdeep: dragon hest. Parfait et cela a même été très de poséder la tarvene et qu'elle était habiter par des itinérants (Bandit). Le seule point boff c'est le case tete beaucoup trop facile. Cela a pris 30 minute a trouver la solution.
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Mark M October 09, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
I DM'd this module last night in AL for a table of 6 (APL 2). What follows is a quick review of the module; I can't post it in under "Reviews" because it wasn't paid for with my DMsGuild account.

My group and I had a lot of fun with the module. Overall, it's not -bad-. It does rely very heavily on "Adventurer Logic", by which I mean, no reasonable person would actually undertake most of the activities in this mod. The underlying plot is total nonsense. That aside, it plays ok. There are a lot of overused mechanics (magical light, secret doors and compartments) and the adventure beats the party over the head with clues and preparation, and the central puzzle is so easy that my party solved it before gathering all of the clues. Again, fine.

That said, the module packet itself is a train wreck. The editing is atrocious; there are missing words on almost every page. One of the appendices is ripped from 08-00 and says that this module is tuned for APL 1 (should be 3) and...See more
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JOHN PAUL B October 07, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
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I was initially wary of this module, in my first read-through, as Season 8 certainly has a different feel, but when I ran this adventure last night, I can honestly say that it was very well received by all seven AL players, and I enjoyed it as well. I found myself using theater of the mind more than I usually do with this group, who love their mini's, but for other than the optional side quest A, there was no need to draw anything out. I highly recommend the side quest A, for it was my players favorite part of the adventure. Everyone was not wowed by the magic item until they received their unlock cards, and then they were super pumped.

I wish these modules did not have the images though, that waste my printer ink.
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Michael P October 04, 2018 5:00 am UTC
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Not printer friendly?

Lots of bullets and choose your own adventure? You do realize that we run these in noisy stores where no one can be assumed to know each other?
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Jack J October 03, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
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I had a policy, not to write a negative review for an AL module as I didn't want anyone to refrain from buying it because of me. But there is a limit to this ridiculousness. Here are some existential questions to the designers. I hope this will let you understand what DMs expect of you .

1) Do you actually believe that combing together four different vague outlines and plagiarizing some art work from previous WOTC books would make your ‘creation’ worth five dollars? You want me to run a mod with no story development whatsoever and a Peter Jacksonish (hobbit movie) stretched out plot? A DM will have to spend at least two days to prep for this run. You should be the ones paying the DMs to run this mod. 2) We DMs print these mods out. 50%of these pages are a waste. Where is the text version?

3) What if the characters roll an insight /investigation/perception 20 to see if the map is fabricated/ deliberate? What if they decide that it is not worth it? Where is the hook? Just because they...See more
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October 04, 2018 12:38 pm UTC
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In regards to #7, the map of Waterdeep is widely available on the internet. It's also in the Sword Coast Adventurers Guide (page 273 in the book) and in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

You can also view the map for free at this link or obtain a high res version here.
https://jaredblando.com/sword-coast-adventurers-guide/waterdeep-city-map

If you rather work without the map, then once you feel the players would reasonably discover this, let them know that the treasure map lines up with the map of Waterdeep and tells them the general area of where in the city the circled locations reference.
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CRISTHIAN C H October 04, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
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Is it going to be at the right scale for it to work with the handout?, the point is not getting the map, is getting a map that is going to work with the treasure map :/
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Jay T October 05, 2018 1:36 am UTC
If I buy a mod that wants me to use a map shouldn't it be included in the mod? Why do I have to buy, or search for, outside sources? Especially when most books are listed as optional in the ALDMG.
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October 05, 2018 3:45 am UTC
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Cristhian, it is nearly (but not exact) to scale with the map in Sword Coast Adventurers Guide (page 54, the previous page number I gave was incorrect), which is the map the artist based the map on.

The map from Blando's website also scales with it (it's the same map as in SCAG), but requires a bit of adjusting when printing have it line up exactly to scale.
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Travis F October 03, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
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I really enjoyed running this adventure, the players had a blast in this one. I can't wait to run the next two in this arc.
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Clark T October 03, 2018 2:35 pm UTC
Wrong cover image (10/3/2018)
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Kamil S October 03, 2018 11:24 am UTC
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Can someone tell me, why are there adjustements for Wery Weak Party Strength? APL for this adventure is 1. So, party made of 3-4 players on 1st level has Strength equal to Weak. There is no possibility to make party with APL lower than 1.
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Travis W October 03, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
It's an APL 3 adventure.
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Michael B October 03, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
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Ah, I see APL 3 on the cover. I too thought this was a bit much for APL 1, which is what page 28 called it: and is optimized for five characters with an average party level (APL) of 1.
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Jose S October 04, 2018 3:37 am UTC
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The cover says APL 3. Appendix 6 that was copied from Once in Waterdeep to give DMs advice says APL 1. Probably should fix that. It even still says Once in Waterdeep in the footer...
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Jerry K October 03, 2018 4:24 am UTC
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More maps to print if you want them for running the module. VTT images will be added soon. Enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1A9ESR26bOEiIf5g8J-R6jTWm8eOB8bOb
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Travis F October 03, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
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Sweet!
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Michael P October 05, 2018 3:15 am UTC
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Thanks for those! I plan on converting the Fantasy Grounds to run and extra maps help.
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ADAM V October 03, 2018 3:19 am UTC
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Playing the Pillars (Scene C2: Gang Hideout) on page 9 repeats the text from the pillars section from scene B.
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Nick H October 04, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
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Glad someone else also noticed this.
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Daniel M October 02, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
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Also going to hop onto the requesting a printer friendly version train. This this is going to hell to print. Tons of space needlessly taken by non map art. It looks fantastic as a PDF, but I prefer to not use my tablet at the table.
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N Eric H October 02, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
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PRINTER UNFRIENDLY INK WASTER!!! If you print your mods don't get these. The previous design wasn't broken why did you have to "fix" it?
I enjoyed playing the mod with a great DM at a prerelease event. I'll see how I like running it next Monday 10/8.
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Sebastian F October 03, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
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I gotta back up Eric here. The PDF looks gorgeous digitally and I imagine it would in color print as well. But I print these out and mark them up like crazy for sessions. The fading gold/silver circle shapes and beige parchment-like background look awesome, but they make it hell to print, both in color and in black and white. Not even getting into ink usage/cost, it literally took noticeably longer to print. I recently purchased it and am preparing to run it tonight, at which point I'll post an actual review.
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Ian D October 05, 2018 8:58 am UTC
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Absolutely - printer friendly versions would be very welcome!
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Angelo C October 02, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
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Perfect, I paid $4.99 for essentially the building blocks to a module, they have "The characters drive the story here" Read: Make it up as you go thanks for the $. Brilliant... one step closer to EAdventurers League.
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Frank F October 03, 2018 5:55 am UTC
it is call the DM has more options to make this adventure their own. Sounds like you do not know how to do that
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Angelo C October 03, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
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Correct I am not a good writer, which is why I PAY other people to do it for me. If I wanted to write my own module, I wouldn't pay someone else to do it.
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Jason P October 03, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
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Hi Adaptation01!
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Erik P October 02, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
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Can there please be a printer friendly version of the season 8 mods?
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