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The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh – a Ghosts of Saltmarsh DM's Resource

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The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh is the first adventure of seven in the Ghosts of Saltmarsh campaign book. It features undead horrors, smugglers, pirates (parrots and hooks included!) and an ominous threat of more dangers to come, as the adventurers must fight to unravel a smuggling ring delivering weapons to a tribe of lizardfolk.

In other words – there's plenty to deal with and more than enough to plan for, when running the Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh for your players. In this document, we aim to help you, the DM, make The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh a fun and exciting experience for both you and your players – and saving you countless hours of preparation in the process.

This download includes:

  • Running SSoS – extra advice on how to move the adventure to the Forgotten Realms, additional hooks to get your players started, tips on adjusting the adventure's difficulty, an example introduction to Saltmarsh and ideas on how to handle Ned Shakeshaft.
  • 3 full-scale battlemaps primed for digital tabletop – the maps show the Haunted House's ground floor, upper floor, cellar and caverns, as well as a complete map of the Sea Ghost. They come in both players' and DM's versions, and feature furnishings from Mike Schley's Schleyscapes.
  • DM's Notes – thorough sheets of notes condensing the adventure into convenient bulletpoints.
  • Creature Stat Blocks – all monsters of the adventure arranged on pages that are easily referenced at the table.
Looking to spice up your nautical campaign? Check out Daerdan's Tall Tales: 101 Seafaring Encounters!

Map previews:

The Haunted House - Ground floors
The Haunted House - Cellar and caverns
The Sea Ghost

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Roxanne R August 11, 2019 2:58 pm UTC
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Great resource, thank you! I noticed a missing item in Sanbalet’s quarters (room 22): Sanbalet’s oilskin smuggler’s coat, worth 5 gp.
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Christian C July 19, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
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this looks great, but my primary reason for purchasing today was for the printable map of the Sea Ghost. The map was not included in my ZIP file. This is urgent, I need it tonight!
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Valeur R July 21, 2019 7:30 am UTC
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I have no idea how, but you are absolutely right that they've disappeared from the download. They're reuploading as we speak, but I can see that that might not help you much at this point. I'm terribly sorry. If you send us an email at valeurrpg@gmail.com, we'll do our best to make it up to you.

Sorry again!
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Christian C July 26, 2019 4:08 pm UTC
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I got the download, thanks! I'll have it printed out for the lower decks this week.
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Christian C July 27, 2019 7:05 am UTC
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I’ve got some great photos of the maps printed out and in action but I can’t post photos here. I’ll send them your way.
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Matt C July 17, 2019 7:22 pm UTC
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Hey guys, great resource. The only issue I have is that your map for the Sea Ghost is not properly offset for a grid. While the grid size and placement is fine, you still have to offset the image in order for a grid to line up on VTT. Please consider making these maps so that the top left of the image is the 'start' of the grid, not some arbitrary point somewhere else. The other maps don't have this issue. Example: https://puu.sh/DU2sw.png
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Valeur R July 18, 2019 8:08 am UTC
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Hi Matt!

Thanks for pointing it out! You are absolutely right, it seems to be a problem created in post-production cropping. We've recropped the map now, and it should work better.

Thanks again for taking the time to making us aware and for your support! :)
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Alex C June 11, 2019 1:54 pm UTC
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