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Salvage Operation – a Ghosts of Saltmarsh DM's Resources


Salvage Operation is the third adventure of seven in the Ghosts of Saltmarsh campaign book. It has the party seeking out a derelict ship lost at sea to retrieve a vast treasure, pitting them against fearsome arachnids, foul demons, decayed undead, an evil cultist – and finally has them racing for their lives to escape the clutches of a malevolent elder octopus!

In this document, we seek to make running Salvage Operation fun and manageable for you and your players. This document includes:

  • Running Salvage Operation – advice on how to fit Salvage Operation into a larger campaign, as well as how to make the story and villain more compelling.
  • Captain's Log Handout – give your players a visual prop to underscore the tragic story of the Emperor of the Waves, including a bonus page and a Photoshop template so you can make your own!
  • 3 New Nautical Magic Items – entice your players to a nautical adventure with the Bane of SekolahSharkfin Harpoons and Thickblood Potions.
  • 3 full-scale battlemaps primed for digital tabletop – showing the Emperor of the Waves in different stages, as it sinks beneath the waves!
  • 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!

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Nolan B January 26, 2021 12:25 am UTC
Any tips regarding fitting the maps onto VTTs? I can't, for the life of me, fit it into my Astral game. Please, and thank you.
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Eventyr G January 26, 2021 7:36 am UTC
Hi Nolan

I don't have much experience with Astral, but the maps dimensions is 40x28 at 150ppi. So if you have anyway of manually setting the grid size to 150ppi, that should help you fit it :)

Best regards,

J. A. Valeur
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Richard M April 23, 2020 4:14 pm UTC
FYI, there is a typo in the Captains_Log_Page_2.jpg. It says "as the stranger introduced himself, is claims he is fleeing".
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Dominik B January 10, 2020 7:17 pm UTC
A very well made DM resource for this adventure. For your buck, youre getting a lot of stuff including a lot of new ideas, full DM notes and map pack. All in one package. This saved me a lot of time! Great stuff. Thank you!
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Eventyr G January 10, 2020 7:22 pm UTC
Hi Dominik

Thank you – really appreciate the kind words, and I'm stoked you got some good use out of it! :)

Best regards

J. A. Valeur
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Scotty Hood P October 04, 2019 2:02 pm UTC
Does this supplement have stats for the elder octopus?
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