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Close a gate to Avernus, steal a powerful mind flayer artifact, and risk it all in a drow casino in the exciting second act of the Menzoberranzan Excursion Trilogy!

Devious Designs immediately follows the the surprise attack on House Freth's gladiatorial arena at the end of The Drider's Revenge. As they learn about the devious designs of House Freth's nobility, will the heroes stay loyal to their patron drow house or pit House Freth and House Auvryndar against one another in a riskier, deadlier game?

Note: The production of the 3rd and final act (Menzoberranzan Excursion: Endgame) has been postponed indefinitely. However, I have included the full 16 pages of the Menzoberranzan Excursion Act 3: Endgame DM Notes along with the Act 2 documents so you can run the campaign to completion. See the discussion below for more information.

This adventure includes three casino games - two of which were created specifically for the drow casino Tymora's Folly! Lolth's Web, a high-stakes card game, is available as a free promo item!

To utilize this adventure, you'll need the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual, Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, and The Drider's Revenge.

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MD R August 05, 2020 3:22 am UTC
I wonder if there are still plans to release part 3 in the trilogy. I would like to run the entire trilogy for my Undermountain campaign, but only if there will be a part 3. The characters are nearing the natural point at which this story should begin.
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Aaron H August 08, 2020 3:39 pm UTC
Unfortunately, I'd say that the completion of Act 3 has been postponed indefinitely. There are two major reasons why:

1. Life has gotten extremely busy. My job shifted, and the amount of time I have to allocate to work has increased substantially. I'm at the point where I'm working about 60 hours a week. As I write this message to you on a Saturday morning, I have about 6 hours of carryover work from this week that I'll need to knock out this weekend. On top of that, I'm married and father of two - my family gets most of the time I have left after I get home from work each day. And I still run a weekly D&D game for my longtime gaming group. There's just not been much extra time to allocate to anything else for quite a while.

2. I created these adventures because I loved the characters, story, and setting, but with all the effort I put into writing them, I had hoped I might make at least a little bit of money. I probably put about 100 hours into writing, playtesting, and editing Acts...See more
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MD R August 15, 2020 10:06 pm UTC
Hi Aaron, very sorry to hear that but completely understand. The outline and notes would be very much appreciated; maybe I could cobble something together for act 3 for my group based on those. I didn't realize you were also the author of Skullport Encounters; I think that one is great as well. So far my group (currently in Skullport) has encountered the drow, but has not yet visited the Black Tankard or the Worm's Gullet. I hope they do! Your supplement, along with a few others, has gone a long way in helping me flesh out a decent Skullport for my campaign.
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Aaron H August 22, 2020 1:01 am UTC
Thank you for the compliment! I enjoyed writing and running Skullport Encounters, and I hope you and your players have fun with the encounters. : )

I will work on pulling together the act 3 notes for you, my friend. The content is there, and the story is finished - it just needs some reorganization, clarification in a few sections, and an outline to explain how it all fits together.
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Aaron H August 26, 2020 1:13 am UTC
I put a few hours into the act 3 notes and am about 1/3 of the way through. They're coming! : )
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Aaron H September 04, 2020 1:35 am UTC
I've edited down through page 10 of 14 of the act 3 notes. They're looking pretty good. Getting close!
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Aaron H September 07, 2020 8:25 pm UTC
I finished compiling all 16 pages of the DM quest notes for Menzoberranzan Excursion Act 3: Endgame and have included them along with the Act 2 documents. I finished over Labor Day weekend! I hope you find them useful in providing a grand finale to your campaign in Menzoberranzan. : )
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MD R September 12, 2020 4:20 am UTC
Just downloaded. Thanks a million Aaron!
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Portal G December 27, 2020 2:55 am UTC
Yeah, thank you, Aaron, for all your quality hard work on all 3 of the Acts of these 2 main books. Especially your added efforts to provide us the bonus Act 3 documentation. I loved this adventure! And so did my 5e group! I also plan on running it again for a future new group. Possibly converted to Pathfinder 1st Edition (I find 5e>PF1 and vice-versa to be relatively easy to convert). I hope your challenging work hours in real life are more to your suiting now. And Happy Holidays!
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Aaron H January 22, 2021 3:24 pm UTC
You words warm my heart, my friend! I love that the stories my gaming group enjoyed together get to be enjoyed by you and yours as well - I know this reply is a bit late in coming, but happy holidays to you as well! : )
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