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Before Our Beach Was Bone


A rumination on harmful legacies, our relationship to nature, and how fun it is to punch ghosts on a ghost ship.

Fishers bring back less and less every day. Sailors see strange figures swimming in the cove. An explorer disappears into thin air moments before revealing a huge discovery. There’s something wrong in our small coastal town of Buffettcove and if nobody can figure out what’s happening, the ghosts we thought were gone forever will drown the life out of our small community.

A 3 to 5 hour adventure for 4th to 6th level characters.


  • disappearance and mystery in a coastal town
  • A focus on discovery and progression via exploration and investigation
  • A mini-dungeon and final dungeon with original maps
  • A narrative exploring the harmful elements of the past and how people in the present react to it
  • Skeletons! Covered in coral!
  • A color pdf, a screen reader friendly pdf, and a zip file containing png files of maps for DMs and players.

A humanoid skull missing its mandible and most of its upper teeth is rendered in a simple black and white pen drawing. The top of the skull is covered in several types of coral: tall tube-like protrusions, formations that resemble a brain, and flat fungus-like formations.

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File Last Updated:
August 01, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on August 01, 2020.