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Murder on the Eberron Express is a character driven murder mystery, confined on a moving lightning rail, where the murderer changes each time you run it.


This 3-5 hour one-shot for level 6 characters aims to give you all the fun of a game of Clue with all the variety of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition. It is set in Eberron, an unusual D&D setting, that is darker and with more pulp noir aesthetics.

Egan Bakker is a foundling from House Cannith, one of Khorvaire’s powerful Dragonmarked Houses, trying to make his way into their good graces. Bakker is an artificer on his way from Sharn to Fairhaven with his family and a suspicious collection of others. On the final day of travel, Bakker is shot and killed with newly invented firearm. The characters must solve the murder before they get to Fairhaven or the killer might escape, and they might be blamed by the Fairhaven guard.

Not to mention the fact that the murderer must be one of them...

Included: archetypes, game guide, NPC sheets for all the archetypes and others, magical items and more.

 
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Walter B December 05, 2019 11:57 pm UTC
Would this be able to play as part of a campaign? I know it is meant more to be played as set characters and a player may even be the culprit, but could it be ran as a mystery for the players to solve?
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Orla N December 06, 2019 1:07 pm UTC
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I've been talking to some folks about how you could introduce it into an existing campaign. The simplest way is probably to still assign an archetype to each PC and just change some of the backstory stuff. Bakker invited them on this lightning rail journey for a reason, some of them might have a history with him, others might have ideological opposition to him as an arms dealer, etc. Keep the NPCs as the archetypes they are and play out from there?
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Eric M December 05, 2019 7:02 am UTC
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typo found: Before the adventure beings the DM should:
beings = begins
hard to find with a spell check, since both are correctly spelled words. So no worries. (if I find more, I will compile a list, and then either edit this, or I can submit them elsewhere via personal email, or whatever you prefer best Orla N! I love what I have seen so far, but wanted to offer info where I see potential typos. Thanks again for all the hard work - and don't feel bad - typos happen (and they are that much harder to detect when they are real words, but out of place! :-)
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Eric M December 05, 2019 7:30 am UTC
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found a few more typos , but I have no idea what others were talking about - your English is actually very good.
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error: 250ft around

corrected text:

by 250ft a round.

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error:
the story to close

corrected:
to a close
(figure of speech) hard to catch if English is not your primary language.
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Eric M December 05, 2019 7:33 am UTC
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I was trying to keep these as short as possible, so it helps you find errors without giving out too much info on the story, or content... hopefully that was accomplished here. Thanks again for all the work you have put in on this Orla! about the only things I didn't find, but would love to see would be diagrams like the train, but for the documents mentioned including "schema's" or other diagrams... would love to see those added eventually if possible. Maybe someone else will create some hand outs for the adventure, who knows!
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Orla N December 05, 2019 11:28 am UTC
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Hi Eric! Thanks, this is actually really helpful. Words that are correct but the wrong word are an old nemesis of mine. The updated file should be up shortly (with a little note of thanks in the credits). More schemas would be great. We didn't want to over-invest in the art before we knew if anyone would even like the game but it's a possibility.
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Holland E December 03, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
How much combat is in this?
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Orla N December 03, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
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That entirely depends on how you run it. There's one situation set up as a combat encounter but it's flexible. As all the PCs and NPCs are suspicious of each other, combat could break out at any time or never, it will vary group to group
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Jakub S December 03, 2019 8:15 am UTC
Eberron adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic novel should be called "Murder on the Orien Express" ;)
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Orla N December 03, 2019 9:33 am UTC
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It almost was! But we decided Eberron Express could attract people who hadn't got the chance to check the setting out yet.
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Style W December 02, 2019 11:40 pm UTC
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I am planning on running this for a group of people whom have never played DnD or any tabletop RPG before. Has anyone created any pre-gen character sheets for the archetypes?
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Orla N December 03, 2019 12:01 am UTC
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They are included in Appendix 1 you're players would just have to name them! :)
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Style W December 03, 2019 12:49 am UTC
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Do you mean the NPC section?
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Orla N December 03, 2019 9:35 am UTC
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I do yeah, sorry to be unclear, I've found for one-shots or new players that stat block format is actually easier to follow than an actual character sheet and it's how I ran two of the playtests.
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Ian S November 29, 2019 7:55 pm UTC
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I'm not even a 5e player and I was tempted into picking this up. I just found the concept of a murder mystery in which anyone could be the suspect really fascinating as an adventure idea, and something I might learn from for my own adventures. It doesn't disappoint: Murder on the Eberron Express is cleverly-conceived, logically laid out, easy to read and (I suspect) easy to use; albeit that I'm mostly planning to lift Orla's nifty ideas rather than run it directly. I love the Archetypes, the elegant construction of the mystery, and the way it captures the feel of Poirot while making full use of the pulp-arcane repertoire of Eberron.

Only complaint: the document is sorely in need of a professional copyediting pass. It's distracting enough that I would almost recommend hiring a copyeditor to rectify the various typos and formatting errors/inconsistencies in order that you can post an updated and improved version. This is clearly a labour of love, and I'd like to see that love well-supported by all...See more
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Orla N November 29, 2019 8:18 pm UTC
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Hi Ian! Glad you like the story and design. I totally agree on the copyediting front, thought one editor could catch all but it seems not. There should be an updated version out sometime next week.
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Ian S November 29, 2019 8:49 pm UTC
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Thanks, and congratulations on the great work!
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Miguel G December 01, 2019 2:46 am UTC
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I agree with this assessment as well.
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Dayna H December 03, 2019 8:30 am UTC
Thanks for the heads up, guys. I will wait for the updated version then! :) Too many errors would drive me a little crazy lol. I look forward to trying it!
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Orla N December 03, 2019 11:15 am UTC
CREATOR
It's up now, a big part of the problem is me going from European English to American English
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