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The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur

Post by FarsightBlogger » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 pm

Hi everyone - I'm Jonathan Hicks and I contributed to the AFF book 'Stellar Adventures', but Arion Games has also just released my first AFF adventure 'The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur'.

'The town of Chalice is in danger from a very unexpected source: A Floating Dungeon!

This new self-contained adventure for Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2nd Ed sends the Heroes into this unusual dungeon to stop the rain of undead overwhelming the Allansian town. What could be up there and can the Heroes stop it?'


http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/233 ... rrak-Aslur

I've got other adventures in the pipeline - if Arion Games sees fit to publish them, of course! - so I hope to have a steady stream of adventures over the next few months.

If you have any questions, thoughts or opinions I'll be happy to answer as and when I can.

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Post by Nuvole! » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:21 am

Sounds great!
Hopefully this will be the first of a long list of new Allansian adventures!
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Post by FarsightBlogger » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:28 pm

Nuvole! wrote:Sounds great!
Hopefully this will be the first of a long list of new Allansian adventures!
That's my plan - there's already a second adventure waiting to go and I'm working on a third, much larger one. Hopefully I'll get a few done this year.

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Re: The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur

Post by Robb 1 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:14 pm

FarsightBlogger wrote:
Nuvole! wrote:Sounds great!
Hopefully this will be the first of a long list of new Allansian adventures!
That's my plan - there's already a second adventure waiting to go and I'm working on a third, much larger one. Hopefully I'll get a few done this year.
I look forward to their release :D

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Post by FarsightBlogger » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:38 am

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for types of adventures or locations then let me know - I have a few ideas queued up to explore and write but I'd love to hear what people want so that I can create suitable adventures.

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Re: The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur

Post by Nuvole! » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:38 pm

Actually I think that Chalice is a bit the starting place for al adventures in Allansia, so you started from the right place :)
I think it would be interesting adventuring in Salmons as well...
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Post by FarsightBlogger » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:24 pm

Nuvole! wrote:Actually I think that Chalice is a bit the starting place for al adventures in Allansia, so you started from the right place :)
I think it would be interesting adventuring in Salmons as well...
I've done a lot of adventuring in Allansia and the adventures I'm writing reflect that. I love it there, it's my FF favourite location by far, but I've been looking at other places such as Khul and Hachiman to get some variety. It might be worth looking at creating a globe-trotting adventure that covers lots of different places but that'd take a lot of work.

It's something worth thinking about, but an epic journey means an epic quest which means an epic situation, and I'm not sure I can make that much of an impact on the setting! ;)

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Re: The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur

Post by Nuvole! » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:14 am

I think this should be the cover of this adventure :P
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Post by Ruffnut » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:23 pm

Nuvole! wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:14 am
I think this should be the cover of this adventure :P
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Post by Robb 1 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:49 pm

Reminds me of Duncans floating tomb in Thorbardin
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Re: The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur

Post by Nuvole! » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:32 pm

I have now run this adventure thrice and I feel I can add something.

I think this adventure have a very nice idea (yes, the floating dungeon....) and I liked a lot the game mechanics that can occasionally make you fall through the floor (I added the option of falling into a muddy pond...) I am OK with some overused situations in it (for example the Undead Torturer in the torture room in the dungeon, that has been proposed in so many adventures in history...) but I don't like the fact that there is no real explanation on why this thingy happened. No unifying story. These are questions left open at the end of the adventure.
This is a bit the difference between this adventure and The Inn of Lost Hope, that is another horror adventure making use of well known tropes, but they are laid down so nicely and so well interconnected that the adventure works well as it makes sense. In the Floating Dungeon there are some innovative situation and tropes mixed up with more standard ones, but at the end things do not make sense in the same way and the questions are explicitly left open and unanswered.
I really hope that there will be a follow up adventure joining all the dots!
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Re: The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur

Post by FarsightBlogger » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:12 pm

Nuvole! wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:32 pm
I have now run this adventure thrice and I feel I can add something.

I think this adventure have a very nice idea (yes, the floating dungeon....) and I liked a lot the game mechanics that can occasionally make you fall through the floor (I added the option of falling into a muddy pond...) I am OK with some overused situations in it (for example the Undead Torturer in the torture room in the dungeon, that has been proposed in so many adventures in history...) but I don't like the fact that there is no real explanation on why this thingy happened. No unifying story. These are questions left open at the end of the adventure.
This is a bit the difference between this adventure and The Inn of Lost Hope, that is another horror adventure making use of well known tropes, but they are laid down so nicely and so well interconnected that the adventure works well as it makes sense. In the Floating Dungeon there are some innovative situation and tropes mixed up with more standard ones, but at the end things do not make sense in the same way and the questions are explicitly left open and unanswered.
I really hope that there will be a follow up adventure joining all the dots!
I'm happy to say that I'm working on it - another adventure will connect Floating Dungeon, Crooked King's Cup and Vault of the Old Kingdom together in a longer adventure that reveals a mastermind behind the adventures! Who raised Varrak Aslur? Who hired the mercenaries looking for the cup? What is it they want, or what is it they're looking for? It's all penned out.

The thing is I've had to add the project to a long list of work I have going on for other publishers, as well as looking after my day job, so it'll be 2020 before this sees the light of day. I'll keep you posted as best I can.

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Re: The Floating Dungeon of Varrak Aslur

Post by Nuvole! » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:57 pm

Good news anyway! 8)
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