Great job FFG, that was a really fun adventure. lots of opportunities for roleplaying and a challenging climax
just played black fire pass
Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:55 AM
This is a great, free, full-blown scenario with the really neat idea of having a 100% dwarven group. From reading it and listening to Gitzman's Podcast play session (http://recklessdice....lack-fire-pass/ ) though, there are two things that don't work here, to my eyes:
a) How can Barnock's dwarf rangers possibly leave the mutilated dwarf bodies at the pass to rot? They get to the place, take the rune shield, but leave the orcs camping and bodies rotting unmolested for days or weeks? That's a logic flaw in the adventure.
b) Motivation: It's quite a challenge for a demo game to make it clear to the group that the secret plans in the rune shield should NOT go to Barnock and the High King. You can see that in the podcast I mentioned: The players just don't understand the tricky question of honour at stake here, and simply relinquish the documents to Barnock. In doing so, the inadvertently fail at their adventure - and what's worse, they miss out on some really interesting roleplaying.
So, if you play this, watch out for the background story, it's quite intricate.
Have fun, Imrazor