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Alternative Campaign: The Silken Threads - PDF READY!

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I am nearly finished with the campaign!

We are balancing the content and maps a bit around.
If you want to join the balance discussions, look here:
boardgamegeek.com/thread/887445/silken-threads-balance-starting-weapons
boardgamegeek.com/thread/887729/silken-threads-balance-skills
boardgamegeek.com/thread/887176/silken-threads-balance-characters


My proofreaders extinct my typos.


And several persons helping me to assemble all components for the PDF

The awesome work from the wive of the BBG user Chubby can be seen as the cover picture for the booklet!!!
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New Items and Monsters got added in the ranks of the campaign!

Is anyone expierieced with creating booklet pdf's? I could need some help in creating the questguide.

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Morthai said:

New Items and Monsters got added in the ranks of the campaign!

Is anyone expierieced with creating booklet pdf's? I could need some help in creating the questguide.

Morthai …

Did you ever completely finish this quest?  Did you find anyone to assist with turning everything into a PDF?  I was just looking for an update.

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On eother thing … will Part 2 of the PDF contain images of any additional cards that exist for the quest?  Or is there somewhere else these can be downloaded?

Thanks in advance.

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If i got tile system, which is something i have been thinking about for a while, how would i get like a set of tiles and tokens for descent 2e? And if anyone has one it would be greatly appreciated if you could send me the file or link, thanks

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darthjoe1228 said:

If i got tile system, which is something i have been thinking about for a while, how would i get like a set of tiles and tokens for descent 2e? And if anyone has one it would be greatly appreciated if you could send me the file or link, thanks

I haven't seen a tileset for D2E online yet, but it's easy enough to make your own, provided you have a scanner to scan in the tiles.  You can look at the tilesets packaged with the program in a text editor to see how it works.

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Morthai …

Do you have a target date for the Part 2 and Part 3 PDFs for the campaign?

Thanks.


part 2 is almost finished - just need to design the backgrounds and have a final spellcheck after the last 2 rounds. Approximately 3-7 days depending on my other workload.

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Today I finally finished the hard design work of all pages of the pdf file! It might need a last spellcheck but for now it is ready to be published as a nice complete product of the effords of all my helpers and countless hours of work! Behold, here we go (whopping 69mb full of descent 2.ed.)!

http://www.file-upload.net/download-7023012/The-Silken-Threads.pdf.html

 

hope you enjoy it!

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Morthai …

I downloaded the PDF.  I briefly scanned it (not thouroughly read), and I can't find the following:

1) The actual page for the overall quest, showing which is the intro quest, what are the ACT I and corresponding ACT II quests, etc.

2) Custom cards

Am I blind?  Have I somehow missed this?

Will

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Morthai said:

that all is actually in the addeddum or the part 3 we talked about - i still have some templates missing to finish that but in the meanwhile you can find it here:
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/870319/the-silken-threads-supply-maps-lieutenants-rel

Sorry … I guess I was jumping the gun.  When I saw that the title had been changed to PDF Ready, and you described it as all inclusive, I thought it meant all of the parts we had discussed, not just ACT I, II, Interludes and Finale.

I have to stop assuming things … lol.

Will

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Looks fantastic! Is it possible to get the left and right page templates you used? I'm working on a campaign as well, although not as deep as this.  Nice work!

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Rico said:

Looks fantastic! Is it possible to get the left and right page templates you used? I'm working on a campaign as well, although not as deep as this.  Nice work!


I have multiple backgrounds with some layers as jpeg datas, but the open group traits are in  a file that i cannot give out, so it is a bit pointless to use them without being able to edit the open groups.

btw guys page 31 had an error that i fixed now, I will also edit the first post:

http://www.file-upload.net/download-7028105/The-Silken-Threads.pdf.html
 

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Hi Morthai, thank you so much for creating and sharing "The Silken Threads", and congratulations on this spectacular accomplishment! The quality of your work is completely mind-blowing. So far I have completed the Intro and the Lost in the Woods, Struggle for Sanity and The Shadow Realm quests. I'm just playing it solo, and have been pleased to find that Descent Second Edition plays quite well in that mode. Call me a raving lunatic, but this has been a trememdously fun experience.

As far as specific feedback…I really like your reinforcement rules, for starters. I find them more fair and more finely nuanced than those in the "The Shadow Rune" campaign. I prefer the specificity and tighter control of your rules, in that regard. Also, I like your approach to the initial monster setup. Again, the control seems tighter than in "The Shadow Rune" and I like the way you tailor the available monster groups to the quest environment/theme. (My intent here is not to criticize the design of "The Shadow Rune", I think it's great…only to say that I like the way you have reacted to possible perceived weaknesses in that design.) Very well done!

There is an elegant simplicty in your work, particulary evident in the Intro and Lost in the Woods, which I also applaud. Additionally, I find the storyline of all your quests fascinating and I think some of your quest plot ideas are simply brilliant. I could go on, and I don't mean to be overly dramatic, but this stuff is just genius. All your flavor text is also interestingly crafted. All of the quests so far have been perfectly balanced too. This must have taken extensive playtesting. The encounter with the Shadowdemons ended with two red runelocks destroyed and Shadowdemons likely one turn away from destroying the other two when Jain Fairwood locked the portal with a successful knowledge attribute test. Great drama! (And what a great idea to involve heroes with the story in this manner!) And I like the way the relics that are earned are so cleverly integrated into the story as well. "Fangblade", I caught that..

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration? I see another campaign is in the works….. That's incredible! You have made me want to try my hand at campaign designing, but I don't think I could produce anything as good as you have done. So you used the Vassal module for your maps? That's interesting. Personally, I've never tried the Vassal platform…..didn't even know Descent Second Edition was available there.

One last thing, you really seem totally responsive to people's comments, questions and concerns. That's another terrific attribute that is nice to see. If I could ask one question…I saw your comment in regard to downloading your completed PDF file where you stated that it's necessary to have an ad-blocker installed in order to find the "correct button" to hit, is how I believe you stated it. Actually, I had tried to download off of a link that I believe was on page 4 (November 21 post) of Board Game Geek, where there were two links within the post. I was obviously a bit overly cavalier about it….and the next thing you know I had installed the V-Grabber tool bar, which then proved quite pesky to remove. So now I'm hesitant to go ahead and download your 69mg PDF file, as much as I'd like to have access to it, out of fear of going through that type of hassle again…. I know you have better things to do than hold people's hands while they muddle through mundane issues such as this, but any advice about "safely" downloading your Silken Threads PDF would be very much appreciated!

In the future, I may ask you other design-related questions, if you don't mind, now that I've emerged from lurker status here.. Just mainly wanted to inform you that your work is very much appreciated!!! How in the world you have enough material in your imagination to create another entire campaign, I have no idea..  :)

 

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just a quick fyi, since i am in a rush atm:
Ideas and Inspiration? Hmm,… i guess i am a creative mind who totally digs this awesome game!

Vassal module? Check out BGG in the PBF subforum, there you can find the Vassal module. A friend designing even a The Silken Threads Vassal module atm which is really awesome! If it is ready, I will tell more about it.

Other than this, Wow! Thanks to your awesome feedback!
It is hard to find a good and secure uploader, especially if you work with ad-block and don't know how others see that side I am uploading to, i quickly tried a different upload-page, maybe this works for you:

http://www.filehosting.at/file/details/410158/The_Silken_Threads.pdf

or:

http://rapidshare.com/files/3392971665/The%20Silken%20Threads.pdf


If you have more problems I will try to find another alternative hoster.
 

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Thank you for providing the link(s?). I'm probably overly paranoid, but Morthai, did you add a second link following your original post? When I first viewed your post, there was only one link there. (It shows up in green on my computer and includes the words "filehosting" in the link.) Then when I came back to your latest post again later, there was a second link there. (Shows up in blue and includes the words "rapidshare".) My question is, did you place that second link there? I don't know enough about Internet security and the ways of those who attempt to cause sabotage or whatever they are trying to accompish - data mining I suppose…to know what is possible in this particular realm.

Anyway, I tried the first link I referenced here, and did not have success with downloading the pdf file. Everything appeared to be going well, but somehow I ended up not downloading the file and looped back to a dialog box that asked me to upload a file from my own computer. I don't think I messed anything up as there weren't any options other than the ones I selected as I went through the process..

I'm guessing this isn't supposed to be this difficult. I didn't try the second link within your post as, since it wasn't there the first time you posted, I'm suspicious that a third party interceded and inserted that one for some nefarious purpose. (After my first negative experience at the BGG site, I've become extremely cautious, probably paranoid..)

If I hear back from you that it was indeed you who inserted that second link, I'll try that. For now, I'm going to be cautious about that one. Otherwise, I may just wait for my stepson to come over to my house tomorrow (to play Descent Second Edition, but we have a "Shadow Rune" campaign going..) and maybe between the two of us, we can successfully download your original pdf link off of BGG. 

Thanks for your efforts! I just wanted to say that you have a stunning gift for game design, and I know that I speak for more than just myself in saying that it's very much appreciated! I'm about finished with the Interlude (Follow the Widow). It's brilliant, really a lot of fun. The carriage is a wonderfully innovative concept. You've outdone yourself.

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both links are from me - I edited the rapidshare link in, as an additional alternative hoster.

Maybe consider stongly an Ad-Block for your browser if you keep having problems with troyans and false links:
https://www.google.at/search?q=adblock+plugin+&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:de:official&client=firefox-a


edit: okay - i tested the filehosting side with a download and it seems appearently broken - try out the rapidshare upload - that should work 100% sure (now also tested - 100% sure - slow but 100%!).


http://rapidshare.com/files/3392971665/The%20Silken%20Threads.pdf

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Yay! Got it, thank you Morthai!! My god! It's absolutely breathtaking. I'm speechless. That's all I can say. This is better than Christmas.

The rapidshare worked beautifully. (And I did install Adblock, thank you.) Are you a big fan of Descent First Edition? I can't say I recall you posting on that forum. Obviously you've played it. Apparently there must be something about Descent Second Edition that resonates with you at a deeper level…

I really appreciate your attentiveness to this "issue"!!! Just awesome! Thanks again!

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A quick question about  "A Test of Faith".. (encounter one). You state that anytime a hero is "moved by a monster on an Edge," he must test Might. When you say "moved", I presume you're referring to being moved by Knockback, correct? In other words, if Knockback would move a hero off an edge into a gap, the hero can test Might to prevent that, right? Thanks!

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