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farinal Posted - 02 Jun 2016 : 18:28:43
The new upcoming advanture for the Realms:

http://dnd.wizards.com/dungeons-and-dragons/story/storm-kings-thunder

Hill giants are stealing all the grain and livestock they can while stone giants have been scouring settlements that have been around forever. Fire giants are press-ganging the smallfolk into the desert, while frost giant longships have been pillaging along the Sword Coast. Even the elusive cloud giants have been witnessed, their wondrous floating cities appearing above Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate. Where is the storm giant King Hekaton, who is tasked with keeping order among the giants?

The humans, dwarves, elves, and other small folk of the Sword Coast will be crushed underfoot from the onslaught of these giant foes. The only chance at survival is for the small folk to work together to investigate this invasion and harness the power of rune magic, the giants’ weapon against their ancient enemy the dragons. The only way the people of Faerun can restore order is to use the giants’ own power against them.

I am intrigued by the rune magic. What do you guys think? How have you liked the other adventures of 5E so far?
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rodrigoalcanza Posted - 03 Dec 2018 : 10:00:10
I've only recently read Storm King's Thunder. I liked many elements of the campaign. It's a good book!

I as DM would run this campaign at some pre-Spellplague point. Before the 4th edition. (I really only love the Realms until the 2nd edition, and I like the 3rd edition a little bit, but only then, lol)

There was one detail that disappointed me: King Hekaton. The statistics of them are very medicres like "the king of all the giants". We're talking about Forgotten Realms. He has to be far more powerful than the one in the book.

(sorry about my English)
Brimstone Posted - 20 Dec 2016 : 23:35:36
I don't think so...
farinal Posted - 20 Dec 2016 : 22:43:38
Does Gerti appear in this book?
Shadowsoul Posted - 24 Oct 2016 : 18:17:36
I have this image of an adult somehow planting their arse in one of those children's chairs and when they stand up it's still attached.
Delwa Posted - 24 Oct 2016 : 18:02:45
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Shadowsoul

I don't remember the throne having the power to change size so how does a giant sit in a throne built by dwarves?



Lots and lots of Slim-Fast.



I thought it was a Paleodiet. Guess I could be wrong.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 24 Oct 2016 : 17:58:14
quote:
Originally posted by Shadowsoul

I don't remember the throne having the power to change size so how does a giant sit in a throne built by dwarves?



Lots and lots of Slim-Fast.
Delwa Posted - 24 Oct 2016 : 17:04:57
I'd figure it's like any magic item. Rings, boots, armor, etc have always sized to the user, at least in my experiences, so maybe the throne does, too.
Shadowsoul Posted - 24 Oct 2016 : 16:41:53
I don't remember the throne having the power to change size so how does a giant sit in a throne built by dwarves?
Gary Dallison Posted - 30 Sep 2016 : 18:57:27
Especially since the throne teleports randomly if misused. How did adventurers get it to the giants. What did they buy it with. Why would they buy it. How would the adventurers know the giants wanted the throne (its not as if you can carry it around in your pocket).

ball dropped there i think.
Quale Posted - 30 Sep 2016 : 18:32:37
I find the giants buying the Wyrmskull throne really weird
Gary Dallison Posted - 23 Sep 2016 : 07:28:53
Ill happily admit i was wrong. This product is not awful as i thought it might be. The record of 5e is still against them, with 1 product out of 5 having any value to me as a realms fanatic.

Lets hope they continue to learn from their mistakes.

I will note that the lore is still framed as an absolute fact which has its own problems
Fellfire Posted - 22 Sep 2016 : 22:09:24
Is that a smug smile I smell, Wooly?
Wooly Rupert Posted - 22 Sep 2016 : 21:28:30
Gary Dallison Posted - 22 Sep 2016 : 19:41:01
Well ive had a quick read through and as a sourcebook SKT is not all that bad. Its better than the Netheril boxed set.

As an adventure its not for me. I still have no interest in 5e.

The lore however has some interesting bits.

I like the idea of Maelstrom as a storm giant kingdom. I dont like the storm giants as rulers of all giants (the premise of ruling over disparate and isolated peoples where the only things in common is that they have the same gods, race, and came from the same empire 20000 years ago, its like having a king of all humans).

I also dont like that the wyrmskull throne was sold to them. Im pretty sure the item teleported away at random if used by someone not attuned to it. To have the adventurers sell it was a bit of a lame tie in.

The earth primordial beneath the grey peaks is an interesting idea but perhaps misplaced. I think ammarindar might have noticed an evil earth primordial in the middle of its realm. It would be better placed in the greycloak hills since the elves were guarding some unspecified thing there with evereska and their other colonies.

The eye of annam and other new giant places like the icebergs and the forge are good and present opportunities to develop northmen history.


The best bit however is an addition to the history of the north that may not have been considered before.

After the fall of netheril when the uthgardt were forming the barbarians took up residence in the savage frontier but who lived there at the time. SKT implies that the uthgardt took the land from the giants (all the mounds have giant relics in like burying your heroes with their war trophies).

So the elven and dwarven empires of the north begin to shrink and collapse. The giants swoop down to establish themselves in the open terrain where the forests had been cleared. Then along came the humans and pushed the giants out again.

Its something i actually like.

Quite a bit of potential with the lore in some places. Needs a lot of work though.

Definitely not worth the money they are asking, but thats because i wouldny use half of it because its an adventure.
moonbeast Posted - 10 Sep 2016 : 15:04:55
quote:
Originally posted by farinal

So any comments guys? How is it?



I already made several comments on the other STK thread:
http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21174&whichpage=2
TBeholder Posted - 08 Sep 2016 : 06:41:45
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

You mean, the only chance of survival is for the "player factions" to work together ... etc etc.

Under the enlightened guidance of Friends of the People, of course.
quote:
Because, as always, the Emerald Enclave is fascinated by what is happening on the Sword Coast.

Em- What? You mean, somehow no one exterminated the Fantasy PETA like a pack of rabid dogs (/mass murderers/bandits disrupting trade/usurpers/pawns of Evermeet/agents of Yuan-ti/pals of those Luthcheq loons/heretics/enemies of faith/dishonourable rabble/unwashed barbarians/__, underline the preferred target selection method or write in another one) yet? Even after their attempts to encroach on Heartlands?
Well, now it just gets ridiculous.
quote:
And as always, the Sword Coast needs saving.

And restoration to non-peanut status.
quote:
They should remember to keep their swords sharpened for the drow next year though. Or is it gods? I might have got the rotation wrong.

Looks like it.
farinal Posted - 07 Sep 2016 : 22:03:53
So any comments guys? How is it?
Rymac Posted - 04 Jun 2016 : 01:48:45
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

Maybe WotC should release a Greyhawk, or Ebberon CG...



A long while back, I read an article that said WotC was looking at other classic modules to update. Greyhawk was mentioned along with Ravenloft. The Ravenloft project became the Curse of Strahd book. So they may crank out some material intended for Greyhawk at some point in the future.

It was certainly nice in the halcyon days of 2e when there were project schedules that forecast what and when would be released.
Brimstone Posted - 03 Jun 2016 : 22:45:17
Maybe WotC should release a Greyhawk, or Ebberon CG...
Gary Dallison Posted - 03 Jun 2016 : 15:24:24
Im not doing an adventure at the moment (im in sourcebook mode this year), but the ones i have thought about have been regional shaking events (im ashamed to say). The return of kazgoroth as a playable adventure, the rise and fall and rise again of the witch king, the rage of dragons, the silence of lolth, the return of shade.

All of them are to be playable versions of events that ignore the novels and allow the players to solve the RSEs. The difference is they are lore heavy providing in game lore based reasons for the events (rather than wotc says so).

Id never considered a smaller adventure style but thats because im a dm and i prefer long running campaigns.
farinal Posted - 03 Jun 2016 : 15:16:44
This make me think if anyone know of any other styles of adventures on DM Guild for example. I would like to see some stuff from our own Scribes of Candlekeep and how they come up with stuff
sleyvas Posted - 03 Jun 2016 : 14:05:49
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

You mean, the only chance of survival is for the "player factions" to work together ... etc etc.

Because, as always, the Emerald Enclave is fascinated by what is happening on the Sword Coast.

And as always, the Sword Coast needs saving. They should remember to keep their swords sharpened for the drow next year though. Or is it gods? I might have got the rotation wrong.

-- George Krashos



OMG, you just made me snort laughing
Irennan Posted - 03 Jun 2016 : 13:40:38
quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

It's actually pretty fun



I've tried it once, briefly, and I found it a repetitive grindfest (the fact that you could only choose 5 abilities or so at any time made it even more repetitive).

MMOs aren't really my kind of games (actually, I don't really play VG anymore, except titles that really grab my interest), but I might give it another chance, if it has changed. Was it updated to the current lore? Is it still grind-heavy?
Irennan Posted - 03 Jun 2016 : 13:37:18
quote:
Originally posted by Seethyr

I still recommend giving it a chance. The aggravating cliche premise is certainly not a good start, but I have (probably naive) hope in my favorite setting. As long as nothing leads to an upheaval in magic that changes the rule system for a 5th time - I'm giving it a chance.

If there is, in fact, some worthwhile giant lore (a big interest of mine) included, I might end up truly enjoying this product.



You might find more giant-related lore in the upcoming ''Volo's guide to Monster'' book, rather than there. Their FR APs have been rather poor when it comes to lore, so far (as far as I have seen, that is).
Seethyr Posted - 03 Jun 2016 : 13:21:54
I still recommend giving it a chance. The aggravating cliche premise is certainly not a good start, but I have (probably naive) hope in my favorite setting. As long as nothing leads to an upheaval in magic that changes the rule system for a 5th time - I'm giving it a chance.

If there is, in fact, some worthwhile giant lore (a big interest of mine) included, I might end up truly enjoying this product.

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