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Post Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:14 pm 
 

Prufrock wrote:Alright Gnat, I just bough F1, F2 and Larm the latter on your recommendation.  If I do  not like Larm I'm going to bill you. :lol:
Can't wait to read your adventures Guy.
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Martin, there has been no Beggar's Review for the Larm book as I have not had a copy up until this afternoon.
So I have not yet had the time to read it or to make a recommendation. :)
The reason it sat in my shopping basket for so long is that I was not sure I wanted it at all.
Finally decided to pull the trigger since I was definately getting F1 and F3 (Based on EV1s recommendation).
Where did you find F2?
I thought it had not even been written yet?  :lol:


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Post Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:22 pm 
 

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Gnat the Beggar wrote:The three modules were packed into one of those cardboard mini boxes (the kind that would fit a Monster Manual or PHB, but probably not a Mnstrous manual).
No rodgering at all.

People shouldnt have to order multiple items to get "minty" books.

Yeah I ordered 2x F1 and F3, in part for that reason. I'll let you know how they look in a couple of days. Sorry to hear about your experience.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:13 am 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:People shouldnt have to order multiple items to get "minty" books.

D'oh! I'm sorry to hear it didn't arrive in ideal shape :(


I'm speculating here, but I wonder if FRP Games has different packaging techniques for the different shipping methods. I've ordered single modules from them in the past, and each such shipment came with one module in a bookfold mailer box (IIRC). But I always choose their standard mail option (media rate or first class, I forget what they use), not priority. Maybe their standard rate option is the ideal choice for ensuring the item (or items) arrive in good shape?


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:27 am 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:So Guy, I'm reading through F3 and starting to wonder if you've spent some time at the Frank Mentzer School of Troublesome Tricks & Traps?  8)   Room 11?  I wouldnt figure that one out in a million years.  :)

Yeah, that puzzle is pretty tough.

My playtesters didn't figure it out, but they also didn't have the advantage of the extra clue that I mention as a possible option at the end of the area 11 writeup. They did, however, determine the basic correlation between that area and the other similar areas on the level, and they want to go back into the complex again, so I have a feeling they may eventually figure it out. (Actually, they only found one of the similar areas, but they've correctly speculated that there might be more.)

But if they never figure it out, that's okay too. It's not like the puzzle stands in the way of satisfying progress through the module. I tried to design the puzzles to reward the groups who can figure them out, without penalizing the groups who can't, if that makes sense.


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:32 am 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:
Prufrock wrote:Alright Gnat, I just bough F1, F2 and Larm the latter on your recommendation.  If I do  not like Larm I'm going to bill you. :lol:
Can't wait to read your adventures Guy.
Martin


Martin, there has been no Beggar's Review for the Larm book as I have not had a copy up until this afternoon.
So I have not yet had the time to read it or to make a recommendation. :)
The reason it sat in my shopping basket for so long is that I was not sure I wanted it at all.
Finally decided to pull the trigger since I was definately getting F1 and F3 (Based on EV1s recommendation).
Where did you find F2?
I thought it had not even been written yet?  :lol:


Gnat, sorry for the typo on the "F2".  WIsh I had an F2 I would sell it to you for $500.   :D

  

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:01 am 
 

I was only able to read part of the Larm book last night.
I am already glad I purchased it.
For such a thin supplemental product (I think it has 24 pages) there are a lot of scenario ideas to be gleaned from those pages.


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:39 pm 
 

Guy Fullerton wrote:
Kingofpain89 wrote:People shouldnt have to order multiple items to get "minty" books.

D'oh! I'm sorry to hear it didn't arrive in ideal shape :(


I'm speculating here, but I wonder if FRP Games has different packaging techniques for the different shipping methods. I've ordered single modules from them in the past, and each such shipment came with one module in a bookfold mailer box (IIRC). But I always choose their standard mail option (media rate or first class, I forget what they use), not priority. Maybe their standard rate option is the ideal choice for ensuring the item (or items) arrive in good shape?

I got my order today, and I'm happy I ordered two copies. Well, I'm sort of happy.

The first F1 had two notches on the side of the front cover, and small bumps on the top and bottom left corners. The second had just some very, very light creasing on the back spine. So 1 for 2.

The first F3 had the same two notches on the front cover, very light creasing at spine, a surface scratch, but the two notches carried through all the way through the booklet pages. The second was mint. So 1 for 2.

For for $42 I get two modules and two reading copies. I wonder if this is a handling issue? Does FRP even look at the items before they ship them? I can't help but think that shrinkwrap would have protected these books from the wear they received.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:38 pm 
 

Sea-to-sky-games wrote:I can't help but think that shrinkwrap would have protected these books from the wear they received.


I haven't found shrink to really offer much protection against the kind of damage you describe:  protection from spills and such, yes, but rough handling not really very much....


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:40 pm 
 

Both my copies of F1 and F3 from FRP arrived in perfect shape. I used the cheapo mailing option and they were shipped in Uline S-164 corrugated adjustable mailers.

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:33 pm 
 

Now there is a second online source for purchases: Noble Knight Games has F3 Many Gates of the Gann in stock now, along with F1 The Fane of Poisoned Prophecies. They don't have a ton of copies (only 15 of F3 and 9 of F1 as of right now), so if you've been waiting for NKG to have them both available, you might want to act soon:

http://www.nobleknight.com/ViewProducts ... 2145084372


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:26 pm 
 

F3 Many Gates of the Gann and F1 The Fane of Poisoned Prophecies for $9 each

Both of the Chaotic Henchmen Productions modules are included as part of the After Gen Con Sale put on by Pacesetter Games & Simulations. Right now both modules are $9 each (the lowest price I've seen either of them), there are lots of other cool modules available, and there's free shipping with $50 in purchases:

http://pacesettergames.blog.com/2012/09 ... tion-news/

But Bill only has a limited supply of F1 and F3, so if they've run out, you'll have to get them from other sources (see my signature) at a slightly higher price.


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:32 am 
 

PDF Versions Are Now Available for both F1 The Fane of Poisoned Prophecies and F3 Many Gates of the Gann

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:09 am 
 

A few reviews:


from Bryce Lynch: http://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/?p=936

from Martin Ralya: https://plus.google.com/u/0/11097172463 ... EmM9G2dUT9

from Beedo: http://dreamsinthelichhouse.blogspot.co ... -gann.html


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:09 pm 
 

Any news on the progress (fate) of F2?

  


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Post Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:27 pm 
 

Sea-to-sky-games wrote in F3 Many Gates of the Gann is now available!:Any news on the progress (fate) of F2?


Funny you should ask:  I spent some time playtesting F2 with Guy on Sunday! :D  Some details on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/grodog/media_s ... 831&type=3


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:21 am 
 

F2 ... slow going, but still making progress ... there's enough done to playtest (thanks Allan & everybody else! :) ), but very little of it is in publishable format at the moment.

I have many pages of notes, and maps, plus annotations on the maps; but it's all in the shorthand that DMs tend to use on their own material for their own groups. Abbreviations, two/three-word reminders, arrows pointing here & there, rooms scribbled out or heavily drawn over with other rooms, various lists of local stuff (think: wandering monsters, but not just that) that need more entries, etc. Three separate files containing overlapping notes. Good enough for me to run at the table, but little use for anybody else.

It will eventually get into a publishable/published format, but it's paused at the moment while I spend my time readying the new printing of Dark Druids.

A kind person — maybe somebody here — contacted me several months ago about playtesting F2. I made some of the content more coherent and sent it their way, and promised to give more, but I dropped the ball, and got busy with Dark Druids.

I struggle with the right format for F2. I should probably pare it down, because there's really a lot of stuff there. Allan gave me some great feedback in that regard, and also having to do with certain "feel" aspects of the content. I need to think more about it. If I keep the keys concise, it would be a quicker overall project.

And it also needs more playtesting. Certain ideas sounded good in my head, but ended up feeling overwrought in play. (The dude with the metal box on his head — Allan knows what I'm talking about — really doesn't need the box & angst.) Other things just need plain old testing to see whether the toys in the metaphorical toybox are really worth playing with; Sunday's group didn't get to test out a major set of toys that are intended to be a potential reason to keep exploring.

And then I pretty much dumped all the spoilers on all my players on Sunday :) so I need to find other groups to run this for. I ought to run bits & pieces of it at conventions.


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:06 pm 
 

Another interesting product by Chaotic Henchmen:

Chaotic Henchmen Productions: Dark Druids by Robert J. Kuntz

This is a reprint of sorts of an earlier adventure. Worth checking out!

  


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:25 am 
 

Black Blade will be selling copies of Dark Druids (and F1 and F3) at GaryCon and the rest of the conventions we attend this year, as well.


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