Verbosh&Caverns of Thracia
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:25 pm 
 

I just got these off ebay,anxiously awaiting their arrival.

Has anyone began a campaign using these 2 products together?
If so, how did it go?
Should I try to dig out my old world maps and prepare to sandbox?
What classes don't really work well in JG adventures?


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:19 pm 
 

Verbosh is one of my favorite Judges Guild modules.  It is really a sandbox campaign in one booklet.  There are lots of different adventures in the module, including adventures of different types (dungeon, tower, underwater, overland, city, undercity, ruined city).  The book is just packed with things to do and the minimal AD&D stats given make room for many many things.

My advice would be to begin your campaign outside the gates of Verbosh, with each player holding their starting gold in hand.

Make the characters shop in Verbosh to get their equipment.  The shops are described, and clever players can gain advantages.  This was great fun when we played it back in high school.  This can be especially fun if the gate guard convinces one or more of the PC's to exchange their gold for worthless Verboshian paper currency.

Allow the player characters to pick up the various rumors and such as part of their gaming experience and let the sandbox fun begin.  One complication might be that inexperienced players may search out challenges they should not try.  That might or might not be OK depending on your particular DM style.  A good DM should be able to steer the action.

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Caverns of Thracia can be placed in the Verbosh outdoor setting anywhere you want.  It would certainly fit in any of the mountains nearby.  In my opinion, the AD&D version of Cavens of Thracia is well-written, but has some elements that are difficult to DM or even explain to the party. (I haven't yet read my copy of the 3.5 version).  When I ran it a few years ago, I modified some of the content to suit my own needs.  Still, I found Caverns of Thracia OK to DM and I think you could easily make it work with Verbosh.

Verbosh is a humorous read.  In my opinion, it is the most old school of the Judges Guild products aside from Dark Tower.  (And Dark Tower would also make a nice addition to a Verbosh campaign!  The pdf is available for cheap.)  There are clever puns, hilarious situations, funny backstory and the like hidden all over Verbosh.  A good DM can turn Verbosh into quite a tale.  My DM was a good role-player and some of the Verboshian NPC's were very memorable.

I'm guessing you plan to run Verbosh as an AD&D setting.  If so, there's no reason every character class could not fit.  If you're planning to run it as 3.0 or higher, my advice is to omit druids (because they are impossibly stupid in that edition).  If you modify the setting to Pathfinder, my advice is to limit the number of spell-casters.


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:11 pm 
 

Thank you, sir... appreciate all the advice.


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:27 pm 
 

I can hardly say enough good things about Verbosh.  Classic old school product.


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Post Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:24 am 
 

Just purchased Verbosh (through the esteemed badmike :) ). Maybe at some point sir Thork N Hammer, we could have a chance to skype this up


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