Kaer Emergence campaign

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A_Truth_Believer
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Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by A_Truth_Believer » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:51 am

Greetings!

I haven't ran an ED campaign or played since 2014 when I first dabbled with 3rd Ed. I recently got my hands on 4th Ed and play to use that as the core system, etc. Have any of you ever done a game where it began in the Kaer with the players experience the life in the Kaer then eventually emerging into Barsaive and beyond..? I have a brand new group that have never done the Earthdawn thing... :) Just want to hear some general thoughts.

Thanks!

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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by Belenus » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:47 am

Greetings!

There's even an half officle adventure book for it ;)
Havn't played it myself yet, but what I hear, it should be the best buyable adventure :D

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/79 ... rd-Edition

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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by Far Scholar » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:19 pm

Hi there.

I am running a campaign where the Ivory Codex is the main centerpiece, drastically changed to fit my needs. My group is a mismatch of experienced roleplayers, experienced earthdawners back from 1st and a newcomer to roleplay entirely. I have just finished Ardanyans Revenge with my own twists and am very happy about the adventure as a whole. I think it is a very good introduction to Earthdawn.
A few things I found important to focus on:
- Kaer life in general. Important characters in every part of the kaer. The mundane daily and boring life in the kaer.
- Emphasis on the fact that the PC´s never has experienced the outside before.
- I hid the fact that some of the passions went mad.
- Have Leldrin sketched out - how you want to play him and know how you can appease the PC´s so they don´t suspect him, if thats the way you want to go.
- When the characters get outside for the first time. Consider how you want it done and when you want the ambush to happen.
- I found the well described town of Ardanyan a bit difficult to use as a whole, because the PC´s let one from the ambushing party survive. Maybe think of a way the characters can enter town without risk. Maybe it is fine they are wanted from the start.

Hope it helps,
Jan

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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by Slimcreeper » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:02 pm

My PbP GM is doing a great job with this:

https://www.rpgcrossing.com/forumdisplay.php?f=16695

Tattered Rags
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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by Tattered Rags » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:57 pm

I would be remiss if I didn't plug my campaign. We just played last Friday and they FINALLY, after 11 sessions, left the kaer. Will post updated adventure summaries and postmortem when I get time. Technically they haven't fully left, but behind them is a locked door and ahead are a bunch of traps. This is a homebrew adventure.

Summaries except latest session:
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=739

Postmortem of said adventures from GM perspective:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1083
Adventure I'm running:
Under the Stars

Adventure GM post-mortem:
Under the Stars Postmortem

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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by kraig » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:40 am

Thanks, Tattered Rags!
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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by Slimcreeper » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:47 pm

I've read most of Tattered Rags Campaign notes. Good stuff!

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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by Tattered Rags » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:46 pm

Slimcreeper wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:47 pm
I've read most of Tattered Rags Campaign notes. Good stuff!
Only most? You're slacking, Slim.
Adventure I'm running:
Under the Stars

Adventure GM post-mortem:
Under the Stars Postmortem

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Re: Kaer Emergence campaign

Post by Flowswithdrek » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:10 pm

A_Truth_Believer wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:51 am
Greetings!

I haven't ran an ED campaign or played since 2014 when I first dabbled with 3rd Ed. I recently got my hands on 4th Ed and play to use that as the core system, etc. Have any of you ever done a game where it began in the Kaer with the players experience the life in the Kaer then eventually emerging into Barsaive and beyond..? I have a brand new group that have never done the Earthdawn thing... :) Just want to hear some general thoughts.

Thanks!
Like others have mentioned, Ardanyan's Revenge is a good emergence adventure, especially if your looking for something that's ready to play. I've ran this successfully twice with different groups. I've also run my own kaer emergence adventure, and one of the fun things about that was designing a living kaer as opposed to the usual ruins that doesn't necessarily require the same level of detail. The twist on this adventure was there was an encampment outside the kaer waiting for it to open, but everyone inside believes it to be an attempt by a Horror to lure the inhabitants out. After a lot of political infighting, the player characters are sent out investigate. Once they are out, it is only then that they discover their kaer actually under the influence of a Horror and they spend the rest of the adventure trying to find a way to get back inside to save their friends and family.
Far Scholar wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:19 pm
I am running a campaign where the Ivory Codex is the main centerpiece, drastically changed to fit my needs...
I would love to hear how you used the Ivory Codex and what changes you made.

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