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The Dark of Hot Springs Island

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Now nominated for EN World's best adventure and product of the year for 2018!

Hot Springs Island is a high fantasy sandbox adventure setting that can be used with any table top role playing game. It's comprised of two books: One for players and one for the game master.

You can check out a 20 page preview of the pdf on google drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2vRPHp5ZV31YjYtMmhhTENZRXc/view?usp=sharing.

The Dark of Hot Springs Island is the game master's book. It is a fully illustrated 192 page book. Hot Springs Island is a hexcrawl, and the Dark contains all the details needed to run a sandbox game there. There are 75 locations on the island, and 26 maps ranging from ogre villages to a ruined elven city to the volcanic lair of a vain efreet. Seven factions, 87 interconnected non-player characters and 300 problematic treasures are sure to generate plenty of lingering repercussions each time your players make a decision. Finally, 448 random events and encounter motivations help ensure that every play-through of Hot Springs Island can explode into wildly different outcomes from the same basic parameters.

The setting is system neutral, so there are no stats for monsters or prepackaged treasure parcels. No levels are assumed, and there is no path of advancement through this tropical wilderness. The monsters will likely be tough, and the intelligent factions even tougher, but the motivations for (and thus potential leverage against) everything with a modicum of intelligence has been detailed. Combat is expected to be approached like war, and not a perfectly balanced arena skirmish. Crack the mountains. Flood the dungeons, and burn everything to survive.

In the event that stats are an absolute must, most all monsters found on the island can already be found in the monster books you own for your system (e.g., efreet, salamanders, ogres, nereids, imps, elementals, etc). If they are not found there, the size and diet has been provided so you can sub in the stats of a "medium sized carnivore" or "large herbivore" as necessary. Finally, there are a few creatures of such size, age, and power that they'd likely be considered demi-gods. For these individuals it will be necessary to spend some time prepping their particulars, but there should be plenty of ramp up time before they make an appearance on the island.

A Field Guide to Hot Springs Island is the player oriented companion book to The Dark. It is written "in-character" and can be used by characters in the game world to help identify plants and monsters, translate ancient languages, and as a resource of advice and rumors.

 
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Harald H July 16, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
What is this about? Good to know what is system compatible: but what is the idea, the setting, the point of this?
A sandbox? So if my system-neutral party strandes somewhere and I have no idea what to do with them now I can let them run around in circles some?
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Phil W July 12, 2018 1:41 pm UTC
No preview?
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Jacob H July 13, 2018 1:09 am UTC
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Argh. Sorry about that! I added a printable poster map of Hot Springs Island, so you can make a copy for the table if you like, but doing that means you get a zip file, and when that happens, it's not possible for DriveThruRPG to automatically generate a preview. I hadn't realized that happened, but I'll get add a preview link to the description. Thanks so much for the heads up Phil!
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Chris P June 22, 2018 9:58 am UTC
Do we think there will ever be a print on demand version? I can't get the book shipped from the US on their website.
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Jacob H June 30, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
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No there will not be. However, it is carried internationally by Sphaerenmeisters Spiele in Germany, and they can ship it internationally. If it shows as sold out, reach out to them directly and they can help you out. =)

Thanks so much for your interest!!
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