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Beer With Teeth writes things in the hope of eventual publication, and the playtests are written up in public for the sake of interest, our egos, and our record keeping. They are interesting to those who want to know how we work, but they are also going to give away secrets.

Dregs Of Clearwine 2 - 22 Aug 2020 21:12

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Well?

A playtest of an adventure put together from the Dregs of Clearwine book.

Where is Dregs of Clearwine 1?

I didn't run that, but there's a quick rundown in IC events.

Availability?

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/320700/The-Dregs-of-Clearwine?affiliate_id=205935 - all the plot hooks were already in this book.

Finished Playtest?

Yes. It took a session.

Follow-up. Always a session?

As long or as short as it takes. It was an intro to the people of the Dregs.

Characters

Orlakt, a philosopher
Broamast, a Humakti and his brother
Orlston, a Humakti and their cousin.

IC Action?

The three had been sent by the generous and forgiving1 High Sword of Humakt in Boldhome, to investigate hazia movements, probably as a favour to the Chief Priest of Orlanth. In the course of the last session, in which a ghost attached itself to them, they had threatened two of the inhabitants of the Dregs, a brawler called Furli, and a widow, Dorela.

They elected to look into the drug problem, first of all by asking Mamma Vorlena, a helpful woman whose door was always open to those in need2. Once she had told Broamast he was going to have to apologise to the widow for bullying her, she sent them along to the ratcatcher, who slept in the kiln yard.

There were barrels with people sleeping in them. First of all they encountered a drunk who did not like Humakti, so Orlakt did the talking, and they found out that the ratcatcher, Arlanda, was in the next barrel along, among all the cats. Arlanda, for money, offered to fix them up with Hazia. For more money, she offered the name Kandes as her supplier, and that he was often up at the Blue Mound.

They went that way, getting snowed on a bit, and found it was made up mostly of broken blue tiles with strange symbols all over them. Partway up the mound, they saw someone digging around in the rubble. Broamast went up3 to tap them on the foot, as they were halfway down a hole, and ask if they knew where Kandes was.

The man pulled himself out. He had a fine all-over head tattoo, and did not match the description of Kandes. He first pretended to know nothing. Orlakt looked at him intimidatingly; the man then said they were brothers and Kandes had gone to Esrolia. They they heard a noise around the other side of the mound. Broamast went to investigate, and saw a strange lizard-like beast there. It walked on two legs. He called for help from the others, and drew his sword.

It called back, asking what help he needed4. The sound of him changing gear mentally could be picked up by Mostali equipment kilometers away. He put his sword away and greeted it. It drew a sword and put it away, and then told him that it required recompense for a broken tile, and wanted its skin back. It said that the skin was in the same house as the illusion-bearer.

On going back around to where Orlakt was not letting the rubble-skimmer escape, the dragonewt poked Kandes on the head, dispelling the illusion on him; he admitted to being himself. The three of them took Kandes back to his house in the Dregs, where Rangal and Ivarna lived. They asked if they could search it. The rather confused and defensive woman of the house, Ivarna, told them that her husband was ill. They wanted to look in his room, but while they were talking it over, he came out - he was indeed very ill and shaky.

While they were negotiating about finding the skin in the house, Orlakt accidentally insulted Ivarna5 and was thrown out.

That evening, Broamast made a public apology for his behaviour towards Dorela, and she accepted it, and there was a big crowd to see it.

The next morning the group of them went to find a White Lady to examine Rangal, the old artist. Nobody was interested until they heard he was trembling, and then they were very interested in case it was the Creeping Chills. Orlakt was not allowed into the house again, but they waited outside, and the healer came out to say it was not the Creeping Chills. She thought there was a different underlying cause.

Those who WERE allowed in negotiated with the household to be allowed to take down the ancient bit of wall there, and sent for Andrin, the stonecutter who lived nearby. He took the day with them to take the wall apart, and found that there was an ancient shrine to Sartar the Builder there. So far that had cost them 60L to be allowed to tear apart the house, and 1 to hire Andrin. It also cost them Orlston's breastplate and backplate to replace the dragonewt skin in the shrine as something that would go around and protect.

Orlakt, meanwhile, went out to the Blue Mound to try to find out more about dragonewts. He failed. He could not understand what the dragonewt was doing. He returned to Clearwine and helped Mamma with some document drafting, finding out that although her door was always open to the needy, she would always put you to work.

Finally, once Orlakt also apologised to Ivarna, he was allowed back into the house, and after clever questioning he managed to use Reconstruction to work out what had happened - Kandes had brought the bad news that Rangal's son was dead. In a moment of despair, Rangal had eaten something he thought would kill him, but it had not.

Kandes, however, had fled the city. The group had not succeeded in finding out about hazia, although they had found a place where it had been. The skin was returned to the dragonewt.

OOC?

Tech problems (the GM has a very old computer) meant that one of the players hosted the Twitch stream. THIS meant that the GM could not see the chat. Chat kept making helpful comments, which was hilarious. We referred to it as the voice of the gods. - Comments: 0

Purple Gold 3: We Didn't Start the Fire. - 03 Jan 2020 08:08

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A playtest of something called Purple Gold.

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

Yes. It took a session

Follow-up. Always a session?

No, but a session is most usual.

Characters

Cast:
Broamast, Humakti heavy cavalry from the Donalf Clan, Dinacoli Tribe
Orlakt, Humakti light infantry from the Black Rock Clan, Amad Tribe
Orlston, Lhankor Mhy philosopher from the Donalf Clan, Dinacoli Tribe

Notes:

Run by the nicer small GM. Her second foray into GMing. Happened between sessions 2.1 and 2.2 of the previous Purple Gold test, but has nothing to do with them beyond using the same plot. Written up by nicer small GM.

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0

Purple Gold 2.2 - 24 Dec 2019 17:58

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A playtest of something called Purple Gold. This is the second play-test, and the first as written in the publication pitch. Session 1 is at Purple Gold 1

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

Yes. It took two sessions.

Follow-up. Always two sessions?

No. 4-5 hours, and we give instructions on how to make it shorter or longer.

Characters

Varkill
Tathia
Inpira
Gricka
Nikolai
And introducing Rurik.

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0

Path Of Blood 6 - 16 Dec 2019 14:09

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Well?

A playtest of something called Path of Blood

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

No

Follow-up. Always more than a session?

Yes, as written. An arc.

Characters

Laika
Rastar
Gastara
Jon

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0

Purple Gold, Test 2 - 16 Dec 2019 12:07

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Well?

A second-run playtest of something called Purple Gold. First playtest was Purple Gold.

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

No. One more session required.

Follow-up. Always two sessions?

No. It's 3-5 hours, and this time around we got to 3 hours, were in the middle of something, and called it so people could sleep.

Characters

Nikolai - Sorceror's Apprentice
Gricka - Malani Orlanthi
Tathia - Balmyr Healer sent up from Whitewall to fill a spot at a Colymar Temple
Inpira - Malani Babeester Gori
Varkill - Malani Humakti with a hate on for the Colymar

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0

Path Of Blood 5 - 13 Dec 2019 14:21

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Well?

A playtest of something called Path of Blood

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

No

Follow-up. Always this long?

No, but I need to kick it to pieces and re-write it. The way I hand over information to adventurers is relatively slow, and I have a few ideas.

Characters

Laika
Rastar
Gastara
Jon

No Hengrast, which was interesting, as it was his Tula we were visiting.

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0

Path of Blood 4 - 21 Nov 2019 13:15

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Well?

A playtest of something called Path of Blood

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

No

Characters

Laika
Rastar
Hengrast
Jon

No Gastara this week; obviously she was called on by the Earth Temple.

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0

Path of Blood 3 - 15 Nov 2019 12:31

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Well?

A playtest of something called Path of Blood

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

No

Characters

Gastara, Laika, Rastar, Hengrast, Jon

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0

Path of Blood 2 - 07 Nov 2019 19:17

Tags:

Well?

A playtest of something called Path of Blood

Availability?

Not yet. We'll be throwing this out to try publication, and an any-time guess is a good guess.

Finished Playtest?

No, and it looks like it will be a long arc.

Characters

Gastara, Rastar, Laika, Hengrast, Jon

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

Free session quote?

"However, having met you, I am reassured that you could not have done this on purpose." - Eril - Comments: 0

Path of Blood 1 - 18 Oct 2019 10:18

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Well?

A playtest of something called Path of Blood

Availability?

Not yet. I don't want to send this in to Chaosium until I've solved a lot of problems, most of which I have made for myself. But, as always, I'm up for trying.

Finished Playtest?

Nope. This one is designed as a multi-session arc.

Follow-up. Always long?

I've managed to play this with an NPC taking the main part, and get it done in 4 hours, but having a central NPC relies on people having someone they all like (at least OOCly), and all of them not minding that person being a main part of the story, and I want to avoid that lock. That means discovery of secrets will take a lot longer, and require more NPC interaction.

Characters

Laika Pigwife
Rastar the Glib
Gastara Earthblood
Hengrast Silorsson
Jon Pol Joni

IC Action?

SPOILERS!!!!

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

OOC?

Massive spoilers. Players who have not played this should not click the link.

- Comments: 0
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