42 – Let’s Play Deep Carbon Observatory (Part 3) – A Wet Bag Thrown by a Fool

We make our way up the flood valley. Knife-fighting wizards, carrion, and more.

[excuse the tapping, we figured it out (a shock mount) in an episode or two.]

Daniel’s not sure he ran the valley properly—or effectively, rather. It’s essentially a pointcrawl, but without distances (that we could find) between the points, and without instructions on how to present the points. Probably Daniel didn’t even stick to his own method and just went with what felt right at the time.

So that’s a thing we’d recommend for a Deep Carbon Observatory second edition.

The writing in the module is captivating, and the art is striking, but Daniel wishes he knew exactly how, in the moment, the author wanted these points/nodes/locations/situations presented to the players, verbally.

Not flavor text, but flavor technique

That’s something we’d like to see in modules more generally. Let’s make things better.


we must all improve

Out of Context D&D

  • We should ask the copse for help.
  • You should dissect one of them with your bone thing. Meanwhile, I will shoot one of them with a poison.
  • Can we just WATCH the wizard duel? // I don’t think this is a spectator sport.
  • I’m lusting after his arcanum.
  • Starving children are bobbing past you on what looks like a chunk of grey wood. // Do they look happy? // They do not look happy.
  • What? Wizards knife fighting!? This is even better than I thought. Let’s watch.
  • I explain what I’m doing to him to make his eye not weird.
  • I lost 20 pounds, didn’t even notice. Roll Tide.
  • I’m a get me a wife. I’m a get me a houseful of mistresses.
  • Think if *you* were a crab.
  • We haven’t tried the meat and poo. . . . Just try the meat and poo one.

“Lewis and Dekalb” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Illustration of child-sized scavenging lungfish by Scrap Princess.

Big lungfish illustration is public domain.

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