Tagged: Hidden Valley

Running Swords & Wizardry Mini-Campaign

Running Swords & Wizardry Mini-Campaign

We are suspending our long-running Wilderlands Microlite75 for a short mini-campaign set in the Hidden Valley. This will be a playtest for using the house rules incorporated into Microlite75 in Sword & Wizardry so I can write Swords & Wizardry supplement I promised a few weeks ago. I estimate this mini-campaign will last...

Basic/Expert D&D House Rules from 1984 (PDF Version)

Basic/Expert D&D House Rules from 1984 (PDF Version)

RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Donors have been able to download The Second Grimoire of Pharesm the Bright-Eyed for about a year. I just noticed that I have never really described what this download actually is. This 15 page dot-matrix printed document is a set of 1984 house rules for use with the Metzner Basic/Expert/companion...

Hidden Valley Towns II (Hidden Valley Setting, Part X)

Hidden Valley Towns II (Hidden Valley Setting, Part X)

Cities and Towns in the Hidden Valley Longpoint (pop 1700, Girwyllan) Longpoint used to be the midpoint on a road to Byrne, but the bridges to Byne were magically destroyed during the Kinstrife and never rebuilt. The road between Longpoint and Byrne is now little more than a hard to follow trail. Longpoint...

Hidden Valley Towns I (Hidden Valley Setting, Part IX)

Hidden Valley Towns I (Hidden Valley Setting, Part IX)

Cities and Towns in the Hidden Valley Goldcrest (pop 3500, Irillion) A large town serving as a base and rest and recreation area for a large number of mining camps in the mountains. It has a very “wild west” flavor. The town is governed by a council of mining company representatives. Byrny (pop...

City of Irillion (Hidden Valley Setting, Part VIII)

City of Irillion (Hidden Valley Setting, Part VIII)

Cities and Towns in the Hidden Valley Irillion This is a large, independent city located south of The Ring on the banks of the Long River. Irillion is currently home to some 55,000 people, barely half of its population before the Kinstrife. Irillion was founded after the Great Exodus by more independent-minded refugees...

Hidden Valley Setting, Part VI

Hidden Valley Setting, Part VI

Places in the Hidden Valley, Continued Twin Peaks A twin peaked mountain that separates the Vale of Girwyllan from the the Black Forest. There are no truly reliable reports of the southernmost peak ever being successfully scaled. Unicorn Lake This large icy lake is fed by Swithan’s River and drains into an underground...

Hidden Valley Setting, Part V

Hidden Valley Setting, Part V

Places in the Hidden Valley, Continued The Ring This is a large, tall plateau shaped somewhat like an elongated ring. The top is barren and broken. Due to the creatures that live within it, the lower central section is thought to have some underground connection with the Doompit. Flying above the open central...

Hidden Valley Setting, Part III

Hidden Valley Setting, Part III

Places in the Hidden Valley, Continued Dragonfire Flats This is some of the best farmland in the valley. The land is generally open fields with occasional small copses of trees. Unfortunately, for most of recorded history it has been “controlled” by dragons who live high atop the Dragonhome Plateau to the west and...

Hidden Valley Setting, Part II

Hidden Valley Setting, Part II

Places in the Hidden Valley Arlynn Fens This is a large, trackless swamp that is claimed by neither the Girwyllan Empire nor the Irillion City-State, although it has been claimed by both in times past. It is the home of the barbaric “Swamp Folk”, a tribe of human cannibals, lizardmen, and many strange...