Against the Giants: campaign using ACKS

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Session 37: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2012/11/against-the-giants-session-thi...

No kills this game; the only opponents were both Held and left alive. Prince has been freed and a portal crossed.

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This Monday's session: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2012/11/against-the-giants-session-thi...

No kills this time, just a couple of held guards; and we ended with them jumping through the portal to... well, we'll find out where on Monday.

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Looks like I forgot I'd already posted that session ;) Oops.

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Last Monday's session: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2012/11/against-the-giants-session-thi...

In this session, Corvin got turned into a young red dragon; what consequences this will have is anyone's guess.

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How are you handling Corvin's new "draconic" mentality and personality?

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At the moment I'm letting him play it as he wishes, although he can't speak. I'm waiting for an opportunity to tempt him with something edible or gold that will kindle his dragon-lust.

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Last week's session notes: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2012/12/against-the-giants-session-thi...

Skipped a week. Played again tonight, notes to follow sometime between now and New Year.

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Last night's session beautifully showcased the power of the cleave ability, especially when it comes to fighters:
http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/02/against-the-giants-session-for...

And the previous one: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/02/against-the-giants-session-for...

Alex
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Holy Corvin-saves-the-day, Batman!

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Nice carnage :)

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It was a bloodbath. Now they are off to track down the Hill Giant Chief (the old G1 module): let's see how a party of level 5/6 characters deal with a bunch of giants :)

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Last session saw the first deaths of the game, PC ones that is: Zarkov and Halmary petrified by basilisk.

http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/02/against-the-giants-session-for...

Alex
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Ouch - bad way to go, bad way to go...

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It's their own fault for picking a fight ;)

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Last session notes: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/02/against-the-giants-session-for...

Proof that zombies can still be a valid monster when in a forsaken sinkhole of evil and with no clerics in tow :)

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Also: The more the merrier! :)

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Yay for Forsaken Sinkholes of Evil!

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Last Monday's notes: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/03/against-the-giants-session-for...

Smee got blasted by a lightning bolt: rolling his Mortal Wounds next Monday. Looks like he will become Halmary's henchman.

I still find it amusing that in 48 sessions no one has ever wanted to hire help or get some henchmen; they all hate the idea of sharing their XP :)

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More session notes:

Session 49: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/03/against-the-giants-session-for...
Session 50: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/03/against-the-giants-session-fifty/

And the party of level 5-7 characters have entered the old G1 module full of Hill Giants.

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Another play session: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/?p=2743

This time with multiple giants being slain by a party of level 5-6 characters.

Alex
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Sounds like a series of really exciting sessions!

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They've been tense, epic, and the players seem to have really enjoyed them.

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Session 55: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/04/against-the-giants-session-fif...

The cleave mechanic is brutal when a dwarf under a Growth potion hacks away at low HD monsters with a magic sword that has the added benefit of a Striking spell.

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Session 56: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/05/against-the-giants-session-fif...

The party escaped the giant's Steading, managing to slay even more giants as they fought their way out.

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More session reports: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/tag/against-the-giants/

In the latest few sessions the party have slaughtered giants in an ambush, entered a dimensionally shifting tower for the elves, and are next planning on liberating some of the occupied towns of Geoff on their own, because they can.

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Last Monday's game notes: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/2013/07/against-the-giants-session-six...

They are now in the thick of killing giants, having wiped out two supply caravans, 'liberated' a village, and are currently fighting off an ambush. They are levels 6 to 8 now, and proving more than capable of dealing with anything I am throwing at them, giants, dragons, all slaughtered!

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Been a while since my last update: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/against-the-giants-session-seventy-seven/

Now on our 77th session, and the party are now fighting dark elves, and are at levels 6-8.

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I'm surprised things turned out as well for them as it did!

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They've been lucky. Almost killed three off a couple of sessions ago, and if they didn't have access to Restore Life & Limb spells, they'd have some seriously crippled PCs (as it is, one has both night-terrors and constantly mumbles himself, another is now turned as a Wight; only the cleric has avoided any side-effects).

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My Against the Giants campaign is currently at 91 sessions and counting, with the PCs currently between levels 6 and 8, giants slain, dragons slain, and a whole load of other monsters slaughtered. They keep a 'kill list' of what each person has killed, are competitive enough to kill steal at times, and prefer fighting giants than dark elves.

Two PCs retired and have been replaced by new PCs, but none have actually outright died yet: plenty of scars and maims though.

Latest session notes: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/against-the-giant-session-ninety-one/

After 91 sessions I can say that I like the ACKS rules. They are simple, cover everything we need, and I have all I need to run and play the game with the core book and the companion; used the Domains of War to work out how a battle behind the scenes went too. It all works rather well.

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I've really enjoyed keeping up with your campaign, very entertaining.

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Thanks :) I'm waiting for them to get to NAME-level so we can see how Domain play works.

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http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/acks100/

Short review after 100 sessions of my Against the Giants campaign.

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My on-going Against the Giants is still going strong

http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/category/acks/

Now up to session 151.

Heroes are now levels 8-10 with one having established a domain.

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My campaign is still going strong, now up to 190 sessions!

https://atgiants.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log

Heroes are levels 9 to 10 now, some have domains (well, had, lost them at the moment) and have fought demons, battled Mirror Duplicates, brought the Duke of Geoff back to life, and are now somewhere else entirely...

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holy crap, 190 sessions. surely you're meeting more than once a week?

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Actually, I would've sworn by the rate of posting that it's less than that. The campaign's been around a while, and was one of the things that originally twigged me on to ACKS. Still love reading it.

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This particular campaign inspired to buy several Greyhawk books. It's a fabulous read.
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Yep, only once a week, and it's still going. Now up to 192 and nothing seems to stop this party.

Started off running it from the anniversary of Against the Giants campaign book, then mutated into its own thing: giants defeated, faced off and all but defeated Mirror duplicates, Shadows, and now there is an invasion of demons to contend with, but the heroes have just been magically transported to a prison, and have to figure a way out, without all their magic items due to an anti-magic barrier.

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This week saw session 193, and a fight agains the lowly stirge; proved effective, when dealing with heroes that have had to abandon their magic items :)

http://wp.me/p5lwqt-Yz

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Hi, was just trying to read from the begining  That very first link to OP doesn't seem to work (do I need an account?) And although I can get onto your website, I can't seem to find posts below about session 180. Could you post a link to the start again? 

 

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Found it. And read the campaign to date. Wow! Loving it.

When and how did Xellos go undead?

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Hello Skean. Easier to check out my Obsidian Portal logs: http://atgiants.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log

Xellos drank from the Cup of Nerull, ages ago. Can't quite remember when though ;)

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And here's the latest post: http://www.theskyfullofdust.co.uk/atg-209/

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