Some dwarven clans inhabit concealed strongholds within the Peaks. There are plenty of mind flayer minis out there, why not just use one? When I pulled the module out to adapt it as the capstone adventure for my first D&D5e campaign, I realized that I still I primed the creature using the gradient method. Focusing on the highlights, making miniatures for key monsters, and tying it all together in a huge set piece finale will make your crawl through a fallen spaceship a memorable one. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (E2tBP) is my favourite D&D adventure (along with the other classic death-trap dungeons of 1e era (I also have a soft spot for Dungeonland). EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS by Gary Gygax AN ADVENTURE FOR CHARACTER LEVELS 8-12 This illustration booklet is specially designed for use with the module. As the day of the Froghemoth approached, I had no mini to use. D&DNext+Playtest+ ©2012+Wizards+! Making one was my only remaining option. So I went with a multi-stage fight where other residents of the spaceship, including Power-Cthulhu, made appearances. Those books (or the online SRD) might be useful for converting elements of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, and, of course, there is already at least one full-length fan conversion out there. Everything else would either be ignored totally, found dead, or just described before running away from the party in fear. I knew I wanted to get through the adventure in three sessions, so I really had to prioritize things. The Barrier Peaks are a range of mountains in the Flanaess, rising from Ket's Banner Hills, and continuing west until joining with the Crystalmist Mountains, just west of Geoff's Hornwood Forest.The Peaks are flanked by the nations of Ull to the west, the Plains of the Paynims to the northwest, Ket to the north, Bissel to the east, and Geoff to the southeast. Go to the WotC site and grab this, White Plume Mountain and Tomb of Horrors. The second big take-away from running Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is the lack of miniatures for most foes. 'Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place on a spaceship in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. It crashed through the Far Realms after a warp drive malfunction, into the phlogiston of the Prime Material plane and busted through the crystal sphere of the Forgotten Realms, crashlanding on Toril 30 years previously (at least in my version). A TTRPG subreddit for any Dungeon/Game Master to share details of their story/campaign without spoiling it for your players! Brown Jenkin 3. You’ll thank me later. The guys just entered last session and began poking about, but so far seem completely mystified by the place. ( Log Out /  Let's take a look back at 'Expedition to the Barrier Peaks'! Stage 3: Vegepymies all die. The adventure was published in 1980 by TSR. I knew I wanted to use the froghemoth as the centerpiece of the big final fight. When Gary Gygax saw some of Ward's "rough notes", he decided to "introduce the concept" through a tournament scenario: "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks". (Tim Wadzinski just posted a picture of him and Michael Curtis holding the oversized novelty cover mock … Sure, it’s over the top, almost Monty Haul with all the technology, and by far the weirdest adventure in the history of D&D. If you think a mind flayer is tough on its own, add in some spells and power armor. Some grey stuff and a paint job later, and the mind flayer was done. Finally, I based them and sprayed them with a heavy coat of matte sealer. The third Bones Kickstarter offered a Froghemoth as an addon. I saw my first space wizard in 1977. Stage 1: Froghemoth fights alone, the mind flayer simply observes. A heavy coat of dark gray, then a lesser coat of medium gray, and finally a burst or two of white for highlighting. Very simple, and they look nice. Cookies help us deliver our Services. I had a War Machine figure from an old game lying around, but a Heroclix Iron Man or even a 40K Space Marine would work fine. Still, my players thought it was pretty awesome when I dropped the froghemoth on the table, resting on a 5 inch square base. Craft Sticks, Construction Paper, Giant Apes, and Dinosaurs, “More Game of Thrones, Less Time Bandits”, 4 days before I got a response to a support ticket, and 1 additional day before my characters were actually unlocke…, Running Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, or, Building a Better Froghemoth. All of the players are avid sci-fi nerds, and I know they are going to absolutely flip out when they start to figure out what is going on, but my obfuscation is working too well so far and I need a place to vent about this before I crack and start yammering at random people out my window (I'm in lockdown right now). I went with glazes of thinned paint over the gradient, which ended up looking great and saved me lots of time. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is an adventure written by Gary Gygax for use with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Lost Laboratory of Kwalish explores an alternate expedition into the Barrier Peaks. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks by Olyphant, released 07 October 2016 1. I decided that the vegepygmies, police robots, both medical androids, the telepathic plant, the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” plant, the froghemoth, and the mind flayer were must-run encounters. The froghemoth was too much for the kind flayer to handle alone, so he used the heroes to fight the beast for him. I knew I wanted to have some texture to the minis, so they wouldn’t simply appear to be green skeletons. 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