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Dungeon Delve
Cost: $0.00
Level: 0

First Session: Sunday -- December 11th, 2011 -- 12:30 PM
[Eastern Time]

Approx. Length: 1 session

The original Dungeon Delve concept which appeared at the 1998 GenCon Game Fair aimed to turn D&D into a more competitive experience. Instead of cooperative storytelling and roleplaying, in which the DM takes on a more neutral role and arbiter and narrator, the Delves can be used to test the skill of both players and the DM. It becomes an exciting game of survival of the fittest as adventurers enter dungeons and try to overcome the obstacles set before them.

The first 4E delve collection was published in the Dungeon Delve book. It contains several masterpieces of encounter design. They are intended to challenge the players and force them to change the tactics they are used to. There are delves in that book for each level from 1-30. There are more delves published than the ones in the "Dungeon Delve" book. There are excellent delves in "Open Grave", "Demonomicon", "Draconomicon", and Dungeon Mag: "Crown of the Troll King lvl 11", "Coppernights Salvation lvl 1", "Battle of the Witchlight Hermitage lvl 4", "A Knight in Shadowghast Manor lvl 6", "Going Ape! lvl 6", "Dead by Dawn lvl 2", "Down the Goblin Hole lvl 2", "Sunken Tower of the Marsh Mystic lvl 3", "The Wayward Wyrmling lvl 2", "The Runecutter's Rune lvl 9", "Rumble in the Valley lvl 6", "Fjorin's Foothold lvl 4", and 9 Delves from the Delve Nights program that are as good or better than ones in the Delve book.

Most of these delves are older and came out at the same time as the first Player's Handbook. The DM should replace any monsters that have subsequently been printed in the Monster Vault or MM3. Otherwise, the DM should adjust the monsters by adding half-level to all their damage and giving Brutes +2 to hit, Soldiers -2 to hit, and let Solos act twice and remove stun/daze between actions.

There are also self-published ones from our new contest here Read More

The DM should also state which level they will run.

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John McCullough
+52 Roleplaying Votes
+52 Tactics Votes

Please read the RSVP rules as well as the houserules: Campaign Rules.

RSVP is closed since Thursday -- December 8th, 2011 -- 9:30 AM

People can Show Interest up until Thursday -- December 8th, 2011 -- 9:30 AM
Interested List
User Pic RSVP
(type+press Enter)
Days/Time you can't make
or offer place to play.
M Maximuspic3new
 Ranger lv4
 Warden Shaman
James Lpic0
Eladrin Warlord
Ross Hpic0
Human Ranger (archer)
Rob Rpic0
Josh M.pic0
 Dwarf Knight
Committed Adventurers - Limit 6
(subject to change until: Thu - 12/8/11 - 9:30 AM)
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 Warden Shaman
James Lpic0
Eladrin Warlord
Ross Hpic0
Human Ranger (archer)
Josh M.pic0
 Dwarf Knight
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Dec 22, 2011 12:17 AM - Tracy: Is it possible you could run this again for only people that didn't play it? I think it would be great if we could get more people to vote on these, and I really want to try your delve John! :)
Dec 19, 2011 10:26 AM - Jensen: Voting is up. Come on by and click a bubble
Dec 13, 2011 3:49 PM - Xerek: Heh,apparently you would've been much better off leaving me for dead from the beginning. Didn't realize the guy was going to be able to attack me after i shifted away. My intent was to heal the warlord and give him some extra saving throws to get rid of all his debuffs, but i ended up getting taken out for 4 rounds instead...DOH. I totally wish we could run that last one again...
Dec 13, 2011 3:43 PM - Jensen: and taking 3 rounds of healing the shaman... i could of maybe escaped but instead lighting got the better of me. Damn Lighting, hahahha only thing I didnt resist. Classic awesome delve. Great Job John.
Dec 13, 2011 3:41 PM - Jensen: Only if I didnt get bull rushed off the side
Dec 13, 2011 11:35 AM - Josh M.: Yeah, the way things were going, I probably would've just died one round later than I did.
Dec 13, 2011 11:31 AM - James L: Not that it would have changed things.
Dec 13, 2011 11:31 AM - James L: Damn I should have healed Garax!
Dec 12, 2011 10:15 AM - Josh M.: Thanks for killing us. :p
It was fun though. I felt like such a badass up until that last encounter.
Dec 11, 2011 8:17 PM - John McCullough: Whoa, good game everyone! I had a blast. Xerek, the contest was posted on the meetup message board.
Dec 11, 2011 8:17 PM - John McCullough: Whoa, good game everyone! I had a blast. Xerek, the contest was posted on the meetup message board.
Dec 11, 2011 6:16 PM - Xerek: I remember you talking about the dungeon delve challenge. When is that over? what are the details?
Dec 10, 2011 10:25 AM - John McCullough: We will be playing at 10am. Kent, catch you at another game.
Dec 10, 2011 1:53 AM - Ross H: Pretty sure we're doing 10am.
Dec 9, 2011 10:12 PM - Xerek: I just noticed there are 2 different times for this. Is it 10 or 12.30? Just looking for a quick confirm, don't wanna show up 2.5 hours late after con-ing it all day
Dec 9, 2011 9:46 AM - kentmagus: Actually, never mind, I'll be attending something else on that day instead. Turns out I was correct to not commit to anything, so see you guys at a different game.
Dec 8, 2011 5:11 PM - Ross H: And I will be standing slightly behind you all, firing a barrage of arrows at pretty much anything that moves.
Dec 8, 2011 4:48 AM - kentmagus: I'm hesitant to commit for two reasons. One is that there's at least one guy ahead of me who's already chosen his character, and second, I really like eladrin bladesingers, but you've already got one. so it seems extraneous. Thoughts?
Dec 6, 2011 9:32 PM - James L: I'll be a second Leader, an Eladrin Warlord who actually uses his own sword to show the lesser humanoids the true artform that is swordplay.
Dec 6, 2011 5:37 PM - John McCullough: Alright, looks like we've got ourselves a game.
Dec 6, 2011 4:04 PM - Josh M.: yeah, with 5 people, wouldn't hurt to double-up on leader or defender.
Dec 6, 2011 3:11 PM - Jensen: 2 leaders sounds sweet to me
Dec 6, 2011 2:43 PM - James L: Allright then, I'll play something else.
Dec 6, 2011 2:38 PM - Xerek: @James L That was supposed to be Wilden Shaman, DOH. He's the world type of Shaman so leader with defender as secondary. I thought i'd create a leader because most games i play in they are some of the last types to be picked. I put a lot of time into this guy though so i'd like to play him, you can have leader next time :)
Dec 6, 2011 12:29 PM - James L: I rarely get to play a leader, they always get taken quickly. I might play a Bard or Cleric.
Dec 6, 2011 12:20 PM - Josh M.: I'll be defender if xerek doesn't wannit. Otherwise, I'd opt for some kind of controller.
Dec 6, 2011 12:18 PM - James L: Sweet! now we can figure out who's playing what. Xerek: what is a Warden Shaman? No Hybrids are allowed, are you going to be a Defender or Leader?
Dec 6, 2011 12:15 PM - Capt_Dan: On the plus side, at least it's co-located so we can keep a half eye on it...
Dec 6, 2011 12:10 PM - Josh M.: I am in!
Lets do this.
Dec 6, 2011 8:07 AM - John McCullough: No worries, guys. Have fun at Gardmore. Jensen, get your dead ass committed to this (and maybe get Pat, too)
Dec 4, 2011 11:28 PM - Rob R: Sorry John. I feel the same way as Capt Dan - mixed feelings.
Dec 4, 2011 10:58 PM - Capt_Dan: I hate to do it, but we seem to have worked out Gardmore (a good thing) so I have to drop this (a bad thing) sorry! If it goes over well, I'd love to try it another time...
Dec 4, 2011 9:44 PM - John McCullough: Xerek, go ahead and use any material from Dragon/Dungeon that isn't specifically mentioned in the house rules.
Dec 4, 2011 12:48 PM - Xerek: While i'm at it, are the additional stuff from Dragon Magazines allowed? So is everything in the Character Builder allowed (unless specifically banned)?
Dec 4, 2011 9:03 AM - John McCullough: This delve is for 4th level characters. Create a 4th-level character using the house rules found here: http://www.rpgconnect.org/popup_instruct_SE.html
Dec 3, 2011 9:38 PM - Xerek: What are the rules for characters for a Dungeon Delve? What levels? Just create a char from scratch or...?
Dec 2, 2011 3:21 PM - John McCullough: Also, I'll run this for as few as four people.
Dec 2, 2011 3:20 PM - John McCullough: Rob, I'll let the game stay open until the original RSVP deadline of Dec 8th.
Dec 2, 2011 3:02 PM - Rob R: As much as I am looking foward to attempting this, I am not as much as a *ahem* nervous nelly as some of my comprations in Gardmore Abbey. I'll see what happens this Sunday. If the game does fold or get moved to another day for the finale, I'll come in and commit on Sunday night. Of course John, that is if your able and willing to keep the day open until then.
Dec 2, 2011 8:16 AM - Capt_Dan: Gardmore; if it doesn't finish this Sunday, it will fold, as we drop to three players left - including me and Rob, who both want in to this anyway... I will go ahead and commit now.
Dec 2, 2011 8:12 AM - John McCullough: Alright, here's my last attempt to make this playable: New time: 10:00am. To be clear, characters may be created with any option that is legal in the campaign gaming house rules.
Any word on the gardmore game's status?
Dec 1, 2011 2:29 PM - Jensen: I can do this if I can get done and @ pace by 4pm
Nov 30, 2011 9:55 AM - Tracy: I wish I could, I'm out of town that day. Rob, I think Gardmore is finished, 10 days with no response on continuing from WalK.
Nov 23, 2011 9:39 AM - Ross H: Works for me!
Nov 23, 2011 9:25 AM - John McCullough: Since there was such low interest on the 3rd (which also conflicts with the monthly RPGA meetup at the Strat) I have moved this to December 11th. Please Check your calendars if you have already committed.
Nov 18, 2011 1:12 PM - John McCullough: Characters may be created using the standard campaign gaming rules.
Nov 18, 2011 10:27 AM - Ross H: Oh, right - didn't read closely enough. Pixie it is, then ;)
Nov 18, 2011 10:26 AM - James L: Since it's custom written I doubt it would be PH1 only. I need to separate the Dungeon Delve book from custom Delves.
Nov 18, 2011 10:24 AM - Ross H: John, are we going with PH1 only for this?
Nov 17, 2011 10:55 PM - John McCullough: This is my Themed Delve Contest entry: The Clockwork Tower of Xar-Alara. It is written for 6 4th-level characters. Let's see if you can make it to the top!
Nov 17, 2011 10:52 PM - John McCullough: There are many who would pay handsomely for even a broken scrap of First Builder craftsmanship. Imagine the riches inside the untouched Foundry…
Nov 17, 2011 10:52 PM - John McCullough: The only marking on the outside of the structure is a brass plaque over the main door declaring “Xar-Alara Brassworks and Foundry”
Nov 17, 2011 10:52 PM - John McCullough: Few remnants exist of the lost civilization known only as the First Builders, but in the rocky foothills of the Iron Mountains one tower stands untouched by the ravages of time. The imposing spire reaches up from the south bank of the Keel-cracker Falls. At night, crackling lights can be seen flashing from the top of the tower, and those who venture close can hear the grinding of ancient gears. No one has ever entered the tower and lived to tell of it.