Judge Mike Mearls described how he felt the first time he read Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. The last area of the activity deck is the loading area, where the characters can leave the spaceship. Lots of technological weapons are introduced, as well as many other examples of advanced technology, which you'd expect to find on a ruined spaceship. S3 EXPEDITION TO THE BARRIER PEAKS. Although an article on the Wizards.com web site did provide a conversion to Future Tech, the adventure never received an official sequel and was not updated for the D&D version 3.5 rules[7] (Wizards of the Coast periodically alters the rules of Dungeons & Dragons and releases a new version). Said Gygax, "What could be more logical than to make available a scenario which blends the two role playing approaches into a single form? [20] Kirby Griffis reviewed the adventure in The Space Gamer #36. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was first played at the Origins II convention in 1976, where it was used to introduce Dungeons & Dragons players to the science fiction game Metamorphosis Alpha. The adventure is an old-time favorite of many Dungeons & Dragons fans, including Stephen Colbert. In this adventure, the dungeon is a vast, crashed spaceship, buried in the mountains until a recent tremor uncovered one of the exits. In the adventure's introduction, it is explained that the Grand Duchy of Geoff is under constant attack by a succession of monsters that have been emerging from a cave in the mountains. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place on a spaceship in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. "[5]:2 Gygax updated the scenario to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) rules, hoping it could serve as a primer on how to integrate science into one's fantasy role playing game. He recommended at least a week's study by the Dungeon Master before attempting to play it. The player characters fight monsters and robots, and gather the futuristic weapons and colored access cards that are necessary for advancing the story. James M. Ward had shown them his rough notes on Metamorphosis Alpha. [23] Game designer Daniel Kaufman remembers "the famous backward-firing guns" as one of the adventure's highlights,[24] and Stephen Colbert, who played Dungeons & Dragons as a child, chose this adventure as his personal favorite.[25]. He liked that it came with a separate book of art; in particular the before and after illustrations of the carnivorous plant with a "built-in bunny lure". It was not something he felt should be done often, but it made a "memorable diversion". RolePlay onLine is a custom made, free web based message board community that anyone can create a game on. [15], All four modules of the S-series were included as part of the Dungeons of Dread hardcover collection, released on March 19, 2013. In the lounge area, a "Dining Servo Robot" still works, although the "food" it serves is now moldy poison. ), total … Expedition to the Barrier Peaks's 32-page adventure guide is divided into six sections. The adventure requires the players to gather colored access cards (the "coupons") to advance to the next story arc:[4] entering restricted areas, commanding robots, and other actions are all dependent on the cards. [9], According to Gygax, both the scenario that became Expedition to the Barrier Peaks and Metamorphosis Alpha were successful at the convention. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks One of the most bizarre products ever released for AD&D was the 1st edition module S3, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks . Then Gygax took that material a step forward in 1980 with Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, a D&D module he presented as “an exciting insertion into your campaign and as a primer on how to combine ‘science’ into your fantasy roleplaying.” Seeing wizard robes and robots together makes my heart flutter. In this case Gygax shoehorned in some Gamma Worlds, TSR's early take on science fiction role playing games. This is a TSR #9033 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. While D&D is a fantasy roleplaying game, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks introduces science fiction elements into the game. The other adventures in the S series include S1 Tomb of Horrors, S2 White Plume Mountain, and S4 Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth. As befits 4e, it's a bit shorter and more linear, but I tried to include things that were either appropriate or actually came from the module in question. The adventure then ends, with no postscript. The module is in unused still excellent+ to near mint- condition! Saving Throw 495 views. [2] It was ranked the fifth-best Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon magazine in 2004, and received positive reviews from White Dwarf and The Space Gamer magazines. [16] Lawrence Schick wrote in the foreword: "Vegepygmies and robots. The Grand Duke of Geoff has hired the characters to discover the origin of the creatures, and stop their incursions. The adventure was not updated for later rules systems, but a Wizards.com article did provide a conversion to Future Tech. "I had this terrible, terrible conflict within myself to immediately tell my friends about it at war with a maniacal, desperate drive to keep it hidden at all costs." Griffis, Kirby (February 1981). For a variety of reasons that could fill a novella in the Winter of 1980 through the Summer of 1985 I DMed Expedition to the Barrier Peaks about 8 times, never for my own "main group" and never canonical in my own setting. 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In 1980, TSR published the adventure, updated for first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the Grand Duchy of Geoff (a World of Greyhawk campaign setting)." The player characters fight monsters and robots, and gather the futuristic weapons and colored access cards that are necessary for advancing the story. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks for 4e So, I wrote an adaptation of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks for my regular 4e group . [3] In the adventure's introduction, it is explained that the Grand Duchy of Geoff is under constant attack by a succession of monsters that have been emerging from a cave in the mountains. He recommended at least a week's study by the Dungeon Master before attempting to play it. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game written by Gary Gygax. Author Gary Gygax in 2007 at the GenCon game convention, While D&D is a fantasy roleplaying game, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks introduces science fiction elements into the game. It contains over 60 illustrations (four of which are full-page color illustrations) pertaining to various features of the ship, and should be used by the Dungeon Master to show ap- PDF page counts: "Book 1" file: adventure booklet (32 pp. James M. Ward had shown them his rough notes on Metamorphosis Alpha. [RPG]: D&D Original Adventures Reincarnated: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, reviewed by Antonios S (3/3) Thread starter RPGnet Reviews Start date Today at 8:00 AM Said Gygax, "What could be more logical than to make available a scenario which blends the two role playing approaches into a single form? Once you add ray guns and power armor to the game, you have a fundamentally different experience. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a famous adventure module, because it mixes “science fiction” and “fantasy.” For this reason it is both well known, and an enduring favorite for those who played it during its heyday. He also notes that the cover "reveals the secret of the creatures". Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was first played at the Origins II convention in 1976, where it was used to introduce Dungeons & Dragons players to the science fiction game Metamorphosis Alpha. This module was the official AD&D tournament scenario at Origins II. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place on a spaceship in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. It was about a month before i picked up Expedition to the Barrier Peaks again, and i read through the adventure with the critical eye of a juvenile gamer looking for the fat loot and the monsters i could smash. The Grand Duke of Geoff has hired the characters to discover the origin of the creatures, and stop their incursions. The adventure then ends, with no postscript. Green for the Greyhawk Classics series. The gardens and menagerie area includes an encounter with a "cute little bunnyoid on the stump". [3] In the adventure's introduction, it is explained that the Grand Duchy of Geoff is under constant attack by a succession of monsters that have been emerging from a cave in the mountains. 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). [18] This was later featured in a Wizards.com "Ask Wizards" segment. So this year the Halloween adventure was Expedition! Contains two booklets: the 32-page Expedition to the Barrier Peaks and a 36-page illustration booklet. Just one of those things. 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. Many of the ship's robots are still functioning, however, and the players must either avoid or defeat them; some may also be ignored. The other adventures in the S series include S1 Tomb of Horrors, S2 White Plume Mountain, and S4 Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place on a spaceship in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. He also notes that the cover "reveals the secret of the creatures". "[14] Other products that have introduced futuristic elements into D&D include the adventure City of the Gods (1987) and the novel Tale of the Comet (1997). [22], According to Creighton Broadhurst, author of Exemplars of Evil: Deadly Foes to Vex Your Heroes, the adventure is one of the most popular "old time" Greyhawk adventures. Once you add ray guns and power armor to the game, you have a fundamentally different experience. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a 1980 adventure module for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game written by Gary Gygax. Your email address … In the sixth and final section, the activity deck, the players' characters must contend with various sports robots, including a "boxing and wrestling trainer" and a "karate master". In summary, he found it interesting and "full of spice and flavor"; recommending it to anyone interested in "something new" or wanting to include science fiction in their D&D game. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is an adventure module released by TSR in 1981 for use with the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game (TSR#9033). Several of his contributions were printed in full color. [5]:2[7] Kuntz is further credited for "inspiration" for the module; his "Machine Level" having been incorporated into Greyhawk Castle[8] and Tim Kask having played in a D&D game with science fantasy content run by Kuntz at GenCon VII in 1974. [5]:2[7] Kuntz is further credited for "inspiration" for the module; his "Machine Level" having been incorporated into Greyhawk Castle[8] and Tim Kask having played in a D&D game with science fantasy content run by Kuntz at GenCon VII in 1974. Griffis noted that it is full of "surprises and new monsters", and felt that its one drawback was that Gygax presented standard D&D monsters as natives of other planets. The cave is actually an entrance to a downed spacecraft whose inhabitants have succumbed to a virus, leaving them dead. [5]:18 If the characters can communicate with the karate master and tell it that boxing is superior to karate, it will attack the boxing robot until both are destroyed, else they will both attack the characters. [20] Kirby Griffis reviewed the adventure in The Space Gamer #36. Although an article on the Wizards.com web site did provide a conversion to Future Tech, the adventure never received an official sequel and was not updated for the D&D version 3.5 rules[7] (Wizards of the Coast periodically alters the rules of Dungeons & Dragons and releases a new version). I'm wondering if there is anyone who has run S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks straight-up, preferably with 1st edition AD&D. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks takes place on a spaceship in the Barrier Peaks mountain range of the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks's 32-page adventure guide is divided into six sections. These describe the crew's quarters, the lounge area, the gardens and menagerie, and the activity deck. The digital download includes 6 maps: Level 1 - JPEG file with the resolution of 8,400 by 8,400 pixels. [5]:2, When Metamorphosis Alpha was updated and expanded into Gamma World, it seemed the right time for Gygax to reintroduce Expedition to the Barrier Peaks to the public. S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was Gary in full-on funhouse mode, having a high old time mixing elements of Jim Ward's Gamma World with fantasy to create a rollicking and memorable AD&D adventure. It's intended for online play, but it can be printed out and used on the tabletop. Level 2 - JPEG file with the resolution of 8,400 by 8,400 pixels. [10] The 32-page adventure bears the code S3 ("S" for "special"). [13] Unlike the other S series adventures, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was not included in the Dungeon Survival Guide by author Bill Slavicsek because to him it was a "wonderful adventure", but not "a D&D adventure. The next encounter involves a froghemoth, a large alien frog-like creature with tentacles and three eyes on an eyestalk. The adventure was not updated for later rules systems, but a Wizards.com article did provide a conversion to Future Tech. User summary: 2016 PDF edition scanned from fifth printing (1981). When I ran it as part of my homebrew campaign back in the early 90's, the players did something I never would have expected, and it changed the course of my campaign world's history. [12] The adventure has also been referenced in the Nodwick comic series. [10] The 32-page adventure bears the code S3 ("S" for "special"). [5]:2, When Metamorphosis Alpha was updated and expanded into Gamma World, it seemed the right time for Gygax to reintroduce Expedition to the Barrier Peaks to the public. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. [5]:15 It looks like a horned rabbit on a tree stump, but when approached, the stump develops fangs and its roots become tentacles, which it then uses to attack the characters. [19] According to the Dungeon editors, the adventure's defining moment was its froghemoth creature, and its full page color illustration. 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. At the time of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks's release, each Dungeons & Dragons module was marked with an alphanumeric code indicating the series to which it belonged. But it’s also a great deal of fun. [18] This was later featured in a Wizards.com "Ask Wizards" segment. [5]:2 In 1980, the updated version was published as Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was Gary in full-on funhouse mode, having a high old time mixing elements of Jim Ward's Gamma World with fantasy to create a rollicking and memorable AD&D adventure. "[5]:2 Gygax updated the scenario to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) rules, hoping it could serve as a primer on how to integrate science into one's fantasy role playing game. [18], Two gaming magazines reviewed Expedition to the Barrier Peaks in 1981. In the adventure's introduction, it is explained that the Grand Duchy of Geoff is under constant attack by a succession of monsters that have been emerging from a cave in the mountains. [22], According to Creighton Broadhurst, author of Exemplars of Evil: Deadly Foes to Vex Your Heroes, the adventure is one of the most popular "old time" Greyhawk adventures. At the time of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks's release, each Dungeons & Dragons module was marked with an alphanumeric code indicating the series to which it belonged. The adventure is an old-time favorite of many Dungeons & Dragons fans, including Stephen Colbert. Expedition to the barrier peaks is probably my favorite published adventure ever. Judge Bill Slavicsek felt the adventure was a "classic clash of genres". Several of his contributions were printed in full color. Those examples were taken from the first two sentences. Card Game Database Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. I have played (and converted) this module to every edition of the game over the years. [1] It takes place on a downed spaceship; the ship's crew has died of an unspecified disease, but functioning robots and strange creatures still inhabit the ship. Green for the Greyhawk Classics series. These describe the crew's quarters, the lounge area, the gardens and menagerie, and the activity deck. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is a cult favorite D&D adventure module written in 1979 by Gary Gygax. While Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is typically a fantasy game, the adventure includes elements of science fiction, and thus belongs to the science fantasy genre. Judge Mike Mearls described how he felt the first time he read Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. "I had this terrible, terrible conflict within myself to immediately tell my friends about it at war with a maniacal, desperate drive to keep it hidden at all costs." A conversion for the classic AD&D S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks . [10] The module included a 36-page book and a 32-page book, with two outer folders; it was one of the first deluxe scenario modules, and included a book of illustrations intended to be shown to the players during the game, including four color paintings. It was not something he felt should be done often, but it made a "memorable diversion". "Capsule Reviews". It's been on my "to run" list for a while, but the adventure seems like a difficult one for the GM - and for the GM to describe even given shared dungeon vocabulary. This page was last modified on 7 January 2016, at 11:31. [1] It takes place on a downed spaceship; the ship's crew has died of an unspecified disease, but functioning robots and strange creatures still inhabit the ship. 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