Thanks my friend! Now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by the Conan universe and the system, I'm starting from zero, so I'm reading the whole Core book, page by page, I'm surprised cause I didn't do that to start playing D&D.
I also bought yesterday the Shadizar box set. I tought that I'll need some help speaking about maps, guides and adventures. So I'm going to check that city at detail, cause I think that Shadizar has a lot of potential and offers a lot of possibilities. Obviously I have to learn a lot of things about the system before thinking about cities and adventures. Well, I hope to get into this thing ASAP cause I can't wait to start playing!
Hi. I've been running a Conan campaign for about a couple years now, and am about to start another campaign. My first bit of advice you're already practising: read the book first!! (LOL): my group convinced me to let them roll characters before I'd received my (1st ed) book, and looking back I personally wouldn't have allowed sorcerers (Scholars) had I read the book first. (I have a couple really impatient players :wink: ).
As for Shadizar, I'm working on starting another Conan group of players more familiar to some extent with the Howard stories (one guy really knows them well), and I decided to use Shadizar
as well. Since you just bought the boxed set, you may or may not be aware that the map with the huge right-angled river running through it isn't very Shadizar-like; it's actually a DnD map, so go to this thread
and write to Mongoose and they'll send you the 'authentic' Shadizar map. It's really cool in my opinion, and you'll be very happy when you get it (as far as I know Mongoose hasn't released any boxed sets with the correct map unless recently, so you may have gotten a pre-fix boxed set).
For other supplements, I think the greatest release so far has been the h/c The Road of Kings
, which is a more detailed gazeteer of the Hyborian World. Scrolls of Skelos
is great if you will have a Scholar PC in your group; Pirate Isles
if a Pirate (this is a really cool book IMO)
; Free Companies
if you'll run a military campaign or a mercenary band; but for adventurers, yeah I am also thinking Shadizar:City of Wickedness
. Everyone seems to love Across Thunder River
, but since neither of my groups are the least interested in the west I haven't done much more than a quick perusal of this book, but everyone seems to love it.
Lastly, MightyCthulhu posted a link to Iron_Chef's thread about creating adventures, which is great to look at. Several of us have been posting adventure breakdowns of our groups' adventures in this forum (My Saturday group's thread, for example, is called The Story So Far...
) and reading them may help both give more adventure ideas or maybe learn from our mistakes. ~I thought maybe I'd link several threads similar to yours asking general questions about getting started, so:
*Conan campaigns - advice sought
*Some newbie questions
*A couple rules questions
*First post here, health question...
*Instant Campaign Starter
*The First Session
*New to Conan - Quick Question
*New to the game...
--At present there's 40 pages of threads on the Conan forum; for example while putting this list together (took 10 minutes) I found 7 posts on Great Swords. So odds are if you are trying to figure something out, odds are someone's already asked it. :wink: So you can also use the search button at the top of the screen.
So in closing (I tend to write long posts
) reply if you have any specific questions, and I hope this helps.