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The Hidden Halls of Hazakor

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"For a novice DM (young or old), this is an amazing resource…"

— GeekDad.com

In the frontier stronghold of Purdey’s Rest, rumors of mysterious lost ruins lead a group of young adventurers into the wilderness — and the forgotten dungeons of a legendary dark mage. Facing off against evil bandits, foul undead, and ravenous monsters, the characters seek the rewards of wealth and fame. But before they can claim either, they must survive all the deadly threats of Hazakor’s lost halls.

The Hidden Halls of Hazakor is a starter adventure for fifth edition fantasy roleplaying, written with a special focus on young, beginning Gamemasters of ages twelve and up. In a friendly and straightforward fashion, this adventure explores some of the ways a good fantasy RPG dungeon crawl can be put together. It offers advice on how to just let things happen during a game session, and how to not be overwhelmed by all the directions in which an adventure can go. It talks about how to bring nonplayer characters to life, how to have fun running monsters, and how to challenge the other players and their characters alike. The Hidden Halls of Hazakor is for any player who’s ready to sit in the GM’s chair for the first time — and who is ready to learn some of the tricks and techniques that help all GMs run great games.

The PDF download also includes untagged maps for Purdey's Rest and the Hidden Halls of Hazakor dungeon, making it easy to run the adventure in a virtual tabletop setup. These maps are missing the number key and any features that should initially be known only to the GM (including traps and secret doors).


The Hidden Halls of Hazakor was created with the support of 463 amazing backers on Kickstarter. Thanks to all of you for making this project a reality.


Scott Fitzgerald Gray is a full-time freelance writer, editor, story editor, and RPG designer, whose gaming work covers three editions of the Dungeons & Dragons RPG — including working as an editor on all three core rulebooks and the Starter Set for D&D fifth edition. He’s written and edited upwards of fifty RPG adventures for Wizards of the Coast, Dungeon magazine, Schwalb Entertainment’s Shadow of the Demon Lord, Sly Flourish, Gamehole Publishing, Green Ronin, Frog God Games, and others, as well as producing adventures and gaming supplements under the Insane Angel Studios imprint.

Jackie Musto is a comic creator, illustrator, and educator. She’s been working for nearly a decade creating fantastical worlds, daring adventurers, and monstrous beasts, and spent her childhood lost in roleplaying worlds and games. While playing tabletop games as a teenager, her career path was decided — she wanted to be the person who drew the amazing illustrations that brought those games to life! Now it’s her pleasure to fulfill her dream and help other young folks get entranced and creative with their own ideas and stories. Her webcomics Kay and P (the story of a girl whose best friend is a skeleton) and The Adventures of Lady Skylark (a sky pirate adventure) can be found online.

 
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jenny G August 27, 2019 12:16 am UTC
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Is there a document that has just the illustrations separate from the DM guide? I would love to be able to show kids the amazing artwork without giving away any secrets of the game!
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CLIVE C August 27, 2019 6:09 am UTC
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I'd just like to add my voice here. I love the artwork and want to share it with my players. Once or twice I've taken screenshots of the pdf and cut out the wording and showed them the relevant imagery after they've completed an area. Having them separated beforehand would be amazing!
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Scott F G August 28, 2019 2:59 pm UTC
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That’s an awesome idea. I’ll talk to Jackie Musto about this for sure.
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Eric E June 05, 2019 1:36 am UTC
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Am I missing something? The campaign book gives no indication of how players can create their own characters. I checked the website for the Creator and they talk about a separate rule book that tells about how to create a character, but I can find no section of the campaign book dedicated to this. Help please
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Eric E June 05, 2019 1:40 am UTC
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Does this just use standard 5e rules for character creation?
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Scott F G June 05, 2019 2:05 am UTC
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Hi, Eric. Yes, this is a 5e D&D adventure and uses the standard rules for character creation, either from the Player’s Handbook or the Starter Set.

One of the terms of the Open Gaming License that allows us to create 5e-compatible material is that we’re not allowed to mention the name “D&D” or the names of the core books. Sorry for any confusion that way.
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Juliet Y June 07, 2019 9:16 pm UTC
Eric, you don't need to buy anything if your players want to create their own characters, as long as they don't mind limited options. You can just use the free basic rules, which are available for download from the Wizards of the Coast website: https://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/downloads/DnD_BasicRules_2018.pdf. These will let players choose from four different races and four different classes.
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CLIVE C April 04, 2019 12:38 pm UTC
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I'm not sure what I've missed, but I can't find any reference to the room to the west of the Study Hall [6]. The secret room to the east [7] is mentioned, but in the flavour text of [6] it only mentions a closed door to the west without any actual detail about that room - it's not even enumerated. Where can I find details about what's in that room? - thanks
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CLIVE C April 04, 2019 1:39 pm UTC
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Ah, I found the answer earlier in the book under the section clearly titled "Rooms without numbers". :) Thank you for a great book, now if only I would read it correctly ;)
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Scott F G May 01, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
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Sorry, Clive; I didn’t get a notification of your original post and just saw it now. But yes, I’m a big believer in the putting-bathrooms-in-dungeons school of design.
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Erik K December 24, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
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I am looking forward to running this as my first full-length campaign as a GM! The book has a lot of good material, including tips on mapping, monster stats, and places to add breadcrumbs/quests for NPC's to expand on the adventure.
On a side-note, the Full-size preview is apparently broken: when I go to it, I get an error message "Resource Not PDF (file=PurdeysRestUntagged.jpg, ext=.jpg) not found." Luckily, from your website I was able to find more information to get a better feel for Hidden Halls of Hazakor.
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Mathew S September 07, 2018 9:37 am UTC
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This really is a lovely thing. I've run it a few times now for different kids groups and it plays so well.
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Scott F G September 15, 2018 7:09 am UTC
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Awesome to hear. I'm glad so many people are enjoying it.
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Robert A August 31, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
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Is there, by chance, a complete/total treasure list available for the entire adventure? Thanks.
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Scott F G September 15, 2018 7:09 am UTC
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There isn't, but when I have a moment, I can probably put that together.
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Rory K July 10, 2018 9:23 am UTC
Will there be a PoD version available of this?
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Scott F G July 20, 2018 8:42 pm UTC
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Indeed there will! The print proof just came in yesterday, and we’ll be processing print book orders for our Kickstarter backers shortly. Once those are done, the softcover print version will go live.
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