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Children are always warned not to stray from their village, for deep in the woods, dangerous things lurk. Every child knows well the story of the three crones, and if there is any truth to the legends, adventurers would be wise to learn it, too.

Welcome to the Storytelling Series - a collection of short adventure ideas in the guise of a side-quest or dungeon delve aimed at sparking imagination and providing tips for challenging and rewarding players.

The Cave of Crones is a system-agnostic group of encounters that can be easily translated into a short adventure. Maps are provided, as are important descriptions of environments, opponents and other aspects of what should be an engaging story.

As the encounters unfold, you will be presented not with stat blocks and rules crunch for each monster. The manuals of your favorite game system already provide these things. Instead of giving you a railroaded list of monsters to slay, you are instead advised on how you can use the adventure as a stand-alone experience or tie it into a larger narrative. Advice is given on how low, medium, and higher level characters can have fun by adjusting elements of each scene. And most importantly, emphasis is placed on the story itself.

Adventures can be run in a number of ways. Some people enjoy pure theater of the mind. Some players enjoy battle mats and tokens to help guide the action. Still others enjoy having detailed 3D terrain on their table. The Storytelling Series is meant to provide information and resources that can be used regardless of your preferred method of play.

As an economical path to visually engaging terrain and minis, the Storytelling Series ends with a reference of additional resources that can be used to make your table come to life if you so choose. While the maps provided are based on Paper Realms modular terrain, these maps are only a guide! You can make far more elaborate maps if you desire, or you can forgo maps altogether if that is what you prefer.

Rule number one is to have fun!

What's in this product?

  • A 10-page PDF featuring maps and ideas for introducing the Cave of Crones into your own adventures.
  • An appendix of print-and-play resources that complement the story.
  • A bonus modular terrain tile for use with the Paper Realms Caverns: Core Set product. The full terrain set is required to make use of this bonus tile.

Sample page - Introduction to the Storytelling Series Sample page showing background details and map Sample page showing an encounter map

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