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Tomb Robbers of the Crystal Frontier

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Winner of "Best Aventure" - 2022 Ramanan Sivaranjan Awards for Excellence in Gaming!

Among "The Best" - 10 Foot Pole reviews!

Neither considered or nominated - 2021 ENNIES!

Welcome to the Crystal Frontier, a desolate magic stained wasteland where fabulous crystal spires and fortresses plummet from the skies to tempt the desperate and the bold with magical gems and golden treasures. Find your fortune or find your death as you plunder the fallen sky tomb of an Empyrean despot.

SCHEME with the unnatural denizens of the Crystal Tomb!
UNRAVEL the secrets of the Dead King and his realm of misrule!
LOOT strange magics and opulent treasures from beyond the sky's vault!

A complete adventure for Level 1 characters, and introduction to the Crystal Frontier setting. While built to support campaign play, the adventure ready for use as a drop in adventure locale almost any fantasy world, or as a one-shot. Designed for and stated with OSE, Tomb Robbers of the Crystal Frontier emphasizes problem solving, faction intrigue and exploration in the tradition of classic dungeon crawl adventures, but with a phantasmagoric fantasy Western aesthetic.

The 2022 printed version now contains additional content! A regional map of the Frontier, new art and a second crystal tomb, the 8 page adventure Common Grave.

 
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Ben D August 09, 2022 4:48 pm UTC
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This sounds amazing! But I'll admit, I am gonna buy it for the cover which reminds me of my childhood
https://i.ibb.co/sCC3Fkx/unnamed-3.jpg
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Gus L August 09, 2022 5:49 pm UTC
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Not sure where that link goes but there is always a nostalgic aspect to the production of older style RPGs. The keying, the monster stats and maps also hit me a bit in those places that remember long summer days in the wood paneled basements of the 1980’s rolling dice.

Per the work of Sveltlana Boym and other academics studying nostalgia we can make a useful distinction between two types: restorative and reflective. I prefer to think of Tomb Robbers as reflective nostalgia.

It’s in no way an attempt to replicate or return to an idealized, and likely imaginary, play style or form of game design. However, it does reflect some of the fixations of older editions — it’s a procedural exploration of fantastical space. A dungeon crawl. It includes granular 10’ square based map, random encounter tables and expects encumbrance to matter. In other words, it’s designed for the sort of older rules that support this play style.

I believe the dungeon it offers manages (like...See more
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Gus L August 09, 2022 7:22 pm UTC
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Oh I should add that I figured out the link! Indeed that’s a similar image and a great one, but I based the cover on what I suspect are the same sources as the game cartridge artist: the posters for the Japanese release of For A Few Dollars More and even more a poster for La Calle de los Conflictos.
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Ben D August 10, 2022 12:05 am UTC
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I love the influences! It's totally a product for me. I've only skimmed it so far and it's great at first glance.
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Ben D August 10, 2022 12:07 am UTC
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I love the influences! It's totally a product for me. I've only skimmed it so far and it's great at first glance.
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De la Viscario R August 05, 2022 3:10 am UTC
Hi, do you have an email for business contact?
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Gus L August 05, 2022 4:33 am UTC
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You can contact me via oldmanlaru@gmail.com
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Melvin S August 02, 2022 5:17 am UTC
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Will the additional content be available to those who previously purchased the pdf ?
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Gus L August 02, 2022 5:51 am UTC
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At some point I hope. I suffered a serious computer issue that may involve a hard drive failure, so it may take time to recover the files.
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Anthony R August 09, 2022 10:15 pm UTC
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I am praying for your hard drive!
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Gus L August 09, 2022 10:24 pm UTC
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Me to man. I can’t work on Space Gods of the Crystal Frontier (level 3 - 5 follow up to Tomb Robbers) until I get it back at least, and I really don’t want to recolor the regional map - though I suppose that needs to happen anyway as the scan was not good enough for my taste. Providing a B&W printable or VTT version (perhaps with travel time markings?) of the regional map is my first project when I get it (or a copy of my files at least) back from the shop.
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Anthony R June 02, 2022 1:45 pm UTC
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This thing is so well designed. I am planning on running my next set of games in the Crystal Frontier. Any chance of more published adventures/dungeons in the setting?
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Gus L June 02, 2022 8:11 pm UTC
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Glad you're enjoying it. I'm currently finishing a small crystal tomb that will bulk out the print version (redoing the layout and colors for POD is taking a lot of time), and should be out as it's own PDF as well in the next month or so. Also working on a few full size (50 - 100+ keys) projects for later in the year. Not sure which one will get finished first - but there's a haunted mansion, a giant wrecked war machine, and a journey into the "Place of Reflections".
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Anthony R June 02, 2022 10:40 pm UTC
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Can't wait to see more! Have you thought about kickstarting or crowdfunding? Or is there anywhere to support the creation of more of these adventures in the meantime?
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Gus L June 03, 2022 2:04 am UTC
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No, I don't do either, largely because I'm a hobbyist who does all my own writing, art, and layout while working a full time job in a high stress profession. I need to avoid the added stress of a KS production schedule and running a campaign. Adventures generally come from my home campaign, and are done when they are done. This mean I can make them to the quality I want and without concern for salability. The most effective thing people who want more Crystal Frontier content can do is play, review, and talk to me about what's already out there - other people running my adventures is very encouraging.

There are of course 3 other smaller existing Crystal Frontier adventures here on DTRPG: Star Spire, The Bruja, the Beast and the Barrow, and Broken Bastion.

If you want to talk about them I can generally be found at https://alldeadgenerations.blogspot.com/ where I read and try to reply to all the comments.
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February 08, 2022 7:49 am UTC
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Enjoyed my readthrough and am looking forward to integrating it into a new campaign. Which leads me to a question: can we expect to see more material on the Warlock King any time soon? If so, I'll hold back on fleshing out the details. Thanks!
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Gus L February 08, 2022 3:19 pm UTC
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Glad you enjoy it! A bit more about the Warlock King is found in "The Bruja, The Beast, and the Barrow". The Warlock King, like the Syndicators of the Sucessor Empire and other global powers, is intentionally very lightly sketched. They are all outside forces, distant menaces whose geopolitical ambitions threaten the Frontier but who don't control it. The only real details that are consistent about him is that he uses demons magically bound into hosts rather then summoned into the world and controlled via contract.

More fragments of history and rumors regarding the King, the rise of his Bull Kingdom, and the fall of the Imperial dependancy Kosse Sildar are likely in future adventures, but I have no intention of detailing the Warlock King or his court as a location. I'd say flesh him out any way you like: swords & sorcery despot, lich, revolutionary modernizer, or demon possessed threat.

Generally, while Crystal Frontier stuff has baked in setting that I know the history...See more
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February 08, 2022 8:33 pm UTC
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Thanks for the info - good to know. I'll work with what I've got :)

My current plans are still in development, but revolve around the remains of Chaos-Mage ruled realm that recently imploded on itself. I'll filter most things through a lens of cults and spirits to reflavour magi-tech and aliens. The Bull-King will likely be one of the former lieutenants of the Chaos-Mage trying to come out on top versus other Chaos contenders and attempts by Lawful forces to move in.
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Gus L February 10, 2022 7:06 am UTC
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Sounds good - though personally I tend not to use alignment. I figure good and evil or law and chaos are largely shown through actions and I like my players to decide which dubious factions they like or dislike without the clues that alignment provide.
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Marshall H October 07, 2021 10:33 pm UTC
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Looking forward to reading this novella. Beautiful artwork and a well-imagined setting. Hope you continue in your adventure of writing wonderful worlds!
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Cody M August 14, 2021 5:03 am UTC
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Awesome supplement, but I have one gripe. Your directions don't line up with the map.
i.e. In the description for area 3, you have 2 doors that go east and northeast, according to the text (pg. 14). "The east door (to Areas 4, 5, & 6)" but the door to areas 4, 5, & 6 is actually to the north-west based on how the map is oriented in the module (and in the separate .png files).

Outside of this, which is easy enough to correct on the fly while prepping/running, the thing is great. Really evocative.
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Gus L August 14, 2021 4:00 pm UTC
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Thanks for spotting that Cody, Sure looks like the description got switched around, I'll make sure to fix it when I do a version 1.3 (with Character sheet and maybe some pregens).
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Cody M August 16, 2021 4:38 am UTC
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Sweet! I look forward to seeing it all fixed up!
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J Camilo M July 06, 2021 3:22 pm UTC
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I was in the middle of writing up my own crystal scattered science fantasy desert setting but this is better than what my writing can produce.
I'll be ecstatic to buy a physical copy too if you ever go that route!
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Gus L July 06, 2021 9:01 pm UTC
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Glad you like it, but don't stop your setting on my account. Whatever you are making is always going to be better for your table then anything a distant designer can provide.
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Lukasz L July 05, 2021 5:36 pm UTC
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It's refreshing to see a full preview, not to mention that what it shows looks like an amazing adventure.

Is POD coming soon? I know I want to buy it, the question is - should I wait a week or two to grab a print copy?
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Gus L July 05, 2021 8:54 pm UTC
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Glad it's inspiring you! POD through DTRPG is unlikely, but prunt may come eventually. Depends on if sales justify a print run.
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Lukasz L July 06, 2021 12:56 am UTC
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Thank you for the quick response. Grabbed the digital version, and I'm looking forward to seeing it in print.
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Jimmy F July 02, 2021 8:29 pm UTC
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Gus L July 03, 2021 1:26 pm UTC
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Glad Crystal Frontier interested you enough to review it. It's always great to hear what people think of my stuff. Thank you.
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Diogo N June 30, 2021 2:27 am UTC
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Any chance we can get this in a pages PDF instead of spreads?
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Gus L June 30, 2021 4:04 am UTC
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Apparently there was some confusion about which version I intended to submit for review - my fault really. I should have the proper one up this evening, but it may take a few days to approve.
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Gus L June 30, 2021 5:03 am UTC
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Updated and should be available as v 1.2.
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Clay L June 29, 2021 9:40 pm UTC
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Any chance that you have a version of the pdf that's more friendly to printing in booklet mode? I bought the version on here already! Love it!
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Gus L June 29, 2021 9:47 pm UTC
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I'll see what I can do about a black & white version in the next few weeks. PDF size is likely going to be high as there's a fair bit of art, but it may be easy enough. I wish I had the infrastructure for a more accessible version as well, but it's just me around here.
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Clay L June 29, 2021 9:52 pm UTC
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No worries! Just thought I'd check.

What would be really helpful would just be a 1 content page per printer page version. My printer software can do the rest (it auto-arranges and does the b&w conversion).
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Clay L June 29, 2021 9:52 pm UTC
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Thanks for the quick reply, btw!
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Gus L June 29, 2021 10:09 pm UTC
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That should be fixed within a day or two. It seems my last minute fixes didn't make it to the approval. I will see what I can do.
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Clay L June 29, 2021 11:21 pm UTC
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Thanks, man! No rush!!!
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Erika M June 29, 2021 8:00 pm UTC
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I playtested this and it was a lot of fun! Cool dungeon, well-designed, interesting!
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Gus L June 29, 2021 9:46 pm UTC
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Glad you enjoyed it Erika and Thank You! Without you and the other playtesters it would have been less complete by far!
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