I have completed the second chapter of the Hearkenwold campaign for FRUA.
This module is designed as a direct continuation of the ongoing adventure. That means the narrative works as if the player has completed all the previous content, and NPCs will react to the party accordingly. Indeed, one of the objectives of this part was to follow up on some of the loose threads left in the first module. In order to "export" characters from the first design, you would first use the remove function at the start screen with the HEARKENW.DSN design selected. This updates the characters in the SAVE folder of the design. You then copy those CCH files (identified by the names of the characters) and then paste them into the SAVE folder of the HEARKENX.DSN folder. When you go back and select this design for Book II, you can add those characters to the party.
If you choose to begin with new characters, they will start with 18,001 XP. That is good enough for 5th or 4th level, depending on class. And they will start with +1 equipment. There is also an option to read about the story so far, which gives a summary and highlights points relevant to the current module. Obviously, if one has not played Hearkenwold, this will be spoilerish.
In preparation of the release for Hearkenwold: Book II, I have updated the first design. The changes include:
1. Mechanics. I have reset the magic resistance of all Monsters to the default 0 value. This will make those magic-user spells such as sleep, stinking cloud and hold person, more likely to have an effect.
2. Cosmetic. I went through and changed all wilderness areas to the Forest backdrop, saving open sky only for roads and paths. I also added passable trees as a border along all roads. This is to ease the transition between backdrops, and helps it feel more like the party is stepping on and off the path when they head under the canopy of a forest. Also, I fixed some of the art for Pictures using the format for FRUA.
There's also a couple of minor encounters and text events I added here and there.
The new design, Hearkenwold II can be downloaded at the link below:http://frua.rosedragon.org/modulelist/index.php
And the update version of Hearkenwold can be found here:http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/modules/h/hearkenwold.zip