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traveling the planesin LL/AEC

Postby bighara » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:47 pm

Even back in the salad days of AD&D playing, we never used the planes that much. Oh sure, there was the occasional Amulet of the Planes that appeared in a game or a monty haul adventure to kill Orcus on his home plane, but the other realms weren't really ever explored too much. Even the TSR modules seemed to be thin on this topic.

Does anyone have a favorite plane or planar adventure? How do you use them in your campaign(s)? Enquiring minds and all that. :)
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Re: traveling the planesin LL/AEC

Postby bighara » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:24 am

So I guess I will start.

One of my favorite uses of the planes is the demi-plane. Little pocket dimensions that cling like a barnacle to a "parent" plane. These places might have some similarities to their host, but can follow their own weird rules to various degrees. Whether it's the nature of magic, physics, time, or whatever, anything can happen when you've left the normal realms behind.
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Re: traveling the planesin LL/AEC

Postby Omote » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:25 pm

For most of my games, the other planes of existence only played small parts and were almost never the focus of adventures. Sure, I have run a handful of sessions in and about the City of Brass, and to even a more limited degree, Sigil. The Amulet of the Planes and planar gates themselves have allowed my players to tiptoe into those realms, but the adventurers have always been more comfortable with what they know, and what they can control -- the planes have always been too alien to be the main focus for adventures I have ran. That being said, the plane of shadow and the ethereal plane are almost always in the background of the campaigns I'm running, and while not directly traveled to they do interact with the party in relation to monsters, dungeons, and like. When a shadow creature inhabits a locale, the party almost always interacts with the shadow plane in one form or another -- in fact, the shadow plane plays a large part of my campaign worlds even though the characters are not necessarily driven to explore or play with such forces. The same can be said with the ethereal plane and the presence of creatures that cross over to the prime world, though to a more limited degree.

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Re: traveling the planesin LL/AEC

Postby bighara » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:33 pm

I agree the panes are not common fare in my campaigns. I'm always fascinated by the idea that there is a whole multiverse out there for the PC to deal with. Whether they are flitting to hell, the elemental planes, or Cthulhu comes a-knockin'.
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