White Plume Mountain- Character Generation and Adventure Guide

 Return to White Plume Mountain

A week of Adventure
[this game info last updated: 05/25/2016]

During the week, we will be having ten sessions, each of three hours.  In between sessions there will be wargaming tables, boardgames and other diversions available.

The adventure takes place in the Pathfinder campaign setting of Golarion in the River Kingdoms.  It is a plug-in adventure of my own devising based on the acclaimed D&D classic White Plume Mountain.

In the White Plume Mountain adventure three artifact level weapons are stolen by the wizard Keraptis who challenges their wealthy and influential owners to recover them.

I am creating an adventure where every single encounter has lavish terrain and miniatures.  This is something that has never been done before to this scale.  Some encounters will be set on whole wargamer quality tables that are thickly populated (six feet by four feet).


1) play maturely.
2) be committed. Show up to every session.
3) send me an updated character sheet after every session. 
4) Smell good.

System and Books

We will be using Pathfinder.

Players are discouraged from perusing DM-specific books such as the Bestiary series.  In-game use of  knowledge from DM-specific books is not allowed except where a skill might allow your character to know something (like Knowledge).  However, this is not always a problem since I end up modifying things in appearance of substance enough to preserve the mystery and excitement!

Feel free to use stuff from the Inner Sea World Guide as in-game knowledge with the following qualifications:  1) your character could realistically know that information and 2) bearing in mind that what is printed there represents common knowledge-- rumor, speculation, and misinformation!

Be warned:  I take a lot of creative license with published materials. 

The DM

I am a veteran referee, having run about twenty full campaigns, innumerable one-shot adventures, and designed three systems myself. I have played since I was thirteen (I am now forty-seven).

I do not like to slow down the game for rules disputes. If you would like to discuss a rule, or you feel I have made an erroneous ruling, please let it sit until after the session if at all possible. However, I want my players to feel comfortable with how the adventure is being run.  Use your own good judgement.

Let the dice fall where they may! 

Character Generation

You should love your character and play the character that you want within the following guide:
1)    All characters should be of roughly the same power.
2)    No character should have an unusual or unbalancing power.
3)    Characters should be cooperative by nature.  (No loner berserker vampire dwarves)
4)    Not too strange, please.

You will start at 8th level and for the sake of simplicity you will go up one level after the finish of session two, four, seven, and ten.  Your character will be 12th level at the end.  Of course, you will need to return for further adventures in the 2017 season.

You will make two characters.

You will order and send up to two character models, as well as any alternate parts for modifications, to BTP ahead of time and we will paint them up to Hero level for you. You may also commission further models if you want.

If you die during the adventure, we will insert your next character (starting at 8th level).  You won’t be sitting on the sidelines!

You will have 78 points to allot among your six basic statistics. Each time you attain a new level, one of your attributes may be increased by one point.  This is instead of the increase given every four levels as per the Core Rulebook.  Minimum score is 8 and maximum is 15. 

These are modified by race.  Thus a gnome could assign 8 points to Strength and end up with a modified Strength of 6 and then assign 15 points to Dexterity and end up with a Dexterity of 17.

Your alignment must be compatible with neutral good. That means no evil alignments allowed. Chaotic Neutral is likewise not permitted.

Classes and special rules
You may create your character from the Core Rulebook and the following supplements:
·        Advanced Race Guide
·        Advanced Class Guide
·        Advanced Player Guide
·        Ultimate Combat
·        Ultimate Magic
·        Inner Sea Races

I am open to consider customization and other rules sources as long as it doesn’t get strange.

Hit Points
Hit points calculated on an average as follows (pre-CON adjustment):
1d4   = +3hp
1d6    = +4hp
1d8    = +5hp
1d10 = +6hp
1d12 = +7hp

Money and Equipment
It is assumed that through adventuring you have both acquired and lost money. For this adventure, you are answering a summons in classic hero form.  For customization you have the following:

·        3,000gp of mundane equipment (the remainder is converted to coins/gems as you wish)
·        8,000gp of magic items with no one item in excess of 1,000gp (this is for like scrolls, potions and such) (the remainder is converted to mundane equipment as you wish)
·        12,000 for minor magic items, with no one item in excess of 3,000gp
·        24,000gp for a single quest item.  This is a magic item given to you by a benefactor before the outset of the adventure.  You may split into two items if you wish.  (the remainder is converted to scrolls/potions).
·        36,000 for a single heirloom magic item.  This is a magic item that is of personal significance to your character.  The larger magic items must be DM approved.

Additionally, there will be a stash of magic items to part out at the beginning of the adventure as well.

Death is generally permanent in my campaign.  Powers of resurrection are not used lightly by clerics in this adventure.  If you wish to have a character raised, you will need to send me an explanation as to why the spirit of your character would want to leave their ultimate paradise in the next life to return to Golarion.

If you have other questions, contact me at bluetablepainting@gmail.com

Shawn Gately

White Plum Mountain- first model

For Return to White Plume Mountain I am building a roster of over 200 adversary models.  I already have forty done (no, you can't see them), but here's a teaser; a Crag Giant confronting a band of adventurers!

 This model stands six inches tall.

On top of that, I am in process to create a rogue's gallery of fifty hero models for use by my players, and also as NPCs.  If you come to one of my world-class events you will also get a model made for your character.

White Plume Mountain- notes for the day

In the many bizarre sub-realms of Keraptis is the lair of the manticores.

These are just preliminary notes.

Vid- the thing I like about WPM
Nostalgia- modern twists
Comic book movie treatemnt

Nostalgic feel, keep the old school flair
- setting of an active volcano, cast the volcano as a character where it has a personality and lends a mood.  It's an ever-present force, like a threat
- Nods to styles of old school writers eg Gary Gygax (presence of healing/safe areas)
- Three portions have distinct elements and environments Water/Steam, Dark/Void/Necro, Earth/Gems
- Trap areas that can harm monsters and are part of strategy eg electromagnet room, metal heating corridor
- Roving intelligent dangers that play into the story.

I also listed the sets of terrain I already have that can be purposed into the adventure and the sets of terrain that need to be created.

Looking at Raging Heroes for Manticore figures

Ultimate Fantasy Roleplaying

Ultimate Fantasy Roleplaying
Imagine a week of adventure with beautiful miniatures, inspirational terrain, and challenging play.  All of this in a Valhalla-esque palace.  A Fantasy RPG vacation.

Nothing like this has been seen before.

I’m taking the classic adventure White Plume Mountain, and re-writing it for 2016 standards, with new and expanded areas.  Then, I’m creating full scale terrain for the entire thing, a feast for the eyes as top notch miniatures are put on the board.  An experience like no other.

You arrive on Monday (or Sunday evening the night before) at Salt Lake International airport.  You’re picked up and taken out to the mansion.  A custom hero figure has been made for your character*  As you enter and feast your eyes on the art gallery quality surroundings, a feeling of relief and wonder comes over you.

The party arrives at the Inn one by one and becomes acquainted with the quest that awaits.  Taking stock of provisions and magic, you make plans for what might lie ahead.  Thus begins a week-long challenge to recover the three artifacts from White Plume Mountain.  The mountain is quaking with centuries of furious white hot magma, and at the end of the last session on Friday, the entire mountain is filled with its rage—killing everything for miles, so you will have to act quickly.

On Saturday, the survivors (now bonded in battle and hardship) will head back to their homelands.

Always, Your cruel but loving DM,
Shawn Gately

Contact Shawn at bluetablepainting@gmail.com for purchase or info
Tickets are $950 for five days of high adventure.  If you are a friend of the studio (ie a client or Valhalla attendee that we know) you get $100 off.  You get another $100 off if you book before June 10th.

All Monday through Friday
July 25-29
August 22-26
September 26-30 (you can dovetail this with October Valhalla up at Timber Moose)

Character Generation

More Details

  • I will send you a Guide for character creation and event standard.  Pathfinder system.  Starting Level is 8th.  By the time we are done you will be to 11th level.
  • Starting Monday night we run two sessions a day for a total of thirty hours of play during the week.
  • I will capture the nostalgia of old school pen and paper wargaming with never-before-experienced elements of top of the line wargaming.  Those of you who have been to Valhalla will know what I’m talking about.  I am making nods to the greats, and if you played White Plume Mountain as a kid, you will smile as you see some familiar elements.
  • We will have other boards out for Wargames (like Warhammer or War Machine), so bring stuff for that, too.  I will also have some great board games for our down time.  We’ll be playing around six hours a day, so that leaves at least a similar amount of time for other activities.
  • There at a TON of great places to go in SLC and I’m glad to show you around or give you pointers on great places.
  • You can arrive the evening before, and also leave the morning after the Monday through Friday adventuring time, so this is FIVE days packed solid with pulse-pounding RPG action.
  • I will have two assistants: one as a concierge who will also be handling meals, and another as an assistant DM.
  • In the month leading up to the adventure I will be in contact with the party to create characters.  You will create two characters actually, in the event of untimely death. 
  • I will be running this adventure a total of four times with very possible followups.
  • There will be a total of thirty three dimensional, high quality realistic terrain maps
  • The pics here are just of some RPG projects that BTP has done and is just a teaser for the minis that are being made for this event.
  • You should bring all the books  you need, but I will have copies of almost everything that is made for Pathfinder.  Sometimes multiples.
  • The location pictured may change.  If so, it will be in an equivalently awesome venue. If for whatever reason the event is cancelled, your ticket is converted into a $1100 credit for BTP products/services.

Guest List
There are six slots per event.
July 25-29
1)      Taken
2)      Taken
3)      Open
4)      Open
5)      Open
6)      Open

August 22-26
1)      Taken
2)      Open
3)      Open
4)      Open
5)      Open
6)      Open

September 26-30
1)      Open
2)      Open
3)      Open
4)      Open
5)      Open
6)      Open

*maybe two, it is a dangerous world after all!

 Brave heroes take to the wilderness to gain entrance to White Plume Mountain.

 Many bizarre constructs still survive from when Keraptis made his lair here.
An Ogre Magi tests your wits.  After centuries of enslavement he is in no mood for fools.

 Endevagil the bronze dragon can prove a timely ally.

 Washboard abs like these come from many years of adventuring.  They deserve to be shown off.


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