Tag Archive: Out of the Abyss

Apr 22 2016

DwD&D#46 – Pop Culture D&D and OotA Final

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down. I am. I am. It’s pop culture in D&D inspired by Michael Bedensky and then we finish up with the Underdark and finally emerge from the Abyss, a little crazier but still sorta there. Now for the bad news. My audio got messed up bad so I had to go to the back up recording. It’s not as good as our normal fare but next time I promise it’ll be solid. Get Down. Be Solid. Wave your tentacle arms in the air like you just don’t care. Peace.

Mar 24 2016

DwD&D#42 – D&D Hot Button & OotA Chapter 14: The Labyrinth

DownwithD&DTime to get down. It’s time to delve into the Underdark again to see what the hyena demon lord is up to and also chat about some D&D hot button topics. Good times. Good. Times.

Mar 17 2016

DwD&D#41: What’s New in D&D plus OotA chapters 12 & 13

DownwithD&DYou down with D&D? You know I am. So lets get down on this slightly longer episode of the newest edition of the underdark hip hop sensation sweeping the podcast nation. It’s Out of the Abyss and What’s New in D&D but not in that order and as a sweet treat James Intercaso, host of the D&D Round Table, has his tones coming through in the intro and outro tune this week and from now on. Feel free to send me your “Yeah, you know me” to Chris@misdirectedmark.com and I’ll be happy to mix you in too.




Mar 10 2016

DwD&D#40 – Ravenloft and OotA 11: Gravenhollow

itunesDownwithDDCome Get Down With Us. Time to look at a bunch of stone that is covered with mist and horror and romanticism and time travel and we might just throw in the kitchen sink. It’s D&D with Chris and Shawn on Ravenloft and the Out of the Abyss campaign book. Bringing it on strong.


Ravenloft & The DM’s Guild

Mar 03 2016

DwD&D#39 – Community Topics and OotA Chapter 10: Descent into the Depths

itunesDownwithDD(Think the Smurfs) La la la la la la la la la la GET DOWN! It’s time for some D&D so come get down with me and the Magnificent Marvelous Mad wizard Merwin as we chat up the community topics and then delve farther than we’ve ever delved before into the depths of the Underdark.

Feb 18 2016

DwD&D#37 – Papercraft with the Old School DM and OotA Chapter 9: Mantol-Derith

itunesDownwithDDGet down. Get down. Get down with us. It’s time for D&D and gettin’ down with some old school papercraft, or maybe it’s new school and all that’s old found here is the Old School DM, Randy Farmer. He’s in the house to drop paper knowledge on all of us 2d gamers to bring us fully into the realm of terrain on the game table. Then we go back into the underdark to chat about Fraz Urb’luu and the havoc a little black gem can cause. Are you ready? I know I am. See below for copious amounts of show notes.

Links for Part 1


Notes For Chapter 9 of Out of the Abyss: Mantol-Derith


  • Fraz-Urb’luu is the demon lord influencer.
  • Overcome the madness of the trading outpost’s factions.
  • Find Ghazrim DuLoc, Zhentarim contact, to figure out how to get to Gravenhollow.

The Gem

  • Fraz-Urb’luu is stuck in the gem.
  • This one’s convoluted
  • The Gem needs a magical weapon to destroy it.
  • Indefinite Madness of Fraz-Urb’luu table in appendix D. pg 239

Reaching Mantol-Derith

  • How do we handle NPCs, figure it out yourself and role play them if there’s no encounter results rolled on the random encounter rolls.
  • Pg 18 has the travel rates. Good time to review chapter 2. Normal is 6 per day so that’s roughly 63 day of travel or two months to be with these NPCs in the Underdark. The game says to check for random encounters twice per day so they might have messed up a little here since that’s 126 random encounter checks.
  • Here’s the important part. It’s a two month trip to Mantol-Derith. You need to figure out how you want to make that feel like a two month trip. Figure out how many encounters/scenes you might want and jot down what you think would be cool to have. Since this is a way the Zentarhim know well you can assume they won’t take people through exceptionally danergous area and then again they are the Zentahrim. I’d also picking 1 or 2 NPCs to develop and then start killing of the rest during the random encounters to show the dangers of the underdark and thin out the ranks. This could be a fun little hex crawl underdark session, throw down 10 hexes and let them explore them.


This scenario is about getting the ring from Ghazrim DuLoc but has the secondary quest of learning about, tracking down, and dealing with the Gem of Fraz Urb’luu. Four factions and four warehouses.

Factions in Manto-Derith

  • Duergar at war with Svirfneblin- Ghuldur Flagonfist is Duergar leader
  • Svirfneblin at war with Duergar: Gabble Dripskillet is Svirfneblin leader
  • Drow poised to eliminated Svirfneblin and Duergar and keep alliance with Zhentarim: Sirak Mazelor.
  • Zhentarim have delusional drow assassin poised to turn Zhentarim against drow –  Ghazrim Duloc.

Mantol-Derith Encounters

Everyone is itching for a fight here at least to begin with. Approaching an enclave seems to be rolling for initiative.

  1. Secret entrances have disintegration traps on them. Love it.
    1. Cannibal druid, Sladir Vadris. Related to one of the NPCs they can meet in Gauntlygrym. At NE entrance.
    2. Paranoid Rystia Zav. Outside south entrance by the shore
  2. The trench. I like how you need to go via the Trench to get into Mantol-Derith and you can have some of the NPCs say how it’ll be nice to get back to the relaxing situation to then find the place going insane.
  3. There be war between the Duergar and Deep Gnomes. This can point to the deep gnome enclave and the Duergar attacking or the Duergar Enclave and Yantha. Plus Peebles who is interesting. Surgeon and servant of another Beholder, Xazax the Eyemonger. Decent guide but quite evil.
  4. Drow area – Flink is the event that needs to happen in the Drow area. Flink can inform about the Yanth-Krimgol situation and point to the Gargoyle taking the gem.
  5. Duergar area – Yantha Coaxrock is here and being interrogated over a Xorn by Ghuldur and Krimgol. She points towards Fink Thunderbonk who’s at the Drow Enclave.
  6. Deep Gnome area – They point toward the Duergar and Yantha Coaxrock.
  7. Zhentarim area – The Gargoyle that took the gem is here. The Drow who has the Gem is here too, the assassin Kinyel Druu’giir.
    1. Crazy situation. Everyone dies or the PCs intervene and maybe only the Drow die?
    2. Ghazrim DuLoc has a ring that can get the characters to Gravenhollow?

Feb 04 2016

DwD&D#35 – Community Topics & OotA 8: Audience in Gauntlgrym

itunesDownwithDDAre you ready to get down with D&D. I know I am as is the mad wizard. It’s community topics this week as we touch on the Polymorph spell as a starting point and then move over to if you should let new players bend or break the rules because they’re trying to be awesome or keeping them reigned in. After that we go back to the Underdark to chat with Breunor Battlehammer and wrangle another two dozen plus NPCs. I’m totally feeling it as we get down.


The Down with D&D G+ Community

Out of the Abyss

Dec 21 2015

DwD&D#30 – Neverlight Groove

DownwithD&DOh boy, oh boy, oh boy. It is time to get down. It was a tough week of illness and other things but I’m finally through it and ready to bring you this hot new edition of Down with D&D. Shawn and myself, this is Chris by the way, are gonna dish on Neverlight Grove and the Zuggtmoy that Cthulhu’d up and went crazy. We also talk about that old black magic which is the topic of the most recent Unearthed Arcana and cover the new stuff in D&D.

In other news we have a G+ community just for Down with D&D these days and you can get there and join up by clicking on this link.

Down with D&D G+ Community

If we get to a 100 members by January 1st Shawn and I will give away a free adventure to every member of the community. Cool huh. As of this writing we’re already at 79 people so come on and join up because everyone loves free stuff.

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Nov 20 2015

DwD&D#28 – OoTA4: The City of Blades

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down?!? I don’t think you are. Are you ready now? How about now? GOOD. LETS GET DOWN with some D&D. On this episode we delve into the City of Blades, chapter 4 of the Out of the Abyss campaign book and give all the help we can on this expansive chapter. Groove on my friends. Groove on and go kill some monsters.

Oct 20 2015

DwD&D#26 – Out of the Abyss, Rune Magic, and The Tome of Beasts

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down with some D&D? I put it as a question but it’s really not because I KNOW you’re ready to get down. So lets get to it. On this jam we’re talking about getting into Out of the Abyss, the second chapter about wandering the underdark, the Runic Scribe and Rune Magic, and The Tome of Beasts Kickstarter. Let’s get in that groove and kill some monsters.


The Tome of Beasts Kickstarter

The Runic Scribe and Prestige Class playtest

Oct 12 2015

DwD&D#25 – Out of the Abyss

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down with some D&D. I hope you are because we’re talking a bit about prestige classes and the Tome of Beasts Kickstarter and then we’re gonna delve into chapter one of Out of the Abyss. Kick the beat MC Mad Wizard, or at least the kobold.