The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan - ORIGINS '79 TOURNAMENT STYLE DUNGEON RUSH - TaleSpire

The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan - ORIGINS '79 TOURNAMENT STYLE DUNGEON RUSH - TaleSpire

Dungeons & Dragons 5e on Tale Spire, D&D Beyond, Discord

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  • Duration: 4 to 4 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: Advanced

Price per player-session

About the adventure

THIS MODULE IS BEING HELD TOURNAMENT STYLE, RECREATING THE ORIGINAL FEEL OF THE MODULE DURING ITS DEBUT AT ORIGINS '79! This dungeon crawl is presented in the book Tales from the Yawning Portal, and is intended for multiple sessions to explore thoroughly however during the Origins '79 event, players were given a mere 2 hours to escape the dungeon in 1st Edition. Dungeons and dragons have come a long way since then, and the pacing for 5th Edition can be slower. Timing for this session will be doubled to 4 hours, and I have the original score cards from the event on hand to give your group a final score when the session is over. Do you love perilous dungeons with almost no chance of survival? Do you feel like Dungeons and Dragons is too easy? Look no further because the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan is full of traps, monsters, and a deadly gas that's present for the vast majority of the dungeon! The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan removes the crutches that most players rely on, without resorting to cheap traps present in the Tomb of Horrors. This is a true challenge for Level 5 players who should reach level 8 by the end, and you will be given ample gold to spend in preparation. It's highly unlikely that all of you will make it out alive, so be smart and prepare yourself for any scenario. I have recreated the entire dungeon in TaleSpire myself, and am excited to show you my hard word and effort.

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How to prepare

You will need to buy TaleSpire on Steam. You cannot play without it. Once you schedule a session I will send you an invite through discord - we will use this for voice chat so you will need a mic. Download BeyondtheSpire for Firefox or Google Chrome beforehand as well: Using this tool is very easy, just be sure to turn off dice rolling on your Beyond character sheet by clicking the gear next to the character name and the switch will be on the menu that pops up. Your character's stats, hit bonuses and damage dice will be highlighted and when you click them while Beyond the Spire is active it will send your bonuses to TaleSpire and you can roll them in game.

What I provide

A nearly 160 hour build of the Lost Shrine of Tamoachan, made by myself in TaleSpire.

Gameplay details

This dungeon is meant for players experienced in dungeon delving and dealing with traps - you'll be given gold at the start to spend and make preparations, but once the dungeon starts you won't be able to leave until you reach the end! SAFETY: Expect moderate levels of violence, NPCs in distress, descriptions of gore, etc. at the start of the game we will go over lines and veils, lines being things that have no business appearing in a game meant to be fun and engaging and veils being things that can be hinted at but not focused on, like pulling the curtains over a scene. If at any time you as the player feel uncomfortable you can send me a message during the game and will discontinue any further reference to the subject. Most of my games will contain adult language (R) and I will allow it from players as long as it is purely for fun or used for expression in character - I expect my players to be kind and courteous towards each other always. Name calling, and major PC betrayals are hard lines for my games. The rogue can pickpocket the paladin, but I draw the line at killing fellow PC's for any reason. Otherwise murder hobos are okay in my books as well.

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • Breaks
  • Lines and Veils
How will character creation work

You'll need to create a level 5 character in D&D Beyond using a standard array and no homebrew content. I will allow any official source material. We will discuss over discord what you can buy from store beforehand, you will have a surplus of gold to spend on supplies. BE SURE TO MAKE LEVEL 6 AND 7 VERSIONS OF YOUR CHARACTER SHEET. You won't regain your hit points on a level-up, but you will receive what you gain in max hit points towards your current amount. If you would rather use a pregenerated character, I can provide you with a few options.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: High
  • Roleplay: Low
  • Puzzles: High
  • Experience Level: Advanced

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