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    Consider this a bit of personal reminiscence.

    My DM career started with an online game (via IRC) with online friends. I didn't have (nor had I ever read) the DMG at the time. I grabbed a module, drew creature stats out of thin air (based on the level of threat I felt the creature should pose to the party), and said "you've earned enough XP to level" at times I deemed appropriate. I also had my first major rules argument. (The players cast grease to coat an owlbear, then hit it with a lit torch, cheering as they presumed it was set on fire. I argued otherwise, which caused the game to stall and, more importantly, lose most of the player enthusiasm. It was an important lesson; nowadays I'd allow it for both player creativity and to keep the game moving.)

    The module I'd selected was a 3e adventure, sending the players out on a mission to track down a missing aristocrat(?) sent as an emissary. It was a harsh winter in the northern lands; the players used a boat to travel up the river until it iced over, then crossed the woodlands to a small town. From the town, the players would meet a major NPC townsperson (who was actually responsible for the missing aristocrat) who sent them out to look with his assistant. The assistant, however, was leading the NPCs into an ambush (staged to look like a normal attack) and slipped away after (hiding in his boss' warehouse so the PCs couldn't find him).

    Eventually, the players tracked down what was left of the diplomatic party, and ran into the orc tribe the aristrocrat was trying to meet. In an effort to prove their worth, they were sent to a cave of spirits as a trial.

    I always liked the adventure, as it had a slightly deeper plot than most, had many interesting scenes, and provided character interactions that were more fun for me than "Joe McBoringguy offers Generic Fedex Quest #37." But, sadly, I don't have that module anymore. Worse yet, I can't figure out where it came from.

    I don't remember the name; I thought it was "Dead of Winter," but that's the name of a very different d20 Modern module. I'd like to track it down if possible.

    Anyone ever hear of this? Maybe play it? Know anything about it?

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    The Dead of Winter by Keith Francis Strohm. It appeared in Dungeon and on the intro CD that came with the 3.0 PHB IIRC.

    Here is a review.
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    Default Re: The case of the missing module

    Setting a Grease Spell on fire is one of the thingd that people do all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord_Silvanos View Post
    The Dead of Winter by Keith Francis Strohm...
    Just as I read these words, Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica sang the line "...on this dead-winter night..." from the song Broken on my iTunes.

    This is in no way relevant to the topic. It was just a weird coincidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty View Post
    Setting a Grease Spell on fire is one of the thingd that people do all the time.
    I think this post belongs in the cooking section.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord_Silvanos View Post
    I think this post belongs in the cooking section.
    ...great, now I'm trying to fathom how grease-fried popcorn would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    ...great, now I'm trying to fathom how grease-fried popcorn would work.
    It is not very healthy, so I try to stay clear of them. After all, I have to keep my fit shape.
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    It's on the 3e CD? Oh no! I JUST threw that out on Saturday!

    Wait, garbage is Friday! There's still time!

    *dashes off*

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    LOL

    Let us know how this rurns out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    ...great, now I'm trying to fathom how grease-fried popcorn would work.
    I'd make sure I had at least 5 ranks in Balance before trying it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swooper View Post
    I'd make sure I had at least 5 ranks in Balance before trying it
    The effect is dismissible, so that's not quite so bad....

    Come to think of it...wouldn't food fried with magical grease actually be healthier then food fried with mundane grease, since the grease "vanishes without a trace" once the duration expires (or the spell is dismissed)? Only problem is cooking it in time...hmm, CL 20 with Extend Spell gives you four minutes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    The effect is dismissible, so that's not quite so bad....

    Come to think of it...wouldn't food fried with magical grease actually be healthier then food fried with mundane grease, since the grease "vanishes without a trace" once the duration expires (or the spell is dismissed)? Only problem is cooking it in time...hmm, CL 20 with Extend Spell gives you four minutes....
    You are saying something there, maybe I should try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    The effect is dismissible, so that's not quite so bad....

    Come to think of it...wouldn't food fried with magical grease actually be healthier then food fried with mundane grease, since the grease "vanishes without a trace" once the duration expires (or the spell is dismissed)? Only problem is cooking it in time...hmm, CL 20 with Extend Spell gives you four minutes....
    You guys can use Grease and cook your popcorn the "normal" way. Me, I'll just cook my popcorn with Matter Agitation to get it done in a few seconds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex12 View Post
    You guys can use Grease and cook your popcorn the "normal" way. Me, I'll just cook my popcorn with Matter Agitation to get it done in a few seconds.
    And then what? Use reality revision to attempt to duplicate a prestidigation spell to give it that deep-fried flavor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    And then what? Use reality revision to attempt to duplicate a prestidigation spell to give it that deep-fried flavor?
    Actually, I could just Psionic Grease it first, then flash-cook it. I mean, sure, I'd need to be level 3 to do that, but that's not nearly as hard as Greasing it, then cooking it the normal way, and it's a lot safer than a Fireball.

    EDIT: or I could just research Psionic Prestidigitation. That would work too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex12 View Post
    You guys can use Grease and cook your popcorn the "normal" way. Me, I'll just cook my popcorn with Matter Agitation to get it done in a few seconds.
    Hmm, is your character's name Ray Theon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex12 View Post
    EDIT: or I could just research Psionic Prestidigitation. That would work too.
    Already exists. Just look in Secrets of Sarlona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyeudo View Post
    Already exists. Just look in Secrets of Sarlona.
    Haven't seen that, and AFB right now. I'll look later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty View Post
    Setting a Grease Spell on fire is one of the thingd that people do all the time.
    Not in 3.x. There's an improved version of Grease that is specifically flammable in Tome of Magic/Spell Compendium. Incendiary Slime, 2nd level spell.

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    Thankfully, I hadn't thrown the disc out; it made it into the 'keep' pile. A little scratched, but I was easily able to copy the module over (as well as the 2e-to-3e conversion guide).

    As for the grease attack, I do notice that flammability of magical effects is generally called out (see burning hands and fireball). In the absence of MIC or other newer books with high-level, flammable grease spells (this was several years ago), it does become of a bit of a "doesn't say you can/doesn't say you can't" discussion.

    Since the players could have just carried and used a flask of oil, without burning one of their precious 1st-level spells (they were level 1), allowing their action would certainly not be game-breaking. More importantly, it was creative and fun. So, over the years, I've learned to become less attached to my owlbears. :)

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