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Adventurers Going Into the Well

Harper’s Tale is the final result of a successful fundraiser for Friends of Kids with Cancer. We raised over $10k for the organization and printed 165 books for them to distribute to kids and families fighting cancer. The DriveThruRPG product is owned by my daughter, Harper, whose vision helped bring this book to life. She’s planning to use the royalties for an international trip after we ring the bell in 2021 to celebrate her beating leukemia!

Young Girl With a Glowing Circlet on her forehead                     A Dirty But Loved Doll

Harper’s Tale is a forest-based adventure path of 10 connected adventures culminating in the party, now 10th level, confronting the source of the plague within their home land. The adventure is intended for players as young as 10, but I promise players of all ages will find plenty to keep them engaged with the story.

The adventure path starts in the Village of Grove as the heroes come to a seemingly deserted village. Through exploration and investigation, they learn that a mysterious illness has taken over the town, leaving only two young women, Rose and Grace, to care for the populace.

Their investigations take them under the town, and, in learning the source of the illness, they find themselves drawn into a much bigger plot by a mysterious force they know little about. What is clear is that the forest they call home is in danger, and the entity behind the illness of Grove has only just begun its foul machinations as evidenced by a sudden outbreak of madness in a neighboring town.

A second outbreak is staved off by the heroes—surely they are best described as such after saving not one but two villages—and they find themselves traveling to see the arch-druid of the forest, Deng. The journey is arduous, but the clever adventurers comport themselves well, and learn much in their audience with the ancient druid, including the ingredients for fashioning a cure for the otherworldly contagion and, more importantly, the appropriate rites for harvesting the key components.

Prof Piewright's Wonderful Wagon

Harvesting the cure is a greater challenge than the adventurers anticipated as they must deal with a cold war between the hidden powers of the forest in addition to gathering the ingredients in the dark recesses of the primordial wood.

Standing Stones Shocking a Hero

The adventure culminates in a confrontation with the creature whose machinations have been behind the debilitating disease wracking the forest. The heroes have learned much of their enemy, but have they learned all there is to know? How will they react when confronted with the source of so much pain and sorrow? Can it be defeated? Redeemed? Or will it win the day? There’s only one way to find out.

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March 22, 2021 2:01 pm UTC
My group (ages 10, 10, 13, 17, 34, and 44) has starting this campaign. We are half way through “Welcome to Grove” and I've got some questions as I prep for running the campaign--

* What happened to Arpistis? The first nine adventures address her being kidnapped by E'thor yet there's no mention of her in tenth module. (Well, there's a nameless dryad trapped as a tree in the random encounters table of the final adventure, but surely that's not her.)

* I’m confused by purpose of the cure for which the party quests for the ingredients. In different locations in the campaign it is described or implied to be a cure for Gwynn, for the citizens of Grove and Prince’s Harbor, for the Chranc magical disease (which afflicted Arpitis and E’thor and maybe others…?), and for E’thor’s husband Sir Telynor. If it is either of the later two, then why do E’thor’s minions have two of the three ingredients for the cure? I’m just having problems following the logical thread of what...See more
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March 25, 2021 9:13 pm UTC
First off, thank you for the support! I hope you all like it!

Re. Arpistis - I'm my game that is Arpistis (and I should have made that more clear in the AP) and is there so that DMs can bring her in (or not) at their discretion based on their party's interest in her. In retrospect, a sidebar and/or specific encounter should have been placed there.

Re. The cures that the PCs discover in the early stages of the AP are actually "curing" the side effects of the experiments that E'thor is using to gather information and devise his own cure for his husband. This is another thing I should have made a lot more clear. I've been a pharmacist for two decades and made too many assumptions regarding common knowledge for how drugs are created and tested, namely that safety testing happens well before efficacy testing. I hope that helped some. Feel free to ask more questions here or Twitter.
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Erik W February 06, 2021 11:13 pm UTC
I love the whole thing, from the diverse adventures, the atmosphere to all the wonderful artworks! I'm getting ready to play it with my kids (age 17, 14 and 9) and I think it will work wonderfully. I'll post a review after we've played some.

One thing though... It might be too much of a hassle, but I was wondering if it would be at all possible for you to upload a printer-friendly version as well?
Living on the other side of everything (NZ) it costs quite a lot to have a soft-/hardcover sent here, therefore printing it out.

Umm... Also: You guys working on another, similar, adventure path? 'Cause I would buy that too in a heartbeat! :)
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February 07, 2021 2:50 pm UTC
Thank you for the kind words and I'm glad you like it! The lack of a printer-friendly option was my gap. I forgot to mention it to my layout person. Can you find me on Twitter (my name is my twitter handle) and I'll send you a coupon for an at-cost printing if you like? Will that help?

As far as another AP like this one, there are no plans in the future but never say never :)

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Jose D August 05, 2020 5:22 am UTC
I am so excited for this!!! It goes straight to my heart. Saw the post from Matt (I follow you on Twitter) and immediately came here to get it since it's sold out (happy) from their inventory!
We lost my mom to leukimia last year after a year of fighting, so anything I can do to help and promote and elevate for this cause is very much welcomed!!!
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August 12, 2020 9:57 pm UTC
Thank you for the support and for sharing your story. I can't wait to hear how you like it!
Matt (and Harper)
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Greg L August 03, 2020 4:26 pm UTC
Absolutely love it! We have just finished part three of the story, running with my three sons who are 20, 20 and 17, we love it. The NPC's are a treat and the storyline can be a little on the railroad side for an experienced group but my guys really do like it.
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August 04, 2020 1:49 am UTC
Glad to hear you all are enjoying it!
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Simon P July 31, 2020 10:44 pm UTC
Came here to purchase this after seeing it retweeted by the cast of Critical Role. Only had a chance to skim the PDF so far but very impressed. Can't wait for the hardback to arrive!
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August 02, 2020 4:59 pm UTC
Thank you!
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Jacey H July 31, 2020 8:17 pm UTC
If I could go back in time and tell myself anything, it would be to keep going, because there's a little girl like me doing big, beautiful, and amazing things.

I am delighted by this volume, and if I can financially manage it in the future, will be purchasing the physical copy. We're going to run this as a family, and I couldn't be more excited.
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July 31, 2020 8:42 pm UTC
Jacey H - can you message me on Twitter (or if there's a way to do it here). My Twitter handle is just my full name.
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Ching L May 15, 2020 12:36 pm UTC
Question. Is an updated character sheet going to be released? Currently there is no place for race/class features And spells. Can’t wait to start running the campaign with my daughter. Thank you!!
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June 01, 2020 1:46 pm UTC
There are no plans to do so at this time. Please let us know how she likes it!
matt & harper
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Jay G May 08, 2020 2:23 am UTC
I wrote this for my blog at during the run up to release. As it sits right now I've only really had a chance to absorb the first chapter but I look forward to going through the entire book this weekend!

Harper's Tale is a 10 chapter D&D adventure co-created by Matt Corley and his daughter Harper with the goal of benefiting Friends Of Kids With Cancer. Please check out their crowdfunding page at for full details and the story behind the adventure's creation. After reading Harper's story I was ready to back the project regardless but after looking at the art, and since then getting a backer's copy of the first chapter of the adventure I'm blown away by how great this project looks and I can't wait to start running it.

The first chapter 'Welcome To Grove' starts with the PCs investigating an abandoned town and mixing a combination...See more
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