On Sunday we got back to playing Dungeons and Dragons. We had taken the previous week off, play-wise, for character creation/adjustment as we prepared for a new campaign.
Our story leading up to this had our adventurers in Ravenloft as they worked through my version of Curse of Strahd. I deliberately changed the campaign so these players could play it again without it being completely spoiled.
That story line was our first foray into Dungeons and Dragons in more than 20 years. Well, for me anyway. One of our players runs/plays with two other groups.(Read about some of his adventures here) Years ago, I prided myself on not only running modules. Don’t get me wrong, the stuff published by Wizards of the Coast (then it was TSR) is fantastic, I just like being creative and giving my players something original.
See how the campaign ended here.
This doesn’t mean I don’t draw from modules or other stories. I just don’t run them word for word.
Our new campaign, based in the Forgotten Realms setting, sees our characters beginning with some new faces. Of the seven members of our original party, one has retired, three are being turned into NPCs, and three are being continued.
Three of our players rolled up new characters while I, who was previously playing a cleric, decided not to have a character anymore. I did this because I wanted to be able to focus solely on the adventure and the players. I truly do have fun watching the players work through the adventure I have created.
This first session (roughly 4-hours long) was a setup for the story to come. The players were introduced to a new villian and an evil plan of conquest. Sure, it’s a story concept that’s been done time and time again, but it works and the players seemed to enjoy it. Plus, I can guarantee they can not look ahead to learn any tips and tricks.
With our former campaign based in the grim and bleak realm of Ravenloft, this transition to Forgotten Realms is a breath of fresh air for our crew as they set about going to taverns, dancing with barmaids, gambling, etc. One wonders how they will get anything accomplished!
I am excited to see how the players begin to come together as a party. I am further excited to see how they like what I have planned.
Have you played any Dungeons and Dragons lately? What type of adventures do you run? Do you only use modules or do you create your own? Tell us in the comments below.
Patrick Cossel is the Publisher of The Forge Herald. He is a writer, gamer, father, husband, and level 1 Magic judge. Professionally he is the Operations Manger of a family-owned newspaper company. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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