NPCs for social and exploration encounters

Between the Monster Manual, Volo’s Guide to Monsters and various third party products NPCs that participate in combat are easy to find or tweak to your needs. But DnD is about more than combat. Social scenes and exploration scenes are not just important. They are a foundation of the game. Whether it’s a simple quest…

Managing a multi-path epic campaign

One thing that I’ve found as a middle-age man with other hobbies and real-life concerns is that finding a regular group to play every single week is much more difficult than it was in my heyday of 1st edition AD&D during high school, college and the Army. The path I’ve chosen instead is an epic…

Telse and the region of The Everflow

I’ve had the great pleasure of playing with the alpha test of Fantastic Maps #HexAllTheThings. If you want to break the tool sign up here. The first thing I did to break it was make a larger than expected map of the Western Wildes, or those cities and towns that are primarily influenced by The…

Session 6: Safety in stone, signs in the sky

This session was different. Up to this point there’s been some rather standard role-play. All that three tiers stuff – exploration, combat and social interaction in some balance. Each session’s balance was different, but most followed a particular pattern. Recap Introduce problem in the episode Try to solve the problem End in a place of…

Creating a new world

It comes with just a single question. What if? What if I started a new blog? What if we talked about fantasy fiction? What if the stories told coincided with a role-playing game? What if I set myself back two decades and cracked open Dungeons & Dragons again? What if the themes were strong adult…