December 12, 2019 scrollmaster

  This was a fun game. Essentially last time we played, these two players had to back out last minute. While we can’t always get everybody together, it is unusual for people to cancel last minute and two did for same game, both with very good reasons. So last minute, I whipped up a spin off game using a new technique I came up with, for those players who could make it. However, I really wanted to give these two players a chance to also have a story before we head into the end game of this campaign and since…

October 26, 2019 scrollmaster

This article was actually originally about how to create a D&D encounter from a different angle, and it still is, but it also became a life saver i our latest campaign game as 2 out of 5 players had to cancel the very last minute. The thing is, we are in the endgame of our 2 year long campaign so I don’t want the players to miss out, which is why I hastily made a spin-off chapter for those players who could make it. While this doesn’t affect the main story line, it does progress the characters in this world….

July 27, 2019 scrollmaster

I won’t lie, the previous game did not go in any shape or form the way I planned and the result was 2 KO’d characters, 1 dead wolf and 1 dead character (first in our so far 18 months long campaign) as a result of fighting a young blue dragon named Electrax Stormwing. However, it provided me with a fantastic challenge: Make next game completely from scratch as nothing I had in mind would fit! Super exciting challenge. I went into planning mode on this with the following brief in mind: Practically, the first encounter in the previous game was…

July 11, 2019 scrollmaster

February last year, I introduced D&D to a bunch of people who almost all had no prior experience with the game or very little from when they were in school. Now, a year and a half later, we are still playing the same campaign, but in the last chapter of our campaign, we had the very first character death! I’ll come to that at the end of the article, but the game also had some other lessons learned that I want to cover. Enter the Everdry Desert Long story short, the party is heading into the Everdry Desert to retrieve…

May 28, 2019 scrollmaster

Having retrieved the soul of the evil bandit captain Larsen Qu from Avernus, the party arrived knackered back in Lyrayara late at night. Exhausted the party withdrew to their chambers and fell asleep. A few days later they woke up in unknown surroundings in The Masquerade and was taken before the Shadow Queen as her guests. Here they handed over the scroll containing Larsen Qu’s soul for extraction. As this process took some time, the party went shopping in the home of the most ancient and secretive of all criminal organisation. Here the individual party members had mini adventures in…

March 31, 2019 scrollmaster

Having failed to exchange the captured evil souls for that of Larsen Qu, The party set out to investigate the strange news of chunks of cows bring thrown at the nearby village of Silkenheim. As the heroes arrived at the village, the villagers turned into a frightened and angry mob when they saw the Dragonborn sorcerer as they had been terrorised by the xenophobic “Trueborn” who were hunting the party. Fortunately their old compadre, the Tabaxi Cleric Feather, rejoined the party and calmed the mob. First encounter: The Trueborn ambush The party decided to kill the dragon wyrmling guarding two…

February 26, 2019 scrollmaster

Having started 2019 with a sand box style open game based around information gathering, I wanted the follow up game to be equally open-ended but much more action oriented. The adventure started action heavy with a unit of “Trueborn” (a clan of xenophobic, paranoid and highly informed Dragonborn) who wanted the party to hand over a map they had acquired, which would lead them to the Dragon Spire, the home of the Trueborn. I made this encounter in two parts to really crank up the difficulty. First part was inside the Elven Omnitropolis before the party had managed to exit…

January 19, 2019 scrollmaster

Having ended 2018 with the closure of the first story arc of the War of The Triplet, we started 2019 with the party finding out where to go from here in a sandbox style game. The games I ran in 2018 were, not railroads, but they were linear to keep a single focus. But starting 2019 I wanted to open up the decisions to the players themselves. Having ended 2018 by killing the Necromancer Verona Stillborn, Daughter of the Unseeing Eye, her sister, the vampire Hortensia Everbleed tasked the party with tracking down the third sister who would have a…

October 29, 2018 scrollmaster

Photo credits to all my players. Ellie, Julia, Neil and Sean. Back in February this year (2018) I started playing Dungeons & Dragons again for the first time in 20 years with bunch of people, where all but 1 hadn’t played RPGs before… or dabbled a little bit in school back in the 80s. The first game was the start of our campaign and in short ended with the party rescuing a unicorn from being sacrificed, but the necromancer Varona Stillborn left the scene unharmed. The elven ranger of the party noticed some similarities with Varona’s sacrificial rites to some…

October 25, 2018 scrollmaster

So… Just to be clear this game did NOT go as planned. A Total Party Kill can be mighty epic and fill the table with satisfaction eventhough every character got killed. However, a Wipe Out where basically the party utterly fails is never fun and unfortunately this spin-off chapter turn into exactly that. In hindsight I made two critical errors as the Dungeon Master: I changed what had been an almost dormant gaming environment to one that suddenly moved with a purpose, with or without the players. I gave the players a map. I never do that so I can move…