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…

July 28, 2018 scrollmaster

Having played a spin-off game with one of my players and his kids who both knew Dungeons and Dragons already, I made a second game for same team + one of my other players and his two sons as well: The Kidnapping at Dragonspeak! To make it easier for the boys who hadn’t played before, I made these children-friendly character sheets. . Epilogue Hundreds of years ago the dragons ruled the world from the mountain “Dragonspeak”. Now the dragons are long gone and the town of “Drakenheim” at the foot of Dragonspeak is one of the most peaceful and pleasant…

June 12, 2018 scrollmaster

I had one of my player’s and his family over for lunch last Sunday and last minute, he asked whether I fancied running a mini-adventure for him and his young son and daughter. He would be using his main character, Feather, the Cleric, who just hit level 3, and the kids would use the characters they used to play at home, both also level 3. I did start thinking up an adventure, but then I decided to do a Google on “quick oneshots” and found this amazing collection of One Page Dungeons. I had a quick look through roughly 20…

June 11, 2018 scrollmaster

Table of Contents This post is very long, so here’s a ToC to give you an idea of what’s coming up: Chapter 2 summary with photos Modifications to the adventure and scenery I made between Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 Chapter 3 summary with photos A full list of the miniatures used with links to individual gallery posts. Chapter 2 After the party successfully saved the Unicorn (and as such the flow of ale from Barley Town), the party left Parthonox to head to Lyrayara, The Twin Ominitropolis of the Elves. Crossing the Godscar bridge, they saw a boy on the…

May 8, 2018 scrollmaster

We recently had to stop Chapter 2 mid-game as it turned out to be longer than expected and it has been difficult to get the whole party together to continue due to illness and the fact we are heading into the holiday season. We left the party in the middle of a dungeon, but in a safe place where they could take breather. So to keep momentum going, I decided to make another spin-off chapter that would kick off while the party was resting in the Chapter 2 dungeon. The characters of the three players attending took the first rest,…

March 6, 2018 scrollmaster

Chapter 1 was made as a one-off adventure as my players almost all new to roleplaying games and I wasn’t sure if they would like it or not. However, I did make sure to make it extendable in case they liked the first game, which they did and so the campaign “War of the Triplets” was kicked off. Following the Chapter, I wrote up a small intermission giving the players two directions to choose from to take the campaign forward, one of the benefits of making a home brewed campaign. the unanimously chose to leave the Parthonox, the Dwarven Omnitropolis, to go…