Hello DDE fans,
I'm the author of the second season of D&D Encounters, Fury of the Wastewalker. It's been a pleasure and a challenge to put this season together. I've been lurking in the forums for Season 1 and i love what Erik has done to support his work. I hope to provide you all with something similar: design notes, tips, clarifications, etc.
Overall, my design philosophy for Fury was really to highlight the tension and danger of Dark Sun. I tried to create a story that evokes the elemental energies that permeate the world, combined with the classic tropes of D&D. I take my inspiration from my favorite adventure yarns like Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, Garth Nix's Abhorsen series and the Hobbit.
My first tip, i guess, would be to remind all of you, but especially the DMs, that this story is yours to tell. The written portion of the adventure is just a framework for you to create something interesting, engaging, and most importantly, fun. If something doesn't work or doesn't seem quite right, please use your imagination to inspire something better.
Players, this campaign presents a new opportunity to embrace a set of pre-generated characters and bring them to life as part of an ongoing story. We've given you a little seed, now it's up to you to provide the nutrients to grow these characters over the course of the next few months. It's a little different trajectory than the trend toward player-generated characters in organized play, but one that i strongly believe in. Call me "old school" or whatever, but i've always loved the challenge of taking a character handed to me, adding my own flavor, and bringing it to life. I guess it's the drama major in me that i never really pursued.
I'm really excited to hear your tales of adventure, both players and Dungeon Masters, and how you brought the story i framed to life. To me, that's what separates this experience from writing a novel or short story. We get to share the experience of creating this story together.
Thanks for playing. I hope you all enjoy Fury of the Wastewalker. Please feel free to use this thread to ask questions or provide feedback to me.
I am going to be going through the thread and sblocking the posts that are not questions to Nicholas. At the same time, I would also encourage people to use the other threads in the forum.
Reviews/comments about a session should be placed in the thread for that week. (Week 1 is here.)
Questions/comments about the errata should go here (for characters).
Please keep this thread directed towards questions to Nicholas.