Shawn (@shawnmerwin on Twitter)
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DDEX1-1 Defiance in Phlan
Encoded Designs Blog "Mastering Dungeons"
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Dark Sun's Ashes of Athas Campaign is now available for home play (PM me with your e-mail to order the campaign adventures).
This was an incredible article. From the moment I started reading it to when I finished I was blown away by the cool ideas, great utility, and fantastic writing. You knocked this one out of the planar ballpark, Shawn!
I gushed my guts about how awesome this article is at Candlekeep, so I won't repeat here. Except for one thing: I really appreciate the "Quest ideas" at the end of the article. While many of them are kind of self-explanatory if you read the rest of it, having them bullet-pointed is incredibly helpful to pull together the variety of different story threads. For a DM whose tight on prep time, it's much easier to take that list and rearrange it into a narrative arc than to piece together out of the article. I thought it was a very nice perk to the article, and I would definitely encourage future authors to follow the trend.
For those who are going to set campaigns in the Moonshaes, make sure you look at the hi-res version of the maps that just went up on the Dungeon site: http://wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4map/DUN196 These truly do justice to Mike Schley's work.
Any chance we'll see a map of this quality for the entire 4e FR world?
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