Results for tag: Dragonlance
Posted by: The_Jester on Dec 3, 2012 at 02:12:33 PM
Perfect worlds don’t need heroes, and they certainly don’t need adventurers. Functioning kingdoms do not need to hire mercenaries to do the jobs of soldiers or a police force, civilized areas do not need a half-dozen heavily armed warriors acting as caravan guards, and very few hamlets or villages are threatened with slavery and death in a happy countryside. By the needs and conventions of the game, D&D worlds have to be seriously flawed, and even kingdoms ruled by a kind and just king must have their problems. Even campaigns built around delving into forgotten ruins seeking treasure and magic suggest a non-utopia based on the fact such a dangerous occupation is appealing, which says that there are few safer ways of earning that wealth. After all, the life of an adventurer is...
Posted by: The_Jester on Oct 27, 2012 at 04:23:53 PM
The dominant element in fantasy campaigns tends to be nations, be it tiny city-states like the city of Greyhawk, or massive continent-spanning empires like the Five Nations of pre-Last War Eberron. Expansive and detailed nations are a staple of fantasy worlds and separate fantasy from the vague unnamed kingdoms of fairy tales.
This is the Fifth Part in a series on fantasy world building
Below are links to the other chapters in this series.
Part 13: Starting...
Posted by: The_Jester on Oct 8, 2012 at 05:48:07 PM
Eventually, when designing a new fantasy campaign world, you’ll want to map things out. For many this is just doodling on paper or in Photoshop or turning to a campaign cartography or fractal mapping program. But let’s look a little deeper at maps and charting your world, to avoid some of the common pitfalls and mistakes.
This is the third chapter on a series on world building.
Below a links to the previous chapters in this series
Part 13: Starting...
Posted by: The_Jester on Oct 4, 2012 at 04:11:28 PM
Let’s talk about the upcoming changes to the Forgotten Realms. This isn’t really a topical subject, being some time after the announcement at GenCon and some time before the novels and adventures are released. I had planned it earlier but kept delaying this piece to write other blogs. Oops.
If you hadn’t heard, the forthcoming revamp of the Realms was revealed at the GenCon Keynote address and mentioned in a couple panels on the Realms. They’re doing an event called “the Sundering” which is designed to both transition the Realms to 5e but also bring the Forgotten Realms back to basics.
Yeah... I’m experiencing a little déjà vu here.
The Nuking the Realms
For 4e, the Forgotten Realms was altered via a trilogy of modules published...
Posted by: The_Jester on Sep 28, 2012 at 03:47:38 PM
All stories are driven by conflict. Fiction is driven by narrative conflict and games are driven by the conflict between either the players at the table or – in the case of most RPGs – between the GM and the players, be it directly or indirectly.
This is the second chapter on a blog series on World Building.
Below a links to the previous chapters in this series
Part 13: Starting Zone
Part 14: Player's Guide
In D&D, much of...
Posted by: The_Jester on Sep 10, 2012 at 06:30:31 PM
This is the start of a new series discussing world building and the creation of campaign settings.
With 4th Edition winding down and many new campaigns looming on the horizon, ready to start when 5th Edition officially launches (or there's enough playtesting material) I imagine many DMs are thinking about where they'll set their campaign, what world they want to play in, and the nuances of creating their own campaign setting.
This blog series is designed to offer advice and suggestions on the art of world building. Each blog will discuss an element of design, and I’ll also demonstrate the advice by loosely designing a brand new world just for this blog.
Below is a list of chapters (to be edited into links when I continue this series)
Posted by: Darth_Jerrod on Sep 3, 2012 at 01:25:18 AM
Dragons of Despair
Back in 1984 I ventured into La Grange Hobbies and looked at the game section of the store. There I found this new AD&D module called DL1 Dragonlance: Dragons of Despair and the cover just blew me away. I bought it and opened it up right away.
The map was so cool looking and the store was about heroes rising up and helping return the divine magic back to the world following some great cataclysm that had caused the gods too turn their backs on the world.
We played almost every module that came out and I read all of the novels. I had really hoped we would have seen Dragonlance for 4e, I really do. With D&D Next now being available I saw a chance to run this adventure, railroad or not by today's standards, for my group of players. I had decided back when...
Posted by: The_Jester on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:27:43 AM
The Eberron campaign setting is almost ten years old.
It was released as the culmination of a search for a new campaign setting, and chosen from amongst 10 thousand submissions. The contest began in 2002 and ended in 2003, when 3.5e was released and we saw the first teasing hints of the world, although the actual campaign guide was not released until 2004.
Let's quickly put that into perspective. I'm a librarian at an Elementary school, which is K-6, or ages 5-11. So the majority of the kids in my school are younger than Eberron. They have never lived in a world without the Last War and Warforged and magitech. They have never breathed the air of a world where there was no such thing as dragonmarks or dragon shards. Eberron is becoming less and less "the new kid" and more and more...
Posted by: The_Jester on Jun 28, 2012 at 07:08:55 PM
The hook behind 5e, what really makes the edition special, is its emphasis on customization. Instead of the game telling you how to play, it will let you play the way you want, emulating the edition you want. 5e will have “rule modules” that can be used to customize and redefine rules, options that can be dropped into a game or used to build a campaign.
What are the must-have modules? Which optional rules that simple have to be included as soon as possible? Here’s my list:
By Any Other Name
First, I need to get one quick thing off my chest. WotC needs to rename the optional rule packages. The term “modules” is a little confusing, having been already used to describe adventures. Using “module” is a little like using “level”. D&D has...
Posted by: VB_Baysider on Mar 18, 2012 at 12:01:12 PM
Why I like 5th Age Magic
In my previous post, I suggested looking to Dragonlance 5th Age for an alternative point-based magic system. The reasons I like this system are threefold:
1) To me, it feels more like fantasy literature. There isn't a pre-defined list of spells or powers... The mage thinks up the spell effect they desire, spends their mana and attempts to cast the spell (with largers spells being more difficult than lesser spells).
2) A mage can spend more or less of their mana from their spell point pool depending on the situation. As noted, larger spell effects are more difficult to cast. Adding a little illumination to the tip of your staff is easier than blasting a large group of opponents with a blinding light.
3) A mage can make up new spells as needed. Because the mechanic...
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