Friday, April 22, 2011, 4:27 AM
Well tonight is the first night of running a D&D 4e campaign that I wrote from scratch.
Still not regretting using a premade adventure as I've managed to come up with something that will ease my players into the game by combining all the features from the DM guides.
The party are all new to RPing, with only two of them having any major experience (both in 3.5). The rest have only played in a Cyberpunk homebrew game I had been running for the last few months.
So far, we have a Drow Rogue, Dwarven Fighter, Shardmind Wizard, Tiefling Warlock, Revenant Avenger, Half-elf Druid/Shaman hybrid and a Changeling Ardent. Probably the most ecclectic group I've ever heard of, but they all have good ideas and read up on everything before making their choices.
I was most surprised by the Hybrid character, the Ardent and the Avenger. These three players (all never having played D&D before at all!) really got into the researching of character building.
As for the adventure, I've wrote about 10 chapters of the story, with about 6 of them being battle encounters and after effects. I made sure to start off the players in a much more RP story, where they will have to learn the etiquette of talking to NPCs and not just barging in asking about treasure, XP and power.
The Dungeon I've made for them has a few traps, a couple of pretty interesting skill challenges (Made sure to allow them to use a wide range of skills for completeing them) and some social interaction.
I'll write up how it goes and maybe put up some of the maps and adventure text when we're done. Don't expect anything of Dragon Magazine quality, but I hope maybe someone else will get use out of it after we're done.