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Greetings, adventurer!

Welcome to Adventures in Aberland, where I’ve been keeping gameplay recaps to follow the story of Team Tealight as they find their way around the kingdom of Aberland. As a first time DM, I decided to build my own world, too. “How’s that been?” you might wonder.

This blog is here to keep track of the ups and downs and the story the players and I are creating.

The Adventurers page features brief bios of the player characters. The NPC page is under construction, but features bios on some of the more important characters Team Tealight has met. Locations features maps, as do posts tagged “Cartography.”

You might want to start with The Story, which is the most condensed summary of our episodes to date. You can also find recaps of each session (tagged “Episode Recaps”), handouts (tagged “Visuals” and “In game handouts”), and some reflections about running the game in posts tagged “Behind the DM Screen.”

Finally, there’s even a running list of what we eat and drink at each session because it might be cool to remember that one day.

Thanks for visiting.

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Recaps

Episode 16: Three Rooms, Five Hours, Six-and-a-half Pounds of Chicken Wings, and Thirty-Two Beers Later, We’re Still in a Dungeon (Gameplay Recap)

Gelatinous Cube by Chellsshade on DeviantArt

Date of Session: 5 January 2019.

In-Game Time: Day Eleven to Twelve (we should probably do with a long rest soon); Day Five in this dungeon.

TEAM TEALIGHT’s adventures continues with Aevar Dragontide (Human Tempest Cleric), Ana Goldleaf-Hatfield (Half-Elf Bard), Astrid Morninghide (Aasimar Grave Cleric), Fingers Ol Susage (Wood Elf Rogue), and your Dungeon Master. With Zora Bersk (Human Arcane Archer / NPC).

Continue reading “Episode 16: Three Rooms, Five Hours, Six-and-a-half Pounds of Chicken Wings, and Thirty-Two Beers Later, We’re Still in a Dungeon (Gameplay Recap)”

Recaps

Episode 15: Kobold Chaos and a Devil Named Chas (Gameplay Recap)

Date of Session: 24 November 2018

In-Game Time: Day Eleven (entered the dungeon on night of eight, so it’s the fourth day down here).

TEAM TEALIGHT’s adventures continues with Aevar Dragontide (Human Tempest Cleric), Ana Goldleaf-Hatfield (Half-Elf Bard), Astrid Morninghide (Aasimar Grave Cleric), Fingers Ol Susage (Wood Elf Rogue), and your Dungeon Master. With Zora Bersk (Human Arcane Archer / NPC).

RECAP-O-RAMA!

Shawn Kassian (Bioware Edmonton), Dragon Age Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon Dungeon

TL;DR Fight some sturdy kobolds; one absconds with the arcane object into the crypt; Team Tealight follows; meet the three devils who attacked Strierbridge; one named Chas; Chas wants them to stop trying to save Roisin; Chas also explains that they’ve violated a treaty protecting the material plane when they renewed the Order of Hieroneous; Tealights want to save Roisin, but don’t care about Hieroneous; Knights of Hieroneous arrive; dismiss new recruits because Zora and Keeva are female and ‘can’t be knights’; devils return arcane bowl and animate wraith and ghost of Roisin’s mom and dad; Ghost possesses Fingers; Tealights eventually prevail

Continue reading “Episode 15: Kobold Chaos and a Devil Named Chas (Gameplay Recap)”

Recaps

Episode 14: Kobold Trouble (Gameplay Recap)

Date of Game: 3 November 2018

In-Game Time: late on Day Ten (8 May 500 CE) through Day Eleven.

TEAM TEALIGHT’s adventures continues with Aevar Dragontide (Human Tempest Cleric), Ana Goldleaf-Hatfield (Half-Elf Bard), Astrid Morninghide (Aasimar Grave Cleric), Fingers Ol Susage (Wood Elf Rogue), and your Dungeon Master. With Zora Bersk (Human Arcane Archer / NPC).

Kobolds from http://beyondheroes2.altervista.org/kobold.htm

TL;DR: Meanwhile, in the Cavern of Despond; Shadowfell planeshift; Astrid and Ana take damage; Ana explains her quest; no exit; find a tunnel, which leads to a Kobold Warren; Tealights be like “Nope. Long rest.” Day 11. Kobold Warren. Fight! Kobold captives. Find Adaire & Yulia in cages, but no magick rummer. Fingers lockpicks like a boss and saves them. End the night on the threshold of another chamber. Continue reading “Episode 14: Kobold Trouble (Gameplay Recap)”

In game handouts

Notes from The Codex of Honorbow Keep (Episode 13 in-game handout player)

In Episode 12, Astrid read through a journal and some papers in a library underneath the tower of the dragon in Honorbow Keep. Upon discovering another archive in Episode 13, she found pages missing from one of the folios she’d seen earlier. Below the jump is the summary of what she read… Continue reading “Notes from The Codex of Honorbow Keep (Episode 13 in-game handout player)”

Recaps

Episode 13: “What Lies Beneath Honorbow Keep” (Recap)

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Episode 13: “What Lies Beneath Honorbow Keep” (Recap)
Date played: 7 October 2018
In-Game Time: Day Nine, early morning (using our calendar, it’s 7 May 500 CE; fantasy calendar names TBD), through Day Ten.

TEAM TEALIGHT’s adventures continues with Aevar Dragontide (Human Tempest Cleric), Ana Goldleaf-Hatfield (Half-Elf Bard), Astrid Morninghide (Aasimar Grave Cleric), Fingers Ol Susage (Wood Elf Rogue), and your Dungeon Master. With Zora Bersk (Human Arcane Archer / NPC).

TL;DR

Descent under Honorbow Keep; Riddle Door 1: Hieroneous; Zora speaks the Oath dictated by Aevar; a Crevasse; Oil of Slipperiness; Hallway of Blades; Zombie Dragonborn with Adamantine Greatsword; Riddle Door 2: Brass Dragon; Fingers picks the lock; library with codex pages and ring of feather falling; crossbow hallway; acquire two light crossbows, no bolts; Riddle Door 3: Sick Rose; Ana reads the poem; Roisin’s Emphemera; the Cavern; Astrid goes celestial to investigate; Iron Golem guards the remains; long rest; fight; victory Continue reading “Episode 13: “What Lies Beneath Honorbow Keep” (Recap)”

Cartography, Process, Visuals

Episode 13: Dungeon & Cavern Maps

Team Tealight descended a long, dark, and winding tunnel of roughly hewn rock, following a trail of red candles along the floor. They crouched and stumbled across loose stones, rock fragments, and scree before finding the path crossing onto the flagstones of a hallway. They cautiously approached the first door.

The first door is on the far left of the map. Below is where they explored in Episode 13: “What Lies Beneath Honorbow Keep.” Descriptions can be found in the episode recap and in The Story.

Insert diffident apology for my sloppy drawing skills here. Still new to mapmaking and dungeon design.