Episode 5: Gnome & Wife

Adventures in Aberland
Episode 5: Gnome & Wife (Recap)
Date played: June 16, 2018
In-game Date: Day Four of the Campaign
The adventure continues with… Aevar Dragontide (human Tempest Cleric), Ana Goldleaf-Hatfield (half-elf Bard), Fingers Ol Susage (wood elf Rogue), and your Dungeon Master. With Zora Bersk (human Fighter / NPC).


TL;DR Awaken in Strierbridge at the Olde Resting Grounds Inn; down to the river; Aevar marries Dyvan and Keeva; Ana and Fingers sing ‘The Wedding Song’; eel eating contest and Fingers wins Heward’s Handy Spice Pouch; reward from Leoline the Smithy; Feats of Strength, where Aevar wins gold; talk to Magic Hopper; talk to Simon Deryngdon; vist smithy; injured guard; to the field; fight an ankheg; return; tiefling fire dancers perform at night; fight imp and mephits; dragon appears, dispensing of devils.

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Behind the DM Screen

The Blacksmith’s Daughter: On Using Familiar Tropes in the Campaign

You and some of your friends want to play D&D. It looks like fun. Maybe you’ve never played. Maybe you played once. Maybe you know a person who has. And, if you’re like me, you say, “I kinda want to be the DM.” Where do you begin?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You meet in a tavern. Someone needs saving. Banding together with a group of strangers, you embark on an adventure.

It’s a standard hook for your first D&D session, right?

But what if you gave your adventurers this quest without them knowing they were on that quest? How do you create a world where the characters can happen onto narratives and stories in the environment? And how do you solve problems in the narrative you didn’t expect to happen?

This (long) piece is a reflection on plot hooks, player investment, and the challenges of being a new DM running his first session in a world he’s still building. Continue reading “The Blacksmith’s Daughter: On Using Familiar Tropes in the Campaign”


Episode 4: Hieroneous

Adventures in Aberland
Episode 4: ‘Hieroneous’ (Recap 1)
Date played: May 26, 2018
In-Game Time: Day Three of the Campaign, afternoon through the night
The adventure continues with… Aevar Dragontide (Human Tempest Cleric), Ana Goldleaf-Hatfield (Half-Elf Bard), Fingers Ol Susage (Wood Elf Rogue), and the DM. With Keeva the Goblin (Goblin), Dyvan Gonff (Gnome Wizard), and Clare (NPCs).



Heironeous from Faiths & Pantheons

Or, “Skeletons, a Spider, and Thugs! Oh My!”

Note: We played for almost five hours. That and my penchant for verbosity made for an over 3000 word recap, which is a lot of words.

Sorry about that.

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