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PostSubject: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeSat May 16 2020, 23:10

So i finally got a group of people IRL to regularly DM for. None of them had any experience, but after a couple months of running a mercenary guild game that allowed us to cycle through 8 different players depending on availability they were starting to learn the rules.

It was nice.

And then Grandfather Nurgle rubbed his bloated hands all over Terra and suddenly no more D&D. So I thought why not build an entire campaign from scratch for when normaity has resumed?

So here I am going to share my progress.

World Map:
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I started by making a generic world map at first and named a couple of locations before settling on the different nations and peoples on the Islands of Kalvok. I am intending on drawing maps of smaller regions of Kalvok using this one as a rough guide

The Accursed League of Borne
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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeFri May 22 2020, 02:34

Updated to include a map of the Accuraed League of Borne

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeFri May 22 2020, 07:04

Looks interesting! What are you thinking of for the BBEG? (If there is one)

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeFri May 22 2020, 11:42

Thank you!

There are a couple of candidates so far that I may use depending on the direction it goes.

The first was an old elven king turned vampire lord/lich who was a warden for all things natural in the world who grew to resent the damage others were doing to the world. His grief caused him to align himself with darker powers and he severed the Fey Crossings of Borne and replaced them with Shadow Crossings, from which his undead legions pour forth to scour the lands.

There is the Elven King's descendent who rules over Borne and ultimately seeks to wage war on a powerful devil in the Nine Hells of Baator. After the Fey Wilds were severed the island would provide no food, which led a former ruler to make a hasty pact with devils that provided them with food in return for a permanent gate to hell in Borne itself.

There is a Blue Dragon that considers itself 'the firstborn of Tiamat' who seeks to free Tiamat from Avernus to usher in an age of dragon tyranny.

Then there is Azrukhal, a Devil who is aspiring to move into Kalvok and make it his own domain.

So the four are kind of interlinked, meaning I can drop the campaign after any of them are scuppered or play it through to the end.

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeSat May 23 2020, 12:05

Mmm, I quite like the correlation between them all, something I haven't experienced in my most recent campaigns. It's also a nice way so that your party can settle in a singular area, or choose to explore the whole country

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeSat May 23 2020, 16:13

Have you been playing homebrew or a module, out of curiosity?

I didnt want it to feel like a railroad, so I find coming up with a few different big conflicts in the world and then seeing where the players goes helps it feel open but not be 'open world' to the extent where you are having to constantly improvise Smile

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeSun May 24 2020, 02:14

I've only really play homebrew. The only have modules I've played were my first and second games ever.

And yeah, I definitley agree. Freedom is always preferable to railroads, which is something that just can't be done with a module.

My current DM is a blessing and has openly stated we can take whatever route we want, hell we can spend the next 6 weeks just running a tavern if we want to.

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeSun May 24 2020, 02:44

You are lucky to have such a fluid DM! As long as everyone is having fun all is well! I definitely think homebrew is the way to go from the point of view of running the game. Modules can be rather restrictive. I tried runniny Mines of Phandelver to get my friends into it, and it was going well until they put so much effort into recruiting an ogre into their party that it derailed the campaign.

I was fine with the chaos though, they put a lot of effort into it and I ended up writing a whole storyline based aroubd Gog the Ogre, although his presence did break the module a bit lol

I am currently drawing up maps for the other nations of Kalvok and will update this as they are finished Smile

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