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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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The Baronial Confederacy of Renor
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The New Republic of Dell
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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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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeSat May 30 2020, 12:51

I like the maps. Quite a bit better than anything I could do on something that isn't a miniature, lol.
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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeSat May 30 2020, 21:38

Thanks Alino. I am sure you could learn as these were my first two maps and I only learned by watching a youtuber called WASD20 Smile

I am working on a homebrew class for this setting that I will be adding soon

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 08 2020, 16:47

Updated to inclued map of the Baronial Confederacy of Renor.

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeThu Jul 09 2020, 10:21

Those maps look great Cavash! I do love a bit of world-building myself, my other half is currently making maps for my Pathfinder game beside me. Which edition of D&D are you playing, and I'm guessing that none of your previous players were inclined towards video-conferencing for games, personally I've found that though it takes a bit more prep on the DM side, and an adjustment in how everyone needs to do things it works pretty well - then again I may be biased as my Pathfinder game has involved video-conferencing for the past couple of years at least.
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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeThu Jul 09 2020, 16:34

Thanks PartridgeKing! Pathfinder is great. We play 5th ed at the moment as nearly all of the party have played fewer than ten games each. Easing them in and hoping to get them into Pathfinder at some point.

If your orher half is happy to share the maps I would love to see them when they are done Very Happy

Unfortunately 4 members of the party are staying in one house currently (they are all healthcare workers) so they just don have the hardware available.

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeThu Jul 16 2020, 18:54

I've just tried 5th Ed for the first time myself and it is indeed quite good fun! Definitely a smart move easing them into things before Pathfinder, though I was (un)lucky enough for my first RP experience to be AD&D... so everything feels easier than THAC0!

Oft, 4 connections would certainly strain the bandwidth!

As to maps, here are a couple related to the part of the world they are in at the moment, and then there is the larger world map that shows one side of the world that is basically a colourised version of my original GM-map, which she is currently working on making into an actual map map as well, rather than the much more basic one she made for me.

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeFri Jul 17 2020, 17:55

Updated to include a map of the New Republic of Dell.

I do love digitally drawn maps! I am fond of the celtic sounding names, they always work well for fantasy. Smile I like them a lot

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PostSubject: Re: D&D distraction   D&D distraction I_icon_minitimeFri Jul 17 2020, 20:40

Looks great Cavash!

Yeah I've got a few island chains that I hand drew from way back when but the other half found some great digital programs to use.

As to the Karvel, they're a mishmash of Faroese, Welsh and Polynesians who the players have just saved from death via crazy Sahuagin 'elder god' cult.
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