Greetings and welcome to the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Unification campaign. Game sessions will be held on Thursday nights from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (UTC-6:00) using Fantasy Grounds II virtual table top and TeamSpeak 3 (no cameras).
The campaign’s in-game start date is September 11, 1372 D.R. Third Age. We will be using an ordinary annual calendar. Our starting location in the Nation of Chessenta is based on 3e Forgotten Realms lore (which, as I understand it, is pretty similar to what will likely be put out in 5e) but most of what the characters will encounter (at least at first) will have been created or imported by me from outside the Forgotten Realms. As a consequence, my version of the Forgotten Realms will differ in some respects from official printed materials.
I will guide you into the story line with an initial encounter that I will have prepared in advance, but at some point, the campaign will likely graduate to a more sandbox-type world scenario with general storylines running in the background to give the characters purpose when needed. I have found that as a player, it can be frustrating but also far more rewarding if the DM allows the characters to control their own destiny, even if that direction goes in circles for a little while. This also means, however, that you will have an element of responsibility in letting me know what you intend to do as far in advance as possible in order to give me time to prepare as much as I can for future gaming sessions.
The initial adventure that I am planning is based heavily on first edition materials. If you have played 1e modules in the past, please let me know which ones you have played so that I can avoid duplicating something you have already done. It would be a bummer to find out that you have already been through an adventure after we get started on it.
We will be using a rule set that is very closely, but not entirely, modeled on the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons materials. I say “not entirely” because I will be using a few house rules/tables. Also, because of the relatively limited scope of this young edition, I will be drawing from other D&D editions – mostly 1st Edition and 3rd Edition – for historical, adventure, creature and magic resources. I will, by necessity, try to customize and adapt these resources to the 5e system but there is no proven system for doing this. Consequently, there is one thing that I can guarantee: if you are the type of gamer that loves and learns all of the rules down to their finest points, you will probably notice that certain aspects of the game might not seem exactly right to you – but it should be fun. Also, I do not claim to be the best DM to ever schedule a session. I do, however, enjoy using my limited skills to make the most I can of each story and session. So, please be kind. We all just want to have fun.
I will be starting all characters at between 1st level and 4th level, depending on whether you participated in my last adventure. All new characters will start at 1st level. You are free to choose any permissible race and class in the 5e Player’s Handbook as long as your character’s background fits in with the history of the region. I will not be using expansion materials just yet. If and when they are approved for this campaign, I will let you know. And, if there is something that you are dying to use, I’ll take a look at it and see if it fits into what we are doing.
To assist you in developing your character and his or her history, please see the “Setting Information” forum, where I have provided a map and a written summary description of Chessenta and a few of its major features. As you will see, the region is characterized mostly by warring city states, veneration of fighting prowess and a deep appreciation for the arts. Magic is present, but rarely seen or discussed because of the cultists in the area that seek to destroy those who use it. I also recently posted a number of “books” previously found by PCs in-game that give a lot of information about the region’s history, geography, religions, social classes, etc. You can find these in the “Files” section of this site.
Our first gaming session is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., CST.
If you have not already done so, please be so kind as to send me the following:
a. The proposed race, gender and class of your character;
b. A brief history for your character;
c. The spells (if any) you will be choosing at first level;
d. A brief description of where you think your character is likely to go in terms of level advancement; and
e. A brief list of any specific things you hope to experience or achieve with this campaign, whether they are personal or in-character.
Once your PC is approved (first come, first served!), we can get that PC set up here. Thank you and I look forward to getting started!