Hello, dear friends. I know, it’s been a year and a half since last we saw one another; but, that’s pretty much what the Casual in Casual Obsession means. I tend to go in cycles with this thing. I’ll be all gung ho for a while, then either something else captures my attention or life happens and I get pulled along with it. In any case, I’m back. And now, I have something new to share with you all.
My latest obsession is Fantasy Roleplaying Games, specifically, Dungeons & Dragons. More specifically, I have been immersing myself in the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons since I bought the Player’s Handbook in October of 2015.
Earlier that year my younger son had asked me to teach him and his buddies how to play D&D. It warmed the cockles of my heart. I first started playing D&D when I was about his age *mumble* *mumble* years ago. A friend of mine had purchased the D&D Basic box set and we took turns being the DM and Player for each other. A few years later I had all the AD&D core books, several modules and a Crown Royal bag full of dice.
I hooked up with a gaming group in college. I think we ran with 2nd Edition by then. They had their own campaign world and five or six DM’s that maintained continuity among themselves so you could bounce your character from one to the other. I even played while in the Navy, but for one reason or another I stopped playing about the time 3rd Edition came out.
In any case, when my younger son asked me to run a campaign for him and his friends I was thrilled. I didn’t want to spend all that much money right off, though. At least, not until I knew if he would enjoy it. Lucky me, I found Pathfinder and all that wonderful content online, for free even!
I spent a few days pouring through the core rules enough to familiarize myself with how things worked in 3.5, found a couple online character generators and got to it. I ran them through a “Last Adventurer Standing” scenario and they had a good time. After a couple sessions schedules got in the way and we didn’t play for a while.
Then, I discovered the Adventurers’ League. In August of 2015 I carted my two sons to our friendly neighborhood gaming store, the Fantasy Shop, and we rolled up characters for a crack at the Rage of Demons story line. After a few weeks our DM quit on us and we stopped going.
After NaNoWriMo wound down (I got just over 30,000 words that time. A new personal best!) I broke down and bought a D&D 5th Edition Player’s Handbook. I soon acquired the rest of the core books and now I run an on again, off again campaign for my two boys. They started in a cool module I found in the DM’s Guild, Haven Cross: The Adventurer’s Guild. It is a great starting location. Well laid out and with a nifty little adventure thrown in.
The boys are now working their way through The Lost Mine of Phandelver. I have placed Phandalin in a homebrew campaign setting and I am cooking up the adventure after they finish with the mine.
Now, this is where we get to the reason for why I am re-activating this blog. I have some ideas for the campaign that I need to work through and hope to tap into the collective mind of the interwebs to help me out. Unfortunately, other than my boys, I don’t have a regular group of buddies to game with and talk this stuff out, and my wife is not all that thrilled to be my sounding board for this either. So, I figured I’d set things down in this blog and see what comes of it.
I will start with a quick rundown of my homebrew setting and then we’ll get to the details of the campaign I have in mind. I will open a new category for these posts and welcome all constructive input. Thank you for your indulgence.