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Journey to Candlekeep

Learn the lore and geography behind the fantastic site of the Gen Con 2013 adventure Confrontation at Candlekeep!

October 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ashes of Athas: The Development Process

The development process can help identify and resolve an adventure’s weakest points.

October 20, 2015

Ashes of Athas: Where to Begin

Find out how Ashes of Athas designed its first adventure, and the start of its campaign, with a bang!
Use these techniques for your campaign!

October 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Adapting Classic Adventures like Keep on the Borderlands to 5E (or D&D Next)

D&D Next’s first playtest adventure was Caves of Chaos, nearly a copy of the original Keep on the Borderlands. Review the interesting history of this adventure and avoid its faults when you run it.

October 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Breaking Patterns, part 3: Abstract 4E

We break established design patterns to have a strong story-rich wilderness travel skill challenge feel and two abstract combats – including one with an army unit!

October 10, 2015

Breaking Patterns, Part 2

When a combat is dissatisfyingly easy, we drop in a ferocious custom-built sand drake! Download the monster for your game. Episode 8 of my Dark Sun campaign, Crown of Sorrow.

October 10, 2015

Dark Sun Campaign Development: Storyboarding and Arcs

One of the ways we can make our campaign feel like a cool movie or TV show is to employ the same storyboarding and story arc techniques.

October 2, 2015

Bringing the Heat – Starting a Dark Sun Campaign

Planning a Dark Sun campaign? This suggested process will help, as will these campaign themes that capture the essence of the setting and really resonate with players.

October 2, 2015

Another Age Begins

Gone for 14 years, the Dark Sun setting finally returns for 4E! I look back at what brought it back and defend the need for canon in campaign settings.

October 2, 2015

Shh… Unspeakable Organizations in Dark Sun

Dark Sun’s secret organizations often cause your PC to examine their worldview – where does the PC stand on issues like slavery, magic, Sorcerer-Kings, the ages of Athas, or the Dragon?

October 2, 2015

Running the Sands – Tips for Surviving as a Dark Sun DM

Two aspects that can be particularly important for the Dark Sun campaign world: maintaining the sense of Athasian uniqueness and achieving an appropriate challenge level.

October 2, 2015

Bone, Wood, Stone, and Obsidian – Fighting in Athas

From the materials used to the differences in construction to paying with clay pieces, Athas has a unique flavor when it comes to weapons.

October 2, 2015