Our Great Outdoors home brewed encounter series marches onward as the Pile takes inspiration from a fellow game officiando and a cool ass vampire movie for its next dropdown D&D battle. Pathfinder’s Hook Mountain Massacre and The Eventide Chronicle give us a host of tantalizing material. Let’s see how Ben made it his own.
Have you ever used the discovery of an old book or journal to help tell a D&D adventure’s ongoing story? This week Ben explains how a great role playing bookstore encounter accidentally turned into a brand new game accessory. One that can actually help the DM convey new story clues, monster sightings, and side quests to its game group. Let’s turn the next page together.
It’s a short week but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment at the game table to be thankful. Ben gets the gratitude rolling with some quick hits.
The party wanders into Thunderspire Labyrinth’s dilapidated House of Books in search of exciting new magical acquisitions. Sadly, DM Ben suddenly realizes he didn’t do a great job of stocking the shelves during his pre-game prep. Healing potions and an offer to fix a defeated Nentyar Hunter’s broken long bow are received with a bit of a thud. The players still want a bit more from the shop owner and unexpectedly bring the proper role playing to back up their demands. So, ol’ Ben improvises with a mysterious Lucky Rock magical item. What does it do? No idea. Let’s crack this conundrum together in another post game wrap-up article.
Ben’s been little hell bent on making a memorable city experience out of the typical get-up-and-go module transition. So much so that he wanted his Thunderspire town terrain to pack a little more personal punch. Several NPC mingling encounters were planned but why not give each proprietor’s storefront a quirky name and engaging ye olde shop sign? Well, that’s just what the gang at the Pile did. Come on in – we’re open.
The tone of your town’s local tavern often sets the table for the entire city encounter. Do you want a raucous watering hole or a young Halfling’s ho-hum lemonade stand? Well, your DM prep may ultimately answer that particular question. Ben mulled over his options and ultimately came up with a pretty good plan. Maybe you’ll agree. Let’s see.
With a little extra thought and game preparation, your next D&D town trip can go from a five-minute grab-and-go-routine to a fun, immersive experience. Don’t worry – Ben never really had a city blueprint to follow either and consequently, just glazed over this role playing bonanza. This week, he’s got real motive though as his game group is about to hit the open road in its next module. Let’s see what urban tricks he’s got up his sleeve before the party departs.
Last week we showcased part one of our first outdoor travel encounter for the D&D Pyramid of Shadows module. This elaborate, two-part, homebrew Dungeon Delve kicked off with a high energy horse chase. This week we’ll show you how the individual results of that extreme skill challenge set the table for an engaging melee combat encounter on a large, wide open game mat.
As Ben’s game group embarks on a long journey to the mysterious Winterbole forest, there’s no better time than the present to do a new three-part miniseries on the great outdoors. When those dungeon walls come down, suddenly all sorts of fun can be had with homebrewed, open air encounters. Ben has three such events in mind for his Pyramid of Shadows module travel transition and kicks it off with Beggar’s Run – a caravan escort gone horribly wrong. Saddle up!
Any hobby enthusiast out in D&D Land will freely admit that many of their terrain ideas don’t come within. Instead, it’s the RPG community that actually lends the largest helping hand. Continuously trolling for crafting inspiration is nearly a hobby in and of itself. And if you do it right, there’s a considerable adrenaline rush to be had. But you need to know where to look. Gen Con, for example, is a creative juggernaut. Ben capitalizes on this opportunity to commandeer as much inspiration as he can. Let’s take a look at what sort of stuff he shuttered on his last trip.