Friday, 31 March 2017

The Adventurer's Journal #1

Coming to Daggerford

30 Tarsahk, 1490 DR (The Year of the Star Walker's Return)

After wintering in Baldur's Gate, the Thunder Company found work as guards, working for Mapp Dunnfoot - a halfling promoter, investor and brewery-owner - as a team of wagons made their way north to Waterdeep, making a stop at Daggerford along the way for the First Annual Daggerford Ale Festival. After arriving in town and helping Mapp set up his stall in preperation for the festival's opening the following day, the party explored Daggerford, discovering Mapp was working with the River Shining and Happy Cow Taverns to run The Gauntlet, a three-day competition with a hardcoin prize for the winner. Posters around town beseeched anyone with knowledge that could lead to the capture of the Sword Coast Killer to contact the local guard-force, or the Waterdeep City Watch.

Original image Cardiff - Castle Gate by Chrystian Cruz

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The GM's Toolkit: Resistance

This week's public-release is Resistance, a collection of adventure hooks you can build a campaign around, or use as inspiration to expand your own campaign. Enjoy!

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You can also find the table on Google Sheets here:

Sunday, 26 March 2017

City of Steel: Episode 25 - The Naughty List, Part Ten - "Shadows"

After interrogating the Necromancer and discovering the Winter King's Spear is due to be auctioned at Renishaw Hall later that night, the team try to infiltrate the stately home, but will Tarquin Xandor's forces manage to stop them before its too late?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The GM's Toolkit: Holidays (Revisited)

This week, I thought I might revisit the Holidays Toolkit, where I provided a table to inspire you to create holidays and celebratory days for your campaign setting. Holidays provide insight for your players as they discover new aspect of culture and personality of the setting, as well as helping to spice up an otherwise potentially-dull settlement.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

City of Steel: Episode 24 - The Naughty List, Part Nine - "Point Of Entry"

After ambushing and kidnapping a Necromancer seemingly allied with the Cabinet and their operatives, Eira and Valko try to find out what this Lawbreaker knows, and what Tarquin Xandor is planning to do with the Winter King's Spear.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The GM's Toolkit: A Wizard's Bookshelf

This week's public-release is A Wizard's Bookshelf, a collection of interesting or useful tomes that you can liberally spread throughout an arcane library your PCs might be thinking of looting. This one was a hoot to write (Heh, hehe, "hoot", get it? Oh, it'll make sense when you read the thing. Read the thing. ), so if you folks like it, I'll probably expand the Bookshelf at a later date.

Practical Magic tomes concern themselves with the practice and proliferation of magic, this tome's might contain a spell-like effect, provide intimate knowledge of a spell or allow an unpractised spellcaster to cast a new spell or spell-like effect.
Tomes of Lore and Yore contain esoteric or ancient knowledge, enabling the reader to access information previously hidden from them, or approach a problem from a new angle.
Wizarding DIY tomes provide instruction to the would-be crafting wizard, sometimes providing inspiration, other times instructions and schematics for a bevy of projects.
Theoretical Thaumaturgy works discuss the underlying theories of magic and the way the world functions, potentially changing an entire approach to spellcasting, or opening a new avenue of research.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

City of Steel: Episode 23 - The Naughty List, Part Eight - "The Rendezvous"

Following a brief but brutal confrontation with the four Cabinet operatives sent to surveil the quiet house, Eira and Valko discover a potential lead on the Winter King's Spear and Tarquin Xandor, and venture out to find Asset Grey.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The GM's Toolkit: Ruins (Revisited)

This week I fancied tackling ruins, in anticipation of my players visiting the Sword Coast and sampling the complex history of Faerun in the near future. The last time I touched on ruins, I made a generator to give an idea of what kind of sensations the PCs might encounter within ruins, the historical significance of those ruins, and what kind of conflicts they might experience.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

City of Steel: Episode 22 - The Naughty List, Part Seven - "A Quiet House"

After receiving a peace offering in the form of an address linked to Tarquin Xandor, and discovering the house is abandoned and being surveilled by Cabinet operatives, the investigators decide to take the bait and investigate the empty house.