Zen and the Art of Dungeon Maintenance

Dungeons & Dragons 5e on D&D Beyond, Discord, Text/Play by Post

Dungeons & Dragons 5e

D&D Beyond


About the adventure

Normally adventurers go into dungeons for a short time, steal some loot, and leave with haste. But this adventure is a bit different. You're a special kind of adventurer, a dungeoneer. You're actually most at home in a dark, dank dungeon. You get along commendably with monsters and minions alike. And somehow you've gained employment under a dungeon-boss as one of their lieutenants. Your skills are in high demand. Pesky adventurers are always trying to delve into your dungeon, steal your loot, and take it away. It's up to you and your party to protect it, or else the boss is going to have to... "fire" you. You'll love this adventure if you enjoy dungeon delving, settlement building, and monstrous species. It's main feature is the party's shared occupation as mini-bosses within a dungeon. You'll defend your dungeon home against waves of adventuring invaders. You'll conduct raids against local camps, cities, and even other dungeons to acquire the materials you need to fortify and upgrade your base. You'll grow your own faction within your dungeon's ecology. Perhaps you will betray the boss and take over the dungeon for yourself, or strike out and claim your own. This adventure is an asynchronous play-by-post campaign, meaning it is text-based and proceeds via messages whenever anyone is available to respond. Your game master will post to the game channel 5-6 days a week.

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How to prepare

🇦 NECESSARY THINGS YOU MUST PREPARE 1️⃣ Discord account 2️⃣ A little free time every week to commit to writing in the Discord channel 3️⃣ D&D Beyond account 🇧 VARIANT RULES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT (Full list provided after booking) 1️⃣ CORE (OPINIONATED TWEAKS) • Level 1 Feat • Point Buy • Fixed HP • Healer's Kit Dependency • Slow Natural Healing • Variant Encumbrance • Spell Points • Anyone can use any scroll (with a skill check) • Scroll mishaps • Potion mixing 2️⃣ GIFFYGLYPH'S DARKER DUNGEONS (HIGHER RISK & REWARD) • Active Crafting • Gemstones • Arcane Jewels • Oils • Potions • Flasks • Degrees of Success • Active XP • Wounds & Injuries • Deadly Disease • Survival Conditions

What I provide

EXPERIENCED GAME MASTER - Beautiful radio voice - Deadly, goal-oriented combat - Evocative voice acting of lifelike characters - Freedom of choice in a world that reacts to you - Immersive descriptions - Interesting scenarios - Master level rules knowledge - Perfect pacing and no fluff - Unique, quality world-building WINNING PERSONALITY - Creative, fantasy-prone individual - Friendly & respectful professional - Punctual & flexible host DISCORD & AVRAE - DDB/Discord integration bot (roll dice and lookup rules in Discord) - Free for you (no purchase required) - Fully automated (no math required) - Immersive medi (maps, portraits, & vignettes shared through Discord) D&D BEYOND - Easy character creation (all the rules in one place) - Full shared content library (no purchase required) CUSTOM WORLD - Collaboratively expanded through play (your actions are cannon) - Dark & epic fantasy (with room for other genres) - Lots of lore (shared through wiki & Discord) MEDIA LIBRARY - DMsGuild - Czepeku - Caeora - Eightfold Paper - Forgotten Adventures - Ghostfire Gaming - James RPG Art - Jules & Ben's Animated Assets - Michael Ghelfi - Tabletop Audio - Tabletop RPG Music - theripper93 - Tom Cartos - Venatus Maps - And more...

Gameplay details

0️⃣ Session 0 or pre-game chat to discuss rules, expectations, and accessibility 1️⃣ Expect a campaign of 6+ months broken into missions of 1-4 sessions allowing for short-term and long-term players alike. Drop-ins are welcome, return players are encouraged, long-term players get loyalty gifts. 2️⃣ All the info you need is available in a) this ad, b) the Fictionry Discord server, and c) the Fictionry Wiki (you will be provided with links after booking). 3️⃣ Your GM always open to discuss your gaming experience 4️⃣ Feedback welcome and encouraged, especially in the form of 'stars (things you like) and 'wishes' (things you want) 5️⃣ Pre-game warm-up, regular short breaks, post-game cool-off 6️⃣ Rated R, TV-MA, M for Mature content warning, with the following notices: LINES (WILL NOT FEATURE): - Discussions of real-world politics/religion/current events - Sexual violence VEILS (WILL "FADE TO BLACK") - Explicit sexual contact - Explicit descriptions of torture - Violence towards children

Content warnings
  • Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Alcohol Use
  • Animal abuse
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Animal Death
  • Blood
  • Body Horror
  • Character Death
  • Child Abandonment
  • Child Death
  • Curing of Disabilities
  • Death
  • Drowning
  • Drugs (addiction, use, withdrawal)
  • Execution
  • Extreme Violence
  • Fire
  • Genocide
  • Gore
  • Guns
  • Hangings
  • Hostages
  • Illness
  • Insects
  • Kidnapping
  • Language/Cursing
  • Lifechanging Injury
  • Medical Issues
  • Memory Erasing
  • Mind alteration
  • Mind Control
  • Misogyny
  • Murder
  • Mutilation
  • Nightmares about Traumatic Events
  • Paralyzation
  • Prejudice
  • Scars
  • Seizures
  • Slavery
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Torture
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Witch Prosecution
Safety tools used
  • Lines and Veils
  • Session 0
  • Stars and Wishes
How will character creation work

1️⃣ Create a character using the custom setting character guide (provided after booking) 2️⃣ Build a D&D Beyond character sheet and send it to your game master 4️⃣ You are encouraged to play a Monstrous Species (such as Bubgbear, Goblin, Hobgoblin, Kobold, Orc, etc.) in this adventure. Otherwise you will need to contrive a reason why your non-Monstrous character wants to work in a dungeon with mostly Monstrous species. 5️⃣ You are encouraged to choose character creation options from the following sourcebooks (full list of banned and allowed content provided after booking): • Player's Handbook • Xanathar's Guide to Everything • Monsters of the Multiverse • Fitzban's Treasury of Dragons

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: High
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: High
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players
  • Experience required: Open to all
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