Ruins of the Grendleroot: A D&D 5e Campaign of Exploration and Discovery, from the fantastic Sly Flourish, perfect for beginner players
Dungeons & Dragons 5e on Discord, Roll20
About the adventure
Many D&D adventures portray the tunnels, caverns, and hidden ruins of the Underdark, the hidden world below the surface of the Earth, as relentlessly grim, oppressive, and perilous. "Ruins of the Grendleroot" focuses on a different aspect of the Underdark experience: the mystical, the mysterious, and the magical. While our heroes will have no shortage of dangers to face, this is a place to explore and to discover, with secrets, treasures, and new friends waiting in the darkness. This a short-term campaign of about 8 to 12 weeks, depending on the players' preference. It is solidly designed for 1st tier play (1st to 5th level), and ideal for players new to D&D. The player characters will join the Underdark community of Deepdelvers' Enclave, where they will build a base for their explorations. Over time they will journey deeper and deeper into the core of the buried mountain, discovering its ancient secrets and recovering its forgotten treasures.
How to prepare
A good quality microphone (preferably a headset) is required to use Discord. I also strongly encourage players to use video during games. Games using video conferencing are usually more enjoyable for all parties, as video prevents misunderstandings and miscommunication. In addition you will need (free) accounts for Discord and Roll20, and you might want to download the Discord client. All game materials (handouts, character sheets, maps, tokens) will be available through Roll20
What I provide
All materials, including resources needed for character creation, will be provided through Roll20.
During our session zero, we will discuss what kind of campaign we want and subjects that we want to avoid. Nobody should feel that they have to explain their preferences on this matter. While the campaign might occasionally place player characters in uncomfortable situations, the players themselves should never feel uncomfortable. When you join this campaign you agree to be considerate and respectful so that all of us can enjoy our time playing together. Sessions will focus on exploration and discovery. Recovering lost lore, forgotten secrets and buried treasures will be the primary concern of our adventurers. As the heroes' reputation across the enclave improves, they will find new opportunities for adventure, and greater rewards. Another difference from a typical campaign is that players might feel their leveling is quite slow after the first one or two levels. This is intentional, as the author of the Grendleroot wanted to focus on the heroic tier (levels 1 to 5) experience.
- Animal Death
- Body Horror
- Mind alteration
Safety tools used
- Lines and Veils
- Session 0
- Stars and Wishes
How will character creation work
We will create characters in our first session with a shared backstory. The heroes will arrive at the enclave together, seeking adventure, fame, and treasure. You do not need to do any preparation before the game. All material will be provided through Roll20.
Players can expect
- Combat/Tactics: Medium
- Roleplay: High
- Puzzles: Low
- Experience Level: None
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