Behind the scenes blog and campaign travelogues: www.actionjay.com Although I've been a lifelong geek and game enthusiast, it took my wife and our online friend group to get me into trying Dungeons and Dragons. We played a few adventures, and then I designed and ran a comedic Fight Before Christmas one shot in December 2020. From there I became the group's core DM, running a two year long genre hopping homebrew game that went beyond level 20 and got the group truly hooked across 97 sessions. Among other games I played in, I was able to DM some chapters of Radiant Citadel for the group, and continue an annual tradition of Christmas One Shots. Then in January 2023, we started Curse of Strahd, a stark contrast to the previous game's atmosphere. As of September we're over 30 sessions in. I also started running Adventurer's League games, self contained episodic one shots giving me plenty of practice for prepping with a quick turnaround. What I'm crafting now is an open world Sword Coast, incorporating elements from multiple official adventures. I'm envisioning a game world where multiple parties exist and affect the course of events. I'm playtesting the idea with my kids right now, starting them with a mix of missions from Lost Mines of Phandelver and Dragon of Icespire Peak. In the near future as Curse of Strahd wraps up, I plan to offer this experience to my core group, and open room at the table for newcomers as well. Watch this space!
Vibe: Fun Voices: Attempted Rules: Negotiable I strive for a balanced mix of character roleplay and combat opportunities. A highly involved group will get their backstories paid off and woven into the story, while more casual players will be able to enjoy a fun romp without needing to take lots of notes.
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