Monday

Play resumes Monday for our new BB customized campaign. It was relayed to me they are “having fun” with everything I had done so far encounter and story-wise, but they also expressed a disinterest in dungeons. This saddens me as I am a dungeon DM by choice. My next three sessions were a dungeon crawl below a ruined old watch tower in a swamp. Now I have just a few days to come up with an alternative.

Alas. We’ll see what I come up with.

Campaign resumes

Our new campaign resumes this weekend after a brief hiatus due to real life. This prompted me to come up with ideas for posts on my game and general thoughts on gaming. I can’t leak too much of what is coming as some of my players read this too.

 

What I can talk about is the customization of our home base. Originally it started as Sandpoint, but it was lacking for my needs. Nothing against the work of Paizo at all. It prompted a flood of ideas. I just needed to change up some things to better fit the flow of what I hope to be a wonderful story for my players.

Here is the start of those changes. I never cared for the shape of the cathedral, and I wanted more of a protected harbor, so I expanded the dock area, created a peninsula with a navy citadel on top to help enhance the story, grew the town south of the river, added dockworks, and I rotated and moved Chopper’s isle Northwest from its published position. I am completely replacing the buildings in town but I am not done so I just edited out my draftwork for this demo. The color scheme will change as well.

I have to give credit to Cinchbug of Ross Lucci Studios for the template image I used to start this process. He posted it on the Cartographers Guild website (of which I am an addict). When complete it will look nothing like his. I will be applying textures and shading filters to the buildings, the roofs and foliage.

Dawnpoint is presented in a visual demo below but first a little backstory. I will keep it brief.

Dawnpoint sits on the northern coast of the Lake of Dragons. The coastline and area is utilizing the map of Cormyr as a base, and Dawnpoint is located where Dawngleam is noted on Forgotten Realms maps. Dawnpoint has had trouble recently and has come under the watchful eye of the Cormyrian crown. While not officially annexed yet, Cormyr has adopted the small port as an eastern Naval hub of sorts. They expanded the docks, build a drydock and naval fortifications and appear to be here to stay. This has begun to benefit Dawnpoint with a surge in the economy and increased trade.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend.

 

A sad day

The inspiration for this blog has been asked by Paizo to change his fan created stuff to the point of becoming too daunting of a task and has thus decided to pull it altogether.

You can find EdoWars blog at http://edowarsblog.wordpress.com

I have an especially heavy heart as I believe I am the reason this transpired.

Explanation- There was a post on the Paizo forums that presented a beautiful fan created class write up. It was stunning and looked like it was designed to be part of the Beginner Box’s Heroes Handbook. The main problem was it looked exactly like the BB HH classes. It utilized paizo art, borders, the exact color scheme, etc. I made a friendly comment on while pretty it was a blatant copyright infringement and should be rethought.

He called me a nazi for this.

I responded saying I was trying to help and posted a link to the Community Use area of the site. Paizo saw this and cracked down fast removing all links to the material and his post attacking me. They also removed mine (not sure why. I was just trying to help them).

Regardless, they pulled it then began culling other fan content in the BB area. This included Ed’s wonderful creations without which I would have finally walked away from the Paizo money machine and most likely stopped roleplaying altogether until 5e came out if it interested me.

Farewell fan inspired creations. It is a sad day.

Campaign Starts today!

I have to admit I am a little excited. My new campaign kicks off this evening with a Sahuagin attack at sea. Surviving the initial attack isn’t enough though as they must fight off the tentacles of a Kraken long enough to escape the doomed ship.

This will be balanced stat wise to their levels but description wise I wonder if they will ever step foot on a water going vessel again. Time will tell.