Zhilin Campaign Journal #15: Children of the Scarred Tail

Once our heroes took care of the Shifter, a few preliminary questions were answered to the heroes’ satisfaction, and the ratlings were safe to move back to their nest, they took the PCs with them deeper into the tunnels. (See the last post for details about their encounter with the creature and meeting the ratlings…)…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #14: Ratlings… Meet the Ratlings…

Last time our heroes had just joined the battle between the rats and the strange, hairy, humanoid figure… And our heroes were unsure whether the creature in the center was Brun, a ratling, or something else. Bart, the Cleric, cast Detect Evil on the creature and got a certain “YES!” from his deity in response,…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #13: Into the Dark…

We began the third gaming session of the City-State of Zhilin campaign with a full complement of players. In fact, my two daughters stepped into a couple of roles so that we had even more folks around the table. Here’s a refresher of the cast of characters (human unless stated otherwise): Bartholomew “Bart” Fatima (Jonathan)…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #12: Below the Sewers…

Amazingly we actually have another session scheduled for this week! And I have some fun things in mind for our stalwart band of Zhilin City Guards. Hopefully they will survive the encounters! But I have come up with a method, in a¬†Little Spaces kind of way, for describing some unique elements of these sewer-related caverns…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #10: Threads of Fate

No, we’re not talking about Fate the RPG here, but rather the various threads I can pull on a bit like Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos (the Greek Fates) in the plot skein of my campaign. So far we’ve introduced the following threads: The PCs are members of the Zhilin City Guard (ZCG) and tasked with…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #9: Rising Water!

In the last post, the party had just discovered not only a dead body in the sewer, but a possible entrance to the world ‘Neath Zhilin. And that’s when the rain began… As half of the group began investigating the trap door in the floor, they heard the first trickle of water coming through the…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #8: Continuing the Adventure

When we last left our group of new Zhilin City Guards, they were hanging out at the Cracked Mug tavern, owned by the now sheepish Celi who owes the party a debt of gratitude for taking care of his rat problem and keeping his impropriety quiet. They were contemplating their next move in the investigation…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #7: The Power of Ambiguity

We had another game session this week! Huzzah! Adulting and scheduling was a royal pain, but we eventually made it work– or so we thought. And yet, one of our players had to back out a few days before the session due to a work-related event. Sigh. Such is life as an adult gamer, which…

No Planning Challenge, Part 2

To challenge yourself is a good thing. Especially if it is for a no planning challenge! As you saw in the last post, I set a challenge for myself: To not prep at all, with only the pages I had written in my world of Kavallor Almanac to go by! When we left them, they…

No Planning Challenge, Part 1

I am not sure how many people do this regularly, but this week I set a challenge for myself: Allow myself no preparation at all and only use the pages of my Kavallor Almanac for reference. Admittedly, I usually don’t prep much and let my players drive the story. Most of the time, I just…

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