Zhilin Campaign Journal #1: It Begins…

Sometimes the stars align properly and opportunities appear. Such is the case with a new campaign we just started last night with a new group. We’ll be playing Mazes & Perils and exploring the unexplored territory of the City-States to the West in the World of the Lost Age. This new series of articles will…

The Lost Age – They Came From the Lake, Session 1

Can I just say that I’m a bit giddy? That’s right – “giddy!” Last night I started what is really the first campaign I have begun in earnest in at least a decade. I’m GMing. My two kids are among the 9 players playing and the rest of the crew is populated by the family…

Want to earn some Brownie Points with your GM?

Sure, I know we all like going with simple combat cues sometimes. I’ve been playing a ton of 4th edition D&D and my Fighter relies on moves like “Shield Feint” and “Tide of Iron” and “Steel Serpent Strike” for his combat abilities. But I have to say this gets a bit old after a while.…

They Came from the Lake, An Introduction

Welcome to the fishing village of Nifton’s Inlet on Lake Feann where the Stors and the Adut rivers end. The strange lake with areas of fresh and salt water is known for its depth and amazing array of fish. It has long been suspected that it connects to the Tethys Ocean somewhere deep below, but…

Starting a Lost Age Campaign…

Of late, beyond working on The Purple Lotus (the third Lost Age Adventure), I’ve been pondering how to start a campaign in this world. I’m hoping you can offer some suggestions to improve it, but here’s what I have so far… (It’s long, sorry!) Introducing the World of the Lost Age The World of the…

Toss Out Alignment Entirely and Try This…

Ok folks. Over the weekend I came up with an intriguing concept that I’m going to employ in a campaign I’m starting in June. We’re going to use D&D 5e, but I’m tossing out alignment entirely. And now you should be asking what I’m replacing it with… But first, let’s talk about why I’m tossing…

Ten Hints about Coming Change in the Penned Forest

Far too often, the world around us changes slowly. But in the case of the Penned Forest, observant folks might notice a few things before the rest of the world. It’s been nearly 1,000 years since the forest was locked away and suddenly it appears to be gaining a life of its own. There have…

Campaign Spark: The Penned Forest

At the heart of the Kingdom in the capital lies a forest walled off from the rest of the city. The forest has always been off limits, as long as anyone can remember. Penned away inside a short wall, the trees grow tall, but not overly so. They receive plenty of sunshine and rain in…

Let Local Lawbreakers Do Your Leg Work

How do you bring your towns and cities to life? By populating them with people and events that your PCs can interact with! But sometimes coming up with those events can be difficult. When you’re looking for inspiration, where do you turn? I’m going to suggest something you may not have thought of previously. Your…

Ten Ways to Introduce a NPC…

As GMs, we always have a cast of characters rotating around the PCs to help us tell the story, but sometimes it’s difficult to get NPCs into the story. Here are ten possible ways to do get your PCs to sit up and take notice… Have the NPC collapse just outside the party’s campsite. Send…

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