AD&D campaign: Champions of Ansalon

  • March 23, 2013 · 5:00 PM

I would like to start a new AD&D campaign, in the Dragonlance setting. Characters will start from 1st level. No previous knowledge of the setting is required. I am aiming to game every other Saturday. I am looking for 4 or 5 players at most. Please don't hesitate to contact me for more info!

Herewith a brief introduction to the campaign. It will feature mystery, exploration, politics and combat...and dragons, of course!

 

Excerpt from a letter found on the body of one Kal Korben, a ranger of the highest character.

"They say the wars are over. But none can tell you when they ended, nor how. Truth is, it has been five years since the end of the War of the Lance, and almost one year since the end of the blitz of the Blue Lady, yet we still keep fighting.

With the last war, all realized the Dragon Armies could return at any time. With new resolve, the Whitestone forces stood to arms again. Led by the Solamnic Knights, they smashed through the remaining Dragon Armies. In a long and bitter campaign, the eastern lands were freed. The City of Sanction fell to a bloody siege. Enemy forces were routed and driven deep into hiding.

So as not to be caught unprepared again, the knights established outposts, like this one, throughout the Eastern Borderlands. With that, the armies withdrew and, save for the knights, were largely disbanded.
All depend on our outposts. We are to be vigilant, to stamp out the enemy where we find it and, if enemies threaten, to give advance warning to good folk everywhere.

For all of the confidence many felt when Sanction fell, things are not as they could be. The knights, on whom so much depends, are stretched too thin. Indeed, it is all the knights can do to provide the outposts with leadership. The work of patrolling, and the like, falls almost entirely on ordinary folk, such as ourselves.

And if the other outposts are like this one, things may be much worse than they appear. Strange events have occurred. We hear rumours. Rumours of settler caravans killed or enslaved. Of dead stolen from open graves. Of dragons seen flying to the east. Of entire cities captured and secretly enslaved.

But of late, things seem calmer. The patrols sent to investigate report nothing. Yet I fear some dreadful fate awaits us all. A fate we should be able to see but which a dark veil is hiding.

Ah, I babble. We are in the western-most outpost below the deserted City of Throtl. Of all the outposts, we have the least to fear. My regards to our mother. Tell her I am safe and likely to remain that way.

Your brother,

Kal"

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  • Antonio E.

    I have not the permission to re-schedule the meetup, I have asked one of the organisers to put up a new one.

    April 3, 2013

  • Jason

    As I can't see a meetup for Saturday (pretty sure there was one?) I'm just confirming that I should be good for Saturday. ;)

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's too much snow for me to get to the main road, so no chance of me making it today. I'll pencil in April 6th. The game system or difficulty doesn't matter to me, so whatever you would like to do in that respect is fine.

    I know D&D is typically balanced around a set party structure and mixture, and that converting a pre-written adventure to another system can be a lot of work, so if you would rather wait till there are more players, and you can run it how you originally intended, I'm happy to run something for three in the interim.

    March 23, 2013

    • Antonio E.

      I have actually written the campaign, it's not a pre-written adventure. But the setting material I used is available for 1e, 2e, 3e and 4e (and to some extent Castles & Crusades) so converting would not be necessarily problematic. Waiting for more players seems a shot in the dark.

      March 23, 2013

  • Antonio E.

    Hi Chris,
    first of all, thanks for the kind offer regarding my wife playing, but for the moment she is keeping herself busy with other things.
    If Simon is missing I was thinking about running a one-shot red box D&D?
    But apart from my wife, I share your concern for the group's size. My initial choice of AD&D 1e was partly due to the fact that the monsters are generally weaker than in 2e, so the characters are more "powerful" w.r.t. the monsters (same happens for red/blue box D&D.) The campaign will definitely be more difficult with just three players. The alternative would be to switch to a system where the power ratio between characters and monsters is higher than in 2e. This would mean switching to AD&D 1e, or D&D 3e; or the D&D-like game Castles & Crusades (a sort of 1e with simplified d20 rules.) I am open to suggestions!

    March 23, 2013

    • Antonio E.

      I would have added 4e to the lot, but I don't have the books anymore :(

      March 23, 2013

    • Antonio E.

      Another thought RE: party size; a viable option in many old-school games for which actual rules are provided is to make use of NPC hirelings. Though I myself have rarely seen this option used by players for some reason, though I always make sure in my games that this option is open and feasible. Something to think about.

      March 23, 2013

  • Antonio E.

    I've got a call from Jason, he too is stuck, so I think we'll have to cancel today's session. Note I won't be available next week since I am on holidays, so we should re-schedule for April 6th.

    March 23, 2013

  • Chris

    I wd be able to get there as long as there are not further dumps of snow, but we cant really do the campaign unless we are all there. I did wonder, notwithstanding the time we put into our 2nd edition characters, whether we relaunch an even older school game that your wife would enjoy, too ? Three PC's is always a marginal day out for adventuring and four would be better ?

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's looking pretty unlikely i'll be able to even get to the road by tomorrow, so unless tomorrow is unexpectedly warm and sunny i'll probably not be able to make it.

    March 22, 2013

  • Jason

    Well the weather isn't so great here at present, but if it clears up a little by lunchtime tomorrow I should have no problems coming. But will let you know tomorrow Antonio. Can you e-mail your phone number so I can let you know. Cheers Jason.

    March 22, 2013

  • Antonio E.

    Yeah the weather is crap here, too. If Simon can't make it, but Jason and Chris can, perhaps we could do something else?

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's looking like I will have to wait and see what the weather is like tomorrow, we've already got quite a lot of snow here and they've given out more over night and tomorrow.

    March 22, 2013

  • Antonio E.

    My wife will not play, as she is busy. Also she is not too keen on the game system we are using; when she thinks D&D, she thinks Red Box and Blue Box D&D :)

    March 22, 2013

  • Pord

    I dont have rights to make you an organiser so just email me like before and ill sort it on here for you

    March 14, 2013

    • Antonio E.

      Thanks Gordon, I suppose this will be sufficient for now!

      March 14, 2013

  • Antonio E.

    Not sure my wife will play.

    March 14, 2013

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