Who wants to play Dungeons and Dragons in Slab City this winter? (1 Viewer)

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This isn't directly related to the Jamboree, but I figured this might be worth posting here since I am planning on being in Slab City several weeks before the Jambo, and I know a few others might be doing the same.

Anyways, I'm hoping to set up a D&D game for the slabs this winter. I should be arriving in late September, at which point I would like to run the D&D campaign "Curse of Strahd" which is basically D&D meets Castlevania. Lots of undead, supernatural stuff, etc.

Other campaigns are a possibility though, since I will only be around the slabs for three months this year (Oct to Dec) so I'm not sure if we'll have enough time to make it all the way through CoS.

The usual 4 hour session once a week is the plan, but if players are willing to commit to twice a week that would open up more possibilities. Also, alcohol and food is encouraged, and I don't mind making it a bit of a party as long as you don't lose focus on the game and you can still roll your dice straight by the end of the night.

New players are welcome, this will be my first time being a Dungeon Master (DM), so I'll be learning as we go as well. Spectators are welcome as well.

So, this thread is to discuss details and logistics for anyone interested. Who's down?
I am def down for DnD (isnt alliteration fun?) 😁 Although I havent played since high school...
 
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So it seems like we have the following slabbers signed up:
and a few others that are 'maybe' or will be arriving later in the season:
so, the way i'm seeing this going right now is that I'd like to start session 0 (where we set up our characters talk about the kind of game we want to play) in the first week of october.

i know not everyone is going to be there by then, but I'm hoping we'll have at least 3-4 of our core members to start with, then we can bring in guest appearances for those that are only visiting the slabs for a short period, and bring in other players that want to start late whenever they get here (I will write them into the story in some way that makes sense).

i'd like to cap things at 6 players at most (not counting guest appearances) since any more than that gets unweildly (for me at least).

anyways, those are my thoughts/plans right now. I haven't decided on whether to run Mines of Pandelver or Curse of Strahd, although I'm leaning towards the latter. Let me know if you have any opinions on this or anything else in this post/thread.
 
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I came across this video trailer for the Neverwinter MMO 'Ravenloft' game, which mirrors the story in Curse of Strahd (CoS) almost exactly, so something to watch and get excited about the campaign... i'm mostly leaning towards doing CoS over Lost Mines of Pandelver (LMoP), since the setting seems a little more exciting, but LMoP does seem a lot easier to run for a new DM like myself. I wish there was a trailer like the one below for LMoP, but oh well. Check out the video and let me know if this gets you stoked or if you want to try a different setting.

 

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I'm stuck in Colorado for the foreseeable future but, as somebody who ran Curse of Strahd a couple of years ago, I wanted to offer advice!

First, the room descriptions for many of the mapped locations (particularly in Castle Ravenloft) are horribly edited, often assuming a specific point of entry, even if multiple entry points are present and equally valid. Plan accordingly!

Secondly, maybe re-work the Amber Temple encounters. I won't post spoilers here but, if you want specifics, Matt, PM me and I'll offer my thoughts.

Finally, there are some reeeeally cool story elements but, as written, they aren't player-facing at all and so they're completely wasted. As above, if you want details, PM me.

Other than those three issues, it's an awesome campaign with some great opportunities for both combat and roleplay (particularly through forging alliances with various NPCs).
 
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so just an update for anyone interested in this, nothing much has really come out of this thread or the discord chat channel about this, and that makes sense for a lot of reasons (logistics of who will be where and when) so i've just settled on rebooting this thread and letting folks know that if they want to get in on this game as a weekly player, the Session 0 for this is going to be the last week of September (basically, when @Cornelius Vango gets back to the slabs).

the 'session 0' is where we all get together, make your characters, and go over what kind of game you all want to play (difficulty, combat vs roleplay, serious vs laidback, etc) and my house rules for the campaign. We will be playing Curse of Strahd, and will likely finish in January.

soooo if you want to get in (even as a guest player) you know where to find us, but i probably won't be updating this thread from here on.

definitely excited to play with you all though, we have a great group lined up and im already having a ton of fun planning things out, i think everyone involved is really going to like it.
 

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