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Questions tagged [campaign-development]

Writing, managing, and expanding campaigns.

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Does a Huge Object that has already been Animated continue to be Animated if it is Enlarged to Gargantuan?

I'm hashing out a collective of NPC Rock Gnomes who live in a small stone castle shaped like a Huge person, about 15 x 15 x 22 feet, which is the maximum size for a creature of Huge size. This ...
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I may be crazy for wanting a completely PvP campaign [closed]

So, recently I hatched the genius idea to design a free for all campaign. After about ten minutes, I said to myself this isn't going to work. Later that month I was thinking about it a little more and ...
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How can I pick my players’ brains for what they’d like to play?

In our group there's me (85% of the time as GM) and two other players. We have played for about three years, approx. 20 times a year. Sometimes we see each other outside sessions as well, we're ...
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How to balance a campaign where the gods are dead, making divine classes infeasible? [closed]

Ok so I’m a new-ish DM. I’m not familiar with the lore of D&D 5e, like I don’t know a lot about gods or the pantheon or anything like that. However, I want to write a campaign where all of the ...
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How to run a diverse campaign without a magic user [closed]

So right now the party I'm going to GM for wants to be 3 Soldiers (vesk, orc, android; sniper, ?, armor storm) and 1 operative (vesk; ghost). No one wants to be a caster. They're pretty deadset on ...
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How can I make a “quest chain” not a blatant quest chain?

I'm creating a one shot where a group of adventures get an invitation from an old wizard to get together and play a game with him. This game consists of pushing the players to their moral limits ...
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The PCs are boring; how do I involve them in the story?

I just started running my first D&D campaign, and I've run into this problem. I want the story to go to places that involve the PCs personally, and help the players feel more invested. One player'...
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How can the DM ensure that starting PCs survive until the plot needs them to?

The campaign I'm imagining needs the 5 original level 1 PCs to… live for 13 years to the day after the campaign's start date, and… each be at least level 11 by that date. Over the course of their ...
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Rise of the Runelords with D&D 5e [closed]

A long time ago, I GMed the first chapter of Rise of the Runelords. Back then, we used Pathfinder as the system. Everybody loved the campaign. Unfortunately, our group disbanded, because we couldn't ...
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How can player characters get by with daily necessities during a delve into Hell?

Recently, one of my players (a barbarian) had to make a pact with Lady Fierna of the 4th to avoid losing one of his friends. He agreed to offer his soul to the disposal of Lady Fierna after he dies in ...
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How can I involve a PC's backstory in a campaign that's set exclusively in a distant or foreign location?

I like my players to have a firm idea of their characters' backstories, and I like the idea of being able to draw on these (NPCs from the past showing up unexpectedly, etc.). However, in our next ...
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I Need Help Generating a Table of Effects [closed]

I am writing a one-off campaign that involves an illusion where if the character dies they come back with a random affliction, such as "convinced they are invisible." I want it to be primarily ...
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Where to get players/DM's to review my campaign ideas/plot? [closed]

I am a new DM on DnD 5e. I have DM'd a bit of Lost Mines of Phandalver, and played some DnD. But recently, I created a new campaign for my players. I made a map (thank you, Gimp), created a ...
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Should I change the entire campaign to please one player?

So, I'm running my first ever dnd campaign - and I'm having a blast doing it. I've found a really great group of players, who are really accomodating to my newbieness, and I couldn't be happier with ...
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How do I reveal the Big Bad only by foreshadowing, without the reveal being too early or late?

What I plan for my campaign is to drop hints about some greater evil, and whenever my players reach the natural point of realization, have them go off on a search to stop it. I wanna do it naturally, ...
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How to subtly railroad players to go in a certain direction?

Now I know that railroading is one of the cardinal sins of DM-ing, along with hard rules changes to fit your needs, and sloppily homebrewing every other custom rule. However, right now I feel like my ...
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How to make sure the players escape but feel like it was because of their wit?

Setting I'm preparing for my first time as a DM in D&D 5e (as a player I have gotten to level 4 in 3 campaigns so I have a good grasp of the game, in my group everyone wants to have a go as DM ...
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What can I do to make a campaign harder? [closed]

I'm running a homemade campaign for a 2nd level paladin, a 1st level sorcerer, and a 5th level fighter. I was rolling for random encounters, and satyr attacked. They dealt with it in 2 rounds. I ...
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Post-Act Survey or Same Page Tool

I have been running a campaign for some time now that is winding its way down to finish what I'll call "Act I". Soon my group will take a break from my campaign to let someone else DM and I'm ...
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How to measure property awarded as treasure

I want to award property and land as a reward for a set of adventures. I'm creating a campaign in 5th Edition, and I want to follow the treasure per level guidelines. I know I can measure the building'...
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Running a duet campaign and adjusting difficulty [closed]

I am now venturing, for the first time, as a DM and would like to start a campaign for my girlfriend. I have played D&D for several sessions (some 15?), but I am far from being experienced. ...
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Can campaigns require PCs to have a certain backstory?

Normally, the player creates every aspect of their character, but what if the campaign requires the player characters' backstories to have certain elements? Like for example in the computer game ...
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What games other than Ars Magica encourage Troupe play? [closed]

Troupe play is a specific style where the group is encouraged to collaborate in creating and running the game. There's often more than one GM, players often run more than one character and, indeed, ...
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How should I request a PC sacrifice for the best ending to a campaign? [closed]

The scenario: The BBEG is preparing to unleash a sealed monster and devastate the civilized world. The seal has already been weakened by prior actions. The PCs engage the BBEG as the campaign finale. ...
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What are all the ways a player can get to the Astral Plane?

I am planning a campaign where the characters must travel to the astral plane several times, though each subsequent time they lose one of the means to do so (i.e., Astral Projection spell, through the ...
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How can I give one of my players a powerful plot-device weapon without making the other players feel left out?

I am building a custom setting that is medieval fantasy (technology level is almost steam engine) where some pieces of ancient technology (ours) can be found. Players' weaponry is based off the ...
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How do I create a sense of science about magic?

Based off of this question. Magic in many games is considered well-understood, but ill explained (hence 'magic'). Assuming that I control the environment and have a mild will to bend mechanics, how ...
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How can I use powerful NPCs without overshadowing the player characters?

I’ve been playing P&P for years and have taken my first tentative steps into DM’ing over the last year, mostly leading One-Shots. I am also a passionate world-builder and so I jumped at the chance ...
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How to reverse the Balance card from a Deck of Many Things? [closed]

At the end of the last story arc, I gave my players the chance to let their characters draw from a Deck of Many Things. I told them beforehand that this could mess up their characters and the whole ...
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Would it be a bad idea to make a joke campaign? [closed]

I want to DM for a group of friends that have had minimal amount of tabletop role-playing experience (two sessions of a D&D campaign and three sessions of a Dungeon World campaign, both DM'ed by ...
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How can I best implement a recurring villain when the players are not opposed to killing? [closed]

I am writing up a campaign for D&D4e that I will be playing in a couple of months and, though I do not have the storyline 100% all thought out, I know the general tone I am going for already, and ...
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How to handle low-magic, fantasy banking? [closed]

How would you handle the transfer of large quantities of gold in a low-magic, medieval fantasy setting? I'm am running a campaign based on a homebrew variation of Pathfinder in which magic use ...
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How can I transform my script into a campaign?

I have the idea, the script is written and it looks like a sci-fi novel. Now how can I make this world "playable"? Do I just put a few players' characters into the scene where a series of actions are ...
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Where to share RPG adventures? [closed]

Is there a good place to share some RPG modules that I've made? There's no IP information. Combat information is generic and things like magic item treasure are randomly generated. It's based in my ...
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Help with defining which Mage the Ascension faction most likely in an assassination [closed]

After waiting for years for the right moment, I'm finally about to start a short Wraith the oblivion campaign (hopefully. Last time I started what I wanted to be a short campaign it lasted more than ...
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How can I satisfy two groups who want the same quest in a West Marches campaign?

I recently started a West Marches style game because of our group's increasingly deteriorating attendance. We still wanted to play when we get a chance to get together but not everyone will be able to ...
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Would it be a mistake to run a monster campaign the first time I DM? [closed]

I would like to run a scenario where the players have humanoid monsters as characters, such as orcs, goblins, kobolds, trolls — basically anything that doesn't have game breaking abilities. Would it ...
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How many (loosely linked) layers of story are managable for the players? [closed]

While plotting the course of our "campaign", picking up adventure or story ideas, I have come to a point where multiple plots interleave. But not in the classic, homogeneous "adventure -> story arc -> ...
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My players want a tighter narrative, but have wandered off course. What now?

I started a new campaign yesterday for a smaller group of players that are new to pen and paper roll playing games. Before we started actually playing the players and I were talking about how P&...
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What would be the best way to capture a storm giant? [closed]

I am building a campaign for my group and one story idea I am toying with is to have an island cult who are keeping a storm giant captive and forcing him to create bad conditions, in order to wreck ...
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How does somebody create a god stat block? [closed]

I'm creating a campaign with a god as the final boss, but I'm having trouble coming up with stats (HP, actions, other traits) to give him. Any suggestions?
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I have no idea where to take the campaign I'm running, need some advice [closed]

I'm a brand new GM and decided to run my first campaign with Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. When helping my players create characters I told them they should make they make like the crew in firefly, ...
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How strictly should I obey the “Updating the Campaign Map” instruction in Dungeon World?

Dungeon World has the following instruction regarding the game world: The campaign map is updated between sessions or whenever the players spend significant downtime in a safe place. Updates are ...
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How can I keep my players interested in the main plot during an open world campaign?

I'm going to DM my second campaign as an experienced DM. I already have the main lore all planned and also the initial events that will (or maybe won't) happen. I know it will be pure fire at the ...
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How much detail needs to go into my campaign before it starts? [duplicate]

I'm designing a homebrew campaign for me and my friends, where I'll DM. I've decided basic things and written down basic notes of important things I want to happen, etc. These are only scattered ...
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What is an appropriate scope for a new GM's Dungeon World game?

I am going to be starting up a group playing Dungeon World pretty soon (I will be the GM). I have GM'd a very mechanics-driven game about 15 ago for maybe 5 years. In that game (which I wrote myself, ...
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How can I avoid retreading the same genre themes every campaign?

I've run many post-apocalypse campaigns over the years, using games ranging from Aftermath! to Apocalypse World. Survival is the underpinning for most post-apocalypse settings, but survival alone isn'...
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How to set up love interests for player characters

A few of my players (2 out of 4 in the current group) would like having a love interest in our campaign. I feel like it's something that we can achieve, as the campaign is not too dark and into "...
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Players Characters don't meet the fundamental requirements for campaign

I'm planning to do a DSA (The Dark Eye) campaign. I told the players what characters I need in the campaign (at least one character strong in fighting, one in socialising with royals, and so on). The ...
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How much should I adjust the CR of encounters to compensate for PCs having very little GP?

I'm planning on running a Pathfinder campaign in which the PCs have very little gold. How much should I adjust the CR of encounters to compensate? (If it's important, the gp will be probably about 25%...