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Questions tagged [west-marches]

"West Marches" is a player-driven style of RPG campaign (originally formulated for D&D by Ben Robbins). In contrast to traditional serialized campaigns with a consistent party, most West Marches games have no fixed time, party, or plot; these are often decided collaboratively by players and DMs, depending on player availability and interest.

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How can I manage a shared player map?

I'm running a West Marches style game and I'd like for players to have a shared map they can edit. What's a good way to handle this in a way that can be shared with all the potential players between ...
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How does PC access to life-restoration magic affect a westmarchian game?

One of the hallmarks of a westmarchian game is danger, with a high likelihood of character death. From Grand Experiments: West Marches: The environment is dangerous. Very dangerous. That’s ...
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How to balance encounters for unbalanced parties?

I am running a D&D 5e West Marches style game. We have a pool of around 10 players, who all have one character. This game kills off a character around once every 1.5 months due to the nature and ...
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How can I import rules from B/X to D&D 5e to improve play with a large group? [closed]

Background I am currently running a West Marches style game. In my world there is a particularly troublesome dungeon which certain players are extremely determined to explore. As they are still low ...
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What defines a “West Marches” campaign?

There are a few questions on this site that mention "West Marches", but they all seem to assume that a reader already knows exactly what a "West Marches" game is. Some questions link to multiple blog ...
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How can I encourage player engagement between sessions in a West Marches style game?

I'm currently nine sessions into a West Marches style game with a pool of 20 players. The sessions are going well, and the players enjoying themselves, but I have a concern: One of the central ...
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Creating a map for a West Marches campaign [closed]

I'm about to start running a West Marches campaign and I am struggling with a way to build up a map that I can use. Here are my thoughts so far: Create a DM only Hex based map that shows terrain and ...
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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 ...