Item: Exit DM’s Guild; Enter DriveThruRPG
The biggest hurdle in my content creation is where to legally put it. At first I thought having my beta stuff be in the DM’s Guild, while the original content, such as Æthercoil, be in another OneBookShelf site, like DriveThruRPG. After talking with some people in charge of Wizards of the Coast, that’s impossible under the current guidelines: Material in the DM’s Guild can’t be in a later DriveThruRPG document, and I doubt that modules set in the Forgotten Realms, or any other WotC-branded realm, won’t fit anywhere other than the DM’s Guild.
Hence my quandary, which I need to bypass, and here’s how I’ll do it. I’ll be publishing all of my content in DriveThruRPG, starting with my first content, a homesteading system. All of my material, both beta and official, will be published there, which is allowable because the majority of my material are setting-agnostic.
The main problem would be Living Parnast, which is my beta setting which is still set in the Forgotten Realms. I’ll be still using this setting, but will only release it non-commercially on my web site. In time, I’ll convert Living Parnast into the Æthercoil setting.
This plan will no doubt clear with all Terms of Services and keep me in the clear, so I can progress with the main business of working on content. And doing recaps.
Item: Hoard of the Dragon Queen
I haven’t had the chance to give an update on last Sunday’s session, since it was one of the slower sessions, and the recording got shredded. As did this week’s version. Apparently Tabletop Simulator and Infiniscene isn’t being very co-operative with each other at this time, probably by how more resources intensive Tabletop Simulator is. (This is why I prefer Roll20, which is easier on the processors, at least mine. You want me to get a better computer, I’ll be releasing my homebrews on DriveThruRPG on Pay What You Want.) However, for those who want a more thorough recap than what I’m currently doing, the other players have compiled a log on Steam that will bring you up to speed. I hope to have things go better tonight.
This Sunday had some more progression. At the start—after some more shopping—the party reconnected with Leosin Erlanthar in Elturel and met Ontharr Frume of the Order of the Gauntlet, who talked more about the Cult’s convoy up the Sword Coast and the need for people to observe them. Which is right up Justin’s alley since he’s more versed in reconnaissance than combat. There was still some time before the convoy gathers in Baldur’s Gate, however, there was some side quests to deal with. Such as gathering some Iron and Copper ingots that got stolen from a wagon heading to town. The remainder of that session dealt with retrieving the metals.
As I said before, you can get the recap of this link, and if you want me to stream more Tabletop Simulator episodes, I’m going to need a better machine for that.
Item: Curse of Strahd
Friday’s Table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfI8UtlSauM
The party has arrived into Barovia Village, and has discovered the main starting twist. Since the table is streamed, I can tell you it here: Instead of the standard being Ireena being the one bitten by Strahd, it is his boyfriend, a local Jock. On top of that it wasn’t Strahd who bit him, but someone else. The main goal is to find out who’s trying to out-Devil Strahd Von Zarcovish! Of course, the best way to solve this case is to get an audience with the Count. The best way to do that is for the Party to undergo the Fortunes of Ravenloft.
Before they do so, however, they need to bury Ireena’s adopted father and former Burgomaster. After which, they plan to make a beeline toward Tser Pool, where Madam Eva is, and then to a place that nobody would expect a ‘run as written’ version of Curse of Strahd to be a safe space: Castle Ravenloft.
I don’t run Curse of Strahd as written, however. It can’t be any more telling then how I portray the Dread Lord. During this table, I did hint at Strahd and Irenna being an item in the past, before she became the Burgomaster. (“He made the mistake of confusing me for Tatyanna when we first met. He didn’t realize it until after he bit me, and promptly apologized. Demon or not, he has class.”)
During her time with Strahd, she found out as much as she could about him, his castle, and vampires. She compiled everything into a book that is part Vampires 101, and Anne Rice style Romantic Vampire story. I think I can show it in this blog now.
Item: Lost Mine of Phandelver
Saturday Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4N5MkO_rvI (This video might not be ready at the time I’m posting this. Please be patient.)
While there was some progression, this session was when the player I’m screwing around with gets to screw back.
Me and Denzil are going some friendly competition; a matching of witch between a Power Player and a Creative Player. This was counter to what happened the week before, where I took Denzil’s vampire character and de-vampired him! Talk about your uber nerf!
Well, the Power Gamer on Friday is the Dungeon Master on Saturday, and he pretty much took it out on my poor Pandaren PC. Linka got her clocked cleaned by a couple monks who were courteous enough to let her live. One thing about Denzil, he appreciates me being a good sport.
The rest of my involvement in the campaign dealt with rescuing Gundren Rockseeker and having him tell the party of Wave Echo Cave, which is where the climatic chapter of Lost Mine takes place. After which the party retired to Phandalin where Linka finds out is the sole ownership of Tresendar Manor. I could see her staying here and setting up her own brewery here. If, however, she isn’t helping out with a tinkerer building an OSR version of the Iron Man suit and causing successive explosions!
The latter parts of this session deals with another case of two Power Gamers butting heads. Not only that, it was Denzil and Claire! We all know the dramas those two had during my Princes of the Apocalypse stream, right? But this time it ended on a happy note. What Claire wanted was a boon for her character, and wanted to be tested by Eilistraee in the process. She lost once before I clocked in this session, and her character became a Drider. She tried it again and at first I continued streaming against my better judgement, but Denzil relented, and decided that Eilistraee was merely testing her instead of curb stomping her. (Something poor Linka knows too well.) She got restored with her devotions switched from Lolth to her daughter, and she got a sentient sword in the process. Ahhhh, a rare happy ending to the session, and a Drama Storm averted.
That’s something I’m planning on with my Friday Curse of Strahd session. Claire wanted her character to have a similar test, but Barovia doesn’t have the same connections to any Deities as Faerun has. I can’t tell you any details right now, but if there’s anyone who’s going to be testing anyone in Barovia, it’s going to be Strahd himself administering the test. Fsk Lolth! Hell, Fsk the Lady of Fsking Pain. You’re in Strahd’s Realm, beeaatch! Want to see those two go at it? Two virtual demigods who can give you fates worse than death and stuff you into demiplanes for eternity?!
I didn’t think so.