In July and August of 2018 I ran a dungeons and dragons campaign on the internet over discord and roll20. Alas, it only lasted a few weeks, but I had fun running it regardless, and it should be commemorated.
The combination of the fast and easy voice chat of Discord and the character sheet and map models of Roll20 was awesome, but I think it is simply too easy for players to drop out or find something else to do. There’s no commitment. As time went on I wound up having only a couple people showing up to sessions, and the last two were one on one.
I think this is more of a human failing than anything else, though.
I’ve always favored the older editions of d&d; there are fewer rules, and more encouragement to wing things or agree to your own rules at the table. There’s more emphasis on randomness and a hard slog of playing rather than carefully calibrating every monster or having a vast epic story (not that there’s anything wrong with epic stories, but I’ve found it is too easy for players to not know what’s going on or get confused, leading to less fun)
The edition I ran was Swords&Wizardry by Frog God Games. It is a open-source clone (meaning the rules and monsters are quite similar, but just different enough to allow amateurs to create their own materiel without being sued for legal violations) of the White Box set of d&d that came out in 1974. However the module adventures I ran were James Raggi’s Tower of the Stargazer and TSR’s Horror on the Hill and Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, all of different editions and they required a little tinkering to work with Swords&Wizardry. But that was only the work of a few days and I enjoyed it. I pulled monsters and treasure from a Diablo/D&D crossover booklet that has been sitting in a trunk for… nearly 2 decades now. I also contemplated stealing this guy’s magic system, it simply looked so cool, but decided it should wait until I had a handful of players who were comfortable and playing regularly. Obviously that didn’t happen, but it’s nice to daydream about what could have been.
As best as I can remember and find from notes I’m going to write-up my short campaign here.Read more "D&D Campaign from last year"