I admit it. Reclaimer has been taking a back seat to other creative pursuits recently. It’s not a permanent condition, of course, but I thought I’d take a moment to share what it is I’ve been up to lately.
I’ve wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons for quite a while now, but I’ve had a hard time finding games on a schedule that works with my activities — so I decided to DM my own campaign. Of course, I’ve never actually played a single game of D&D in my life, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the last several weeks. I’ve been slowly collecting the 4th Edition books and now have copies of all three Players Handbooks, both DM guides, both Monster Manuals, Underdark, and the Eberron Campaign Guide. I’ll add more volumes to my collection as money permits.
There are also a lot of other really nifty tools I’ve been playing with in order to get my first adventure ready for play. The official D&D Character Builder and Adventure Tools programs have been really handy in building character sheets and referencing monsters for encounters. An additional tool I’ve been playing with this week is Profantasy’s Campaign Cartographer tool with the City Designer add-on. I’ve created a town, called Darkfall, for my first adventure, and I’ve been learning how to use the software to map out the town. The learning curve is a bit steep, but I’m finally getting the hang of it. The inset image is just a small part of Darkfall — and an incomplete one, at that.
I’m looking forward to running my campaign, and it’s looking like I’ll have a full party of six adventurers for the first session. I love telling stories, as Reclaimer fans have no doubt deduced.
Consider this an open thread. Tell me your favorite moments playing D&D, either as a player or a DM — or both. And I promise I’ll be getting back to producing comics again soon.