Campaign Writing | Week 63
“Choices are what separate the heroes and villains from the people.” – Bryce Ward 7/18/2021
What makes a good DND campaign? Does it have your party fight their way through monster-infested dungeons to uncover a long-lost treasure? Perhaps it’s forcing your party to survive in the harsh wilderness of unexplored lands? Or maybe a good campaign comes from avoiding the cloak and daggers of a king’s court? However, when you boil it down, it comes to the player’s freedom to choose what happens next. Not many games give players the chance to forge their own paths, and I want to build upon that freedom.
The Siege of Amberfall
Currently, I am building a siege-focused campaign. The goal is to create an adventure that lets the players make choices that will help or hinder the city’s defense from the Black Dragon’s invading army. There are three stages for the siege, the preparation of the city’s protection, the invading army begins the siege, and the final battle where Amberfall’s fate will be decided. During the preparation phase, the players will have a month in-game to complete four out of six quests to reinforce the city’s defenses or close off weak points. Time is precious, so the players must choose whether acquiring food & supplies for the town is more important than investigating why a nearby prison has gone quiet. If the players decided to capture the supplies, then the cult that has taken over the prison will reinforce the Black Dragon’s army, and the party will be unable to save the NPC that could have helped them in their mission. These choices will only become harder to make as time goes on, and once the siege begins, the players will have to be even more careful. Since the Black Dragon’s army is everywhere, the party will not have much time to rest and be cautious about how they spend their resources to weaken the invading army before the final battle.
Hey, thank you for reading this week’s post! I’m excited to bring this campaign to life! What would you like to see in a siege-based campaign? Let me know in the comments!