Apr 18

Shadows of Ulubrae, Chapter 15, Part 1


  • Trollkin Hero
  • Bonus D&D
  • Dungeon World interlude prep


Saturday saw the return of an old Player, which helped the feeling of a rotating cast of Heroes. Finally, we have a trollkin character in the game, who interacts amusingly with the other trolls. The first session saw the trollkin as light-relief, but I am sure the character will develop over time. We should see more of the character over the summer months.


The session achieved two important goals for me. Firstly, I switched the focus onto another on-going plot, whilst also allowing the Players scope to pursue their own agendas. Three more of the Roll vs Role cards were cashed-in. Possibly these are too easy, so I may have to impose limitations on their use. It is still early days, but I am aware of the potential for harm. Also, the session set up the Dungeon World interlude, which is important moving forward.


It was a busy weekend for roleplaying, as the boys finally agreed to play another round of their Legend of Dragons game. They seemed a lot more comfortable with the Basic D&D rules, and kept focused for two bouts of combat. Encouragingly, they also began the session with a short burst of roleplaying as they introduced themselves to the new character. The combination of a fighter and an elf, essentially a fighter-wizard, greatly improved their strength in combat. I hope to complete the current short scenario next Sunday.


In the meantime, I need to prepare for the next main session. The plan for Saturday is to run a DramaSystem character generation system, to establish the political relationships within the city of Ulubrae. For this, I need a stack of index cards with the names of potential factions. Several have been noted in the background creation sessions, although their exact relationships are mostly unknown. So while many factions already exist, the Players are free to brainstorm how they connect together. I hope to build interesting links to explore later in the story arc.


Overall, DramaSystem is very low prep for me. I will also invest time in the forthcoming Dungeon World interlude. This could last a handful of sessions, and thus merits attention. The character creation process should be relatively light, but I also need notes on running these rules. I hope to adapt to the narrative style of the game, but I also need familiarity with the mechanics. I have read the rules again, which is a start.


So, plenty to keep me busy.


Happy Gaming



The Prep in Progress series are short summaries of my prep for the ongoing Tales of the Hero Wars campaign.


For more details, see the Shadows of Ulubrae page


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