Today is the big reveal of what your theme will be.
I have done a theme most years of the Challenge and will be doing one again this year. I find a theme really helps focus what I want to do and gives me the chance to go into a topic very in depth.
For 2015 it was Vampires
For 2014 it was Witches
For 2013 is was Demons
and for 2012 it was RPGs.
This year I want to do something to keep my regular audience engaged and coming back and also to share this wonderful hobby with others.
So for 2016 the theme is Adventure!
(yes I am including the exclamation mark).
For the month of April I want to dive into some classic, some new and some odd adventures. I want to focus on ones people can also still get. I will talk about my experiences with them and get some tidbits that others can use.
Since my kids have been old enough to play I have been taking them through the classic TSR adventure modules. Part of it is nostalgia on my part, I won't lie, but it is also more than that.
I have said before that these adventures give us all a shared story in this community of gamers. My sons can and have talked to complete strangers before based on this shared experience alone. Over the years at Gen Con I have run S4, B1, Ravenloft and Bone Hill with my kids and we have had tons of people come by to see what we are doing. It has been a great experience for us all.
I also enjoy it because now at a much older age I can appreciate these adventures on a completely new level. Sure I can make (and have made) my own. But that's not what this is all about. I don't need to prove to myself or anyone that I can write an adventure; I did plenty of that over the years.
This is about nothing more than fun and a shared story.
For this Challenge I think I will focus my attentions on the adventures that have appeared in the Dungeon Magazine's 30 Greatest Adventures of All Time.
I am also going to feature adventures from the games I have been playing with my kids.
- The Dragonslayers Campaign (3e D&D)
- Come Endless Darkness (5e D&D)
- Against the Cult of the Reptile Gods/Second Campaign (OSR D&D, AS&SH)
- War of the Witch Queens (OSR D&D, Castles & Crusades)
So for my regular audience, please stick around all month and see what I have to say.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY PLEASE share YOUR story too!
How did you survive the Caves of Chaos? How did you die in Temple of Elemental Evil or the Tomb of Horrors? Who did you see along the way? Aleena? Eclavdra? Mordenkainen?
For my new and returning A to Z visitors. Please read these tales and hopefully you will get some more insight to this weird but fun hobby we have. Adventures are like stories. But here the stories and the characters take a life of their own.
I hope to see you all here.