The Linnorm Kingdoms
The first person to make an “arrow in the knee” joke gets struck by lightning.
Hey there, folks. This is the Obsidian Gate-powered page for our Pathfinder campaign set in the Linnorm Kingdoms. I’m Ed, and I’m the DM. Hey.
I’ve DMed quite a bit before, but I’m going to be trying a few new things in this campaign. These include:
- Actually keeping track of XP for encounters, rather than just leveling the players up whenever I feel like it.
- Tracking things like time, weather, food, and water. After all, we’re way up north, this stuff shouldn’t be as trivial as it might be down south.
- Writing and maintaining an ongoing campaign log. I’ve meant to in the past, but I always end up forgetting about it.
- Starting at level 1. I’ve never run a 3rd Edition or Pathfinder game where I didn’t start the PCs at level 3 or higher. I’m gonna give it a shot.
- Enforcing a cinematic feel to combat; I’ve long thought hit points should be seen more as luck and skill, rather than the amount of punishment you can take until you die. After all, when was the last time you watched a movie or read a book where two guys just took turns cutting chunks out of eachother with swords until one of them reached some arbitrary threshold and died? I’m going to try to describe combat differently, making it a little more realistic and less bloody.
- Rolling for loot on the treasure tables, rather than just picking what I think the players might want. (Or letting them pick for themselves.)
- And finally: actually doing the prep work to plan out dungeons and encounters ahead of time, instead of just having a vague image in my head.
As you can probably tell, I’m usually kind of a lazy DM. My players have fun, but by the end of the night I’m always exhausted from constantly having to think on my feet. Actually doing prep work, and actually keeping track of everything, might slow things down a bit and generally run counter to my Type B personality, but I think the campaign will benefit from it in the long run.
So! Welcome to the page; I hope everything goes well, and you get something interesting to read.