GUEST POST: OLD SCHOOL ESSENTIALS CAMPAIGN: SESSION 7 (MY DAUGHTER'S CAMPAIGN)
Beginning with the 5th Session of the campaign I'm running for my daughter, using Old School Essentials (an exact emulation of the 1981 Moldvay Basic D&D rules, but with modern layout and design for ease-of-use at the table), I've asked the players to write the recaps for our sessions rather than me doing it. I did this for two main reasons:
- One, it gave me a break from focusing on writing the recaps so I could instead spend more time prepping for the next session.
- Two, it encouraged the players (all save one of whom are young women 10-12 years old) to take better notes, a skill that their teachers are asking the to focus on as they move from elementary to middle school.
After you read the recap below, if you could please leave your comments here on the blog (where it's easier for me to keep track) so I can share them with my daughter, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
We're going through the vintage adventure, B2: Keep on the Borderlands, that was included in the 1981 Moldvay Basic Boxed Set. This was the adventure I started with, and I wanted my daughter to have a similar experience. I've changed some things, mostly based on ideas from the DungeonCraft YouTube channel, such as changing kobolds to underground cannibals, adding a brigand presence around the Keep and in the caves, and adding in some fun pop-culture influences, such as the Apocalypse Now touches I added to the last session. I also used ideas from some notes I found on RPG Net called "Necro - My Notes on Running Keep on the Borderlands." These notes have been really helpful, in particular for adding details to the Keep, such as the Chickenhawk Gang and their leader, "Curfew" Murphy.
You can read more about our game here:
- Influences: some of the "Weird Fantasy" tropes and ideas I'm adding to our campaign
- I talk about our Session 0 and our first in-person game, and what I learned and decided to change, rules-wise, after that game
- Our Third Session
- Our Fourth Session
- Our Fifth Session
- Our Sixth Session
- General Notes on "Playing D&D with Tweens"
|Some of my notes for the Session. I started |
typing these instead of hand-writing so I
could read it easier & also save, copy & paste
some of the notes from session-to-session.
SESSION 7 SHORT RECAP (by Martin)