Dungeons & Dragons,  My Life

Dungeons & Dragons Campaign: Odyssey of the Dragonlords

Back in 2020 I proudly showed off my copies of Odyssey of the Dragonlords, a successful 5E D&D RPG Kickstarter by James Ohlen and Jesse Sky. At the time I mentioned I had started a campaign with my kids and some of their friends. Well the campaign is still going strong! We just completed the 39th session, with the heroes now level 13 and the Oath of Peace about to come to an end (you’ll have to read the campaign book to understand what that is about).

Though I had previously played fifth-edition with my kids using the awesome starter set, the kids wanted new characters after that and so that came to an end. So it has been really cool to see Odyssey develop into a multi-year campaign. When COVID struck, we pivoted and used Roll20 throughout, allowing us to keep social connections with the kid’s friends. It was nice to have something concrete to latch onto throughout all the uncertainty over the past year. And everyone is excited about starting to play in person again later into the fall (yay for vaccinations!)

Odyssey of the Dragonlords is a great campaign (and honestly is worth it just for the amazing art). Do check it out if you are looking for something new. The campaign itself is greek-themed (but set in its own world) with a core plot that can be resolved by exploring the world in an open-ended way — the players decide where to go and in what order. It has a wide variety of new races and class archetypes — our party includes a herculean minotaur, a nymph (Oath of the Dragonlord, paladin), and a medusa wizard in addition to a half-elf druid & dragonborn fighter.

The only drawback is that I was so excited about funding Odyssey that it has fueled a Kickstarter addiction. I have supported several RPG kickstarters over the past couple years. And now I’m currently on the fence about whether I should fund Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game…. It certainly looks interesting and my kids were big fans back in the day… I will let you know what I ultimately decide :)

Also: A big thank you to the discord community that has formed around Odyssey — they have created numerous useful resources that have helped our play sessions!

Former lead designer at BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights). Creator of Raiders of the Serpent Sea.

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