• Dungeons & Dragons,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    Hrolf, a Raider Hero

    Raiders of the Serpent Sea, like its predecessor Odyssey of the Dragonlords, features quotes from remarkable NPCs in the campaign and player books. I figured I’d sneak in an extra post this week to delve a bit more into one of these NPCs whose quotes you will see in the preview player’s book coming soon. Hrolf belongs to the Hallharn raiding clan but his exploits have been such that he is well respected by most of the other raiders. He is good natured, a capable warrior, and a natural leader. Over his long career sailing the Serpent Sea he has collected numerous stories so a journey across land and water…

  • Dungeons & Dragons,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    Why Norse Mythology? Why Vikings?

    A few kind folks who have expressed excitement for my new project, Raiders of the Serpent Sea have also been curious as to why I have chosen these particular thematic elements for this campaign book. I think my introduction, which will appear in the forthcoming player’s guide, is probably the best explanation. The stories of Vikings have always lived large in our imaginations and there are as many flavors of these stories as there are storytellers. We imagine that these seafaring raiders lived as large in their world as they do in our stories; that they were boastful in the face of danger and took tremendous risks to secure their…

  • Dungeons & Dragons,  My Life,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    Further Into the Serpent Sea…

    Last week I was finally able to provide the title for my upcoming project. Going forward, I’ll now start explaining the world a bit more and what to expect from the Raiders of the Serpent Sea game master and player guides. Here’s a first look at the current back cover blurb for the player’s guide: Glory is Yours For The Taking Centuries ago, upon a vast, beautiful, and wondrous world, a horde of shape changing fiends known as the Yoten warred with the heroic Vanir. Betrayed by their own, the heroes failed and fell, one by one. Only upon the very edge of destruction did the survivors unleash ancient magic…

  • Dungeons & Dragons,  My Life,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    Announcement: Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    In an earlier post I explained that I am making a campaign book with Arcanum Worlds. Well… now is the time for the proper announcement! Raiders of the Serpent Sea is a Norse-themed campaign book for 5e and will be published by the fine folks over at Modiphius Entertainment. They have released a full update to their site about it if you want to learn more! A significant portion of the campaign book is complete, including some beautiful pieces of artwork from many of the same artists that worked on Odyssey of the Dragonlords. I intend to launch a Kickstarter (soon!) to help add more artwork, to pay for the…

  • My Life

    Making Games

    For as long as I remember I have been making games. It started with writing stories during elementary school and evolved into creating fantasy maps of mundane locations. This was well before I started to play Dungeons & Dragons — I had lots of fun navigating the magical spaces of my imagination and trying to communicate them to my friends and family. But when I discovered other kids playing D&D, I finally found a foundation upon which I could structure my imagination. And at this point I should add that for the first little bit I didn’t even have the D&D books. I just saw what the other kids were…