• Dungeons & Dragons,  Kickstarter,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    The Adventure Begins!

    Raiders of the Serpent Sea has launched on Kickstarter and will run for 30 days. I am hoping you will follow along with us on this journey. Your reward? Another high quality hardcover campaign guide and new player’s rules to bring glory to your tabletop campaigns! Please support the Kickstarter now. Thank you. The Grimtroll requests your support! A Bit About Funding & Stretch GoalsThe intent behind this Kickstarter is to pay for the art that has been produced and to purchase the remainder of the required art, as well to pay for the physical copies to be printed, stored, and transported. I’ve kept the Stretch Goals pretty simple, to…

  • Dungeons & Dragons,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    Artists of the Serpent Sea

    I am very pleased by the largely positive (and entirely constructive) reception to the Raiders of the Serpent Sea player’s guide to this point. Thanks for all the kinds words and your suggestions. As we roll into the Kickstarter to fund the remainder of this project — and beyond — we’ll be taking a close look at all of the comments you’ve been making in regards to balancing, flavor and interest. Please head over to our Kickstarter page and ask to be notified when it launches! With that said, knowing how busy I’m about to be with the Kickstarter, I wanted to take the time to thank all of the…

  • Dungeons & Dragons,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    The Raiders Campaign

    A question I’ve been asked a few times about Raiders of the Serpent Sea is: “What sort of campaign is this. Is it like Odyssey of the Dragonlords?” The short answer is, of course, it is like Odyssey! But… what does that really mean? I really enjoy game mastering Odyssey and Raiders borrows significantly from the framework/structure developed for that campaign. And where I think I can improve delivery, I have. Here’s a bit more about it… This is a Campaign — Not Just a Setting I want Raiders to be usable by other game masters — a practical sourcebook that is fun to read in between sessions and useful…

  • Dungeons & Dragons,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    Player’s Guide Now Available!

    So, here we are! The preview edition of the player’s guide for Raiders of the Serpent Sea is now available. You can download it from Modiphius.net, Modiphius.us, or DriveThruRPG.com. In the pages of this free pdf you will find two new races and three class archetypes as well as background about the world and a preview of the naval rules we will be developing. I really appreciate the hard work of the artists, and Michal E. Cross who did a fantastic job with the layout and the brilliant page design. I hope you’ll agree that this book stands up, quality-wise, to Odyssey of the Dragonlords! What To Expect? We intend…

  • Dungeons & Dragons,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    My First Kickstarter!

    The Kickstarter landing page for Raiders of the Serpent Sea is now live. This is my first time running a Kickstarter but the fine folks over at Arcanum Worlds and Modiphius Entertainment are providing me with lots of support. We are going to wait a bit before actually pressing that exciting Launch button. Please head over there and ask to be notified when we do launch. Between then and now expect the player’s guide to be available to download soon! I will let all of you know once it is available. And if you don’t want to wait for new content, check out the map preview. You have the power…

  • 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,  Raiders of the Serpent Sea

    Glory is Yours For The Taking

    It will probably not come as a shock to any of you who know me well that I am a huge fan of roleplaying games and got my start in this whole “interactive narrative” business back in my preteens playing Dungeons & Dragons. I ran numerous campaigns throughout high school and more sporadically into college and my time with BioWare, playing everything up to and including 3rd edition. And though I missed 4th Edition I’ve been playing 5th Edition for a few years. I have set my adventures in a variety of official campaign worlds and even designed several of my own worlds over the years. I have always enjoyed…