Still on Hiatus: On Selling Our House, (Not) Playing D&D, Phandelver, and Princes of the Apocalypse

It’s been another month of not getting any gaming done around here, combined with the stress of getting our house ready to sell. If all goes well though I will be back in my hometown in a few weeks, where my brother has a reliable weekly game going. And there have already been plans made for me to start running something once we get settled in. So while the future looks bright for gaming – and gaming related activities like this blog – now most of my time and energy has and will be focused on getting the house ready to sell and getting things ready to move.

I have been working on a couple of RPG-related projects that will be published elsewhere though, so it hasn’t been all drywall and moving boxes around here. And when I’ve had a chance I’ve also been reading through the Lost Mine of Phandelver module and Princes of the Apocalypse. When I get settled in after the move those are the adventures I’ll be running. I’ve barely cracked the cover of Princes of the Apocalypse, but already I have some ideas for dovetailing the two adventures together. Essentially I’m just going to make some of the antagonists members of the different elemental evil cults – it makes sense that these guys would want to claim the Wave Echo Cave for themselves, because who wouldn’t, right? I haven’t worked out all the details yet but my initial thoughts were to have Glasstaff and the Redbrands be members of the fire cult while the Cragmaw goblins and bugbears seem like they would make good agents of the earth cult.  The dragon cultists in Thundertree can easily be swapped for some air cultists, which leaves some water cultists in the Wave Echo Cave. Although now instead of working for “The Spider,” each of these guys are kind of out for themselves and Nezzar is just another cult leader. There’s also a nifty necromancer encounter in the Princes of the Apocalypse book that I’m just going to replace the Old Owl Well encounter stuff with wholesale.

None of that is really set in stone, of course, and things may change the more I read from Princes of the Apocalypse, but I feel like things are heading in the right direction at least. I need to add in some friction between the elemental cults for one thing, and it certainly doesn’t make sense for Glasstaff to be taking orders from whoever Nezzar’s replacement is if he is a member of the  Crushing Wave and Iarno is a cultist of the Eternal Flame. I still have time to work things out though.

More to come on this later.

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