Murder in Baldur’s Gate and Legacy of the Crystal Shard are now officially on the table as we wrap up our tremendous Dragon Age campaign. I might use these Forgotten Realms adventures mostly as is, or for inspiration for a new D&D Next mini-campaign. My last “Seascape” D&D Next mini-campaign was well received – though admittedly the stories, adventures and personalities moreso than the chaos of the playtest packets – so I’m looking forward to putting the DM hat back on in February.
If you haven’t seen them yet, you get D&D Next DM Screens (awesome!) with these Realms adventures, plus they’re sourcebooks too – great value! And sure, the playtest packets – even the final one – are “unfinished” D&D 2014, but they’re as close as we can get till the real thing hits shelves in mid or late 2014 – and that day I can’t wait for!
The playtest experience was new to everyone, so my playgroup’s reaction was mixed. I can see where it’s frustrating changing back and forth on rules, and wondering why certain rules are so vague or plain missing. But then again, like the packets say – it’s playtesting! You have to expect some of that. And ultimately, I personally enjoyed being part of the experience and sending them survey feedback. (more…)