Our New 5e Campaign: Eberron

Finally!  My playgroup is jumping into our first Eberron campaign! 

My brother’s recent Ravenloft campaign was a blast, and lasted quite a while.  I’m not sure how our first Eberron campaign experience will go, but I’m excited to be back DMing again after a refreshing break as a player.

I’ve had a few of the Eberron core books from 3e and 4e a while now.  And finally, this past week I’ve been doing a lot of reading and researching and enjoying the fresh feel and content of a new world.  The creative juices are already off the hook and ideas have been flying!

It’s also exciting to take a break from the dominant dark fantasy themes and/or classic fantasy of recent campaigns (Dragon Age, Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft) and even fantasy CRPG gaming (like Neverwinter) and do something slightly – but not too crazy – different in Eberron.

Eberron includes all the classic fantasy elements plus a fair dose of dark fantasy thanks to the Last War and the Mourning – then adds a dash of steampunk or scifi, some swashbuckling and heavy doses of intrigue and cinematic action.  I love cinematic play and feel, so very excited about that.

Brotherhood of the Wolf is the first movie cited as one of Eberron Creator’s Keith Baker’s inspirations, and I love that movie.  Other movies on his list I really enjoy are Sleepy Hollow, From Hell, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mummy and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I definitely welcome the break (and hopefully so will my whole playgroup!) – with just enough of a different mood and just enough fresh content.  The eclectic mix of both classic and other themes is pretty damn cool.

I love the image here – it sums up exactly what I think makes Eberron so cool and unique – really look forward to running our first session this weekend!  Lightning rail, Warforged and airships – really, what else do you need?!  We start with the Mark of Prophecy starter adventure, included in the most recent campaign setting book.  I really like how it spends a lot of time up front matching up character backgrounds to the adventure hooks – look forward to doing that with my players when we start.

Will there be an official Eberron 5e?  Based on Eberron and related Unearthed Arcana articles (the Eberron update way back when UA started, and the very recent Artificer class), official Eberron 5e support might be in the works.  In the meantime, for my campaign, I’ll cobble together the best of 3e and 4e Eberron, add in some related Unearthed Arcana, and update the rest as we go in 5e.

Any other early 5e Eberron adopters?   Any advice for new Eberron DMs or players?  Or anything you love – or love to hate! – about Eberron?  Please let me know!


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