Never the End – Just the Beginning

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Hullo, gentle readers. So, as you now know, GeeksDreamGirl is closing its doors at the end of December. I received this news earlier in the month with sadness, because I’ve truly enjoyed writing these articles, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. Since many of my fellow GDG writers are writing final articles, it felt appropriate that I should do so as well. I wanted to start by looking back… I Know Where We’ve Been My first article went up on GDG on July 4, 2010 with an article … [Read more...]

Brave New World 12: Building the Borders

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Hullo, gentle readers. In this series of articles, we’re continuing to build our Beyond the Borderlands campaign for D&D Next. We put together our pantheon of deities last article, which, in turn, led us to naming and outlining some of the countries that we’d be including in this campaign. In this week’s article, we’ll continue to expand on some of these concepts, and we’ll begin to figure out where these countries exist in proportion to one another. Mapping It Out I want the cultures … [Read more...]

Brave New World 11: Have a Little Faith

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Hullo, gentle readers. As we continue to work on the Beyond the Borderlands campaign for D&D Next, we’ve filled in a lot of details, including the rough outlines of a history. One thing we don’t have yet is nations, partly because I’ve been lazy about pulling out my map and deciding where the action will take place. I’m getting to that point, but, beforehand, I want to work on something that’s even more fundamental to a world – the gods that created it. Basics of the Pantheon Back in … [Read more...]

Brave New World 10 – Historic Significance, Part 2

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Hullo, Gentle Readers. If you’ve been reading these articles, then you know we’re building a history for Beyond the Borderlands, a D&D Next campaign. We’ve outlined the various historical events and put them in an orderly list, and we’ve told our creation story (in our last article). Now, let’s continue the history lesson. Empires Rise and Fall After the power of Chaos was forced to retreat back into the darkness, the various peoples were left to lick their wounds and try to move … [Read more...]

Brave New World 9 – Historic Significance, Part 1

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Welcome back, Gentle Readers. As we’ve developed the Beyond the Borderlands campaign, we’ve thought of various elements of history, largely due to things suggested by the ideas we’ve had about the races, classes, and other elements of the game world. Now, we’re going to begin to put these elements in order and flesh out the various events, in order to begin to know something about the campaign we’re developing. Where to Begin In order to get started, I sit down with my campaign notebook … [Read more...]

Brave New World 8 – Gleaning Other Tidbits

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Welcome, gentle readers. I am back from Australia, and, yes, it was the trip of a lifetime. What an experience! Fear not, though, I’ve kept our D&D Next campaign, Beyond the Borderlands in the back of my head. As I was flying for hours, I would take our my iPad with the D&D Next Playtest rules on it, pondering other details that could be discovered from the sections we haven’t explored yet. Sure enough, little gems surfaced as I worked. Here, then, is an article summing up the … [Read more...]

Brave New World 7 – Keeping Things Classy

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Hullo again, Gentle Readers. If you’re reading this on its day of release, I’m still running around Australia with my husband and my friend Jay. But fear not…I labored long and lovingly to leave you some reading materials. In this series of articles, I’ve been developing a campaign setting for D&D Next, which I’ve come to call Beyond the Borderlands. Last time, we explored the playtest package section on classes, seeing how the barbarian, bard, cleric, druid, and fighter. We extrapolated … [Read more...]

Brave New World 6 – Classified Information

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Hullo, Gentle Readers. If you read this the day it’s released, then I will be far away from my usual haunts, exploring a certain Land Down Under. But your GGG would not desert you, and I’ve prepared some new articles for you to enjoy while I’m in Australia. In this series of articles, we’ve been building the Beyond the Borderlands campaign for D&D Next. In our last two articles, we looked at the races that were contained in the playtest package and extrapolated details from these … [Read more...]

Brave New World 5 – Race to the Finish

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Hullo, Gentle Readers. Once again, your GGG is here to continue work on the Beyond the Borderlands campaign for D&D Next. After looking at the traditional four races in my last article, I want to look at what the most recent playtest packet offers in the section called Unusual Races. There are some old favorites in there, as well as some races that’ve become more prevalent in more recent editions. Let’s take a look and find a home for them. Children of Dragons Dragonborn have a very … [Read more...]

Brave New World 4 – Racial Profiling

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In the previous articles in this series, we created a foundation for what I’m calling the Beyond the Borderlands campaign for D&D Next. I created the Seven Kingdoms campaign largely based on the descriptions of the races from all the promo materials that were created leading up to the release of 4E. I intend to do much the same with D&D Next. Since D&D Next has very fully fleshed out the backgrounds of four races (dwarf, elf, halfling, and human), I have decided to keep them … [Read more...]