An update about how gg no re is going quarantine mode. We’re still playing, and we should have another group podcast soon. This virus has also opened the door to remote play to us.
Here’s what our Dungeon Academy megadungeon setup looks like now.
What the players see while exploring:
What the DM sees:
For something fun for the players to do while they wait during the school phase of a Dungeon Academy game, I implemented the “map pins” system for the campus map and the map of their dorm. This lets them click on any location and (after a couple more clicks) get some additional info about it: flavor text, images, etc.
I have found these Roll20 settings to be just what I want.
This makes it so that players can only see, at any time, what their characters can see. Previously explored parts of the map outside light radius are blacked out. Definitely possible to get lost.
Token Sight Settings
These are under the advanced tab. Set this for each character bearing a torch. Can also create a dummy token and assign it these settings if they drop a torch.
Here’s what my dynamic lighting walls and doors look like. Walls are orange; blue is doors. You can use the select tool when on this layer to move the door out of the way once opened and move it back once (re)closed.
The Dungeon Academy students attend their first church service, a memorial to the student who was recently murdered under mysterious circumstances. Then they hit the books to try to solve a mystery and enter the first joust of the year, courtesy of the 1971 Chainmail rules.
Be sure to check out our new players page to see who (most of) these voices belong to.
I was rushing. I need to take time to let the different locations settle into the senses to get a feel for the campus. Maps and visual aids will help, but that’s no excuse to skimp verbally.
Also, on a research failure, I need to give you something else unrelated that fleshes out the setting. And I shouldn’t tell them the DC of research checks. And everyone who fails (or is in a group that fails) should take stress.
Here are the NPCs featured in this ep:
Secundus, the murdered freshman
Anastasia, Warden of Saints
We don’t have pictures for all the PCs yet, but here’s what we do have so far:
And here’s what the custom trifold character sheets look like:
Player Facing Expanded
And, last, here’s the turn-planning sheet that the players were putting their minis on in order to let the ref know what they intend to do on the upcoming turn:
We discuss how hexcrawls can be compelling and how they can fail, exemplified in Tomb of Annihilation and Hot Springs Island.
Correction: Jacob contacted us to clarify that, while he did do all the layout himself, the art was done by Gabriel Hernandez, Eric Quigley, Cecil Howe, Billy Longino, Jason Thompson, Juan Ochoa, and Ron Guyett. And two others helped with the writing: Donnie Garcia and Evan Peterson.