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In Which We Talk About… Factions

The factions – Emerald Enclave, Harpers, Lords’ Alliance, Order of the Gauntlet, and the Zhentarim – have been a part of Forgotten Realms lore and the Adventurers League since basically the beginning. These organizations play a part in the world’s functions, but often as supportive...

In Which We Talk About… Rules and Seasons!

So there’s been a LOT of conversation and buzz lately about the flurry of announcements that we’ve made regarding the future of the D&D Adventurers League. We’ve got rules changes, new content for Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage, the sudden appearance of Eberron-based...

Upcoming Changes to Rewards

Season 8 debuts this fall with the release of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist! Along with it, you will see some major changes to rewards in the Adventurers League that modifies the rules presented in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. Our overall goals are to simplify the system, reward more styles of...

When Worlds Collide

So today is just chock-full of big news! First up, we have the formal announcement of The Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica. This hardcover is set in the city of the same name in the Magic: The Gathering multiverse, and represents thefirst official roleplaying entry into those worlds. Ravnica...

In Which We Talk About… Production Schedules

HI! It’s been a crazy week. I wish I could talk all about it, but let’s face it: you’re not here to read about my adventures in machine learning, Linux infrastructure automation, and a little thing I call Project Eclipse (in which I blot out the Sun… servers in my...

In Which We Talk About Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Volo’s Guide to Monsters. It’s a catalog of creatures that some might consider strange, mythological, or downright legendary. A small number of them have been approved for player use, and when the book launched we – the admins, Matt Sernett, Chris Lindsay, and others – worked together...

CCC: Red War

Waaaaay back in season 2, the heroes of the Moonsea banded together to fight back against the insane elemental cults. The battle was won, but at a terrible cost: through their actions, the heroes destroyed huge swaths of Mulmaster by allowing the devastation orbs to detonate in many locations....

CCC Blast for July 2018!

It’s the first Thursday of the month, so let’s get chatty about the slick new CCCs that are out there! Remember, if you’ve written a CCC and want to be featured here you’ll need to do the following: work with Bill & Greg to get your adventure requested, concepted,...

In Which We Talk About Documentation

You know what I really don’t like when I run games? Piles of documentation. I want to tell stories. Awesome stories, full of player interactions and epic decisions and stupendous events that defy description outside of “HOLY CATS THAT WAS AWESOME!” And you know what? Our current...

In Which We Discuss Experience Points

Welcome to the first installment of “Behind the Screen”, a series of weekly (or more often!) articles that I’ll be putting out. Some of these will be about League matters like new rules and such, and some will be about the ever-pesky DM Empowerment topic and how I apply it to my...

Community Spotlight: Emma Hendren on Growing Game Nights

Emma Hendren knows the challenges of managing a game night of size GIANT. Emma organizes the Adventurers League games for 50-70 players every Monday night at the Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo. Hendren is lauded for helping to maintain a large, supportive, and inviting community while juggling the...

Community Spotlight: Online Roleplay & the Red War

With rumors of a Red War on the horizon, this Community Spotlight is all about the members of the Adventurers League who spearheaded roleplay amidst the factions. Do we have them to thank for what’s to come… or to blame? Origins Game Fair will reveal all with the Red War epic! These...

Community Spotlight: Will Doyle on Writing Epic Adventures

If you play the Adventurers League, you’ve likely faced foes penned by Will Doyle. This UK game designer and cartographer has written some of the League’s most beloved modules, such as Cloaks and Shadows and Outlaws of the Iron Route, and co-wrote Season 7’s hardcover adventure...

Community Spotlight: Ginny Loveday on Charity Events

Ginny Loveday is so passionate about the Adventurers League that she’s even the MAYOR of Phlan. You might recognize her now-retired character Chancellor Calypso as an NPC in the beleaguered Moonsea town, after having won an election at Winter Fantasy 2017. Outside the Forgotten Realms,...

Community Spotlight: Fenway Jones and Satine Phoenix

So, awhile back I had the opportunity to speak with both Fenway Jones and Satine Phoenix. I’ve known Fenway’s father Aaron for a while now, and he’s always been super proud of her… … but oh man, the local stores in Fenway’s area positively GUSH over her ability...

Community Spotlight: Steve Bissonnette on Building Terrain/Props

Visiting as a guest of the Festival Magic Montreal, I had the supreme pleasure of DMing for Steve Bissonnette‘s weekly players. The second the game was over, the table was quick to laud their Dungeon Master, who had been observing the game, and his amazing terrain-building...

Community Spotlight: Dave Rosser on Multi-store Events

The former local coordinator for the Omaha-area, Dave Rosser remains the go-to guy for the Adventurers League questions in Nebraska and continues to help organize the AL for local game days, conventions, and Facebook groups. A particularly special event he organized, however, was the Tour of...

Community Spotlight: Dylan Grinder on Streaming the League

Dylan Grinder is a fantasy cartographer and Twitch streamer on his channel, Anarisis. Having played Dungeons and Dragons since he was 5 years old (Dylan has a fondness for 2e but was finally won over by another edition when 5e was introduced), Dylan describes himself as a “homebrew...

Community Spotlight: Grumpy Old DM on Virtual Tabletops

David Collier has played every iteration of Dungeons and Dragons since the “red box era” when he started rolling dice in junior high and trading turns behind the Dungeon Masters screen with his friends. But between work, travel schedules, and life in general, David almost drifted away...

Community Spotlight: Luke Reid on Drawing Maps

Luke Reid admits he’s new, having started playing Dungeons and Dragons in August 2017 and the Adventurers League in September, but he insists that, if you want to be a good Dungeon Master, all it takes is a passion and a want to ensure people are having fun. In this, Luke leads by...