Monday, 17 March 2014

the Stonewood

I am looking forward to kicking off our 13th Age campaign soon, tricky getting started because of ... reasons. I have started fashioning a site to hold all the world and game info for us, still plenty to do in there but it is alive: Stonewood Towers.  I actually looked at a range of options for where to host our little site. Maybe I could have done a Google search on that name first, but in context it is fine...
EDIT - No it isnt! So I recreated the site as the Stonewood Tomes which is still on Google Sites unless something better presents itself.

This one is sitting on Google Sites which was easy to dive into and there was a Pathfinder template that I could stomp all over to get things going. I quite liked the idea of it being rather wiki-like though that wasnt a requirement, so long as all of us could edit. I also wanted things to be graphical, that would not only look more appealing but will help us all get more involved with the place without having to read to much. I looked at WIX but none of their templates really inspired me as a starting point somehow. It may have been sane to give them a try, so I could relate the experience, maybe next time. I popped into Wordpress as well and got a fair way into a test build using Obsidian Portal. Using a toolset designed for just this purpose (Obsidian Portal, Scabard, Epic Words etc) was very tempting, but in the end felt nice but not necessary (and awkward in other ways like accounts, payment versatility).

The other thing I ordered was the 13th Age Bestairy (pre-ordered) which means I have the draft PDF and have had a chance to at least skim the entries and get a feel for how they are crafting monsters for the game. I like how they link them to the Icons and talk about story hooks and thematic links rather than these creatures just being tactical piles of XP. I should be able to learn plenty from the book, help flesh out encounters and keep the game light and smooth.

Plus when I saw this wonderful forest photo by Maxime Courty on Deviant Art I was inspired to write this whole post. Could this be part of the Stonewood in our RPG? It looks so peaceful, who would expect a pack of wild shadow boar to come rampaging through...

[Maxime Courty forest photo via DeviantArt]

I liked writing this little summary of where our world and campaign are at from the site. It has snippets of the world, the heroes, Icons, threats and setting:
In the remains of the Tower Stands built to watch over the Stonewood, a small band of adventurers will be at the swirling centre of a storm of forces that will shake old Theria to its core. The tomes and information held right here are bound to rival those in the Great Oculus Hall in Flagsmarch or the personal library of the Elven Princess herself once we get going. Recently the Forest’s growth surges have become erratic and far more potent, so the Elves at the top of Tearhold Tower are now more vigilant as they look for meaning in the stars. Right now, the party has enthusiastically volunteered to take on a mission for the Tearhold Warden, the smoke rising in the woods to the North has an ominous feel to it…

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