The main thing I hate about FR (beside it being a Disneyworld-esque setting) is just the massive amount of lore about it. To my mind it just bogs the whole thing down and for players I can’t imagine having another adventure in such a well-trammeled place.
Give me the wide-open vistas of an...
Job #1 for a DM interested in a cohesive setting is deciding which classes and races fit. Players are presented with that menu of choices from which to create a character. For example, if I ever get to run a campaign in Barovia or Innistrad the only playable race will be human and there...
I had an utterly mad idea for a campaign that nested 3 games in an attempt to pull off something like Ready Player One.
Players would have a real world character, an Oasis character and a D&D character. The premise was that it was the 100th anniversary of D&D and teams are competing in a...
Conditions and exhaustion levels would be better suited to the first page instead of the ideals, bonds, flaws IMHO. And spells should highlight if they require concentration (and, perhaps, precious components).
What bugs me is the adventures don’t state the intended challenge of encounters in the published adventures. Was it supposed to easy, medium, hard or deadly? Most of the time it seems like they didn’t actually know, doubling the annoyance.
Whatever I guess, the point is you were dismissing the rest of the time as just the players talking to each other (a lot), when what is really going on is exploration of the world and story. There is more to the game than combat.
I’ll push back on that a bit. I think CR actually balances all three pillars very well. I’d say 30% is exploration, Matt really gives them a lot of mysteries and environments to interact with. 30% is the players interacting and engaging with their characters (and NPCs) and 30% is combat.
Looking forward to in-person starting soon, but sadly my two previous groups have scattered to the four winds. I’ll be looking to recruit some new players, probably in the fall once the summer travel season is over (and everyone is going to be traveling this summer, within the USA at least).