I been a AL DM since September 2016. The survey seems a little light.
Ran a lot of AL at a nearby flgs precovid & can confirm the same experience. AL is good for getting people in the door, but any gm with even a modicum of skill & stability is likely to develop a stable group unless steps are taken to avoid such a thing like randomly assigning players to gms or similar nonsense. The stable group doesn't usually give a fig if the game is strict AL legal & someone looking to find a game who shows up with an AL legal looking character doesn't likely care much either.I have played in AL games, and have run AL adventures (but in the latter case not as AL games). I DM professionally and the main reason I don’t run AL is that I don’t encounter demand for it. It would be a case of me having to introduce it to players, many of whom are completely new or new to 5E, and having to explain an additional set of rules and restrictions that in some cases contradict what DNDBEYOND is telling them (DNDBEYOND, the main tool we use for character building and campaign management, has no AL integration).
I wonder if this is partly regional? In the NYC area, D&D is extremely popular but there are very few game stores and the ones we have don’t seem to use AL. Also, the NYC area has no large conventions. But there seem to be places where AL is a big deal?
Playing Eberron Oracle of War AL series with my 'home' group right now on Shard VTT, having a blast really well done! We're on Part 6, Part 14 was just release on Dmsguild and it is scheduled for a total of 20. New adventures usually come out first Tuesday of every month but sometimes delayed a week (well this month anyway).Was there a season for it is a kinda sorta, embers from the last war was made by the community published to dmguild & ran in parallel to... I forget. All of them are showing platinum or mithral medals & generally well recieved by the eberron community. I ran all of them AL & my players enjoyed themselves
The omission can also mean than an eberron product is in the plans & this is looking to see what levels of interest that other setting have or what settings have a lot of shared interest together
every week I usually have my players spend a couple minutes doing a recap of the last session to jog their memories & then give something* to the person they decide had the best recap. I forget which of them had the sharn chicken plot they were recapping, but one player stood up, held his hands out flailing a bit, & sorta mock yelled "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa crash aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ohcrapaaaaaaaaaaaaa ohhhh nooooo featherfall we win!" putting everyone in stitches"Playing Eberron Oracle of War AL series with my 'home' group right now on Shard VTT, having a blast really well done! We're on Part 6, Part 14 was just release on Dmsguild and it is scheduled for a total of 20. New adventures usually come out first Tuesday of every month but sometimes delayed a week (well this month anyway).
Adventures really capture the vibe of Eberron, some memorable sessions so far. The more straight forward nature of AL modules suit my group well.
Did survey - Oohh classic settings..!
I know a lot of people have been playing home versions of DDAL and have since earlier living campaigns like Living Greyhawk and probably Living City, but conventions and other open events is where organized play can really shine by giving people a chance to try the game out or play when they don't have a regular group.My major issue playing and especially DMing was the constantly changing players that would show up. It's a great intro for the game for players, though, who can't otherwise find a table to play at.