So I tried taking a break after the Crimson Child launched - it's been a busy year, with not just Book 5 in the Indestructibles series, but also a sequel to Echo and the Sea and the first volume of the Dungeon Crawlers series all arriving. But sitting still has never really been my thing, so in the downtime, I got the idea of creating a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition setting for a group of players I DM for that would be a parody of Harry Potter--a dangerous magical college set in a D&D world for players to explore, and even some useable rules for a certain game involving flying brooms.
And so what started out as a couple of ideas ended up as a 25-page campaign guide for levels 1-5 or so. Now I don't know what to do with it.
Since this, as a parody, is not something I'd ever formally publish, I wanted to share the Beta version of the campaign with you. Feel free to play it with your own D&D group, mess around with it, see if the game-within-a-game is fun. I'm open to feedback, too, if there's details you'd want to learn about the Hawksmith Academy or how Skuabdah, the flying sport, is played (or have ideas for improving it!). Download a PDF of version 1.2 below (I'll post here and on social media if an updated version is posted as well).
2/12/2020 05:13:44 am
This free campaign is why I wanted to join here. I mean, I am a pretty frugal person, so I am weak when it comes to free stuff. I always think of the benefits, and there are, then I will immediately hop into the action. I am pretty smart with my spending, and I believe that this is a great way for me to make the most out of my money. I hope that I made the right decision for myself here.
Enthusiast of Originality
7/31/2020 09:21:39 pm
I was wondering how the campaigns progress is coming along, I'm incredibly intrigued and excited about the path this certain campaign will go and how you plan on refining it. I was also wondering if you planned on releasing maps, and if not, would like to acquire assistance in creating said maps.
7/31/2020 09:50:23 pm
I actually ended up using the Hawksmith Academy concept for a home game and changed it up a bit to suit the players, and it's worked out really, really well. No maps yet but we're world building together to build out the region and beyond so I'm just using some simple doodles now so the players know where they are in the world.
5/6/2021 12:07:14 pm
This starter campaign is seriously amazing. I love how much you fleshed out. You outlined the big bad being the Cult of the Onyx Aboleth but do you have the reason why they weren't included in the original four? I'm trying come up with the reasoning that maybe the undead and abyssal realms are too dangerous but that practice isn't necessarily frowned upon at the school as indicated by the Shadow Chamber. Again, fantastic work!
5/6/2021 12:20:40 pm
Glad you're enjoying the starter campaign! I actually didn't flesh out the Cult of the Onyx Aboleth so that DMs could run with it and make it the sort of Big Bad they want to use for their own campaign, but my own head canon is that the cult is too destructive and nihilistic - the school is okay with messing with dark powers or even with personal gain, but they want a world to live in, and the cult doesn't care if the world survives them or not. That sort of unfathomable morality of outer realms creatures or aberrations.
5/6/2021 12:35:48 pm
Oh, okay. That makes sense. I figured that it was something along those lines. I wanted to try to figure out the reasoning behind the Cult so I could expand the Big Bad a little bit.
5/6/2021 12:53:55 pm
Let me know how it goes! Would love to hear how you use the other characters. My players got very attached to Ambrose Lither immediately so he became their best contact, but I tried to put in a lot of options so DMs and players could lean in on characters who caught their eye most.
1/10/2022 01:36:42 am
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Matthew Phillion is the writer of "The Indestructibles," part-time actor, occasional filmmaker. Currently on the lam in Salem with his trusty dog, Watson.