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D&D Instant Campaign Builder Project

Written by Expy - Published on August 20, 2007

icb.pngEdit: You can now download the complete Instant Campaign Builder. (pdf file)

What is the Instant Campaign Builder Project?

As a DM I always have 2 objectives when I plan a campaign.

  • Create the best campaign ever.

  • Not spend any time doing it.

They seem to be contradictory goals. Well, they are. Compromises have to be made. The more time you spend planning and plotting, the better your campaign should be. But I believe that it is possible to prepare a quality campaign without spending too much time at the drawing board.

Over the next 2 weeks I’ll share my thoughts on optimizing prep time, channeling inspiration and creating unforgettable scenes.

The objective

What is too much time? In my opinion anything over 1 hour of prep time for 4 hours of play is unnecessary but you can spend as much time as you want creating and writing – I wish I could.

Expy the dragon says:
Always wear a helmet when
building a campaign.

So let’s say you’re planning a campaign that will last 100 hours of play – roughly 25 4-hour games. You should be able to plan the whole campaign in 25 hours so you’ll probably need as much as a few weeks of preparation in your spare time – or 1 week-end if you’re really pumped up. (to get pumped up, you can browse this collection of gaming motivational posters)

The objective of the Instant Campaign Builder is to give you the necessary tools to keep that prep-time to play-time ratio under 1 to 4.

The prerequisites

As long as you’re not Dming your first game ever, I think this project will help you. If you’re just undertaking the Dungeon Master profession, I think you would be better served by using a published campaign setting, or at least a published adventure to get your feet wet, see what your players like and what your strengths and weaknesses are as a dungeon master.

Download the complete Instant Campaign Builder! (pdf file)

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Written by Expy

Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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16 Responses to “D&D Instant Campaign Builder Project”
  1. Stûnibu says:

    god, i looked at every one of thoses posters!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lots of funnys but lots of laims 2!

  2. Dennis Bjørn Peterse says:

    What a great idea.

    I’ll recommend this to my fellow RPG’ers

  3. Yax says:

    Why, thank you!

  4. Hipparchus says:

    I love the pdf! I’m a sucker for pdf’s. It makes everything seem more “professional” and one step closer to an actual book format. I also liked how the text itself was written in a easy-to-understand language but introduces long-lasting and useful ideas. I’m used to WotC’s website, written in complicated language, pushes products on me, and isn’t all too helpful. Luckily there is Dungeonmastering.com! Yay for Yax!

  5. Bud says:

    This is not an instant campaign builder… it’s a damn book you read…. reading all the PDF’s contained here takes more than an hour in it’s own and then you still have to sit there and think about your campaign and what all you want to put in it. And then write it out… Where is the ” Instant Campaign Builder ” ????


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