Saturday, September 16, 2023

370 Sessions. So whats next for the ALMOST Campaign.

370 sessions. Wow. This is the number of sessions our weekly gaming club has now committedly invested in our ALMOST Campaign. It really is a testament to the players in our gaming club that we have kept this up for this long. To think this Campaign started as an OD&D one-shot back in 2015 and just naturally grew over time into what is has become today. 

Back in 2015 we our gaming club made the switch from Pathfinder & 5e to OD&D and White Box launching our exploration into the OSR and Old School Gaming. The journey has been amazing and during our run we have explored such systems as lamentations Of The Flame Princess, Castles & Crusades, Swords & Wizardry Complete, Labyrinth Lord, OSE, Dungeon World and a few others.

BUT we always come back to our bread and butter, OD&D. 

So what's next?

Well, we will be continuing our weekly ALMOST Campaign though now that we are high level we will either be creating some high level homebrew material for White Box or possibly using Swords & Wizardy Complete.

Also as many of our club members know ALMOST does contain a few Megadungeons which have never been explored. First up is The Tower Of September a very large 23 level megadungeon where each level is uniquely themed to dying worlds as the dungeon holds gateways into many decaying realties.

The second Megadungeon is located in the Metal Mountains and was once home to an alien race of mechanical elves and holds the secrets to the origins of the Delnochian race and their ancient alien devices known as Ruathain. These relics have been the main driving force behind our ongoing campaign since our very first session when we first explored playing OD&D. I know that over the years there has been a lot of speculation into the origins of the Delnochian race and their devices and so it is now time to answer those questions while allowing players both old and new to roll up new PC's and to some good ol fashioned dungeon diving.

Now for these Megadungeons I will be following many of the golden rules and design philosophies from the early days of the hobby taking great inspiration from the dungeons of Greyhawk & Blackmoor. I am not looking to reinvent the wheel simply design an old school dungeon and let things happen organically from there.

I am really excited for these Megadungeons and cant wait to see how they shake things up for club members. I know that there has been a lot of interest lately by newer members in perhaps running a new campaign for the newer members who don't have the history with ALMOST or have been a bit intimidated by making a commitment to weekly/bi-weekly attendance in our main campaign, so I think that running these Megadungeons will really open the table up for both newer and potential members. It will also allow for open table, drop in style play where no commitments will be necessary.

One teaser I would like to drop in regards to one of the Megadungeons is that it will serve as an origins story behind the Egg Of Coot of Blackmoor fame. I cant wait! I have pages of blank obituaries printed and begging to be filled.

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