|#1zombiegleemaxMay 13, 2005 6:04:12||I plan on DMing for a first time and it will be a Dragonlance campaign but I don't know which books I need for a campaign?|
|#2zombiegleemaxMay 13, 2005 7:13:52||All of them! ;) |
I'd consider the Dragonlance Campaign Setting, Bestiary of Krynn, and the Dungeon Master's screen a must-have trio for anyone wanting to run a Dragonlance Campaign during any era of play. I've used those three by far the most out of all of my Dragonlance books. The Bestiary has some fun monsters and NPCs to use, and the DM Screen has some interesting pre-generated NPCs as well as some good tips on how various monsters from the core rules can be incorporated into a Dragonlance campaign.
If you're doing a War of the Lance-era game, then War of the Lance is a must-have book, too.
If you want most of the work done for you, pick up Key of Destiny. You'll have to tweak it to fit your group's dynamic, but at least you don't have to stat out all of the monsters and NPCs.
I've been very pleased with all of the DL books that have been put out to date, and would recommend any and all of them for someone wanting to run a campaign. If you're on a budget, though, the three I mentioned up top are a good start.
|#3raistlinroxMay 13, 2005 16:11:16||I would recommend looking at the product listing and deciding what kind of campaign you are wanting to play. If it's war of the lance, then that's an obvious choice because that book is the best DL book ever put out, and I don't think there are many who would disagree with me there. |
Age of Mortals has some good Age-appropriate prestige classes, but to me that is the extent of it's usefulness, because if you also get the WotL, the feats are in that book too, and they are updated. Since the DLCS is written in the AoMortals perspective, a lot is repeated, especially in the history section. It does describe the magic-draining effect though, which is also pretty cool.
Bestiary-awesome for any campaign/era
Screen-useful to anyone
Towers of High Sorcery-2nd best DL book out there, especially if you plan on having a wizard in the group, or if you plan on them encountering any NPC wizards.
Key of Destiny-a great adventure that has huge promise with it's follow ups.
Hope that helps!
|#4ranger_regMay 14, 2005 1:36:50|
All of them! ;)
I thought so too, until the Minotaur Marauder prestige class recommended I use the Mariner class to fast-track int it.
So while the Marauder is in the WotL book, the Mariner is in the AoM book.
|#5zombiegleemaxMay 17, 2005 13:12:02||I generaly use the DLCS most, then ToHS. I don't have the Screen, and don't use the Bestiary all that much, even though I have it.|
|#6ferratusMay 18, 2005 14:14:25||WotL is the one I use the most, followed by ToHS. I don't use the DM's screen because there are very few tables you actually need to refer to, and thus prefer the one that Dragon Magazine released.|
DLCS I rarely use except for the rules on aerial combat, knights, or the few monsters. Most of the stuff written in the DLCS about the campaign world is pretty much obsolete with the death of the overlords, with no hints about who is going to fill the power vacuum. I'm hoping for a revised version when the novel line quiets down a little and goes back to doing character stories again, though hopefully with new characters other than the HotL, if they please. ;)
|#7brimstoneMay 18, 2005 14:47:52|
I'm hoping for a revised version when the novel line quiets down a little and goes back to doing character stories again, though hopefully with new characters other than the HotL, if they please. ;)
I don't know if you saw, but PBT & TCC have a new trilogy coming out about the elves in exile (late this year). That will help a lot. More so than the knights' trilogy (which skips ahead 3 years or so).
|#8ferratusMay 18, 2005 17:03:06||It will be interesting to see what TC and PBT do with the elven exiles. Their role in the campaign setting has to be addressed.|
I'm hoping that not all the elven exiles will be suffering because of it. After all, most of them are skilled artisans and tradespeople, so they should find welcome in many depressed areas of Ansalon. I myself had the elves thriving in Flotsam due to Zeboim's blessing, and using it as an excuse to link Ansalon up with Taladas (a development that I think is long overdue).
I also think Solamnia, though they can't summon the strength to drive the Minotaurs from Silvanesti (due to massive death rates in the 5th Age and the emergence of Ankhar and his hordes) but they certainly could grant the elves welcome. Heck, it might be a pipe dream, but I wouldn't mind the Solamnics granting Lemish to the elves in return for the military service of the wildrunners. Would require DL authors to work together though, which has its complications.