Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition:
Perimeter Institute Adventurer's League

Dungeon Master: Barak Shoshany

Basic Details

We are currently playing season 3 of the D&D Adventurer's League, which is the official D&D organized play system, but we are playing it unofficially. This season's storyline is called Rage of Demons and it takes place in the Forgotten Realms setting, in and around the city of Hillsfar. Previously, we have successfully completed season 1, Tyranny of Dragons, and season 2, Elemental Evil.

The reason for using this system is that instead of a continuous campaign, each session is completely independent from the rest, so players can come to as many or as few sessions as they like and still feel like an integral part of the overall story arc. In addition, in our campaign everyone levels up together, regardless of how often they play, which is perfect for people who don't want to commit to a group and just want to play occasionally or casually.

The current campaign level is 8. This means that every player character participating in the campaign is at this level, including newly created characters.

Optimally we will play one adventure per session and each session will last 4-8 hours. The sessions always take place at Perimeter Institute, 31 Caroline St. North, Waterloo, in the Gravity Room on the 4th floor. For players not associated with PI, if the door to the building is closed please call or send a message to the DM, and you will be let in.

Session Schedule

The sessions will be scheduled every couple of weeks by filling out a Doodle survey to coordinate everyone's availability. The links to the Doodle surveys will be sent out by email to the campaign's mailing list.

The Adventurer's League system, where adventures are independent and self-contained, allows a great amount of flexibility since different people can play each session. We have a large number of people who are interested in playing, but the DM has set the maximum number of player characters per session to 7. If there are more than 7 people available to play on a specific date and time, the DM will choose only 7 of them to participate in that session, but he will make sure the rest will get to play another time, and put them on a waiting list in case of cancellation. Although not everyone will get to play every session, over time every person should get to participate in roughly the same number of sessions.

Preparation and Character Creation

Basic Rules and Player's Handbook

If you have never played D&D 5th edition before, please take a look at the D&D Basic Rules first.

It is strongly recommended that everyone, even inexperienced players, will have the D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook available for reference during character creation and, if possible, during the sessions themselves. You can (and should) purchase a physical copy in any game store. The Player's Handbook is the best and most comprehensive source of information about everything in the game.

Important note: There is only a small sample of races and classes in the Basic Rules. It is highly recommended to consult the full list of races and classes in chapters 2 and 3 of the Player's Handbook when creating your character.

Pre-generated Characters

All players are encouraged to create unique characters that you would enjoy role-playing and to work out every little detail of their personality and background. If you prefer not to create your own character (e.g. due to lack of experience and/or time), you may simply choose one of 16 pre-generated characters and print out the character sheet of the appropriate level.

Rules for Character Creation

The recommended character sheet for this campaign is The Clean Sheet, which is an auto-calculating PDF with all the details about races, classes, equipment and spells already built-in. Remember to print out your character sheets and bring them to the sessions!

Leveling Up

There is no XP in our campaign. Instead of individual players leveling up independently, the campaign itself levels up. Whenever you participate in a session, you will automatically level up to the current campaign level if needed. In this way, players who play less often (and thus would gain less XP in a campaign that uses XP) will be able to keep up with those who play more often.

In order to save time, when you level up your character, please send the DM a list of all the changes you made when you leveled up, along with a copy of your new character sheet, for approval before the session. If you have any questions about the leveling up process or individual spells or abilities your character has acquired when leveling up, the DM will be happy to discuss them with you.

House Rules & Homebrew Content

Our campaign contains many house rules; for example, the way that critical rolls work has been drastically extended. There are also many homebrew and modified magic items, and some modified classes and spells. For the complete list of house rules and homebrew content, please click here.

What to Bring to Sessions

Please bring the following items to every session:

Laptops are not allowed during sessions. Please print out anything that you might need (character sheet, spell descriptions, etc.) before the session.

The Player Characters

The player characters who have been active recently in the campaign are:

  1. Blix, a Forest Gnome Arcane Trickster Rogue, played by Juan
  2. Capt'n Carnage, a Half-Orc Path of the Totem Warrior Barbarian, played by Michael
  3. Dagnal, a Hill Dwarf Life Cleric of Marthammor Duin, played by Melanie
  4. Dorn, a Human Warlock of the Fiend, played by Christophe
  5. Elminster, a Wood Elf Evocation Wizard, played by Suraj
  6. Holgar, a Human War Cleric of Tyr, played by Tomás
  7. Kenku Wilson, a Kenku Beast Master Ranger, played by Jacob
  8. Naeran, a Wood Elf Hunter Ranger, played by Bel
  9. Quoster, a Forest Gnome Circle of the Moon Druid, played by Courtney
  10. Saria, a Wood Elf Beast Master Ranger, played by Micaela
  11. Teoshi, a Yuan-Ti Pureblood Oath of the Ancients Paladin of Mielikki, played by Haydn

Player characters who are currently on hiatus include:

  1. Chelsea, a Human Light Cleric of Helm, played by Nicole
  2. Eredon, an Eladrin Illusion Wizard, played by Andrzej
  3. Gellandir, a Half-Elf Blue Draconic Sorcerer, played by Kasia
  4. Tamisyn, a Wood Elf Way of Shadow Monk, played by Joscelyn

Joining

Our game is very newbie-friendly, and no experience in D&D or other RPGs is required. If you live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and would like to join, please email the DM at baraksh@gmail.com and/or send a Facebook message.

Last updated: 2017-05-02