New at the Table: What kind of D&D game do you want to play?

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When we think of D&D, we all think of a pretty standard medieval fantasy world.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

When you’re picking your next game, you have some choices on what sort of game you’d like to play. You can alter the rules of Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder or really any tabletop RPG to fit with the kind of world you’d like to play in.

Right here, we’ll explain your options and give suggestions for adventures that fit each genre.

High fantasy

This is your standard RPG fantasy world. There’s a world. There are multiple types of humanoids and monsters roaming. There’s magic.

You should check out: Hoard of the Dragon Queen

Epic fantasy

Very similar to high fantasy, epic fantasy often deals with much bigger stakes. The entire world, nay the universe, may be in peril, and it’s up to you to stop it.

You should check out: Storm King’s Thunder

Low magic

Again, like those above, low magic campaigns typically have little to no magic. Magic might be rare or a limited resource. It might even be completely absent. Certain magical abilities could be translated into innate special abilities, but wizards and sorcerers and spellcasters of any kind would be rare.

You should check out: Adventures in Middle Earth

High tech

In most fantasy RPGs, the technology is stuck in medieval times. But in a high-tech campaign, you drop some more advanced technology into the game for extra flavor. That could mean adding steampunk elements, finding an alien ship that crash lands in your campaign world or simply adding pistols and cannons to a standard fantasy setting.

You should check out: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks or the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron

Dungeon delve

Dungeon delving campaigns don’t care so much about the larger world. They are typically a mega dungeon built underground, in a mountain or whatever. They’re absolutely filled with monsters. You go ever deeper (or ever higher) into the complex and face stronger enemies as you go.

You should check out: Emerald Spire

Hex mapping

A hex campaign revolves around a map. It’s usually divided into hexes (hence the name). The campaign involves exploring the world or region one hex at a time. The party could be seeking an artifact, searching an undiscovered island or on a conquest.

You should check out: Kingmaker

Post-apocalypse

A hybrid of fantasy and high-tech campaigns, the post-apocalyptic campaign usually has elements of magic as well as elements of tech. One is left over from the destroyed civilization and the other is blooming in the world around.

You should check out: Dark Sun

Horror

Horrifying things are all around you. Evil. Monstrous. Disgusting. A horror campaign is all about the evil waiting around the corner, so it’s all about fear and the unknown.

You should check out: Curse of Strahd

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