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9
Aug

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month August 2020 – In Search of Hidden Dragons

Treasure hunters, take heed! For this month, we investigate the glittering secrets of Waterdeep and the beautiful 5th Edition D&D campaign, In Search of Hidden Dragons by philip_andrew_stevens. Along our journey, we shall find a Mind Map, an old-school initiative trick, and the greatest treasure of all – weaving a story with family and friends. So, take a seat upon that tavern bench and listen to the tale of lost gold and a father’s gift to his girls.

4
Jul

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month July 2020 – The Verge

In the 25th Century, humankind has spread into the vast darkness of space, colonizing the custom-made worlds of The Verge – July’s Campaign of the Month! This homebrew setting, run by RigilKent and co-created by one of his Players employs a modified version of Mongoose’s Traveller 2nd Edition to explore the cosmic dangers of space, the convoluted politics of clashing factions within the Moros system, the inevitability of war, and the cold mathematics of a galaxy not meant for human (or alien) survival. If you’re ready, Downsider, it’s time to fold out and explore The Black, but beware… she is a harsh mistress.

25
Jun

Update Post – June 25, 2020

Hey Obsidian Portal Community.

It’s time for another update post! Last time around, we had a span of two months between updates. This time, it has been about three. I’m still looking to find that “sweet spot”, and three is kind of feeling right at the moment. There’s something about the idea of an OP “quarterly report” (of sorts) that I like, so I may stick with that going forward.

That said, if you have any comments regarding the update schedule, please feel free to let me know. These update posts are for you guys, so if you want them more or less frequently, I’m all ears. Anyway, let’s get into it!

6
Jun

Obsidian Portal Campaign of the Month June 2020 – Mass Effect Accelerated

In the year 2148, explorers on Mars discovered the remains of an ancient spacefaring civilization. In the decades that followed, these mysterious artifacts revealed startling new technologies, enabling travel to the furthest stars. The basis for this incredible technology was a force that controlled the very fabric of space and time. They called it the greatest discovery in human history. The civilizations of the galaxy call it Mass Effect Accerlated – June’s Campaign of the Month! Are you ready for what’s out there? Good, then GM HumAnnoyd is ready for you.

26
May

For Gamers, By Gamers, an Obsidian Portal Announcement

If you have been following some of Kallak’s more recent update posts, then you might have noticed that something has shifted here at Obsidian Portal. There have been bug fixes, updates to existing functionality, new features, and increased communication in the forums – even beta testing for new features.

19
May

How to Write and Reveal Story Secrets

Stories of discovery revolve around uncovering secrets. If you’re having trouble building secrets for your tales of adventure, follow this checklist:

  1. What is the secret?
  2. Why is this information a secret?
  3. Hook: How do the Players get pulled into the investigation?
  4. Who knows the secret and what are they willing to do to keep it?
  5. How are you teasing the secret?
  6. What do the Players think is going on?
  7. Reveal: How will they find out the truth and how is this dangerous?
  8. Reaction: How might the Players and others react to the revelation?
  9. How does the revelation change people and the rest of the story?
  10. Re-Write: What do you need to edit to make the reveal even better?

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