Critical Role fans who don’t have a regular gaming group will enjoy. Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s LeagueWizards of the Coast’s organized play program, which will run players through the whole Key Roles: Call of the Netherdeep story. The new adventure module, released on Tuesday, is currently being tweaked for organized play. Sessions start March 18.
The latest version of D&D Adventurer’s League is run by Baldman game. It allows players to pay a nominal fee (currently around $15) to secure a seat at the table during a four-hour session led by a skilled DM. Founder David Christ led the charge online in 2020, bringing the entire show to various virtual countertops, including Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, and Foundry VTT. The federation is still going strong, with much of its activity is held on Discord.
Polygon had a quick chat with Baldman organizer Spencer Navarra-Chew, who explained that the contractors working for Wizards had been busy shredding the 224-page campaign book into manageable chunks. . The goal is to break it down into a number of four-hour sections that each have a beginning, middle, and end. Players will sign up to experience them in sequence, playing each time with a completely different set of players. Character progress – including leveling up and looting – will continue.
The result is a D&D game that isn’t quite as open-ended as the ones you might play at home. Players are discouraged from wandering away from the main storyline, mainly due to the need to get things sorted out in time and prepare the player for the next part of the campaign. But the benefit is that you don’t need a regular group to experience the full story. You can appear alone at the table with your character knowing that the others joining you are all up to speed and ready to move on with the story.
Registration is now open at Yawning portal, the official online registration tool for the D&D Adventurer’s League. Those starting at level 1 can sign up for the “Frozen Sick” adventure to get started right away. Options for players to join at a higher level will be made available soon. Towards Baldman’s Discord for more information, including a list of books and rules that will be allowed to build your character.