Back in August, I wrote a post about incorporating Animal Companions (AnC) into your D&D party. I enjoyed the topic so much, I wanted to explore it further!
Long overdue, here is the finished character sheet for Jawri the Tabaxi Ranger, from the upcoming Heroes of Iyastera mini-campaign, Welcome to the Guild! This sailor-turned mercenary is one of the possible companions your party may meet as they work for the Indomitable Bastions, the newest Adventuring Guild in Iacosta.
“Hey, let’s play D&D this weekend!”
Imagine getting that text on a Thursday night. If you’re a player, this could be really exciting! But what if you’re the “Designated DM” of your group? Are you ready to run a last-minute session? If not, that text can quickly change from exciting to anxiety-inducing in no time at all! You could buy a pre-made module from DMsGuild or check out some Adventurer’s League content, but you’ve been wanting to try your hand at something new, a homebrewed adventure that will be unique to your party.
Being a GM is a big job: you need to be familiar with the rules (or at least know where to find them in the reference books), create engaging challenges for your players to solve, and weave it all together in an interesting story that will capture the imagination. If you’re lucky enough to be running an on-going campaign, it can definitely feel like the work is never-ending. It’s easy to fall into rabbit hole after rabbit hole of worldbuilding, campaign prep, and NPC creation, but after a while you start to learn techniques that make it a bit easier on your time and mental energy stores!