The most surprising thing to come out of this little experiment has been the reaction from players. I have rarely had such a positive and engaging response from the players. They have taken up the role of recorders, chroniclers, and directors of their campaign. They’ve openly discussed what they want, what clues they have found, and where they want to go. They have written detailed accounts of their adventurers, some of which were even done from the point of view of their characters.
They have also taken up pens, pencils, and stylus to become artists documenting the visual elements of their time in the Northern Reaches.
That’s what this blog is about. It is about the artwork and writing that these players have created. I have their permission to share it and, where appropriate, I have linked to their socials. I thoroughly suggest check out their work if you like it.
I’d like to preface this with the fact I did not expect this sort of stuff from players. I talked to them about needing to document what happens at each location, but it could just be dot points. I discussed the need to keep some mapping records but said they can be simple mud maps.
They have gone above and beyond.
Weapons and Magic Items
Other Posts In This Series
- A West Marches Experiment
- The ‘World’ – Prepping a world you know nothing about
- The Map, and maps in general – On Handouts & Accuracy
- Organisation – The filing system
- Adventure Preparation – My method for this and other possibilities
- The Chronicle – On player engagement
- Character Creation – Earned Options
- Overland travel – to adventure or not
- Northern Reaches 08 – Changing the Game