Hey there! My name is Mariah. I’ve been a writer since I was three years old and I’ve been playing D&D since fall of 2016. My husband, Alex, has always entertained the idea that I’d enjoy being a DM. Around March 2019 I finally gave it some thought and shortly announced to my D&D group that I’d like to try being a DM at some point, if they were up for giving me a chance. It quickly became official: once we finished playing Mines of Phandelver, I would become the group’s DM for the next campaign.
Though I’ve been playing D&D for two years, I’ve still felt like I don’t understand a lot of it. It’s so complex! There’s so much to know! I also never had any intention of using a campaign that already exists. I love world-building. Thus, I’d be creating my own. It didn’t take long for me to feel like I was in over my head with my ambitions. In order to make up for my lack of experience, I began reading some of the books, and I’m in the process of copying spells and monster stats over onto index cards–this is part of my learning process; it will help me remember everything better and faster.
I started with a couple of very basic ideas for my world and the starting campaign. The evolution has been slow and a little all over the place, but then again, I’ve only been working on this for about a month as of today (5.29.19). This is going to be big. Huge. (As in expansive, not popular. Although that would be cool, it’s no guarantee.) My problem with novel-writing is that I make everything too complex. I come up with other characters and subplots that don’t have a ton to do with the main plot and thus might never get written about. That isn’t a problem with creating a Tabletop RPG campaign. That’s how you prepare with creating a campaign.
I’m not planning on publishing the actual campaign on this website, but I do intend to post all sorts of other fun stuff. Namely, I’ll expand on backgrounds, cities, lore, jobs, and the history of the setting. These things might be gathered together and put into a book at some point, for convenience’s sake, but the moment I only have plans to publish the campaigns themselves as a book.
I’d like to make this a full-time job, but alas, that isn’t possible quite yet. My husband Alex works full-time and is gone about 55 hours a week, and I stay home to take care of our two-year old son. Right now our son is going through a particularly needy phase. I hardly get a moment to myself to work on anything, let alone to work on this campaign. The last week has been particularly hard. I do treat each day as a new day and do my best to get things done, but that just means how much I get done varies greatly day to day. (I also struggle with anxiety and depression, and you can read more about my personal struggles here. Just if you’re interested.)
Since our D&D group just finished our campaign this last Monday, I have two and a half weeks before we begin playing my brand spanking new campaign. That means I’ll be working a lot harder to get this world created. I still need to give the Goddess of Beauty a name, figure out the hierarchy system, determine what kind of creatures exist within my campaign and how they’re treated, etc, etc. Earlier this afternoon I put together the first series of encounters which I estimate will take my group at least two weeks to get through, but I haven’t figured them out so well that I’m ready to have anyone play them yet. There’s a lot to get done.
I’m not sure this is what I originally had in mind when I first started writing this post, but I don’t have time to do much about it right now. I made a promise to update this blog once a week and this is all the time I have today. Once I start putting together more information for this setting and once we’ve started playing the campaign, I’ll begin posting more often. For now, I’d best start getting ready for this evening!
P.S. I updated my Patreon! I don’t expect anyone to start donating anything yet; I just thought I’d mention that. You can find it here. I haven’t actually posted anything yet, but by the time all of this is worthy of anyone’s money, I’m sure I will have.