First off, I love the Dungeons and Dragons Adventure League. I’ve run a crap load of games and loved every minute of it. I think I’m at least a decent GM who knows a ton of Forgotten Realms lore. But, I need some help. Here are I few things I think would make the Adventure League better:
1) Small change to the format of the adventures I know its space, but I would really love it you could give me an itemized list of the major stuff in the room/location at the top of each location right after the name and place on the map. Like this:
Mossy Cave full of gold
1-Party one- 6 Kobolds
2-Party two- Giant Dragon of death
Awesome sword of Awesomeness
All the gold ever
Why? Well I read my adventures before every game, but when you’re going through the adventures and you have limited time like the 3.5 hours at GenCon, it’s hard to remember all the stuff that’s in a place or you have to take time and skim read the entire passage. All the adventures WotC has put out including the Hoard of the Dragon Queen have all the important information buried in the text. I hate having to reread a half page of text and explain to my players everything in the room that I just read and make it interesting. Again, this isn’t hard, but a small change will really help me make sure I hit all the high notes in every adventures.
2) NPC mentors My players are getting high enough to get mentors. It might be time to consider providing NPCs who can mentor the players either through letters or items. I don’t think these should be anywhere near as cool as real, honest to Amaunator PC mentors, but if my players don’t have one, then they won’t know how awesome one can be. And, most likely won’t mentor other PCs in the future.
3) Starting above 1st level Let’s start something really controversial! I’d like the option to start above 1st level. I’d like generic PCs to give players at 1st, 5th, 10th, and 15th level with items and such that they could/world have gotten had they played the previous adventures but not the awesome renowned points. The first level five and up adventures are going to roll out soon, and new players are going to come to the store and be turned away as the two groups I have at my store won’t be able to keep a level one wizard alive during a CR eight encounter. Giving me pregens for several levels will really help. Pathfinder does that, and it’s amazingly helpful!
4)World Guide Even more controversy! Everybody I know wants a world guide. What the heck is up with the Realms? Who’s still a god? Who isn’t? Who’s pretending? What the hell is a Phlan? Right now, we have the old 3.5/4e stuff. But, there was a whole Sundering book series that people didn’t read that told them about the new 5e realms. But, none of those books really talked about Phlan. Heck the Sword Coast got a book, but only tangentially. My players don’t really know the state of things. Things are up to 110 years out of date, so imagine using a 110 year old map to understand European politics today! Don’t give me hints. Right now my players need firm answers to what the heck is going on. And I think most GMs do too.
Those are my ideas. I love the game, but give me the proper tools and layouts and I can make my games even better!