Into the Unknown, Out of the Abyss

When one campaign ends, another one will begin. 

After about a year or so of playing Curse of Strahd, we are swapping Barovia for the Underdark. Both are frankly dark and depressing places, with potential death a constant companion. My group really needs to play a more light-hearted campaign soon, as this is a worrying pattern. 

I have been doing my best to avoid possible spoilers online, so I don’t know much about what Out of the Abyss has in store for us. All I know is the following description.

The Underdark is a subterranean wonderland, a vast and twisted labyrinth where fear reigns. It is the home of horrific monsters that have never seen the light of day. It is here that the dark elf Gromph Baenre, Archmage of Menzoberranzan, casts a foul spell meant to ignite a magical energy that suffuses the Underdark and tears open portals to the demonic Abyss. What steps through surprises even him, and from that moment on, the insanity that pervades the Underdark escalates and threatens to shake the Forgotten Realms to its foundations. Stop the madness before it consumes you!

Out of the Abyss

This campaign is more combat-oriented than Curse of Strahd. As you can guess from that summary, Out of the Abyss is a dark and intense campaign. One that I heard is a lot of fun but can be challenging as you navigate the Underdark and the unspeakable horrors that call it home. It’s more akin to a classic dungeon crawl campaign. I have been informed that there are still plenty of role-playing opportunities, but not as many.

I have a confession. Despite the fact I’ve been playing D&D for about six years now, I am still not the best at combat. I keep forgetting spells and actions. I often jump at any chance to avoid it and try to use our words to get us out of a sticky situation. From what I can tell, that isn’t often an option in this setting. I am a bit nervous about this. I have been studying the best strategies for my class in preparation. 

Also, this will be K’s first time being a DM for a full campaign. I am a bit nervous for him. He has done a couple of one-shots and mini-campaigns, so I am sure he will be fine. Still, from what I have been told this is a handful of a module. I hope he doesn’t get overwhelmed like I did when it was my turn in the DM chair. 

I am hyped as hell for our first session next week. To celebrate I’ll introduce you to my new character for this very game on Sunday. I hope you look forward to meeting her!

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