D&D Encounters is an exciting, weekly campaign that plays out one epic encounter at a time. Each session only takes 1-2 hours to play, so it’s easy to fit your game in after school or work. Jump in anytime!
Long ago, the Sabrak clan of dwarves, in an effort to restore their clan’s lost power and status, meddled with dark forces in the Sunset Mountains. The dwarves succeeded only in creating their own isolation and madness. Their clan grew smaller and ever more degenerate—so that today, only the three brothers who lead the clan and a handful of other dwarves remain. Of the three brothers, Zarnak, the eldest and most powerful, is a seer whose mind shattered long ago when it came into contact with an ancient evil known as the Elder Elemental Eye… and who now plots to spread the abyssal plague throughout the world.
Session 0: Prior to the adventure, players have a sesion set aside to create 1st-level characters.
Bring a Hero
If you’re like most players, you’ll want to build your own 1st-level character to bring to D&D Encounters, using the standard character creation rules presented in the Rules Compendium, Heroes of the Fallen Lands, or Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms.
Of course, you can also use the D&D Character Builder to create your character as well.
Generate ability scores for your character using the standard array (method 1) or point buy (method 2).
Each week, as you face monsters and overcome obstacles, you’ll gain experience points that will enable you to eventually level up your character. If you manage to play most or all of the sessions this season, you can hit 3rd level by the conclusion of the story.
At the end of each session, your DM will award your Experience Points, as well as your Renown Points (which earn you Rewards). You can track your character’s progress from week to week by asking your organizer for a Play Tracker or by downloading one here.
Earn Renown, Get Stuff
Players, as you progress through each season, you’ll earn Renown Points you can use to get exclusive Fortune Cards. Dungeon Masters, as a way of thanking you for your invaluable work, you’ll get exclusive game aids you can’t find anywhere else.
RENOWN POINT AWARDS
|Complete an encounter||Session||3|
|Bring a new player||Session||2|
|Moment of greatness||1/chapter||2|
|Revive a dying adventurer ally||1/chapter||2|
|Hit for 15+ damage against 1 enemy||1/chapter||2|
|Kill 3 minions in 1 attack||1/chapter||2|
|Take 50 enemy damage in 1 session||1/chapter||2|
|Create your own character||Season||5|
|Create a character with Character Builder||Season||5|
|Create an elementalist or sha’ir||Season||2|
|Survive 8+ sessions without dying||Season||5|
Bring a New Player: These points are awarded to existing players for each new player brought to D&D Encounters that has never before participated in the program (current and past seasons included).
Moment of Greatness: These points are a discretionary award given out by the DM or through party vote to a player for doing something inventive, daring, or just plain cool during a session of play.