Category Archives: Shadow of the Dragon Queen

Shadow of the Dragon Queen and the Shadow of Canon

This is going to be a sidebar to the overall discussion about Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen. I had some thoughts on how to flavor some of the encounters and campaign elements to be more specifically Dragonlance feeling, but this time around, I wanted to touch on where “canon” diverges in the adventure, and where it “kind of” diverges.

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Six

Chapter 7: Siege of Kalaman This is the final “adventure” chapter of the book. This can be a little confusing, because this isn’t the Siege of Kalaman as described in the Dragonlance Chronicles, but an earlier point in the War of the Lance. “A” Siege. What’s Up Essentially, the PCs need to be able to infiltrate a location, but while

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Five

Shadow of the Dragon Queen Chapter 6: City of Lost Names The opening section of this chapter, leading to the location that the PCs have been trying to find, is another of those callbacks that reminds me a bit of the original adventure and the Sla-Mori, the hidden path into Pax Tharkas. There are four locations in this section, with

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Four

Chapter 5: The Northern Wastes In this section, the PCs are going to be the scouts/advanced force for troops sent into the titular region to find out what the villain from the previous chapter was after. The PCs don’t start off knowing the exact location they are heading. At various spots on the map of the Northern Wastes, they are

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Three

Chapter 4: Shadow of War I’m going to dance around some spoilers in this section while trying to say something meaningful about it. We have more thematic echoes of the original adventures, in this case a situation not entirely unlike the arrival at Thorbardin. We also get an NPC foil in the veil of Theocrat Hederick or Derek Crownguard from

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Two

Chapter 3: When Home Burns I really like how this is framing the beginning of this adventure, by echoing, but not directly mirroring, a lot of elements in the earliest Dragonlance adventures. There is a good narrative reason for the player characters to have a connection to one another, as well as to the starting location. There is a lot

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e); Part One

We’re going to do something a little different this time around. If you’ve been following me on social media, you may have seen some of this, but I’ve been looking at Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen a chapter at a time, and I’m pulling all of my social media thoughts together in one place, here on the blog. Looking

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