After playing a one-shot Dungeons & Dragons adventure over the course of three days, I’ve decided to transform my sword-and-sorcery trilogy into game modules.
The decision comes after diving headfirst into the world of D&D last year. I estimate it’ll take me 3.5 years to transpose Rebels and Fools into a tabletop RPG and another 8.25 years to prepare the other two books as well as at least one bonus adventure that explains what the heck happens in Port Town after Klye’s band of rebels leave.
I could’ve jumped into writing a new novel, since The Soul Sleep Cycle is all but done, but it’s just easier to repackage something old than come up with new.
Features of The Renegade Chronicles games will include:
- Every natural 20 will summon an army of drunken midge who cast random Level 9 spells on your enemies.
- Every natural 1 will summon an army of drunk midge who cast random Level 9 spells on you and your party.
- During every short rest, Scout will regale you will useless facts about the island. (Did you know that the best mutton in Capricon can be found in the village of Aron?)
- All NPCs will be romanceable—except for Opal.
- You can import your characters from other tabletop games, though dragonborn, tieflings, and any other races not native to Altaerra will be automatically converted into boring Level 1 human fighters.
- Druids will be able to turn into Shek’s two-tailed scorpion, Ranfir (and only Ranfir).
- You can recruit powerful NPCs to your party, including Father Elezar, Albert Simplington, and that one guy who leads the band of highwaymen in the second book.
- Everyone gets 1 luck point, regardless of class, whenever Klye says, “I don’t believe in luck.”
- Avoid TPKs by using time magic to kill Dark Lily when she’s still a kid.
- If at any point you find yourself dual wielding the vorpal sword and Chrysaal-rûn, you win.
The D&D-inspired Renegade Chronicles modules will be available on eBay.com and Facebook Marketplace after I’ve play-tested them a bunch. So as not confuse the game with the book, the first campaign will be called Fools and Fools.
(Happy April 1st, everyone!)