elcome to the D&D Adventurers League! Hi folks! I’m Chris Tulach, the D&D Organized Play Program Manager for Wizards of the Coast. If you’re reading this, you most likely saw the announcement we posted two weeks ago about our plans for our new Organized Play structure. If not, you might want to check it out!
I’m going to have an ongoing series here where we’ll present the D&D Adventurers League, detail all sorts of the experience of our new Organized Play, and respond to discussions on various key topics that catch the community’s attention.
Today, I’d like to talk a little bit about the structure of the D&D Adventurers League. Our Organized Play structure involves an integrated approach to our public play programs – as a player, you’ll be able to participate in store and at conventions worldwide, bringing your characters along wherever you go. Because of this approach, we’re creating a tiered network of enthusiastic, skilled D&D players, DMs, and organizers to help manage this Underdark-sized web of play.
At the top, I work here at Wizards with R&D and many other departments to create and maintain the structure of the program. We make the final decisions on all the big-picture stuff – how we support storylines, how content gets created, how products interact with our play, etc. We’ll also be the ones to create materials for our play programs and develop the experiences we deliver at our big events (like Gen Con Indy).
Administering the League
Since we’ll treat the D&D Adventurers League like a giant shared-world campaign, we need to have our Dungeon Master equivalents to help assist with some of the bigger stuff that gets a little more detailed. That’s where our administrators come in. These individuals report to us at Wizards and are considered official sources for information for the D&D Adventurer’s League. Each one of them applied for these positions and was accepted based on their backgrounds with D&D as well as other skills they’ve picked up in their careers and hobbies.
The community manager is the public communications person. This individual is most often the primary point-of-contact for any specific D&D Adventurers League questions. The community manager maintains our various social media outlets, web pages, and helps gather feedback.
The resource manager is our producer and schedule maintenance person. This individual works to ensure that our calendars are synced up and everything is moving along smoothly. The resource manager also helps premiere organizers and adventure designers when they have questions or needs.
The content manager is our developer and editor of adventures and narratives. This individual helps lead our initial adventure design process (something I’ll cover in a later article). The content manager takes newly-forged adventure content from our designers and refines it into the final playable versions.
All three of these folks have an assistant working as a part of the team. Together, the six of them plus myself, Greg Bilsland (D&D R&D Producer) and Chris Lindsay (D&D Assistant Brand Manager) form the team that makes decisions on the experience of the D&D Adventurers League.
So, without further ado, here are the administrators!
Robert Adducci, Community Manager
Robert Adducci is an RPG community organizer and helps out games stores and conventions in the Denver area with social media and community management. He is a die-hard Dark Sun fan and the founder of the Burnt World of Athas website (Athas.org). Robert was born in the deserts of Athas, A.K.A. Phoenix, AZ, but now lives in the cool climate of Colorado with his wife, a new little adventurer, and two animal companions.
Bill Benham, Resource Manager
Bill Benham has played D&D in some form or another since 1982. Before working with D&D Expeditions Bill had the distinct honor of serving as a Living Greyhawk Triad member and a member of the admin staff for Living Forgotten Realms. Bill recently retired from 20 years of service in the U.S. Army to attend graduate school at the University of Washington.
Travis Woodall, Content Manager
Spawned in the fires of California in the time of disco and bell-bottoms, Travis Woodall now calls the soggy Pacific Northwest his home. Having played more systems than he can count from about twelve years of age, D&D has always been the game he has inevitably been drawn back to. Though he is usually found slumped lifelessly in front of his computer amongst a sea of empty beer bottles, Travis is also known to enjoy reading, writing, and on rare occasion, spending time with his wife of 15 years and his son.
If you’re an organizer for a store, everything you need will be delivered through the Wizards Play Network. We are here to help answer your questions about kit support, scheduling your events, and helping to improve your store play experience.
If you’re a convention organizer, you’ll contact us through our revised convention support program to request access to adventure content. If you want materials for your con, you can partner with a store to help receive those materials. We’ll discuss this more as we get closer to launch.
The D&D Adventurers League team has set up a site to help organizers with questions and provide additional information to the public at large. This is dndadventurersleague.org, and it serves as a great way to keep up with the latest information pertinent to the D&D Adventurers League experience, delivered in a blog-like format.
In addition to these fine folks, they’re also going to reach out to the D&D community to find regional coordinators that are interested in helping maintain a more localized presence across North America by creating event groups. These individuals will help out the community manager by creating and maintaining event groups on Facebook that players, DMs, and organizers can interact with for information and discussion on events within certain defined regions. If you’re passionate about organizing and facilitating D&D play, maybe you could help out!
Links and Contact Information
We’re in the process of setting up a presence on Google+ and Facebook, and we have the following up and running: