If you've been reading this column, we've already given you the lowdown on the RPGA's newest shared-world campaign, Living Forgotten Realms (see the RPGA Report in Dragon #365 for more information). But let's say you're interested in getting a Living Forgotten Realms game organized for your group. What do you do? Where do you go? Look no further, the answers are here!
First, you'll need to become an RPGA member. The easiest way for an organizer to become a member is to enroll in the Wizards Play Network (or WPN). Read over the material on the site and follow the process to become a Gateway-level organizer. That enrolls you in the RPGA and gives you a number. Activate that number, and you'll receive a second email with your password. Hang on to your number and password; you'll need them to order adventures and sanction events.
Before ordering your first Living Forgotten Realms (LFR) adventures, you'll want to read over the material for LFR on the RPGA website. In particular, you'll want to download the "RPGA Character Creation Guide" so your group can create characters specific to the LFR campaign.
Most LFR adventures run about 4 hours long, which makes them great for an evening of gaming. They're serialized in nature; most of the plot elements begin and end in the span of the adventure, with possibly a few clues that point toward future adventures. LFR adventures are easy to prep and let your group get a taste of all sorts of different regions in the Forgotten Realms.
Next, get your group organized for your first session. You might want to ask them what adventure they'd like to play; a complete list of Living Forgotten Realms adventures is available on the LFR pages. Or you can just surprise them and pick one that sounds fun! All the adventures released in August and September 2008 (3rd Quarter 2008) are designed for 1st- to 4th-level characters, which is what you'll want when you begin.
Once you've figured out what you want to do for your first adventure, you'll need to sanction the event to receive the adventure via download. You can even sanction your game on the same day that you're going to play! This is straightforward; click on the link located on the left nav of the RPGA home page labeled "Sanction an Event." You'll log into your profile and then be taken to the event sanctioning page. Click on the Dungeons & Dragons logo and follow the steps to set up your event type and fill in your event details.
After you've filled out those details, you'll get to select adventures from the library. There's a handy filter you can use to show only Living Forgotten Realms adventures; it's located at the top of the page. After selecting each adventure you want by clicking the "add" check box next to those adventures, hit the button at the bottom of the viewable adventures to add them to your event. Once you're satisfied with what you've ordered, hit the "Next" button, and you'll confirm your event.
Then, check your email inbox to ensure that a confirmation of your event has been sent. You can find the adventures you selected under the "My Events" tab in your profile when you're logged in.
Download the adventures when you're ready and distribute them to your DMs (or read them yourself if you're the DM). Make sure you print out enough copies of the story award certificates and tracking forms for your game. You'll need one tracking form per session and one certificate for each player playing in the session.
Then, have a great time with your game! Be sure to fill out the tracking form and log back into your profile once you finish the session to report your play. Reporting play ensures that the data is loaded into the character tracker for each character. If you've signed up for D&D Rewards, you earn points that get you cool D&D swag!
Once you've gone through the sanctioning process once, it's easy to repeat for future events. If you ever have a question about sanctioning or reporting your games, simply send an email to us. We'll get back to you right away with a response!
That's all for this time. Next time, we'll talk about being a DM for Living Forgotten Realms. Until then, good gaming!