Monday, January 12, 2015

Doing Camelot for D&D 5e?

So, a while ago, the illustrious Zak S wrote Playing D&D With Porn Stars: My Advice To WOTC Now That 5e Has Been Rolled Out.

I that post he gives some cool advice to WOTC which i would like to pick up on. I'll just show you the most relevant bit:
Zak S on his blog dndwithpornstars

Okay, so I'm not Greg Stafford nor british nor employed by WOTC (just the Norwegian government) but I'm really in love with the stories about King Arthur and Camelot and all of that... Since i picked up the 2nd ed. AD&D Deities and Demigods I've wanted to a D&D version of the sagas, but i never got around to it because i was always playing Pendragon (possibly my favorite RPG).

I did however do this on Freemind once upon a time:
In this there are halflings supporting Arthur's reign and bad elves trying to kill him. Guevenevere is an elf and the dwarfs are basically Vikings or Saxons raiding the shores of Britain. Romans are bad as well, but there are knights of the round table and some elven allies to support Arthur's throne.

Female knight 2 by Dr-Cheesecake at deviantart (CC BY-NC-ND)
Lot of ideas, some seem kinda corny in hindsight others could be played around with. So now i ask myself. Could i develop a Camelot setting with 5e in mind on this blog?

What i won't do to Camelot

  • One thing i won't do is to do what Pendragon already does. Pendragon is a great game, it's old school and Greg Stafford's take on Arthurian mythology is both gameable and scholarly (though i prefer 4th edition to 5th). 
  • Neither will i let that Freemind-doodle above hold me hostage.
  • Another thing i won't do is any kind of historical Arthur nonsense. The History Channel murdered any desire i had for a "real" Arthur years ago.

What i will do to/with Camelot

I would like to do a romance D&D setting. There isn't that much ground between Appendix N sword-and-sorcery and medieval romances. Evil magic, hero with a sword and damsel in distress. All check. The difference is morals, idealism vs nihilism, and Camelot can't be nihilist.

However Camelot should be troubled and not just for the sake of drama. No one really buys the divine right of kings. Not anymore, and i doubt if anyone ever really did. So there should be corruption and darkness even in the middle of Camelot.

And for it to really be D&D there has to be exploration. Somewhere unknown to go, monsters to fight and treasures to find. I'm thinking a setting in which Britain is old and wild with many dark corners and secret places connected to different kinds of otherworlds where Greek, African and Norse myth may lend influence and even the future is reachable by the past.

I'm not promising anything.


  1. Try this link on for size. Early in AD&D's life there was an Arthurian setting:

    1. Thank you, Marty. I was aware of this, but i forgot about it when writing the post. Seems like it's not very accessible, but i'll have to dig a little because it sounds really cool.