On my lunch today, I played around with tinting some paper for another handout, the acceptance letter from Kraghall Academy. Each of the player characters get this letter in their backstories, but I will only do the handout on the last story, Iona’s. I want to have focus while everyone gets their backtory time to shine. Their first NPC, Plunk, will be the one to hand it to them.
I brewed myself a loverly cup of coffee and saved a touch out to make the stain. A light brush on the paper with a quick pat down from a cloth napkin to reduce rolling, and it was ready to dry.
Later in the afternoon, I threw it in the printer for the text and then trimmed the edges. Now it’s sitting in a box with a couple of aromatic tea bags and will be ready to unearth at game time.
The first major location we are going to visit in our adventure is Yrla Stead, a small cluster of farms bordering the wild forests. We will have at least a couple of adventure sessions here, so I am working on the maps and location cards.
The first card I’m working on is the Dolmen. There is an ancient burial near one of the farms, it’s history long forgotten. It may hold a number of secrets to inquisitive kids.
I probably don’t need to draw each of these sub-locations, but I really prefer to draw backgrounds and props as opposed to people, so the location cards may be just as much for me as for the kids. Additionally, I feel like I am more creative on my descriptions when I have some illustrations to play off of.
Finally, the paintings make for great entries into the Adventure Journals.
We’ll see just how many of these I can get in, before we really need to start in on the game play.