Adventures in Shadow: A New Beginning

Last night, we restarted my Adventures in Shadow campaign set primarily in the city of Languard and the benighted, shadowy halls of Gloamhold. It’s been a long time since I’ve lurked in the deep shadows behind my GM’s screen and I had a ball. 

Gloamhold and its surrounds represent perhaps my perfect campaign (itself no accident as I designed both myself) and I’m looking forward to getting back into a long-running game. Since our Shattered Star Campaign finished back in September 2017 we’ve had a year or so of short-run games including a goblin campaign, the first adventure in Skulls & Shackles and a go at the Pathfinder 2nd edition playtest.

We last adventured in Ashlar back in March 2018 when we flirted with the 2nd edition AD&D rules. With the restart of the campaign, though, we’ve shifted back to Pathfinder 1st edition (our long-term game of choice) sprinkled with a smattering of house rules and optional rules from Pathfinder Unchained. 

Some of the players are running their original characters converted to Pathfinder while a couple have started new heroes. Sadly, two long-standing party members have temporarily bowed out because of work or family commitments. Hopefully, they’ll be back soon! Thus, we started with a party of five PCs along with an NPC rogue (as not having a rogue was clearly a recipe for disaster).

Our first six sessions were Season 1. Last night, we started Season 2.

As before, I’ll be blogging about our adventures. We play on Wednesday nights and I plan to post a session summary every Sunday or Monday. I’m a huge fan of writing session summaries. I both enjoy the process and find it useful to reflect on the session’s main events as it helps me plot upcoming sessions, reoccurring NPCs and more. (Not that I plot against the PCs you understand…) With Adventures in Shadow being much more of a sandbox campaign than normal, I think keeping track of all the various rumours, adventure hooks, NPCs and more is particularly useful and important. 

Anyway, that’s me done. I’m off to write a session summary!

Season 1

Check out the heroes’ adventures in Season 1, here.


Let Me Know

Also, let me know if you enjoy our session summaries. Are they missing something? Do you have a burning question about the campaign? Let me know, in the comments below.


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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

2 thoughts on “Adventures in Shadow: A New Beginning”

  1. I think session summaries are fun to read, I can imagine the game progressing as if I were playing along with your group. I read the first season, and have been waiting for the story to continue. I’m glad you guys got back to it.

  2. All I can say is Wow.
    Love the narrative and the characters from the first sessions, cannot wait to keep reading about the new group. I am trying to garner as much info as I can about the Duchy so that I can use this for the basis of a new campaign I am wanting to run.
    Good stuff.

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