Hi, I'm Zach and my favorite hobby is playing Dungeons & Dragons.
This is a new hobby for me - I discovered D&D through the popular show Critical Role where they play D&D and I fell in love with the idea of mixing collaborative storytelling with game mechanics. The game system made sense to me, having been an avid video gamer of role-playing games since I was a kid, with one of my favorites being Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - a game that, it turns out, used mainly a D&D ruleset to run itself.
Anyways, all that to say - I'm relatively new to the hobby. But in order for me to be able to play D&D, I had to run the game myself by acting as the Dungeon Master. I only knew two other people that had ever played D&D and they were both busy with work and family to where they couldn't play as often as I would like, so I had to take the mantle myself. At this point, I can count on one hand the times I've actually played D&D as a player, but I've been running D&D every week for the past year.
One of my favorite parts about D&D is how easy it is to build my own stuff for it. I immediately started digging into how things work systematically, looking at homebrewed content that other people had made, and trying to create my own content.
It started off horribly, but I kept at it and eventually began working on my own world to run games in. It's called Aeubrin, and while its still a work in progress I'm really excited to be running a campaign in it right now while I continue to build out what separates this setting from others.
But why write about it? Or make videos about it? Well, I believe that you have to write 10,000 pages of shit before you can start getting to the good stuff. And while blogging on my personal site is nothing compared to attempting to write prose, it does work a part of my brain that I need to be able to write stuff for D&D and I need a place to work it out. So consider this blog my gym where I come to lift weights, do some bodyweight squats, and run on the treadmill as I prepare to run my D&D games.
At the same time, I'm pretty nervous about it for one reason - I'm a young white guy. There's a lot of white guys already on the internet making D&D/TTRPG content, why do I feel a need to share my voice? There's a very good chance that no one will ever read this blog, so there's that. I am who I am, so I'm going to keep being me. But I do want to make sure that I'm also doing my small part to make sure people with experiences and perspectives different than my own have an equal place at the table.
So, that's it I guess. I'm going to start posting some of the custom stuff I've made here on the site, post some links and resources that other people have written that I've found helpful, and possibly writing up stuff about the campaign I'm currently running in Aeubrin. We'll see.
I hope I keep this up.