Kingdoms of Kalamar: The Death of Kings
Ronnie plays Natsu—the dragonborn monk from the Kakidela Mountains—and is a veteran of a few D&D games now (all of those 3rd edition). Most of Ronnie’s experience has been that middle generation of D&D rules with extensive feats and elaborate skill and tactics rules. So far, Ronnie has had the most difficult job—used to playing more free-wheeling characters—with keeping tightly to a lawful neutral path. That’s required serious pre-planned compromises between the GM and the player, and a tight enforcement of his needs to the party at large (made of most chaotic characters). Its been a challenge.
From a GM standpoint, his playing in this campaign has kept it grounded. Monk in 5th edition appears to be so much more satisfying than in previous ones with paths and philosophical orders that allow monks to be so much more than just the martial arts expert. Those with an appreciate for classic anime and folk-lorish flourishes will find monks to fill the space nicely and creatively. So far, being a dragonborn has been both interesting and not overpowered—a fear anyone should have with a playable race with the word “dragon” in it. His race has allowed for interesting NPC reactions and satisfying background stories to develop around the strangeness of his stoic, intelligent, orderly ways matched to his enormous, half-clothed, scaly and clearly draconic heritage. We’ll have an audio interview posted here with Ronnie in the upcoming week.